Weekly Update

CALENDAR

Saturday, December 14th
4:00pm-5:30pm — Children’s Ministry Christmas Gathering

Sunday, December 15th
9:00am — Contemporary Worship Service
9:45am — Sunday School for All Ages
11:00am — Traditional Worship Service
5:00pm — Handbell Rehearsal
6:30pm — Praise Team

Monday, December 16th
7:00am — Prayer Breakfast@Hardee’s on Brambleton
9:00am-1:00pm — Preschool Gym Use
7:00pm — Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, December 17th
9:00am-1:00pm — Preschool Gym Use
6:00pm — Use of Parlor (Gina Rexrode)

Wednesday, December 18th
9:00am-1:00pm — Preschool Gym Use
5:30pm — All-Church Christmas Party (MAC)
7:30pm — Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 19th
9:00am-1:00pm — Preschool Gym Use
7:00pm — Use of Gym (Brewer)

Friday, December 20th
9:00am-1:00pm — Preschool Gym Use
10:00am — Use of Parlor (Tremors’ Group)
7:00pm — Roanoke Chamber Brass Concert (Sanctuary)
9:00pm — Youth Lock-In

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY CHRISTMAS GATHERING
Saturday, December 14th, in Hamner Hall
4:00pm-5:30pm
Children and adults are invited to attend.

 

ALL-CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY
Wednesday, December 18th
5:30pm in the MAC
Pot Luck – please bring meats, sides, & desserts

 

ROANOKE CHAMBER BRASS CONCERT
With Mr. Joe Kennedy, Organist
Presents
“Around the World for Christmas”
(Beloved Christmas songs from around the globe, with carols to sing along)
Friday, December 20th
7:00pm in the Sanctuary

 

ALL-CHURCH CHRISTMAS CAROLING
Sunday, December 22nd
Meet at 6:00pm in the MAC Foyer

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLS, CANDLELIGHT & COMMUNION SERVICE
11:00pm in the Sanctuary

 

GCBC RINGERS
2020 Epiphany Concert
Sunday, January 5th
6:30pm in the Sanctuary

 

CLOSINGS
The Ministry Activities Center (MAC) will be closed for the month of December.  No volunteers are needed to work.  Please come to the back door if you need in during regular office hours (8am-4pm).

The Church Office will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

 

CHEER BAGS FOR SHUT-INS
We are collecting monetary donations to purchase Christmas cheer packages for our shut-ins, and we need volunteers to help deliver them.  If you could help, please sign up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board down from Charlie’s office.  

 

GCBC “STOCK THE PANTRY”
Throughout Advent, you are going to have the chance to help us *Stock the Pantry*. We will *Stock the Pantry* by inviting you to sponsor a specific amount for each trip and ministry (sponsor a team member in Puerto Rico for a day, sponsor a PassportKids Camper for a day, etc.). The Pantry can be found in the MAC Lobby. Pick up a sheet, donate, and watch The Pantry fill up.

 

PLEASE NOTE:  All donations for the year 2019 need to be turned in by 4:00 closing time on Monday, December 30th.

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA
Why not give a family memorial or honorary brick for our Prayer Garden? All proceeds go towards our Ministry Activities Center mortgage. It’s easy to do! Simply go online to www.grandincourtbaptist.org, click on Capital Campaign, then scroll down to where it says “You can also support our building fund through the purchase of bricks by clicking here.” That’s right, we will be placing the bricks in the prayer garden. The first bricks will be placed around the crepe myrtle trees in a very peaceful setting. All information, about purchasing a brick and what your memorial or honorary brick will look like, is available online. Please let us know if you need assistance to purchase your brick.

 

CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS FROM IRA’S
A person aged 70½ or more with a Traditional IRA plan can direct the plan trustee to make a distribution (up to $100,000 annually) directly to a Qualifying Charity such as a church.  This distribution is not taxable to the individual but it can qualify as part of the individual’s annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  With the increase in the IRS standard deduction ($27,000 for a married couple over 65 in 2019) more people are using the standard deduction and therefore receiving no extra benefit for charitable contributions.  If a person directs that a portion of their RMD be distributed directly to charity then only the net amount of RMD received by the person will be included in taxable income effectively giving the person a reduction in taxable income and income tax.

Please contact your tax and/or financial advisor to determine how you and the church might benefit from this provision.  If you have additional questions, please contact David Topping, Dean Wadsworth, Roger Anglin, or Patrick Harmon.

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS
We are now seeking volunteers to cover the meals for 2020.  These are the dates available.  Please notify the church office or Karen Griffith at JAKAGRIF@cox.net if you can help prepare a meal.
January 22nd
February 5th, 12th, 19th
March 4th, 11th, 18th
April 1st

 

FLOOD RECOVERY
JANUARY 12th-15th
We will be heading to Jones County NC, leaving the afternoon of January 12th. We will work Monday and Tuesday, then return Wednesday, January 15th. We will be doing disaster relief work, including drywall, flooring, cabinets, painting & other work — there’s something for all skill levels. Housing is provided in newly installed trailers with bunk beds. We’ll be working with BGAV partners and N.C. United Methodists.  Contact Ed Murray at (540) 798-0901 if interested and with any questions.

 

MAC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Our MAC is hosting a plethora of basketball tournaments in 2020 and we are looking for help covering 2-hour shifts. For those who have ever been here during one of these tournaments, our MAC is alive with our community! Volunteers only need to be in the MAC lobby and help when needed to answer questions mostly about how to get down stairs and for some, where the elevator is. It really runs itself. Please email mac@grandincourtbaptist.com (Kelli Best) if you can donate your time.

February 29th
8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-6:00

March 28th
8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-6:00

April 25th
8:00-10:00, 10:00-12:00, 12:00-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:00-6:00


PRAYER BREAKFAST
Monday mornings at 7:00pm
At the Brambleton Hardee’s

 

CIA (PACK-A-SNACK) REPORT
We are serving about 90 children a week (360 a month) at four of the Roanoke City Schools.  We appreciate any donations, especially with the holidays and winter approaching.  Below is a list of items we are collecting.  You may leave the items in the large white bin in the MAC lobby. 
They need to be small individual items children can open.  Please watch expiration dates too.  Thank you so much for your support!  — Bonnie Topping, Carla Selvey, and Susan Huff

meat items or mac and cheese (needed the most)
100% juice boxes; milk & cereal or oatmeal packets
crackers, animal crackers packets, goldfish packets
cereal bars or granola bars
applesauce, pudding cups, fruit cups
small peanut butter jars

 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you wish to reserve the MAC, please use extension 120 and leave a message or email mac@grandincourtbaptist.org (Kelli Best).  Kelli will get back with you as soon as she can.

 

Upper Room Devotional Books are available in the racks along with the bulletins and outside the Church Office.  

 

TOURS OF THE CHURCH OFFERED
Are you new to Grandin Court?  Or have you been attending, but still need help finding your way around?  Susanna Hart has offered to give tours of the church. If interested, please meet her at the front of the sanctuary following each worship service.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
The programming schedule at GCBC (including MAC activities) during times of inclement weather shall follow the Roanoke City Public Schools’ cancellation schedule.  Please be sure to listen to your local TV and radio stations for any cancellations or delays of services or activities.

 

 

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