Come and Worship with Us!

Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Join us for coffee and fellowship following service


Grace-Line

You heard it through the Grace-Line 

December 5th, 2021

Watch Sunday Service              10 AM 

Click Here to Watch
Everyone Join us on ZOOM for  Sunday Coffee Time               11 AM                               

                                                                     

To Join Click Here

Men’s Breakfast Group
Wednesday                              8:30 AM

Alloro Restaurant  at the Holiday Inn      


Join us in Person
Special Guest
Rev. Helen Prior

Wednesday Coffee                        1 PM
In Narthex at the Church
Join us in Person

 

Grace would like to invite you to attend our in-person Worship Services at 10:00 am.  

If you plan to attend you will need to complete a registration form as we need to collect information for contact tracing purposes. 

Click here to complete your registration.  

The form will be available Monday at noon until Friday at noon.

 Attendees will be required to show proof of double COVID-19 vaccination if eligible, OR proof of valid medical exemption, OR proof of participation in COVID-19 vaccine trial OR negative rapid COVID test. Please visit the website for more details. 

Please note if you are not able to attend in-person, the service will also be available live on our YouTube channel.  If you have not done so already, be sure to “subscribe” to our channel.  This will allow you to receive notifications and easy access to all of our posted services.

 

If you would like to submit an announcement for the Grace-Line, please email the information to the church office before noon on Wednesday.

 

COVID-19 Info

Note the region is offering COVID-19 shots to children 5 -11, as well as booster shots for those who received their second shot 168 days ago. Please visit the Halton Region website for information regarding who is currently eligible. 

 

Congregational News: (News about members of Grace may be emailed or phoned into the church office)

 

Quotes for the Week:

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” —Jimi Hendrix

“Peace is a day-to-day problem, the product of a multitude of events and judgments. Peace is not an ‘is,’ it is a ‘becoming.’ ” —Haile Selassie

 

Ways to Participate

Sunday Service, 2nd Sunday of Advent – Peace:

If you have registered to attend in-person, please arrive beginning at  9:45 am.  Service will begin at 10:00 am

If you chose to watch our live-stream service, please tune into our Grace United Church YouTube Channel by 10 am Click Here to Watch

If you chose to watch service at another time please tune into our Grace United Church YouTube Channel Click Here to Watch

Rev. Helen Prior will be leading worship on Sunday.         

 

Sunday December 5      Coffee Time: 11 am                                          

Let’s get together on ZOOM for Coffee after the service To Join Click Here
Meeting ID: 886 1284 6020     Passcode: 617730 

Wednesday December 8

Men’s Breakfast Group: 8:30 am  Join us in person!

Men of Grace – Join us at the Alloro Restaurant.  Special Guest: Rev. Helen Prior 

Alloro is located in the Holiday Inn, 3063 S Service Rd,  just off Harvester, west of Guelph Line

Coffee Time: 1:00 pm                                                       

Come join us in person.  We are now meeting inside the church in the narthex.  All COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

 

You are invited to watch the United Church of Canada’s Advent Message from the moderator. In his Advent message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that our Advent preparations might help the light of Christ’s love to shine in the night’s sky. Click here to watch the YouTube video.

 

An Advent Challenge

ADVENT IS THE WAITING TIME  – but waiting isn’t just standing around. 

Waiting is getting ready.

You might enjoy following “the Wandering Wisemen”. The Wandering Wisemen were born out of a desire to participate in the whimsical fun of Elf on a Shelf; without involving Santa in our holiday traditions. Their daily tableau celebrates the joyful anticipation of the season.The Wandering Wisemen on Facebook

Join Balthazar, Melchior, and Gaspar – along with their faithful camel, Hezekiah – on a whimsical holiday quest to find the infant king.

Check out “Advent Unwrapped”.  The United Church of Canada has reprised their wonderful ‘Advent Unwrapped’ featuring many different activities and studies, even worship services and music.

And don’t forget to take some photos of an advent wreath or an advent calendar at your house.

See you next week!

Watch Grace-Line each week for the Advent Events Challenge helpful hints and ideas on how to ‘provoke’ a Christian Christmas.  For more details visit 

 

Grace can help you with your gift giving!

Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special or just something to give to yourself (come on you deserve a treat!) Shirley Bottaro is back in her elf workshop making Father Christmas’.

