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Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on October 2nd, 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: James Cannon Chalicist: Sally Withers
Lector: OT Greg Townsend, NT Louise Cate; Intercessor: Sally Withers
Greeters: Tahini Sticpewich & Kim Hayes
Vestry Member of the Day: Louise Cate

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. 

Sunday October 2nd - On Earth as in Heaven.
An Introduction to Empire and Post-Colonial Theology. Rev. Milly will discuss what the heck she means when she preaches about "Empire".  We will begin to delve into how empire has been explored throughout scripture and how this exploration helps us to better understand the Kingdom of Heaven, here on earth.

Sunday October 9th - No Sunday School for any ages. 
We will be blessing the Animals this day! 

Sunday October 16th - On Earth as in Heaven; Heaven is Like.  
This week we will continue our conversation on the dynamic relationship between Earth and Heaven by exploring the many ways Jesus tells us what Heaven is like. How do these allegories used by Jesus for the edification of his disciples inform us now about our work on earth. 

Sunday October 23rd - On Earth as in Heaven; Grace Grants Breakfast!
Join us for the Outreach Breakfast. We will learn about our new partners in the work of building heaven on earth! Come greet the organizations we have offered our financial support to through Grace Grants! 
Breakfast begins at 9 am. 

Sunday October 30th - On Earth as in Heaven; All the Saints. 
This Sunday we will take a look at the inspirational lives of a few great Saints who devoted their hearts, minds and souls to building the kingdom of Heaven, right here on Earth. Bring an icon or photo or writing by your favorite Saint! 

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!

Sunday October 2th - Stewardship Ice Cream Social
The weather may be getting colder but that won't stop us from enjoying a frosty treat as we kick-off for the Stewardship Season! 
Sunday October 16th - Healthcare Coffee Hour
The Grace Medical Advocacy Ministry will sponsor a “Healthcare Coffee Hour”, presenting information on “Vaccinations Update”, on Sunday, October 16, after the church service (11:30am) in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to come learn about the latest information on vaccination recommendations, including those related to influenza, Covid, shingles, measles, etc.) and the locations to obtain them.

Sunday October 23rd - "Within and Beyond Border: A Look at Human Trafficking Across the Globe
The Peace Justice Care of Creation Ministry at St. Eugene Catholic Church invites us to a presentation on Human Trafficking on Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00-3:00pm. Human Trafficking is a worldwide and local issue, with North Carolina ranking ninth in the United States for people forced into both labor and sex trafficking. How can we as Christians respond? 
RSVP by October 17 to Questions to
Find a bio for Sr. Angela Reed and flier can be found here. 

The Fall Pumpkin Patch is Here!
To sign up for shifts, donate, or find our more information please visit our website by clicking and share with friends!

 Prayer Flags for All Saints Day

We are continuing the tradition of hanging prayer flags with the names of loved ones who have passed in the church for All Saints Day. We still have flags from last year. If you would like to add any new names you may submit them by clicking here: or you may write them on a blank prayer flag on the table in the foyer. 

  Thank you to everyone who turned out last Sunday for the adult forum “Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone.” I think we all left with a lot to think about. What does it mean to vote faithfully? What are our own “voting stories” and how will sharing them impact the people around us? What can we as Grace Church do to help people vote in the upcoming midterms? Here are some things to consider:
  • Are you new to the area? Or do you have neighbors who have just moved in? Check to make sure you/they are registered and know where polling places are located. Information can be found at
  • Some of our parishioners are already out there canvassing door-to-door. If you have an interest in doing this (it’s safe and easier than you might think), email for more information.
  • Do you know your candidates? Just released, check this comprehensive “Buncombe Voter Guide” for all sorts of useful voter information. This is great for sharing with friends & family.

Support Hurricane Recovery Efforts:
Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with affected dioceses as they assess needs in their communities in response to hurricanes Ian and Fiona. They are mobilizing with partners to provide assistance to those affected by the storms. Your donation to the Hurricane Relief Fund will support affected communities in the Caribbean and southern United States.
Visit for more information. 

 Medical Advocacy Ministry A Medical Advocacy Ministry is being formed at Grace Church to provide resources and education to assist parishioners with later life/ end of life issues and in navigating the healthcare system. We would like to assess your needs as well as interest in supporting this ministry.
Our initial efforts will be focused on our older population which is likely in greater need but we hope to offer support to other ages in the future. We are hoping to build on the excellent past medical ministry efforts of Kathleen Griffin.

In order to enable this effort, we ask that you consider your possible need of some of the offerings listed below:
1. Aging in place— how to make your home safe for living in your later years.
2. End of life issues—Death/Dying, Palliative and Hospice Care, Advanced Directives,
Healthcare power of attorney
3. Senior support—Home healthcare, Caregiver Resources (including caring for the caregiver)
4. Healthcare provider and facility navigation guidance—locating a physician, questions to ask
your physician/ other providers, insurance questions, using online resources.
A phone survey of a sample group of parishioners will be done to assess the priority interest in
the above.
Please also let us know if you would like to participate as a supporter in building this Grace
Church community Ministry.
Thank you.
The Grace Church Medical Advocacy Ministry Team
Dodie King, Ginny Moser, Jeff Russell, Jennifer Witt
For information, please contact Dodie King ( or Jeff Russell

Grace Grants are now accepting application for partnership!
If you are involved with or know of a local agency or program currently
providing, or wanting to provide, support for the homeless, elderly and poor
who need food, clothing, shelter, health care and legal assistance send them
to the Grace web site: At the top of the home page is a button
for Grace Grants.
Rev. Milly explained, “Grace Episcopal Church looks forward to building
relationships with partner organizations and networks who are invested in the
health and capacity of our larger community and want it to thrive.” Milly
reminds us all, “We believe this is, in fact, the call of the Gospel: to love our
neighbor and to seek justice. We’re blessed to collaborate in this mission.”
Quick links — The process is spelled out here. The application is here.


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.   
Here is the latest resource prepared by EPPN for your information and use:
Urge Congress to Pass the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act. Hunger and
food insecurity continue to impair the health and quality of life of people across the United States. To address this issue, Congress has introduced the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act to reauthorize child nutrition programs with important reforms to reduce child hunger. Heeding Christ’s call to feed the hungry, we must act by urging Congress to pass the Health Meals, Health Kids Act now.
 Barrier Breakers: The Pilgrimage
Bishop José invites you to learn more about this pilgrimage celebrating and amplifying the stories of historically black parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. Learn more by clicking or clicking the video image to the right.  

As part of our centennial celebration weekend, I am honored to invite you to join me and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who will be the chief celebrant and preacher, to a festival revival service on Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 am at Christ Episcopal School in Fletcher, NC. Honoring our 100th anniversary as a diocese is a once in a lifetime occasion to do something special and unique. All are welcome and I hope you can join us!


The Rt. Rev. José McLoughlin

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! 

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, Oct 2 9:15

 Children’s Sunday School

 Meet in PH

 Sunday, Oct 2 9:30a

 Adult Formation

 Parish Hall

 Sunday, 10:30a

 Holy Eucharist Service* 

 Sanctuary & YouTube

 Sunday, Oct 2 11a-1p

 Stewardship Ice Cream Social

 Parish Hall

 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, 7-8:30p

 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.

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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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