Dear People of Grace,
We will have two Holy Eucharist services on Christ the King Sunday, November 24, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.
SERVICE TIMES & SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY: November 24
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 – 10:30 Potluck Brunch in Parish Hall
9:30 a.m. Child and Adult Formation
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (in the downstairs Atria)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40 a.m. Coffee in the Courtyard or Parish Hall
8:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. The Nursery will be open.
UPCOMING MEETINGS or GATHERINGS:
- Potluck Brunch to Celebrate Our "Treasured Tree," Sunday, 9:30 a.m., PH
- Youth Group Taizé style worship, Sunday, 1-3:00 p.m., PH
- Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
- Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m., LI
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room, SH=storage house, OF=Office
Advent Journey: Tuesdays, December 3rd, 10th & 17th from 6-8 p.m. in the parish hall. Join us in exploring our Advent readings as we creatively engage the Scriptures. In response to Lectio Divina, we will choose images from magazines to create a prayer card using collage that expresses our longing for encountering the Holy One. The making of the art is intuitive--when we begin, we do not know where we will go. If you want an adventure with God during Advent and can tear, cut, and paste, this is for you. Join Fr. Gary Butterworth and Katie Warren who will be co-leading the program. Space is limited to 20. Register in the parish office or on the bulletin board in the foyer. If you have questions, contact Katie Warren at 828-275-3971. Plan to have dinner prior to class.
“Listening for the Heartbeat of God” Book Study Group continues meeting Thursdays Dec. 5, 12 & 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 in the parish hall. Where do you hear the heartbeat of God today? Is it in scripture? Is it in the people and nature around you? Can you still find it in today’s challenged environment? Come, listen and explore a Celtic spirituality that emphasizes the goodness of creation and humanity made in the image of God in the upcoming Advent Book Study Group. Led by Fr. Bob, the group be using the book, “Listening for the Heartbeat of God” by Philip Newell. You can order the book from Amazon. Or if you would like help ordering the book, please contact either Fr. Bob or Doug McClellan.
Our Bishop’s Visit is Scheduled: Our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Jose’ McLoughlin, will make his bi-annual visitation to Grace on Sunday March 22nd. During Bishop Jose’ visitation he will preach, celebrate, baptize, confirm, receive and reaffirm new people into the Episcopal Branch of The Jesus Movement. We will offer confirmation classes in January and February. If you or your children are interested in being confirmed please let Fr. Gary or Fr. Bob know so we can coordinate days and times for the classes. More details will follow.
A Treasured Tree Potluck Brunch will celebrate our award-winning oak tree this Sunday, 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Please bring a brunch item to share as you learn more about the beautiful grounds that surround Grace Church. For more information, contact Sally Withers.
Youth Group this Sunday: November 24th: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. here at Grace, parish hall. Since it is the week leading up to Thanksgiving, with some help from volunteers, Jenna has created a Taizé style worship service. This is a great time for the youth to share together in worship with grateful hearts! A Taizé worship service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, liturgical readings, and icons.
Ushers are needed for the 10:30 service. During this busy time of the year, we are in need of more ushers for the 10:30 a.m. worship service. This is a great ministry project for couples, parents and their children, and teenagers. Interested? Contact Elaine Potter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altar Guild Meeting. Next Sunday, Dec. 1, 11:45 a.m. in the library, the Grace Altar Guild will meet to start planning for the holidays. For details or if you would like to get involved in this ministry, please contact Jackie Schauer, email@example.com.
The Annual Angel Tree will be up in our foyer next Sunday, Dec. 1, decorated with Christmas gift lists for area foster children. Details coming. Please plan to pick up a tag.
Help Turn Up the Heat on Hunger with your donation of canned foods to ABCCM. A food drive December 1-15 is looking for canned meats, fruits and vegetables, and hearty soups. Bags and shopping lists will be available in the pews Dec. 1.
