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Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on February 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: Susan Robinson Chalicist: 
Lectors: OT Cole Woodcox, NT Vicki Vest ; Intercessor: Sydnor Thompson
Ushers: Vicki and Paul Vest ; Greeters: Tahani Sticpewich 
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 will resume with Lent. However, Children's Formation continues to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15.

Dear Grace Family,
As we continue through the Epiphany Season, I want to invite you to explore Richard Rohr's newest book Jesus' Alternative Plan and join us during the season of Lent, as we dive into the book and center our Lenten Journey. 
Formation for the season of Lent will begin on February 26th at 9:00 am
and will continue every Sunday at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall with our last class on March 26th. In our first class, February 26th, we will begin with an outline of each week's topic, and a general review of the book.

I hope you will find it engaging and inspiring during this Holy season of Lent. You can order the book on-line on various sites (here's the Amazon link ) or you can purchase the book at Malaprops Bookstore downtown Asheville.

Formation for Children continues weekly with Shannon and Sidney in the Atrium at Grace at 9:00 am.

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Grace Children and Youth are hosting a St. Valentine's Bake Sale! 
February 12th in the Parish Hall beginning at 9:30 - 12:00
Made with Love, sweets and savory treats, will be available for purchase Sunday, February 12th. All donations will assist our children and youth programs! 
Following the service on the 12th, I will be gathering all family, children and folks that wish to know more about our evolving youth and children's ministry to gather in the parish hall for a meeting with me, Shannon Townsend and Sidney Haga. *Childcare will be available during the parent conversation time.

This will be a time of reflection and dreaming about how we are walking the way of Love with our youth and children at Grace!

All are welcome. 
Rev. Milly

Looking Ahead to Lent
Episcopal Relief and Development to offer Lenten Meditations.
"This Lent, we are reflecting on the call to all Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Throughout the season, we will focus on the question, “Who Is My Neighbor?” with themes inspired by the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the Sundays in Lent. We are grateful for its author, the Rev. Robin Denney, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Napa, California, and for her careful and insightful work. 

This year's Lenten Meditations can be received as daily emails, downloaded in a PDF booklet or read on our website. We will also invite readers to share their own responses to weekly reflection questions related to each theme. "

Visit to learn more and to participate.


From the Presiding Bishop

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry released a powerful statement about the killing of Tyre Nichols – we encourage you to read it here. The Office of Government Relations has compiled resources below that we hope can help you take action to address police violence.  

The Episcopal Church urges action to address police violence and police reform and “condemns the improper and violent actions of authorities against people of color.” The Executive Council urges the Church to work for the transformation of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional, and local levels, including by enacting substantial police reforms.

Take Action!


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:

Tell Congress to Continue Addressing Human Trafficking
Thank lawmakers for unanimously passing the Abolish Human Trafficking Reauthorization Act, while also reminding them to remain vigilant in the fight to end human trafficking going forward.


Now’s the Time to Help ABCCM Keep Our Neighbors Safe & Warm
We all know how cold it is right now, especially on freezing Code Purple nights. And while we’re grateful for the clothes and places that keep us warm, let us be thankful for those 130 folks who are staying in ABCCM’s three Safe Haven facilities right now.
Let us also be especially mindful and compassionate for those 200+ unsheltered men, women, children, military veterans and intact families who are living and sleeping on the sidewalks, under bridges, in abandoned buildings, and in the parks around Asheville.
We can love and serve these folks by donating our new or worn coats, thick blankets, mittens and gloves to ABCCM’s “Safe and Warm Campaign”.
Just bring your clothing donations to Grace, and put them in the marked barrel on the left in the foyer at church. Members of the Outreach Committee will make sure your clothing donations get to ABCCM.
If you would rather make a financial donation for heating assistance funding, please visit ABCCM’s webpage:

Celebrate Black History Month
Each week in February will feature a way to help you celebrate Black History Month. Below is a link to the Historic James Vester Miller Trail in Asheville.  James Vester Miller was a native North Carolinian and master brick layer. Examples of his work can be found throughout the city. .

Financial Reports
Church finances for January 2023 (New Year!) were stable and consistent with the historical trend (e.g. expenditures typically exceed receipts, et al). Any questions or concerns regarding these results can be addressed to Steve Birkhofer
( or

Grace Church concluded the receipt of a $94K plus inherited IRA in January 2023 from the estate of past member Mr. James Black. Mr. Black passed on December 28, 2021 in Ocala, FL. This blessing will help to further our mission at Grace.  Thank You Jim for generously remembering your Grace Church Family. If you would like to discuss adding Grace Church to your will please feel free to contact Steve Birkhofer or Rev. Milly.

