Advent & Christmas 2022

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Advent Sunday Worship 
Sundays Nov 27th - Dec 18th


Regular Worship Schedule
christmas offering

Grace Avenue Christmas Offering 


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2022 Holiday Partnerships
During this holiday season, Grace Avenue is supporting local agencies and non-profits.  Click the link for more information about supporting Samaritan Inn, Grace Avenue Summer Lunch (book donations), BedStart, Frisco Fastpacs and Refresh Frisco.
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More Details & Purchase

Purchase at the link, OR in person on Sunday mornings.  

2022 Christmas Poinsettia
In Memory or In Honor of Your Loved Ones
Purchase a Christmas Poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one.  The flowers will be used to decorate the worship spaces during Advent and on Christmas Eve.  At the conclusion of Christmas Eve worship you are welcome to take them home.  We will also celebrate your gift with a list of those who have donated flowers and the names of those they wish to honor.  

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Details, Descriptions, and Registration at the link!

Complete Details

Advent Studies
The Angels of Christmas: Hearing God’s Voice in Advent
Led by Christopher Vaughan
Tuesdays at 7:00pm (begins November 29th)

Advent Study: The Kaleidoscope Effect
Led by Laura Echols-Richter
Thursdays at 9:15 (begins December 1st)

Honest Advent:  Awakening to the Wonder of God-with-Us Then, Here & Now
Sundays at 10:30am (begins December 4th)

Atlas Bible Study
Led by Billy Echols-Richter
Wednesdays at 12:30pm on Zoom 

Family First Fridays
Friday, December 2nd | 6:30-8:30pm

The holidays can take on a life of their own.  Come and join us as we talk about ways to celebrate traditions and the season with the true meaning of Christmas as the focus.  We will share in dinner at 6:30 and begin the program at 7:00.  Children will have their own special activity while the adults meet.

For more information, please contact Kristen Lane, Minister of Discipleship with Families, at KLane@graceavenue.org.

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Attention Youth Families: 
Youth families are invited to the Youth room for a Family Dinner at 5:30pm and then to stay for Youth-led family worship at 6:30pm (after the tree lighting). 


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Family Advent Festival &
Christmas Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4th
Festival from 4:30-6:00pm
Tree Lighting at 6:00pm
Fun for Children, Youth & Adults!
Come and join us as we prepare for Advent season.  We will learn about Advent, make an Advent wreath, make gifts to give, and participate in a mission project.  Pizza will be available for anyone who gets hungry.  We will conclude with our Christmas Tree lighting, hot chocolate and cookies at 6:00pm. There is a $10 charge for those who choose to participate in craft activities.

Contact Kristen Lane at
klane@graceavenue.org with questions. 

Advent Meditations
 Thursdays at 7 pm | Dec. 1, 8, & 15
Led by Laurie Hanson Roberts
Take a few moments out of the busy Advent/Christmas season to reconnect with your innermost self. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, but by taking purposeful time to stop and breathe, you will find that you can navigate the busyness much more productively.
 

We will focus on a different word each week: hope, peace, joy, and love. Come and find new ways to center the body and the mind. Contact LHR@graceavenue.org with questions.

Date Night: Navigating the Holiday Jungle Together
Friday, December 9th | 6:30-9:00 pm
For some, the holidays bring anticipation and joy.  For others, the holidays bring the weight of expectations and stress.  The holidays don’t have to be like a game of Survivor.  Dr. Terry Parsons, author of The Intimacy Jungle:  How You Can Survive and Thrive in a Lasting Marriage, will be with us offering insights about navigating the Holiday Jungle as a team.  This evening will be a gift that you can offer one another as we learn how to support and encourage one another through the holidays. 

Dinner will be catered by Olive Garden.  Gluten free and vegetarian options available. Cost for the evening is $30 per couple.  Childcare available upon request. 

Contact Laura Echols-Richter at laura@graceavenue.org with questions. 

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Music Sunday
Sunday, December 11th during Worship
Sanctuary
the Sanctuary Choir will be presenting American composer, Dan Goeller’s, The Word Became Flesh at both the 9:15 and 10:30 worship services.

