Due Immediately! We are missing 12 gift requests for the Angel Tree. If you have taken an angel tag but not returned your gift(s), please contact Diana Briselli today at sdbriselli@verizon.net or 717-370-1229. We will need the Angel number(s). Please return your gifts ASAP to the church office. If you have taken an angel tag but are unable to fulfill the request(s), please contact Diana today at the above phone or email so that we will be able to make other arrangements. Thank you!

Your unwrapped gifts for the Star Tree to benefit the Neighborhood Center of the United Methodist Church are due today! Contact Jacki Kratz at thankgodforteachers@gmail.com or 717-475-7494.

This Friday, Dec. 9 is the final day to order gift cards for the “Gift Cards Rock” Grace Christian Preschool 2016 gift card fundraiser. There are many brands of cards to fulfill your holiday gift-shopping needs. Order forms are available at the Information Desk and in the church office. Questions? Contact Heidi Hoover at heidihoover@gracehummelstown.org or 717-566-8260.

Saturday, Dec. 10 is the deadline to bring some cheer to the children at our United Methodist Home for Children. We are requesting gift cards, as follows, which can be dropped off in the Christmas box in the church office by Dec. 10: $25 to $100 Visa cards; $20 or $25 Sheetz, Target, Kohls, Wal-Mart and Dick’s Sporting Goods; and $10 Applebee’s, Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Subway cards. Please help us to help these children in our conference. Contact Jacki Kratz at thankgodforteachers@gmail.com or 717-475-7494.

Santa Luncheon volunteers are still needed for next Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please sign up in the Narthex or contact Jacky Onks at jackyonks@hotmail.com, 610-952-8260 or Diana Briselli, 717-370-1229 or sdbriselli@verizon.net. The Santa Luncheon would not be possible without you, so thanmk you for sharing your time with these amazing children. We look forward to hearing from you!

Ready to Shop? Our Grace Prayer Shawl Group is happy to assist you in that endeavor. Stop by their holiday sale tables which will be in the Narthex today and next Sunday, Dec. 11. Choose from a lovely assortment of designer originals-scarves, hats, slippers–even ornaments for your tree! All proceeds go to the Grace building/debt reduction fund. Questions can be directed to Karen Svercek at ksvercek207@gmail.com or 717-689-6003.

Have Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the All-Purpose Room. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 years of age and under. Sign up at the Information Desk. Don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo with the jolly old man!

Deck The Halls! Here are two opportunities to raise your voices in song this holiday season:
 Hummelstown Recreation is hosting Christmas Caroling down the streets of Hummelstown. Everyone is welcome to join in for a joyful night. Meet at the Hummelstown Square on Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
 TY Kids are hosting “A Night of Caroling” on Friday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. We’ll gather at Grace at 6 p.m. in the APR Room and head out at 6:30 p.m. to carol in the borough of Hummelstown. Afterward, we return to the APR Room for cookies and hot cocoa! Please sign up at the Information Desk.

Join the FOCUS Group for Christmas Trivia on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room 202 It’s the ladies vs. the gents in our “Who Knows More About Christmas: Men or Women? themed event. All are welcome, and bring your Christmas-savvy adult children, friends, neighbors and co-workers and let’s see who really knows the facts! Bakers are encouraged to bring their favorite Christmas cookies to share. See you there!

Greetings for our Homebound Members: This holiday season, please take a few minutes to send a cheery greeting to our homebound members. Cards and letters are an excellent way to express our care for those members who are physically less able to attend our worship services and other activities. Please refer to the “Remember These Folks” listing on the bulletin board in our Narthex for names and addresses.

We will create a new Grace church pictorial directory in early 2017. Please participate! Photo session dates at Grace are as follows:

  • Wed. Jan. 4 – Fri
  • Jan. 6 2 to 9 pm
  • Sat. Jan 7 10 a.m to 5 p.m
  • Wed. March 8 – Fri. March 10 2 to 9 p.m
  • Sat. March 11 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Go to our website at www.gracehummelstown.org or sign up at the Information Center for your appointment. Every family or household that participates receives a free directory, a complimentary 8 X 10 portrait and a free on-the-go mobile directory app. January dates are available for families with college students. Questions may be directed to Tammy Houck at 717- 566-2897 or tammyhouck@gracehummelstown.org. Volunteers are also needed for this project.

2017 Altar flower sponsorships are now available for reservation. Please refer to the calendar posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. We kindly request a donation of $30 for all sponsorships, which can be paid at the church office or dropped in the collection basket with a note “flower sponsorship.” You may take your sponsored flowers after the 10:45 a.m. service or the following day. If you choose to leave your flowers (or any flowers that remain after Monday) become part of our “Joy Times Two” program. We repurpose the altar flowers into several smaller bouquets and deliver them to our homebound members to add a little sunshine to their lives. Questions may be directed to the church office at 717-566-2897 or office@gracehummelstown.org. We appreciate your support!

To our Grace United Methodist Church Family: I want to thank you for your prayers for my daughter Bobbie Lee Holland. Her surgery was successful!
Bobbie sends a big thank you to the people who prayed for her. Your concern and prayers helped us through this stressful time. Again, thanks and may God bless you. Connie Marie Boyd

Two great opportunities for faith and fellowship! Please join us:
 The Wednesday Evening Women’s Bible Study group continues its study of Priscilla Shirer’s book, “Can We Talk? Soul-Stirring Conversations with God” on Wed. Dec. 14. The six-month study group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. from now through April 12 in the Fireside Room. Questions can be directed to Angie Glasmire at 717-265-6510.
 Our “Men of Faith” group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The DVD program, “Kingdom Man,” will be featured. Men of Faith meet on the second Wed. of each month in room 202 from 6 to 8 p.m. No preparation is necessary-just show up! For information, contact Sec Briselli at sbriselli@hersheys.com.