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Dear People of Grace, 

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 7, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  


8:00 a.m.              Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:45 - 10:00          Breakfast
9:25                      Adult Formation with Fr. Bob during breakfast
10:30 – 11:40       Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40                    Coffee in the Courtyard

8:50 – 12:10          The Nursery will be open


  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Monday, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Endowment Committee Meeting, Monday, July 8, 5:30 p.m., LI
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Men of the Church, Tuesday, July 9, 6 p.m., Off-Site
  • Grace TEAM Meeting, Wednesday, July 10, 10 a.m. LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wednesday, 12:15 p.m. CH
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Steadfast House Meal, Friday, July 12, 6 p.m., Off-Site
  • PubSing, Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m., Off-Site
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room.

A Special Request and Thank You!

Dear fellow parishioners,
Thank you to all who made entries about our Church History during the 5th Sunday Brunch last Sunday. In the parish hall I have a table displaying the History of Grace from 1867 – 1967 and beyond. Please stop by the table this week or on Sunday if you haven't done so yet, and add your short story or a few words you use to describe your experience as a member of Grace Church. These short stories or fun facts will be used for the parish profile to call our new rector to our beloved church. Your input is most valued and will enrich the content of the profile.
Many thanks,
Lorie Tola
Vestry Liaison to the Discernment Committee

 Happy Independence Day Week-end! Enjoy your celebrations!

July Worship Committee Meeting Cancelled: Due to Fr. Gary’s final move, the meeting scheduled for July 8th will not be held. He will be out of the office for a good part of this coming week. 

Prayer RequestsThere is a new prayer request form on the table as you enter the church. If there is a person who is not on the regular prayer list that you would like to be included in the intercessory prayers for this Sunday, please enter the pertinent information on the form. If you would like that person to be added to the regular list, please note that on the form or call the office. 

Education for Ministry (EfM) Is Here: Education for Ministry is a 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 will soon be available in the foyer.

Back-to-School Supplies Needed by August 11:  This summer, Grace Church will continue the annual drive to collect back-to-school supplies for local foster children and youth.  Our supplies are distributed to local foster parents and to parents who have recently adopted children in the foster system.  We will be collecting school related items from July 28 until August 11, 2019. You may contribute individual items, a backpack with supplies, or any thing that works for you.  Check the display in the foyer for details or refer to the list on page 6 in the July Grace TEAM. As always, thank you for your kindness and generosity! 
 Donations Are down. Let’s Help Consider Haiti by Buying Some Pregnant Goats!  We partner every October with Consider Haiti to do the Pumpkin Patch and the proceeds are significant. But this year, the needs in Haiti are greater, while the gifts are less. We can help. The Grace Outreach Committee will match every donation to Consider Haiti up to $500 between now and the end of July. The money we raise will be used to purchase PREGNANT GOATS! A single pregnant goat costs $75 and can provide NUTRITION, ECONOMIC STABILITY, and funds for children’s EDUCATION.
 Adult Formation This Sunday: On Sunday, (around 9:20-25 AM) Fr. Bob will lead and guide informal discussions on current events in the world and the Church’s part in that, The Episcopal Church, answer theological and liturgical questions or anything else that just pops up. This time together is sometimes referred to as “Stump the Rector." So come have some breakfast and then join in the conversation. Bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Bob will be at one of the tables in the parish hall. Come gather together as Sisters and Brothers in Christ and have a conversation.

The Men of the Church will be meeting on Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the home of our host, John Woodson.  His address is 1178 New Stock Road, Weaverville. The social starts at 6:00 p.m., followed by supper and a short business meeting. The cost is $15.00, and a blue sign-up sheet is posted on the Parish News bulletin board in the foyer. All men of the church are welcome.
PubSing: Next Sunday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. Come join us for our PubSing, an informal gathering on the second Sunday of each month to sing hymns, old-time gospel, and Americana inspirational music.  We’ll meet on July 14 at Zillicoah Beer Co., 870 Riverside Dr., Woodfin from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  For more information contact Monty Wooten at or 828-254-1114. 

