grace notes - Grace United Methodist Church



grace notes - Grace United Methodist Church
Grace United Methodist Church
Manassas, Virginia
November 2015
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for food and fellowship!
Dinner is served buffet-style from 5:45-7:00 pm
$6 per person / $25 max per family
Please RSVP on your bulletin Response Form
or by contacting the church office
November 4 - Turkey Dinner with all the Trimmings!
Catered by Virginia Catering
December 2 - “Advent Dinner & Deck the Halls Party”
Baked Ziti, Salad, Bread, and Dessert
Catered by Virginia Catering
Games & Activities include:
Christmas Bingo!
Games & Carols!
Make & Take crafts!
& More!
Pastor’s Column ............... 2
Upcoming Events .......... 3-6
Service & Mission .......... 7-8
Youth Ministry …………..8
Congregational Care ... 9-10
Music Ministry ................ 11
Hanging of the Greens:
Chrismon Tree Decorating!
Wreaths & Nativity Scenes!
& More!
Children’s Ministry .......... 12
Our Church Family ......... 13
Staff Directory . Back Cover
Pastor’s Column
Pastor’s Column: Corporate Spirituality
Pastor Janet Salbert
A parent or a teacher is one who takes a person
beyond where they have been before. Something
new is learned and experienced and obstacles are
overcome. Prayer accomplishes these tasks as
well. In prayer, we are able to deepen our understanding of God experiencing God in ways we
haven’t before. Prayer also helps us to overcome
obstacles. In prayer, we must set an intention.
What is it that we are trying to learn or overcome?
Do we need more trust? Are we struggling with anger or grief? Do we need to learn patience or forgiveness?
“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you
will find; knock, and the door will be opened for
you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone
who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there
anyone among you who, if your child asks for
bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for
a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are
evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
Matthew 7:7-12
Did you know that along with our individual spirituality, each community of faith has its own corporate
spirituality? There are four primary spirituality types
outlined by Corinne Ware. One type is an intellectual spirituality that favors the concrete and minimizes mystery. A second type is deeply drawn to
transforming society through social justice. A third
type is mystical and emphasizes the vastness of
God. Lastly, there is a heart spirituality that knows
God through love more than ideas. Many people
will likely have a blend of two preferences. Every
congregation often these four spirituality types represented, each are impacted in worship in different
ways. It is important to learn about our spirituality
and appreciate how each type is beneficial. When
a congregation prays together with an intent, we
are able to go further in our discipleship than we
have before.
November is a month of thanksgiving, which we
offer to God through prayer, in both word and
deed. Let us set our intent for this season of prayer to trust God further for all this is needed as we
give thanks for all God has provided.
Ware, Corinne. Discover Your Spiritual Type. Rowman &
Littlefield Publishers, 1995.
Newcomers’ Gatherings
Church Offices will be closed on
Wednesday, November 11
for Veterans Day and
on Thursday and Friday,
November 26-27, for Thanksgiving
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Are you new to Grace? We hope you will join us
for our two-part Newcomers’ Gatherings which help us
get to know you, as you get to know us. “Meet the
Pastors” is a chance to chat with Pastor Rudy and
Pastor Janet in an informal setting. The “Exploring
Membership” orientation introduces some of our lay
leaders and explores basic beliefs of Methodism, the
many opportunities offered by Grace, and the membership process.
November gatherings will be Sunday, Nov. 15
(Meet the Pastors) and Sunday, Nov. 22 (Exploring
Membership) at 12:15 pm in the Conference Room.
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Upcoming Events
Consecration Sunday ~
Stewardship and YOU!
2015 Charge Conference
On November 22, during each worship service, the
Grace Church community will be given the opportunity to
express our thanks to God by offering ourselves and our
gifts to others. What better time than the Sunday before
Have you ever thought about how hard it would be to
plan to pay your bills if you had no idea how much income
you would have on payday? Providing your Estimate of
Giving gives the church the information it needs to budget
for paying bills, payroll, apportionments and other recurring
expenses, and for allocating funds to ministry areas. This
is also an excellent time to consider our electronic giving
option, which takes away the stress of remembering to
write checks and get envelopes turned in!
