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Worship Service Bulletin and Announcements

For the Week of November 19th






                  Today         9:45 am     Adult Sunday School:  “Mediator of the

                                            New Covenant”, Hebrews 12:14-29,    

                          10:30 am     Kids Club Choir Practice (Sanctuary)
                          11:00 am     Worship Service
                          Noon         Thanksgiving Sunday Congregational
                                                 Lunch in Fellowship Hall

         Mon.         11:45 am     Lectionary Bible Study:  Ezekiel 34:11-24,

                                            Psalm 100, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew

                                            25:31-46  (Parlor)

                           1:00 pm     Lunch

         Wed.                 NO WEDNESDAY ACTIVITIES DUE TO
                                            THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
         Thursday    THANKSGIVING!  Church Office Closed

         Next Sun.   9:45 am      Adult Sunday School, “Remembering the

                                            Covenant”, I Corinthians 11:23-34,


         Next Sun.   11:00 am    Worship Service


       A Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, November 26

       for the purpose of electing the nominees for Consistory, Elder:         

       Dwight Eads, Deacons:  Karen Hoard, Chad Linebarger and

       Trustee:  Trey Lutz.  The 2018 Budget will be accepted at this

       meeting, also.




Birthdays this Week


24  Meg Hathaway



 A Service of Worship   
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

November 19, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.


  Ringing Of The Hour

  Prelude of Sacred Music

Greeting & Announcements

WChoral Call to Worship                           We Praise You, O God

                                                                      (420 New Century Hymnal, vs. 1 & 2)                      

WA Thanksgiving Call to Worship (I Chronicles 16 adapt.)                                 
  Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Share the news of God’s love!

    Declare God’s glory among the nations; 
      God’s wondrous works among all people.

    For great is the Lord, and worthy of praise!  Greatness and
       grandeur surround our God, strength and beauty are in his

Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good,
      his faithful love endures forever.
Let us offer our thanks and praise as we sing together!

WHymn 788 (Blue Hymnal)                               Now Thank We All Our God


WPrayer of the Day     

   God of all times and all places, be with us in this time and this
    place.  Just as you have spoken to your people through
    prophets and poets,  we pray that we might hear the Word
    you speak today.  Just as you have spoken to your people
    through deeds and miracles, we pray that we might have eyes
    to see the Word you show us today.  Just as you have called
    your people to act in the midst of your creation, we pray that
    we might reach out our hands in your service; for the sake of
    Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.  Amen.


Special Music                              “Simple Gifts / Blessings on Grace”
                                        Written & Performed by the Kids Club Chorus

  Time with the Children                              

       After the Children’s Moment, all children (Preschool-6th Grade) are invited

            to remain in worship with their families or attend Children’s Church.


   The Gospel                                                         Matthew 25:14-30
The Epistle                                                     2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Sermon                                                                           Abundance”

WHymn Insert (New Century Hymnal)               For the Fruit of All Creation

   Sharing Our  Joys & Concerns


   Prayer of Thanksgiving & The Lord’s Prayer

     Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come,

       thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread,

       and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us, and lead us not

       into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the    

       power and the glory forever.  Amen.


    Offering & Offertory                 

 Doxology & Prayer of Dedication

   Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.     

    Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.


WHymn 786 (Blue Hymnal)                                                Count Your Blessings






                  Welcome to all who are worshiping with us today!

                                     We are glad you are here!

      Please sign the Friendship Register and pass it down the pew.


”Simple Gifts / Blessings on Grace”

O Lord we thank you, for all that you do,
our friends, our family, our love is so true.
For watching over us each night and day,
be with us, o Lord, this prayer we pray.
Thank you, dear Lord, we give you praise,
we love you each and every day.
We ask you, put your blessings on Grace,
the animals, the land, and whole human race!


Epistle Gospel Passage for Nov. 19, 2017

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 9As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; 12for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. 13Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, 14while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. 15Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!