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 "host" the coffee each Sunday. If this is a ministry you would be interested in, please sign up on the kiosk in the foyer.  Let's turn our coffee hour into a real chance to socialize and connect with one another following our shared worship. Please see Sally Withers for details.
 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
Bell Ringers Needed: With the advent of a new music director at the end of August, it would be wonderful if we were able to locate four new bell ringers for the 2019-2020 season.  Please let Valerie know if you are willing and able to participate in the bell choir at Grace.  Also, let her know if you know of anyone who is not a member at Grace who might be interested in playing handbells.  Two of the retirees were not members of Grace but had no handbell choirs at their church.

 New Director of Music: We are excited to announce that James Cassarino, M.Phil. has accepted the Director of Music position at Grace. James recently accepted the full time Director of Music position at Christ School, Asheville.
Since 2003, James (Jim) Cassarino has served as the Music Director for Trinity Episcopal Church in Rutland, VT where he established and maintained a thriving music ministry. At the diocesan level he served on the Commission on Ministry and for the Committee on Christian Formation. He has taught both liturgy and music for the Vermont Diocesan Study Program and for the National Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations. He has directed music for various diocesan events and for several diocesan conventions. In addition to Vermont, he has served churches in Indiana, Minnesota, and Newport, RI. Since 1998, Jim served as Professor and Music Department Chair at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. He has published papers and presented lectures on hymnody and congregational singing.
He holds degrees in music and in theology from Castleton University, Ball State University, St. John’s University, and the University of Wales (U.K.).
Jim and his wife Elise have two children, Hannah and Peter. Hannah, an artist, will join Jim and Elise in Asheville. Peter will begin studies in criminal justice at Norwich University in the fall.
PERMISSION TO PHOTOGRAPH. As you may have noticed over the past couple of months, parish photographers have been taking pictures in worship and at various fellowship events. Some of these photographs will be used in our parish profile and on our web site. If you or your children do not want your images used, please let us know. We will do everything possible to honor your request. Thanks.
 Do You Know How to Sell on eBay?  We are still looking for a special someone who can help out the ECW. We do get some items in for the rummage sale that would better serve the programs at Grace Church by going on eBay. If you can help us in that regard, please email Mary Ann Warren or Anne Jarema. Commission available.
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, please do your best to find a replacement, and contact the Verger for that service.

Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, July 7:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger: Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Cheryl Aull, Aleena Bennett and Maya Bell;  Reader:* Bonnie Kistler;  Intercessor: Bill Smith;  Presenters:  Bonnie Kistler and Elaine Potter;  Chalicists: 1) Sally Withers 2) Carol Booth; Ushers:  Will Israel and George Davis;  Healing Team:  Louise Wernicke and Tricia Hargrove

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Ben Scales

Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, July 14:

8:00 Service:  
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  Susan Robinson; Usher:  Johnny Robinson

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Lorie Tola;  Acolytes:  Jonah Silvers, Ellie Silvers and Grace Miller;  Reader: Greg Townsend; Intercessor: Kristen Dusenbery; Presenters: Townsend Family; Chalicists: 1) Eric Howell 2) Mark Silvers; Ushers: Elaine and William Potter; Healing Team: Joan & Allyn Aldrich

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Neil Bowen

* Note: Only one reader is needed during July and August. The bulletin will indicate the lesson to be read.

 Vigil for Safety and Peace at the Border: On Friday, July 12, from 7 to 10 pm, St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting a Vigil for Peace and Safety at the Border. Their address is 290 Old Haw Creek Road, Asheville. All are invited to attend. You are asked to bring a candle if you think of it; the candles will be lit at 9 pm.  

We appreciate all who serve in our ministries, and all who participate and attend Grace. If there is a ministry you would like to join or explore further, be sure to contact the Ministry Leader. They would love to hear from you. Their name and contact information can be found on page 5 of July's Grace TEAM. Enjoy your week! 

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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