Updated 12/12/2017

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Bible Readings, Psalm and Gospel for Dec. 17: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Welcome to God’s Family! We celebrate Holy Baptism for Hajjar Kassem, daughter of Gyongyi (Ginger) Horvath, at the 9:45 a.m. service Dec. 17.

Wednesday Evening Advent Service, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. Christ the Light of the Universe. Worship preceded by a light and nutritious meal.

Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, 10 a.m. Children & Family Bilingual Service with Holy Communion. All children and children-at-heart are invited to this service! Dec. 24, 7 & 9 p.m. Traditional, candlelight services celebrating Christ’s birth in word, music and Holy Communion.

Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25. 10 a.m. Carol-fest service. Christmas scripture, singing and Holy Communion.

Grace Office Closings. We close Christmas and New Year’s Day.

End of Year Donations. To receive tax credit for 2017, all donations to the church must be received by Sunday, Dec. 31.

Installations. TODAY we install five newly-elected Council members: Christine Smith, Mike Hoffmann, Lot Acosta, Christina Welch, Bill Schmidt. Also our new officers for 2018: Bill Daleure, President; Rick Rehn, Vice-President; Helen Just, Secretary; Terry Andersen, Treasurer; Chris Ring, Financial Secretary.

Children & Family Ministry

Jill Wingard 828-693-4890 ext. 344 /

Sunday School: 9:45-11 a.m. Pre-K thru 5th grade in the Preschool area. Pre-K-2nd in Room #136, 3rd-5th in Room #135. Younger class follows the Bible reading for the day. Older class learns about the prophets.

Good Gifts: Children’s Ministry collects an offering Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. All collected money is matched dollar for dollar by a generous member of our Grace congregation. Children then choose items out of the Good Gifts catalog to help people around the world.

GYM – Grace Youth Ministry (6th-12th Grade)

Anne Monroe 704-604-3772 /

TODAY — GYM Christmas Party, 3:30-6 p.m. ALL YOUTH — meet at Grace for a quick caroling service project and head to the NEW Appalachian Pinball Museum for Christmas Party dinner. Video game free play and pizza provided. This is a ‘tacky’ Christmas Holiday outfit party, so wear your festive Christmas holiday gear, prizes awarded for best outfits!

“This Changes Everything” High School Overnight Winter Retreat – 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6-10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 7, at GLC. (Eat dinner before you come.) Required for all high school Gathering participants and adult guides. Retreat Outline: Saturday evening – group building activities; “Gathered for Love and Compassion” series; 8:15 a.m. worship planning. Sunday morning: warm home-cooked breakfast; youth assist with 8:15 a.m. worship leadership. Register:

High School YOUnique Teen Workshop, Wednesday nights, Jan. 3-Feb. 7. Why do you do what you do? What makes you different? Learn about your personality, gifts, special skills, career paths, and areas where you THRIVE. Prepare for college and job essays. Not repeated for 4 years – sign up now!

GYM – Grace Youth Professionals Ministry (20s-40s)

Anne Monroe 704-604-3772 /

Wednesday, Dec. 20, 6-7 p.m. Worship leadership needed at the Healing of the Nations Advent service. See Anne. Dinner provided before service.

Adult Ministry

Sue Filson 828-693-4890 ext. 304 /

Sunday Morning Opportunities for Adults

Adult Sunday school classes offered Sundays, 9:45 a.m. Drop-ins welcome!

  • Lectionary Adult Bible Study, Room 226
  • Wired Word, Room 221. Study based on current events.
  • Social Justice and Advocacy, 9:30 a.m., Stull Hall. Why and how we put our faith into action for social change.

Visit the Sign-up Station for details and sign-up sheets on classes and activities except OWLs information and sign-ups located in Fellowship Hall.

Cross+Generational Christmas Caroling -1 p.m., TODAY. Meet in Stull Hall following the 11:15 a.m. service for lunch (provided).

Oasis for Adults Jan. 3-Feb. 7. Max Lucado’s “Anxious for Nothing” DVD discussion series led by Pastor Ken. Jan. 3, “Rejoice in the Lord Always.”

Recharge Your Prayer Life – 3-5 p.m., Sunday. Jan. 7. Father John Rice, Chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, preaching Jan., 7 at Grace, leads the program including “Sharing the Gift of Blessing,” and gives time to practice this gift. Soup supper follows (free). For information, contact Pastor Ken.

Lunch and Learn Workshop – 12:15-2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 11. Denise Medlov, creator of “Ageless Grace,” a brain fitness program for all ages, presents up-to-date information following lunch catered by The Dandelion Eatery ($10). A Thrivent Financial event benefits Safelight.

Open Prayer – 6-7 p.m., each Tuesday in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Gifts Ministry – connecting VOLUNTEERS to meaningful ministries

Karen-Eve Pfotzer 828-693-4890 ext. 316 /

Visit Sign-up Station in the lobby for more information!

  • Audit Team, Counter, Memorial Reception Coordinator, 11:15 Host Coordinator
  • The Red Cross Shelter Shelter hosts and other support areas.
  • ATTIC Furniture Ministry- Driver w/ truck & helper 3rd & 5th weeks of month.
  • Good Samaritan Attic CoordinatorReceive calls and schedule pickups. Two months on, four months off. Work from home on phone and computer.
  • IAM Winter Needs & December Pantry Focus- See Sign-up Station or put a check to IAM, memo “Holiday Foods.” Take donations to IAM (Monday-Friday).

More Events & Announcements

35th Annual Community Christmas Dinner by Bounty of Bethlehem

Volunteers needed starting Dec. 21. To help, call 828-702-1467. Or donate or make financial contribution to Bounty of Bethlehem, PO Box 883, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

Lake Pointe Landing Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Dec. 18

Grace members at Lake Pointe Landing are invited to the Bistro. Communion service follows in the chapel if desired. RSVP to Sallie, 828-808-8765.

Grace College Students End of Semester Lunch, 12:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 18 TOMORROW! Welcome home for Winter Break! If you are back after exams, join us at Pita Express for a Grace college student lunch!

Dinner and Christmas Musical Performance, Jan. 10

RESCHEDULED! Youth help serve Oasis meal – chili, salad, cornbread and dessert. Serving 4:45-5:30 p.m. “Stars! Angels! Shepherds! Kings!,”  performed by Children’s Ministry and Grace Preschool, at 6 p.m. Meal cost is covered, but your donations invest in the lives and ministry of our youth supporting their attendance at the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Houston next summer.

Lutheran – Catholic Covenant Group, 1-3 p.m., Jan. 11

Meeting at Immaculate Conception Church. All Grace members are welcome to attend. Questions? Call Carl McKenzie, 828-606-5348.

Service of Christian Unity at Immaculate Conception Church, 7 p.m., Jan. 24

Father Martin delivers the homily. All Grace members are welcome to attend. Questions? Call Carl McKenzie, 828-606-5348.

Donate Your Used Neck Ties

Donate gently-used neck ties for a 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering special project. Place donations in designed bucket or give to Anne.