Here is what's happening at Grace! 

 

 
 

Sunday April 30th 2017     

James 2:10-13


Times: 9:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.


golfers needed!

Carmen Bajo is a suburb of Quito Ecuador, where chronic unemployment has led to extreme poverty, family breakdown, alcoholism and many other social and economic problems. Since 2009, by God’s grace and through the generosity of many people, Grace Community Church has helped care for over 250 children, built portions of a school and contributed finances towards building a facility that will include a medical center. Although progress sometimes seems slow, we are now able to pay local women who help care for the children (thus helping support their families and the local economy) and there are now 6 students enrolled in post secondary education (in a community where leaving school before grade 8 was the norm).

In order to meet some of these needs, we have planned our ninth annual charity golf tournament to be held at Ariss Valley Golf & Country Club on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Our target is for eighty plus golfers to help us meet our financial goal. For $140 per player we will begin the afternoon with a bagged lunch at 12:30pm, followed by a shotgun scramble start. We will play through eighteen holes of golf and wrap up the day with a steak dinner. Please consider whether you can help us by golfing and possibly putting together a foursome.

Please contact Bryan Bitton at bryan@gracecommunity.ca to sign up or if you have any further questions.On behalf of the people of Ecuador, thank you so much for considering helping in this way.

 

Connect Events

Sunday May 7th after each service we will be having Connect Events in the Community Room. These 20 minute times will provide opportunities for anyone who is new to Grace or anyone who feels unconnected to meet key ministry leaders and learn from them how you might better integrate into the culture and mission of Grace.

 

Grace property/buildings Spring Clean-UP, April 29

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Please plan to join us for the annual spring clean-up at Grace, 8:30 – 11:30 AM this coming Saturday April 29th.

This event will be an equal opportunity for everyone to participate. Gardening and painting tools will be needed if you have them. Please let Bryan Bitton know if you can be there. Thanks

 


VBS Co-ordinator - Do you have a passion for reaching children with the Good News?   Would you like to be involved in the planning and coordinating of this year's VBS "Maker Fun Factory"? Deb Cavan is taking on the administration of this role and is looking for someone to share the coordinating of VBS for this year, July 10 - 14th. Please contact the office at info@gracecommunity.ca if interested.

VBS Maker Fun Factory Volunteers - We are looking for volunteers for crew leaders, preschool, games, crafts, storytelling, snack, registration and more! There will be sign-up sheets in the community room or you can contact Deb at info@gracecommunity.ca if you can help with VBS this year.

 

VBS Decor & Crafts

We are looking for recycled cereal boxes and sour cream like
containers for this year's VBS crafts. If you are able to donate these to our
VBS program please drop off your items in the marked bins in the classroom
across from the Family Washroom.

If you have a source for flat styrofoam or large boxes (appliance
size) that could be donated to our VBS decor, please contact Jennifer Wilks.
Thank you for your support!

 

Nursing Moms’ Room

Please note that the room located east of the Kids’ Library has been set up to accommodate nursing moms.

We hope the comfort, privacy and live transmission of the sermon allow moms (and babies) to get the most out of their Sunday experience.

 

GCC’S SHARE/PRAYER/CARE

Any GCC person is encouraged to emailbryan@gracecommunity.ca and share prayer requests which will be forwarded to our Prayer team.
Please only share details for prayer that involve yourself or if it involves others 1st get their permission to share the request and advise us in your email that you have talked with them. Everything the Share/Prayer/Care team prays about will be kept confidential between them and God. The shelf life of each prayer request will be one week. The person sharing the need is welcome to re-request or update their request.
Depending on the need, we may attempt to have GCC people meet (Care) all or part of the need.

Please note that the Share/Prayer/Care team is accepting new members. If interested please contact

 

BABY SHOWER ANNOUNCEMENT

On Sunday, April 30th, at 2pm, Jenn and Subi Wilks will be hosting a baby shower in the community room for Stacey Wilks. Stacey and Jordan are expecting a baby boy in June (Subi's first grandchild!). Please let Jenn know if you are planning to attend.

