News for December 9-15

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Vestry Nominations

Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 30 and one matter of business to be addressed will be the election of four new vestry members. The Vestry Nominating Committee will meet in the parlor at 12:00 PM on Sunday, December 9. If you have a nomination to make, you are welcome to attend the meeting. You may also email vestry nominations to Meredith West.

Cathedral Bookstore

The Cathedral Bookstore will be here with books and other resources for sale this Sunday, December 9. You can visit them in the Parish Hall between services.

Candlelight Cafe December 12

Parishioners are encouraged to come relax in Grace Church’s Candlelight Café during the holiday season! After dinner we linger a bit over our coffee and dessert and enjoy programs for the whole family.

Dinner at 5:30 PM
The menu on December 12 is roasted pork loin, salad, broccolini & carrots, garlic roasted red potatoes, rolls, Santa skewers, and triple chocolate spoon cake. The vegetarian entree option is orzo stuffed acorn squash and children are offered a 1/2 portion of the regular entree or PB&J, cookies.

Meal reservations are due by 12:00 PM each Monday. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Adult meals are $10/each and youth meals (grades 6-12) are $5/each. There is no charge for children 5th grade and under. Please visit our website for additional payment and policy details.

A nursery is available for children age 4 and under by reservation only. Older children are encouraged to participate in all of our Candlelight Café events.

Program at 6:30 PM
Come enjoy family movie night after dinner! We’ll snuggle up with a classic Christmas video, some hot chocolate and special goodies, and enjoy remembering the gifts that can be found in “ordinary” things. You’re also invited to share some of those gifts with the families of Family promise by bringing an item from their “everyday” needs list.

Advent Lessons & Carols Dinner & Nursery Reservations

Wednesday, December 12 is the deadline to make a reservation for dinner or nursery care for Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 16. The menu for dinner is beef stew or potato soup, tossed salad with dressings, dinner rolls, and assorted cookies. Cost is $6 for adults and youth, free for children 5th grade and younger. A nursery is available during dinner and the service for children age 4 and under by reservation only. Dinner will be served at 5:00 PM and the service begins at 6:00 PM.

Christmas Flowers & Greenery Deadline

Flowers and greenery enhance the beauty of our Christmas worship services at Grace Church. They can be given in memory of or in thanksgiving for family members, friends and loved ones and acknowledgment will be printed in the Christmas Eve worship bulletins. The deadline to make a donation is Friday, December 14. Click here if you’d like to make a donation!

Family Christmas Tree

A few years ago we began a tradition of decorating a Grace Family Christmas Tree. If you are new to Grace, or simply haven’t yet contributed an ornament, please feel free to bring one in and hang it on the tree in the parish hall if you’d like. Make sure to include your name, and perhaps the year, somewhere on the ornament or on a ribbon attached to the ornament. At the end of the season, ornaments are stored at Grace to be put back on next year. Don’t miss this chance to leave a small Christmas legacy at Grace.

Upcoming

  • December 16: Advent Lessons & Carols
  • December 18 – January 2: COG Holiday
  • December 24-27: Parish Office Closed
  • December 24: Christmas Eve – services at 4:00 & 11:00 PM (music prelude begins at 10:30 PM)
  • December 25: Christmas Day – service at 10:00 AM
  • Full Calendar of Events

This blog post highlights some events and news pertinent to 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

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