Come One, Call All to Feed Our Kids

You know the kids are counting down the days!! June and the start of summer vacation are right around the corner, but it may not be such a happy time for all children.

For a large number of children in our community, the end of the school year also means the end of the school’s “free and reduced lunch” program and the breakfast and lunch meals they count on for nourishment.

The GRACE Feed Our Kids program goes directly into their neighborhoods— and volunteers set up tents and give out meal and goody bags with books, games and toys.

For many of these children, this may be their only meal of the day. And the play time after lunch may form lifelong memories for many—memories of good people, friends, and summertime fun.

GRACE will serve lunches at six sites this summer every weekday beginning June 9 and ending in late August. Volunteers are needed to help launch this eighth season of serving nutritious meals to children who may go hungry otherwise.

Feed Our Kids manager Lori Stevens said volunteers are needed to adopt a day, a few days or a whole week, especially the late July and August weeks. Volunteers are asked to provide most of the lunch items for their sites, but the cost is relatively nominal.

Also, Lori said individual volunteers are needed to fill in at various sites to help serve meals and assist with fun activities.

Lori will schedule training in May for all Feed Our Kids volunteers on the details and sites. If you are interested, or would like more information on Feed Our Kids, contact Lori at 817.488.7009, ext. 329 or email lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org.

Make Way for Art Squared

Since its beginning in 2000, the Southlake Women’s Club Art in the Square has raised more than $1,700,000 to help charitable causes. This year they hope to top $2 million.

art in squareThis weekend marks the fifteenth year the Southlake Women’s Club has hosted their famed Art in the Square festival. The gates at Southlake Town Square will open at 4p.m. on Friday, April 25 offering three days of fine art sales, top-notch entertainment, great food, and fun children’s activities.

Since 2000, the Southlake Women’s Club has raised more than $1.7 million to help fund charitable organizations serving women and families in NE Tarrant County, including GRACE. This year organizers hope to go over the $2 million threshold.

Art in the Square provides a varied cultural experience, displaying an encompassing variety of artwork media, including 2D, 3D relief, sculpture, photography and jewelry from more than 145 renowned artists, along with several emerging artists, all selected by jury.

The festival is highly regarded by artists and art patrons alike and is currently ranked eighth among fine arts festival in the United States, according to the well-known ArtsFair Sourcebook.

Art in the Square offers a tremendous lineup of musicians and performing artists. Two stages will feature continuous entertainment all weekend long. Performances from the Main Stage features some of the hottest stars in the Metroplex, with styles ranging from jazz and blues, to pop, rock, reggae, Motown and country.

The Gazebo Stage will feature local talent and family fun, inlcuding great entertainment from the Southlake Swing Band, Community Band, and Jazz Band, as well as from local school bands and dance studios. Other favorites will include the Fort Worth Petting Zoo and storytime provided by Barnes and Noble.

For a listing of times and performers, visit artinthesquare.com.

Good Shepherd Gives

The good people of Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church collected a bounty of Easter baskets and treats for GRACE clients.

Last Monday was an unusually chilly morning for Texas spring, but two lovely ladies from Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church warmed the hearts of the GRACE staff when they came bounding in the door with armfuls of Easter goodies.

Linda Slocum and Darline Laughlin delivered over 100 Easter baskets (two large SUV’s full!), which were collected by the congregation of Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church. The halls of GRACE Main were lined with them – tall baskets, pink baskets – some containing water guns; some containing dolls and giant chocolate bunnies; regardless of their content, all baskets were a source of joy for the kids of GRACE clients on Easter Sunday.

We are so thankful to our partners in mission who go out of their way to make the holidays brighter for those that so desperately need the jolt of joy that often accompanies celebrations such as Easter.

As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Sunday, we also celebrate those who continue to lift up the spirits of others – like the congregation of Good Shepherd Catholic Community Church.

