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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 28, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  


8:00 a.m.                  Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:45-10:00 a.m.        Breakfast
9:25 a.m.                   Adult Formation with Fr. Gary during breakfast
10:30-11:40 a.m.       Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40 a.m.                 Coffee in the Courtyard

8:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m. The Nursery will be open


  • Monday Morning Bible Study, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
  • Holy Eucharist w/ Prayers for Healing, July 31, 12:15 p.m.


  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Vestry & Discernment Committee Meeting, Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.,Claxton School
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., CR
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room.

Understanding, Grace & Patience Requested: Now through August 7th there will be a few days when Fr. Gary, Fr. Bob, Dn. Jeanette and Valerie will all be out of the office at the same time. We appreciate that our own Kim Hayes will be in the office taking care of the normal duties and responsibilities of Grace. During this time the staff asks for your understanding, grace and patience as we do our best to serve you and our Lord. For pastoral emergencies occurring July 29-Jul 31, please contact The Rev. Jane Smith at 828-768-5817.

Education for Ministry (EfM) Is Here: Education for Ministry is a four-year course in Christianity. It is based on an adult learning model and is student driven. The four years are 1) Old Testament, 2) New Testament, 3) Church History and 4) Theology, liturgics, etc. The core of the program is the small group and the relationships you build with one another while learning 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 or 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.

Back-to-School Supplies Needed by August 11:  This summer, Grace Church will continue the annual drive to collect back-to-school supplies for local foster children and youth.  Our supplies are distributed to local foster parents and to parents who have recently adopted children in the foster system.  We will be collecting school related items from July 28 until August 11, 2019. You may contribute individual items, a backpack with supplies, or any thing that works for you.  Check the display in the foyer for details or refer to the list on page 6 in the July Grace TEAM. As always, thank you for your kindness and generosity! 

Prayer Requests: There is a new prayer request form on the table as you enter the church. If there is a person who is not on the regular prayer list that you would like to be included in the intercessory prayers for this Sunday, please enter the pertinent information on the form. If you would like that person to be added to the regular list, please note that on the form or call the office.

Have You Bought Your Goat Yet? There’s Still Time! Let’s help Consider Haiti by buying some pregnant goats!  We partner every October with Consider Haiti to do the Pumpkin Patch and the proceeds are significant. But this year, the needs in Haiti are greater, while the gifts are less. We can help. The Grace Outreach Committee will match every donation to Consider Haiti up to $500 between now and the end of July. The money we raise will be used to purchase PREGNANT GOATS! A single pregnant goat costs $75 and can provide NUTRITION, ECONOMIC STABILITY, and funds for children’s EDUCATION.

Bell Ringers Needed: With the advent of a new music director at the end of August, it would be wonderful if we were able to locate four new bell ringers for the 2019-2020 season.  Please let Valerie know if you are willing and able to participate in the bell choir at Grace.  Also, let her know if you know of anyone who is not a member at Grace who might be interested in playing handbells.  Two of the retirees were not members of Grace but had no handbell choirs at their church.

Update from Your Discernment Committee: 
Dear Grace Family,

Thank you to all who participated in the Church Assessment Tool (CAT).  We closed the assessment with a 55% response rate.  The discernment committee and the vestry will review the compiled data at a combined meeting on July 30th along with interpretation from Holy Cow Consulting. That information will then be used by the discernment committee to continue building our parish profile, while the vestry may choose to use it as part of a strategic planning process.

In August we will host “holy conversations” with all parishioners to put the final touches on our parish profile. That profile will then be used to present Grace Church to potential candidates for our next rector. The search process will likely reach the point of posting the job opening by November 1st.
We appreciate all the support, feedback, and prayers that all of you have shared during this first phase of our important work. We look forward to seeing you and hearing more from you during holy conversations in late August. Those dates will be announced in early August.

In Christ,
Paul Vest,
Discernment Committee Chair

Adult Formation This Sunday: On Sunday, (around 9:20-25 AM) Fr. Gary will lead and guide informal discussions on current events in the world and the Church’s part in that, The Episcopal Church, answer theological and liturgical questions or anything else that just pops up. This time together is sometimes referred to as “Stump the Rector." So come have some breakfast and then join in the conversation. Bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at one of the tables in the parish hall. Come gather together as Sisters and Brothers in Christ and have a conversation.

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 and at the door.

Recycle Your Prescription Bottles: Many times, the pills people receive in developing countries are wrapped in paper scraps. They have no protection from moisture or the elements. And they certainly are not safely out of the reach of small children. We can help by donating our used prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles (with or without childproof caps). Just remove the labels; wash, rinse and dry; replace caps; and place the bottles in a zip lock bag. A box has been put in the foyer for your donations.

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

Coffee in the Courtyard: Sunday, at 11:40 a.m. come for coffee and conversation in the courtyard following the 10:30 service. In order to make this as welcoming as possible, we would  love to have different families "host" the coffee each Sunday. If this is a ministry you would be interested in, please sign up on the kiosk in the foyer.  Let's turn our coffee hour into a real chance to socialize and connect with one another following our shared worship. Please see Sally Withers for details.

The Asheville Episcopal Youth Ministry first gathering this summer will be August 18th with the Diocesan Splash! After our first year of joint youth ministry of St. James Black Mountain, Grace, St. Mary’s, St. John’s and Holy Spirit Mars Hill, we are continuing to learn and grow! I, Jenna Sharrits, am looking forward to another school year with this youth ministry! In August, I will be sending out more information but for now, mark your calendars: August 18th from 2:00-5:00 in Black Mountain, we will be going to the Diocesan youth event to kick off back to school; and August 25th will be our first Asheville Youth Ministry gathering from 1:00-3:00. Hope to see all our youth! Looking forward to again great school year!
For more up to date information sign up for the Asheville Episcopal Youth Ministry Newsletter which is every two week!  
Click here to sign up

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.

Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, July 28:

8:00 Service:   
Verger:  Lorie Tola;  Reader/Chalicist:  Jack Frue;  Usher:  Ed Duncan.

10:30 Service:
  Daphne Urquhart;  Acolytes:  Laura Ellington, Nola Ellington and Liesl Ellington;  Reader: Jenny Knapp;  Intercessor: Nancy Walters;  Presenters: Jenny Knapp and Vicki Vest;  Chalicists: 1) Nancy Walters, 2) Ann Robinson;  Ushers: Elaine and William Potter;  Healing Team: Sonny Rawls and Karen Compton.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Cheryl Deyton

Note: Only one reader is needed during July and August. The bulletin will indicate the lesson to be read.

Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, August 4:

8:00 Service:   
Verger:  Daphne Urquhart;  Reader/Chalicist:  James Cannon;  Usher:  Tom Barr.

10:30 Service:
  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Maya Bell, Daphne Urquhart and Aleena Bennett;  Reader: Hugh Vaughn;  Intercessor: Larry Bowen;  Presenters: Hugh Vaughn and Louise Wernicke;  Chalicists: 1) Sally Withers, 2) Sally Coburn;  Ushers: Will Israel and George Davis;  Healing Team: Pat Davis and Jane Whitman.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Anne Jerema

We appreciate all who serve in our ministries, and all who participate and attend Grace. If there is a ministry you would like to join or explore further, be sure to contact the Ministry Leader. They would love to hear from you. Their name and contact information can be found on page 5 of July's Grace TEAM. Enjoy your week! 

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church


Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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