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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 18, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  

 
Acolyte Appreciation This Sunday! We will recognize, honor and commission all acolytes who have served, are continuing to serve, and who desire to and will be serving this year. If you are an acolyte, please come and let Grace Church show our appreciation for you and your ministry.

SERVICE TIMES & SCHEDULE THIS SUNDAY: August 25

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
9:30 a.m.                   Introduction to Children's Sunday School in downstairs Atria
10:30-11:40 a.m.       Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40 a.m.                 Holy Conversations Luncheon in the parish hall.

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.
  • Holy Conversations Breakfast, Saturday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m., PH
  • Holy Conversations Lunch, Sunday, Aug. 25, after 10:30 service, PH
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Monday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wed, Aug 28, 12:15 p.m., LI
  • Healing Prayer Meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 1:15 p.m., LI
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Holy Conversations Dinner, Wednesday, Aug 28, 6 p.m., PH
  • Choir Rehearsal, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 7:15 p.m., CH
  • Discernment Committee Meeting, Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. LI
  • Rummage Sale Drop-Off Day, Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 – 12 Noon, Store House
  • Wedding Rehearsal, Saturday, Aug 31, 5:00 p.m., CH
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room.

Fr. Gary and Chris Will Be Traveling to The Holy Land for an 11-day pilgrimage beginning this Thursday August 29th. Fr. Gary will return on Thursday, September 11th. During Fr. Gary’s absence Fr. Bob will lead worship and provide pastoral care services. Please keep Fr. Gary and Chris in your prayers for safety and enlightenment.

 Holy Conversations:  This coming week starting tomorrow, we will be having three very important "Holy Conversations" - Breakfast this Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m.; lunch this Sunday August 25 after the 10:30 service.; and Dinner this Wednesday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy some "love, peace, and far-out fellowship as we envision God's Dream for Grace!". The Discernment Committee wanted to choose a fun theme, so whether you love it or have some other response, every voice is needed, every opinion is worthy, and every member and friend of Grace Church is a holy, beloved and vital part of this journey to find a new rector. If you haven't signed up and you're available to come, please make a special effort to join us. The meals have been catered and there will be plenty of food. And to get into the fun spirit of it all, it's optional to come wearing love beads, tie-dye t-shirts, bell-bottoms, anything 60's, as we have fun discussing how we'll be transitioning into 2020! 

  Friday Night Lights: 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.

 Ministry Fair and Brunch.  Make plans now for another delightful potluck brunch Sunday, September 1 at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall. Share your favorite brunch treats, enjoy the fellowship and learn more about the many ministries available to us at Grace. We’ll also be welcoming Jim Cassarino, our new music director, and saying thank you to Mary Ann Warren. Read more below.
 

 Welcome, Jim! Thank you, Mary Ann!  During the Brunch and Ministry Fair on Sunday, September 1, 9:15 a.m., we will have a very special opportunity to welcome our new music director, Jim Cassarino, and say a grateful farewell to Mary Ann Warren, who has done such a wonderful job as our interim director of music. Please join us in letting both these talented people know how much they are appreciated.

 Youth Group on Sunday, August 25th 1:00-3:00: Location: St. John's. Join the fun as we start the new school year/ youth ministry year! We will be doing games and activities that will help build our community and create friendships focused together on Christ! 

 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.

Sunday School Blast Off Continues! This Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Grace families! Bring your children for an “Introduction to the Atria,” which is especially useful for children new to our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, which is our Montessori based Christian education program here at Grace. Sunday school starts September 8th at 9:30 a.m. We’re looking forward to seeing you all!
 
 Rummage Sale Drop-Off Day!  This Saturday, August 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon, the ECW will gratefully accept donations of clean, gently used clothes, books (no text books), sports equipment and household items for their annual rummage sale which will be held on Saturday, November 2nd. In preparation for the sale, members of the ECW will receive your donations at the “Storage House” to the left of the upper parking lot. In addition to this Saturday’s drop-off day, donations will also be accepted on September 28th. These are great target dates for getting all those closets and storage sheds cleaned out.
 
 
The Way of Love! Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life: Starting Sunday, September 8th at 9:25 a.m., 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. The offering will be based on the The Way of Love. 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." Click here to see Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry's invitation to practice The Way of Love. 
Habitat for Humanity "Episcopal House" Volunteers Needed! We have blocked out volunteer slots as a pledge to construction of the thirteenth Episcopal House: Saturday, September 14; Thursday, September 19; Monday, September 30; Saturday, October 5; and Friday, October 18. For details, check the display on the bulletin board in the foyer and "nail down your work day!"
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, August 25:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Laura Ellington, Nola Ellington, Liesl Ellington;  Reader: Bill Smith;  Intercessor: John Woodson; Presenters: Beth and John Woodson; Chalicists:  1) Greg Townsend, 2) Ann Robinson;  Ushers: Paul and Vicki Vest;  Healing Team: Karen Compton and Sonny Rawls.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Ben Scales
 

Serving as Lay Ministers Next Sunday, September 1:

8:00 Service:   
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  James Cannon;  Usher:  Steve Jones.

 10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Cheryl Aull, Daphne Urquhart, Aleena Bennett;  Readers: 1) Cliff Albertson, 2) Carol Booth;  Intercessor: Vicki Vest; Presenters: Carol Booth and Vicki Vest; Chalicists: 1) Greg Townsend, 2) Cliff Albertson; Ushers: Elaine and William Potter;  Healing Team: Louise Wernicke and Tricia Hargrove.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Jackie Schauer

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 at the door.

 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. So come have some breakfast and then join in the conversation. Bring anything you want to discuss. Fr. Gary will be at a table in the parish hall.

 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

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.

Prayer RequestsThere is a 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 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.

Thank you! 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, come to the Ministry Fair on September 1st, and 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 the August Grace TEAM. Enjoy your week!
 

Many Blessings,
~Valerie

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


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