Next Week’s News: December 25-31

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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!

Christmas Day

Please note that there will be ONE combined service of worship at 10:00 AM on Christmas Day, December 25 and again on New Year’s Day, January 1. There will be no Christian Education classes, no Children’s Chapel, and no nursery offered on either of those Sundays.

Office Schedule

The parish office will be closed on Monday, December 26, Tuesday, December 27, and Monday, January 2. Please also remember that the office is regularly closed to the public on Fridays.

Wednesday Evenings at Grace

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

Tax Contribution Deadline

The IRS established deadline for tax-deductible contributions for 2016 is Saturday, December 31. You may mail your contributions to the parish office (postmarked by 12/31) or hand deliver it to the office by Thursday, December 29 at 5:00 PM. You may also drop your contribution in the offering plate during any remaining 2016 worship service.

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2016 income tax return until you have received written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church. You may lose a deduction for some contributions if you file your tax return before receiving a written acknowledgement of your contributions from the church.

2016 year-end statements will be mailed in January. Please call Reba Page at 770-536-0126 if you have any questions concerning your statement. Thank you for your continued generosity.

No Newsletter January 1

The December 25 issue of the e-vangelist (emailed on December 23) will cover all events of the parish from December 25 until January 7. There will NOT be a newsletter dated January 1. The first newsletter of the new year will be dated January 8 and the deadline for that newsletter is Monday, January 2.

Youth Retreat @ Camp Mikell

DYC youth retreat is back! 6th-12th grades. Deadline to register is January 1. Cost is $100. Register at https://goo.gl/vn9e6y DYC is an annual retreat, led by youth and adults of the diocese. It begins on Friday, January 6 with dinner at 5:00 PM 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!

Volunteer to Help With 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 prayerfully consider how you might be able to contribute and sign up by filling in the spreadsheet at this link.

Grace Member Art Show

Grace Church artists are reminded to visit our website for details and the participation application for our 2017 Grace Member Art Show. The deadline to apply is January 9 and the show will run from March 15 through April 23. We look forward to showcasing the incredible artistic talents we have here at Grace. Email arts@gracechurchgainesville.org with questions.

Save the Date

  • January 13: Movie Night
  • January 13-15: Women’s Retreat
  • January 15-29: Family Promise
  • January 25: Annual Parish Meeting
  • January 26: COG Fall 2017 Registration

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