Announcements

Announcements for
December 8- December 14


We are pleased to welcome into the congregation today, Mrs. Sharon Sherrard.
 



WINTER TEACHING FELLOWSHIPS (December 8 -March 1)

How People Change – Room 204 - This class will explore the biblical pattern for change in a clear practical way you can apply to the challenges of daily life. Change involves more than just following a formula so we’ll focus how God is at work to make us the person we were created to be. This class is helpful to those of us wanting to become more Christlike in our daily life and for to those of us who want to help others to recognize God’s goal for their lives and how events move us toward Him. It includes a video and discussion. Led by Paul Carter
 

Dark Clouds; Deep Mercy – Room 201 Every Christian feels the pain of living in a fallen world. And, at some point, most of us will be driven to ask, Where are you, God? and, If you love me, why is this happening? This class brings clarity to our suffering, our questions, and explains how lament is itself an act of faith. When we lament, the book explains, we transition between our pain and God’s unfailing promises. The class is biblically rich, relevant, and, above all, a hope-giving balm to world-weary souls. The emphasis is on recovering the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow...that moves us toward deeper worship and trust. It's a study of bible passages in Psalms and Lamentations. The book we are using was just named Book of the Year by the Gospel Coalition. Led by Chad Danner, Mark Stoneburner, and Michael Anderson
 

Biblical Apologetics (1st 6 weeks) – Room 202 This six-week course will explore defending “the hope within” (1Peter 3:15), contending “for the faith” (Jude 1) and "destroying speculations…against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:5). Week 1 will be an introduction. Weeks 2-6 will engage such topics and Historicity and Reliability of the Scriptures, Miracles and the Resurrection and Science vs Faith. Led by Jerry Bogacz.
 

Scandalous (2nd 6 weeks) – Room 202 Based on the book Scandalous by D. A. Carson. Led by Curt Wilbur and Lucas Morel - The focus is the Cross and the Resurrection, and studies five Bible passages:

Matthew 27:27-51 on the Ironies of the Cross;
Romans 3:21-26 on the Center of the Whole Bible;
Revelation 12 on the Strange Triumph of the Slaughtered Lamb;
John 11:1-53 A Miracle Full of Surprise; and
John 20:2 4-31 on Doubting the Resurrection of Jesus



ADVENT READINGS FROM ISAIAH

These readings from the prophet Isaiah are intended to lead us as a congregation toward the wonder and joy of Jesus at Christmas. Please join us all in setting aside a few minutes each day individually or as families to read and pray over these Scriptures.

Expecting A King (Isaiah 1–39)                               Expecting A Servant (Isaiah 40–55)

Dec 1                      Isa 1:1–2:5                             Dec 14                    Isa 40:1-41:20
Dec 2                      Isa 2:6-5:30                            Dec 15                    Isa 41:21-43:21
Dec 3                      Isa 6:1-8:22                            Dec 16                    Isa 43:22-45:25
Dec 4                      Isa 9:1-9:7                              Dec 17                    Isa 46:1-48:22
Dec 5                      Isa 9:8-12:6                            Dec 18                    Isa 49:1-52:12
Dec 6                      Isa 13:1-16:14                        Dec 19                    Isa 52:13-55:13
Dec 7                      Isa 17:1-19:25                       
Dec 8                      Isa 20:1-23:18               Expecting A Messenger (Isaiah 56–66)
Dec 9                      Isa 24:1-27:13                        Dec 20                    Isa 56:1-59:15a
Dec 10                    Isa 28:1-29:24                        Dec 21                    Isa 59:15b-60:22
Dec 11                    Isa 30:1-32:20                        Dec 22                    Isa 61:1-62:12
Dec 12                    Isa 33:1-36:22                        Dec 23                    Isa 63:1-65:16
Dec 13                    Isa 37:1-39:8                          Dec 24                    Isa 65:17-66:24



KID’S CLUB CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS
You won’t want to miss our Children leading us through the Christmas Story and Song
Sunday, December 8th at 5:00 PM

 

