2919 Miccosukee Road
Tallahassee, Florida
850.877.5423
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The mission of Grace is to invite and welcome all to the fellowship of Christ in service to our community.
Here are Sunday's
bulletin and insert. Our services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Office Hours:
M - F 9:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
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Rev. Jennifer Kopacz delivers an update to the congregation.
ADVENT WORSHIP REMINDER

Midweek Advent worship is held on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. through December 21.
Handbells practice will begin 15 minutes early, at 6:15 p.m., and Chancel Choir practice stays the same.
CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
Delivery, December 18, after 2nd service

Grace supports the Christmas Connection. Please look for the index cards on the metal tree in the lobby with the gift ideas.

In addition, we have created a box for miscellaneous donations, which can include non-perishable groceries, toiletries, paper towels, gift cards for
Publix, Walmart, Target, etc.  Please note that used items are acceptable to give only if they are "like new".  No Cash please.

Please deliver wrapped gifts and/or food items to the table (be sure to attach the card you took from the tree to the wrapped gifts) and place by the
box in the fellowship hall anytime between now and December 18.

We will be delivering these items after church on Sunday, December 18. If you have a truck and can assist with the delivery on that day, please let us
know. There are no large items requested this year. Stay tuned for more details.

For more info or to volunteer your truck for delivery, please contact Lory Maddox at 443-0504 or lorene_maddox@nettally.com
Pastor Jenn sings "Revelation Song" with Music Director Anthony Warrington.
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WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Be sure to read the Grace Notes newsletter each month for more detailed information about activities at Grace.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11: THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

This Sunday, Dec. 11, is our choir's Christmas Cantata. Please come and invite friends and neighbors to this special all music service that will take
place at both the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Show your support for our choir directors and all of our musicians who take extra time out of their
busy schedules to help us to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

SPONSOR POINSETTIAS for the Christmas season.  Sign-up on the sheet in the fellowship hall.  Deadline is this Sunday, Dec. 11.  $7.50/plant.

CHRISTMAS CAROLING THIS SUNDAY NIGHT, Dec. 11- all are invited.  We will sing at 5:15 p.m. at Harbor Chase Assisted Living Facility, 100 John
Knox Road and then at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadview Assisted Living Facility, 2110 Fleischmann Road. Please join us in bringing some holiday cheer to
the residents.  If questions, please call Burt Von Hoff, 508-7793.

2017 CALENDARS FOR SALE.  Wall or pocket $6, notepads $3.  Please support youth group activities by purchasing.  They make great gifts!

2017 FLOWER CHART is posted on bulletin board in the narthex.  Please sign up for a Sunday to sponsor flowers.

NEXT WEEK:

MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP is Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. through Dec. 21.  Handbell practice will begin 15 minutes early, at 6:15 p.m., and Chancel
Choir practice stays the same.

THE TALLAHASSEE CIVIC CHORAL (Leslie Heffner, Artistic Director) fall concert, "Snow Angels and Snowflakes", Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Turner
Auditorium, Tallahassee Community College. Featuring "Snow Angel" by Sarah Quartel. Tickets available at door: $9 adults; $7 seniors/students.
Free with TCC ID.

LIGHT IN THE PARK, a Relay for Life community-wide luminaria ceremony to honor and remember loved ones during this special time of year.
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7pm-8pm at Ponce de Leon Park, 127 E. Park Avenue.  Luminaria bags are available in advance at American Cancer Society, or
at the park.

COMING UP:

BLOOD DRIVE AT GRACE is Sunday, Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sign up in the fellowship hall. See Bart MacFarlane for information.

MEN'S MINISTRY BROWN BAG LUNCH is the third Monday of every month in the fellowship hall. We meet next on Dec. 19 and Jan. 16 at 11:45 a.m.
Bring a brown bag lunch for yourself.  All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP will be held Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Please come to whichever one suits your schedule.

SIGN UP TO ASSIST ON CHRISTMAS EVE.  We need worship assistants for both Christmas Eve services. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the
narthex at the entrance to the sanctuary.

TIME TO THINK ABOUT LUMINARIES. We need help with setting up luminaries for Christmas Eve on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 10:00 a.m.  and after the
8:30 p.m. service, to clean up for Sunday. Call Paul Schneider at 284-3454 if any questions.

HARBOR CHASE WORSHIP SERVICE/SINGALONG is 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25 at   100 John Knox Road. We hope to see you there.

ONLY ONE QUILTING in January.  Join us on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 1:30-4:00 p.m.  All are welcome!

ONGOING:

BULLETIN & EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Please email to the church office well in advance when possible. The final deadline is Tuesday each week. In
the event the announcements must be readied ahead of time and an announcement can't wait for the next publication, we can make a verbal
announcement on Sunday.

HAVE SOMETHING FOR GRACE NOTES (monthly congregational newsletter)?  Please submit to Sara Straub at sstraub@talstar.com by 15th of
month.

PLEASE PLACE SOUVENIRS from churches you visit in the souvenir box located in Fellowship Hall. We may get some ideas for future fellowship
activities.

