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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 29th, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  

No Breakfast or 5th Sunday Brunch this Sunday, September 29th! Since we’ll be unloading pumpkins for "Consider Haiti," we encourage you to come and enjoy lunch on Sunday and help to unload a truck full of pumpkins.

No Rummage Sale Drop-Off Day tomorrow! This originally scheduled date was cancelled since our storage places are full. Please save your items and bring them to the parish hall the last week of October.  

The Pumpkins Are Coming This Sunday!
 Food, fun, work, and fellowship will begin about 12:00 Noon. We will especially need strong adults and youth to unload!  The more folks we have, the faster and more fun it will be! Remember that this is Consider Haiti’s largest fund-raiser!  A free lunch will be provided after the 10:30 service.  Throughout the month of October, we need people to work the patch. There is a sign-up calendar in the foyer, or CLICK HERE to sign-up online. Please consider coming, bringing friends and family and giving us just a few hours to unload.

SERVICE TIMES & SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY: September 29
8:00 a.m.    Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m.   Child and Adult Formation    
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (in the downstairs Atria) 
- The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life (in the Conference Room)
- Adult Formation discussions with Fr. Gary (in the Parish Hall) 
10:30 a.m.   Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
12:00 p.m.   Lunch followed by Pumpkin Unloading

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

UPCOMING MEETINGS or GATHERINGS:

  • Tonight! Friday Night Lights on the Lawn... at dusk
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Outreach Meeting: Tuesday, Oct 1, 5:30 p.m., LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. CH
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Bells Rehearsal, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., Choir Room
  • Choir Rehearsal, Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m., PH
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room. 

Blessing of the Animals:  Next Sunday, October 6, in honor of St. Francis of Assis, the Patron Saint of Animals, we invite you to bring your pets to our 10:30 a.m. Service. We will welcome and bless all pets, large and small. Large animals must be lead, not ridden, and we request that you keep your pets secured. Clean-up aids and water will be available. Let’s join in with people all over the world as we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis.

 This Sunday, See the Colorful Shawls on the Altar!  Grace Church's prayer shawl ministry, Purls of Grace, is starting back up soon.  We make simple shawls and lap robes for people in various situations who need to know someone is thinking about them.  It's like giving them a big hug that they can keep. We welcome all ages and skill levels, even newbies.  If you want to learn how to knit or crochet we can help you get started.  If you used to knit or crochet and are a little rusty we can help you get back into it.  
We will meet Saturday morning October 5th at 10am in the Library.  Bring any ideas or patterns you have.  Bring that project you worked on during your summer road trip or any project you'd like to show off even if it's not quite complete, even if it's not a shawl. For more information please call Beth Woodson at 828-645-4293.    
Service Times Experiment Feedback Window is Closing: On or before this Sunday is the last day to give your feedback on our new service schedule. Please CLICK HERE to  answer a few quick questions.  On Monday, the leadership of the parish will take this feedback and plan for the future, so your feedback is needed. Service times will stay the same for the near future as leadership reviews the feedback. We need your participation.

 Produce Truck at Grace Starts This Wednesday, October 2: Grace is teaming up with the "Y" to have a Produce Truck, distributing free fresh produce on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in our parking lot.  If the weather is bad, we will use the foyer of the church.  The Produce Truck begins service at Grace on Wednesday, October 2.

The "Y" provides the produce, tables to put it on, and "know how".  Grace provides a few friendly faces to help set up and greet people.  We need four to five volunteers for each time for less than one and half hours.  Larry and Lucy Bowen are coordinating with Grace and the "Y", and will be there monthly.  If you would like to volunteer, or for more information, please email, call, or text them at lucyabowen@yahoo.com or 229-224-5891 or 229-224-5899.
 
 Education for Ministry (EfM) Starts This Thurday! On October 3rd, we’ll be getting started with an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Come if you’ve registered, or if you’re just curious to learn more! While this is a four-year program, you can start with the first year, and then decide if you want to continue. There is no commitment necessary to come to this meeting so it would be great to see you there! 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. 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, 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.

