GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U.S. Postage Paid
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN JANUARY
January 8—Worship at 8 & 10
This Sunday we celebrate the arrival of the Magi, the Wisemen seeking the Son of Righteousness. May we be wise and do the same. Our Sr. Choir will sing at 10.
January 15 –Worship at 8 & 10
This Sunday we are called to remember Jesus’ special calling in life and
Strive to understand our calling. The Children’s choir will sing at 10.
January 22—Worship at 8 & 10
This Sunday we hear Jesus’ calling the disciples in his lifetime and project his calling disciples today.
The Senior Choir sings at 10 a.m.
January 29—Worship at 8 & 10
This Sunday we hear Jesus’ laying out the blessings that come to faithful living.
We plan on being blessed with some special music at 10 a.m.
January 29th – Congregational Meeting at 11 a.m.
JOIN FELLOW MEMBERS FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING AS WE REVIEW THE WORK OF THE PAST YEAR, PROJECT POSSIBILITIES FOR THE FUTURE, ELECT NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS AND SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE CONCLUDED THEIR TERMS ON CHURCH COUNCIL.
Our annual meeting is on the 5th Sunday of this month. We are putting the reports together as we send this out. Plan to spend time with us on January 29th. Thank you.
BAD WEATHER CLOSING: This is the time of the year when the weather changes and it is prudent to inform you of how you can know if we cancel programs at Grace. CHANNEL 12, WISN, will post any cancellations notices. You can also contact Grace via the phone, and our answering machine should have a cancellation message. We will also post it on our website: www.graceucckohler.org If we have your email address, we will try to send out a notice and we will post a notice on our Facebook page. This is the procedure—we just hope we never have to use it!
On Sunday, December 18 DARLA BOEDEKER completed her walk on earth and entered into God’s perpetual rest. A prayer of remembrance was shared with her family and friends at her house following her burial at Woodland Cemetary. We hold this familyin our prayers. May God bless them with her memory.
STEWARDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
We start the year out with a zero balance in our General Fund. We paid the bills for 2016 and did what was necessary to balance the General Fund. Thanks to your support we were able to pay all the bills for the year with a minimal assist from past years. THANK YOU.
ENVELOPES FOR 2017 ARE READY. With the New Year upon us, we are using new offering envelopes. If you have not done so, please pick up your offering envelopes. The financial statements will be available shortly. This will save Grace the cost of mailing them out. Thank you!
KWIK TRIP CARDS: WE HAVE Kwik Trip cards for your use for both gas and gift items. They can be used for anything that Kwik Trip sells. We have them in $20, $25, and $50 amounts. See Pastor Schroeder or the financial treasurer for details.
STEWARDSHIP OF TIME: Please help us by volunteering to serve on a committee or even to usher. Opportunities abound. We need 8 people each year to serve on Child Care, as Lay Readers, as ushers at 8 a.m., and as Kitchen chair people. We need 5 people to serve on Church committees including Christian Ed., Missions, Stewardship, Property, Family Life, and Music & Arts. We need two people to volunteer to serve on Church Council and on the Sanctuary Committee to change altar cloths, candles and banners. We need 36 people to usher for the 10 a.m. service. We also need 2 people to help with the farewell party for Pastor Tom. As you can see, we ill need your help. Please sign up on the bulletin board or leave a note in the office or offering plate indicating what you would like to do. You can do more than one thing! Thank you.
MISSION OF THE MONTH ENVELOPES—HAT & MITTEN TREE
In the foyer is our Hat and Mitten Tree. This year we hope to address the issue of children dealing with the cold. Our hope is to provide hats and mittens to those children who do not have any or need to repair what they had. Please bring a pair of mittens or a hat and hang it on the tree. Thank you for caring.
Mission at Grace: We have received thank you notes from Safe Harbor, Salvation Army, and Sheboygan County Interfaith Organization for our generous donations to provide Thanksgiving meals for the people they serve. We also received a thank you from Head Start on behalf of the six families we supported through The Giving Tree.
Food basket donations: Helping Kids January Food Items Needed:
Please consider donating a food item to Help Kids, these food items are very much in need. The kindness and generosity you share with others is a wonderful reminder of the true meaning of God’s love. Thank you for being a blessing to Helping Kids Ministries. God Bless, Kathy Rowe – Helping Kids. Jell-o, Instant Pudding, Box Potatoes, Sloppy Joa Mix,Granola Bars, Fruit snacks, Pancake Mix w/water, Pancake Syrup, Applesauce, Soup, Pasta or Rice Sides, Cans of Tuna or Chicken, Spag. Sauce & Noodles, Taco Kits, Pizza Kits, Cereal, Instant Hot Cereals.
From your Transition Team…….. 2017 will be a challenging and an exciting year for us at Grace Church. Pastor Tom will be retiring in April. He will be sorely missed but as we look ahead we are confident that we are “up for the challenge”. We are planning to have a series of “get together” sharing opportunities to reach all members of Grace Church. We need everyone’s input as we plan the future at Grace Church. We need to be thinking about–“where have we been”–“where are we now”–“where are we going”? What does the future of Grace Church look like? We are planning a series of group discussions to gather your ideas and direction. Our first “get together and share” opportunities will be held between services at 9AM to 9:45 on Sun. Jan. 22 and 29. Along with the church profiles that you have submitted, we can then form a search team to recruit a Pastor who can minister with us. If you have any added input or suggestions we would welcome your help.
This year our congregation gave gift cards to the staff at Grace and here are some thank you notes:
Dear People of Grace Church,
Thank you so much for the thoughtful Christmas gift. Thank you also for your words of appreciation during the choir year. That encouragement means a lot to both the choir and me.
I look forward to continuing to praise God in song in 2017, and hope the new year holds good things for the wonderful congregation which is Grace Church.
Yours in Christ, Audrey Braatz
Merry Christmas Pastor Tom and the People of Grace Church,
Thank you so much for the gift card and kringle. It is very much appreciated.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be of service at Grace church and getting to know those of you who attend the 8:00am worship service.
May you all have a blessed “Jesus’ Birthday” and a Happy New Year
Sincerely, Wayne Zimmermann
Dear People of Grace Church,
I again wish to thank all of you for the gift card I received as a thank you for my services as secretary at Grace. I truly enjoy this job and working with Pastor Tom and also the close proximity to my home! May you all be blessed in the coming year! Betty Jones
Dear Members of Grace UCC:
It is a great feeling to know that individuals, within our community, support the efforts of our Head Start program. Once again, thank you for caring about the children and families of Sheboygan County Head Start. Head Start has many angels to be thankful for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sincerely and God Bless,
John Ashenmacher, Family & Community Manager, Sheboygan County Head Start
Bev and I would like to thank everyone who sent in support for our ministry among you. Grace Church and its people have been a blessing to serve and a joy to work with as we extend God’s blessings out into the community. Because of your faithfulness and friendship, I am blessed to be a part of your lives.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.
God bless! Pastor Tom & Bev