The Estimate of Giving cards will be handed out at worship services on November 22. Can’t be at Consecration
Sunday? Cards can be picked up from the church office or
the Narthex kiosk (or we can mail one to you!) and turned
in to the offering plate or church office at any time.
Monday, November 30
7:30 pm
Grace UMC Sanctuary
The annual Charge Conference is a celebration of Grace Church and all that it has
done in the past year—sort of a “state of
the church” report. District Superintendent,
Rev. Jeff Mickle, will lead Grace in an individual conference.
The Charge Conference is open to the
entire Grace family, and we would love to
see all of you here as we celebrate our accomplishments.
We will also vote on the Building &
Lighting the Way committees' recommendation to move forward with the application
for the zoning permits for the building expansion. That will be a vote by the church
membership, and we encourage folks to
exercise their right.
Come join us!
Taizé Prayer and Healing services are held
on first Mondays at 6:50 pm
November through April
Taizé Service
Grab the loose change out of your cushions, cars, and piggy banks, and add it
to our Lighting the Way building and
ministry expansion bank. Let’s fill the
tower again in these last months of
2015! There are still individual size
banks available in the narthex, so take
one home and keep collecting those
coins. Every penny counts!
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November 2
6:50 pm
Taizé Service
December 7
6:50 pm
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Upcoming Events
Is Coming Soon!
Christmas is coming, and so is our annual UnTrim-A-Tree project, coordinated by the United
Methodist Women. With Thanksgiving so late in
November we have a very short turn-around time
for collections this year. We will be provided with
100 tags for children. We are to provide two gifts
totaling $75 per child. Because some of the children’s requests will be for items that cost much
more than $75, gift cards are also accepted so
that each donation stays within the $75 limit to
keep things fair for all the children. (Imagine a
family of 3 kids, where 2 “angels” stuck to the
guidelines and the 3rd spent 3 times as much…
not good!)
The Un-Trim-a-Tree will be set up in the narthex on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29. The tree will be hung with tags with an ID
code number, the child’s age, gender, and gift
requests. Once you choose a tag, it is very important to write your name and phone number
beside the tag’s code number on the clipboard
you’ll find by the tree so we know that each number is accounted for and that the tag didn’t just
get lost somewhere.
We MUST have all gifts returned by noon on
Sunday, December 13, and sooner is even better
so we have more time to sort and make sure all
children have gifts. As we said, it’s a short turnaround time, and all help in meeting our deadlines is greatly appreciated!
Modge Podge and Chrismons?
Our church Chrismons are beautiful, inventive, delicate,
strong, unique, and blessed. Some people have grabbed a
kit of supplies and directions to make a Chrismon, like the
ones that the folks from the Danville Lutheran church had
Lynn Jost finished her Chrismon; it is the first one of the
Basic Series, the Chi Rho with Alpha and Omega.
As I pulled it out of the ziploc bag, I was delighted with how
well it was put together. Now, listen carefully, because Lynn
says, I just put some Modge Podge on it, I hope that's okay?
I have to say, I wish I had told this story to more folks sooner.
What an inventive solution to these extensive directions and
precarious styrofoam parts!
Yes, it is okay.
Let's have some fun with creating and finishing Chrismons for
our church sanctuary tree. Janet Dennis likes working on
plastic canvas and has designed a beautiful cross, Kathy Van
Der Kamp wants to make counted cross-stitch Chrismons,
Gigi Dann wants to use metallic thread on a stiffened felt
shape of a Chrismon. There are Perler bead designs on
"All Chrismons are made in combinations of white and gold.
White, the liturgical color for Christmas, refers to our Lord’s
purity and perfection; gold, to His majesty and glory,” from the
Chrismons: Basic Series booklet from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension in Danville.