Grace Feeds Lazarus Twice This Past Week:  True to Sunday’s Gospel, Grace has fed Lazarus twice this past week, first with the Pig Pickin’ where four families of the Grace Community redeemed discounted tickets offered to them, and then with the 40 bags of food collected and delivered to ABBCM where one volunteer said: "Your food came in the nick of time...our shelves were almost bare."

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (in downstairs Atria). Children ages 3-12 are invited downstairs for Montessori-based curricula that lead students into discovery of a deeper understanding of God, our church and our beliefs. Classrooms are facilitated by Shannon Townsend, Mark Silvers and Matt Englebrecht. 
  • The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: (in the downstairs conference room). Andrew Beasley will be offering an adult Sunday School option. It will be aimed primarily at parents of children preK-18 but will be open to anyone. Here is a quote from The Way of Love materials: "As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we follow the Way of Jesus. His way is the Way of Love, and that love has the power to change lives and change the world”
  • Adult Formation Informal Discussions: Fr. Gary will guide informal discussions on current events and the Church’s part in that, The Episcopal Church, answer theological and liturgical questions or anything else that just pops up. So come have some breakfast and bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at one of the tables in the parish hall.

  Youth Group Event: This Sunday, September 29th, High School students only will gather at Ultimate Ice Cream (1070 Tunnel Road) from 3:30-5:00 p..m.

 
Habitat for Humanity "Episcopal House" Building Continues: We still need workers pledged by Grace to work on Saturday, October 5th. If there is another day you would like to work on the house between now and the end of October, please contact John Woodson at jlwoodson@aol.com.

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; Lori Tola: 404-312-9345).

Serving as Lay Ministers This Sunday, September 29:

8:00 Service:
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  James Cannon; Usher:  Ed Duncan

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon; Acolytes:  Zoe Davis, Patrick Young, Daphne Urquhart; Readers:  1) Kristen Dusenbery; 2) Greg Townsend; Intercessor:  Barbara Wilcox;  Presenters: Greg Townsend and Barbara Wilcox;  Chalicists: 1) Don Lewis;  2) Sally Withers;  Ushers: Paul and Vicki Vest; Healing Team: Ann Robinson and Brenda Haller.
 
Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Andrew Beasley

Serving as Lay Ministers On Sunday, October 6:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Maya Bell, Daphne Urquhart, Aleena Bennett;  Readers: 1) John Woodson, 2) Beth Woodson;  Intercessor: Larry Bowen;  Presenters: Woodson Family; Chalicists:  1) Charles Carter, 2) Kimberly Kneier;  Ushers: Paul and Vicki Vest;  Healing Team: Louise Wernicke and Tricia Hargrove.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Neil Bowen.

    

Spring Parish Retreat – March 20 – 22, 2020!  We have reserved spaces at the Valle Crucis Conference Center in Valle Crucis, NC for a Spring getaway. Come enjoy the rustic setting and get to know your Parish family a little better. The cost is $158 per person and includes all meals (of which they are famous for). To reserve your spot a 50% deposit is due by Friday, November 15th. For more information, contact Elaine Potter at elaine@graylineasheville.comThe Valle Crucis Conference Center overlooks a peaceful, rural valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where groups easily build community. See vcconferences.org.

 Friday Night Lights Tonight! Bring a candle, bring a lawn chair, and let your light shine! On Friday evenings about 30-45 minutes before sunset, you are invited to join the gathering on the front lawn of Grace Church. They aren't protesting or carrying signs. They are the sign - a small, visible sign of Christ in a troubled world. And Friday nights, you can join them in taking a couple of hours to, as Jesus taught, let your light shine. Please join in.

 There will be no breakfast this coming Sunday, but breakfasts on Sundays continue on October 6th 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

 There will be No Coffee in the Courtyard This Sunday, but coffee time continues on Sunday, October 6th 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 sign up in the foyer to "host" the coffee each Sunday. Let's turn our coffee hour into a real chance 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, please check out our September Grace TEAM, on page 5, to find out who to contact. All of Ministry Leaders are listed there. Enjoy your week!


Many Blessings,
~Valerie

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church
828-254-1086


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