Groveland Evangelical Free Church

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

News and Activities, Winter 2012

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Three-fold Communion will take place on Sunday evening, December 2 at 5:30 p.m.  Our annual gathering starts with a tri-tip love feast.  Then men and women separate for foot-washing (you can participate or observe).  We come back together in the sanctuary for sharing around a theme of thankfulness, singing praise and communion.  We will supply the meat, the rest we’ll cover pot-luck style .  Please sign up in the back of the church.



Many of the Christmas-spirited people at GEFC will be gathering to make our facility even more beautiful on Friday, November 30 at 8:30 a.m.  This is a fun event that helps create an environment for the greater worship focusing on the birth of our Savior.  The work takes much of the morning, but any amount of time you are able to give is appreciated.



Christmas Eve we will once again be gathering for a candlelight celebration service at 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening, December 24.



Though we have not finalized anything, GEFC is tentatively looking at plugging in with a 12 day Israel Study Tour, October 25 - November 5, 2013.  Cost will probably be around $4,500 per person.  This is not a mission trip, but an opportunity to learn about the land, history and people of the Bible.  More details to follow.



Many thanks to each and every one who helped make the quilt show a success!  Through the bakers, the soup makers, the crafters, those who set up and served, the cashier, sleeve-sewers, program designer and folders, the hangers, greeters, white glove ladies, the musicians, and the decorators, God truly displayed Himself in our presence!  The proceeds of the show came in just under $2,800 and we pray God will bless the ministries that will benefit from the quilt show effort.  Special thanks to our pastor who heartily supported the show and to all those who shared their beautiful quilts and those who attended.  God is GOOD!!!.




The winter months are rapidly approaching.  If you have clean, gently used or new  blankets you would be willing to donate to the Food Closet please bring them by the church.  Contact Jim or Donna Thayer at 962-5007 for further information.


Operation Christmas Child

Now is a good time to start picking up those gifts to pack a shoe box for our outreach mission Operation Christmas Child sponsored by Samaritan's Purse.  The national collection week this year is November 12-19, 2012, but we need our boxes by Thursday, November 15, in order to get them down to the collection center. Paulette Myers and I have set a goal of 100 boxes this year and we need your help to accomplish this.  Please urge family and friends to join you in this worthwhile endeavor and let's put happy smiles on 100 faces this year!!  There will be more information coming your way soon.  Meanwhile start picking up small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, etc. when you are out shopping. (Please remember no war-related toys, chocolate or food items, liquids or lotions, or breakable items.) Thanks for your help.

Darlene Hoagland and Paulette Myers




Unless you have an all-inclusive company health plan with DRUG COVERAGE equal or better than MEDICARE PART D, you need to consider a Medicare plan to avoid lifetime penalties. Those under Part D need to review the 32 plans available for 2013 requiring sign-up 10/15-12/07 of this year. If you become 65 during the year, you will want to sign up right away to get the benefits and avoid penalties. In helping many people with these plans, I find that each year a company’s prices may change significantly in cost for the same prescriptions. (For identical prescriptions, one company may be 1/2 the cost of another.) A person is allowed to change their plans each year during the sign-up period.  It is an easy 800 call and your previous provider is automatically canceled effective 1/1/2012. There are several ways to minimize your prescription costs including selecting generic drugs where available and/or cutting expensive drugs in 1/2. To choose the best plan, go to and work your way through the web site where you enter the specific details on the prescriptions you require. Need FREE help or 2nd opinion where I write a summary of the lowest cost 3-4 plans with all the information to make a selection decision. Call Bruce Burman.


Sunday Flowers

Cavan Rose and Glenda Moore have graciously agreed to be coordinators of our flower ministry and beginning in May one family per week will have the opportunity to provide flowers for our Sunday morning worship services. This may be done in memory of a loved one, in honor of an occasion (ie - a special anniversary, a birth of a baby, etc.) which will be listed in the bulletin or for no special occasion with no tribute attached. There will be a “flower calendar” located in the foyer of the sanctuary where you can sign up for a specific Sunday. You will be asked to make the arrangements for getting the flowers to church on Sunday morning. (Flowers will be used for both first and second service, so please have them here prior to first service and plan to leave them until after second.) Two local florists have agreed to work with us to provide flowers and if you mention the flowers are for the Sunday morning service at GEFC a discount will be given. The florists are The Iron Door General Store and Flower Shop - 962-6864 and Sierra Flowers, 878-0349. Questions? Please contact Cavan Rose or Glenda Moore.


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.



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.