So, bring your Chrismons one and all to the church and we
will hang them on the Sanctuary tree.
Jane Zatkowsky
Manassas Christmas
Mark your calendars to be a part of the
Grace UMC “float” in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5. We’ll decorate the
church bus, so some can ride and wave while others walk along to hand out candy and Grace Christmas information. Keep an eye on your bulletin and
weekly emails for more details as we get them!
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Upcoming Events
The mission of the Senior Adult Ministry of Grace United Methodist Church is to
provide for and respond to the spiritual, social and educational needs and interests
of those 65 and over.
Upcoming Opportunities for Senior Adults:
We typically meet on the third Thursday of each month.
Mark your calendar and watch for details in your newsletters and bulletins.
November Luncheon ~ Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 19 ~ 12:00 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
The Senior Adult Council will provide turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings.
Please RSVP by Sunday, November 15, by marking your blue Grace Connection Form or by calling the
church office, 703-361-7800, or Eva Bleeker, 972-207-9738.
December 17 ~ Christmas Luncheon
12:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall
Holiday entertainment and a great holiday meal.
Contact Eva Bleeker (703-361-7800, [email protected]) for more info about our Senior Adults.
Sign up for Bi-District Training Day
January 9, 2016!
History & Records Gift Sales
This event is open to all individuals in the Alexandria
and Arlington Districts-come and be part of the biggest
UMC event in Virginia (outside of the Virginia Annual
Conference)! Choose from more than 40 workshops that
will help you grow in various ways, and gather with
over 600 local United Methodists!
This year’s theme is “Your Community is Your congregation.” Keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Joe Daniels.
Date is Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8:30 am-3:30 pm
at Floris UMC. Download the brochure and register
contact the church office for a printed version.
Register by December 18 and the cost is only $30
(includes box lunch and all workshop materials). Register early for the best selection of workshops.
Every Sunday from November 8 through December 13, after the 8:30 and 11:00 am worship
services, the History & Records Committee will
be selling these items:
 By Grace We Are Saved
(History of Grace UMC)
 Wooden Churches
 Christmas Cards and Note Cards of the Good
Shepherd Window
 China Plates of Grace Church
 Prints of all the historic Grace Churches
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The sales table will be set up in the hallway
by the church office.
Think Christmas! Gifts for everyone!
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Upcoming Events
United Methodist Men’s Fellowship
The UMM upcoming dates for the monthly fellowship break- November 6-8. For more information, contact Marc Thompfasts are November 7 and December 5 at 8:00 am at Den- son at 703-366-2939.
ny’s restaurant.
The Wesleyan Men’s Small Group meets in the narthex
The UMM are asked to lend a hand in the “Hanging of the on Wednesday nights at 7:15-8:30 pm. Contact Marc
Greens” inside the Sanctuary and putting up the holiday Thompson for more information.
lights in the trees along the parking lot. Please watch the
weekly bulletin for the date and time for this opportunity to The Thursday night bible study meets at 7:15 pm in the
Resource room on the second floor. We are studying the
help prepare Grace for the Advent season.
Gospel of John. For more information, contact John
UMM retreat at Blackstone – the Virginia United
Methodist Assembly Center (VUMAC) will be held on Bennett at [email protected]
United Methodist Women
The Serendipity Circle will meet on November 10 at
9:30 am in Room 202. We will be collecting items for
deploying troops stationed in Europe. Attendees are
asked to bring items to be donated to our servicemen and
women that include: protein bars, protein shakes, “shake
bottles,” razors, other toiletries (no liquids), exercise
equipment, exercise magazines, a package of holiday
We will also be making holiday cards for the Servicemen
thanking them for their service, and making cards for
troops to send home to their families.
Gleaners Circle meets on second Tuesdays at 10:00 am
in the Fellowship Hall. Contact Carolyn Starbird, 703-3308530, for more information.
