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Join us Sunday morning, October 15th. Come early and enjoy coffee and bagels beginning at 8:45am in the Commons, with Sunday school, teen programming and our service following at 9:30am. This week's sermon will be "Grappling with God's Will" from Senior Pastor Cliffe Knechtle.

After Service Programming - 11:15am
- Sunday Small Group/Tea Pavilion
- Principles of Leadership/West Barn 1
- Childcare/East Barn Nursery
SUNDAY HAPPENINGS
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
For anyone interested in joining a small group, but are unable to make a weekday commitment, we have just the right place for you. Lisa Lynne and Gil Kirkpatrick have started a small group that meets after the service. Join them, this Sunday from 11am-12noon in the Tea Pavilion, all are welcome.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
Bring family and friends for our fall picnic complete with pony rides and games for kids, egg toss, volleyball, pie eating contest and of course tractor rides! Sharon and Cliffe Knechtle will host us at 639 Smith Ridge Road in New Canaan, so come from 11:30am-1:30pm. We’ll provide grill food and beverages, please bring your favorite picnic item to share based on the first letter of your last name: A-G: Appetizer, H-S: Salad or Side Dish and T-Z: Dessert. We look forward to seeing you! Click HERE to RSVP.
COMING UP
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
Bring your own set of wheels or just stop in for a fun gathering of automotive enthusiasts from 8:30-10am. Enjoy coffee and bagels and browse around the cars with other gearheads. Meet in the upper parking lot of Grace Farms, see you there!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Fall foliage is at it's peak so we'll set out for a hike and picnic at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Join friends at 2:30pm for a leisurely hike, or hang out around the picnic tables and playground and enjoy a scenic spot. This year we'll incorporate a treasure hunt for little kids and big kids too. Picnic food will be provided, and be sure and stay for the s'mores around the campfire. For details, directions and to RSVP, click HERE to contact Community Director Bo Beatty.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
We're looking forward to our 2nd annual Pumpkin Parade and Pumpkin Painting for kids in the courtyard between the East and West Barn. Younger children are encouraged to wear their not-so-scary costumes and we'll have mini pumpkins a plenty to decorate and take home. Enjoy cider and donuts, and don’t forget to bring your cameras!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
Meet up with other couples from Grace for a workshop with Tracy Fox, Connecticut’s Top Marriage Coach and Bestselling Author of The Happy Marriage Handbook: A 10 Step Solution to Happily Ever After. From commitment and intentionality to conflict and faith, together we will explore ways to maintain and strengthen your marriage. We'll meet at 11:15am in the West Barn Hall. To sign up or for additional information please contact Laurie Klein HERE.
SEARCH, FIND & SHARE
The Community Exchange Board, otherwise known as our classifieds, is a wonderful resource to find or list businesses, job opportunities, babysitters, items to be bought/sold or recommendations by others in our congregation. Click HERE to post, or HERE to search our listings. You can also access this from our website on the Community Tab.
NEWS FROM GRACE FARMS
GRACE FARMS FOUNDATION
Community Dinner, Film & Discussion
Friday, October 20th

Join with friends and family for this month's Community Dinner from 6-8pm in the Commons. A wonderful menu will be available, prepared by Chef Neena Perez. All are invited to stay afterwards for Producer, Writer, and Director, John Heminway's award-winning documentary, Warlords of Ivory. The film follows investigative journalist Bryan Christy as he sets out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and terrorist groups. Working with one of the world’s top taxidermists, he conceals a sophisticated GPS tracker inside a faux ivory tusk and drops it in the heart of ivory poaching country. He then monitors its movements to track down the kingpins of the ivory trade. A Q&A will follow the film. Click HERE to make your dinner reservation, or HERE to attend the film presentation.
GRACE FARMS FOUNDATION
Fall Foliage Tours
Thursday, October 26th

Enjoy the beauty of fall in New Canaan with a tour through Grace Farms’ 80 acres of open space. A diverse natural habitat in the northeast corner of Connecticut, Grace Farms is home to a variety of wildlife, including more than 40 different species of birds. With numerous tree species, three ponds, and a meadow, Grace Farms is the perfect place to admire the expanse of seasonal colors in Connecticut.

Grace Farms’ Fall Foliage Tours will be led by Nature Initiative Director, Mark Fowler, and Aaron Lefland, Executive Director of the New Canaan Land Trust. Tours are open to adults and children of all ages. They will include a substantial amount of walking outdoors, so please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. This popular event fills up quickly, click HERE to make your reservation.
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