Announcements, 11.25.15

PREPARE & CONNECT

This Sunday's Sermon: Our Advent series begins this Sunday with a sermon from Joshua on Luke 2:1-7. We invite you to read ahead as a way to prepare for this week's service.

No Children's Worship on Sunday: As this is the fifth Sunday of the month, we will NOT have Children's Worship. Parents, we encourage you to see this time as an opportunity to worship with your children and to teach them about the service. Nursery care is still available for ages 0 to 3.

No Adult Formation Class on Sunday: Due to the holiday weekend, our Adult Formation class on Discipleship will NOT meet on Sunday. Our last two sessions will meet on December 6th and 13th.

GATHER

Many Beautiful ThingsThis docu-drama detailing the life of Victorian artist and missionary Lilias Trotter will premeire in Virginia on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30pm at Regal Short Pump. Featuring Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley of Downton Abbey) as the voice of Lilias Trotter, and John Rhys-Davies (Gimli of Lord of the Rings) as the voice of her mentor and world renowned art critic John Ruskin, the film explores Trotter's life, art, and why her legacy was nearly lost to history. Told she could be "England's greatest living painter," Trotter's story is one that pushes the limits of beauty, sacrifice, and the question of calling in one's life. The trailer can be viewed hereVisit this link for more information and to buy tickets.

City Church Christmas Pageant, Party, and Sing-Along! Our Christmas celebration will take place on Saturday, December 5th here at Grace Covenant. We’ll kick things off with the pageant at 5:30, followed by dinner, and a fantastic Christmas carol sing-along. Please bring a dish to share and invite your friends to join us–this event is a wonderul way to introduce new people to our church community! (See the announcement below for how you can help with this event!)

SERVE

Welcome to the World, Baby Cinder! Webb Rhea Cinder was born at 9:42pm on Friday, November 20th weighing in at  8 pounds, 6 ounces. We'll provide meals for Meagan and Matt as the adjust to life at home with their new baby boy. If you're interested in serving them in this way, visit takethemameal.com to sign up; the log-in and password are Cinder.

Mercy Fund on Sunday: We will take up a special mercy fund offering at Sunday’s service, as we always do on the last Sunday of the month. Whatever is given will be kept separate from our general budget and will be used to aid those in our congregation, and in our community, who have emergency needs. Please prayerfully consider what you might give.

Help with the Christmas Party: Food and elves needed to help with City Church’s Christmas Party on December 5th following our pageant! We are looking for volunteers to help make finger foods and we are looking for hands to help with the party and with party clean up! This event is a great way to welcome friends and our church family as we celebrate Jesus’ birth together. Sign up online here. For food questions, contact Kate Allen (katelynnallen@gmail.com), to volunteer, contact Shannon Reppard (shannonreppard@gmail.com). Thank you, and Merry Christmas!