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We are only 18 days away from Christmas! For many of us, unfortunately, that does not bring much joy - instead, it brings stress and shopping frenzies. To help keep our focus on one of the central themes of Christmas, I will share a message this weekend entitled “Everything I Know About Forgiveness, I Learned at Christmas!” 
Christmas is a time of giving and receiving gifts. The greatest gifts of all are the gifts God gives us. This weekend, we’re taking a look at God's gift of forgiveness. In the world we live in, you may choose to be a discouraged person because there’s a lot to be discouraged about. You could choose to be an angry or cynical person, because there’s a lot to be angry or cynical about in this world. The message of Christmas is you can choose to be a forgiven person – it’s a new day because of what Jesus Christ has done! 
Please join us for worship this weekend - Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. It’s sure to make an incredible difference in your life! If you are unable to be here, you can join us online live-streaming at www.thegraceplace.com/watch
Christmas always brings out the most generous and giving attitudes from our Grace Place family. Over the years, I have been amazed at the unbelievable way you have responded to the needs of children in our community. In the lobby, we have a Giving Wall with several different gift options for you. 
  • Through the Salvation Army Angels, we have committed to providing Christmas for 125 children, and your partnership will help us complete this project.
  • Christmas in a Shoebox is a ministry we run every year. We do this to provide stocking stuffer gifts for local children who may not normally receive gifts. 
Because of the extremely Christmas season this year, your immediate participation is so necessary! If you would like to help in any way, please contact Karon at the church office or email her at karonaddision@thegraceplace.com
This weekend and next, we are receiving our annual Benevolence & Staff Appreciation Offering. We have two purposes for this offering:
  • We use this offering to assist those in our church and community who are going through challenging financial times. Because of your generous support over the past 25 years, we have helped hundreds of families have a wonderful Christmas. 
  • Also, this is the only time of year I ask you to do something special to express your appreciation to our staff for the tremendous job they do in serving us through their ministry gifts. Your generosity enables us to give them Christmas bonuses for their service to Jesus and His Church. 
The Grace Place has been able to minister to thousands of people this year – not only in Stuart, but around the world. This is all possible because of your prayers and support by investing your talents and finances in ministry through our church. You can make your donation online at www.thegraceplace.com/give, at one of our giving kiosks in the lobby, in any of the weekend services, or by mailing it to the church in one of our postage-paid envelopes. Be sure to mark your special offering as "Benevolence and Staff Appreciation!”  
We are planning a tremendous Christmas outreach through our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services. We will be advertising through television ads, direct mail, newspaper, etc. We believe that Christmas Eve is a time when many seekers will pause for a moment and think about things related to God. To take advantage of that pause, we will have four Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Services. The service times are 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. These services will include wonderful Christmas music, a Christmas message, communion and a beautiful candlelight ceremony. 
Do not miss this opportunity to invite your friends and family to join you for these special Christmas events. I promise that, if you bring a seeking friend or relative to any of our Christmas celebration events, they will hear the Gospel presented clearly and have an opportunity to make commitment to Christ. 


Please consider joining us as often as you can for our Friday prayer time in the Lobby of the Celebration Center @ 6:00 a.m.  We are praying together for God to do things that only He can do.  There have already been a number of very specific answers to the prayers this group has prayed!  On Saturday's @ 4:00 p.m., we are meeting in the Lobby of the Celebration Center for our Prayer Circles prayer time.  Please join us and become a part of what God is doing and is going to do through the ministries of The Grace Place Church!!  We will look forward to seeing you next Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!