Weekly Update

CALENDAR

Friday, December 15th
9:00am-2:00pm — Preschool Use of the Gym
10:00am — Tremors Group
8:00pm — Youth Lock-In

Sunday, December 17th
9:15am — Sunday School for All Ages
10:30am — Combined Worship Service
6:00pm — All-Church Christmas Caroling

Monday, December 18th
7:00am — Prayer Breakfast@Brambleton Hardee’s
9:00am-2:00pm — Preschool Use of the Gym
4:00pm — Sanctuary (Roma Scriven)
7:00pm — Finance Committee (Sunshine Room)
7:00pm — Wildwood Basketball

Tuesday, December 19th
9:00am-2:00pm — Preschool Use of the Gym
6:00pm — Parlor (Gina Rexrode)

Wednesday, December 20th
5:30pm — All-Church Christmas Party (MAC)
7:30pm — Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, December 21st
11:00am — Food Pantry
4:30pm-7:30pm — Serve at Rescue Mission
7:00pm — Pick-Up Basketball
7:00pm — Tremors’ Group (Parlor)

Friday, December 22nd
Church Office Closed

Sunday, December 24th
10:30am — Combined Worship Service
11:00pm — Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service (Sanctuary)

Monday, December 25th
Closed for Christmas Day

Sunday, December 31st
10:30am — Combined Worship Service
12:00pm — Last day to turn in donations for 2017

Monday, January 1st
Closed for New Year’s Day

The Finance Committee will meet Monday evening, December 18, at 7:00 in the Sunshine Classroom.  November finance reports are available in your mailboxes.  I have also included reports for the new members coming on to the committee in January 2018.
MEETING DATES FOR JANUARY
January 8 – Deacons
January 15 – Church Council
January 22 – Finance
January 29 – Building and Grounds

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DECEMBER CHANGE IN SCHEDULE

December 3, 10, and 17
Sunday School at 9:15am
Combined Worship Service at 10:30am

December 24
10:30am Combined Worship
11:00pm Christmas Eve Service

December 31
10:30am Combined Worship

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       CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Sunday, December 17

Meet at 6:00pm in the MAC Welcome Center to carpool.

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HOLIDAY CLOSINGS

Church Offices will be closed Friday, December 22, and Monday, December 25,
for Christmas; and Monday, January 1, for New Year’s Day.

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ALL-CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY

Wednesday, December 20th

5:30pm-7:00pm

Come enjoy a Christmas celebration with your church family.  This will be a Pot Luck Dinner with ham and pork loin provided.  Bring your best side and/or dessert to share, and wear your tackiest Christmas sweater!  (See if you can break Pastor Kevin’s reign!) We will have a Christmas photo booth, games, music, trivia, songs, a live Christmas story, and a dedicated room with activities for preschool aged children as well.

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CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT AND COMMUNION SERVICE

11:00pm

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HELP SUPPORT OUR PRESCHOOL

While you are holiday shopping, please consider using AmazonSmile when shopping online.  Choose Grandin Court Baptist Church and a portion of your purchases are donated by Amazon to support the weekday preschool program.  You may still take advantage of your Amazon Prime benefits, too.  Thanks!

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PLANS FOR A CHILDREN’S CHOIR

We are considering beginning a children’s choir for ages pre-school-1st Grade the end of January if there is enough interest. Kim Icard has volunteered to lead this group with help. We would meet on Wednesday night from 6:15-7:00. The Mission Impossible Kids meet at the same time, so we feel this would be a good time to coordinate the younger children with their siblings. Please let Melissa Fox, Kim or me know if you are interested. More information will follow after the New Year.  Merry Christmas to All!   Judy Barger Edgell

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HELP NEEDED AT RESCUE MISSION

We need volunteers to help out at the Rescue Mission Thursday, December 21st, from 4:30pm-7:30pm.  If anyone can help, please contact Pete File at 293-9105.

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SURVIVING THE SEASON

No doubt, the holidays are a busy time for everyone. From daily stressors such as work, family responsibilities, paying bills, or simply fighting traffic, just when you think your life is stressful enough, the holidays arrive and can add an additional layer of tension to our hectic pace. We often feel the pressure to make this Christmas the best one ever. And yet, things like money, commitments, grief, and even the hype and commercialism of the season can wear us out. I want to help you to de-stress and decompress this Christmas season. If you are not currently affiliated with a Sunday School class, you are invited to stop by the beautifully refurbished “Hamner Hall” and enjoy some down-time before each week’s Advent worship service. Remember, we are having one combined worship at 10:30am in December, so join us beginning at 9:15, throughout the month. ―Pastor Kevin

BEING REAL: “CHURCHY” ANSWERS
THAT NEED REEXAMINING

An increasing percentage of U.S. adults have not grown up in a church environment. Our standard in-house terminology just doesn’t relate to folks who have never darkened the door of a church. The Gospel will never change but HOW we communicate it (via words and images) needs to be revised and updated so the message of salvation is meaningful to as many people as possible.Beginning January 7th we will discuss traditional church terminology that may not be communicating the message we think it is to 21st century people. Terms like “being saved,” “the power in the Blood,” and “my church” vs. “The Church” will be on the table for discussion. Should you choose to attend this 9-week short course there are two guarantees:

  1. The teacher won’t have all the answers.
    Class attendees will need to think for themselves!
  2. “Churchy” toes will likely be stepped upon (figuratively, of course).

       COME JOIN US!

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COOKS NEEDED

We are still looking for cooks for after the first of the year, beginning January 10.  If anyone can help out, please let Karen Griffith know or call the church office.

