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

Announcements

GRACE DAYTRIPPERS - BACK-TO-SCHOOL BRUNCH
Calling all moms, dads, grandparents or anyone else jumping for joy that the kids are back in school!
Grace’s Day Trippers will meet for brunch at the Famous Toastery on Friday, August 19th at 10 am. RSVP here so we have an idea of how many to expect.
We will talk about ideas for Day Trippers events in the coming months!

UPDATE ON HISTORIC PARADISE FOUNDATION
The generosity of Grace members is amazing!
Thanks to all who donated to the back to school for HPF! $238 in clothing and $245 in gift cards were collected!
News will be coming soon on ways to become involved when their after school program ramps up on September 6th.
Talk to Janet Hamilton or Mary Louise Conner about their recent volunteer experiences!

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.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BUILD DAY
We will work on August 20, from 8:00 AM- 2:00PM on a home at 80 Pinkney St, Rock Hill SC. If people would like to help they can contact Mark Nestel for more details. You can RSVP on Realm to let us know you're coming. We will be the only group working on the house that day along with a few from Habitat. We also need someone to provide lunch for the group. Please let Mark know if you're willing to help with that.

GRACE GROUNDS CLEAN UP - OCT 1, 8AM-11AM
Grace is hosting the Providence Presbytery Quarterly Meeting on October 9th so we want our church to be extra spiffy. Let have a Grace Grounds Clean Up Day! To do list: Cleaning up beds/parking lot, weeds, trimming shrubs, pruning trees, spreading mulch, misc.
(Some work is being contracted out related to other projects so it won’t be too bad). And many hands make light work! Come for some or for all.
We will need various tools and wheelbarrows for all the above tasks. If you have electrical or gas powered equipment that will be handy, please let me know.
Any questions - contact Cole Kessell

GRACE DAY TRIPPERS
The Grace Day Trippers have some fun monthly events planned. So go ahead and mark your calendars for the following events. More information will be available for each event as it nears.
o  August 19 – Back-to-School Brunch
o  September 14– Tour of historic Allison Creek Church grounds in Rock Hill
o  October – J and J Family Farm Tour

CHILDREN OF GRACE DATES
Dates to remember for Children of Grace (COG) parents:
Back to School Bash: August 21, 4-6 pm
Rally Sunday for Sunday School: September 4, 9 am – Potluck Breakfast in Room 15
Trunk or Treat: October 30, 4 pm
Children’s Christmas Party: December 10, 5 pm
Birthday Party for Jesus: December 18, 3 pm – Room 15
2023 VBS: June 26-30, 2023, 9 am – 12 pm

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.  

FORT MILL CARE CENTER NEEDS FOR THE MONTH
Fort Mill Care Center’s donations always drop in the summer so they are very low on some items.  They especially need green beans, corn, spaghetti sauce (they do not need spaghetti noodles), cereal, grits and snacks (such as chips, nuts and granola bars). Let’s help fill their shelves and provide food for those that can use a helping hand.

GRACE YARD SALE - AUGUST 27
Save the Date and Save Your Treasures and Spread the Word!
Grace Presbyterian Church ANNUAL YARD SALE is happening Saturday, August 27th (Rain or shine)
MEGA YARD SALE AND BAKE SALE: Small appliances, yard equipment, clothes, toys, computers, household goods, linens, sports equipment, bikes, books, etc.
Volunteer sheets will be out soon for this great fellowship event.  

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.

LIKE TO BE OUTSIDE? HAVE A GREEN THUMB? WILLING AND ABLE?
We are in need of people willing to mow our property and be involved in general upkeep. 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? Contact Peggy at peggy@gracefortmill.org. Interested in helping get our grounds back to their formal glory? Contact Peggy at peggy@gracefortmill.org.
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!

HISTORIC PARADISE FOUNDATION
Here are some specific ways you can support Historic Paradise Foundation!:
  • Volunteers to read or to listen to children read from 4-5 each day.
  • Donations of bottled water. These can be left by the Fort Mill Care Center shopping cart with a note HPF.
Check out all the exciting things going on with HPF by looking at their most recent newsletter.
Questions? Contact Annmarie Clark

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. Also, with everyone wearing masks, it's sometimes hard to remember who's under there! If you are missing your name tag, let Peggy 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! 
WEEKLY STUDY GROUPS
Here are the study groups that are meeting in the next week.
  • Tuesday, 10am - Tuesday Morning Study Group
  • Wednesday, 8pm - Wednesday Evening Study Group
  • Thursday, 10am - Thursday Morning Study

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
Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) - Youth Room
Kairos Class – Room 15 - This class will be hybrid and video based. The current series is called An Introduction to Reformed Theology.
Walk Class – Room 7 - meeting in room 15 during Lent
High School students are welcome to join WALK, or help out with the Toddler and Early Childhood classes