E-Notes for November 14, 2017

Dear Grace Family:  Please join us this Wednesday for our Thanksgiving feast – and extend the joy of good food and fellowship with next Wednesday’s Thanksgiving service and pie social.  Read on, and we hope you enjoy this edition of E-Notes!

Super Wednesday meal: Grace Thanksgiving Dinner—Roast Turkey with Gravy, mashed red potatoes, stuffing, candied sweet potatoes, corn, cranberry relish, rolls & dessert

Activities: 

  • 11:00 am—Adult Bible Study, Pastor Schul-Acts 28: “And so we came to Rome.”
  • 5:00-5:30 pm—Angel Choir (ages 3-5), Room 203
  • 5:00-5:45 pm—Sing ‘n Ring Choir (K-grade 5) Choir room next to Harkins Hall (Kindergartners can choose either choir)
  • 5:30-6:30 pm—Super Wednesday Supper, Harkins Hall
  • 6:30-7:15 pm—Adult Bible Study, Pastor Schul-Acts 28: “And so we came to Rome.”
  • 6:30-7:15 pm—The Re:Formers (5th-8th grades), HH Stage
  • 6:30-7:15 pm—Kid’s Club, Miller Center

Holiday collection continues for Centre County Women’s Resource Center (CCWRC) – Visit the table in the Upper Commons through December 18 to learn about (NEW!) items we need that will benefit the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.  Along with gift cards, there is an urgent need for tea towels and dish cloths; DVD movies and shows rated G, PG, PG-13; boxes of herbal tea and coffee/tea cups; posters/pictures with positive messages; journals and gel pens; new pillows – various sizes; and warm (thicker) blankets.  With the exception of adult sweatshirts and sweatpants, please do not providing clothing due to a lack of storage. If you purchase items using AmazonSmile, their foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to CCWRC. Please make checks payable to CCWRC. Visit www.ccwrc.org for more information.

Jared Boxes accepted through November 19 at noon – Jared Boxes provide a calming diversion for young patients in the hospital for medical treatments and our goal is to collect 200 boxes this year.  Our local hospitals have requested boxes for ages 1-3, 3-5, and 5-8. To make a Jared Box, fill a plastic storage box with small toys, games, and fun activities, selected for a specific age and gender.  Plastic storage boxes, instructions, and suggested gifts lists are available in the Narthex. Thank you to Thrivent Financial for providing funds for the containers.

November 19 bucket offering collection for Out of the Cold – Out of the Cold Centre County (OOTC) was established in 2011 to provide warm and safe overnight accommodations for the homeless in our community.  Please give generously to this bucket collection if you are able. Thank you for your continued support.

Garden of Readin’ on November 21 – The November selection for Garden of Readin’ (women’s book club) is The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron.  The group will meet Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm in Fireside.  The discussion facilitator will be Marcha Drake.  There will be no December meeting.

November 22 Thanksgiving worship service and pie social – Join us the evening before Thanksgiving to give God thanks during our 7:30 pm worship service and for fellowship and pie afterward in Harkins Hall.  You can drop off any type of dessert pie in Harkins Hall before the worship service.  We hope you will join us to give thanks with members of your Grace family!  If you cannot bring a pie, you are still welcome to come!

AdventFest at Grace on Sunday, Dec. 3, 11:45-2:00 – From Advent calendars, wreaths, and candles to Christmas trees and glass Christmas balls, many of our cherished traditions originated in Germany.  Come to our first AdventFest in Harkins Hall after the 10:30 service for a German-themed meal, live music, Advent poems and carols, Advent-themed treats, a pageant, and to participate in an interactive storytelling about St. Nicholas of Myra as told by Dennis Snider.  Contact Cindy Fritz at cfritz@glcpa.org if you can contribute a covered side dish, or she can recommend a German recipe to make.  Bratwurst, potatoes, Stollen and German Christmas cookies will be provided.  Look for details in November Grace Notes.  If you have a German Nutcracker or Pyramid you would like to include in our display, contact Laurel Sanders at lsanders@glcpa.org .

Toys for Tots collected through December 15 – From November 13 through December 18, Grace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten will collect toys for needy children in our area through the Toys for Tots program.  If you would like to donate a toy, please place your unwrapped gift in its original packaging in one of the collection boxes located at the entrance to the school and in the Narthex.

Wanted: members to ring bells for Interfaith Human Services – Every year during Advent we help Interfaith Human Services to ring bells for their annual Wishing Well Campaign.  Please sign up to ring on the bulletin board in the Upper Commons.

Volunteers needed for Out of the Cold Centre County (OOTC)Out of the Cold provides warm and safe overnight accommodations and nourishment for members of our homeless community.  Several Centre Region congregations take turns hosting our guests. Grace has hosted since OOTC’s inception and in 2018 we will host from January 2-14.  We need many volunteers to stay overnight, provide a meal, wash towels, unload and load the program supplies and equipment, and provide miscellaneous needs. Training is provided for all hosts and overnight volunteers.  Signup sheets will be on the bulletin board soon.  Please consider helping!

Grace sermons available on the Web – There are two options for accessing our pastors’ recent sermons electronically:  you can visit the downloads page on our website at www.glcpa.org or check out our blog at: sermonsofgrace.wordpress.com .  We have chosen a website vendor are making steady progress.  Completion is anticipated this fall.

 

Grace Notes – Please click these links for an electronic copy of Grace Notes – November 2017 and the Grace Notes Calendar – November 2017If you wish to stop receiving the hard copy of Grace Notes, please e-mail Sharon Schultz at sschultz@glcpa.org.

Offering – automatic withdrawal – If you are interested in having your offering come out of your bank account the first business day each month please click Electronic Giving Form for the form.  Once you have completed the form, you may return it to the church office to the attention of Sharon Schultz.  If you have any questions about the process, please contact Sharon at sschultz@glcpa.org.

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Note:  Submissions about upcoming church-related events can be sent to lsanders@glcpa.org for consideration in future editions of E-Notes.