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Dear People of Grace, 

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Twenty Third Sunday After Pentecost, November 17, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. 


8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:45 – 10:00  Breakfast in the parish hall
9:30 a.m.       Child and Adult Formation    

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (in the downstairs Atria)
  • Adult Formation discussions with Fr. Gary (in the Parish Hall) 

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.


  • PubSing, Sunday, Nov. 17th at 3 p.m., off-site
  • Taizé: Sunday, November 17, 8:00 p.m. CH
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Vestry Meeting, Monday, 5:30 p.m., LI
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesdays, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. LI
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Bells Rehearsal, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Choir Room
  • Choir Practice, Wednesday, 6 p.m. CH 
  •  Advent Book Study Class, Thursday, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • EfM Class, Thursdays, 6 p.m., LI
  • Treasured Tree Brunch Celebration: Next Sunday, Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m.

Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room, SH=storage house, OF=Office

Church of the Advocate Dinner: an invitation. Our Bishop is inviting us to support Church of the Advocate with our presence at their Fall Fundraising Dinner, Thursday, November 21st, at 6 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tuton Hall, 60 Church Street, Asheville. Tickets are $50 or $400 for a table sponsorship. Please make a reservation in advance by calling 828-253-9361. Ext. 227, or by emailing You can also purchase tickets online at “The Red Door” has helped thousands of people by providing daily necessities such as personal care items, shoes, clothing, mental health and substance abuse counseling, job training and medical attention. Clergy and volunteers work closely with social service agencies to help break the cycle of homelessness. “We pray every week for our brothers and sisters at Church of the Advocate. Now let’s do more by being an enthusiastic Grace presence at this gala dinner.”

 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 Begins This Thursday. Thursdays, Nov. 21 and on 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 today and get a head start on reading the Introduction and Chapter 1 by our first meeting. Or if you would like help ordering the book, please contact either Fr. Bob or Doug McClellan.

 Our “Treasured Oak Tree" Brunch CelebrationSunday, November 24th at 9:30 a.m. Join us for a pot-luck brunch to help us celebrate our "Treasured Oak Tree" designation by Asheville Greenworks. Our oaks have been lining Merrimon Avenue since horse and buggy days. Contact Sally Withers for more information. And please be sure to start planning to bring along one of your favorite brunch items to share! 

 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.
 PubSing: This Sunday, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Zillicoah Brewery. The forecast shows a prediction of mostly sunny and mid-50’s. We plan to gather around the firepit for our last outdoor singing of the year.
 Youth Group on 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.

 Check Out our PARISH PROFILEand 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 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!  For many years we’ve been recycling, but we recently had a lull in the program while we were finding a way to get our recycling picked up. 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). They separate items at the recycling station. Go to to learn about their process.
          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

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children (in downstairs Atria).
  • Adult Formation This Sunday: 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 then see if you can “stump the rector.” Bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at one of the tables in the parish hall.

 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 on Sunday, November 17:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Lorie Tola;  Acolytes:  Cheryl Aull, Daphne Urquhart, Zoe Davis; Readers: 1) Bonnie Kistler; 2) Jenny Thomas; Intercessor: Elaine Potter; Presenters: Bonnie Kistler and Jenny Thomas; Chalicists: 1) Don Lewis; 2) Don Wills; Ushers: Elaine and William Potter;  Healing Team: Marzy Israel and Corinne Spencer.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Susan Robinson

Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, November 24:

8:00 Service:
Verger: James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist: Jack Frue;  Usher: (alternate)

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon; Acolytes:  Carsten Path, Charlie Scales, 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

 Come for breakfast this 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 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!

Many Blessings,

Valerie Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church

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