Grace Presbyterian Church Mission Statement: Following Jesus, we love, welcome and serve.


SERVE:  ROOM IN THE INN
You can make a difference in the lives of our unhoused neighbors. This program allows us to serve 8 of our neighbors, providing them with the comfort of food, warmth and fellowship.  Our next overnight will be Saturday, February 24th.  Thanks to the Graceful Threads! The donated quilts are a huge hit providing warmth, color, and conversation for our guests.  Your flexibility through the ever changing RITI ministry is important. We never know who or how God is going to call us to serve. Please consider helping with this important ministry.
See Michele Nestel with questions.  Sign Up Here for any of the dates.

SERVE:  BETHEL OVERFLOW SHELTER DRIVERS NEEDED!
Grace has agreed to be an “overflow” shelter for Bethel Men’s Shelter from February 25th through March 17th. There are more unhoused people in need of shelter than Bethel alone can provide for and they will never turn a person away.
As an “overflow shelter”, the only thing we are required to do is provide transportation from Bethel to Grace in the evening and return to Bethel in the morning (using their 14 passenger bus).  If you wish to be a part of this ministry, please see the sign-up genius to volunteer to chauffeur in the night and morning. Please note due to the high need there is a signup for a second driver which may not be needed every night/morning. For additional information, please contact Dawn Posey.

LEARN:  MEN'S FIRST SATURDAY BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Saturday, March 2nd at 8am
Next gathering is 8:00 am on Saturday, March 2, Bible passages to be explored: Psalm 19, John 2:13-22, and I Corinthians 1:18-25. Looking forward to being together. Please RSVP on Realm or e-mail Sam directly.

GATHER:  FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE CRAFT DAY
Saturday, March 2, 2024 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce an opportunity to come together for a crafting afternoon! We will learn to create a Pysanky Ukrainian Easter eggs under the direction of our own Celia Wilson.
The cost of the class is $15.50 and we have room for 10 people.  This class is appropriate for adults or older teens due to the dyes used .   Please register in Realm.   If you have an idea for a craft and would be willing to facilitate, contact  Annmarie Clark.

DEIJ "Real Conversation"
Sunday, March 3rd at 1:30pm
The DEIJ team will host an anti-racism event on Sunday, March 3 at 1:30pm.
Rev. Dr. Ben Boswell, a preacher, pastor, author, civil rights leader, and sought after speaker will lead us in conversation about "Confronting Whiteness". Please join us and sign up in Realm here. For more information on Dr. Boswell, click Pastor Dr. Ben Boswell – Preacher, Scholar, Author & Civil Rights Leader (pastorbenboswell.com).  

GATHER:  GAP GROUP TO EXHIBIT "SEEING AUSCHWITZ" AND DINNER
Saturday March 9th, 3pm
GAP will meet up at VAPA Center in Charlotte at 3pm on SATURDAY, March 9 to view “Seeing Auschwitz: The Exhibition.” We will share the experience together and discuss as we walk, then we’ll meet up for dinner to further process the experience and break some bread together. It takes about 1-1.5 hours to view the exhibit, so that should put us just in time to beat the dinner crowd. Dinner location is TBD, and you’ll pay for that at the restaurant. You can consider this a two-part GAP event and can come to the exhibit and dinner, or just one. But I need a head count on the dinner portion to plan. We’ll call the dinner portion a 5:00-ish start. Deadline to register is March 3rd. Please register/RSVP on Realm and contact Ray with any questions.

GATHER:  MARCH DAYTRIPPERS
March 11 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
We will learn about Thornwell on Sunday, March 10th in Sunday School and then travel to see Thornwell on Monday, March 11th.
We will leave Grace at 9:30 and travel to Clinton, SC to visit the Thornwell campus. We will have a guided walking tour and then lunch locally before headed home. We should return to Grace around 4-430
Please RSVP in Realm or by calling the office.
For more information, contact Annmarie Clark.

GIVE:  FORT MILL CARE CENTER
We can make a difference in the lives of those in our community through our donations and partnership with the Fort Mill Care Center.  We learned this week in the Sunday mission series that FMCC WILL accept:
canned food up to 2 years AFTER expiration date (no baby food after expiration), dented cans, as long as they are not leaking and top is still round (can be opened with can opener) and 
fresh produce!
Please place items in the shopping cart next to the sanctuary and we will make sure they get delivered. If you have any questions, please contact Renee.

LEARN:  WEEKLY STUDY GROUPS

STUDY GROUPS
  • Tuesday (10am on Zoom)  We will be starting The Life of Jesus for Today, by Ronald J. Allen. 
  • Wednesday Study Group (7:30pm on Zoom) We are studying  The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. 
E-mail Joanne for more information about either of these groups.
  • Thursday Study Group (10am in person and on Zoom) We do a study of Invitation to Romans: A Short-Term DISCIPLE Bible Study by Prof Pamela M. Eisenbaum 
E-mail Celia Wilson for more information.

GATHER:  2024 Women's Retreat
Grace’s annual Women’s Retreat is April 19-21, 2024 at the Lutheran Coastal Retreat in Isle of Palm, SC.    RSVP in Realm.

GATHER:  2024 Congregational Camping Retreat
August 2-4
2024 Grace Congregational Camping Retreat will be August 2-4, 2024 (with the option of camping on August 1st).   For more information and to register, please go to Realm.

SAVE THE DATE:  GRACE'S ANNUAL YARD SALE  will be August 24th, 2024 with setup August 18-23.  


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
The Walk Class – Room 7

GATHERING AT GRACE  :  What opportunities for fun are available at Grace? Where do I belong? 
Our (sort of) age related gatherings are for anyone who wants to come and have fun with others. No ID checked! If you want to hang out with folks, no one will turn you away.
  • GRACE FAMILY FIRST NIGHTS - We meet on the first Sunday of each month for food and fellowship. Following our meal, one of our awesome musical groups will sing and we usually end the night with a mission project to support one of the many groups we serve.  Sarah Childers coordinates this group.
  • -ISH GROUP - people who are the age of the parents of our littles and elementary school kids gather for food and fun. Dre Manoni coordinates this group. 
  • GAP GROUP - We don’t need babysitters (or we do and get them) and can still drive at night. We gather the 3rd Friday night of each month for food and shenanigans. Sometimes we’re at the home of a member, sometimes we can be found at a local pub or restaurant, but we can always be found laughing and having fun. (What’s in the name? It was the group in the gap between our young adults and seniors…that’s not really true anymore, but the name stuck.) Ray Scott is our coordinator.
  • DAYTRIPPERS - We go on field trips during the day. From spider lilies to Hello Dolly to Fort Mill History Museum and more. Watch for the monthly adventure. Annmarie Clark coordinates this group. All are welcome!
  • VINTAGE GRACE - This group of Seniors gathers annually for a Christmas lunch and gift swap.
  • YOUTH - 6th through 12 graders gather weekly for faith-building, service and fun. More details here.

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.

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 have received several benches with half going to the Historic Paradise Foundation. Have you ever wondered where the plastic goes after we collect it? The following 2 videos will provide those  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 Thornwell Home for Children and Teenagers.

INTERFAITH PARTNERSHIP WITH TEMPLE SOLEL
Presbyterian Church & Jewish Temple Partner – Sharing Lessons of Hospitality: CN2 News article

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