Announcements for 12/22/19

IT’S NOT TOO LATE:  Our ADVENT GIVING TREES are located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location.   

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Please note that we will have Sunday School next Sunday, 12/29, as usual at 9 AM as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

TURKEY AND HAM DONATIONS:  We received a donation of 26 hams and turkeys.  Your generosity enabled us to help the Community Mission, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, The Lord’s Day Dinner and the Magdalene Project.

A total of 17 donations were collected on Saturday, December 14 at the AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE held at Grace.  These collections will go on to save up to 51 people.

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP . . .

Christmas Eve Services – Tuesday, December 24th

5:00 PM – Service of Lesson & Carols

11:00 PM – Candlelight Service

Christmas Day Services – Wednesday, December 25th

10:30 AM – “Christ Mass” Service w/Holy Communion

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