Luna Circle meets on third Thursdays at 7:00 pm in
members’ homes. November 19 the meeting will be held
at Grace in Room 202. Contact Barbara Mangum,
703-667-0458 or [email protected], for more
News from the UMW President, Judy Paap:
Women’s Retreat
As we are coming into the fall season, my mind goes
to the beautiful setting at Blessings Lodge where the UMW
holds its annual retreat. The leaves are always so pretty,
the hay ride is always fun, and the fellowship is the best.
Oh, did I forget to say that the food that is prepared by the
center is just wonderful and we don’t have to even do
clean up? The retreat is open to all the ladies of Grace
UMC, not just the United Methodist Women.
The program will be led by Pastor Janet Salbert,
Darlene Runaldue, Eva Bleeker, and Lynn Jost. I am so
looking forward to meeting new ladies and catching up
with the ladies that have attended in the past. Bring a
snack, a game, and your pj’s for the relaxing evenings of
Hope to see you there on November 6-8. Contact
Judy Paap for more information.
A Note to our Circles
Serendipity, Gleaners, and Luna: remember to bring
your World Thank Offering that you have been collecting
all year to your November Circle meeting. Do you remember how many robins you saw, did you count how many
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pair of sandals you had, or how many bibles are in your
home? These are just a few of the everyday blessings we
have and that we are to give thanks for. The funds raised
from the World Thank Offering goes to support women,
children, and youth through United Methodist Women all
over the world.
If you did not participate in the fun sheet that was
handed out in February, you may still participate by giving
a free will offering to Grace UMW and mark it for World
Thank Offering. If anyone would like to participate in 2016
and you do not belong to a circle, let Judy Paap know and
she will see that you get one of the fun sheets in January
Grace UMW is more than just circle meetings every
month, they are a support group of strong faith women
who are always there to help someone in need.
If you would like to become a part of the UMW, please
check us out; we have two day time circles and one evening circle, and we would love to meet you. The evening
circle, Luna Circle, can also provide babysitting if given
notice. We always have fun and fellowship. You do not
have to come to every meeting to be a member.
God’s Blessings for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
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Grace in Service and Mission
Recognition of our Veterans
By Katie Swenson
This year Grace is especially honoring those who served during the Korean and Vietnam Eras at the Veteran’s
Luncheon on Sunday, November 8, at 12:00 noon in the Fellowship Hall. Our many thanks to these veterans for
their service and their unique experiences. Thanks to the Brass Ensemble - especially Allan Anderson, the Boy
Scouts, and those who are helping with the luncheon.
Last year the luncheon honored the WW II veterans. More recently Ives Salbert was able to video Harold
Anderson, Phil Louer, and Glenn Shira. Our sincere thanks for story sharing and their service for our country.
These videos will soon be available for church group viewing of their incredible stories.
For more information about viewing or using them for a program, or questions regarding a military ministry at
Grace, please contact Katie Swenson through the church office.
Haiti Update
By Darlene Runaldue
Grace UMC is in a covenant relationship with the Winchester District to provide mission team and financial support to the
people of Source Philippe. Darlene Runaldue and Chris Lowe traveled to SAP just this past month to attend the Global
Mission Partners Conference where Bishop Gesner Paul remembered us and gave us a special greeting to bring to all of
As we move toward the end of the year, we need to prepare for our upcoming team and our continued support of the
clinic and the school. Please help continue the very positive efforts we have been able to achieve. So far, we have
been able to build: a pier, a sea wall, repair the clinic roof, put a new roof on the school, paint the inside and outside of
the clinic (it needs painting inside every year for health sanitation reasons), build a sewing building, and put some
shelving in the clinic. Other work we have accomplished: training of teachers and pastors, helping a student go to
nursing school, provide health exams for the students in our village, dental exams, eye exams, VBS, sewing lessons,
music, and much, much more!
