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


The first Sunday of October is  World Communion Sunday. Come share the table as we acknowledge our unity in Christ throughout the whole wide earth!  We will have one worship service this Sunday, October 1st at 10:15am.

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.

Sept. 23rd-Sept. 29th
Bethel Shelters are so excited to have some awesome restaurants on board this year to help out during Love Our Neighbor! Saturday, Sept. 23rd - Friday. Sept. 29th, a different restaurant in York County will be holding a fundraiser to support Bethel Shelters. All you have to do to participate is come out and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Here’s the lineup for this year so get ready to do some good eating! For additional information on the Annual BBQ sale (curbside pick-up) at the end of the week click here.

Each October we collect the Dimes for Hunger offering. This money is distributed by our presbytery’s Hunger Action Team to about 15 ministries within the 5 counties of our presbytery and to feeding ministries in Guatemala, Malawi, and Honduras. The Hunger Action Team has established relationships with each of these organizations and verifies the good work they are doing on an annual basis. These ministries give groceries and/or hot meals directly to people who are struggling to make ends meet. Our children collect this offering during worship each Sunday in October and they love to receive your coins, paper money, and checks (made out to Grace Presbyterian) for this special offering. This year we have been challenged to grow Grace’s giving from $1,600 to $2,000. Our presbytery is nearing $2 million collected since this effort began in 1978. This offering makes a difference to people having to choose between paying rent, getting their prescription medications, and having enough to eat. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

LEARN:  All Sunday School classes will be joining Temple Solel's Introduction to Hebrew class--a 6-week  class that teaches you how to read Hebrew ! Please click here for more information including a link to the sign-up genius and how to order the book before we begin on Oct. 1st.

Following worship on October 1, we will have a hot dog lunch in the pavilion. Grace will provide the hotdogs and buns. Everyone is asked to bring a side and/or dessert.  Please RSVP on Realm.
The pumpkins may be delivered that same afternoon. If you are able, please plan to stay and help unload.  

Sunday, October 1 (first shipment arrives)
The Grace Pumpkin Patch is about to return for the month of October. We will be selling pumpkins and mums in and around the Pavilion. Please help make it a success by volunteering to help unload the truck and selling pumpkins and mums in the patch.
Pumpkins are scheduled to arrive on Sunday, October 1 at 2pm and another ½ load on Sunday, October 15 at 5pm. Your help unloading the pumpkins and placing them in the patch would be a huge help! We need many hands to make this happen. The truck is often late and sometimes even comes on a different day. To let everyone know if the truck is on time or to share updates we use Remind. Join the Pumpkin Patch Remind and you will get a message sent to your phone with updates about the arrival of the pumpkins.
Volunteer to work shifts in the Pumpkin Patch on the sign-up genius here or check with the church office about available time slots.
The Grace Pumpkin Patch sends financial support to Thornwell Home for Children, Historic Paradise Foundation, Give Kids the World, and funds the youth ministry of our church.
Monday, October 2nd, 11:00am-1:30pm
Folks who have been widowed are invited to gather for support, conversation about lessons learned and maybe even some fun. Members of Grace and Temple Solel and friends are invited to come! After the gathering, those who want to will head out for lunch together.

LEARN:  Men's First Saturday Breakfast and Bible Study
Sat, Oct 7 at 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Please RSVP on Realm or directly to Sam.  A contribution of $5 for food is helpful. Looking forward to being with you.

Saturday, October 21st 8-11am
Please come out and help us get the church grounds cleaned up! In the event of rain, we will postpone until October 28th. There's a lot of work to be done and the more hands we have, the better! Please reach out to Cole Kessell for more information and to RSVP.

For October, the Fort Mill Care Center is requesting the following items:
  • Paper towels
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Cereal 
  • Oatmeal 
  • Grits 
  • Soup 
  • Canned Meat. 
At the end of October, they will begin giving out Thanksgiving food and will be especially in need of:
  • Pie Crust Mix 
  • Evaporated Milk 
  • Cranberry Sauce 
  • Boxed Instant Potatoes
Please leave any donations in the cart beside the sanctuary. If you have any questions, please contact Renee.

  • Tuesday (10am on Zoom) Join us in reading Jesus is the Question: The 307 Questions Jesus Asked and the 3 He Answered, by Martin Copenhaver. We'll start this study on October 3.
  • Wednesday Study Group (7:30pm on Zoom) We'll be starting our new book, The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu, on October 4.
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.

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 for next 6 weeks
The Walk Class – Room 15 for next 6 weeks

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 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 for more details.

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.

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  

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.

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