Grace United Methodist Church Burnsville Worship
Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 22, 2018
To serve and unite those we touch with the Grace of God

Bulletin: December 3, 2017

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Welcome to all worshiping with us today, especially those of you who are guests among us. We hope you will make yourselves known to those sitting near you by signing the Registration pad. Once it has passed to the far end of the row, please pass it back to where it started. Immediately after the service, please introduce yourself to Pastor Kevin or someone from the welcome committee wearing sashes on their nametags.

Children and Sunday School: Children are welcome in worship. We also provide childcare during the 10:00 AM worship service. Our well equipped nursery is for children up to 3 years old.  School age children have Children's Church following the Children's Message.  Children are welcome to go to Children's Church or return to sit with their family.

Need a prayer for yourself, neighbor, loved one… Health issues, personal concerns, family conflicts.  Contact  the office. All requests are completely confidential. We never share names, only church services.
Wednesday, December 13th ~ 5:30 -7:00 pm.
Join together for a great Holiday Meal at Grace UMC. A bit of a smorgasbord is planned, starting with Swedish meatballs and noodles. No charge for this Wednesday meal and adults are invited.
After supper, join in a Christmas Cookie exchange. Bake up a couple of batches of your favorite cookie, bars or make a candy tray. We will eat all we can and trade the rest.
Build a Gingerbread House, as a family or an individual. Pick up a pre-made kit, bake up your own or use the graham crackers and frosting provided by the church. Please bring an item to share for decoration and a board of some kind for your own creation. 
Children’s Christmas Games will end this evening of Christmas cheer..
Wednesday Night Programming
5:30-6:45 p.m. — Supper, $5.00 a person or $10 for a family. 
6:00 p.m. — Youth Choir (grades 4-8) and Mission Adventures for K-3
6:30 p.m. — God’s Kids choir (grades K-3) and Mission Adventures for grades 4-8
6:00 p.m. — Adult studies with Pastor Jen
An Advent calendar with a twist! This calendar will take you through your home and Scripture each day as we journey closer to Christmas. Rather than a sweet treat, each day will give you a taste of Scripture and surprise you with how many gifts surround you every day! Pick up your calendar today or anytime throughout Advent on the table in the narthex.
Christmas Caroling and After Party
You are invited to join the choir members for our annual tradition of Christmas caroling with our church friends. We will meet at the church on Sunday, December 10th at 4:00 p.m. Wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight. We will be carpooling to visit our homebound members and bring the joy of Christmas to them in song. After caroling, we will go to the home of Marilyn Oliphant for chili and Christmas cookies. If you know of a church member needing a little Christmas cheer, please let us know. RSVP Marilyn Oliphant if you will be caroling with us.
Remember our Troups:  Starting November 5th you will have the chance to send a holiday card to service persons at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Ramstein AFB in Germany. You may use your own cards or some will be provided on the table in the Narthex. There is no
way to know if your card will go to a male or female, so please be generic with your writing. Deadline is December 10th. DO NOT SEAL the envelopes. Kindly place your cards in the basket. Our efforts provide comfort and encouragement to the troops and their family members.
Also, if anyone has new cards to spare and is willing to donate them to the cause for future years, kindly place them on the desk in the main office. Thank you..
Advent and Christmas Schedule:
November 26th - Advent 1
December 3rd - Advent 2
December 10th - Advent 3:  Children’s Christmas Pageant. 10 AM Service
December 17th - Advent 4:  Adult Choir Christmas Service.  Both services
Dec. 24th - Christmas Eve (10:00 a.m. Family Service & 10:00 p.m. Candlelight Service)

Shared Interest Groups 
Book Group:  Christmas Party and Book Choices for 2018
Thursday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m.  at the Home of Cara Kennedy ~ Phone: 952-432-6456. 
Mah Jongg:
Plan on meeting in the narthex at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.  During the month of November we will meet every Monday except November 13th. If you have never played before, that’s fine. Just come with a “willing to learn” attitude. Please direct any questions to Suanne Turner.
Men’s Fellowship: Join us Fridays at 6:15 AM at the Lakeville Cracker Barrel.

Ruby's Pantry. Food distribution will take place on Monday December 19th, at Glendale UMC in Savage.  Volunteers can just show up at Glendale anytime between 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. to help for a few minutes or for a few hours. If you have any questions, please call Lynn Kilian at 651-315-1647 or go to
Ruby’s Pantry is a non-profit organization that gathers food donations from local retailers and brings them to their distribution sites over Minnesota and Wisconsin. For more information on Ruby’s Pantry’s Mission.  
click here.
How it works:  Every 3rd Monday of each month Glendale’s sanctuary & fellowship hall are turned into a distribution site. Registration begins at 4:30 PM and runs until 6:00 PM.
Annual 360 Communities ~ Armful of Love: Display now in the Narthex
Please take a look at the silver tree next to the podium!! We are sponsoring three families and each family has its own color tag. A number of tags were taken last Sunday, but there are still some remaining. Once you have purchased the items, please bring them back to the church unwrapped, with the colored tag on the item. If you have a box for your item, that would be appreciated. The last possible date to bring your item is Sunday, November 26th.

Thank you to all who have taken a tag from the tree. Once you have purchased the items, please bring them back to the church unwrapped, with the colored tag on the item. If you have a box for your item, that would be appreciated. The last possible date to bring your item is Sunday, November 26th. You can place them in the narthex in the corner by the front windows.
We are looking for help wrapping presents on Wednesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the Narthex. Also if anyone is available to deliver the gifts to in Burnsville off of Highway 13 on either Friday, December 1st (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) or Saturday December 2nd (10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.) that would be helpful.

United Methodist Women
RUTH VOLL Christmas Brunch.  Friday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the Home of Vicky Kline.
Apple Pie Sales
We would like to thank all those who bought apple pies from us on Sunday, November 19th. Because of your generous support we made over $500 for our local missions. We will be supporting Emma Norton in St Paul, Lewis House (for battered women) in Eagan, Simpson Shelter in Minneapolis, Dakota County 360 Communities, and of course our church.
Thank you again so much.
We also say a huge thank you to all the women who came to help make the pies on Saturday, November 18th. Many hands make light work and your help was tremendous. Also, a shout out to Nelson Orchard who donated all the apples.


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Grace United Methodist Church
15309 Maple Island Road, Burnsville, MN 55306
Phone: 952-435-5696

        Grace UMC is an Unidos en Cristo Affiliated Church