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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 15th, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  


8:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist Rite I

8:45 - 10:00  Breakfast is served (in the parish hall)

9:30 a.m.   Child and Adult Formation 

- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (in the downstairs Atria)                 
- Lectionary Bible Study (in the Library)
- The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life (in the Conference Room)
- Adult Formation discussions with Fr. Bob (in the Parish Hall) 

10:30 a.m.   Rite II Family and Choral Service

8:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.  The Nursery will be open.


  • Tonight! Friday Night Lights on the Lawn... at dusk
  • A Wedding, Saturday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m., CH, LI, CR, PH
  • Taizé Worship Service, Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:00 p.m. CH
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Vestry Meeting, Monday, September 16, 5:30 p.m., LI
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m., CH
  • Pig Pickin’ Family BBQ – Saturday, September 21 5:30 p.m.
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room. 

Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (in downstairs Atria). Children ages 3-12 are invited downstairs for Montessori-based curricula that lead students into discovery of a deeper understanding of God, our church and our beliefs. Classrooms are facilitated by Shannon Townsend, Mark Silvers and Matt Englebrecht. 
  • Lectionary Bible Study (LBS) for adults (in the library). LBS is a smart and proven way to learn, engage and grow in God’s Word. Each Sunday during the school year, we read, study and discuss all three lessons assigned for that week. You have the chance to understand the context of the selected scriptures and discuss what they mean for us today. Fr. Bob and Doug McClellan co-facilitate the class and you’re invited to join them. You can even bring your breakfast plate from the Parish Hall!    
  • The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: (in the downstairs conference room). Andrew Beasley will be offering an adult Sunday School option. It will be aimed primarily at parents of children preK-18 but will be open to anyone. Here is a quote from The Way of Love materials: "As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we follow the Way of Jesus. His way is the Way of Love, and that love has the power to change lives and change the world”
  • Adult Formation Informal Discussions: Fr. Gary will guide informal discussions on current events and the Church’s part in that, The Episcopal Church, answer theological and liturgical questions or anything else that just pops up. So come have some breakfast and bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at one of the tables in the parish hall.
Wedding Bells Will Ring Tomorrow: We are grateful to Cheri Potter and Nancy Walters who will assist with a wedding on Saturday, September 14th at Grace.  We offer our prayers for Haley and Paul that their lives together may be blessed, and thanks that we are able to provide the sacred space for their union.

 Taizé This Sunday:  September 15th at 8:00 p.m. You are invited to come to Grace for our service  music and prayer. Taizé is both a physical and a spiritual place. In the 1940's Brother Roger established a small ecumenical community of Brothers dedicated to Christian unity and peace located in the village of Taizé, France. Today, people all over the world gather in churches and homes to sing, pray, meditate, and heal – all in the tradition of Taizé.
The Pig Pickin’ Is Next Saturday!  September 21st is our annual Pig Pickin’ Barbeque Dinner, at 5:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. Come to enjoy music, fun, fellowship and, of course, some really great food. The meal begins at 6:15 p.m.  Tickets will be available from Men of the Church at the door. An individual ticket is $12.50/person, and a family of 3 or more costs $37.50. We will need folks to help serve meals. Please sign-up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the foyer, or contact the church office by Thursday to have your name added.
 Youth Group Events: This Sunday, September 15th at St. Mary's from 1:00-3:00, the youth will be talking about Loving-Kindness. 
Next Sunday, September 22nd at Haw Creek Park from 2:00-4:00, is Park Play Day. Youth will come together to enjoy games in the park!
The Pumpkins Are Coming Sunday, September 29th:  Mark your calendars! Food, fun, work, and fellowship will begin about 12:00 Noon. We will especially need strong adults and youth to unload!!  Remember that this is Consider Haiti’s largest fund-raiser!!  A free lunch will be provided after the 10:30 service.  There will be a sign up calendar in the foyer soon so those that can work the patch can sign up.  We will also have an online sign up. Please consider coming, bringing friends and family and giving us just a few (usually about 3) hours to unload.

Service Times Experiment Feedback: This Sunday marks the end of our service time change experiment. Now, we need your feedback. On Monday September 16th, you will receive a link to a survey asking for your feedback. The leadership of the parish will take this feedback and plan for the future, so your feedback is needed. Service times will stay the same for the near future as leadership reviews the feedback. We need your participation.

Hungry To Help? Hunger in Buncombe County never takes a day off. Last year alone, ABCCM’s Crisis Ministry served 19,630 hot meals and distributed 33,267 food bags to needy individuals and families. Right now, ABCCM is seeing refugees coming here from Hurricane Dorian who are looking for assistance. We can help them and others with the food you’re bringing to church for the current ABCCM food drive.  Please be generous and let’s bag hunger for our neighbors and friends. Canned food is especially needed (meats, fish, chicken, beans, soups, fruit & vegetables). Saltine crackers, peanut butter, pasta & sauce, dry milk, margarine & butter, cooking oil, grits & corn meal, self-rising flour and sugar are needed as well. Bags and a list are available, and we ask that you bring in your donations before or on Sunday September 22nd.

