Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on March 5, 2023 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: Elaine Potter
Lectors: OT Louise Wernicke, NT Kokayi Cobb; Intercessor: Elise Cassarino
Ushers: William and Nate Potter 
Greeters: Diane Wilkey and Kim Hayes
Vestry Member of the Day: Steve Birkhofer


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!

Adult Forum meets Sunday at 9 a.m.  Children's Sunday School meets  at 9:15.

Lent at Grace
Formation for the season of Lent meets each Sunday morning at 9:00 am
We will explore Richard Rohr's newest book Jesus' Alternative Plan Please join us as we journey through Lent together.  We will continue our study every Sunday at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall with our last class on March 26th.

I hope you will find it engaging and inspiring during this Holy season of Lent.

You can order the book on-line or you can purchase the book at Malaprops Bookstore downtown Asheville.

Virtual Sit Meditations for Lent Beginning February 24, 2023  

The Future of Christianity: A Virtual Summit presented by the Center for Action and Contemplation

Are you looking for a centering practice during Lent? Join the CAC online contemplative community for a free series of Virtual Sit Meditations to cultivate greater awareness during this Lenten season. Live streamed on YouTube, these virtual meditations will take place each Friday at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET; 6 p.m. GMT), from February 24 until April 7.

Virtual Sit Meditations for Lent
Every Friday from February 24 – April 7, 2023 
Featuring CAC Faculty and Staff
Presented by the Center for Action and Contemplation 


Episcopal Church Women
The ECW ( Episcopal Church Women) is sponsoring a Kitchen Cleanup Day on Thursday, March 9th, from 9:00AM until 4:00PM.  Please join us for a few hours or the whole day!  Bring your lunch and we will provide the drinks.  It will be work but also fun as we visit while we are cleaning.  Old timers as well as newcomers are welcome —— it’s a great way to get to know each other!  Please sign up by emailing Cheryl Aull at so we can plan accordingly.  If you are a user of the kitchen for whatever purpose:  preparing flowers, meals for group events or pastoral care, outreach, Taize, etcetera, please be aware that your assistance would be helpful as we plan to purge, clean, and organize.  Thanks so much for your assistance and we look forward to seeing you on the 9th! 

Save the date! 
The ECW will hold its Spring Potluck Luncheon on Saturday, April 22nd, at noon in the parish hall.  We will have a business meeting to discuss our goals for the upcoming year.  We would love to encourage newcomers to join us! 


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:
New ways to get involved with the Grace Backpackers. Throughout the pandemic, the Grace Backpackers have found ways to assist students and their families struggling with food insecurity. Now, with changing needs and new opportunities to help, the Backpackers’ mission and relationship with our Jones Elementary School neighbors is evolving! In addition to the weekly delivery of Manna packs, there’s more!
Right now, here is what you can do to help! Three boxes will be placed in the church foyer this week to receive the following much-needed donations:
Priority #1 – Food items (canned fruits, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned meat, mac ‘n’ cheese, canned/box soup, boxed non-perishable milk, flour, peanut butter) are needed immediately to supplement a major food delivery to 50 families on Saturday, March 25. Your deadline for bringing donations to church is March 22! This food, along with the remainder of the food in our pantry, will be delivered directly to homes just in time for spring break. Note: A volunteer team is needed for packing on Thursday, March 23, at 10 a.m. Please let Kim Hayes know if you can help (
Priority #2 – An important need at Jones that will be ongoing through the end of the school year is emergency clothing. The clothes closet can always use boys and girls sweat shirts, sweat pants, t-shirts and underwear, sizes 5T-16.  These clothes can be new or gently used.
Priority #3 – Another ongoing need is after-school snacks. Your donations of meat sticks (non-perishable), Goldfish (individual packs), cheese or peanut butter crackers (individual 6-packs) and chips (individual packs) will be a great help.
Thank you, people of Grace! Your generosity is always amazing. 

Ecumenical After School Atrium  for Children Ages 3-12  
March 6 – May 29, 2023
Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00pm  
at St. Mary’s, 337 Charlotte Street
(parking is available in lot behind church)

Beginning March 6 through the end of May, children will gather in the Atrium, which is:  
  • A calming place where children can focus on their inner lives 
  • A special room which offers images of a loving God and Christ the Good Shepherd using wooden figures, art, and other hands-on activities 
  • A space which invites children to interact with stories and images in their own way
  • Gentle and open
  • An approach which shows older children that they are partners in creating a better world, a world of love and justice Led by trained adults
  • Welcoming to parents (Come observe anytime!)
  • Also called The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  
For more information, and to register, call or drop by St. Mary’s Church Office (828.254.5836) 

Vestry Update
The January Vestry minutes may be found here.


Come join us for our PubSing, an informal gathering on the second Sunday of each month to sing hymns, old-time gospel, folk music, and Americana inspirationals. We’ll meet on March 12 at Cork & Keg Bar, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For directions go to For further information, contact Monty Wooten at

Women's History Month

The year 2023 marks the 103rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote. While some American women were granted the right to vote under this Amendment, there were still many inequalities that women were fighting to change. In Asheville, on Friday, September 12, 1919, an organization was created by several of these ground-breaking women in order to combat some of these inequalities and provide women with opportunities previously only afforded to men.

The Asheville Business and Professional Women’s Association began with 36 members, with Dr. Elizabeth Smith elected as the first President. According to an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times, “… the association is non-political, non-sectarian, and in no wise [sic] a union.” The Association was also self-supporting, with a primary goal of promoting better social and recreational opportunities for business and professional women.