Your support and your prayers are needed now more than ever to continue what God has put before us. Please see the
table in the Narthex or contact Darlene Runaldue at [email protected] for the latest report from the conference we
attended last month. There is much to do and God is very present.
Donations can be made to GRACE UMC: memo section—Haiti. Thank you so much. May God richly bless you.
Many thanks for your generous Food Pantry donations!
Please place items by the food pantry cabinet in the Narthex. Due to limited bag space, we
are only able to use item sizes noted below. Please take larger and unlisted items directly to
SERVE. Our needs change on a weekly basis—please check your bulletin or with the church
office for updates.
A typical bag that we give out to families who attend our Caring and Sharing Program includes these items:
Canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.)
Peanut butter (14 - 18 oz only)
A sleeve of saltine crackers
Spaghetti (1 lb) & pasta sauce (24-28 oz)
A box/pouch side dish
3 cans of vegetables/legumes
A can or 4 individual cups of fruit
A small box or 4 individual boxes of cereal
One or two of these extra items
when available :
Ramen/cup noodles
Canned meal soup/pasta/stew
Hamburger Helper
We also provide diapers and wipes when available—larger sizes are most requested!
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Grace in Service and Mission
Operation Turkey
Help us work with Northern Virginia Family Services (NVFS) to bring a Happy Thanksgiving to more than 800 of our community’s neediest families! You can get involved in one of
these ways:
Donate food at the Grace narthex collection box through Sunday, November 15
Canned Vegetables
Peanut Butter, Jelly
Jello & Pudding
Canned Fruit
Canned Pumpkin
Coffee, Tea, Cocoa
Cranberry Sauce
Sugar & Flour Sweet Potatoes
Pastas & Sauces
Cornbread/Muffin Mixes Applesauce
Boxed Desserts
2. Make a monetary donation directly to Operation Turkey. $50 fills a Thanksgiving basket. Checks
should be made payable to “NVFS Operation Turkey” and should be mailed or delivered to: NVFS Operation Turkey, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100, Oakton, VA 22124.
3. Volunteer! Help sort and organize food, prepare meal packages, and assist at distribution. Volunteers
are needed from November 7 to November 16. To sign up, contact Jan Hawkins at 571-748-2621 or
[email protected]
NEWS from our Student Ministries
Grace Youth have been busy this year. All Summer the youth council met to come up with ideas to connect students with God. As we prayed, we kept thinking of how we are made up of
mostly water, the earth is made up of mostly water, and that there are places that get too much
water (South Carolina) and other places that get not enough water (California). We came up
with a plan... H2O. Each month we introduce a biblical story that depicts the ways God uses
water to connect to us. Now we have that opportunity to CONNECT Him 2 Others and Ourselves...H2O get it?
Well, the youth got it... they have been coming up with new ways to reach out and ways that they can help get
clean water to others. We are working on a way to help people learn how to tap into resources, literally under
their feet. Can you imagine not having safe drinking water and one of your children dying from water contamination? Can you also imagine how that would look if they could have been saved by just drilling a hole and
saving them? God gave us this knowhow and now we have to spread the good news.
I can not wait to see the REST OF THE STORY! There will be updates through out the year... satay tuned!
Sunday school : 40% increase
Average youth group attendance: 60
New Youth group leaders : 5
SERVE monthly mission: 12
Students having fun and fellowship and meaningful discussions week after week-PRICELESS
We need you for SNACK SUPPER! Sign up for snack supper today at our sign up genius, go to:
Looking for something to do? Join us for the ALL night celebration January 1 from 8:00 pm to 8:00 am. Cost
is $25. It will be a night of fun... cosmic bowling, pizza party, and movies.. What a great way to start off the
New Year! Contact [email protected] for more information or to sign up.
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Congregational Care
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Stephen Ministry
By Wayne and Carol Stoneback
What exactly is Stephen Ministry?
Are Stephen Ministers Counselors?
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in
which trained and supervised lay persons, called
Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care
to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties.
