Grace Notes – July 2018

Disc Golf: July 7th

All skill levels are welcome to join the Disc Golf Group at Squirrel Lake Park at 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd. Matthews, NC. Meet us there at 8:30 AM! We’ll finish up by 10:30 AM. Sign up now if you want to join the group. Contact John Bergmeier if you have any questions.

Families with Grace BBQ: July 8th

Families with Grace is hosting a BBQ at Marty & Kathy Ranft’s house at 141 Highclere Dr, Waxhaw, NC 28173 at 4:00 PM. Come for food and fellowship. Click here to RSVP and to sign up to bring food or games.

Church Council Meeting: July 9th

Our church council will meet on Monday, July 9th at 7:00 PM for its monthly ministry and business meeting.

Mornings with Mommy: July 12th 

Mornings with Mommy is a group planned by moms for moms. It’s an educational playdate for children, and a time for moms to mingle and enjoy some adult conversation. July’s theme is “All About Art!”. There will be development-appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at a variety of stations. A snack is offered too. Grace provides everything. Each session only costs $5.00 per family. Join us 10:00-11:00 AM on July 12th. Sign up now!

STEAM Night: July 20th

Grace is having “STEAM Nights” during the summer months that help engage young children up to 8-years-old into the important areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Each STEAM Night has a different theme and focus. Join us for the first one on Friday, July 20th at 6:00 PM as we explore OUTER SPACE from a Biblical perspective. Contact Sarah Krajewski with any questions.

Family Beach Day: July 28th

Join us for some fun in the sun! Grace’s Family Beach Day will be at Ramsey Creek Park 18441 Nantz Rd. Cornelius, NC 28078 on Lake Norman. We’ll meet at 10:00 AM!  The cost is $10/vehicle for Mecklenburg County residents and $15/vehicle for non-county residents. Contact Sarah Dyer with any questions.

National Night Out: August 7th 

Come to Grace to appreciate our local police officers and firefighters!  A police car and fire truck will be on sight for the kids to explore. Officers will be here to meet you. Enjoy a free ice cream cone and get to know the people who serve and protect you. Free coloring books will be given to the children too. Speak with Maureen Highdale if you are willing to help with the event.

Trail Hike at South Mountain: August 18th 

Enjoy the beauty of the Carolinas with us! On Saturday, August 18th we’ll hike South Mountain State Park at 3001 South Mountain Park Avenue, Connelly SpringsNC 28612. We will complete the 2.7-mile roundtrip High Shoals Loop Trail for spectacular waterfall views. It is a somewhat strenuous trail, but it is the most popular one in the park. We will meet at 9:30 AM in the Jacob’s Fork Parking area, which the closest parking to the trailhead. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike. After lunch, anyone up for it can conquer another trail. There are many to choose from!  Take a look at the park map. You can sign up now if you want to receive information about future hikes. Contact Brent Bitter with any questions.

Christian Family Solutions Seminars

Grace is partnering with Christian Family Solutions during the upcoming ministry year to provide seminars by licensed professional counselors to help strengthen our families. Many of the problems we see in our homes, our schools and communities can be addressed by strengthening God’s basic building block for society – the family. Our first seminar entitled Building Strong Parent-Child Relationships will be September 27th at 6:15 PM and led by Sarah Reik, MS, LPC, DCC.  Sign up now to attend. Child care is available for $5 per family if you are registered.

Child Care News

Grace welcomes Katie Henzi to our teaching staff this month. Katie is a 2018 graduate of Martin Luther College and is relocating to Charlotte from Brillion, Wisconsin. We are also thankful for the service of Clair Ellingboe, a 3rd-year student from Martin Luther College, who is completing a summer internship at Grace through mid-August. She has been a great help! Grace’s child care has implemented the use of brightwheel in the classrooms, using it to check in children, communicate with parents and track employee hours. What a great blessing!  Please note that the child care will be closed on July 4th for Independence Day and on August 17th for Teacher Prep Day. If you have any questions regarding the child care ministry, please speak with Director Sarah Krajewski.