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Grace Notes Newsletter- November 25, 2022
4212 South Croatan Highway,
PO Box 1356, Nags Head, NC 27959
Located - Bypass at MP 13.5 West-side 
Phone: 252-441-1530 Email:
The Sunday Worship Service is at
9:00 a.m. with communion.
Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m.
Midweek Bible Study meets on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.
Worship Services are live-streamed on Facebook Live then posted on YouTube.
Reading through the Bible
Coming to your email every day in 2022 
Today's Devotion: Not as the World Teaches
Special Services
Advent Evening Services
7:00 p.m.
November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st
Christmas Eve Service
9:00 p.m.
December 24th
Ideas to “light the path” for friends and family this Advent season
Susan Faudie and Suzie Trainor stapled and folded the Advent Devotional Booklet. The Stewardship Team will be handing out your daily Advent devotional book on Sunday, November 27th. The daily devotions will prepare your family for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Large print copies are also available. You are encouraged to take additional booklets to share with other family members, friends, and neighbors.
"Our salvation begins with God promising to send a Redeemer. It comes to fruition in the birth of Jesus, God’s Son sent to save the world. In A Son Is Given, the wondrous drama of God’s love unfolds for us in the detailed narrative of events surrounding the birth of Jesus, who came to be God with us, Immanuel."
Come and Join in the Fun of Decorating Grace Tomorrow!
Join in decorating Grace for Advent and Christmas tomorrow,
Saturday, November 26th, at 10:00 a.m.
Working together helps us get to know each other better in a different setting and our collective efforts will enhance our worship throughout this beautiful season.
New Grace Website:
How You Can Help
Can you
  • Take pictures?
  • Shoot videos?
  • Get testimonials?
Could you or someone you know be the “webmaster?”

