WEATHER CANCELLATION UPDATE:
COMING SOON…INCLEMENT WEATHER POSTINGS…
 
 
 
Operation Christmas Child
 
As Grace has collected material things each month for OCC shoe boxes; this month we would ask for your prayers for the children that will receive a box.  Pray that their hearts will be open to hear about the love of Jesus and God’s plan of salvation for them.
 

Here is a summary of Operation Christmas Child for 2018.  The total number of boxes packed on Oct. 31st at the packing party was 428.  114 boxes were brought in by others making a grand total of 542 shoeboxes.  The final amount of donations was $5,009.00.  The shoeboxes were distributed to Zimbabwe, Paraguay, and a hard to reach area (which usually means it is a Muslim country).  The Operation Christmas Child Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the shoebox project such a great success!  Merry Christmas across the nations!

Mercer County Right to Life
 

To commemorate the 46th anniversary of the supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion, the Mercer County Right to Life Chapter will once again purchase a full-page ad in the Daily Standard.  For a $5.00 donation, your name, along with several hundred others, will be included in the Pro-Life Ad.  If you wish to participate in this year’s Ad Campaign, please send $5.00 along with the name or names as you wish it to appear in the newspaper to Pat Pottkotter, 5158 State Route 119, Saint Henry, OH, 45883 by January 7, 2019.  Make checks out to Mercer County Right to Life.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your name.  This ad will appear in the newspaper Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  If you have any questions, please contact Pat Pottkotter at 419-678-4557.  Thanks.

 
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
 

Join us Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th, at 7 pm with a candlelight service for a night of worship, celebration, scripture, and reflection on the coming of the Birth of Christ.  

 
Christmas Cards
 
To save a stamp, use the mailbox in the foyer and distribute your Christmas greetings to your church family these next few weeks!
 
Sunday Morning Breakfast Donations
 

As you are doing holiday cooking and shopping over the next weeks, please consider making or picking up a little something extra to donate to Sunday morning breakfasts.  Your donation can be placed in the freezer.  We ask that you clearly label it for Sunday breakfast.  Thank you.

 
Last End of Year Offering
 
Sunday, December 30th, is the last Sunday to turn in your tithing contributions for 2018.  So be thinking ahead for taxes if you are being called to make an extra contribution to the church.  This will help in timely contributions as well!
 
Grace Scholarships
 
GMC has two college scholarships available for those students who are going to college.  The deadline is Jan. 31st.  First, the General Scholarship is for students attending any college and is for one year only (no renewal).  Second, the Bethel/Taylor Scholarship is for students planning to attend Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN) or Taylor University (Upland, IN).  This scholarship is renewable each year.  Forms for these scholarships are available at the church office or from any scholarship memberRod Staugler.  Additionally, anyone wishing to make a year-end designation may do so by marking the check/envelope with “General Scholarship Fund.”  The scholarship committee thanks you for your support.
 
Christmas Back Pack Program
 
This is a great opportunity for us to serve our community this Christmas Season.  The Celina Ministerial Association has teamed up with C.A.L.L. Food Pantry to provide children with food during the Christmas break.  We will be taking up a special offering next Sunday, Dec. 16th,  to help purchase the food for the back packs.  Make checks payable to Grand Lake UMC.  Thanks in advance for your donation in providing food to the children in need in this community.
 
2019 Directories
 
2019 directories have been printed and are at the Welcome Center for pickup if you have not already obtained one.  Also, if you would like an electronic version please e-mail the office at gracemc510@gmail.com.  Thanks!
 

Trail Life USA Troop OH-1320

We are excited to announce that Grace Missionary Church has officially chartered Trail Life USA Troop OH-1320.  Plans are underway to begin Troop Meetings around March 2019. We are seeking your help to make it all happen.  We are in need of men who are able to volunteer as Adult Leaders in the Troop. There are many different ways to get involved with Troop OH-1320.  Contact Shane Jellison our Troop Chairman at (260) 251-2946, Shannon Michael our Troop Master at (260) 251-2866, or Pastor Brett for more information!
 
Office Closed
 

The office will be closed Dec. 27th, 2018-Jan. 4th, 2019.  It will reopen Jan. 8th, 2019.  Please submit all reimbursements to the office by noon on Dec. 26th.  Sorry for any inconveniences this has caused.

Wednesday Night Activities
 
There will be no Wednesday night activities on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.  They will resume on  Jan. 9.  Thanks.