GRACE MEMBERS COLLECT FOOD for our community's needy. The "tuna bucket" and the Catholic Charities Collection basket for non-perishable
food items are located in the Fellowship Hall.

WANT TO HELP WITH MANNA ON MERIDIAN, a monthly food pantry we serve in partnership with St. Stephen, Faith Presbyterian, St. Paul's United
Methodist and Unitarian Universalist Churches?  Contact Connie MacFarlane for info.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR CHRISTMAS EVE.  We are in need of worship assistants for both of our Christmas Eve services to be held on
Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm.  A signup sheet is on the bulletin board in the church narthex at the entrance to the sanctuary.

CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR'S DAY -
BOTH FALL ON SUNDAY

This year, Christmas Day and New Year's Day are both on Sundays.  We'll be having one service at 930 a.m. on both of those days, (no Sunday
school) and we really hope that many of you will attend.

In addition, on Christmas Day, all are welcome to come in comfortable clothes.  Kids can come in their Christmas PJ's; adults can wear flannel and
sweats or your favorite tacky Christmas sweater; or maybe even your Santa or elf hat.  And if your comfortable clothes are a suit a tie or a skirt and
blouse, that's welcome, as always.  We will be singing Christmas songs and hearing the good news of great joy: that a Savior has been born for us!  
So come one, come all - come as you are to worship and adore him!

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
Delivery, December 18, after 2nd service

Grace supports the Christmas Connection. Please look for the index cards on the metal tree in the lobby with the gift ideas.

In addition, we have created a box for miscellaneous donations, which can include non-perishable groceries, toiletries, paper towels, gift cards for
Publix, Walmart, Target, etc.  Please note that used items are acceptable to give only if they are 'like new.'  No Cash please.

Please deliver wrapped gifts and/or food items to the table (be sure to attach the card you took from the tree to the wrapped gifts) and place by the
box in the fellowship hall anytime between now and December 18.

We will be delivering these items after church on Sunday, December 18.
If you have a truck and can assist with the delivery on that day, please let us know. There are no large items requested this year.

For more info or to volunteer your truck for delivery, please contact:
Lory Maddox at 443-0504 or lorene_maddox@nettally.com

About the Family

Case #226D, 2 adult females and 4 kids:

This single mom was given custody of her disabled nephew shortly after he was born. He has been diagnosed with epilepsy and autism and requires
constant supervision. She has loved and cared for him through his whole life and is the only mother he has ever known. The mom lost her job in
September and has been able to find another one but it is in Georgia and does not start until January. The mother's other sister and her daughter
lives with the family and is helpful but the household income is still cut in half and there is nothing to help give the children a Christmas.

MANNA ON MERIDIAN

It's time once again for Manna!  This month shopping and unloading are on December 9, bagging on December 12, and distribution day with all its
distribution tasks on December 17.  As always, we look forward to your help making a difference in the lives of others!

Additionally we have a bin in the Fellowship hall to receive donations of fresh fruit or breakfast snacks for the hospitality hour at Manna.

This month I am placing a bin to collect donations of used clothes for children and adults. This may include coats, shoes, hats, gloves and purses.  I
will make sure all items are delivered to Manna by December 16th.

Here is the link to sign up for spots for each of the tasks: http://signup.com/go/XV9ucz

We're using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming sign up for December Manna.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our sign-up on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/XV9ucz
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you
up manually:  Phone 559-9618 or 656-8549; or email connieandbart@comcast.net

Thank you all for your help!

Connie MacFarlane
connieandbart@comcast.net
656-8549 or 559-9618

HEADS UP FROM LUTHER SPRINGS

There's a lot going on in the new year!  Some dates to keep in mind as you plan for the next few months.

EQUIP HS Leadership - February 17-19, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Energize! Question! Understand! Intercede! Proclaim!  This event is for high schoolers who are ready to explore theological issues, discern gifts for
leadership and be challenged! Adult leaders/parents are welcome to join us!

Master's Builders - February 24-26, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Interested in doing projects to improve Luther Springs while enjoying the lake, telling stories around the campfire, exploring the great outdoors
enjoying crazy camp games, or sitting on the back porch discussing your faith?  Join us and other men of faith at Luther Springs!  Leader: Pastor
Peter Morey.

Quilting Retreat - March 6-10, 2017 (Mon- Fri)
Come spend time with other quilters in the relaxed atmosphere of Luther Springs for fellowship, worship, projects for gift ideas and to benefit a
nonprofit group. There will be a day trip to a local quilt shop and the opportunity to share your own creations!

Grands Weekend - March 10-12, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Join us for for spiritual growth and fun.  Children may stay with their grandparent(s) or in Morgan Village Cabins with a Luther Springs counselor.  
Leaders: Rev. Dick Hafer, Margo Walbolt, Steve Helm and Luther Springs staff.

River Rat Ramble - March 31-April 2, 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Join us for a weekend of canoeing, games, fellowship, and worship at Luther Springs! For both Middle and High School youth!