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We look forward to spending Sunday, October 20th, with you and your families.

8:45am - Meet up with a friend for coffee and bagels available in the Commons or join Pat & Gail Shouvlin in the Library for community prayer. Each week they're available and 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 2/3's-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, the 3rd-5th grade will dismiss to the West Barn Hall, 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 Give.

AFTER THE SERVICE


FALL PICNIC: It's time for our annual Grace Fall Picnic! Join us at 11:30am for lots of delicious picnic food, pony rides and games for kids, pie-eating contest, chili cook-off, and of course, tractor rides! NEW this year, you’ll not want to miss our version of PUMPKIN CHUNKIN with prizes for the winning child, teen, or family!

Sharon and Cliffe will host us at their home, 639 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan, so plan to head straight to their place right after the Sunday service. We’ll provide food for the grill and beverages; please bring your favorite picnic item to share based on the first letter of your last name: A-G: Appetizer, H-S: Salad, or Side Dish, and T-Z: Dessert.


THIS EVENING

ModernLife: Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle invites you to the West Barn Hall beginning at
5pm for an open forum to talk through "Plugged In," a discussion on how to connect your faith to what you watch, read and play. All are welcome!
 Each night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, Grace Kids are joining in the Socktober initiative to show that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. Each Sunday this month Miss Adrienne invites you to drop off new pairs of socks, to a bin outside the GCC office, which will be donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Open Door Shelter. Thank you for your participation!
 10/22: DIVORCE CARE - Join us for practical information and Biblical teaching to help recover from divorce and separation. This meeting is open to all, not just those from GCC. 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.

10/24: GRIEF SHARE - For those who have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, we invite you to join us on 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.
 
10/25: MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS) - Jill Smith invites YOU to be part of this wonderful group where you can meet mothers with young children. Join us every other Friday morning in the East Barn Lounge from 9:30-
11:30am. Childcare is right down the hall. To learn more or to sign up, contact Jill Smith HERE.
 
10/26: TRUNK OR TREAT - We’re excited to invite Grace families for our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat event. Bring the kids in their favorite costume (non-scary please) and join us for a fun evening. We’ll have festively decorated cars with themed “trunks” where
children can safely stroll from car to car and collect treats or play games, enjoy refreshments, and participate in the costume parade. Invite family and friends for the festivities! RSVP to Jill Smith
HERE.

10/27: FALL HIKE - We’re headed to the Leon Levy Preserve just a few miles north on Smith Ridge Road. Enjoy a leisurely walk to enjoy time with friends and the best of the fall foliage. We’ll have a treasure hunt for the little ones, please join us! Meet us there, after the service, at 11:30am. RSVP HERE.

11/2: WOMEN'S FALL GATHERING - Jessica Krupa invites you for an afternoon get together at her home. It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with other women at Grace, and to enjoy an afternoon with a light supper together. RSVP to Jessica
HERE.
 Baptism is a symbol of new life as a Christian, and an outward symbol that you are a believer in Jesus Christ. We’ll hold our Baptism Ceremony on Sunday, November 17th in the Sanctuary at 11:15am following our Sunday service. If you’re interested in being baptized, please contact one of our Pastors this week or next, as they would like to meet with you before the ceremony.
Open Arts Studio for Families
Saturday, October 26th
10:30am–2:30pm
 
Think, play, and create every Saturday, from 10:30am to 2:30pm at Grace Farms! Young artists, ages 3 to 10, and their adult caregivers are invited to spend time together experimenting with new materials and techniques during this facilitated program series.
 
Explore the River - Thomas Demand
 
Find space between shapes and build paper sculptures at this month’s workshop inspired by Farm 56 and Farm 88—two photographs by artist Thomas Demand that feature SANAA’s architectural models of Grace Farms.
 
Please note that the materials fee is $5 per participant, payable by credit card at the West Barn Welcome Center. Guardians are required to stay with their children. Register 
HERE.
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