eGrace – 12/6/2018

Hey, Grace’rs,

If you still aren’t quite yet in the Christmas mood, this is your weekend!  Our Grace Notes Kids Choir will present the “sermon” this weekend through a concert that promises to fill you with Christmas Spirit!  Families with last names starting with J-K have the food table this weekend.

Saturday Night Dinner:  We will not be having dinners in December but we do have a special family event each Saturday after worship.  Up this Saturday:  A Candy Cane Hunt.

If you missed last weekend’s message on Full Joy Ahead you can view it here.   

For all the information on what’s happening at Grace go to  Or…head to the App store and download the Grace App (search Community of Grace Peoria, AZ)

Coming Up This Advent:

Advent Christmas Series:  Full Grace Ahead

December 8/9  The Grace Notes Kids Choir Christmas Worship Service  (After Saturday Night: Candy Cane Hunt)
December 15/16 Full Peace Ahead  (After Saturday Night: Cookie Decorating)
December 22/23 The Annual Grace Carols and Communion Christmas Party Worship Service
December 29/30 New Clothes for a New Year (Colossians 3:1-17)

Breakfast with Santa and Santa Games, Saturday, December 15@8 am.  FREE for the whole family.  Pancakes. Sausages  Games.  Crafts.  A Snow Ball Fight.  And Pics with Santa.  Sign up in the lobby to ensure we have enough food.

Meeting of the Congregation, Sunday, December 16@11:20 Approve new board members and the 2019 budget.

Christmas Eve Services:

Sunday, December 23, Christmas Eve Eve Services@ 3:30 and 5:30 (with a Live Nativity between services)

Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve Services@3:30, 5:30 and 7:30

All services are the same with the exception of Christmas Eve 7:30 which will include carols, Scripture, Communion, and outdoor candlelight.

Please sign up to serve on Christmas Eve Weekend.  We’ll have lots of guests and plenty of opportunities for you and your family to welcome them.  Also, remember to bring cookies when you come!

Stats and Stuff: 
Attendance: 607
General $15,104 + $4,128.50 online/text = $19,232.50
General $24,658.50 + $5,055 ACH + $6,334 text/online = $36,047.50
Youth $40 text/online
Mission $625 text/online
Hunger $30 text/online
FMSC $150
Samaritan $15 ACH
Refresh the Campus $50 ACH
Noisy Offering $26.94

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

This weekend: Full Grace Ahead as our Kids fill us with the Joy of Christmas through their annual Worship Concert.  A good weekend to invite some friends.