It's Christmas!  What Can YOU Do to Help Others? 

  • Purchase tubes of M&Ms candies for $2 each, and fill each tube with quarters!  Return to the Hunger table in the Activity Center on Sundays, or donate to the children's "noisy offering" on November 23 at 8:15/9:30 worship.  Proceeds benefit our participation in the 2015 "Feed the Need" MobilePack on February 15.
  • Donate to the Heifer Project:  Collections will be taken on Sundays in the Activity Center, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7-21.  Donations can be made in honor of someone special, including a card for him or her.  What a unique and worthwhile Christmas gift!  "Give a hand up, not a hand out"!
  • Donate warm clothing for toddlers through high schoolers to the "Mitten Tree" outside the Activity Center.
  • Come to the Activity Center on Sundays, and choose a paper ornament with the name, age and desired item for a child at Trinity UMC in Joliet.  Gifts include either clothing or books/games/toys.  Please wrap and return to the church office Nov. 23 or 30.  Join us for lunch and gift giving in Fellowship Hall on December 7!
  • Volunteer to help refugee immigrants learn English as a Second Language and U.S. history and government.  Contact www.e-w-s.org or Ralph Keiser at 630-961-0869.
  • During the Lenten season, take the "Meal for a Meal" Challenge!  When you go out to dinner or order a meal in, make a donation in the same amount.  Place donations in the offering plate or the rolling door safe in the office.  Please make checks payable to GUMC, writing "FMSC MobilePack" on the memo line.  Proceeds benefit the 2015 "Feed the Need" MobilePack.

SAVE THE DATE!  FEBRUARY 15-16 IS THE 2015 "FEED THE NEED" MOBILEPACK AT NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE!  Until then, purchase tubes of M&Ms for $2 each to the benefit of "Feed the Need" at the Hunger table in the Activity Center.  For even more donations to "Feed the Need," fill the tubes with quarters and return them to the Hunger table, or save them for the offering plates on November 23, when our children's choirs will take their "noisy offering."

Helping the Hungry Each Month
Households with limited resources often must choose between paying their rent and feeding their families.  Food assistance can prevent the tragedy of homelessness for people who find themselves in the position of having to make such a difficult choice.  Grace United Methodist Church supports the following three food pantries with donations made on the first Sunday of every month:

Loaves & Fishes
Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry/Hesed House
Common Pantry

In addition to groceries, all of our food pantries accept financial donations.  Because of their tax-exempt status and buying resources, each $5 donated equals $50 worth of food for a hungry family!  Monetary donations can be placed in the ceramic "Love Loaf" at the back of the Grace Sanctuary or in the offering plate in an envelope marked "Love Loaf."  Please make checks payable to Grace UMC, noting "Love Loaf" on the memo line. 

2014 Food Pantry Collection Dates and Recipients:
January 5 Common Pantry
February 2 Loaves & Fishes
March 2 Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Hesed House
April 6 Common Pantry
May 4 Loaves & Fishes
June 1 Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Hesed House
July 6 Common Pantry
August 3 Loaves & Fishes
September 7 Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Hesed House
October 5 Common Pantry
November 2 Loaves & Fishes
December 7 Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry and Hesed House

Missions of Grace
The following missions receive financial and/or human resources from Grace Church; please click the links to their individual websites to find out more about these missions, or contact Grace Administrative Pastor Tammy Scott at deacontammy@peopleofgrace.org to become involved in any of them through Grace Church.


Grace United Methodist Church - A People of Grace
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300 East Gartner Road
Naperville, IL 60540
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