Next Week’s News: December 18-24

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This blog post highlights some events and news just for the upcoming week. The primary source of information about what’s happening at Grace Church is our weekly newsletter – for full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

Advent Lessons & Carols

On Sunday, December 18, the Grace Church Parish Choir will offer a service of Advent Lessons and Carols at 6:00 PM.


This beautiful service, an Anglican tradition, is meant to help us prepare for Christmas. Scripture lessons will be read and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation. Please make note that the service will include the use of incense.

All are welcome.

December 18: A Year with Mary

Father Stuart will share reflections of his year with Blessed Mary during the forum on Sunday, December 18 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.

Youth News

Christmas Party Wear your favorite Christmas clothes (ugly sweaters/PJs/antlers) and share some cheer in Sunday School (9:30-10:30 AM) on December 18. We’ll be singing along to carols, playing a few holiday games, and just having fun! Eggnog, cookies, breakfast treats will be around, too.

Youth Retreat @ Camp Mikell DYC youth retreat is back! 6th-12th grades. Deadline to register is January 1. Cost is $100. Register at DYC is an annual retreat, led by youth and adults of the diocese. It begins on Friday, January 6 with dinner at 5pm at Camp Mikell and ends with lunch, Sunday, January 8. Let us know if you have questions. Don’t let what you don’t know keep you from having a great experience!

Wednesday Evenings at Grace

There will be no meal or program offered at Grace on December 21 or 28. Our Wednesday evenings together will resume on January 4. Watch for information.

Family Promise

We will host Family Promise guests for TWO weeks next month, from January 15-29. That means double the amount of volunteer effort will be needed, There are MANY ways to help, from donating food, serving meals, setting up bedrooms, doing laundry, and spending the night at church. Please be considering how you might be able to contribute and watch for the sign up link. Please contact Tricia McDuff if you have any questions.

Episcopal Relief and Development

Please consider Episcopal Relief & Development for your Christmas shopping. Donations to any Episcopal Relief & Development fund made online, over the phone or via mail before year-end – including through Gifts for Life, the organization’s alternative giving catalog – are eligible for matching. Matching is automatically enabled when supporters make a gift. For new and existing monthly donors, any scheduled contributions during the challenge will also be matched. Donate here.

Save the Date:

  • December 25 & January 1: ONE combined 10 AM service
  • December 26 & 27, January 2: Parish Office Closed
  • January 4: Wednesday Night Dinner
  • January 13-15: Women’s Retreat

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