THE VMI CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
You are invited to join the Corps of Cadets in Jackson Memorial Hall, 8:00 pm, Tuesday December 10th, for a Christmas Candlelight service. FMI contact Mary Cannon (540-464-7390 or cannonml@vmi.edu)


 

The beautiful poinsettias in the Sanctuary this Christmas Season have been given by:

Barbara O’Shields in memory of Morris O’Shields
Pamela Wercinski in memory of Thomas French
John & Gloria Merkel in memory of our parents
Paul & Debbie Damerell in memory of our parents
Paula Coburn in memory of Alex &  Emma Layton and Rita Fitzgerald
Darrin Coburn in memory of Robert & Peggy Coburn and Keaton Coburn
Turbeville Family in memory of our grandparents
Jan and Ken Kirkham in memory of Parents: John Schulz, Ken & Millie Kirkham
Matt Schucker in honor of Carl and Yaeko Schucker
Laura & Mitchell Shaner in honor of Lil Abbe
Tom & Joyce Duckworth
(Please make arrangements to have your poinsettia(s) picked up after church on December 29)


 

JUSTICE MINISTRY PRAYER TIME
Please join the Justice Ministry in a sweet time of prayer in support of the work of Street Ransom, International Justice Mission, and an end to human trafficking next Sunday, December 15th,  at 9:00 am in the conference room.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
The Prayer Shawl Ministry will be meeting tomorrow evening, December 9th, at 7:00pm at the home of Patti Hammond (152 Sycamore Ln. Kendal at Lexington). All are welcome to come and enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship, prayer and creativity.

 

ELDERS MEETING MONDAY
The Elders will be meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30 pm.  Please speak to Paul or Michael before then if there is anything you would like to bring to them.

 


 

Children at Grace
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…”(Deuteronomy 11).
 

BULLETIN CUES FOR KIDS
In this week's bulletin, you will see picture cues to help parents guide their little ones through a better understanding of how to participate in worship. 

Kid Kit Bags

At the door to the Sanctuary you will find bags filled with quiet activities for young children to use in church, if desired. If you take one to use during Worship, please take your child’s artwork home with you to enjoy and leave the bag in your seat for us to restock for the next child to use. Thanks and enjoy!

CHILDREN’S RESOURCE LIBRARY
Our library contains Bible story books and devotionals that we highly recommend and are for a variety of ages.  We would love for your family to utilize this library as a preview of the books, and encourage you to purchase those that meet your needs.  Please feel free to check them out for a couple of weeks, then return for other families to explore.  This beautiful resource and check out system is located on the white bookshelf in Laura Pearson’s office.

Nursery Volunteers

Sunday School— Sylvia Kirgis and Kay Dean              
Worship—Julie Carter, Karen Ewen, Maggie Lovett, Betty Anderson,  Marlene Shear and Terry Volant.

NEXT WEEK
Sunday School—Jan Kirkham and Kara Farris              
Worship—Hayden Carter, Chad Danner, Emily Danner, Marlene Shear and SJ Bennington

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.Kid's Club!
Resumes in 2020. Stay tuned!

 

Middle School Youth
Resumes in 2020. Stay tuned!
FMI Contact:
David Carter (540) 460-5936
 Hayden Carter (252) 917-2041
Matt Hypes (540) 805-0014

 


 

MEN OF GRACE RETREAT “Experiencing Change”

Save the Date! Men’s winter retreat will be at Grace again Friday, January, 17th and Saturday the 18th.  Speaker: Jack Howell. Jack received his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Seminary and has been pastoring Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk since 1998.  Jack is a native of Virginia; born in Richmond and raised in Stafford County.  He lives in Norfolk's Larchmont neighborhood with his wife, Rebecca, and their four children, Jackson, Ann, Marshall and Kathryn. Stay tuned…more details in the coming weeks…



OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

 

MNA DISASTER RESPONSE
MNA has opened up New Bern, North Carolina! The New Bern Site will be teaming up with Village Church. If you are looking for a Mission trip, the MNA has one for you and we need volunteers.  We are looking for teams to install and finish sheet rock, install cabinets, perform plumbing and minor electrical work. For more information, please contact Mark Willett   mwillett@pcanet.org or Sherry Lanier slanier@pcanet.org  We will need teams starting in late January 2020. The dates will be posted after the holidays.

