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Christmas Music 

When Christmas finally arrives we will get the chance to sing our favorite Christmas carols and hymns on Christmas Eve and again at the 10:30 Christmas 1 service on Sunday Dec. 30th. If you have a favorite hymn that you'd love to sing or hear, let Mason know in his request book in the bell tower on Sunday or email Samantha at the church office.  We'll try our best (though can't promise) to fit all requests in the order of worship.  Some will be played as instrumentals for the prelude, offertory and postlude. Here are our hymns for these Christmas services so far:
 
"What child is this"
"O Little town of Bethlehem"
"God rest you merry, gentlemen"
"Away in a manger"
"O come, all ye faithful"
"Hark! The herald angels sing"
"Go, tell it on the mountain"
"Joy to the world!"
"Let all mortal flesh keep silence"


Announcements

December Mission
Grace Rooms— “Next Steps”


Our December Mission always has been about helping those in crisis, and our congregation responds with much love and generosity. This year our mission remains the same.
Our two current residents, Nancy and Tasha will be with us through most of December. Tasha has family in the area, but Nancy is alone. One has a full-time job and one is on permanent disability; both are saving money for housing. These ladies are moving in positive directions and will soon be productive, independent citizens.
Grace Rooms truly makes a difference for so many women in need, so let those of us who worship together and serve our Lord make this a special Christmas for our current guests. Your donations pay for rent deposits, electricity, moving expenses, and those things that are a must before beginning anew.
During this season of love as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, let  us love one another as he loves us. May we also reach deep into our pockets and give whatever we can to deserving folks living in our midst. Second chances with financial help from neighbors can change the lives that once seemed hopeless.

May God's love surround you and guide you during this season of promise and hope.

- Lee Slusher

(Please make checks payable to Grace Church and write December Mission on the memo line. If cash, please place in the blue monthly envelopes. All donations need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, December 18th.)

To Our House Fundraiser—To Our House is selling pre-shrunk, long sleeve T-Shirts for $22 to raise money for the program. Please email Brenda Roberts atbrenroberts1@icloud.com

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December 16, 2018

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Robbie and Terry Nester

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

December 23, 2018

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Multiple (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Joan and Matt Sutphin

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

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100th Anniversary Service of Revival

Bishop Michael Curry will join the people of Southwestern Virginia next year for the 100th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of SW VA as well as the service of Revival.
 
The 100th Annual Convention takes place at the Hotel Roanoke on January 25-27. Find more information and register at www.dioswva.org
 
The Episcopal Revival service will be held at 10:00 AM, January 27, 2019, at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, VA.