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Blue Christmas – A Service of Healing

Blue Christmas Service of Healing

A Service of Healing – Sunday December 23rd at 3 pm

For some of us, the holidays aren’t always the joyous times you would expect.

You are not alone.

Come celebrate with us, to help find the joy in the season.

Please join Pastor Tim on Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 3:00pm for a special Blue Christmas service filled with carols and scriptures to help those feeling a little blue.

This service invites those grieving any kind of loss, who are depressed or feeling alone to come and experience the good news of Jesus.

All are welcome, tell your friends, share this post.

Come Celebrate Advent – Prepare the Way

Advent Wreath

Advent is a time of preparation. The word advent comes from Latin – ‘ad’ which mean ‘to’ and ‘venere’ which mean ‘come’. We are waiting and preparing for the coming of our Lord, for the birth of Jesus on Christmas.

Food, Fellowship and Worship – Wednesday evenings

Beginning Wednesday December 5th, join us for food, fellowship and worship. The meal is served from 6 to 6:45 pm, followed by a 30 minute worship service at 7pm.

There is a different menu each week, including plenty of homemade desserts.

Advent dinners and services will be held on Wednesday December 5, 12 and 19th.

Advent Resources

Stop by the Grace Narthex to pick up Advent resources for your family – advent activities for all ages.

Greenway Walkers & Bikers – Dec 2018 Recap

Greenway Walkers December 2018

December Walk Recap – Greenway Walkers and Bikers

Thanks to everyone that joined us for our December walk!

Join the next walk on Saturday January 5th.


Details of our December Walk

On Saturday, Dec. 1st at 9:00am we will walk part of Walnut Creek Trail towards the Neuse River. From Grace Lutheran take Millbrook which becomes New Hope Rd., continue through Poole Rd. intersection and then exit into the “Bluffs at Walnut Creek” on the right.

The parking area is on left at 1890 S. New Hope Rd.(#96 on map). Use your own judgment about any weather conditions that might not be comfortable or safe for you to walk.

Remember all ages are welcome to join us for this walk outing, and you can walk at your own pace.

Greenway Map

Greenway walkers/bikers:

WELCA News and Events – November 2018

WELCA-Cross

Backpack Project Update – Lutheran World Relief

Grace WELCA members prepared 120 backpacks for Lutheran World Relief this year. All the fabric materials were donated. The school supplies were either donated or purchased. WELCA members thank all of you who so generously packed our bin with supplies.

Thanks to a Trivent grant and your donations we are well on our way. We need approximately $ 800 in additional donations to complete the project and ship the backpacks to their final destination.

CAN YOU HELP?

Several people have asked if they can purchase a backpack, the answer is yes!. You can purchase a filled backpack for a donation of only $20. Contact Lin Gunnet or Helen Hauser to make a donation.

November Meeting – Tuesday November 13 – 7 pm

We have a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at 7pm in the church conference room. Hope to see you all there. Barb Rodberg is scheduled to present the Bible Study from our October, 2018, Gather magazine. We will do November’s study at our holiday party in December. We are seeking a volunteer to lead the December bible study.

Christmas Celebration – Dinner and Fruit Basket Preparation – December 14

WELCA will hold their annual Christmas Dinner and fruit basket preparations on Friday, December 14 at 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. All women of Grace are invited to attend. Make your reservations by signing up on the WELCA bulletin board outside the church office or contacting Lin Gunnet. The cost for dinner is $10 per person.

Upcoming Schedule

There will not be a scheduled backpack sewing day or The Ladies Monday Lunch Bunch in November and December. These activities will resume in January 2019.

LIn Gunnet
WELCA President

Greenway Walkers & Bikers – Nov 2018 Recap

November Walk Recap – Greenway Walkers and Bikers

Everyone had a great time walking on such a beautiful November fall day!

Join the next walk on Saturday December 1st.

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We will meet Saturday, November 3rd at 9:00am at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve Park (#93 on map). Take 401N (Louisburg Rd), go left on Mitchell Mill Rd. at traffic light, then left on Horseshoe Farm Park Road until the parking lot. When assembled we will decide which direction we want to walk.

*There are restrooms at this park.

Remember all ages are welcome to join us for this walk outing, and you can walk at your own pace.

Greenway Map

Rise Against Hunger – Sunday September 9th

Gods Work Our Hands

God’s Work – Our Hands – Sunday September 9th

Volunteers are needed to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger on Sunday September 9th after our worship service.

We need 65 + volunteers to pack those meals!

Lunch will be provided – beginning at 11:30 am

Meal packing – from 12 to 2 pm

Everyone can help – if you want to help we will find a task for you. Youth are invited to volunteer too!