Warm Hearts Needed

GRACE_FriendsFamily_2014GRACE Friends & Family is still in need of volunteers to help with commodity deliveries and friendly visits for seniors and disabled clients. The aim of the program is to make the lives of those in social isolation easier, and more enjoyable.

seniorWhat is it?
GRACE Friends & Family is a network of faith groups, community partners, civic groups, service organizations and individual volunteers that work together to improve the quality of life for area senior adults and the disabled. GRACE coordinates services and resources to the older adult population within the communities of Grapevine, Southlake, and Colleyville.

How can I help?
Do you have a heart for the elderly? Take advantage of this opportunity to be matched with a senior or disabled client. Assistance includes:

  • Deliver prepared bags of groceries to a route of clients the third Wednesday of every month.
  • Become a “friendly visitor” – call them to chat or stop by their home for a cup of coffee.
  • Provide transportation, run errands, and offer light housekeeping.
  • Provide maintenance, yard work, moving services as needed.

Why get involved?
The participants of this program cherish the people who give their precious time to make their lives a little easier. Here’s a letter to one of our GRACE staff members from a client who is currently in GRACE Friends & Family commodities route and received assistance through the GRACE Christmas Cottage this past year:

“My GRACE Friends, May God, whose love is everywhere, bless you every day. For being what you always are – so nice in every way! Thank you so much for the food and all the other goodies. Thank you for the love and support you give always. Thanks for the gift of $75 and stamps – I appreciated it very much.”

Your simple acts of kindness will go a long way in making a real difference in someone’s life. Please, help GRACE lessen isolation among local seniors and the disabled. Get involved today.

Where do I start?
For volunteer opportunities within GRACE Friends & Family, contact Maryann Waddell at mwaddell@GRACEGrapevine.org.

An Egg-cellent Adventure

Join First United Methodist Church this Sunday, April 20 as they go on the hunt for the true meaning of Easter!

easter jesusLooking for somewhere to worship or to take the kids this Easter? Look no further than First United Methodist Church of Grapevine. There are a plethora of worship services available through Sunday afternoon. A Tenebrae service will be held at 7p.m. this evening  in the Sanctuary in celebration of Good Friday; a special service of wholeness and healing tomorrow (Saturday) at 6p.m. and seven services (including bilingual) on Easter Sunday.

FUMC will also be hosting a special event for kids and families to bring the true meaning of Easter to light. The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure will start at 9:45a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, in Founders Chapel with an introduction and a prayer. Then, a movie will be shown at 9:50a.m. depicting the story the resurrection of Jesus and the true meaning behind the celebration of Easter.

FUMC anticipates wrapping up shortly after 10:30a.m. All children and families are welcome! Please note that children under the age of 3 must be accompanied by an adult.

Festivities and worship will take place at FUMC’s downtown campus, located at 422 Church St. in Grapevine. Click here for additional information.

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Volunteers needed for Feed Our Kids!

Volunteers needed for Feed Our Kids!

Contact Lori Stevens at lstevens@GRACEGrapevine.org for more information.

CWC’s Lunch with the Girlz

The runway at the Hurst Convention Center was all a-glitter last Friday as the Colleyville Women’s Club staged their amazing fashion show, luncheon and auction fundraiser.

fashion showWith local fashion celebrity Jan Strimple at the helm, the Colleyville Women’s Club presents one of the premier fundraising fashion events in DFW every year!

Last week’s event at the Hurst Convention Center was a prime example of the precise mix of hard work, creativity and resourcefulness.The result was a feast for fashionistas, a boost for many local designers and retailers, and a benefit for many charities served by the proceeds from the event.

“Lunch with the Girlz” presented plenty of wearable outfits and gave area boutiques a chance to show off their Spring and Summer wardrobes. Revenues from the silent auction, “Travel Board”, and live auction help provide a base of funds that is distributed through grants to local charitable agencies.

The fashion show has been raising money for charitable causes for more than 25 years. CWC grants support women’s services, social services, the elderly, community projects and children’s needs and education. CWC also awards scholarships annually to local students who embody the Spirit of Volunteerism.

For photos and more information about the Colleyville Women’s Club, click CWC Fashion Show.