Grace Presbyterian Church: Following Jesus, we love, welcome, and serve.
2022 DSS ANGEL TREE GIFTS
Please remember that all Angel Tree gifts are due  Sunday, December 4th,   UNWRAPPED in gift bags with folded tissue paper on top and the child's name and tag number clearly displayed.   DSS has to go through and inspect each and every one.   If you have any questions, email Katie Rutland at katietrutland@gmail.com.  Katie really needs volunteers to help deliver these gifts on December 6th around 11:00 am. If you are willing and available, email Katie!

2022 RAINdeer GIFT CARDS
You can make holiday meals merrier by participating in our RAINdeer gift cards. Originally affiliated with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN), Affinity Health provides services to families affected by HIV/AIDS and other low-income families. Buy as many $10 gift cards from local grocery stores such as Food Lion, WalMart, and Target as you wish. You can sign up online!  Return the gift cards (identified with your name) and turn in to the office or place in the offering box by Sunday, December 11. If you have any questions, email Lori at llochsner@gmail.com.

SERVE:  BETHEL SHELTERS - MEALS FOR MEN'S SHELTER
Grace is signed up to provide meals at the Men's Shelter of Bethel Shelters on:
  • Tuesday, November 29th (Elizabeth Eppes coordinating)
  • Friday, December 30th (Session providing food, coordinating)
If you are interested in volunteering to help, please email Elizabeth Eppes.
You can read more about serving and providing the meals, though please coordinate directly with Elizabeth for these particular dates.
The meals are delivered at 1232 Curtis Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730 - 803-818-7403

SERVE: ROOM IN THE INN
Room In The Inn is back for the 2022-2023 holiday season!  Grace's first overnight will be December 3rd to the 4th, with January 7, February 11, and March 4 as additional dates.  Please sign up now!  
This program will allow us to serve 8-10 of our neighbors each night, providing them with the comforts of food and warmth during the winter season. If you could help with any of the tasks from setup to take down and so much more, please click the link below. If you have questions, you can email Michele Nestel.
Volunteer for December 3-4 Room In The Inn

DECEMBER 4TH, 5:00 pm - GRACE FAMILY FIRST NIGHT
This is THE event of the season: a chili cook-off and the Half Notes Christmas musical all in one spectacular night! Mark your calendars - you do NOT want to miss it!  Please RSVP here.

DECEMBER 10th - -ish CHRISTMAS PARTY 5:00-8:00pm
Come and hang out while the kids have their Christmas party at Grace! We will have chili at The Wolfman’s house (Jason & Whitney). Please bring an app or dessert to share. This event is BYOB.
We will also be supporting Historic Paradise After School program - please bring pickles, apples or clementines to help with their snack program!  Since parking can be a little tight, we will work on some car pools from Grace since many of us will be on the same schedule. Please RSVP so we know how many to plan for!!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6pm - GRACE NOTES CHRISTMAS CANTATA
The Grace Notes choir presents Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah on Sunday, December 11th, at 6:00 pm.  Please RSVP here.

DECEMBER 14 , 5:30pm - WOMEN'S CHRISTMAS PARTY
Join us on Wednesday, December 14, at the home of Jill Douds from 5:30 until 8:00 pm. Bring a side dish or dessert to share, wear something "festive" if you want and a gift for the gift exchange. We’re excited to be back partying after missing a couple of years.   Please RSVP here.


GYG UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
  • November 27: No meeting – Thanksgiving Weekend
  • December 4: Grace Family First Night – Chili cookoff and children’s musical
  • December 10: 4:30-8:30pm-Help with the Children's Christmas Party at the Church
  • December 11: gYg Christmas Party 4pm-5:45pm followed by the choir cantata at 6pm.  Bring a $10 wrapped gift for our "white elephant" gift exchange game.
  • December 18:  gYg meeting, 5-7pm at the Church

Don't forget that the deadline to sign up for the summer mission trip is 12/11.  A $100 deposit is due.  Let Jason know you plan to attend.  Details can be found here.

Contact Jason if you have any questions.

FORT MILL CARE CENTER NEEDS FOR THE MONTH
The holidays can be a trying time, especially when someone isn’t sure how they’ll feed themselves or their family. We can make a difference in the lives of those in our community through our donations and partnership with the Fort Mill Care Center. Please consider donating to this worthy mission.
For November, the Fort Mill Care Center is most in need of:
  • Jams and jellies
  • Spaghetti
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Grits
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Meat, Stews, and Chili
Please place your donations in the grocery cart in the foyer and we’ll make sure they are delivered to the pantry.  

MINI CAKES FOR THE LIONS CLUB
The Lions Club need LOADS (300) of mini cakes; Banana (no nuts) Blueberry, Cinnamon Swirl, Pumpkin, etc. They can be baked now and kept in the freezer and brought to the church Sunday night (12/4) or Monday/Tuesday (12/5-6).  Email Sue Gulasky to let her know how many you are willing to bake.

