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Date Posted: December 5, 2019

News for December 8-14

Join Us for an Advent Quiet Day

Join us for an Advent Quiet Day at Grace Church on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A variety of activities will be available to help us in the journey through Advent. The cost is $10, which includes lunch.

The deadline to register has been extended through the end of the day on Monday, December 9. Register online.

Candlelight Cafe

Parishioners are encouraged to come relax in Grace Church’s Candlelight Café on Wednesday, December 11! After dinner we will linger a bit over our coffee and dessert and enjoy a program for the whole family.

DINNER at 5:30 PM
Regular Entrée: prime rib with au jus
Vegetarian Entrée: toasted cranberry-apple couscous stuffed squash
Child’s Entrée: 1/2 portion regular entrée or PB&J
Sides: salad, roasted new potatoes, lemon garlic green beans, rolls
Desserts: pumpkin pie, chocolate pie

Meal reservations are due by 12:00 PM on Monday, December 9.

PROGRAM at 6:30 PM: The Practice of Pilgrimage and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Advent is a time to reflect on the journey to Bethlehem. The practice of pilgrimage has been a part of our Christian tradition since its beginning. Come learn about pilgrimage, generally, and specifically about the practice of pilgrimage to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. There will be programming and activities for all ages.

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

Laura Masterson’s Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons

Your prayers and presence are requested at the ordination of Laura Masterson to the Sacred Order of Deacons on December 14 at 2:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. Philip. view the full invitation

Draw a Nativity

Grace Church uses original artwork by children and youth (up to 12th grade) in the bulletin for the Christmas pageant service and on our Facebook page during the Christmas season.

Please use colored pencils, paint, crayons, pencil, or markers to draw a nativity scene on this page or on an 8 1/2×11 piece of paper. Don’t forget to include your name and age! Submit artwork by Wednesday, December 11: give it back to your Sunday School teacher, drop it by the parish office, or scan and email it to Jennifer Williams. (A jpeg file works best, scanned at 300 dpi resolution or higher. No photographs please, as they will not reproduce well in the bulletin.)

Grace Family Christmas Tree

Several years ago we began a tradition of decorating a Grace Family Tree. If you are new to Grace, or simply haven’t yet contributed an ornament, please bring one in and hang it on the tree in the parish hall. Please 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.

Christmas Flowers & Greenery

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 contribute toward Christmas flowers is Friday, December 13. To simplify the donation process, please fill out your form and make your donation online. Paper forms are also available at the information station if needed.

This post highlights some events and news pertinent to the upcoming week. Follow the links below to learn more about what’s happening at Grace Church.