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We look forward to spending Sunday, September 15th with you and your families.

8:30am - Meet up with a friend for coffee and bagels available in the Commons, or join Pat & Gail Shouvlin in the Library for corporate prayer. Every week they invite you to come pray for our church, our leadership, specific ministries, people in need or concerns that you have for yourself, friends or family.
 
9:30am - Childcare is available for babies through two in the nursery, and 2/3s-2nd grade can be dropped off in their West Barn Classrooms. Third grade through High School begins their morning in the Sanctuary for the worship service. At 10am 3rd-5th grade will be dismissed to the Court, 6th-8th grade to the East Barn Lounge and 9th-12th to the Library. Join us for our morning worship service in the Sanctuary, with this Sunday's message from Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle, Commit to Growing Your Faith.

AFTER THE SERVICE
Faith Forum: Join Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle in the Library for an open discussion on how the Gospel of Luke challenges our assumptions about why we believe. All are welcome! (Childcare is available in the Nusery for those who have young children and would like to attend.)

THIS EVENING

ModernLife - Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle invites you to the West Barn Hall beginning at
5pm for a three-week series on "Why Go to Church?"
"Grace Community Church is all about people using their spiritual gifts to minister to people, to encourage one another, to be merciful, and to help us grow in faith."
- Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle

For this fall's September kick-off, we invite you to Commit to Community and use the gifts God's given you to serve others.

Will you commit to pray for someone else, invite a friend to church, share your faith with a neighbor, start or join a Small Group, be a greeter 1 Sunday a month, help with parking 1 Sunday a month, or teach/assist in Sunday school 1 Sunday a month?

If you didn't have the opportunity to fill out a Commit to Community card this past Sunday, they'll be available every Sunday this September. Look for it in your Sunday bulletin, or stop by the office and pick up one. THANK YOU!

 
   9/13: FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT - Come for popcorn and a movie in the Lecture Hall at 6pm. Jill Smith will be showing How to Train Your Dragon and invites you and your kids to join her. RSVP HERE.
 
9/14: MEN'S BREAKFAST - Eggs, coffee, pancakes and piles of bacon are on the menu guys. Meet up from 9-11am in the East Barn Lounge for breakfast, conversation and good times. RSVP to Ken Bopp
HERE.

9/14: MEN'S SATURDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY - Join Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle and a great group of guys in the Library who are currently studying 1 Thessalonians. Meet them at 10am.

9/17: TEEN TUESDAYS - Meet up in the Court with Youth Pastor Rob Knechtle from 6:30-8:30pm
for volleyball, pizza, and devotion. All 9th-12th-grade students and friends welcome.

9/17: DIVORCE CARE - Join our group for practical information and Biblical teaching for recovery from divorce and separation. We'll meet in the East Barn Lounge from 7-9pm, with a cost of $20 per person. For additional information, contact Pat Shouvlin
HERE.
 
9/17: WOMEN'S EVENING BIBLE STUDY - Carla Gatto invites you to join her for evening study called Amen. The study covers the story of scripture of Genesis through Revelation. Meets 7-8:30pm in the West Barn 2, RSVP
HERE.
 
9/18: WOMEN'S MORNING BIBLE STUDY - Tonya Russo, Kristin Thomas, Donna Buhland Dolores Hofhine invite you to join them for Beth Moore's The Quest. The group will use questions from Scripture to develop a more intimate relationship with the One who knows us best. RSVP to Tonya
HERE. Meets from 9:30-11:30am every Wednesday morning.
 
9/18: OPEN DOOR SHELTER - Come prepare and serve lunch to a hungry crowd from 11:30am-2pm. The Grace crew has a lot of fun interacting with each other and the guests at the shelter, and it's a privilege to provide a meal to someone in need. RSVP to Community Director Bo Beatty
HERE.

9/19: GRIEF SHARE - For those who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, we invite you to join us Thursday evenings
As a group, we complete a daily Bible study and practical exercises to help with healing. The cost is $20 per person, and people can join the group at any time. Sign up with Pat Shouvlin HERE. 

9/22: SMALL GROUP LEADERS WORKSHOP - If you are leading a small group, or considering starting one, Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle invites you to come for coffee and conversation, to meet and be encouraged by other leaders. We'll meet in the East Barn Lounge at 11:15am.

9/26: SWEET LIFE GATHERING - It's time for our fall get together. Calling ladies 50+, who believe the second half of life is truly the best. Come for for dinner from 5-7pm at the home of Jeanette Chen in New Canaan. RSVP to Jeanette
HERE.
For all the events, programs and initiatives planned for the fall season,
be sure to visit our website calendar 
HERE.
 
   The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength
Nehemiah 8:10
Fall can be a busy season, yet time away with friends for prayer, worship and laughs is an important component for us too. Sharing our cares and concerns, praying with and for each other, and experiencing the joy of the Lord is good for the soul!  Join us for a Friday evening and Saturday get-away (no overnight accommodations required) at the Aspetuck Valley Country Club, located in nearby Weston, Connecticut. Click HERE to register. Deadline for registrations is September 25th.
  One of the most effective ways to keep our busy lives organized is through our mobile devices. We’ve just updated the Grace Church app – and invite you to take a look. Now it’s easier than ever to:
 
- Listen to the most recent Sunday sermon or ModernLife discussion
- Contact one of our Pastors or the Pastoral Team
-
Inquire about or join a Small Group
- Make a one-time or recurring financial donation to Grace
- Read a daily devotion
- Sign up to volunteer
- Learn more about our Men’s, Women’s, or Children/Teen’s ministries
- Check out and sign up for an upcoming Grace event
- Find out more about the variety of groups in our Care Network
 
If you’ve never downloaded the Grace Church app, you 
can easily access it from iTunes. Be sure to update your settings so that you can receive important information related to events, happenings, weather and more!
 Grace Farms Community Dinner &
After Dinner Conversation: What's Worth Wanting?
Friday, September 20th
 
Enjoy a special meal with friends and neighbors, from 6-7:30pm, featuring local performing artists. Chef Neena Perez will offer a menu including; Kabocha Squash Soup, Lamb Korma, Turmeric Rice and Chi Bread Pudding. Make your reservation 
HERE.

With a culture increasingly focused on developing effective strategies to achieve what we want most, sometimes the question dawns on us: What if what we want most isn’t actually worth wanting?

Join Grace Farms Foundation’s Faith Initiative Director Dr. Matthew Croasmun for a presentation about identifying and focusing on the important questions that guide our actions and reflections, and open our minds to encourage new shifts in our thinking, our motivations
, and our values. Join us in the Sanctuary from 7:30-9pm.
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