 

MY FOREVER FAMILY PARTY

Save the date for the afternoon of Sunday, May 28 (time TBA). We are hosting a "My Forever Family" party for Katie and Ryan Franks and all their kids but especially Hunter whom they just adopted. It will be in the Community Room and all are invited. There will be music, food and fun.  We hope as many as possible of you will be able to drop by and give them your congratulations!

Dianna G, Linda C and Rebecca S

 

 


Grace youth

May 3rd, Weekly Youth 7:00 - 9:00 @ GCC.

Further details can be found at the Instagram account @Stevetheyouthguy" and the youth website www.graceyouthguelph.com.


COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Beginnings Family Services Guelph

15th Annual Walk/Run Saturday May 13th, 2017 - 2K Walk or 5K Run -  FAMILY FUN EVENT!  Face Painting, Kids Obstacle Walk and FREE Lunch!  Registration 9am and walk/run at 10am @ the Riverside Park Bandshell. For more information please go to our website www.beginningsguelph.ca

 

Parkwood Gardens FOOD DRIVE

This year Grace will be collecting food for the PGNG Food Drive on SATURDAY June 3rd from 4:00 – 6:00 PM.  This is a great family event and your friends or neighbours are welcome to join us. There will be a sign up sheet in the coffee room beginning today where you can sign up as a group or as an individual.  

 

Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood GrouP: PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS

Please remember to purchase SHAMPOO (not conditioner), TOILET PAPER, or DEODORANT and bring it to church on the 1st Sunday of each month.  These items are always needed by PGNG.  (Collection boxes will be located in our hallway just past the auditorium doors)

 

Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group need

PGNG is in need of 2 volunteers on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9 am to 11 AM at West End Rec Ctr. to baby sit a couple of children during an ESL class.  The volunteer(s) would need to commit through till the end of June. Please let Kathy Goetz or Bryan Bitton know if you can help.  

BOH WOMEN TO WOMEN POP UP BOUTIQUE

A great afternoon of shopping, jewellery making and best of all, amazing women celebrating and supporting women worldwide.

The Women to Women event is a fundraiser to raise awareness about the status of women internationally, as well as to raise funds to support women and girls affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho, Africa. Our goal is to advance the status of women worldwide, by doing this, creating a better future for our girls.

Sunday, May 28th 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Linamar Centre for Excellence
700 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph
Tickets are $20 which includes a beverage and amazing hors d'oeuvres!

Want to get your clothes for free? Register as a $20 monthly donor and receive a $100 gift card for the boutique, $30 monthly donor = $150 gift card, $40 monthly donor = $200 gift card and $50 monthly donor gets you $250!!

Contact Candice for more information or if you have clothing, shoes, purses, jewellery, etc. you would like to donate to the event at ccoghlan@braceletofhope.ca

 

AUDIENCE OF ONE CHRISTIAN THEATRE GROUP

"The Waiting Room" will be showing at Strom's Farm in the month of May. The tickets can be purchased at the Gospel Lighthouse or ordered online at the AudienceOfOneGuelph.ca website. 


OUTREACH UPDATE

 

BEGINNINGS:

Beginnings continues to serve women and families by providing a variety of services and support. Some of the services offered are free pregnancy testing,  prenatal classes, and baby brunch classes. Clients may come in once a month for a package of diapers and formula, or they can access the clothing cupboard as often as they wish. 
Every week women express how thankful they are to have this support available to them. From January to March this year there were 24 new clients, 248 care cupboard users and 40 students who attended the Baby Smarts Program.
Way in which you can support? 
-Donate clothes, shoes, toys, books for sizes 0 months to 4 years. ( to make it easier I would be happy to pick up any donations. Contact me at sandy_brown@rogers.com)
-Volunteers are needed the last Thursday morning of every month- either to provide brunch items (such as muffins, fruit, cheese plate, etc.) OR to babysit children while the moms are in their class.
-Please join the walk/run on May 13th . It is a great way for the whole family to be involved in supporting other families.(BQ lunch at the end). OR sponsor someone who IS walking ! 
You can check out the website at www.beginningsguelph.ca