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Join us Sunday, May 19th

MORNING
 

8:45am - Coffee and bagels are available in the Commons.
 
8:45-9:
15am - Join Pat and Gail Shouvlin for prayer in the Library. It's a great way to start your Sunday morning - all are welcome!
 

9:30am - Worship Service in the Sanctuary with Nursery Care for babies, Sunday school classes for two-year-olds through 6th grade, and Middle & High School programming for 7th-12th grade. This week's message will be The Prophets from Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle.

AFTER THE SERVICE


Summer Mission Giving Tree
We're excited to be sending a big group to the Dominican Republic this summer. They'll be serving in the little town of El Batey, helping with local building projects and leading a Bible camp for school-aged children. Stop by their GIVING TREE table in the lobby on Sunday to make a donation to support their efforts!


Words Count
Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle invites you to join him in the Library. This week's topic "Words Count" will cover the impact of criticism, gossip, slander, encouragement and speaking the truth in love.


Family Fun
Finally, beautiful spring weather has arrived, so we’re headed outside! Pick the kids up from Sunday school, then join Jill Smith for some good old fashioned family fun. She’ll have watermelon slices to nibble on, and bocce and corn hole for the kids to play. Come hang out with us! Meet up in-between the East and West barns.

EVENING

ModernLife
Join Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle and our Pastoral staff for a weekly evening gathering. Together we'll look at Psalm 146:6-10 and Micah 6:8. What are the opportunities we have at Grace to seek justice and serve? Join us for discussion and time for your questions. Meet us at 5pm in the West Barn Hall.
Volunteers are needed for the 10th Annual Pura Vida Feed My Starving Children Food Packing Event. This year's goal is to pack 250,000 meals for children around the world and we can't do it without your help. Email Community Director Bo Beatty HERE and let him know if you can help on Saturday 5/18 @ 3:30-5:30pm (childcare will be provided), or Sunday 5/19 @ 5-7pm. Join us and make an impact in the life of a hungry child.
5/18: GRACE GEARHEADS
Bring your own set of wheels or just stop in for a fun gathering of automotive enthusiasts from 8:30-10am. Enjoy coffee and bagels and browse around the cars with other gearheads. RSVP to Ken Bopp HERE or just meet us in the upper parking lot of Grace Farms.

5/20: WOMEN'S NIGHT OF WORSHIP
You're invited for a special evening of worship led by Jenn Kim and Vivian Brown at the home of Darcy Plimpton-Sims. Join us from 6-9pm for fellowship, refreshments, and music. Parking is limited, carpooling is suggested. RSVP to Carla Gatto HERE. Open to all women, so bring a friend!

5/23 & 5/25: INHALE GRACE
Join Jill Smith for a unique combination of worship and physical wellness with Christian yoga. Women are invited to meet in the West Barn Hall at
10am on Thursday, then our co-ed group will meet Saturday at9am in the Court.

5/26: GRACE FAMILY BBQ & WIFFLE BALL
It’s our first picnic of the season, so join us on the Athletic Field after the service for hot dogs,
 chips, and lemonade! We’ll have a wiffle ball game going as well as volleyball. Stay for the fun! Grillers and food runners are needed, email Bo Beatty HERE if you'd like to help out (teens welcome!)

6/2: FINANCIAL FREEDOM
Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-lesson course designed to help you build a budget, reduce debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind! Each video lesson, taught by Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts, is based on Biblical wisdom and common sense. When you sign up for FPU, you’ll get a member workbook and one free year of Financial Peace Membership, with access to exclusive online tools to help you on your journey. Contact Family Pastor Pat Shouvlin HERE for all the details, and join us Sundays at
11:15am in the West Barn Lounge.

6/4: GRIEF SHARE
Grief Share is a 13-week, Biblically based support group seminar. Each session includes a video, followed by a small
group discussion about topics helpful to people who have lost a spouse, child, family member or friend. Group members will also complete a daily Bible study and practical exercises to help with healing. Sign up with Family Pastor Pat Shouvlin HERE for our group meeting Tuesday evenings 6/4-8/27 from 7-9pm in the East Barn Lounge. The cost is $20 per person, and people can join the group at any time.
NEWS FROM GRACE FARMS
Forced from Home
Friday,
May 17th
7:30-9pm
 
Join Grace Farms Foundation, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), and Save the Children for an important conversation about the global refugee crisis. Moderated by Anne Richard, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and featuring Claudia Connor, President and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants; Casey Harrity, Senior Director of Humanitarian Programs at Save the Children; and Mohamed Almasri, a refugee from Syria resettled in Norwalk in 2016, the discussion will explore the crisis from displacement to resettlement. The panelists will address the factors that force people to flee their home countries, protection
 and education of displaced children, and how resettlement and integration transforms and saves lives.
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