SAVE THE DATE AND SAVE YOUR SPOT!
We will be hosting an American Health Association Heartsaver Training session which covers First Aid, CPR, and AED training for adults, children, and infants. This is a certification course and is valid for two years. Details:
Date: January 22nd, 2023 – 12:30p to 4:30p
Maximum 12 enrollees
Cost = ~$55-60 per person depending on number of enrollees
We will need a minimum of 10 enrollees by January 1st in order to keep cost down. Payment will be due before class, but we will wait to see how many sign up for final payment. Please reach out to Cole Kessell to reserve your spot or with any questions.

WEEKLY STUDY GROUPS
Here are the study groups that are meeting in the next week.
  • Tuesday, 10am - Tuesday Morning Study Group will resume in January with a study of Esther & Ruth  
  • Wednesday, 7:30pm - Wednesday Evening Study Group -is on zoom, studying What Our Neighbors Believe
Email Joanne for the zoom links to either of these
  • Thursday, 10 am - Thursday Morning Bible Study - The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine
Email Celia Wison for more info or zoom links

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Please look over the list of classes and we hope that you and your family will join us.
Nursery and Toddlers (Infants through 2 year olds) – Room 8
Early Childhood (3 year old - 5k) – Room 9
Primary Class (1st & 5th grades) – Room 5
Youth (6th-12th grades) - Youth Room
Kairos Class – Room 15 - This class is hybrid and video based.
The Walk Class – Room 7
There will be no Sunday School on Christmas or New Years Eve!

CHILDREN OF GRACE DATES
Dates to remember for Children of Grace (COG) parents:
Children’s Christmas Party: December 10, 5 pm  RSVP in Realm
Birthday Party for Jesus: December 18, 3 pm – Room 15
2023 VBS: June 26-30, 2023, 9 am – 12 pm

ASSISTIVE LISTENING - DEVICES AND APP
If you have trouble hearing the message and other speaking in the sanctuary, please let the people in the sound booth know. We have three assistive listening devices. It is recommended that you bring your own headphones that can be plugged into the device.
We now have an app available that streams the service. Please check the website for details on how to download and use it.

GRACE PRESCHOOL - SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
Grace Preschool is looking for those interested in substitute teaching. Experience is helpful but not necessarily required.
If you or someone you know are interested, please contact Melissa at 803-323-8945 or Melissa@gracefortmill.org for more details.

LIKE TO BE OUTSIDE? HAVE A GREEN THUMB? WILLING AND ABLE?
Our God-given Grace grounds are in need of love. Please consider volunteering to clean up the grounds and maintain our landscaped areas. Many hands make light work! Interested in being on our mowing team?  Interested in helping get our grounds back to their formal glory?
Any questions or suggestions contact our grounds team; Jason Wolfman, Ryan Lentini, and Cole Kessell.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
DOOR GREETERS
We are looking for volunteers (men and women) to greet people and open the church doors on Sunday mornings. This is a commitment of less than 30 minutes each week and is one of easiest ways to serve the church. If you can open a door and say hello at the same time, we want you!
Grace Door Men: Grace Door Men (signupgenius.com)
This opportunity is open to men and women age 16 and older. Please consider volunteering and helping promote what we all know: Grace is a friendly church open to all.
Thank you!

NAMETAGS
Please remember to wear your nametags on Sunday mornings. We have had quite a few guests attending worship, so it's helpful if we are wearing our nametags. If you are missing your name tag, let Ami know.

SOFT PLASTIC RECYCLING
Great job on continuing your collections! We just received the second bench that we are donating to the Historic Paradise Foundation. Have you ever wondered where the plastic goes after we collect it? In the following 2 videos are your answers.
Recycling program
Trex factory  

HUG ME DOLLS
Do you know someone who needs a hug? Melissa  has been making some hug-me dolls and is ready to make some more. They come in a wide variety, with each one just waiting to be hugged. They are $10 with all proceeds going to Grace's partner congregation in Iraq and its school for Christian and Muslim students.

WE NEED A "LITTLE" HELP!
Infants through 2 year olds are in Room 8, and 3 year olds through 5k will be in Room 9. Because we are in two rooms we need more volunteers. Please check your schedule and consider helping with our kiddos during worship. Sign up links are below. Thank you! 
SAVE THE DATE - 13TH ANNUAL GRACE CAMPING RETREAT
August 4-6, 2023 will be the 13th Annual Grace Camping Retreat. We hope you will mark it on your calendars now! There will be, once again, the opportunity to come a day early to practice your relaxing for the weekend.

WOMEN'S RETREAT
ATTENTION ALL women!!! Mark your calendars for April 21-23, 2023, for our annual Women’s Retreat at the Coastal Retreat Center in Isle of Palms. More information to come.  



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