Grace Church Cares

     Please notify the pastor of hospitalizations, personal concerns,

            illnesses, or deaths.  Please note that under current law, medical

            institutions no longer automatically inform churches when a

            member is admitted.  For a pastoral visit or home Communion,

            Contact Pastor Ryan at 828-404-2100 (cell phone).

        Grace Church receives a special offering each month for members

             of our congregation who are experiencing financial distress

             Envelopes for the Deacons’ Fund offering are located in the pews.



We have such a caring and loving congregation and
 the members of Consistory have asked us to help
keep track of all the ways that we have reached out to
other members of the congregation.  If you have sent
a card, made a phone call, or visited someone in our
congregation, please let us know through this form
which will be a constant fixture in the weekly bulletin.

YOUR NAME: ______________________________

Number of Cards: _____________________________

Number of Phone Calls: ________________________

Number of Visits: _____________________________

Again, no names of the recipients are needed,
just the total amount of cards, calls, and visits
that you have made.  Call Janet Roberts (695-9638)
if there are questions or more information is needed
about this important ministry.

Thanks so much for your continued care and support
of our family of faith and for the blessing that
you are to our church!



An invitation to join the Prayer Chain!

At each worship service and every Bible study or committee meeting, we include in our prayers the joys and concerns of our family of faith.  We invite you to include these prayer requests in your daily prayers by joining our church’s Prayer Chain.  Please state in the red Friendship Pads that you would like to receive Prayer Chain notifications and include your email address (or your phone number if you do not have an email address).  Thank you for considering this ministry!



In 2015, inspired by the three wise men who made a
pilgrimage to Bethlehem, our church spiritually journeyed

together from Newton, NC to the Holy Land by collecting our individual exercise, walking, and biking miles. We walked 6,023 miles in 2015! 
Last year we walked 5,743 miles!

NAME: __________________________
Exercise, Biking, Walking Miles for this
past week: ________________________

 (Tear off and place in Offering Plate)


      GET YOUR

Each year around parade time several members of our church
will say, “it would be great if all of us had a Grace Church shirt!”  Well, we finally have a reasonably priced solution!  Our youth are selling personalized shirts (seen in the photo) for $10. 
Order forms are available at the back of the church and we encourage everyone to purchase a shirt or two.  Also, we will mail a shirt to out-of-town members or family members for an extra $5.  Any extra profits will be donated to the Kids Club fund.  We hope that you will not
only wear your shirt on upcoming parade days, but when we volunteer together OR when you are out and about!  Thanks again so much for your continued support of Grace Church!



Pastor    Rev. Ryan Brakemeyer            828-404-2100 or 828-294-8889 Choir Director     Scott Curtis       Organist     Margaret Alice Rader               
Pastors Emeritus
            Dr. Tom Hamilton, Rev. Lawrence R. Bolick

Acolyte        Sierra Sharp                 Altar Guild                  Ann Lutz

Ushers         Rosa Sharp, Ed Sain
Bus Driver     Ed Sain               Sound Mark Geitner, Chad Linebarger


Att. Last Sun. 70 , Off. $1,839.00, Deacons Fund $20.00, AC Fd. $6.50, Playground $13.50, Memorial Fund $25.00, Meals for Bereaved Families

$50.00, Wednesday Night Meals $5.00, T-shirts $20.00










Grace Reformed
United Church of Christ

117 East J Street     Newton, NC  28658
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         Office Hours:  Monday & Wednesday—8:30 am—12:00 noon;

                           Tuesday—12:00 noon—5:00 pm 

                           Thursday—8:30 am—12:00 noon, 1:00—4:00 pm

                                 Friday—OFFICE CLOSED


    Inclement Weather Policy:  It has been the policy of Grace 

    Church that in case of inclement weather any cancellations of

    meetings / worship services be made in consultation with the pastor; 

    that notification be made to the church members by means of Radio

    Station WNNC-AM 1230, WBTV and WSOC at least one hour

    ahead of time, that church groups / organizations be encouraged  to

    follow this same policy.  Cable 10 also carries WNNC Audio.








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