Stephen Ministers are not counselors; they are
trained lay caregivers. Their role is to listen and care
- not to give advice or counsel. Stephen Ministers
are also trained to recognize when a care receiver’s
need exceeds what they can provide. When that
happens they can work with care receivers to help
them receive the level of care they really need.
Who Is Involved?
Stephen Ministers are the caregivers. They have engaged in 50 hours of training in Christian caregiving,
including general topics such as listening, feelings,
boundaries, assertiveness, and using Christian resources in caregiving. In addition, their training covers specialized topics such as ministering to the divorced, hospitalized, bereaved, and aging. Stephen
Ministers also participate in monthly continuing education which has included speakers discussing topics such as coping with depression, suicide, and
online addictions.
We currently have 14 active Stephen Ministers. They
are: Don Bynum, Sylvia Bynum, Mid Scanlon, Celinda Mitchell, Dale Rice, Dee Dee Colgan, Mary Jane
Benjamin, Carol Stoneback, Jill Freemen, Mimi Menzies, Wayne Stoneback, Peter Macleod, Rich Sabey,
and Shirley Adamek.
Care receivers are the recipients of Stephen Ministers’ care. They are people from our church or community who are experiencing divorce, grief, loss of a
job, loneliness, hospitalization, terminal illness, or
any of a number of other life difficulties. Stephen
Ministers usually meet with their care receivers once
a week for about an hour, for as long a period of time
as the care receiver will benefit by the relationship.
Can I Trust a Stephen Minister?
Trust is essential to a caring relationship and Stephen Ministers are people you can trust. Confidentiality is one of the most important principles of Stephen Ministry. What a care receiver tells a Stephen
minister is kept in strictest confidence.
What is the Pastor’s Role?
Pastors will always be the primary caregivers, but
there is no way pastors can meet all the needs for
care. God has called all of us, not just pastors, to
minister to one another. Stephen Ministry multiplies
ministry by turning pastors into equippers so they
can enable lay people to provide caring ministry, as
If you have questions about our Stephen Ministry
program, contact one of the pastors or a Stephen
Darlene Runaldue (703-361-7800,
[email protected]),
Carol or Wayne Stoneback (703-330-5813, [email protected]).
What do Stephen Ministers Do?
Stephen Ministers are caring, Christian friends who
listen, understand, accept, and pray for and with care
receivers who are working through a difficult time in
their lives.
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Congregational Care
As the Season Changes…a couple of reminders...
By Joan Morison, Parish Nursing Ministries member
While we enjoy the beauty (and temperature changes) that Fall has to offer, seasonal allergies are often
triggered this time of year. Numerous over-the-counter, as well as prescription, products are available to
help combat the symptoms and provide some relief.
Some products are antihistamines alone, while others are combination products that contain a decongestant. Be particularly aware of this if you are on any high blood pressure medication.
Decongestants relieve stuffed noses by narrowing blood vessels in the nose allowing you to breathe
easier, but, this same effect on other blood vessels can result in an increase in blood pressure.
Saline nasal spray is an alternative for relief of congestion that might be helpful.
A Neti Pot has also been found useful for relief from sinus issues.
And don’t forget to rest and stay well hydrated.
Update (or if you haven’t compiled a list, get busy… ) your list of all your medications and how you use
them to keep in your wallet or purse. You want to have easy access to this information whenever you are
speaking to a health care provider. List your prescription as well as over-the-counter medications, vitamins,
supplements, and even herbal teas .There is much less chance of something being forgotten or overlooked
if you have prepared this list ahead of time. Help your health care providers give you optimal care.
And finally, enjoy our beautiful Fall !!!
CPR Certification Class
Want to become CPR certified or need to be recertified?
Check the blue Grace Connection form.
A class will be scheduled soon.
Contact the church office, 703-361-7800, if interested.
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Music Ministry
For more detailed information about Grace’s choirs and instrumental ensembles and about upcoming concerts
and arts events at Grace and the local community, please pick up our “Music Ministry” and “Year in Music”
brochures from the Welcome Table or information kiosk in the narthex or church office.
