Announcements for the week of December 15, 2013

Announcements

2014 Offering Envelopes – are in the mailboxes in the chapel.

Choir Reminder:  There will NOT be a choir rehearsal this week on Wed., 12/18.  Choir members are asked to arrive on Saturday, 12/21, for the Christmas pageant rehearsal by 10:30.

Sunday School Christmas program – “X-MAS…OR CHRISTMAS?” will be held next Sunday, 12/22.  There is a mandatory rehearsal for all students on Saturday, 12/21, from 10 AM until 12 PM.  A pizza lunch will be provided for program participants.

Sunday School Christmas Program Fellowship – Please join us in the Chapel for some food and fellowship after the Sunday School Program next Sunday at 10:30 am. We ask Sunday School Staff, choir members and all congregational members to consider donating goodies and treats. Please place them on the table in the Chapel when you arrive for Sunday School or Worship. Thank you for attending our Christmas program and participating in our after church fellowship.

Family Tracts – New tracts for children can be found in the fellowship hall on many family topics.

Turkeys –  OUR FREEZER IS FULL!    Praise the Lord!  Your donations will be delivered to our neighbors in need by St. Vincent de Paul with their Christmas baskets.  Thank you for a job well done, good and faithful servants of the Lord!

Advent Giving Tree –  Our Advent Giving Trees are set up in the chapel and the narthex through Christmas.  We are helping those in need through four local organizations with this project, including the Magdalene Project, Summit Life Resources, Community Mission, and Harry Abate Elementary School.  If you care to participate, please take a tag off the trees and purchase the item indicated, then return it to the tree table.  Your generosity is appreciated!

December Special Mission Envelopes – have been designated for “Samaritan Counseling”.  This organization provides faith-based counseling and is available to all in need on a sliding fee scale.  Counseling appointments are available at several convenient locations, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Wheatfield and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Pastor Brese is a counselor with Samaritan.  For more information, visit their web site at www.sccwny.com or call 743-9117.  Your donations will help make this valuable service available to all in need.

New Organist – we are pleased to announce that Maye Smith has accepted the organist and choir director position and will start in January.

Lutheran Hour Ministries tracts – we have added several new topics to the rack in the Narthex. Check it out!
THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Youth Sunday School
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service

MONDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Class
10:30 am Craft Group
6:30 pm Advent Worship

SATURDAY
10-12 pm Pageant Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship
12:00 pm Luncheon for Carolers
1:00 pm Caroling to Shut Ins

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