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Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on November 27, 2022 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: Sally Withers Chalicist: Nancy Walters
Lector: OT Hannah Pennell, NT Nancy Walters Intercessor: Elaine Potter
Greeters: Chris Shaw and Nancy Lewis
Ushers: Vicki and Paul Vest

Adult Formation at Grace begins every Sunday at 9:15
Children's formation is offered at the same time downstairs in the classroom of Grace. 
First Sunday in Advent is our wreath making event. Please join us to make an Advent wreath. All materials will be supplied.

Sundays, December 4, 11 &18 - Advent Formation with Guy Sayles   

"Be Born in Us Today: Preparing for New Life"
Explore, with Mary as our primary guide, how to make room in our individuals and as a community....for new life with Jesus, a life characterized by joy, love and hope and committed to justice, mercy and peace.

Learning together is a great gift. I hope you will join us.
Rev. Milly
What's Happening After Worship?
In the coming weeks there will be a variety of opportunities to gather after worship.
We hope you will join us!

There are two funerals this weekend at Grace.  Julia Harris' service is at 4 pm on Friday and Bob Turner's is at 2 pm Saturday. Please keep these families in your prayers as they commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

Hanging of the Greens
Come help the Flower Guild on December 18th after the service. Bring your gardening gloves and pruners. 

Annual Meeting/Call for Vestry Nominations

Our Annual Meeting will be December 18, 2022. Please submit nominations for vestry to the Reverend Milly by December 1. Rotating off this year are: Scott McKenzie; Jim Compton; Joe Aull and, Ron Sims. Additionally, there is currently one vacant seat. Prayerfully consider those who will best serve our church in these roles.

Chili Cook Off!

December 18th, during the annual meeting please join us for the Chili Cookoff! Feed your competitive spirit and your congregation and bring your best Chili to share with everyone while we review the year and dream of 2023! We'll provide the fixins; you bring your best effort.
Email the office at if you plan to submit a winning Chili!

Christmas Greenery and Flower Donationsfor memorials and thanksgiving.  The flower guild will be decorating the altar and chancel areas as well as the two front doors this year.  Therefore, donations will be welcomed to cover the costs for those areas. Look for envelops in the pews or use our electronic giving methods to give to the Altar Guild for Christmas Flowers. Be sure to include a note about whom you would like to remember, thank or acknowledge.

Advent Devotionals
Below is a link to Advent Devotionals sponsored by St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Richmond, VA.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree gift tags are now available. Pick up one or more today! This year’s Grace Angel Tree will be up and decorated with gift wishes from area foster children beginning Sunday, November 27.

For many years now, our Angel Tree project has supported children and families through the Buncombe County Foster Care Association. The “Angels” on our tree in the foyer represent the children and their personal lists, both wishes and needs. Here are a few tips for selection and buying:

·         Look carefully at the tags. Let your heart guide you in your choice of a child or children.

·         In the same way that parents don’t always buy everything their children wish for, you are not obligated to buy everything on your Angel’s list. Again, listen to your heart.

·         For a challenging list, consider combining efforts and resources with someone else in the parish.

·         Be sure to attach your Angel Tree tag to the gifts and include a list of items purchased. The number on the tag corresponds to a specific child.

·         Call Cheryl Deyton with questions: 828-337-9065.

Gifts should be returned to the church by December 11 for distribution to the families.

Advent in a Bag

It’s Time to Help ABCCM Bag Hunger in Advent
Let’s truly give thanks to the Lord for all the wonderful ways he has blessed us this year
by blessing the hungry in a special food drive for ABCCM during Advent.
You’ll soon have in your pew cloth bags with the familiar “Advent in a Bag” calendar
inside. Please take these bags home with you. For each day on the calendar, you’ll see
an appointed scripture for the indicated food items needed.
Once you’ve read the scripture and placed the food items in the bag, you can color that
date on the calendar. When all of the food items are in your bag or in extra paper sacks
if needed, please bring them to the lobby at Grace during office hours during the week,
and at Sunday worship services through Christmas Day on December 25.
Last year’s Advent Food Drive helped Grace deliver nearly a half ton of food to ABCCM…
just in time to help our neighbors have a blessed Christmas season.



