Grace Presbyterian Church Mission Statement: Following Jesus, we love, welcome and serve.

GIVE:  FORT MILL CARE CARE CENTER/DEIJ FOOD DRIVE
For May, the FMCC is still in immediate need of pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, cereal and SNACKS (granola bars, fruit cups, sandwich crackers, etc.)

The Fort Mill Care Center is very short on supplies during the summer months. To assist, Grace is holding a food drive for the entire month of June. Please focus on chunky soups and canned meat. To double our efforts, the DEIJ team has committed to match all donations pound for pound for the month. Please place your donations in the shopping cart outside of the sanctuary and if you have any questions, please contact Renee.

GATHER:  MATSIKO CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL CONCERT
May 25th, 4pm
Matsiko Children International transforms the lives of our most vulnerable children through a complete education which helps them grow in wisdom, character and opportunity. The Matsiko Children’s Choir tours the United States to promote hope through education.  For more information on Matsiko go to Home - Matsiko Children International. Please RSVP in Realm. For additional information, please contact Sarah.

LEARN:  MEN'S BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Saturday, June 1st at 8:00am
Start June off right. Men's Breakfast and Bible Study, Saturday June 1, 2024 at 8:00am...out before 9:30 am. Bible passages: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; and Mark 2: 23-3:6. Look forward to seeing you there. Please RSVP in Realm or e-mail Sam directly.

LEARN:  SUMMERTIME FAMILY FAITH
Families of children are encouraged to pick up the summer calendars by Traci Smith*.  They will be on the table outside of the conference room or you can access it from this link. Summer is a great time to build faith habits. Every day has a different theme! Do your best to complete as many activities as you can for the month. For each activity you complete, put a star on the calendar! Don’t worry if you miss a day or if the activity doesn’t work for you. Just pick it back up again the next day. Feel free to modify the activities to best suit your family. Have fun! Share your progress with Grace on Facebook or Instagram. At the end of the summer, we will recognize the families who participated in the Summertime Family Faith.

* Smith is the author of several Faithful Families books, a mother and a PC(USA)-ordained pastor. Her passion is trying to help busy families create a safe space at home through faith-based practices.

GATHER:  MEN'S SOFTBALL TEAM
Summer will be here before we know it and we are opening registration for Grace’s Men’s Softball Team. Cost to players is $52.00 per person (payment can be made by check or in Realm) and due no later than June 5th.
The Fort Mill Parks & Recreation Church Softball League is a faith based, competitive, adult softball league consisting of church teams (of any denomination) primarily from Fort Mill and the surrounding area.
Games Schedule: Tentatively June 4th to the end of July
Ages 16 and up. Age of 15 can play if dad is on the team.
For more information and to register in Realm please click here. Contact Paul Thompson with additional questions.

GATHER:  SUMMER BOOK CLUB 
Please save the second Thursdays from 10am-12pm in June, July and August for the following selections:
June 13th:
Cold War Crossing by Jordan Williams (pen name for our own Daphne Williams, available on Amazon)
July 11th:
Rubicon by Barry Childs (again Grace’s own resident author also available on Amazon)
August 8th:
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
We will feature our resident Grace authors Daphne Thompson and Barry Childs June and July for our discussions .
Happy Reading!!

SERVE:  FUN WITH FIRST RESPONDERS
Grace Bake Sale
June 15, 9am-5pm
We are partnering with Fort Mill EMS for a community event on June 15th from 9-1pm. Grace will have a bake sale table set up and we are asking our congregation to provide baked goods to sell to the community. We are also looking for volunteers to work the table from 9am until we sell out! Please see the sign-up genius and let us know what you are bringing and if you want to help work the table, please contact Annmarie.

GATHER:  ROCK HILL PRIDE FESTIVAL 2024
Saturday, June 22nd
DEIJ Team invites you  to represent Grace and demonstrate our statement of welcome in Downtown Rock Hill at the 2024 Rock Hill Pride Festival! Sign up for one or more 2 hour shift at the Grace tent. DEADLINE for sign-up is June 16. DEIJ team will share further details as we get closer to the event  

LEARN:  DEIJ BOOK TALK
June 23rd, 1:30-3:00pm
The second DEIJ book talk will be on Sunday, June 23 from 1:30-3:00 in Room 15. In May we discussed Waking up White. In June, we will discuss Ibram Kendi's How to be an Antiracist, which is available in bookstores and online. Reading the book is optimum, but if you don't have the opportunity, please still join us on June 23rd. For more information, email Daphne Thompson. Please RSVP on Realm here.

