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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Online Service Available at 8am

Outdoor Services at 11am

Fourth Sunday of Advent- Joy
Title: God’s Joyful "Outside The Box" Greatest Gift 

Text: Luke 2:6-20 

Pastor Perry Kallis

Most young parents have had the experience of giving their young child a wonderful gift, only to have that child open the gift and have more joy playing with the box than with the actual gift. It’s hard not to be disappointed, isn’t it. You intended the wrapping to heighten the anticipation of the gift, but all it did was distract from the main event. 

That is the explanation of our modern, commercialized Christmas. Could that be why God wrapped the greatest gift of His Son in such plain coverings like swaddling clothes, a manger and shepherds? But even believers must be careful not to turn the lowly nativity into a “show-stealing” scene of romanticized wrappings that distracts from the real gift of Jesus Himself. We will talk about that in the sermon this week.  
Watch Pastor Perry's Sermon Preview

Outdoor Christmas Eve Service 

Join us for a unique, outdoor drive-in December 24th Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 6:00pm as we assemble in the back (west) parking lot to worship and celebrate the newborn King! There will be limited outdoor seating available in front of the stage. If you wish to stay inside your car, you can tune into 107.5 FM on your radio dial and hear the service from the comfort of your own car. We will provide the candles, but YOU WILL NEED TO PROVIDE your own lighter or matches. Enter the Vine Street gate, pick up your candles and follow the parking instructions to your parking spot from parking attendants. Check our website or your Saturday morning newsletter email for up-to-date information if weather conditions are changing. Not on the newsletter email list? Go to the resources tab on our website ( to find the newsletter and sign up TODAY!


Sunday, December 20, from 6-7 pm plan to come to GracePoint Church's back parking lot and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas in your car along with playing a trivia game. This is a family-friendly night for all ages! Enter through the Vine Street gate and follow the instructions of our parking lot staff to secure your parking spot. Tune into 107.5 FM on your radio dial and enjoy the movie! There will be some limited seating if you wish to be outside. If you have questions, please call the church office at 369-1948. Check our website or our Saturday morning newsletter email for any weather-related changes.

Debt Retirement Goal for 2020

Back in 2014, a mortgage was taken out to construct the children’s center & remodel the youth center. Both of these facilities have been used greatly as instruments for ministry outreach and Christian education opportunities. Recently, we were able to lower and lock in a new interest rate for the next 5 years to reflect the current times. Two years ago, we set a goal to raise an additional $100,000 each year to help pay off our indebtedness quicker. We believe it is within our reach to pay off this mortgage in 5 years if we continue to make monthly payments at the current rate and raise the additional $100,000 each year to go against principal. Through November 30th, we have received $64,063.52 toward this $100,000 goal. Your year-end gift can make a difference! You can mail your gift (postmarked by December 31) to the church office or give online at Thanks for your faithful giving this past year!

Year-End Giving 2020

Because we are not meeting regularly for worship services on campus, year-end giving can be accomplished 3 ways: 1) By mailing your year-end gift to the church office (postmarked by December 31st), 2) Giving online at, or 3) Dropping your gift by the church office by noon on Thursday, December 31st. When dropping by the office, please call the church office (369-1948) if the front door is locked due to COVID-19. We would be happy to accept your year-end gift this way. Currently, we are running about 13% behind our budget goal for the fiscal year 2020-21. However, your giving is tracking very closely to the same amount given last year at this time which puts the church in a good financial position for 2021. Thank you for your faithful giving this year!
Year-End Giving

Give Hope to A Family in the World
This Christmas!

I bet you have never given a goat, a watering can or a sewing machine to someone for Christmas. We don’t see these as valuable gifts. But for someone in Romania, Malawi or Burundi, they can be gifts that open doors and provide basic necessities of life. HOPE International invites you to make a contribution of any amount that provides men and women around the world with discipleship, biblically-based training and a safe place to assist people with start-up funds for a business. Your kids or grandkids can be involved, too! Go to to pick out a project or come by the church office and pick up a HOPE Gift Catalog. Make someone’s Christmas brighter this year!
Hope International Gift Catalog

Thanksgiving Offering Goal: $50,000
Giving through December 9: $27,991.00

Gifts can be given online or mailed to 801 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi CA 95242,  through December 31, 2020.
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2021 Bible Reading Guides

Bible Reading Guides for 2021 have been ordered. If you wish to receive one, please call or email the church office at and receive your own guide free of charge. We will mail it out to you when they arrive. Please provide your mailing address when you email or call us to request one.
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