We also need at least six strong folks able to unload 30-50 lb bags of rice and tubs of other grains. Arrive by 8:45-9:00 am if you can help with the unloading!

Sign Up to Volunteer or Donate

WELCA News and Events – Summer 2018

WELCA-Cross

Food Bank Tour & Lunch

Monday, July 16, 11am to 2:30pm

Stop Summer Hunger 2018, is a goal of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. In an effort to further fulfill our WELCA mission statement, members wanted to learn more about this valuable resource in our own Raleigh backyard. Grace member Barbara Oates, a 2012 Hunt-Morgridge Award recipient for her service to the NC Food Bank, has arranged for all Grace members to tour the new state of the art food bank facility in Raleigh.

The two-hour tour will begin at 11am. Following the tour we’ll enjoy lunch at RSVP for the tour, lunch and let us know if you need a ride.

All are welcome! Learn more about resources in our community that are providing for a better quality of life for our neighbors. You never know what light bulbs God will cause to shine next. He used Barbara Oates all those years ago when she saw a need in our community to feed all our neighbors who were hungry and didn’t have the resources to provide for themselves and their families.

Come join us, bring a friend, colleague, or neighbor!

Food Bank: 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604

18 Seaboard Restaurant: 18 Seaboard Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604

New Hope Valley Railway Ride and Museum Tour

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at 10:30 am

Location: 3917 Bonsal Road, New Hill, NC 27562

For all Grace Members, Friends, Children, Guests-Come Join us for hours of fun and an opportunity to learn about the New Hope Valley Railway heritage railroad operated by the North Carolina Railway Museum, Inc., an all-volunteer, nonprofit, and tax exempt educational and historical organization.

Bring your children and grandchildren; invite your neighbors and friends.

You will need to purchase your own tickets at their website or by calling 919.396.5833.

Tickets are $12/adult, $8/child, (ages 2 and under free, no seat), and $11/Senior.

Hurry, do not delay, tickets will sellout fast for this date.

Questions contact WELCA.

Upcoming Events – Note Changes and Save The Dates

NO Ladies Lunch Bunch in June 2018

WELCA Summer Retreat – August 4, 2018, 10am-2pm, Location TBD

Come ready to learn about Prayer from our three summer lessons in our Gather Magazine and work on our service project, Backpacks for Lutheran World Relief. Help determine the future of Grace Lutheran WELCA and how we serve Grace, our community and the world.

WELCA Sunday, August 26, 2018, 10am, Grace Lutheran Church

Backpack Sewing, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:30am-12N

Please note there will be no backpack sewing in July. We will continue sewing in the Fall. We will assemble the completed backpacks at our August retreat for shipment in November.

Thanks to You Grace is Looking Good Inside and Out

Do you remember reading the following during the Stewardship campaign last year?


Welcoming All: Buildings Brimming with Welcome

Cloistered along a busy North Raleigh thoroughfare sits 5010 Six Forks Road, our congregational home. What beautiful grounds! What a majestic transition from the parking lot into our Narthex! What a bright, airy Sanctuary! Drive down the loop behind our buildings and you are on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Not only does Grace have an ideal location, we have a treasured facility.

From here we help spread the Kingdom of God. Here we welcome all. These facilities are tools through which the light and life of Jesus touches and welcomes others.

Maintaining and enhancing our facilities strengthens our welcome. And it is well worth the investment to update our exterior lighting, maintain our native landscapes, update HVAC, repair roofs and parking lots, fix plumbing, replace carpets in Offices and Miller Building, and replace some exterior doors. All of this enables our welcome to be strong, supporting our mission to seek the fullness of life in Christ for all people.

Buildings brimming with welcome!


Facility Improvements – From Parking Lots to Paint

As a result of your generous increases in given for 2018, our buildings are brimming with welcome. Our parking lot welcomes you and our guests with well marked spaces inviting you to our church. New carpets and painted walls in our church office and the Miller building provide our staff with a clean working environment that is refreshing and pleasant.

Outdoor Lighting – Safety and Security

The increased lighting in the parking lot not only adds security for the church grounds, but it also provides safety for everyone including organizations utilizing our space for outreach activities as well as our adults and children.

“We are so thankful for the new lighting in the church parking lot. It illuminates the beautiful church grounds and provides peace of mind when the kids and I leave Covenant Choir practice on Wednesday nights.”

This maintenance and improvement for our buildings and grounds are a direct result of your continuous support for our 2018 Stewardship campaign. The Stewardship team thanks you for your increased giving and supporting these projects for Grace. Our buildings are welcoming all!

Submitted on behalf of the Stewardship Support Team