So, please think about forming a team or joining one and let us all pray for New Bern as these are God’s people in need of our help. Thank you in advance.  In Christ’s Service,
Mark Willett, MNA Disaster Response Specialist, Mid-Atlantic


NO CADET LEFT BEHIND
Please consider being part of our Grace ministry to VMI cadets by offering them rides back to VMI after worship each week. Our church van brings them to church, but does not take them back to Post. The Rats will be going home with their host families, but all other VMI cadets will need rides. They will be awaiting your offers in the Commons after worship.  Thank you!
 

SUPPORT MISSIONS BY SHOPPING AT KROGER
Did you know that you can support our missions just by grocery shopping?  Kroger has a Community Rewards Program that gives a percentage of its earnings to non-profit groups.  We currently have 25 people (families) enrolled but would love to see our support increase by enrolling new members.  Enrolling is simple!  Just go to www.kroger.com to create an account.  Once you have an account go to Community Rewards and choose Grace Presbyterian Church - Organization number 93851.  We receive quarterly checks which go to our missions budget.  Last quarter we earned $200 plus!  If you have any questions about enrolling please see Jackie Coburn or Julie Carter.  Thank you!!!!


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WELCOME BASKETS
We often participate in the dedication of new Habitat homes in Village Way by presenting the new home owners with a “Welcome Basket”.  You can participate in this blessing to our neighbors by providing items to fill the baskets.  Some suggested items would be: candles, hand cream, coffee cups, picture hanger kits, boxes of tea bags, etc.  Please contact Joyce Duckworth (540-463-6561) if you have any questions about this ministry.
 

GRACE FOOD
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.”  (Psalm 37:5) 
God takes and blesses every GRACE FOOD item you bring and uses it to help feed our hungry Rockbridge neighbors. RARA is focusing on adding FLAVOR to the Food Pantry. For the last two years, shoppers had choices of meat and fresh produce every time they were open.  Each month of 2019 has an “Item of the Month”
December: Instant potatoes or stuffing
In addition, all year long, they will be looking for donations of lightly-used kitchen supplies, spices, marinades, and condiments.  Please take home today a GRACE FOOD bag and return it next week, or as often as possible, with ANY non-perishable food item.

 

THE COMMUNITY TABLE
The mission of The Community Table is to relieve hunger of those residing in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.  It is a restaurant without a cash register.  Dinner is served on Monday evenings at the Rockbridge Area Relief Association building next to the hospital.   Currently, our church is scheduled to provide up to 10 volunteers on the fourth Monday of every month. Volunteers wait tables and provide cleanup (2 different crews).  If you are interested in being a part of this effort or would like more information, contact Sylvia Kirgis at 463-5443 or skirgis@embarqmail.com.  You do not have to commit to going every month. 


GRACE CONNECTED

Going out of town?  Use the convenient online giving feature in GRACE Connected.  Click on "Give" on the left side of your Home Page.  Contact:  Curt Wilbur (540-460-5405) with any questions.

The Grace Online Directory (password protected) includes over 250 Grace members and regular attendees. Please contact Curt Wilbur (540-460-5405) if (1) you are not part of the Grace Online Directory and would like to do so, (2) you have forgotten your password, or (3) you would like your photo updated. We can arrange a time before or after any Worship Service to take pictures and help everyone learn the names and faces of fellow worshipers as our church body grows.

 

GRACE ONLINE

facebook:  From your Facebook page, find us at Grace Presbyterian Church - PCA.  Connect with a growing number in our Grace digital community as they seek to strengthen their discipleship and make Christ preeminent in their lives.

Twitter:  Go to Paul Carter@GraceRockbridge.

Instagram: Go to www.instagram.com/grace_rockbridge/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kid's Club @ Work - Christmas Shoeboxes, November 17, 2019 Photos