We hope you will find time to join us during Advent as we prepare for our Savior’s birth.

Find 2017 Christmas Eve Worship Times here.

Ways to Help During this Advent & Christmas Season
–Volunteer to Light Advent Candles here.
–Help wth ushering on Christmas Eve and other services here.
–Volunteer to Greet on Christmas Eve here.
–To volunteer to help direct in the Parking Lot on Christmas here, email [email protected].
–Make a Christmas Offering to Grace Avenue here.

Christmas Gifts that Make A Difference

Available December 2nd-Decmber 17th
This year, give Christmas Gifts that Make a Difference to loved ones through donations to one of the missions that Grace Avenue supports.  You will receive a card and information about the mission to give to your loved one, letting them know that their gift is making a difference in the world. Find us in the Learning Center Lobby after worship or shop on-line. 

This year you can select from the following missions: God’s Child, ZOE, Maranatha UMC/Czech Republic, Habitat for Humanity, Early Response Teams, Grace Avenue ESL Programs, Rise Against Hunger, Frisco Fastpacs, and Transitional Housing Assistance.

Contact Mary Martin at [email protected].

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Children & Youth Events

Advent Adventure
Wednesdays, Dec 6th and 13th  | 4:00-5:30pm | REGISTER 

Children 4 years old-5th grade are invited to join us as go on an adventure of “Important Gifts”.  We will focus on the true meaning of Christmas through the many GIFTS that we have been given.  We will share in games, crafts, lessons and snacks. Contact [email protected] with questions or to volunteer. The cost is $15 per child for the two-week program.
 
Birthday Party for Jesus
Sunday, Dec 17th during Sunday School

During all Children’s Sunday School classes 2 years old- 5th grade.  Children are invited to bring an un-wrapped gift of a new toy for children ages birth-18 who are currently hospitalized.  We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with birthday cake, games, and the true meaning of Christmas.

EDGE Christmas Party
Sunday, Dec 10th | 5:00- 7:00pm | EDGE Room

All 4th-5th graders are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by sharing in fellowship with their friends. Bring a $5 wrapped silly gift for our gift exchange as well as a snack to share.  

Youth Christmas Party (JH & SH combined)
Sunday, December 10th | 5:00-7:00pm

Dinner, games and fun with friends!


Study & Discussion

The Women of Christmas (Study for Women)
Mondays Nov 27th & Dec 4th | 9:15-10:30am | REGISTER

The season of Advent is a time Angelic encounters, miraculous conceptions, unexpected visitors, and outbursts of praise: experience the season afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna.  Join Laura Echols-Richter for a time of reflection, preparation and renewal as we share in a study based on the book by Liz Curtis Higgs. Contact [email protected] with questions.  Childcare is available upon request.
 
Hidden Christmas
Thursdays Dec 7th & 14th | 9:15-10:30am | REGISTER

Even people who are not practicing Christians think they are familiar with the story of the nativity. Christmas displays of Baby Jesus resting in a manger decorate lawns and churchyards, and songs about shepherds and angels fill the air. Yet despite the abundance of these Christian references in popular culture, how many of us have examined the truth of this biblical story?  All are invited to join Laura Echols-Richter in this study based on the book by Timothy Keller.  Contact [email protected]    Childcare is available upon request.


Music & Worship

Amahl and the Night Visitors
Sunday, Dec 3rd | 6:00pm | Sanctuary

The Grace Avenue Adult Choir and principle characters will present Gian-Carlo Menotti’s operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. It is the story of a physically challenged young boy and his mother who are visited by the three wise men on their way to find the Christ child. This beloved story is suitable for all ages and is something you won’t want to miss. Amahl and the Night Visitors was the first opera commissioned especially for television by the NBC Television Opera Theater in New York City on December 24, 1951.

The Praise Kids (children’s choir ages K-5) will open the program with Becki Slagle Mayo’s anthem about the 3 wisemen, “May My Light Shine”.

Don’t miss this wonderful event that is capped off by the lighting of the Grace Avenue Christmas Tree followed by refreshments and a time for fellowship.  This is a wonderful way to start the Advent season with your friends and family.

The Frisco Chorale Positively Christmas Concert
with Special Guests, the Grace Avenue Sanctuary Choir
Saturday, Dec 9th | 7:00pm | Worship Center

The annual Christmas concert brings together voices of the community with classic and contemporary selections providing Christmas cheer and joy. The Frisco Chorale is joined by the Grace Avenue Choir for an evening of holiday reflections and memories for years to come. (More Information)

A Blue Christmas Service
Sunday, Dec 10th | 6:00pm | Sanctuary 

The Christmas and winter seasons are a complicated and difficult time of year for many people. From mourning what has been lost, to what was never had, from life circumstances such as illness, the death of a loved one, unemployment, and the excess of expectation during the holiday season, this time of year can be a very “blue” season.  Join us for a quiet time of worship and prayer that will involve lighting candles, scripture reading, a message of light in the midst of the darkness, and being together as a community.

The Grace Avenue Adult Choir
Sunday, Dec 17th | Sanctuary During Worship

The Grace Avenue Adult Choir will present music of the season in the Communion (8:30am), Foundation (9:30am) and Covenant services (11:00am) in the Sanctuary. The Choir will present a traditional Lessons and Carols service filled with carols both old and new. Come and be prepared to sing some of the most beautiful carols and experience the sounds of the season, led by the Grace Avenue Adult Choirs. 

Seasonal Music in the Worship Center
Saturday, Dec 16th, 5:30pm | Sunday Dec 17th, 9:30 & 11:00am

Come and experience the songs of the season in a unique and inspiring way during all of the Worship Center services this weekend. 


Christmas Eve 2017 Worship Times

Family Services
11:00am, 3:00pm & 4:30pm – Sanctuary
As we worship, all children will be invited to become a part of the Christmas story through simple costumes and staging. Services will conclude with candlelight.

Traditional Candlelight 
4:00pm & 5:30pm – Worship Center

6:00pm & 7:30pm – Sanctuary
Special music will be provided by our Adult Choir at 7:30pm. Services will conclude with candlelight.

Contemporary Worship
7:00pm – Worship Center
Contemporary Worship led by the Threshold worship team. Service will conclude with candlelight. 

Communion & Candlelight
11:00pm – Sanctuary
Special music will be provided by the Voices of Grace Youth Choir.  During this service, we will serve Holy Communion and conclude with candlelight.