eGrace – 12/27/2018

Hey, Grace’rs,

Our Final Weekend of Worship for 2018 is here!  We’re going to end the year and launch into the new one with great worship and a fun, compelling message on the call of Jesus to live a life of grace in a world of nastiness and ugliness.  The kids will help me with the message this weekend!  Since it’s the end of the year, feel free to bring your left over Christmas goodies to share!

Coming Up

After Saturday@5 Dinners resume January 12.

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.

January 5/6: Homeland Security 
January 12/13: He Wants to Fix it…She Wants to Talk about it
January 20/21: Worry Warts
January 26/27: Running of Empty

For the Youth: 
Reckless begins January 6 with a New Look:
Sundays, 4 pm: Jr High (6-8 grades).  5:30 pm: Sr High (9-12 grades)

For the Men:
Men’s Saturday Bible Study resumes on January 12@6:30 am

For the Women:
Breathe by Priscilla Shier  Freeing Ourselves From the Bondage of Busyness.
Classes start Tuesday January 15th
Morning class:10:30-12:00
Evening class: 6:30-8:00
Sign ups in the Lobby.

Stats and Stuff: 
Weekend Services:
Attendance: 417
Offerings:  General $14,183 + $18,599.25 online/text = $32,782.25. Youth $35 online/text. Hunger $5 online/text. Mission $1,050 online/text. YOLO $617. Evelyn Houg Memorial $1,000. Al Schwed Memorial $50. FMSC $1,973 + $340 online/text = $2,313. Noisy Offering $125.34

Christmas Services
Attendance: 1762
Offerings: General $26,844. FMSC $1,572. Noisy Offering $238.46

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

Our 2019 Theme: Grace.Forward!  See you this weekend!