LEARN:  SCUBA VBS
June 24-28
For rising 5K through rising 5th grade
Registration open.   Please click here for information and to register.   Please contact Sarah if you have additional questions.  PARENTS don’t forget to register your child/children for VBS!
The deadline to register is June 9.

GATHER:  2024 CONGREGATIONAL CAMPING RETREAT
August 2-4
2024 Grace Congregational Camping Retreat will be August 2-4, 2024 (with the option of camping on August 1st).   For more information and to register, please go to Realm.

SAVE THE DATE: GRACE'S ANNUAL YARD SALE will be August 24th, 2024 with setup August 18-23.
The following items sell well so we are especially looking for: holiday wreaths, small trees, holiday decorations, yarn, ornaments, bikes, gently used kid’s sports gear/shoes, fishing and camping equipment, luggage, golf clubs, bed sheet sets and comforters, video games, laptop computers, musical instruments, cordless tools, lawn mowers, weed eaters, blowers, garden tools, ceramic flower pots, outdoor furniture, ladders, small kitchen appliances, dishes, pots, pans, kids clothes, baby items, jewelry, kid toys, puzzles, games, exercise equipment. Please contact Wanda with any questions. 

LEARN:  WEEKLY STUDY GROUPS
STUDY GROUPS
  • Tuesday (10am on Zoom)  We are studying The Life of Jesus for Today, by Ronald J. Allen. 
  • Wednesday Study Group (7:30pm on Zoom) We are studying  The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. 
E-mail Joanne for more information about either of these groups.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 
Please look over the list of classes and we hope that you and your family will join us.
Nursery and Toddlers (Infants through 2 year olds) – Room 8
Early Childhood (3 year old - 5k) – Room 9
Primary Class (1st & 5th grades) – Room 5
Youth (6th-12th grades) - Youth Room
Kairos Class – Room 15
The Walk Class – Room 7

SAVE THE DATE:  Ladies, mark your calendars! The 2025 Grace Women’s Retreat will be held April 4-6, 2025 at The Coastal Retreat Center in Isle of Palms, SC.

GATHERING AT GRACE  :  What opportunities for fun are available at Grace? Where do I belong? 
Our (sort of) age related gatherings are for anyone who wants to come and have fun with others. No ID checked! If you want to hang out with folks, no one will turn you away.
  • GRACE FAMILY FIRST NIGHTS - We meet on the first Sunday of each month for food and fellowship. Following our meal, one of our awesome musical groups will sing and we usually end the night with a mission project to support one of the many groups we serve.  Sarah Childers coordinates this group.
  • -ISH GROUP - people who are the age of the parents of our littles and elementary school kids gather for food and fun. Dre Manoni coordinates this group. 
  • GAP GROUP - We don’t need babysitters (or we do and get them) and can still drive at night. We gather the 3rd Friday night of each month for food and shenanigans. Sometimes we’re at the home of a member, sometimes we can be found at a local pub or restaurant, but we can always be found laughing and having fun. (What’s in the name? It was the group in the gap between our young adults and seniors…that’s not really true anymore, but the name stuck.) Ray Scott is our coordinator.
  • DAYTRIPPERS - We go on field trips during the day. From spider lilies to Hello Dolly to Fort Mill History Museum and more. Watch for the monthly adventure. Annmarie Clark coordinates this group. All are welcome!
  • VINTAGE GRACE - This group of Seniors gathers annually for a Christmas lunch and gift swap.
  • YOUTH - 6th through 12th graders gather weekly for faith-building, service and fun. More details here.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING - DEVICES AND APP
If you have trouble hearing the message and other speaking in the sanctuary, please let the people in the sound booth know. We have three assistive listening devices. It is recommended that you bring your own headphones that can be plugged into the device.
We now have an app available that streams the service. Please check the website for details on how to download and use it.

NAMETAGS
Please remember to wear your nametags on Sunday mornings. We have had quite a few guests attending worship, so it's helpful if we are wearing our nametags. If you are missing your name tag, let Ami know.

SOFT PLASTIC RECYCLING
Great job on continuing your collections! We have received several benches with half going to the Historic Paradise Foundation. Have you ever wondered where the plastic goes after we collect it? The following 2 videos will provide those  answers:
Recycling program
Trex factory  

HUG ME DOLLS
Do you know someone who needs a hug? Melissa has been making some hug-me dolls and is ready to make some more. They come in a wide variety, with each one just waiting to be hugged. They are $10 with all proceeds going to Thornwell Home for Children and Teenagers.

INTERFAITH PARTNERSHIP WITH TEMPLE SOLEL
Presbyterian Church & Jewish Temple Partner – Sharing Lessons of Hospitality: CN2 News article

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