Upcoming Concerts at Grace & in the Community
Saturday, November 21, 2:30 pm
Northern Virginia Handbell Festival Concert at Centreville United Methodist Church.
The Parrish Bells members will be participating in this Handbell Festival.
The closing concert is free and open to the public.
December Christmas Season Events of Note:
December 20 at all worship services
Lessons and Carols
Morning services feature the Chancel Choir, Grace Notes a cappella
ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Parrish Bells, GosBells, and Woodwind;
Evening service features the SonRise Praise Band
December 24 at 10:30 pm
Doc and Rev in Concert
Dr. Geoffrey Haydon and Rev. Milton Rodgers
present an organ and piano recital before the
11:00 pm Christmas Eve service
November Worship Leaders
November 1 - All Saints Sunday
8:30 Grace Notes, Grace Woodwind Ensemble
11:00 Grace Woodwind Ensemble,
Wesley Singers Ensemble
November 8
8:30 Chancel Choir
11:00 Asbury Chimers, Asbury Ringers,
Wesley Singers
Chimers Schedule
Monday, November 2, at 10:30 am ~ Manassas Rehab
Monday, November 9, at 10:30 am ~ Amerisist
Monday, November 16, at 10:30 am ~ Caton Merchant House
Monday, November 23, at 10:30 am ~ Birmingham Green
Monday, November 30, at 10:30 am ~ Caton merchant House
November 15
Parrish Bells, Treble Ensemble
November 22 - Consecration Sunday
8:30 GosBells, Wesley Singers
11:00 GosBells, Chancel Choir
November 29 - First Advent
8:30 Grace Brass Ensemble
11:00 Grace Brass Ensemble, Chancel Choir
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There is a choir for everyone at Grace!
Please contact Rev. Milton Rodgers or check out the
Music Ministry Brochure to find your place
in a choir or ensemble.
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Children’s Ministries
Advent Bags for SERVE…
Kids (& YOU) on a Mission!
Children’s Ministries will begin the season of
Advent with a special mission opportunity. We
are sending home Advent bags that will focus on
counting the days until we celebrate Jesus’ birth
and also on filling a grocery bag for SERVE!
These Advent bags will be handed out during all
Children’s Ministries gatherings and events and
will also be available at the Children’s Welcome
**All are welcome to participate in this
great mission project for SERVE!
**Filled bags are due back at church on
Sunday, December 20.
Birthday Party for Jesus!
Celebrate the reason for the season with us on Sunday, December 13!
We will have a birthday party for Jesus in the Fellowship Hall during UpStreet Sunday
School at 9:45…and during SEEK at 5:00 too!
*All are welcome, so please join us!*
Kids in Mission
Calling all kids in 1st - 5th Grades….You can be in mission for Jesus! Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each
month (12:15-2:00 pm) as we gather for food, fellowship, fun, and to serve our church and community
through different mission activities and projects!
 FBI (Faith Bible Investigators) is for 1 and 2 graders and we gather in Room 9.
rd th
 TAG (Take And Give) is for 3 -5 graders and we gather in the Library/Resource Room (Room 201).
Both groups pick up from the Fellowship Hall.
Join us on November 15 at 12:15 pm or December 13* at 12:15 pm!