These are 15” tall and are available in red, green, royal blue, burgundy, black or white capes with fur trim and ornaments off-set colour of cloak and lining. You can customize your Father Christmas by choosing your cloak colour and accessories.  Click here to see photos

They are priced at $100.00 (tax inc)  To order Call Shirley Bottaro 905-637-7820 or email ssbottaro@bell.net  Porch pick up or local delivery available.

To see other interesting gifts that are being made by local artists visit our Christmas gift webpage. 

 

The Christmas season can be a hard time for some.  Think about offering the gift of a prayer shawl for yourself or someone you know in need of a hug and some prayers?  If you would like to order one, follow this link and fill out the order form. There are lots of designs to choose from, pickups can be arranged.

 

A Passion for Puzzles Update:

Do not forget about our amazing Puzzle library. There is a huge selection (over 200 puzzles) to choose from.To learn more about the program visit the church website or contact Sue or Dennis Marshall.

              

Prayers for the People Requests: If you have something to be included, please email or call the church before Thursday each week.

 

Ways to Support

A Year End Reminder:

Many of us during COVID, have discovered the convenience of donating through monthly PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance). This also makes financial planning for the church much clearer. You might be interested to know that we currently have about 75% of all donors using PAR. If you are currently an envelope donor, and would like to switch to PAR for 2022, OR if you don’t have offering envelopes and would like a box for 2022, please let John know at allchin.jl@gmail.com or give him a call at 905-664-5687.

If you currently use offering envelopes and prefer to continue with them, a new box will be issued to you for 2022. (Your envelope number may change due to the decreased number of envelopes ordered.)

Thank you for your continued financial support of our church, especially throughout the pandemic!

Please consider making your gifts to Grace United:

  1.   By cheque, made out to Grace United Church and mailed to Grace
  2.   By e-transfer at donations@GraceUnitedChurchBurlington.com
  3.   By donating on-line using CanadaHelps Click Here

 

Ways to Connect

Crop circle update:

Thanks to everyone who donated unused cards last year, to Linda & Lorraine for their generous gift, and to the Crop Circle ladies who created cards and put it all together — every family at Food for Life this week received a pack of 6 greeting cards! That’s 75 families and 450 cards! Thank you!

Calling for a New Christmas Tree:

The decorating group is letting you all know that they are in search of a new Christmas tree to be used for next year.  If you have a tree in the 9 to 12 ft range which you do not use anymore please contact the Worship team.

Prayer Chain: 

You may send Rev Helen, Marilyn Stairs or the church office a request for prayers. Prayers go only to the Prayer Chain members and are kept in strict confidence.  

Reaching Out:

Please email or phone the church office, especially if you or someone from the church community is struggling or ill.

 

Ways to Reach Out 

The Elf Network (TEN)

The Outreach team is in the final stages of our annual Christmas Elf Network program.

There are 17 families that we will be supporting this year including 26 children. We will also be providing some support/gifts to single moms and seniors in the community as well as our Food for Life families.

Gift cards

Thank you to all who donated to the gift card program.  You have helped make Christmas a bit brighter this year for families in our community.

Food hampers

In preparation for our Christmas food hamper program, donations can be left in the front lobby of the church on Friday mornings between 8:30am and 11am during Food for Life or brought to the church on Sunday mornings. Sunday the 12th is the last day to make a donation. Some suggestions are: peanut butter, canned tuna, pasta, sauce, soup, cereal and crackers. 

Knitted and Crocheted Items

This Sunday is the last day to bring in a donation of hats, scarves and mittens. If you don’t knit, store bought items would be appreciated, especially waterproof mittens and gloves. 

Cooking@Grace

If anyone would like to join in at our next session on Thursday December 16th at 4pm, send an RSVP to outreach@graceunitedchurchburlington.com.

Fresh Food Box for Halton (FFBH) Program

You can place your orders for pick up in January 2022 by placing your order/paying by December 19th.  Visit the Grace website to place your order.

Please note that payment by e-transfer is to the food box email FFBHatGrace@gmail.com by the 19th of each month. Do not e-transfer to the donations e-mail for Grace.

Should you have any questions about the program, feel free to email us at FFBHatGrace@gmail.com.