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Join us Sunday, September 23rd

MORNING

8:45am - Bagels and coffee are available in the Commons
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 "What is Love?" from Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle.

11:15am - After the Service

Discipleship - "Feed Me": In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus commissions His closest friends to go and make disciples of all nations. Join Stuart Knechtle to talk about the importance of getting into God's word so that we can grow in our faith; intellectually, spiritually and emotionally, and then share it with others. All are welcome in the Library.

Ladies' Fall Brunch: Join Women's Ministry leaders Catherine Palazola and Jackie Starks, as well as Pastoral Care Associate Carla Gatto in the East Barn Lounge. There are lots of fun events and programs in the works for women at Grace, and we're excited to share them with you. We'll meet after the service, hope you'll join us! (Childcare will be available in the East Barn Nursery).



EVENING

5-6pm - Evening Service/West Barn Hall
If you miss the morning service due to weekend travel, have teen sports or activities, or are teaching Sunday school, join us for our second service in the West Barn Hall. The sermon will be "What is Love?" (the same as our morning service), Scott Troyer will lead music and there's plenty of parking on site!

5-5:30pm - ModernLife/Commons
Join our weekly discussion with time for your questions. We look at what the Bible says about navigating topics as a Christian in a modern world.


6-8pm - LAUNCH/Knechtle Home, 641 Smith Ride Road, New Canaan
All 9th-12th graders are invited to join Youth Pastor Rob Knechtle and Community Pastor Stuart Knechtle for a Sunday evening gathering created just for High School students and their friends. Come for dinner and discussion about how to best prepare launching from high school into the real world. RSVP to Rob HERE.
SEPTEMBER

9/26 & 9/27: WOMEN'S MORNING & EVENING BIBLE STUDIES
We have two wonderful Bible study options for women this fall. Tonya Russo and Kristin Thomas will lead Beth Moore's, "To Live as Christ", Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30am in the East Barn Lounge. Carla Gatto will lead a study called "Daughters of Grace" Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the West Barn Hall. To sign up for the morning study, click HERE, or to sign up for the evening study, click HERE.


9/27 & 29: 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 9:30am on Thursday, with a co-ed group meeting on Saturday at 9am in the Court. Click HERE to sign up.


9/28: MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS)
Jessica Venus invites all mothers with young children to our NEW MOPS gatherings every other Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am, this week in the West Barn Hall. To participate or for additional details please reach out to Jessica HERE.


9/28-30: MEN'S WEEKEND
We have over 50 guys registered already for this year's weekend where we'll stay at the Pleasant View Inn in Westerly, Rhode Island and you're invited to join us too! This year's theme, Getting Things in Order, will focus on the intentionality of putting Biblical principles into practice as we build and fortify the foundation of our lives. For additional details or to make your reservation click HERE.


OCTOBER

10/4: THE ALPHA COURSE
The Alpha Course is a series of interactive sessions to explore the Christian faith in an informal environment. Each session will begin with breakfast followed by brief video clips and small group discussions. Join Alena Trepanier for a 9-week study in her home. Click HERE if you'd like to learn more or sign up.


10/5: KIDS CLUB
Calling all 2nd-4th graders for a super fun evening with friends. We'll enjoy games and activities, dinner and discussion about God, the Bible and what it means to be a Christian. RSVP to Adrienne McManus HERE so she can prepare for an awesome gathering!

10/6: BEACH BARBECUE
This is a very popular gathering, and Compo Beach is the perfect setting. Come with friends and family from 3-6pm for a fun afternoon BBQ. We'll provide hot dogs, hamburgers and chips, and ask you to bring your favorite picnic sides, salads and beverages to share. We'll meet at the grill area, right as you enter the park at 60 Compo Beach Road, Westport. RSVP to Bo Beatty HERE.
We're so grateful for everyone who parks at Oakridge Commons to take the shuttle buses to Grace Farms. There are a finite number of parking spaces at Grace Farms, so when you “Park it Forward”, you're generously serving families with young children, and visitors so they can park on-site.

If you haven’t taken the shuttle, try it - you'll like it, AND you'll receive a bag of Grace Farms Heavenly Roast coffee courtesy of Joe Apuzzo! Shuttles are spacious, super comfortable, and circulate continuously from 8:30am until 1pm dropping off and picking up in front of the Sanctuary or West Barn. Click HERE for directions.
Community Dinner & Protecting Wildlife:
New Strategies to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
Friday, September 21st

Join with friends, family and neighbors for the monthly Community Dinner in the Commons. For tomorrow evening's menu, Chef Neena Perez will feature;
Ground Cherry and Bocconcini Salad, Stuffed Pork Rolls, Wheat Berry Pilaf, and Maple Tahini Cake. Be sure to stay for the after dinner discussion on Wildlife Trafficking.

Wildlife trafficking generates more than $10 billion a year for transnational organized criminal networks. Join us to learn about the work our Nature Initiative is doing to further the strategic new public/private partnerships emerging in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Hear from a panel of experts working to disrupt this international crime and discover how a unique collaboration between our Nature and Justice Initiatives is providing expert training to law enforcement task forces working to dismantle the transnational organized crime syndicates responsible for wildlife trafficking. Click HERE for all details and to register.

September Highlight: Friday, September 21st
Community Dinner & Protecting Wildlife:
New Strategies to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Wildlife trafficking generates more than $10 billion a year for transnational organized criminal networks. Join us to learn about the work our Nature Initiative is doing to further the strategic new public/private partnerships emerging in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Hear from a panel of experts working to disrupt this international crime and discover how a unique collaboration between our Nature and Justice Initiatives is providing expert training to law enforcement task forces working to dismantle the transnational organized crime syndicates responsible for wildlife trafficking. Click HERE to register.
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