*Our December meeting will be held on the 2nd Sunday of the month.*
For more information on Children’s Activities contact Arleen Field, [email protected], 703-361-7800 x117
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Our Church Family
November Birthdays
1 - Madison Pignone, Richard Wiersteiner
2 - Katie Dorr, Charlie Hawley
3 - Emma Elston, Allen Ford, Kayla Fyock, Will Jarvis, David Wurst
4 - Hugh Campbell, Jonathan Jarrett-Coker, Caleb Todd, Brian Vetal,
Mary Wilsher
5 - Jay Callaway
6 - Victoria Baker, Drew Bogan, Tricia Dean, Mike Post
7 - Elaina Harrison, Warren Sealock, Earlene Vetter
8 - Carolyn Jacobs, Gavin Kunstel, Michelle McIntyre
9 - Jillian Page, Debbie Simmons
10 - Bryan Bell, Sarah Kieu, Dan Meador, Tyler Presgrave,
Milton Rodgers, Tammy Wightman
12 - Carly Brock, Mason Scott, Cara Weidman
13 - Beth Anderson, Inez Frantz, Sandy Langknecht, Ellen Long,
Bronson Smith
14 - Gina Post, Seth Richards
15 - Jay Bolling, Michael Pope
17 - Bonnie Byers, Dwayne Priest
18 - Beth Brooks, Ethan Dixon
19 - Shirley Coates, Joshua Gonzaga, Carrie Jordan, Pete Magee,
Marion Soderberg
20 - Patricia Bentz, Jessica Jenner
21 - Thomas Meadows
22 - Chris Bumgarner, Wendy Ford, Lisa Rohrbach
23 - Carena Harrison, Alyssa Ryberg, Judy Zellers
24 - Carley Wilson
25 - Eva Bleeker
26 - Peter Long, Judy O'Meara, Nathan Silvis
27 - Kittie Blakemore, Roland Hassebrock, Riley Kotlus, Jean Stephens,
Cana Wade
28 - Perry Day, Laci LeVecchi, Matthew Wagner
29 - Danielle Hettmann, Tyler Husband, Mitzi Messall
30 - Kyle Linsday, Liam Villavicencio
9/27/15 Everett Geer
9/27/15 Emerson Geer
In memory of Stan Fowler:
Mary Jane Parrish
Gleaners Circle
Dot Moore
Hazel Boyer
Robert (Sr.) and Shirley Ambrogi
Larry and Sue Soergel
In memory of Pat Rice-Pattishall
Hazer Boyer
Martha Anne France
In memory of Doris Johnson:
Hazel Boyer
In memory of Katie Swenson's sister:
Frank and Carole Miller
In memory of Lois Steele:
Hazel Boyer
Larry and Sue Soergel
Recent contributions have been
used for the Life of Christ stainedglass windows in the rear of the
sanctuary, to purchase chairs and
tables for the narthex and the fellowship hall, donations to the Music
Department and to the Building
Fund, to purchase Grief Books for
families of the recently deceased,
new hymnals, Caring and Sharing,
and to the General fund.
Pictorial Directories
and Directory Updates are
available on
the newsletter distribution
table in the Narthex or
from the church office.
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Grace United Methodist Church
9750 Wellington Road
Manassas, VA 20110
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Rudolph E. Tucker, Jr.
Janet P. Salbert
[email protected]
Minister of Music/Organist
C. Milton Rodgers, III
[email protected]
Music Associate
Lynn Jost
[email protected]
Sarah Scott
Contemporary Worship Leader
Jason Wilsher
[email protected]
A/V Coordinator
Dean Sprague
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Director of
Program & Adult Ministries
Darlene Runaldue
[email protected]
Director of
Children’s Ministries
Arleen Field
[email protected]
Director of Grace
Children’s Learning Center
Susan Bardwell
[email protected]
Church Administrator
Beth Brooks
[email protected]
Membership and
Children’s Ministry Assistant Financial Giving Coordinator
Julie Villavicencio
Sandy Risko
[email protected]
Director of Student Ministries
Debbie Cali
Financial Manager
[email protected]
Sharon Berry
Director of Senior Adult
Eva Bleeker
[email protected]
[email protected]
Nursery Coordinator
Kristen Gray
Nursery Assistant
Marlee Shaver
Facilities Coordinator
Matt Nelson
Weekend Custodian
Angela Tomchek
Bishop of Virginia Conference
Bishop Young Jin Cho
Alexandria District
Rev. Jeffrey P. Mickle
[email protected]
Grace Notes, November 2015