Contact Rolf Schmid, Alice Jaeger, or Pam Burns to be a part of this exciting outreach.
Click the box to learn more.
The Ladies Luncheon is this Tuesday, November 29th,
beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the church hall.
All ladies and their guests are welcome!
Ladies, if you are attending the Luncheon on Tuesday, would you like to assist our Blanket Ministry Team in putting together the blanket packets for the OBX Hospital? Blankets and hats are put together and placed in a zip lock bag for this awesome local mission. It is always fun matching up the blankets/hats and squishing them into a plastic bag. They will be delivered to the hospital the next day. The Blanket Ministry Team would appreciate your assistance. 
There will be a special Christmas Ladies Luncheon on Tuesday, December 13th, at 11:30 a.m. We discussed having a cookie exchange at this time. If you would like to participate, please bring two dozen cookies and a copy of your recipe. We will divide up the cookies at the luncheon. Looking forward to seeing what kind of cookies everyone brings! Hope you are able to come!
Checks for the Lunch-to-Go Fundraiser can be made out to OBX Room in the Inn.
See Suzie Trainor for tickets.
Janet Schmid and Alice Jaeger spent an afternoon at the Room In The Inn with Director Michael Jones and conversed with one of their clients. Room In The Inn (RITI) is a local alcohol/drug free community mission, supported by local churches, providing services and shelter for the homeless. This Sunday's bulletin will contain an insert describing the services provided to the homeless on the OBX.
The Outreach Team is asking our Grace community to participate in an "Angel Tree" outreach mission to provide Christmas gifts for the RITI clients.
Please pick a tag from the tree (or several) describing items needed.
The items include backpack, sweatshirt, sweatpants, bath towel/washcloth/soap, and a $15 gift card to the Dollar Store.
Please leave the items unwrapped.
Tis' the season to share our bounty with fellow OBX residents who have encountered tragedy in their life resulting in homelessness.
The Outreach Ministry and the Music Ministry:
Working Together for the Common Good
"Hope for the Holidays" is an annual event, a drive for coats and nonperishable food items. It is a collaboration between The Pea Island Preservation Society, Dare County Social Services, and the Manteo Police Department. New, gently-used, and recently dry-cleaned coats for people of all ages, as well as nonperishable food items are collected for distribution to those in need. This year's event will take place at Collins Park in Manteo on Saturday, December 10th, from 10:00 until 3:00. There will be carol singing and music throughout the day, kicked off at 10:00 a.m. by our own Grace Lutheran Church singers. Bring your donations of coats (with our Blanket Ministry labels sewn in, if possible) and food to church by Friday December 9th. There will be a donation basket in the narthex. Better yet, take your donations right to the event itself and join in the carol singing on the lawn at the Cookhouse Museum from 10:00-10:30 a.m. Then stay to enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and fellowship!
Contact Cathy Pescevich Kreplin, 252-955-0706 or for more information. 
Help us to spread hope and holiday warmth in the community." 
Save the Date for 'A Graceful Christmas' concert to benefit Room in the Inn, Sunday, December 18th, at 4:00 p.m. at Grace.
Gordon and Cathy Kreplin and friends, and members of the Grace Lutheran music team spread musical hope, peace, joy and love in the community. Free and open to the public. A love offering will be taken.
Did you ever wonder why the shepherds were the first and only ones invited to the stable to see baby Jesus?
By the angels no less!
Come see our children's Christmas presentation, The Story of Davey, the Young Shepherd Priest on December 18th for the answer!
Have you noticed how unorderly the strings look all mixed up in the first basket?
Then if you look closely at the second basket, notice how the same strings that are now full of knots representing our prayers, are orderly and there is a unique design in each one.
You can take some strings from the pile in the back of the church. Every time you pray for our prayer focus, tie a knot in a string.
Don't forget to drop your knotted strings into the designated basket in the back of the church. Take a new string whenever you run out.
At the end of the call process when we have a new pastor, the Prayer Team will put all of our knots together in a visible representation of our prayers to our loving and faithful God during this time of waiting for our new pastor.
  • While we continue to wait to receive additional names for Grace's call list, please keep praying for Southeastern District President Bill Harmon. We ask God to give him wisdom as he adds names of pastors to our call list while considering the needs of our congregation.
  • We also pray for the pastors who are filling in each Sunday at Grace while we have a vacancy. We thank God for them and we ask Him to be with each one of them and to help us support them in whatever they need in their ministry to Him and in their lives.
  • And ask God to give us patience and total reliance on Him and trust in Him as we wait...
To help us remember to pray, the Prayer Team recommends that wherever we are, we all pray at 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. every day. Or you can choose another time in the morning and in the evening that is convenient for you.
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him..." Psalm 37:7a
If you are thinking about being the Property Chairperson, please pray about it. You could be the one the council is looking for to help out.
Gary Funaiock has been serving in this position in addtion to being the President of the Congregation (and other duties), so he can answer any questions.
I hear you all singing so beautifully out there - thank you! This is a reminder that the Lutheran Service Book hymnals are right there in the pews. If you are of a mind to, please take the opportunity to look at the fully voiced hymns and perhaps join in with harmony.
You, too, can:
  • Participate in music selection for congregational singing during worship
  • Improve your singing voice
  • Sing in harmony
  • Learn to play a rhythm instrument or the chimes
These opportunities and more come with regular participation in our Grace Lutheran Music Team!
The Choir rehearses weekly on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
Special Practices are held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Individuals ages 10 and up - reach out to Music Director Cathy Pescevich Kreplin today! 252-955-0706
Prior experience not needed.
November Calendar & Servers
1st Sunday of each month
Manteo/Nags Head 
2nd Sunday of each month
Birthdays and Anniversaries Celebration- Fellowship Committee
3rd Sunday of each month
4th Sunday of each month
Kitty Hawk/Southern Shores
5th Sundays
Fellowship Committee
Can we show our vision for missions? ABSOLUTELY! Coming soon to Grace will be two BOLD statements witnessing our faith, to each other and to our guests and visitors. A colorful way to show we are earnest in spreading the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Watch for it... it is coming SOON to Grace Lutheran By-the-Sea.
Scripture Readings for Sunday, November 27, 2022
The Old Testament Reading is Isaiah 2:1-5.
The Psalm Reading is Psalm 122.
The Epistle Reading is Romans 13:8-14.
The Gospel Reading is Matthew 24:36-44.

The Sermon: Chaplain Glen Krans

The Sunday bulletin will be linked in Saturday's devotion email, if you would like to view it or print it before watching the service.
November Birthdays
25- Jacob Hilgendorf
26- Alan Niedenberger
29- Bob Tracy
Please continue to pray that God guides Grace throughout our journey to calling a new pastor.
Zoom Bible Study is held on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. We are studying the book of Acts. Email Pastor Al to be added to the Zoom invitation. You will need to have Zoom activated on your computer.
Mid-week Bible Study is held on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the church hall. Lunch is provided.
Portals of Prayer devotional booklets are available, with devotions through the end of 2022. If you would like one brought to you, please contact the church office and we will see that you get it.
Offerings can be mailed to
Grace Lutheran Church By-the-Sea
P. O. Box 1356,
Nags Head, NC 27959.
Community News
Outer Banks Presbyterian is hosting a special Christmas concert on December 9th at 6:00 p.m. It will include community singers, handbells, children's voices, and holiday readings. It will be directed by Elaine Spencer of OBX Presbyterian and accompanied by Pat Harden of Reidsville, NC- an accomplished pianist and organist.
Rehearsals will be in the form of choral workshops on November 12th (past) and December 3rd from 9-1. We would love to have interested vocalists join us in these workshops.
The Holidays with the Outer Banks Chorus: Upcoming Performances
Friday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church
Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 p.m.
St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Meals on Wheels is expanding in Nags Head!
Do you know a resident over the age of 60 who has difficulty preparing their own meals?
Please call Nancy Huff 252-573-9070
or Email
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