Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Reaching people with the love and teachings of Jesus Christ

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Hello Friends!

December begins the season of Advent, preparing  for the coming of Christ. This is  a season filled with joy, hope, and expectation with our friends, families,  and church community. This can also be a busy stress-filled time as well. We have some exciting  programs coming up this month and I hope you can participate and be blessed!
• Our Advent Sermon series is, “Gift Exchange.” We’ll look at how we can exchange the mess in our lives for the gifts that Jesus has for us. The series  will run from Sunday, December 1 through Sunday, December 22, at both services.
• Christmas Vacation Bible School—xVBS— is themed “Jesus’ Academy for Heroes,” from  December 15-17. If you haven’t registered yet, be  sure to do so. We are looking for the entire church to be involved! So,  if you are interested in working with children, or support the program, please reach out to our Children and Youth Director Bailey Brown.
• Longest Night Service is a worship service for those who are struggling through dark and difficult times during  Advent. Even if this isn’t a difficult season for you, we  encourage you to attend to bring prayer and support for our church community. The service will be held on December 21 at 7pm.
• Christmas Baskets are a way for our church to bless  our neighbors in the community. The Mission Team will  organize a list of items you can donate or help purchase.  For more information please contact Julie Prevo or Carol Simmons.
• Christmas Eve Service will be at 7:00pm. We will have  a blend of inspiring music, word, and fellowship as we  celebrate the birth of Jesus. Be sure to invite friends and family for this special evening.
On a personal note, as we come to the close of another year at Grace, I consider it a pure joy and blessing to be able to serve this church and look forward to the new year ahead! 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Paul