Flower Guild 

The Flower Guild needs a donor for the Aumbry Candle in February. Please let Jennifer Witt know if you are interested. There are also several opportunities for flower donors in the near future. 

Pisgal Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services, an Anti-Poverty Super Tool. Recently, at one of their Justice Matters Tours, I had an opportunity to learn more about what Pisgah Legal Services does.
PLS provides a broad array of free civil legal aid, anti-poverty advocacy and access to health care in 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. With offices in Asheville, Burnsville, Highlands/Cashiers, Hendersonville, Marshall, Newland, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine and Waynesville, they are able to help over 20,000 of the most vulnerable people in these communities every year with issues related to housing, safety from abuse, health care and income.
Much of the good work done by PLS is volunteer or pro bono. Last year volunteers donated more than 13,980 hours of service. And that is where we at Grace Church can step up. Consider where you might be able to help. As a volunteer in the Health Justice Program, you can become a guide who helps people understand their health insurance options. Or as a Tax Program volunteer, you can help put cash directly into the pockets of those who need it most. If you are an attorney, consider providing pro bono legal services to Pisgah Legal clients. And of course, financial support is always important.
To learn more, sign up for Pisgah Legal’s E-Newsletter. Or attend the next PLS Justice Matters Tour on Thursday, March 16, noon-1pm. Email Lori Nierzwick with questions or for more information at Let’s help keep this anti-poverty super tool working.    
Kim Hayes

Diocesan News
PLAN AHEAD FOR PILGRIMAGE DAY In honor of Black History Month, historically black churches around Western North Carolina will open their doors 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 to tell their stories and welcome guests to listen. Organize a pilgrimage with your congregation by contacting parishes listed on the BARRIER BREAKERS WEBSITE. Bishop José will be visiting St. Matthias, Asheville; St. Gabriel, Rutherfordton; and Good Shepherd, Tryon; up to 30 people (first-come, first-served) may join the bishop by signing up HERE.


Men of the Church” Wants You!
The group meets every second Tuesday eve, 6:00pm-8:00pm  Who are we? We are contributing members of the church whose meetings typically include fellowship, a nice meal, an assortment of beverages, and an opportunity to grow in both the Church and broader community. A small collection is taken at the meeting to cover costs, typically $15. Meeting locations are sometimes hosted at respective member’s homes or the Church Parish Hall. Beyond monthly meetings, the group is noted for staging an annual fundraising initiative for outreach (the Pig Pickin’!). Contact Jack Frue for further information.


Join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and song! Our next PubSing is Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Cork & Keg. For further information, contact Monty Wooten at
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.

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 Feb 5 9:15

Sunday Feb 5, 10:30a

Children's Worship

Holy Eucharist/Annual Meeting to follow service



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: Don Hawkins;  Daniel and Hannah Johnston; Joan Mahon; Ginny Moser; Laura and Tsz-yan (GN) Snyder;  Kelly and Sydnor Thompson; Barbara Wilcox.

 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;  Angela (sister of Steve Booth); Wes Auret (godson of Elaine Potter); Lara Brongel and family (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); Dan Ferree (son of Gary Coffey’s friend); Woody Geizentanner (friend of Pat & George Davis)Jackie Haines (sister of Carol Booth); Angela High (friend of Vicki Vest); Cherry Howe (friend of Rusty Herman & Janice Orson); Ruth Kasza (niece of Sydnor and Kelly Thompson); Candy Kelly ( friend of Dodie King); Molly B (friend of Gary Coffey and family); Bob Noble (brother of Walt Noble); Pam (neighbor of Mike Reardon); Sarah and Bo (friends of Amy & Philip Trees); Wilma Wilson (mother of Debbie Jones); Patricia Grace (friend of Gael Paschall).            

We Grieve and Pray with the families of: Lydia Lenore Lewallen (daughter of Debbie Lewallen); Glenn Thomas (brother-in-law of Ron Sims); Ron Vince (brother-in law of Anne & Cliff).         

 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).

We celebrate with those having birthdays this week:  Eunice Ferguson; Pat Stafford; Hannah Pennell; Cheri Potter; Andrew Beasley; and Margaret Crum.… and those who have anniversaries:  Rebecca and Don Alford; Cliff Albertson and Anne Jarema; Brenda and Glenn Haller.

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. 



Check out the December 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
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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