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We look forward to spending Sunday, May 20th with you and your families!

MORNING

8:45am coffee & bagels will be served in the Commons, followed by Sunday school programming for children and teens, and our morning service at 9:30am. This week's message will be "Using God's Gifts" from Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle.

11:15am
Childcare: Childcare is available in the East Barn Nursery for young children so that parents can enjoy after service programming, or have a cup of coffee to catch up with friends. Pick up is 12:15pm.

EVENING

5-6pm - Evening Service
If you're teaching Sunday school, traveling over the weekend, have teens who need to catch up on sleep or miss the Sunday morning service due to kids sports and activities, join us for our NEW second worship service from 5-6pm in the West Barn Hall. The sermon will be "Using God's Gifts" (the same as our morning service), Scott Troyer will lead music and there's plenty of parking on site!

5-5:30pm - ModernLife:30
All are welcome for our thirty-minute discussion with time for Q&A in the Commons from 5-5:30pm. We look at what the Bible says about current topics that everyone grapples including anxiety, fulfillment, temptation and how to handle pressure.
MISSION INITIATIVES
This August we have a team of 60 teens and adults headed to the Dominican Republic on our summer mission trip. They'll help build a bridge and develop friendships within the town of Santo Domingo. Last week the mission team unveiled the "Envelope Wall" where you can choose an envelope, make a donation and impact a community in need. Funds collected will help the team travel and provide building materials. The display will be located in the Sanctuary lobby. Thanks for your partnership!
Throughout the month of May our Women's Ministry invites you to help support one of GCC's mission organizations. Hopeline, located in Stamford, CT, has been helping women in Connecticut for over 30 years serving and caring for young women and their families. To participate in this spring initiative, stop by the Welcome Table after the Sunday service and pick up a baby bottle, fill it with loose change, or a check and return it on/before May 27th to the GCC office.
We've got 250,000 meals to pack for hungry children and need your help! Sign up for the Pura Vida 2018 Feed My Starving Children Food Packing Event this weekend at the New Canaan High School. While there are lots of volunteer time slots throughout the weekend, Grace Community Church will serve together Saturday, 5/19 during the 3:30-5:30pm shift. We also need hearty helpers for clean-up Sunday, 5/20 @ 5-7pm.

*To join the Saturday 3:30-5:30pm time slot, click HERE, then click JOIN where you see Sharon Knechtle's name. Childcare will be provided, so make reservations with Sharon Knechtle HERE.

* To sign up for the Sunday 5-7pm time slot, click HERE, then scroll down to the Sunday time slot, then click RESERVE.
COMING UP
SATURDAY, 5/26
Every Saturday, we have two men’s Bible studies; one led by Marcus Asante at 7:30am and the other led by Stuart Knechtle at 10am. Once a month we open it up and host a men’s breakfast, so come hang out with friends from 9-11am and fill up on eggs, bacon, pancakes, and coffee! RSVP to Pastoral Care Associate Ken Bopp HERE.
SUNDAY, 5/27
Kids, adults and families are all invited for snacks and fun in the Plaza between the East and West Barn. Try your hand at bocce, cornhole or make BIG bubbles ... and if it's breezy, we'll fly kites on the Athletic Field. Enjoy meeting other families and have fun with the kids.
FRIDAY, 6/1-6/3
There are still a few spots available for the upcoming women's retreat at Enders Island in Stonington, CT. We have a wonderful group of ladies participating in what promises to be a meaningful weekend together. If you'd like to attend please click HERE to contact Jill Smith.
FRIDAY, 6/1
We're excited to host 60 fifth graders from the South Street School in Danbury. For most of these children, English is a second language, they come from impoverished homes, and many are being raised by a relative or grandparent. This Friday "sports camp" is something they look forward to and are extremely excited to participate in. Last year was a huge success and we're eager to make this year even better.

We'll need 20 energetic and fun volunteers to help out from 9:30am-2pm as we divide kids into teams and rotate them from soccer, arts & crafts, lunch and field games. Sign up and get in on the fun with us. RSVP to Community Director Bo Beatty HERE if you'd like to participate!
SUNDAY, 6/3
Let’s kick off the beginning of a great summer with a good old-fashioned picnic and barbecue! We’ll have hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks, and we invite you to bring your favorite side dish and dessert to share. Volunteers are needed to tend the grill and keep the food and beverages moving, sign up at the Welcome Table Sunday, or contact Community Director Bo Beatty HERE.
SUNDAY, 6/3
Calling all 9th-12th graders for an evening gathering called LAUNCH. Teens will enjoy dinner and discussion with Rob Knechtle and Cliffe Knechtle about how to best prepare moving from high school into the real world. Meet us at 641 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan. RSVP HERE to Youth Pastor Rob Knechtle so we can prepare for dinner.
NEWS FROM GRACE FARMS
GRACE FARMS - IMAGINATION PLAYGROUND
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH
10:30AM-2:30PM

Ignite your imagination at Grace Farms this summer! As part of the Arts Initiative’s year-long exploration of joy, families with children ages 3 to 10, are invited to create their own unique play environments with Imagination Playground—an innovative system of large-scale, light-weight blocks, designed to encourage learning through unstructured play.

Imagination Playground is free and open to the public from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm every Wednesday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Click HERE for more information about Imagination Playground and to register your child.
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