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CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED!

A big thank you to Mrs. Pat Fore and Mr. Ken Carter for teaching the 3rd-5th grade class on November 12th in my absence.  They had 14 kids in attendance!!!!!  I think this number illustrates the need for some adults in our congregation to step up so we can go back to a third SS class in the Children’s Department for this SS year.  Again, please do not feel like you are committing to every Sunday.  While this would be ideal, it just isn’t possible.  Please consider discussing with others a possible rotation.  Finally, if the number alone doesn’t convince you, please consider I was recently informed that one 3rd grader inquires of his parents every week when his 2nd and 3rd grade class is going to come back.  I’m guessing most of his second and third grade friends feel the same way.  If interested, please reach out to me at Bradbrewer2015@gmail.com or 540-589-6536.

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JOIN OUR PRAYER BREAKFAST – OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Anyone is welcome to attend our weekly prayer breakfast each Monday morning. We are currently meeting at the Hardee’s on Brambleton at 7:00am. Please contact Chris Hubbell at praygcbc@gmail.com or Brad Brewer at BradBrewer2015@gmail.com for more information.
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FINANCIAL REPORT
AS OF NOVEMBER 30th, 2017

Budget Needs to Date:              $ 733,370.00
YTD Budget Revenue:                $ 630,386.95
YTD Budget Expenses:               $ 681,871.11
Building Fund:                             $ 661,775.01

GCBC accepts contributions online via PayPal or credit cards. To contribute online, go to www.grandincourtbaptist.org and click on “Online Contributions.”

The last day to turn in contributions for 2017 credit is Sunday, December 31st, at 12:00 noon.

Contribution envelopes for 2018 are available on the table near the Sunshine Classroom.  If you want envelopes, but do not see a box with your name, please see Vicki in the Church Office.

 

10% IS ALL IT TAKES!
Our giving to both the operating budget and the building fund supports missions here in the church, throughout the community, and the world. To fully support our budget and missions requires an extra effort on all our parts. Just a 10% increase in giving is all it takes. That’s less than a latte a week!

 

HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR BRICK?
Our plan to landscape the area outside the MAC to add engraved bricks on the sidewalk, a dedication marker for the MAC, and a decorative wall are coming along. Your brick can remember a loved one, honor a friend or family member, and more. Check out the big brick in the MAC lobby for a picture of the planned project. You can buy your bricks online by going to the church website and selecting “Buy Your Brick Now!” You will then be able to select your brick, add designs, engraving and more, as well as pay for it by credit card or by a check placed in the offering. If you are online challenged, please call David Topping at 556-6459 or Pete File at 293-9105 for help.

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FOOD PANTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP

The Food Pantry deeply appreciates your support throughout 2017.  With your assistance, we have been privileged to provide meals for many needy families in this community.  We look forward to your continued support during 2018.  We wish each of you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year, and ask that you please continue to make donations of the following items as we approach the coming New Year.  Thank you from the Food Pantry Committee.

Vegetables:  canned peas, corn, green beans
Canned:  Beef Ravioli, spaghetti sauce, soup, fruit, sweet potatoes
Meat:  Spam, chicken, tuna
Cereals such as Cheerios, Raisin Bran, etc.
Macaroni and cheese (boxes)
Spaghetti noodles (boxes)
Rice–A– Roni Long Grain Wild Rice
Pancake Mix and Syrup
Hamburger Helper
Pinto Beans (bags)
Jiffy Corn Bread Mix
Peanut Butter

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CIA (PACK-A-SNACK) UPDATE

A BIG THANK YOU to the Cave Spring High School Beta Club for their donation of food to the Pack-A-Snack ministry of the CIA (Congregations in Action). They’ve provided snacks for 84 students for one week plus juice boxes, totaling 446 items, which will be distributed to elementary students in the four Roanoke City Schools that the CIA supports. Also, a very special thank-you to Kathleen Brett for suggesting this donation to her club. What a sweet surprise!!!

If you, too, would like to contribute food to be used in this program, you can! On a weekly basis, we provide 5 snacks plus a juice box to each student who qualifies for this program. At this time, we particularly need JUICE BOXES, FRUIT CUPS, PUDDING CUPS, AND INDIVIDUAL SERVINGS OF MEAT ENTRES SUCH AS MINI RAVIOLI, BEANS & WEINIES, MAC-N-CHEESE AND SPAGHETTIOS. Also, breakfast bars, packs of oatmeal, and individual bags of popcorn and pretzels are good. If you’d like to make a financial contribution, we’ll do the shopping for you! Just make your check payable to Grandin Court Baptist Church with the note ‘Pack-A-Snack’ or ‘CIA’ on the memo line.  We need a sufficient supply of snacks by our ‘Saturday Serves’ project on January 13th, when our church family will work together to pack for one month! Thanks for all you do for these students! If you have any questions, you may contact Joan Foster at 540-797-1248― Joan Foster

 

KIWI ITEMS NEEDED
(Kindness Items of the Week Initiative)
We are collecting snack size and sandwich size baggies and cookies for an ongoing project for the Rescue Mission.  You may place your items in the KIWI box provided in the MAC Welcome Center.

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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 unless altered by the Ministerial Staff.  Please be sure to listen to your local TV and radio stations for any cancellations or delays of services or activities.  If we do have an activity, however, and you do not feel it is safe for you to come, please do not.  We realize that road conditions in the county may prevent you from getting here.  We would rather have you safe!

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