Grace T-Shirts will be available for pick-up at the church on Sunday, September 22. The cost is $12 per shirt. If you have ordered a T-shirt, you can pay for it this Sunday, September 15. Carol Booth will be collecting the money at a table in the foyer. Please make checks out to Grace Episcopal Church with T-shirt in the memo line. The shirts will be here just in time for wearing at Habitat, Pumpkin Patch, and other events we have scheduled this Fall. If you would like your T-Shirt after September 16, and before Sunday, September 22 please email, call, or text Larry and Lucy Bowen - email at or cells are 229-224-5891 or 229-224-5899. We can make arrangements to get with you to pick up your shirt early.
Habitat for Humanity "Episcopal House" Building Continues: Thank you to all who signed up! We still need workers tomorrow and on October 5th. If you’re available, please sign up on the bulletin board in the foyer or contact John Woodson at

 Produce Truck at Grace:  Starts Wednesday, October 2: Grace is teaming up with the "Y" to have a Produce Truck, distributing free fresh produce on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in our parking lot.  If the weather is bad, we will use the foyer of the church.  The Produce Truck begins service at Grace on Wednesday, October 2.

The "Y" provides the produce, tables to put it on, and "know how".  Grace provides a few friendly faces to help set up and greet people.  We need four to five volunteers for each time for less than one and half hours.  Larry and Lucy Bowen are coordinating with Grace and the "Y", and will be there monthly.  If you would like to volunteer, or for more information, please email, call, or text them at or 229-224-5891 or 229-224-5899.
 Education for Ministry (EfM): There is still time to sign up for Education for Ministry. Start with the first year and see if you want to continue for the full four-year course in Christianity. It is based on an adult learning model and is student driven. The four years are 1) Old Testament, 2) New Testament, 3) Church History and 4) Theology, liturgics, etc. The core of the program is the small group and the relationships you build with one another while learning about God, Jesus, theology and your own spirituality. We need six students to make a group. Your guides during this journey are Nancy Walters and Christopher Jaquette. If you are interested or have questions you may contact Christopher, Nancy, Fr. Bob, Fr. Gary as well as other parishioners who have participated. The cost is $375 per year and Fr. Gary is offering a $200 scholarship to each student. Informational packets are available in the foyer.

 Friday Night Lights Tonight! Bring a candle, bring a lawn chair, and let your light shine! On Friday evenings about 30-45 minutes before sunset, you are invited to join the gathering on the front lawn of Grace Church. They aren't protesting or carrying signs. They are the sign - a small, visible sign of Christ in a troubled world. And Friday nights, you can join them in taking a couple of hours to, as Jesus taught, let your light shine. Please join in.

Who Is Serving This Sunday and Next: We appreciate that you have stepped forward to serve in our Lay Ministry. If you are scheduled to serve and can't make it, we cannot stress enough the importance of finding a replacement and contacting the Verger for that service (Chip Coon: 336-301-7114; James Cannon: 658-0641; Lori Tola: 404-312-9345).

Serving as Lay Ministers This Sunday, September 15:

8:00 Service:
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  James Cannon; Usher:  Tom Barr

10:30 Service:
  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Carsten Path, Daphne Urquhart and Tessa Path;  Readers:  1) Jean Robertson; 2) Beth Woodson;  Intercessor: Anne Simmons;  Presenters: Anne Simmons and Moira Stewart;  Chalicists: 1) Elaine Potter;  2) Carol Booth;  Ushers: Will Israel and George Davis; Healing Team: Pat Davis and Jane Whitman.
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Ben Scales


Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, September 22:

8:00 Service:
Verger: Lorie Tola;  Reader/Chalicist: Jack Frue;  Usher: Steve Jones

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Laura Ellington, Nola Ellington, Liesl Ellington;  Readers: 1) Charles Carter, 2) Don Wills;  Intercessor: Kimberly Kneier; Presenters: Charles Carter and Kimberly Kneier; Chalicists:  1) Don Wills, 2) Ann Robinson;  Ushers: Ed Woeckener and Ron Sims;  Healing Team: Jeanne Robertson and Shari Lane.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): John Woodson

 You Are Cordially Invited to Breakfast EVERY Sunday: from 8:45 until 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall.
Sample Menu:
  Sausage, Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs
  French Toast, Muffins
  Fruit, Yogurt, Cereal
  Coffee, Hot Tea, Water, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Milk

Coffee in the Courtyard: Sunday at 11:40 a.m.  Come for coffee and conversation in the courtyard following the 10:30 service. In order to make this as welcoming as possible, we would  love to have different families sign up in the foyer to "host" the coffee each Sunday. Let's turn our coffee hour into a real chance to socialize and connect following worship. Sally Withers has details.

We appreciate all who serve in our ministries, and all who participate and attend Grace. If you'd like to get involved in a Ministry, please check out our September Grace TEAM, on page 5, to find out who to contact. All of Ministry Leaders are listed there. Enjoy your week!

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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