NEW DATE: Grace UCC to Host Author Allison K. Garcia

Author Allison K. Garcia

Author Allison K. Garcia

Due to weather concerns, Allison K. Garcia, Christian Latino Fiction author, has re-scheduled her visit and will now be coming to Grace UCC on January 27th to talk about her book, Finding Amor, and the issues she writes about.

The Grace congregation recently read Finding Amor as a group advent activity.

Allison K. Garcia holds a full-time job as a Licensed Professional Counselor, but she has wanted to be a writer ever since she could hold a pencil. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she connected to her regional ACFW and is the head of the ACFW Shenandoah Valley chapter. She is also a member of Shenandoah Valley Writers and regularly hosts online writing events.

Allison’s talk will be immediately after service on Sunday January 27th at 1:30 p.m. and is open to one and all. She will have books available for purchase, or bring your personal copy to have it signed by the author.

There is no cost to attend this event, although books will be available for purchase if desired. However, an RSVP is requested for planning purposes.

Grace UCC Spirit Wear

Grace UCC branded tees, graphic tees, polo shirts, sweatshirts, and grocery totes are now available for purchase right from our website. Best of all, thanks to a special program offered by Krees Sales & Service, a portion of the proceeds of each purchase is donated to Grace to help fund our mission of serving justice, and loving kindness.

Click on the link below in this post, or visit the “Take Action” tab at www.graceuccnj.org.

The ordering link will only be open for a limited time, so don’t delay - get your Grace UCC swag today!

Angel Patrol 2018

The 2018 Angel Patrol program was very successful. We adopted six families who are currently homeless or who have come through a period of homeless but who are still struggling. In addition to eight adults, there were 20 children among the six families. The families were all very appreciative of the many gifts they received.

Here are some quotes from the currently homeless families being sheltered:

Mom: “I was so happy to get a winter coats for me and my daughter. We’ve needed winter coats for so many years. I was not expecting such generous gifts.”

4 year old Daughter: “I loved my new doll! Let me show you how pretty it is.”

Mom:  “Thank you for my bottle of perfume! I was hesitant to put it on my wish list. But it is wonderful to have some perfume… it makes me feel so good.”

 10 year old Son: “I got a LeBron James jersey, a scooter and a helmet! I love my scooter.”

Mom:  “Thank you. The $200 gift card to ShopRite was a total surprise! I didn’t ask for a grocery card but my family will have many nice meals now.”

7 year old Son:  “I got a Jurassic World jigsaw puzzle. I love dinosaurs! Wanna help me put the puzzle together again?”

 Attached are three pictures taken on Christmas evening. One Family Promise Guest said it best:

 “A lot of churches only help people who are members of their church. You have to be someone who go there every Sunday. They teach the Word of God, but they don’t live the Word of God. You guys live the Word of God. Thank you for adopting my family for Christmas.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this Christmas joy possible, and special thanks to Family Promise and our own Bill Taylor for providing us with this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ this Christmas.

Meet the Rivera Santos Family from Puerto Rico!

Marie Suzette, Emmanuel, and their two young children send a great big "GRACIAS" to Grace UCC!  With the gift certificates provided to them this holiday season they were able to  purchase cement to use in the construction of their new home, a full size refrigerator, and a Christmas tree complete with decorations for their season celebrations.

Marie shared with Grace volunteer Jenn Newton that they did not have the funds to purchase a Christmas tree this year. The family lost their home and possessions in the 2017 Hurricane Maria. The gift certificates provided to them from Grace UCC allowed them to purchase the tree and the other items for their new home.

They send a great big Gracias and Merry Christmas to you all!

Grace UCC is sponsoring the Rivera Santos family as part of the “Juntos Together” project, and were matched with us with help of volunteer Yolanda Baker, from Church of the Redeemer in Morristown. For more information please see the flyer on the bulletin board at the back of the church on Sunday.

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Happy Birthday Keith!

This past Sunday, December 9th, we celebrated the birthday of Church Council member, Keith Yowell. Two years ago Keith suffered a stroke, and has thankfully recovered. We are blessed and grateful to have Keith still with us, and hope to celebrate many more birthdays with him.  Keith’s wife, Karen, thankfully recognized he was having a stroke and got him help quickly. She reminds everyone to know how to identify a stroke in progress:  Please be sure you know how to Act F.A.S.T. F – Face – ask the person to smile - a person experiencing a stroke may smile crooked, one side of the mouth will droop A - Arms – ask them to hold their arms out in front of them, one of the arms may be lower than the other S – Ask – Ask the person to say something, their speech might be different than usual T – Time – Time is of the essence! Time is Brain!  If you suspect a stroke get the person checked out!! Better an abundance of caution than a tragic outcome!

This past Sunday, December 9th, we celebrated the birthday of Church Council member, Keith Yowell. Two years ago Keith suffered a stroke, and has thankfully recovered. We are blessed and grateful to have Keith still with us, and hope to celebrate many more birthdays with him.

Keith’s wife, Karen, thankfully recognized he was having a stroke and got him help quickly. She reminds everyone to know how to identify a stroke in progress:

Please be sure you know how to Act F.A.S.T.
F – Face – ask the person to smile - a person experiencing a stroke may smile crooked, one side of the mouth will droop
A - Arms – ask them to hold their arms out in front of them, one of the arms may be lower than the other
S – Ask – Ask the person to say something, their speech might be different than usual
T – Time – Time is of the essence! Time is Brain!
If you suspect a stroke get the person checked out!! Better an abundance of caution than a tragic outcome!

Grace UCC Annual Meeting 2018

Grace UCC Conducted our annual Congregational Meeting on December 9, 2018. The Annual report and proposed budget were presented to the congregation after our regular Sunday Service. The budget was presented by Treasurer, William Taylor. Moderator Mike Sisco and Pastor Dan Lundquist also each made a report to the congregation.

Treasurer William Taylor and Moderator Mike Sisco conducting the Annual Congregational Meeting (with support from Angel Gonzalez Morales).

Treasurer William Taylor and Moderator Mike Sisco conducting the Annual Congregational Meeting (with support from Angel Gonzalez Morales).

Giving Tuesday

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Giving Tuesday is coming up on November 27th. As a counter-point to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global day for collective giving intended to help create a better world. At Grace we believe that the best way to create a better world is to seriously follow God’s directive to “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Grace strives to live our commitment to “Love thy neighbor” in meaningful ways by providing assistance and support to numerous families in our congregation and the wider community. We have helped families keep the roof overhead, the lights on, and the heat working. We have put food on numerous tables, and helped people without transportation get where they needed to go. Through our Pennies & Nickles program and our child and elder sponsorships Grace has spread love beyond our immediate community.

If you choose Grace as a recipient for your Giving Tuesday gifts this year you can feel confident that the funds will be used to put God’s love into action for our community, and beyond.