Newcomers Meeting. How we welcome our visitors is so important! You can find out more about the Newcomers Ministry at Grace at a meeting Sunday, December 8, 9:15 a.m. in the library. For more information, contact Pat Walters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Cookie Bash. Start making plans now! Tuesday, Dec. 10, 10:00 a.m. in the parish hall, you're invited to bring enough holiday cookies to fill boxes for our homebound parishioners and for a fun cookie exchange. Soup will be served. And remember, volunteers are also needed to help deliver. Please call Kathleen Griffin for details.
Check Out our PARISH PROFILE, and a Special Letter from Paul Vest and the Discernment Committee! In preparation for our upcoming Rector Search, our Discernment Committee has been hard at work, surveying and speaking with the parish members, creating our new website, and putting together a Rector Search page including our Parish Profile, to which all of you contributed input! Paul Vest, the chairman of the Discernment Committee, has a special message to you on page 7 of the November TEAM. Our new website is www.graceavl.com and is available to take you to all things GRACE. You will find the Drone video and the Parish Profile under the Rector Search link at the upper right corner of the home page.
At Grace, We Recycle! We now have a “Curbie” container by our dumpster, and we have “Recycling” bins and containers throughout the church. With this program, there is no need to separate items (although you must keep oil and grease out of paper or the paper can’t be recycled). Here’s a list of what we can recycle: Metal cans (aluminum, steel, tin), food, beverage, personal care or household plastic containers with a recycle number on them (jugs, tubs, bottles and jars), glass bottles and jars, milk and juice cartons and juice boxes, mixed paper (newspapers, inserts, catalogs, junk mail, magazines, cereal boxes, paper egg cartons, envelops, office paper, phone books, glossy paper, sticky notes, brown paper bags, paper towel rolls) and we can lay corrugated cardboard under the bins.
Here's what we can’t recycle: plastic bags (shopping bags, garbage bags, plastic film, cereal liner bags, zip-lock or sandwich bags, dry cleaning bags, shrink wrap, chip bags, plastic six-pack beverage rings), paper towels, aluminum foil, black microwaveable trays, plastic film and bubble wrap, styrofoam items, dishes, mirror and window glass, motor oil cans, metal items and greasy/oily/food covered parts of pizza boxes. Items are best rinsed out from food items in glass and plastic containers, but don’t need to be clean. Let’s work together to keep more items out of our landfills!
Grace Has a New Website! We hope you’ll enjoy the new look and feel of our website while finding important information about our parish. The website is easy to navigate, maintain and change as needs arise. Go to http://graceavl.com/.
Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (in downstairs Atria).
- Adult Formation: Fr. Gary's discussion during breakfast in the parish hall is cancelled this Sunday due to the "Treasured Tree" brunch.
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; Lorie Tola: 404-312-9345).
Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, November 24:
Verger: James Cannon; Reader/Chalicist: Jack Frue; Usher: Alternate
Verger: Chip Coon; Acolytes: Carsten Path, Charlie Scales and Tessa Path; Readers: 1) Cliff Albertson 2) Bill Smith; Intercessor: Anne Simmons; Presenters: Anne Simmons and Moira Stewart; Chalicists: 1) Cliff Albertson; 2) Ann Robinson; Ushers: Larry and LuAnn Harris; Healing Team: Sonny Rawls and Karen Compton.
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Ben Scales
Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, December 1:
Verger: Lorie Tola; Reader/Chalicist: Susan Robinson; Usher: Johnny Robinson
Verger: Chip Coon; Acolytes: Maya Bell, Joe Wood, Aleena Bennett; Readers: 1) Robert Green; 2) Vicki Vest; Intercessor: Kristen Dusenbery; Presenters: Green Family; Chalicists: 1) Greg Townsend; 2) Daphne Urquhart; Ushers: Elaine and William Potter; Healing Team: Louise Wernicke and Tricia Hargrove.
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Jackie Schauer
Coffee on Sunday: This Sunday, come for coffee and conversation in the courtyard (or in the foyer or parish hall if it's cold out) 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 time 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 November Grace TEAM. All of our Ministry Leaders are listed on page 5, so feel free to contact them. Enjoy your week!
Grace Episcopal Church