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Thank You From Elf Shelf

Once again Elf Shelf thanks you for the many ways you continue to support us each year. Through our 25 years of operation, we have known that we can always count on Grace Church.......to donate money, toys, and many hours of service.  As well as helping parents shop during your Friday shift, you have set up tables, swept floors, tagged gifts, packed boxes, and inventoried stock. With your help this year we provided toys to 366 children and food vouchers to 227 families. Thank you for sharing your time, your money, and your hearts with those in need.
 
Ann Walker, Penny Sweet, and the Elf Shelf Board 
 

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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 at brenroberts1@icloud.com

Book Club—Book Club will resume on January 9, 2019 with the reading of Chapter 13 in the Book Walk in Love, Epicopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe.
 
Lectionary Lunch—Lectionary Lunch will resume on January 10, 2019.
 
 

Weekly Roles

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

December 30, 2018

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

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 atwww.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.