Announcements for the week of November 23, 2014

CHOIR MEMBERS: are reminded to meet after the service for a short practice for the Thanksgiving service.

OFFICE HOURS: The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

CHURCH DECORATIONS: Join your fellow church friends after service next Sunday, November 30th to decorate the church.  With enough hands this will take 30 minutes. Come on, it’s fun, and will help you get into the “spirit”!

OUR SPECIAL MISSION for November is the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Samaritan works out of several locations in Western New York, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Bergholz and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Rev. Dr. Erwin Brese is one of several counselors working with Samaritan.  Samaritan offers Christian-based counseling to help those struggling with many of life’s challenges.  If you wish to support the work done by Pastor Brese and the other counselors at Samaritan, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.

ADVENT SERVICES: Advent season begins on Sunday, November 30 and we will begin an Advent series on that day that will continue during the following 3 Wednesdays: December 3rd, 10th and 17th at 6:30 pm.  Please join us before the Wednesday services for a Simple Supper at 5:30 pm.  There is a signup sheet on the glass counter.  This is a wonderful way to simplify and focus on the true beauty of the Christmas season.  Please note communion will not be offered on November 30th.

CAROLING to the SHUT-INS: After church service on Sunday, December 21st.  Meet us in the Ladies Lounge for lunch, then we are off to sing to our church family members who are no longer able to attend. Another thoughtful way to bring Christmas joy to those most in need! Carpooling available, no need to drive.

THE OLD BELL:  have you noticed the old bell sitting In the corner of the common area? It has been there collecting dust for a long time!  Pretty soon you will see a suggestion box there and we hope you will submit ideas on what can be done with it. The possibilities are endless, so be creative and make a suggestion, or two!

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Choir Practice
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Grace Ladies Wine & Cheese

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
6:30 pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship
7:15 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Worship Service

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