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Grace Update - November 20, 2020

November Worship

This week, we continue a worship series on stewardship using the theme "Our Money Story." We all have a money story, whether we realize it or not. Perhaps we are living from a story of fear or shame. Or a story that the church is dying and no longer relevant. Or a story that our actions won't have an impact. Or a story that we don't have enough.

This stewardship season, we invite you to remember, release, reimagine, and restore your money stories so that we can write the one God is calling us to live into. This month, we will spend four weeks reflecting on stewardship in worship. We will also have the opportunity to further reflect on our money stories in a small group that will meet on Zoom.

In this season, may we remember God's loving and liberating work. May we reimagine this world to see what God sees. May we be restored to love of God and neighbor.

This Week:

As we have practiced remembering, releasing, and reimagining, we conclude this series by focusing on restoration. Ultimately, practicing faithful stewardship heals us as individuals and helps us restore right relationship with one another. This week's scripture focus is Genesis 33:1-17.

Online Worship

Join us this Sunday morning live at 10:30. Here's how to access our service:

Watch live on Facebook at 10:30 am. To access, click on this link - www.facebook.com/billingsgrace You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the service on Facebook.

Watch live on Grace's website at 10:30 am. To access, go to graceumcbillings.org/watch.

Watch live on YouTube at 10:30 am. To access, click here to find our YouTube channel.

Let us know you're joining us for worship!

Whether you join us on Facebook, YouTube, or DVD, please share your attendance with us by filling out this Worship Check-In Form.

We're glad you've joined us! Thank you!

Zoom Fellowship Time

Join us after worship for Zoom Fellowship Time as we catch up and connect. You can join join us by clicking on this link, or if you'd like to join by phone, call (408) 638-0968. You'll be asked for the Meeting ID which is 862 1032 0754 and the Passcode which is 062642.

Church/Charge Conference Sunday

Join us for our annual Church/Charge Conference meeting THIS SUNDAY, November 22 at Noon. We will be looking back on the year that has been and making important decisions about the church year ahead. This meeting will take place on Zoom. To join the meeting, you can click on this link. If you'd prefer to join using your phone, you can call (669) 900-6833. You will be asked for the Meeting ID which is 981 0667 5568. If you would like to join in person, we have reserved 10 spots for people to come attend with masks and physical distancing. To reserve a spot, please email Sarah by Saturday at sarah@graceumcbillings.org.

Angel Tree Available Monday

The Angel Tree is back! This year we are providing Christmas gifts for 2 families from Family Promise. If you would like to shop for someone in one of the families, please send an email to Joan in the office (hello@graceumcbillings.org) and she will make a selection for you. It is like Joan is the Christmas Elf! The wrapped gifts need to be returned to the church by December 11. You can also deliver them to Loween's house (2015 Burlington Ave.) If you want to participate but don't feel comfortable shopping, Loween will do the shopping for you. If shopping seems unsafe, the organizations would appreciate monetary donations. Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley 10 South 26th Street Billings, MT 59101 Family Support Network 1002 10th Street W Billings, MT 59102

Advent Elves Needed

This Year we are creating Advent Candle kits to distribute to everyone from Grace to light the Advent candles together at home. We will be distributing the kits on Friday, November 27. Volunteers will be given a list of names and addresses and will leave the kits outside people's homes (please don't go in, we want to keep everyone safe). If you would like to help distribute Advent Kits, please email Sarah (sarah@graceumcbillings.org). And be on the lookout next Friday for your Advent Kit to arrive!

Advent Study Begins November 30

Join author, professor, and Biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine as she explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Pastor Angie, Pastor Wendy, and Pastor Tyler will be leading this study based on Levine's book Light of the World. You can purchase the book for the study here or here. The study will take place on Zoom, Mondays at 8:00 pm beginning November 30.

You can access the Zoom study by clicking on this link. If you prefer to join using your phone, call (699) 900-6833. You will be asked for the Meeting ID which is 804 623 3476.

Collect Food for the Billings Food Pantry During Advent

This year Grace is doing an Advent Food Drive for Billings Food Pantry and you can be part of it! We will be doing what's called a "Reverse Advent Calendar" - it's like a normal Advent calendar, except instead of getting something to mark each day of Advent, you will be collecting food items to be donated to the Billings Food Pantry at the end of Advent. You can download the instructions for the Reverse Advent Calendar here. Put it on your fridge or near your pantry, get a box ready, and start collecting! You can bring your box of food to the church on December 23 and we will bless the boxes on Christmas Eve and then send them on to the food pantry!

You can download a full schedule of Advent activities at Grace here.

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