Happening this week at Garden of Grace:
To improve everyone’s worship experience, we encourage worship leaders to use either the stationery or lapel microphones. When your time to participate in worship leadership nears, please be at a microphone.
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This week at Garden of Grace:
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec 1, “Hanging of the Greens,” decorating for Christmas.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, “Bible Study for Amateurs” Care Circle, led by Minister in Discernment Linda Renner, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner is provided.
9:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Choir practice, led by Andy Farmer, email@example.com.
11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2nd Sunday of Advent with special music and Rite of Blessing for Pine Ridge Mission shoe collection.
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Pastoral-staff meeting.
Children’s shoes are being collected now through Dec. 8 for South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Please see Minister in Discernment Linda Renner, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. Toys are being collected for Christmas stockings for Orangeburg County children. Please see Lois Spears, email@example.com.
Our Children’s Ministry will provide special music Sunday, Dec. 15. A special musical celebration will be Sunday, Dec. 22, by our Celebration Choir with children as “friendly beasts.” Please see Jessica Grello, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Andy Farmer, email@example.com, to help with this.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Celebration will be at 7 p.m.
Covered-dish luncheons will be shared at Garden of Grace at 2 p.m. Christmas Day and following Sunday worship, Dec. 29.
Household items – trash bags, toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, and much more – are being collected in our entryway for formerly homeless individuals and families.
Alma McAlister, firstname.lastname@example.org, makes bright pillows as a part of the “million pillow” project for those in need. She serves in this way with our HIV/AIDS ministry and children’s ministry.
Garden of Grace sponsors a Tanzanian child with $35 monthly. Trustee Jennifer Schneider, email@example.com, posts a calendar for monthly sign up. Checks should be made to Trustee Jennifer Schneider.
Trustee Jennifer Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org, prepares to launch a drama ministry. Please see her to be a part.
Our Children’s Ministry has multiplied! Nursery School for ages 4 and younger is available throughout worship. Children’s Church for ages 5 and older will allow our young people to share in worship leadership. Special “youth section” seating is available. Loretta Cobb, email@example.com, coordinates the nursery; Jessica Grello, firstname.lastname@example.org, the children’s church.
This growing ministry expands again in January with training and curriculum for teachers. Please see Jessica Grello to serve in this way.
Expansion of our Children’s Ministry, including the creation of a youth choir, and expansion of our AIDS/HIV ministry, including the start of a support group, are some of Garden of Grace 2013 visions.
Just a few of our other goals include celebrating March 10 our pastor’s 10th anniversary with us and celebrating Aug. 24-25 our 20th anniversary.
Construction of a new altar, designed especially for us; increased community outreach; increased ministry for couples and singles, and pay down of our mortgage also are on tap.
We are collecting non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank. A collection boxes is in the entryway of the church.
Retired teacher John Faulkner, JFaul37010@aol.com, will provide free tutoring for Garden of Grace children.
$25 service fee will be charged for all returned checks.
Two visually impaired men are in need of rides to church. Carl Preston lives off Farrow Road in northeast Columbia, 803-699-0340. Steve Waites lives in Gaston, 803-794-6211.
Aluminum cans are being collected for recycling. Proceeds go to our Pine Ridge Mission Team. Debbie Mitchell and Lauren Proctor lead this ministry.
Have you wanted to help on the Apron Angels (Hospitality Team) but did not like to greet people – just a little shy? Well, now you can help. In 2013, we are asking for help with donations, such as coffee cups, lids, snacks, and much more – and you don’t have to be a member of this team!
Photos are taken for use on our web site or face book pages. Please let the photographer know if you object to your photo being used for this ministry.
Care Circles gather to share in prayer, devotion and fellowship. These are great places to find friends and ministries.
Minister in Discernment Linda Renner, email@example.com, gathers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church.
Adult Night Out, led by Deacon Lenore Stackhouse, firstname.lastname@example.org, dines out at 7 p.m. third Wednesdays.