Groveland Evangelical Free Church

19172 Ferretti Road • Groveland • CA • (209)962-7131

News and Activities, December 2011

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Is 2012 Your Year of Transformation?

By Sydney Avey

As if world events aren't grim enough, predictions of transformative events abound for the coming year. You could spend 2012 wondering if the conclusion of a time period on the Mayan calendar is significant or trying to second guess the stock market or you could join us on a journey of spiritual transformation. Why not try a mix of the 66?

Pastor Ron Cratty has challenged to sign up to read through the Bible in a 2012. We'll be doing a consecutive beginning-to-end reading of all 66 books of the Bible. Based on the One-Year Chronological Bible in the New Living Translation, this read-through sets Biblical accounts out in the order of time in which the events happened.

The Holy Bible is the best-selling book of all time but possibly the least-read book of our time. It's the book voted one most would want if they were stranded on a desert island but you don't have to go that far! You can purchase a copy of a large print slim-line paperback version of this Bible or ask for a free outline of the daily readings if you prefer to use your own Bible or e-reader. Read prayerfully, the Bible is all the transformation you will ever need. Call the church office at 962-7131 for ordering information.

You can see the books online: click here (order with us to save on shipping & handling).

 

The description for the book is:

Now available in large print editions, The One Year Chronological Bible is ideal for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the Bible by reading it in the order the events actually happened. You can read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day with this One Year Bible, the best-selling daily reading Bible brand.

In The One Year Chronological Bible, prophetic books are interwoven with the historical accounts they accompanied. Psalms follow the events about which they were written. Proverbs are placed in the time frame in which they were compiled. The life of Christ is woven into one moving story. And Paul's letters to the young churches in the first century are integrated into the book of Acts.

The One Year Chronological Bible also has:

  • 365 daily readings to help you read the entire Bible chronologically in one year
  • Transition statements to help you understand why some Scripture portions appear where they do
  • Historical dates indicating when the events actually occurred
  • A general timeline of major events to give you a clear overview of Israel's history
  • A Scripture index in canonical order to help you find your favorite passages quickly and easily

You do not have to be a Bible historian to appreciate the fascinating new perspective waiting for you in The One Year Chronological Bible. It's like reading some of your favorite passages again for the very first time.

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Christmas Services

The Christmas Eve candlelight service will start at 6:00pm on Saturday, Dec 24th.
Sunday services this year will be a combined 10:30am service.

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Firewood Ministry

GEFC has been partnering with Rotary Club and Groveland Community service District to help those in need get firewood. If you are interested in helping split and deliver this needed fuel, please contact Jim Goodrich.

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Cookies to Go

On Saturday, December 3, the women of the church will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 10:00 am to kick off our Christams season with another cookie party. Bake up a batch of your favorite cokies that will be divided onto cookie plates to take to shut-ins, neighbors and friends who've esperienced loss or just need an extra measure of God's love. Come with names of folks who might need some Christmas cheer.

To sweeten the deal, we will also sample the cookies yourselves while enjoying some special Christmas music. Please mark your calendars, invite a friend, and plan to join us.

Questions? Contact Sally Copeland or Judy McKinnon.

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Visit with Robyn Buchannan

Robyn Buchanan wrote recently, "I would LOVE to come and see/meet the ladies that have so blessed me, say thank you, show some pictures, share more about the ministry and answer any and all questions. It's true, the only thing I love more than talking about my job is actually doing my job."

So come and meet with Robyn on Monday, Nov 28th at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Call Judy McKinnon if you have any questions.

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Sweet Spirit Singers

Sweet Spirit Singers rehersals - Monday, Nov 21 and Nov 28 at 4:00 pm. (Barb Whittlesey's home.)

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Christmas Cookies

The Jr. High Youth and Staff will be collecting cookies on Wednesday, December 14 to be given out at the Food Closet on Friday, December 16.

Our goal is to make 120 plates of cookies... and you help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Miriam Martin if you have questions.

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Ladies Day Out - Christmas Shopping

Due to a scheduling conflict the ladies Christmas Shopping and lunch in Jamestown has been pushed out... please stay tuned for updates.

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Pointsettia Time

It's time once again to decorate our sanctuary for Christmas! If you would like to donate a pointsettia in memory of (or in honor of) a friend or loved one this Christmas, contact the church office. The cost of poinsettias this year will be $8.00. The deadline to turn inyour order is Sunday, December 11.

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Christmas Decorating

Christmas decorating of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall will begin at 8:30am on Friday, December 2nd.

Betty Tetzlaff's enthusiasm for this activity (along with her enthusiasm for everything else she did) will be missed! Bring your enthusiasm and help prepare our church for this wonderful season.

Questions? Call Joanne Hammond or Penny McKey.

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Church Exit Plan

Can't wait to get away from church on Sunday? Tired of sitting in traffic in the Church parking lot? Feeling tempted to leave just a bit earlty "to avoid the rush"? An alternative exit at the north end of the parking lot {toward the baseball field} is available for your use to help alleviate the traffic congestion between services. "Try it, you may like it."

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Food Closet Needs

The Food Closet is open the Friday following the third Tuesday every month. Donations of canned items, personal hygiene products, and household cleaning items are always appreciated. If you would care to donate any of these items, they can be left in the kitchen or call us and we will arrange to get them from you.

We can't thank the members fo this congregation enough for their continued generosity and their donations of food and funds for the Food Closet, and we so appreciate our many faithful and hard-working volunteers. The Lord has truly blessed this ministry.

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Cash for Cans

Two members of our church family are collecting and redeeming aluminum cans and California redemption value plastic bottles and giving proceeds to GEFC. If you'd like to make donations contact Mike Buckley or Dick Faux (phone numbers avaialable via the church office). You can drop items at their homes.

We are not collecting these items at the church, but if you wish to make a vehicle-to-vehicle transfer on Sunday morning, call Mike ahead and time and set up an appointment.

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