GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U.S. Postage Paid
DECEMBER GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044
Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor Volume 74 — No. 11
Home Phone: 920-458-7087
Church: 920-452-6795 DECEMBER 2016
A Message from our Pastor–
It may be a little early to focus all our attention on Christmas already, but in reality that is what we are doing in Advent. We are preparing our homes and our lives to let God in Jesus come to us, Emmanual—God with Us.
This past summer my family, my sister’s children, brought two new people into this world. I can tell you I have seen the wonder and joy of life in its fullness as we welcomed these children into our lives. Those closest to them have willingly turned their lives upside down to nurture and adjust to this miracle of an intrusion in their lives.
It says much about how we should receive this coming Christ into our lives. This presence of God in Christ truly turns the world upside down and should cause us to adjust our lives as well.
As with the coming of a child, so with the coming of Christ we should be doing whatever we can to affirm life in its new way, love in its abundance, and joy that is never ending. We will also look at life from a new perspective, looking at making this place a better place where life can endure.
When we do this we become like the wise people of Jesus’ day, and seek to find a new way of living to affirm the new life that has come to us.
May all that you do bring peace, joy and love into your hearts and the hearts of all you touch.
PEACE AND JOY! Rev. Tom Schroeder
*****A CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WILL BE HELD, DECEMBER 11TH AT 11 A.M. FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADOPTING A BUDGET FOR 2017.
FOLLOWING THIS CONGREGATIONAL MEETING ON DECEMBER 11TH, THE LAY COUNCIL WILL MEET. LAY COUNCIL IS A MEETING OF EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS. THE PURPOSE OF LAY COUNCIL IS TO MAKE NOMINATIONS FOR THE CHURCH COUNCIL. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO JOIN US IN THIS IMPORTANT PROCESS FOR GRACE CHURCH.
December Grace Notes –2
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN DECEMBER
December 4th – The Second Sunday of Advent
8 & 10 a.m.Worship (Choir will sing at 10 a.m.)
December 11th –The Third Sunday of Advent
8 & 10 Worship (Choir will sing at 10 a.m.)
11 a.m. Congregational Meeting for the purpose of
passing a budget for 2017
December 18th – The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Worship at 8 & 10 a.m. with the Children of the Church School Program at 10.
Saturday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services
6:30 Family Celebration Service
9:30 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25th
10 a.m. Service of Song and Praise
Sunday, January 1, 2017
10 a.m. Service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion
MISSION AT GRACE: Thank you all for your support. Through “Thanksgiving in a Bag,” we were able to help bring Thanksgiving dinner to those residents of Bridgeway, Safe Harbor and the Salvation Army Shelter.
MISSION OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER! Celebrate the joy of the season by bringing joy to others. The Mission of the Month will be used to purchase Christmas dinner for the families we adopt thru our “Giving Tree.”
THE GIVING TREE IS UP! We have the opportunity to bring joy to people’s
hearts by helping some families celebrate Christmas cheer. Ornaments are on the
tree with descriptions of the people and a Christmas wish. Take an ornament, wrap
the gift, place the ornament on the gift, and get it back to the church by Dec. 18th
so that the gifts can be delivered before Christmas.
CHURCH SCHOOL AT GRACE: The Children of the Church School are now busy with their annual Christmas program to be part of the service on December 18th at 10 a.m. This year they are working on “God is Love,” a program that will involve our children and some of our adult members. Come and support the children in this inspiring story of what God has done for us. Children active in our church school include: Madison White, Jordyn Payne, Casey Ter Maat, Chase Priebe, Molly White, Cole Kalmerton, Anna Becker, Matthew Leonhard, Brooklyn Ter Maat, Braeden Ziegelbauer, Ava Priebe, Benjamin Widder, Jacob Leonhard, and Colton Ziegelbauer.
December Grace Notes –3
STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE
Go and do the Same
The Church Council thanks everyone who sent in a card for our Stewardship Campaign.
We received 76 cards out of the active congregation of 115 households.
That is a remarkable return and a remarkable level of participation!
Thanks to your support we are able to go forward into the new year with hope!
STEWARDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS: Entering November the General Fund is at a deficit of
–$14,429. That is similar many other years. We will make up ground in November thanks to your support, but will need a concerted effort of support in December as well. We will limit our expenses for the month, but need our members support to make ends meet. Our quarterly and OCWM expenses have all been paid, so it is now all about your support. May we suggest that you give Kwik Trip gift cards for Christmas. Our income has not taken in our Kwik Trip income as of yet. This will help. We thank you for your support. WE CAN DO IT!
ENVELOPES FOR 2017 WILL BE AVAILABLE BY DECEMBER 11TH.
Please pick your box of envelopes as soon as possible. Thank you.
EVANGELISM—SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS OF
WHAT GOD IS DOING AT GRACE!!
You can help in 2 ways
1) Invite your neighbors to any or all of our services. Statistics show that over 90% of people in the US believe in God and forgiveness, yet only 40% belong to a church home. Invite your neighbors!
2) Give us the address of new people in your community. Due to efforts to protect the privacy of all people, government entities, villages and cities can no longer send out notices about new people. We need your information about people new to your areas in order to send them an introduction to Grace letter. Spread the Good News and help us out.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN DECEMBER
USHERS: Dec. 4th 8 a.m. Rick Weeden 10 a.m. Kurt & Noah Becker, Rachel Eastway
11th Marie Boerner Karen & William Groth, Chris Widder 18th open Larry & Deb TerMaat, Tiffany Ter Matt
24th 6:30 p.m.________ 9:30 p.m.__________
25th No seervice open______________
ACOLYTES: 4—Colton; 11—Jacob; 18—Colton; 24—6:30 –Jacob; 25–open
GRACE NOTES, BULLETINS, AND BRIDGEWAY SPONSOR: Bev Kramer
FLOWERS: 4 & 11—OPEN 18—Mary Ann Bichler; 24 & 25—Poinsettias
KITCHEN CO-CHRS: Sherry Leonhard & Laurie Lindow (L. Lindow, T. Nelson, L. Joa, M. Hanson,
- Hanson, S. Harriott, E. Hitchcock, K. Milbrath, C. Lichtenberg, M. Bogard, M. White, D. Ziegelbauer, L. Litt, S. Schuessler, P. Mathes, J. Stefanczyk, T. Horth, N. Dummer,