In this season of expectation and hope, the Stewardship Committee invites you to make an Advent Thankoffering, a special year-end gift of gratitude in support of Grace’s ministries. Members of the Stewardship Committee shared their personal reasons for making a Thankoffering in a letter mailed to members’ homes last week. (Read them here.) How have you been shown God’s love and care in the past year, especially here at Grace Church?

If you would like to make an Advent Thankoffering, please use the special green envelope that was in your mailing. Extra envelopes can be found in the rack in the narthex and by the reception desk. Or give online (please type Advent Thankoffering in the box marked "Other.")

The end of the tax year on December 31 means that you may have financial reasons for considering a gift of assets at this time. Click here for more information.

Mid-week worship

During Advent we gather on Wednesdays, Dec. 10 and 17, for Morning Prayer at 11:30 a.m. and Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. Supper is served in Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m. Set aside this time to focus on “Peace, Patience, Promise,” and the meaning of Christ’s coming at Christmas.

ChristmasConcertLogo_2014.jpgAdvent-Christmas Concert: "All My Heart This Night Rejoices"

"All my heart again rejoices as I hear, far and near, sweetest angel voices;
'Christ is born,' their choirs are singing, till the air everywhere now with joy is ringing."

Join Grace's choirs and handbell ensemble for the annual Advent-Christmas Concert, next Sunday, December 14, 4 p.m. The program includes music by Carl Schalk, Richard Hillert’s “To Jesus Who Is King,” and a setting of a Christmas lullaby by Paul Bouman, as well as Bach Cantata #147, a joyful cantata that contains the familiar chorale setting of “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” A reception follows the concert in Fellowship Hall.