December 24, 4pm          Christmas Eve Paper Bag Pageant & Family Service
December 24, 8pm          Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist 
December 25, 10a           Christmas Holy Eucharist
January 1, 10:30a            Lessons and Carols

Paper Bag Pageant

Parents, grandparents, children, families old and new - you are invited to come join the celebration on Christmas Eve at 4pm. Bring little ones to the parish hall at 3:15p to participate. Simples costumes are in paper bags, and parishioners help the children with selections and getting dressed. Children sit with the family during the service and go to the back of the church when instructed. At the end of the service, the costumes are returned to the paper bags in the parish hall. No rehearsal is necessary. Join in and created a lasting memory for your children and grandchildren. 
Interested in helping with the Pageant? Please email the church office at Jobs include narrators, costume organizers, reception helpers and cleanup!

Flu Season is here

The flu is not "just a bad cold". The CDC says the flu is hitting early, hard and fast.  Peak flu season is usually December thru January.  Get a flu vaccine now to have adequate protection.  
Schedule appointments for the vaccine at the following:

CVS:  http://
Health Department:  828-250-5096

Receptions Ministry and Coffee Ministry

As we (finally) emerge from Covid, we need volunteers to help with receptions at the church (i.e. funerals, conferences, etc.). If you feel that this is a place for you to serve, please contact Jill in the church office at (828) 254-1086. Many thanks to those who regularly show up to make coffee for us, especially in the coming chillier months. Please also let Jill know if you would like to share your time through this ministry.

Dismantling Racism Workshop

The workshop will be hosted in two different locations in the diocese Dec. 2–3. You are invited to register for the training workshop that is nearest to you, either St. Francis, Rutherfordton or Trinity, Asheville.

Home is Key’ Tour and Presentation

Please join us on December 4th at 12:30 for a tour of Homeward Bound’s new ‘Home is Key’ project, an initiative supporting Permanent Supportive Housing for 85 of our community’s most chronically homeless individuals. We will have a guided tour of the building project, and hear more about the Permanent Supportive Housing model in a  presentation by Homeward Bound’s Strategic and Major Gifts Officer, Jim Lowder.  We will gather at 201 Tunnel Road in Asheville (formerly the Days Inn). For more info on the project, visit  RSVP to Rev. Mike at to reserve a spot.

 Medical Advocacy Ministry  Medical Advocacy Ministry 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

October Financial Reports
Please visit the links below to view the October Financial Reports.


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 we gather and feast over Thanksgiving weekend, we encourage you to consider perspectives that may differ from the story we have always been told about this holiday. In this short animated interview with Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), curator from the National Museum of the American Indian , Smith touches on some of the complexities surrounding Thanksgiving from his perspective as an Indigenous person. 
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.

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! 

Men of the Church

 Our next meeting will be December 13 in the Parish Hall. Jack Frue and  Paul Taylor will host. Please join us!


The Abundance We Need Is Here
Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. Parker J. Palmer moved to Pendle Hill, a Quaker community of seventy people in Pennsylvania. He declares that after years of living in this community he concluded that Wendell Barry was right. Palmer espoused that what we need is here, if we can learn to trust and draw upon the abundance within us and between us.
See what he said about “the endless resources of self and community” in this article “What We Need Is Here”.

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.

 Date and Time

 Service or Meeting


 Sunday, Nov 27 9:15

 Children’s Sunday School

 Meet in PH

 Sunday,Nov 247 9:30a

 Adult Formation- Advent Wreath Making

 Parish Hall

 Sunday, 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


 Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30p

 Choir Practice


 Thursdays, 8a

 Women Walking the Way

 Beaver Lake



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 Fall 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
Information on our Fall Pumpkin Patch
We are so glad you are with us in our Grace community!

Jill Stevenson | Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church | 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 | 828-254-1086 |
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