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Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on January 1, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. 

To access the Sunday Service by Live Stream on our YouTube Channel, links are found at the top of our website at Click on "YouTube Services" for the service, on "Sunday Service Bulletin" for the bulletin, and on "Sunday Hymns" to sing along during the service. You will also find a link to The Book of Common Prayer under Resources. 

Lay Ministers Serving this Sunday
Acolyte: Nancy Walters Chalicist:  James Cannon
Lector: OT Jenny Thomas, NT Elaine Potter; Intercessor: John Woodson
Usher: Ben Scales

This Sunday, we welcome Ellis Robert Potter into the fellowship of Grace Church and of all Christian people. 

Paper Bag Pageant
The Paper Bag Pageant was a wonderful Christmas Eve service. Thanks to all who made it possible.

Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting will be held on January 15 following the 10:30 service. Your 2023 Vestry nominations and 2022 Budget Review will be presented. Please make every effort to attend.

 Medical Advocacy Ministry has formed at Grace Episcopal
Church to provide resources and education to assist parishioners with later life/end of life healthcare issues and in navigating the healthcare system.
Possible areas of need may include:
1. Health education
2. Aging in place— How to make your home safe for a living in your later years.
3. End of life issues—Advanced directives, Healthcare power of attorney, Palliative and
Hospice Care, Death/Dying
4. Senior support—Home healthcare, Caregiver Resources(including caring for the caregiver)
5. Healthcare provider and facility navigation guidance—resources for locating a physician, healthcare facility, insurance.
Please let us know if we can assist or if you would like to participate as a supporter/ guide in this ministry.
Thank you.
The Grace Church Medical Advocacy Ministry Team
Dodie King, Joseph “Pat” Mahon, Ginny Moser, Jeff Russell, Jennifer Witt
For information, please contact Jeff Russell ( or Ginny Moser


Sign up for the WNC Diocese Newsletter here.

The EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK (EPPN) is a grassroots effort of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations to educate, equip and engage individual Episcopalians in federal public policy advocacy, guided by the resolutions of the General Convention and the Executive Council. To sign up for EPPN Action alerts that come to your personal email AND to receive a unique code to listen in on the fast-paced, 30-minute Zoom call every Thursday at 1 pm (“Congress Weekly”), register here as an EPPN network member.   

As this year comes to an end and the new one begins, we reflect on the work we have done and those who have made it possible. This year, we sent out 45 action alerts and over a dozen newsletters. In response, you helped to send more than 26,000 messages to your members of Congress. Whether your focus is on immigration, the environment, elections, international policy, poverty, indigenous issues, racial justice, gun violence, LBGTQ+, or something else entirely, you inspire us with your passion for advocacy. We thank you for participating in our events and for your eagerness to learn more about policy issues and faith-based advocacy. If you are a new member or have been with us for years, we are grateful for your commitment and support.

While not everything we have been advocating for has made it over the finish line this year, we are thankful for what has. Your support for the Inflation Reduction Act, reforming the Electoral Count Act, the Respect for Marriage Act, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act helped ensure these bills became law. We will continue pressing for issues that were not addressed during this Congressional cycle in the 118th Congress.

May we remember this Advent and Christmas, that it is the light of Christ in the world that brings true peace. We wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year. We look forward to continuing this journey with you in 2023!



O God, who makes us glad by the yearly remembrance of
the birth of thy only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we
joyfully receive him for our Redeemer, so we may with sure
confidence behold him when he shall come to be our Judge;
who lives and reigns with thee and the Holy Ghost, one
God, world without end. Amen.



Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Praying Together
Rev. Milly holds open spiritual direction sessions for individuals or couples weekly by appointment Wednesdays 1-3 pm in the sanctuary. Please email Rev. Milly to schedule your time with her:

Weekly Taizé Tuesday evenings at 6pm
These ecumenical services are known for their melodic chants and prayers. Although music forms a central part of the service it is mixed with comforting periods of silence allowing for contemplation. Lighted mostly by candlelight in the sanctuary of Grace Church, the vesper light of approaching evening offers a safe and nurturing space for a well-deserved moment of peace in our hectic lives. Healing prayer is offered throughout the service for oneself or on behalf of someone else.

January Flowers
We need a flower donor for January 29. Please contact Jennifer Witt at

Come join us for our PubSing, an informal gathering on the second Sunday of each month to sing hymns, old-time gospel, folk music, and Americana inspirationals. We’ll meet on January 8 at Cork & Keg Bar, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For directions go to For more information contact Monty Wooten at

Women Walking the Way
Thursday at 8:00 am meet at the Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Women of Grace, please consider joining Rev. Milly for a weekly walk at Beaver Lake. This time together is devoted to deep listening to how we as women walk the way of Jesus, in the world and in our community of Grace. No need to register or even email her, just show up! 

