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

Thank you for all the ways you support the life and ministries of Grace!

GIVE:  FORT MILL CARE CENTER
For January, the most needed items at the Fort Mill Care Center are:
  • Small 1 or 2lb. rice/grits
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Jams and Jellies
  • All-purpose Cleaners
  • Cleaning Wipes
Please place all items for the Fort Mill Care Center in the carts by the Sanctuary and we will make sure they are dropped off to the FMCC.  Please contact Renee with any questions.


SERVE:  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO MAKE MEALS FOR gYg
We need volunteers to provide a meal for our youth group (approximately 15 kids) on January 29 and February 5. You can decide the menu (either make it or purchase it), and work alone or as teams. With our kitchen at the church still out of commission, cooking would need to be done off-site or on the grill. The food is needed at 5:30pm at the church. Our youth group would appreciate the support! Please let Jason Davenport know if you can coordinate one of these dates!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29th - MEMBERSHIP LUNCH + LEARN
We will have a membership Lunch and Learn on January 29th after worship. This is an opportunity to learn more about Grace and ask questions with Pastor Joanne and some current members of Session. There is no obligation to join, but if you want to, this is the time to do that. Please 
RSVP to Joanne so we can have a headcount for lunch. 

GATHER:  DAYTRIPPERS VISIT JAARS IN WAXHAW
Monday, January 30 at 8:45 am
On Monday, January 30 we will travel to JAARS in Waxhaw, NC.   JAARS is an organization committed to the belief and the vision that people’s lives are transformed as they experience God’s words in their own language. For more info check out their website.  We will tour their campus, the Museum of the Alphabet and have lunch on-site.  We will leave Grace at 8:45 am and return around 3:00 pm. Please RSVP on Realm and indicate if you would like transportation. The deadline to register is Friday, January 27th.  Questions? Contact Annmarie Clark.

GATHER:  GRACE FAMILY FIRST
Sunday, February 05, 2023 12:00 pm 
Our February Grace Family First will be on February 5th  following the 10:15 am worship service. There will be a potato bar for lunch. Bring a salad, side or dessert.  We will make Valentine cards and decorate cookies for our Room in the Inn guests, as well as, pack lunches for them. RSVP on Realm here.

GATHER: -Ish GROUP EVENING WITH THE CHARLOTTE CHECKERS
Sunday, February 19, 2023 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of fellowship and fun at the Charlotte Checkers game at Bojangles Coliseum on Sunday, February 19 at 4pm. Everyone 3+ needs a ticket and all tickets are one price regardless of age. This is a "bring the whole family" event.
Please register on Realm by February 2 because we have to give a final headcount to the Checkers shortly thereafter.

GATHER:  LOVE CAFE 2023
Saturday, February 25, 2023 6:00 pm
Love Café is a wonderful annual Grace event with a dual purpose: 1) We enjoy a nice dinner at the church and 2) raise funds for missions/charities selected by our youth group. Chef RJ Manoni and his kitchen crew will prepare a delicious multi-course meal. This year we will enjoy a Korean theme. Our youth will serve as our wait staff. Childcare will be provided at the church and children will be provided pizza for dinner (please provide names and ages of children so we will be prepared!) Space is limited to the first 96 people who register. Register here.

LEARN: PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERY'S LEADERFEST 2023
What: Workshops to help strengthen and equip followers of Christ.
When: February 26, 2023, 2:00-5:00p.m.
Location: Rock Hill First Presbyterian Church
Who Should Attend?: Anyone looking to grow in the topics being presented.
Cost: FREE!!!
Register Today!
QUESTIONS? CONTACT KARA WHEELER
Topics include public speaking, worship planning, stewardship, mission trips, outreach, church music, and more. Attendees can pick two seminars to attend.
Connie, Ginger and Joanne will be leading one seminar, Rhett will be leading one and Joanne will be leading a second one. We hope Grace has a great showing- there are many helpful topics being offered!


SERVE:  BETHEL SHELTERS - MEALS FOR MEN'S SHELTER
Renee Tillett is coordinating a meal for March 11th.  Please sign up here to help.  For more information on meal coordination and serving meals, you can learn more by clicking here.  The meals are delivered at 1232 Curtis Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730 - 803-818-7403

SERVE:  GROUNDS TEAM HELPERS NEEDED
The Grounds Team is looking ahead at the nicer weather soon to be arriving and requesting volunteers to join the Holy Mowers for this upcoming mowing season, as well as anyone interested in helping us keep up the grounds around our church. A "clean-up day" is being planned and the date will be announced as soon as it is scheduled. Please contact Cole Kessell if you are interested in being part of the Holy Mowers, Grounds Team and/or helping when we have our next "clean-up day".

SERVE:  NURSERY WORKERS NEEDED
Our nurseries are growing and we need helpers! Our youngest members, infants through 2 years old are in Room 8.  No changing diapers or planning.  If this is the group for you, sign up here.
3 year old through 5K meet in Room 9. Again,  no planning---just enjoy being with our preschoolers. Sign up here.

LEARN:  STUDY SERIES IN WALK CLASS
We will continue to offer a short video + interactive discussions as we gear up for Lent! This class is open to anyone who is interested. We keep it casual and assume you may show up late (we don't get started until 9:15). Come join us for some good conversation! Reach out to Dre Manoni with any questions.

LEARN:  STUDY SERIES IN KAIROS CLASS
The Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. Join us for learning and conversation about this series from Amy Jill Levine.

GYG UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
Grace Youth Group Calendar of Events:
If you are not getting weekly youth emails with details information about the following events, please let Jason know at jason@gracefortmill.org or 803-517-3827 and he’ll be glad to add you to the email list.
January
29: gYg Meeting, 5-7pm at the church
February
5: gYg Meeting, 5-7pm at the church
12: Souper Bowl of Caring collection at morning worship; Grace Bowl?
12: Signup deadline for High School Montreat Youth Conference & Middle School Montreat Youth Conference; click here for info.
25 (Saturday): Love Cafe'
26: WinterJam at Spectrum Center, leave church at 3:15pm
March
4-5: Ski Trip to WinterPlace, WV


LEARN:  WEEKLY STUDY GROUPS
Here are the study group days and times.  All groups are on Zoom!  
  • Tuesday, 10am - Tuesday Morning Study Group  (January is a study of Esther & Ruth )
  • Wednesday, 7:30pm - Wednesday Evening Study Group, studying What Our Neighbors Believe
Email Joanne for the zoom links to either of these
  • Thursday, 10 am - Thursday Morning Bible Study -The Remarkable Ordinary by Frederick Buechner
Email Celia Wilson 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

SERVE:  ROOM IN THE INN
This program allows 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.
Grace's scheduled dates to host Room in the  Inn are:  February 11th  and March 4th.  Please sign up now!  
Volunteer for  Room In The Inn

CHILDREN OF GRACE DATES
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.

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 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.

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.

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.  For more information click here.

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

Announcements