eGrace – 12/19/2018

Hey, Grace’rs,

For 5 weeks we have been racing toward the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  And it’s finally here!

Here’s all you need to know to enjoy the sacred, compelling, reckless power of Christmas:

Weekend Services: Saturday@5, Sunday@8:45 and 10:15.  Our annual Carols, Cookies, Communion Grace Christmas Party Worship Service.  This is a tradition we started our very first year as a church in 2005.  I love this service.  It’s informal.  It’s fun.  It’s profound.  And it will set the stage for our Christmas Eve Eve and Christmas Eve Services.   Wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater to possibly win a prize!  And bring some cookies to share. 

Christmas Eve Services: All services are identical with the exception of December 24, 7:30
Sunday, December 23, Christmas Eve Eve: 3:30 and 5:30 (with a live nativity petting zoo in between).  And bring some cookies to share.

Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve: 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 (Scriptures, carols, communion, and then outside for a candlelight finish to the night).  And bring some cookies to share.

I hope you will invite some friends.  You can rest assured that they will hear the good news of the Savior born for them!

Coming Up

December 29/30 New Clothes for a New Year (Colossians 3:1-17)

Coming in January: A Fun, New Series to Help You Pay Off Your Christmas Debt: God, Money, and the Sexes.  We’ll look at how Men are From Mars and Women are From Venus when it comes to handling money!  I highly recommend you purchase the program created by our friend Shaunti Feldhahn and her husband Jeff: Men, Women, and Money.  It includes a video and workbooks.

Stats and Stuff: 
Attendance: 650
Offerings:  General $20,441 + $3,573.25 online/text – $24,014.25
Youth $15 online/text
LPE $25 online/text
Mission $70 online/text
Hunger $215 online/text
Women’s Ministries $200 online/text
FMSC – Giving Tree $3,541 + $280 online/text = $3,821
Al Schwed Memorial $600
Noisy Offering $47.87

This is a reminder that all contributions for 2018 need to be received by our office, posted online or postmarked by December 31, 2018.
The office will be closed from December 25 until January 2, so if you’re making your contribution in person, you’ll want to put your contribution into the offering basket on December 29/30
For your convenience, you could do online giving by going to our website at and go to the More Tab to scroll down to Online Giving.
Or, you could use TEXT giving: (623)295-2484
Tax-free IRA withdrawals for charity
Anyone over 70-1/2 may take tax-free distributions of up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA if the money is distributed directly to an eligible charity. While retirees can’t also take a deduction for that contribution, the money won’t count as income. So it won’t hurt when it comes to other taxes, such as those imposed on Social Security benefits when income exceeds a certain level.
Those contributions would be directed to:
Community of Grace Lutheran Church (If they request our Fed ID #20-2336497)
10561 W Pinnacle Peak Rd. Peoria AZ 85383

It’s Christmas!  Celebrate the Birth of Jesus with your Grace family.  And bring your friends!