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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, September 1st, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  

 Ministry Fair, Thank You Reception and Welcoming Brunch This Sunday.  We will have another delightful potluck brunch this Sunday, September 1 at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall. Share your favorite brunch treats, enjoy the fellowship and learn more about the many ministries available to us at Grace. We’ll also be welcoming James Cassarino, our new Director of Music, and saying thank you to Mary Ann Warren as our Interim Director of Music. Read more below.


8:00 a.m.                  Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:15 a.m.                  Welcoming Brunch, Thank You Reception, & Ministry Fair
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.

The Church Offices Will Be Closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd


  • Tonight! Friday Night Lights on the Lawn... at dusk.
  • Rummage Sale Drop-Off, Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 – 12 Noon, Storage House
  • Wedding Rehearsal, Saturday, Aug 31, 5:00 p.m., CH
  • Wedding, Sunday, Sept. 1, 5:00 p.m., CH
  • NO Youth Group this Sunday for Labor Day week-end.
  • NO Monday Morning BIBLE STUDY, Monday, Sept.2 for Labor Day!
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Outreach Meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 5:30 p.m., LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wed, Sept 4, 12:15 p.m., CH
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, Sept 4, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday, Sept 4, 7:15 p.m., CH
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room.

Fr. Gary and Chris Are Traveling In The Holy Land for an 11-day pilgrimage that began Thursday August 29th. Fr. Gary will return on Thursday, September 11th. During Fr. Gary’s absence Fr. Bob will lead worship and provide pastoral care services. Please keep Fr. Gary and Chris in your prayers for safety and enlightenment.
 Welcome, Jim! Thank you, Mary Ann!  During the Brunch and Ministry Fair this Sunday at 9:15 a.m., we will have a very special opportunity to welcome our new Director of Music, James Cassarino, and say a grateful farewell to Mary Ann Warren, who has done such a wonderful job as our Interim Director of Music. Please join us in letting both these talented people know how much they are appreciated.

Wedding Bells Will Ring This Sunday, September 1:  We are grateful to Cheri Potter and Mary Ann Warren who will assist with a wedding today at Grace.  We offer our prayers for Caroline and Chris that their lives together may be blessed, and thanks that we are able to provide the sacred space for their union.

Your Grace T-Shirt Tells It All
A great T-Shirt proudly tells the world who you are and where you're from. We're taking orders now for our new Grace Church t-shirts. We hope to have them in time for upcoming events such as the Pig Pickin', Episcopal House Habitat work-site, Pumpkin Patch and the YMCA Produce Truck. To place your order contact Larry or Lucy Bowen at "", call 229.224.5899 or see us Sunday at the 10:30 service.  Order deadline is Monday, Sept 2 no later than 5:00 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity "Episcopal House" Volunteers Needed! We have blocked out volunteer slots as a pledge to construction of the thirteenth Episcopal House: Saturday, September 14; Thursday, September 19; Monday, September 30; Saturday, October 5; and Friday, October 18. For details, check the display on the bulletin board in the foyer and "nail down your work day!"

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR HELP: Can You Do Some Grounds Weeding? We like to keep our grounds looking nice. Kathleen Griffin, Jackie Schauer and John Woodson have been busy weeding and working in the flower beds, and they'd like to see more people involved with our grounds care. If you can stop by the church, walk around our beautiful grounds, and pull some weeks, that would be most appreciated. If you spot a weed when you come by for a meeting or a service, please pull it up! If you need some help in determining what to pull, feel free to contact one of these three and they'll be happy to help you discern. 

  Friday Night Lights: 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.
 Rummage Sale Drop-Off Day!  Tomorrow, August 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon, the ECW will gratefully accept donations of clean, gently used clothes, books (no text books), sports equipment and household items for their annual rummage sale which will be held on Saturday, November 2nd. In preparation for the sale, members of the ECW will receive your donations at the “Storage House” to the left of the upper parking lot. THIS WILL BE THE LAST DROP-OFF DAY UNTIL THE LAST WEEK IN OCTOBER. If you don't get your items in tomorrow, we ask that you hold them and bring them directly to the parish hall starting October 28th, the week prior to the sale. 

Catechesis of the Good Shephard for children (in lower level Atrium rooms) and Lectionary Bible Study for adults (in the parish hall) resumes next Sunday, September 8th, at 9:30 a.m.
  The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life:  Starting Sunday, September 8th at 9:25 a.m., 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. The offering will be based on The Way of Love. 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." Click here to see Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's invitation to practice The Way of Love. 

 Youth Event Next Sunday, September 8: Youth from middle school through high school are invited to join the fun as we soak up the last few warm days! We will be "crashing" the St. James Parish Picnic at Camp Ridgecrest for Boys in Black Mountian. Bring a bathing suit and pray for warm weather! We will be taking a van from St. Mary's at 12:40 and pick up at St. Mary's will be 3:20. Or just meet at Camp Ridgecrest at 1:00 and 3:00.

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 1:

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

 10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Cheryl Aull, Daphne Urquhart, Aleena Bennett;  Readers: 1) Cliff Albertson, 2) Carol Booth;  Intercessor: Vicki Vest; Presenters: Carol Booth and Vicki Vest; Chalicists: 1) Greg Townsend, 2) Cliff Albertson; Ushers: Elaine and William Potter;  Healing Team: Louise Wernicke and Tricia Hargrove.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Jackie Schauer

Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, September 8:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Lorie Tola;  Acolytes:  Mark Silvers, Jonah Silvers, Ellie Silvers;  Readers: 1) Jenny Thomas, 2) Bonnie Kistler;  Intercessor: Rusty McCredie; Presenters: Jenny Thomas and Bonnie Kistler; Chalicists:  1) Debbie Jones, 2) Carol Booth;  Ushers: Larry & LuAnn Harris;  Healing Team: Allyn and Joan Aldrich.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Lorie Tola

There is Still Time to Sign Up for EfM:  The bonding and close relationships that form within the Education for Ministry small groups often last a lifetime. The program is based on an adult learning model and is student driven. The four year topics are 1) Old Testament, 2) New Testament, 3) Church History and 4) Theology, liturgics, etc. You'll enjoy discovering more 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.

Pig Pickin' is Coming! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 21. Our annual Pig Pickin' Barbeque Dinner will be in the church parking lot at 5:30 p.m. with music and some really fine food. The meal begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets will be available from Men of the Church at the door.

The Pumpkins Are Coming September 29th: Mark your calendars! So that “Consider Haiti” can provide medical clinics, community health agents, clean water, and sustainable nutrition (goats), we’ll be asking for your help. We’ll need volunteers to help unload the pumpkins, and then throughout October, we’ll ask you to sign up to work the Pumpkin Patch. More information will be coming soon.

 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


We appreciate all who serve in our ministries, and all who participate and attend Grace. Enjoy your week!

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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