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Dear People of Grace, 

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, October 13th, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  

8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite I
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
11:40 a.m.   Coffee in the Courtyard

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


  • Friday Night Lights, Fridays at dusk, on the lawn.
  • Visiting Emory University Students: Tonight until Tues., Oct 15, KI, CR, lower level rooms
  • PubSing, Sunday, October 13, 4:00 p.m., Off-Site
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • OSL Leadership Team Meeting, Monday, October 14, 1 p.m. LI       
  • Endowment Committee, Monday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m., Choir Room
  • Worship Committee, Monday, Oct. 14, 6 p.m. LI
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. CH
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Bells Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m., Choir Room
  • Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m., PH
  • EfM Gathering, Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m., LI

Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room. 
Evensong Service:  The Grace Church Choir will commemorate the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls with an Evensong service on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00. This prayerful service will offer scripture readings, congregational hymns, canticles, and choir anthems. Parishioners are invited to submit first names of loved ones who have died to, so the choir can remember them at Evensong. We will chant the Litany of Saints and we’d like to include their names.
"Episcopal House" Building Continues: Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping at the Habitat for Humanity Episcopal Build XIII. If there is a day you would like to work on the house between now and the end of October, please contact John Woodson at 645-4293 and he will schedule you. There are plenty of time slots still available. The future homeowner was recently approved, and her name is Caviena Crosse, shown here. See more about her on the bulletin board.

PubSing: This Sunday, October 13 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 October 13 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.
 Celebrating David Gentry: 
For over 20 years, David Gentry has served us faithfully as our sexton. No job was too big or too small for David, and he drew great pleasure from helping everyone who asked for his help as well as being a member of our community.
Now that David is moving into retirement starting on Friday, October 25, it’s time for us to express our gratitude to David for his lengthy and faithful service to Grace Church. I invite all of you to make a cash contribution to a purse we’re collecting for David. Please bring your cash gifts to the church office by Wednesday, October 23. We’ll present it to David at our celebration of his service to us on Sunday, October 27 after the 10:30 a.m. service.

Thank you,
Greg Townsend

 In preparation for our upcoming Rector Search, our Discernment Committee has been hard at work creating our new website! is our new website domain name and is now available to take you to all things GRACE. You will find the Drone video under the Rector Search and the almost complete Parish Profile will be launched from this page as well.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new look and feel of the website while finding important information about our parish. The website is easy to navigate, maintain and change as needs arise so don’t be too concerned if you find something you don’t like or just isn’t working yet.

A huge thank you to the parish for all of your encouragement and contributions along the way. A special thank you to Lorie Tola, James Cannon, Kim Hayes, Greg Townsend, Fr. Gary and Valerie who worked as a team with Ruth McMahan from Integritive Web Design to create the site. 


 ECW Fall Luncheon: On Saturday, October 19 at Noon the annual fall luncheon of ECW will take place in the Parish Hall. Mary Ann Warren and Cheryl Aull will provide meatloaf and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We will have a brief meeting to discuss the upcoming rummage sale! If you plan to attend, please sign up on the bulletin board in the church foyer or email Mary Ann Warren at by October 16th . All women of Grace are members of ECW and are encouraged to come get to know your fellow Episcopal Church Women and enjoy a great meal!

Aumbry Candle Donor Needed for November: Is There Someone You’d Like to Remember or Recognize? The flower guild is requesting an Aumbry Candle donor for November. The requested donation is $20 for the Aumbry Candle. Please contact Mary Jane Westall in the Flower Guild at or call 273-1857 if you would like to claim the November spot this year, or make a $50 donation toward altar flowers on an upcoming Sunday. Thank you to all who so generously give year after year in memory of or in recognition of loved ones.

Education for Ministry (EfM): Congratulations to everyone who has joined Education for Ministry! It’s exciting to have this ministry started here at Grace. The group meets on Thursdays in the library at 6 p.m. As a small group, they are building relationships while discussing and learning about God, Jesus, theology and their own spirituality. Our guides during this journey are Nancy Walters and Chris Jaquette. If you are interested in joining, the group just started so you can still jump in! If you have questions you may contact Chris, 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.
The Pumpkins Are Here! This is Consider Haiti’s largest fund-raiser!  There is a sign-up calendar in the foyer so those that can work the patch can sign up, or sign-up online at
Emory University Students Are Visiting!  We are sponsoring a group of students from Emory University from Friday October 11th around 9 p.m. through Tuesday, October 15th around noon. They are sleeping in the lower level and using our facilities. If you see them here during this time, please help them to feel welcome.
 It’s Time to Sign Up! 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. A sign-up sheet is in the Foyer. For more information, contact Elaine Potter at elaine@graylineasheville.comThe Valle Crucis Conference Center overlooks a peaceful, rural valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where groups easily build community. See

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (in downstairs Atria).
  • The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: (in the downstairs conference room). Andrew Beasley is offering an adult Sunday School option. It is aimed primarily at parents of children preK-18 but is 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 This Sunday: 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 then see if you can “stump the rector.” Bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at one of the tables in the parish hall.

 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 On Sunday, October 13:

8:00 Service:
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  Susan Robinson; Usher:  (alternate)

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Lorie Tola; Acolytes:  Jonah Silvers, Eric Howell, Ellie Silvers; Readers:  1) Cliff Albertson; 2) Jenny Thomas; Intercessor:  Nancy Walters;  Presenters: Jenny Thomas and Nancy Walters;  Chalicists: 1) Nancy Walters;  2) Mark Silvers;  Ushers: Ed Woeckener, (alternate); Healing Team: Allyn and Joan Aldrich.
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Cheryl Deyton

Serving as Lay Ministers On Sunday, October 20:

8:00 Service:
Verger: James Cannon; Reader/Chalicist: James Cannon; Usher: Steve Jones

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Carsten Path, Kate Young, Daphne Urquhart; Readers: 1) Rusty McCredie 2) Robert Green;  Intercessor: Don Lewis;  Presenters: Green Family; Chalicists:  1) Don Lewis, 2) Greg Townsend;  Ushers: Will Israel and George Davis;  Healing Team: Marzy Israel and Corinne Spencer.

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

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.

 Come for 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 This Sunday:  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, or if you want to read some great articles and find out more about Grace, please check out our October Grace TEAM.  All of Ministry Leaders are listed on page 5, so feel free to contact them. Enjoy your week!

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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