One such professional woman who was also an organizing member and Vice President of the Association was Lillian Exum Clement. Clement was born near Black Mountain, and raised in Buncombe County. She studied law while working for the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office and was admitted to the bar and began practicing as an attorney in 1917. Clement was widely known among law circles as “Brother Exum.” She represented Buncombe County as the Democratic candidate in 1920, nominated before women were even enfranchised. She was elected by a landslide (some 10,000 votes to around 40) and became North Carolina’s first female legislator, as well as the first female lawyer to practice without male partners in North Carolina. Clement’s victories helped continue the drive for women’s suffrage during this monumental time.

For further information on Lillian Exum Clement, please visit the Buncombe County Library website

Plan, Give, Impact!
Please consider making a lasting impact on Grace Episcopal Church by creating a legacy gift for the Grace community that lasts for generations!  
To learn more about planned giving and make Grace Episcopal Church part of your estate planning, please meet fellow parishioners and endowment committee members in the Church library following the March 19 Sunday service. Grace member John Chastain will lead the conversation.

Grace Helps Keep the Homeless and Needy Safe and Warm
Two more clothing items and two sleeping bags were donated at the end of last week, boosting our final total to 92 items donated to ABCCM’s “Safe & Warm” campaign.

God’s blessings to each of you who donated items during this campaign!

Have you considered joining the Altar Guild?

Members of the Altar Guild carry out the meaningful ministry of preparing our church for worship, especially setting the altar each Sunday, as well as preparing for baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and making sure the linens, silver, and brass are in tip-top shape. We need to add two more people  to each of our four groups that serve one Sunday a month. Would you serve with us? Please connect with Shannon Townsend or just walk into the sacristy and speak to the member serving. 

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

What if .  .  .  as part of a Lenten practice this year we set aside one hour of time just to listen for God — just be available to listen?

Why not take a short break on the way home from the pressures of the office or a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the demands of home?

The weekly Taizé service offers just such a respite. Please consider the Tuesday evenings of Lent at 6pm as an opportunity to experience a brief slice of peace .  .  .   And as Milly has reminded us — to Slow Down.

For more information on Taizé at Grace visit:

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 March 5 9a

Sunday Mar 5 9:15

Sunday Mar 5, 10:30a

Adult Formation

Children's Sunday School

Holy Eucharist

Parish Hall



Mondays, 10:30a

Monday Morning Bible Study

Zoom ** 

Mondays, 3p

Pastoral Care Team Meeting 

Member Zoom


Tuesdays 6p


Taizé Service

Wednesdays, 1-3p

Praying Together with Rev. Milly - by appointment


Wednesdays, 5:30p

Centering Prayer


Wednesdays, 6:30p

Choir Rehearsal


Thursdays, 8a

Women Walking the Way 

Beaver Lake




Our Prayer List

For Parishioners: Rusty Herman; Daniel and Hannah Johnston; Shari Lane; Joan Mahon; Laura and Tsz-yan (GN) Snyder; Kelly and Sydnor Thompson; Barbara Wilcox; Tim Wrinn.

 For Homebound Parishioners and Those in Healthcare Facilities: Bill Coward; Bobbie Eblen; Eunice Ferguson;  Dorothy Engel; Ed Denison, Marion Mayfield-Johnson; Deb Pegel; Rita Spragg; Cys (Sis) Hayes; Shirley Turner.         

 For Others: (Names will remain on the list for 6 weeks unless we hear otherwise.) Linda Adams (neighbor of Cliff and Anne);  Angela (sister of Steve Booth); Wes Auret (godson of Elaine Potter); Gene Bowen (brother of Larry Bowen); Gabriel and Lara Brongel and family (grandson and daughter of Jackie Schauer);Cathy (friend of Elaine Potter);  Porter Claxton (friend of Ginny Moser); Jimmy Cole (lifelong friend of Sonny Rawls); Ann Derwort (sister of Jeanne Sims); Cody Ervin (friend of Hannah Pennell);  Dan Ferree (son of Gary Coffey’s friend); Woody Geizentanner (friend of Pat & George Davis; ) Robert Giles (brother of Pat Mahon); Patricia Grace (friend of Gael Paschal); Jackie Haines (sister of Carol Booth); Angela High (friend of Vicki Vest); Cherry Howe (friend of Rusty Herman & Janice Orson) Laury Keen (friend of James Cannon's sister); Candy Kelly ( friend of Dodie King); Molly B (friend of Gary Coffey and family); Pam (neighbor of Mike Reardon); 
Matthew Pennell (son  of Hannah Pennell); Sharon Prater (friend of Lorie Tola); Bob Noble (brother of Walt Noble);  Sarah and Bo (friends of Amy and Phillip Trees); Wilma Wilson (mother of Debbie Jones). 

We grieve and pray with the family of Wade O'Neil; and the many thousands of earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey.

 For Those in Service to Our Country: Tommy & Danny Brown (grandsons of Ed & Marla Woeckener); Martha and Matt Cardenas (daughter & son-in-law of Hannah Pennell); Matthew George (son of Zoe Davis); Jason Marino (son of Lynda McCredie); Sarah Jane Wilkey (daughter of Diane & Tony Wilkey).

For those who have birthdays:  Joseph Aull; Jim Cassarino; Carol Booth…and for those celebrating anniversaries this week: Jenny and Art Moser.

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 Jill 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. 


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