Groveland Evangelical Free Church

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

News and Activities, March, April 2013

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CHINA SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION & ENGLISH SUPPORT TRIP

Join John and Mary Anthony on this two week trip to help with the construction of a school and teaching the English language. Work will take place in two loactgions, adn tourism time wil be built in, including the Terra Cotta Warriors.

Cost: $3,000 per person.

Contact John Anthony through the church office if you are interested in going or supporting the effort.

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ALL CHURCH WORKDAY

set aside the morning of Saturday, April 13 for an all-church spring Work Day. With a variety of indoor and outdoor tasks to do many helping hands are needed. This is a good time of fellowsihp as well as service. The fun starts at 9:00am.

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COMBINED BAPTISM SERVICE

On Sunday, April 21, GEFC will meet for worsihp at 10:00 a.m. for a service which will feature the ordinance of baptism.

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BREAKFAST - YOUTH FUNDRASER

Plan to join us for breakfast prior to the April 21 combined service. The youth will be sponsoring a fund-raiser waffle and sausage breakfast. Watch future bulletins for more information.

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CARE AND SHARE

The Care and Share lunch (for single adult women) will be Sunday, April 21 at the Grill at 12:30. We plan to eat outside on the balcony, weather permitting. Call Pam at the office if you have questions. .

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PASTORS CLASS

What do we beleive at GEFC? Pastors class will meet on Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m. After sharing breakfast we will spend the morning considering the vision and values of GEFC. Completion of Pastor's Class is a requirement for membership, though you wil not be pressured to join. If you're interested in knowing more, contact Pam at the office. .

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FAMILY CARE MINISTRY

Our family care ministry provides meals following hospitalization, during times of bereavement and following funerals. If you would be willing to serve by making a meal, part of a meal, or to donate a food item at a reception following a memorial service, please contact Pam at the office.

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ISRAEL STUDY TOUR

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.

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BLANKET DRIVE

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.

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NEED MEDICARE PART D PRESCRIPTION DRUG HELP?

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 www.medicare.gov 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.

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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.

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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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