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Amazing Grace is sponsoring needy children from Chesney Elementary this Christmas.  Counselors have currently received holiday assistance requests from twelve homeless families.  Gift suggestions include age appropriate toys, clothing or gift cards from Wal-Mart.

Pick a gift tag and return wrapped gift along with the tag by December 15.  Counselors will deliver the gifts to the families.

Thank you for your generosity in making Christmas special for these families.  Contact Kathy Berfield @ 678-662-7546 for more information.

Christmas Cantata 2017 – Mark your calendars!

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On Sunday, December 17th, the Amazing Grace Festival Choir will once again  present the annual Christmas Cantata, at the 11:00 service only. The cantata, Sing Noel, will feature the choir, soloists, a string quartet, organ and handbells.

We look forward to seeing you!

Christmas Pageant

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This year we will be presenting a Christmas Pageant on December 10 at the 11:00 a.m. service. It will be a simple pageant, with only a few rehearsals in advance. This is because we want the pageant to have an unrehearsed feel to it. Pastor Mike will also be tying the pageant into a children’s story beloved from his youth with which some of you may be familiar: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, in which the “Horrible Herdman’s,” an unchurched family, take over the annual Christmas pageant, with all sorts of mishaps and chaos. The message of the story of is: that the actors in the first Christmas Pageant, Mary and Joseph, and the Shepherds had no as little preparation for the roles they were to play in the birth of Jesus, as most Christmas pageants we are familiar with. This leads to consideration of what sort of role we play in welcoming the Christ child into our hearts and world.

Advent News!

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Yes, folks Advent is coming! It will be here before we know it. So, we want you to be aware of some of the plans that are being made: We will see the return of a midweek service on Wednesday evenings @ 7 pm, as in years past. In previous years, attendance for these mid-week services has not been great, which sparks a discussion about time and resources and such. The theme for our Advent services and all of Advent really is “The Rush to Christmas–Let Advent Be Advent.” We will explore the meaning of Advent and why we should think of it as a distinct season in the church year, and not merely a time for decorating and Christmas shopping. In church everyone seems in a rush to put up the Christmas decorations and to sing Christmas carols. But in consultation with the Worship and Music Committee we have decided to make a concerted effort to observe Advent separate and apart from Christmas, by decorating the sanctuary gradually during the four weeks of Advent, and singing Advent music leaping to “Joy to the World.” Come and learn patience and experience the peace we so long for in the days that lead up to Christmas, as only time apart in worship, can help facilitate! Join us beginning December 6 @ 7 pm for Advent worship! 

Join Us for Christmas Eve Worships!​

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Please join us on Saturday, December 24th, as we celebrate the exciting arrival of the Birth of Jesus!  This year we are offering three worship services.  We offer traditional candlelight worship services @ 5 pm and 10 pm, both services will have communion.   Also, this year we will be offering a 10 am worship service as well.  The 10 am service will be a Lessons & Carols service.

“Secret Sisters Ministry”

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Ladies of Amazing Grace, sign up for a year of fun with “Secret Sisters”. “Secret Sisters” is a fun ministry for sending cards or small gifts to your “secret sister” each month or as often as you choose. On Sundays November 12th, November 19th and November 26th, we will have sign-up sheets on the table in the Narthex. The sign-up sheets will include places for your contact information, as well as for your Birthday, Wedding Anniversary and Hobbies and Interests.

 

On December 3rd after the 11 am worship service in the Fellowship Hall, we will have a drawing for the “secret sisters”. As the name implies, the name you receive should be kept a secret. In January the fun will begin with the sending of cards and small gifts to your chosen “secret sister”. For questions and comments, please contact Sam Burtt, (770) 963-6561 or Phyllis Moss, (770) 921-6688.

Semi Annual Meeting 

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Amazing Grace’s Semi-Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017

following the Christmas Cantata (11:00 service). Items on the agenda are approving the budget, appointing the audit committee, and approving the slate of names for the nominating committee.

Alleluia Girls are Coming Back!

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All women are invited to participate in a women’s Bible Study.  We call ourselves the Alleluia Girls.  We have taken a summer break, but have resumed our weekly Wednesday morning Bible Study.  Join us on Wednesday, @ 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall where we will have fellowship and engage in a Bible Study together.  Lunch follows the meeting for all who have the time.

Men’s Ministry

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Men’s Breakfast

A Men’s weekly breakfast will now begin on Friday mornings @ 8:00 AM at the IHOP on Hwy. 29.  All men are welcome.

 

Men’s Retreat

Men, please Save the Date for the Annual Men’s Retreat for January 26 – January 28.  For more information, please see the July newsletter.

Chemo Caps and Preemie/Newborn Baby Hats Ministry Update

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It is time again to create Chemo Caps and Baby/Preemie Hats. This ministry makes caps for Chemo patients and newborns at the Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville. Anyone interested in making caps and/or hats please let Debi Linke know. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet, Debi is available to teach either. To participate or for further information, please contact Debi Linke in person or via email at deblinke@comcast.net.