The Word Became Flesh is a musical exploration of the doctrine of the Incarnation. The work begins with creation and God’s perfect plan for fellowship with humankind. This divine plan, interrupted by The Fall, continues with God promising a Savior who will save His people from their sins. The story ends with a glorious celebration of the birth of this Savior, Jesus, the Word Incarnate.

Modern
Join us during the 10:30 service for a “Good Ole Fashion Hymn Sing.”  The Modern Worship Team will lead us in some of our old and new favorites of the season.

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A Service of Hope & Healing
Sunday, December 11, 2022
6:00pm in the Sanctuary
While the holiday season is a time of joyous anticipation, festivities, and togetherness for many, others struggle this time of year.  Many experience feelings of grief, loneliness, guilt, or loss. This service allows time and space to face our complex feelings with a sense of hope and to journey toward healing as we enter into Advent and Christmas.  Childcare Provided.

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Men of Grace Dinner
Thursday, December 15th at 7:00pm
Rosa's Cafe (8299 FM 423)

All men are invited! Contact christopher@graceavenue.org with questions.

Also join our Facebook group to keep up with monthly events.  

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Drive-in Movie
Saturday, December 17th at 6:00 
The Big Screen will be set up and ready for families to come and enjoy two Holiday classic movies.  We will be showing Charlie Brown Christmas and The Grinch (animated).  Bring your blankets and snacks and join us for a fun family night.  We will set up in the East Parking lot outside of the Sanctuary. 

Contact Kristen Lane at Klane@graceavenue.org for more information. 

Women’s Night Out: Dinner & Conversation
Monday, Dec 19, 2022
6:30-8:30 pm | $15 for Dinner

Come comfy and casual for a stress-free Soup and Sweets night.  Laura Echols-Richter will share some favorite Christmas stories and talk about how we offer ourselves grace amid seasonal expectations. Karyl Patredis will lead us in a time of creativity focusing on a word to guide us into the new year.  All are welcome for this come as you are evening.  Childcare is available upon request.   Contact Laura Echols-Richter at

with any questions.

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Christmas Parties
EDGE (4th&5th Grade Fellowship)
Sunday, December 11th | 4:00-5:30pm
Watch for more details.  Contact klane@graceavenue.org with questions.

Youth Christmas Party
Sunday, December 18th | 5:30-8:00pm
Wear your ugly sweater! Contact sarah@graceavenue.org with questions.

Birthday Party for Jesus
Sunday, December 18th
Children’s 10:30 Sunday School Hour 
You’re invited to a Birthday Party for Jesus!  Wear your Christmas Jammies and join us for party games, birthday cake, and the true reason for Christmas!  Elementary aged children will meet in the EDGE room.  Nursery and Pres-school aged children will meet in their classrooms.  Bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Children’s Medical Center.  Contact Kristen Lane at Klane@graceavenue.org with questions. 

Community Christmas Sing
Friday, December 23rd
6:30-9:00pm
Eight-11 Place (7080 Main St, Frisco)
Featuring Vaughn Faison
Join us for some good ole holiday favorites and sing along with some wine, beer, or eats from eight-11 place, including some special songs by our featured artist! This event will be lead by Denton based Grammy nominated artist and singer songwriter Vaughn Faison! Call ahead to reserve a table for your friends or family at 469-888-4037. We can't wait to celebrate the season with you!

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Christmas Eve Worship
Saturday, December 24th

Family Services
11:00am & 3:00pm (Sanctuary)

Traditional Services
4:30, 6:00, 7:30pm* (Sanctuary)

Modern Service
5:00pm* (Worship Center)

Communion Service
11:00pm* (Sanctuary)

All services will end with Silent Night and candlelight.

Childcare for infants-PreK is available for all services except 11:00pm.  

*These services will be Livestreamed
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On Demand Online
Christmas Eve Worship
Pre-Recorded On-Demand Christmas Eve Worship from both our Sanctuary and Modern Worship teams will be available beginning at 9:00am. 
Watch for Links.