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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 22nd, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  


The Pig Pickin’ Is Tomorrow!  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. So gather your friends and neighbors, and be sure to bring your musical instruments to join in on the jam! We will need a few more folks to help serve meals. If you'd like to serve, check in with the men when you arrive.

No Breakfast or 5th Sunday Brunch on Sunday, September 29th! Since we’ll be unloading pumpkins for "Consider Haiti," we encourage you to come and enjoy lunch on that day and help to unload a truck full of pumpkins. 

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) 
- The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life (in the Conference Room)
- Adult Formation discussions with Fr. Gary (in the Parish Hall) 
10:30 a.m.   Holy Eucharist 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
  • Pig Pickin’ Family BBQ – This Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Church parking lot
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • 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
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. 
  • There will be no Lectionary Bible Study  This group has been postponed.
  • 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.

The Pumpkins Are Coming Sunday September 29!
 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 is a sign-up calendar in the foyer so those that can work the patch can sign up, or CLICK HERE to sign-up online. Please consider coming, bringing friends and family and giving us just a few (usually about 3) hours to unload.

On Sunday, September 29th, during the 10:30 service, there are plans to have Dr. Tim Plaut with us to speak. He is a past parishioner and a medical professional who has been on trips with Consider Haiti to help develop their Medical Clinics and provide medical care.
Service Times Experiment Feedback: We have come to the end of our service time change experiment. Now, we need your feedback. On Monday September 16th, you received a letter from Fr. Gary and a link to a survey asking for your feedback. In case you missed it, please CLICK HERE to  answer a few quick questions. 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.

You Can Still Help Bag Hunger (but time is running out). We will be taking our food donations to ABCCM this Monday, September 23. Please make sure the food you’ve gathered is included, and bring it to the foyer at the church by 11 a.m. on Monday. In case you didn't pick up the list, 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. 

Grace T-Shirts will be available for pick-up at the church this Sunday, September 22. The cost is $12 per shirt. If you have ordered a T-shirt, you can pick it up in the foyer from Larry and Lucy Bowen. Please make checks out to Grace Episcopal Church with T-shirt in the memo line. If you can't make it Sunday, or want to pick it up early for the Pig Pickin', email, call, or text or 229-224-5891 or 229-224-5899.
Youth Group Events: This 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!

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 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) Sally Withers; Intercessor: Kimberly Kneier; Presenters: Charles Carter and Kimberly Kneier; Chalicists:  1) Sally Withers, 2) Ann Robinson;  Ushers: Ed Woeckener and Ron Sims;  Healing Team: Jeanne Robertson and Shari Lane.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): John Woodson
Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, September 29:

8:00 Service:
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  James Cannon; Usher:  Ed Duncan

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon; Acolytes:  Zoe Davis, Patrick Young, Daphne Urquhart; Readers:  1) Kristen Dusenbery; 2) Greg Townsend; Intercessor:  TBA;  Presenters: Greg Townsend and TBA;  Chalicists: 1) Don Lewis;  2) Sally Withers;  Ushers: Paul and Vicki Vest; Healing Team: Ann Robinson and Brenda Haller.
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Andrew Beasley

 You Are Cordially Invited to Breakfast This 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.


Spring Parish Retreat – March 20 – 22, 2020!  We have reserved spaces at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in Valle Crucis, NC for a Spring getaway. Come enjoy the rustic setting and get to know your Parish family a little better. The cost is $158 per person and includes all meals (of which they are famous for). To reserve your spot a 50% deposit is due by Friday, November 15th. For more information, contact Elaine Potter at
The Valle Crucis Conference Center overlooks a peaceful, rural valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We offer our ministry of hospitality to a diverse range of church and non-profit groups from around the Southeast. Many groups say being at Valle Crucis feels like coming home. Maybe it is our informal and inspirational setting, where groups easily build community, or perhaps it is our popular homestyle meals.

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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