eGrace for 12/14/2017

Hey, Grace’rs,

Stressed and worn out from chasing Christmas this year? This weekend we look at our final Christmas Song of the Advent Season in our series, Christmas Goes to the Radio: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. God has a big promise for you that will make that hope come true! Families with last names starting with L-R have the food table this weekend.

Christmas Eve at Grace:
Saturday, December 23: Christmas Eve services at 3 and 5 with a live petting zoo between services.
Sunday Morning, December 24: The Grace annual Christmas Party at 8:45 and 10:15
Sunday Evening, December 24: Christmas Eve services at 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 (communion and outdoor candlelight service)

With almost 2000 people coming to celebrate Christmas with us, we have the chance to let them know that Grace is a place of grace. There are lots of opportunities for Gracer’s to make a difference on Christmas Eve weekend, so please email Kendrah at to let her know which Christmas Eve service you are coming to and where she could plug you and your family in. We need greeters, ushers, parking lot team, security, communion servers, Info Table and Taste of Grace Volunteers.

Coming in 2017:
New Worship Series: Would the Real God Please Stand Up! Finding God in the Bible!

Grace Night Saturday Night: Starting January 6 we will be offering an after Saturday@5 dinner/activity time. Each week the menu will change. $2 per person. And each week will include something fun for all ages.

The Helping Christian Boys Thrive Summit, Saturday, February 24 (Downtown Phoenix). For educators, parents, and anyone wanting to inspire our boys to good manhood! Information here: However, because Grace is a sponsor, you can register for $20 ($30 discount!). You can let your friends know, too! Register here.

Feed My Starving Children, March 2-3.

BJ Thomas in concert, Sunday, April 15. More info to come.


Stats and Stuff:
If you didn’t get a chance to support the mission of Grace while you were gone, you can do so here: Scroll down to the on-line giving tile.

Worship Attendance: 749
Offerings: General General $19,757 + $3,596.25 online/text + $1,063 Thrivent Choice = $24,416.25. Hunger $15 online/text. Missions $ 1,000 + $50 online/text = $1,050. Youth $25 online/text. FMSC $524. Grace Race $300. HCBT $1,000. Memorial: Bill Phillips – $150. YOLO Outreach $745. Noisy Offering $70.43

Year End Gifts
This is a reminder that all contributions for 2017 need to be received by our office, posted online or postmarked by December 31, 2017.

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 30/31

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

If you have any questions, you can contact Michelle –

This weekend: How to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas!