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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: As we prepare for another season in our children and youth ministries, volunteers are needed to teach and help in the classroom, assist with record keeping, plan special activities, operate sound and projection, cook meals, assist in the kitchen and lunchroom, and to provide mentoring, friendship, transportation, and leadership for youth. Persons are also needed to provide snacks/dessert for Wednesday suppers (approximately 40-50 persons – sign up at the Information Station). If you would be willing to help in any way, please contact Nancy Macomber (233-1898) or Pastor Dave (233-4341). A Fish Net organizational meeting for all who are interested or potentially interested in helping with the coming season will be held this Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 PM. Our R.O.C.K. leadership team will meet this Thursday at 6:30 PM and is open to new volunteers also. Help us show and share the love of Christ with kids of all ages! 

CHILDREN’S CHURCH: Rather than offer Sunday school this coming season, we’d like to develop a simple Children’s Church program to be held during the second service (after the opening set of worship songs) for children 3 years-old through those in 2nd grade. Our goal is to launch Children’s Church this Fall, but two-person teams of volunteers are needed (a leader & helper) each week to be a part of a rotation. With enough volunteers the rotation might involve serving only once every 2-3 months. Leaders will choose and create their own lesson but several good resources will be made available as options. Kelly Price will coordinate this ministry. Sign-up at the Information Station today if you love children and would like to help by being a part of the rotation. It’s a great way to serve and invest in our children and families!

 WEB SITE RENEWAL: Pastor Dave is looking for a volunteer with computer skills who could update our web site pictures and possibly even renew the entire format. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Dave.

SOLICITING FEEDBACK: The consistory is interested in hearing your thoughts and suggestions about the ministry of Grace Church. A Suggestion Box has been placed on the foyer table along with some blank half-sheets of paper for you to write down your ideas. The feedback can be general or specific in nature pertaining to possible future sermon topics, creative ideas for outreach and growth, possible new venues for “Sunday in the Park,” feedback on existing ministries, small group ideas, discipleship possibilities, facility enhancements, concerns you have, or things that you want to affirm and are feeling good about, etc. Signing your name is optional and you do not need to be a member to submit ideas. The box will be out for about a month. Please know that Pastor Dave and consistory leaders value your input and ideas. We want to get better together!

 SUPPORTING THE MISSION:  As we approach the final months of the calendar year, we are significantly behind in our giving.  Your financial support is needed to keep the ministry of Grace Church alive and impacting.  Consistory invites members and friends of the church to consider your weekly or monthly giving.  From Jesus Give-Aways, Sunday in the Parks, our prayer shawl ministry, dramas & dinners, Fish Net, The ROCK, small groups for adults, weekly worship services, an increase in visitors, and a dedicated pastor – Grace Church is making a difference for Jesus!  Please evaluate your financial support of the mission of Grace Church.  Would you consider making up for any weeks you may have missed, bringing your giving up-to-date, and/or increasing your weekly offerings? God will bless your generosity!

T-SHIRTS ON SALE: If you haven’t already, please consider purchasing a Grace Church t-shirt from the foyer table today. The shirts come in all sizes, are durable cotton, and are now just $4.00/each. Please leave your payment in the can on the table, and may we wear them proudly as witness of God’s working in our church!