Monday Morning Bible Study
Bible Study will continue to meet via Zoom on Mondays until further notice, at 10:30 AM, as we study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service. Please join us virtually or by clicking on the button at

The Pastoral Care Team at Grace
Our pastoral care team invites you to reach out to us with any pastoral care needs you, or your family, may have, by emailing the team at can also email, text or call Fr. Mike at 860-771-1656 or Rev. Milly at 828.772.1429, Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless it’s a pastoral emergency.

Diocesan News
PLAN AHEAD FOR PILGRIMAGE DAY In honor of Black History Month, historically black churches around Western North Carolina will open their doors 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 to tell their stories and welcome guests to listen. Organize a pilgrimage with your congregation by contacting parishes listed on the BARRIER BREAKERS WEBSITE. Bishop José will be visiting St. Matthias, Asheville; St. Gabriel, Rutherfordton; and Good Shepherd, Tryon; up to 30 people (first-come, first-served) may join the bishop by signing up HERE.


Date and Time

Service or Meeting


Sunday,  Jan 1 10:30a

Holy Eucharist Service* 

Sanctuary & YouTube

Mondays at 10:30a

Monday Morning Bible Study


Mondays, 3p

Pastoral Care Team Meeting 


Tuesdays, 6p

Taizé Service


Wednesdays, 1-3p

Praying Together with Rev. Milly

(by appointment)


Wednesdays, 5:30p

Centering Prayer



Choir Practice


Thursdays, 8a

Women Walking the Way

Beaver Lake



Our Prayer List

For Parishioners: Don Hawkins; Michael Jenkins; Daniel and Hannah Johnston; Ginny Moser; Laura and Tsz-yan (GN) Snyder; Roger Snyder; Kelly and Sydnor Thompson; Barbara Wilcox….

 For Homebound Parishioners and Those in Healthcare Facilities: Bill Coward; Bobbie Eblen; Eunice Ferguson;  Dorothy Engel; Ed Denison, Marion Mayfield-Johnson; Deb Pegel; Rita Spragg; Cys (Sis) Hayes; Shirley Turner….                                                                                                                                                For Others: (Names will remain on the list for 6 weeks unless we hear otherwise.) Linda Adams;  Angela (sister of Steve Booth); Wes Auret (godson of Elaine Potter); Barney (son of Walt and Joyce Nobel); Lara Brongel and family (daughter of Jackie Schauer);Cathy (friend of Elaine Potter); Michael Clark (grandson of Cliff Albertson); Porter Claxton (friend of Ginny Moser); Jimmy Cole (lifelong friend of Sonny Rawls); Ann Derwort (sister of Jeanne Sims); Woody Geizentanner (friend of Pat & George Davis)Jackie Haines (sister of Carol Booth); Cherry Howe (friend of Rusty Herman & Janice Orson); Joan (sister-in-law of Ginny Moser); Stephanie and Julia (friends of Rusty and Janice); Molly B (friend of Gary Coffey and family); Lisa Mourant (friend of the Sydnor Thompson family); Pam (neighbor of Mike Reardon); Sharon (friend of Louise Wernicke); Bonnie Strawn (friend of Diane Wilkey); Glenn Thomas (brother in law of Ron Sims); Ron Vince (brother in law of Anne and Cliff); Wilma Wilson (mother of Debbie Jones).... 

We grieve and pray with the families of: Joe Devlin; Jennifer Hall; Robin Fulk; Stephen Foster;  and, Pete Tola .                                             

 For Those in Service to Our Country: Tommy & Danny Brown (grandsons of Ed & Marla Woeckener); Martha and Matt Cardenas (daughter & son-in-law of Hannah Pennell); Matthew George (son of Zoe Davis); Jason Marino (son of Lynda McCredie); Sarah Jane Wilkey (daughter of Diane & Tony Wilkey).

If you are not a member of Grace Church and are interested in joining, please reply with your interest, or let Rev. Milly know by calling or texting her at 828.772.1429. Once you're a member, you'll have access to our directory.

Information About Your SimpleChurch App!  Not only do you have access to the parish directory, but you can also easily change your profile picture, confidentially check the status of your pledge, and give to your favorite ministry through online giving. Sign on to find ways to reach out to and connect with other members of the church. And if you don’t know your log in information or need more instructions, contact Valerie at the office. A link will be sent to you that will make it easy for you to get into SimpleChurch.

Look for the green tree symbol to download the SimpleChurch app from your app store onto your computer or phone. The domain name when requested in the app is graceepiscopalasheville. For your computer you put in the domain name.

Electronic Giving Made Easy!

Look Grace Church receives electronic giving via our website at There is a "Give to Grace" button on the top blue banner of our home page, in the upper right-hand corner. Additional ways to give to our "virtual collection plate" and various fundraising efforts are through the Simple Church app. 



Check out the December Edition of the Grace Team by visiting
In this edition, you'll find:
Message from Rev. Milly and Rev. Mike
Message from our Wardens
Grace Dates 
Grace in Action
Budget Review
We are so glad you are with us in our Grace community!

Jill Stevenson | Office Manager
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