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Greetings Good People of Grace,
All are invited to come to our Sanctuary to worship on January 22, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. 

To access the Sunday Service by Live Stream on our YouTube Channel, links are found at the top of our website at Click on "YouTube Services" for the service, on "Sunday Service Bulletin" for the bulletin, and on "Sunday Hymns" to sing along during the service. You will also find a link to The Book of Common Prayer under Resources. 

Lay Ministers Serving this Sunday
Acolyte: Cheryl Deyton Chalicist: Nancy Walters
Lectors: OT John Woodson, NT Elaine Potter; Intercessor: Vicki Vest
Ushers: William and Nate Potter; Greeters: Nancy Lewis & Kim Hayes
Vestry Member of the Day: Steve Birkhofer

What's Happening After Worship?
In the coming weeks there will be a variety of opportunities to gather after worship.
We hope you will join us!

Adult Forum will resume with Lent. However, Children's Formation continues to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15.

Annual Meeting Minutes 

Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting. Below are the minutes from the meeting. Please email Jill if you need further information about a topic. All of the reports are available in the hand out from Sunday and have also been emailed to the congregation.

Reverend Milly welcomed all to the annal meeting, acknoledging the hard work of Elaine Potter and Scott McKenzie as the retiring Senior and Junior wardens.

Elaine Potter gave remarks as the outgoing Senior Warden.  She announced that Andrew Beasley is the new Senior Warden. She lso recognized outgoing Vestry members Joe Aull, Ron Sims and Jim Compton.

New Vestry members were introduced: Kokayi Cobb, Don Alford, Kim Hayes and Tahani Sticpewich.

A motion was made by Don Lewis to accept the vestry slate with a second by Greg Townsend. Motion carried.

Milly introduced new staff members.

Stewardship recap - Lousie Wernicke

Outreach recap - Milly and Mike

Financial - Steve Birkhofer - Summary below
The FY 23 Grace budget prepared by the budget committee for acceptance by the Vestry included the following summary particulars:
1.  $470K projected 'all in' revenues (includes a blend of operating related pledges and other dollars (e.g. $30K endowment contribution).
2.  $482K  projected spending and anticipates most 'flat' year to year spending with the exception of a 7% approved compensation allowance
for the Rector and Associate Rector. Anticipated utility (electricity) savings will largely be absorbed in general operations as a consequence of inflation.

All reports are in the Annual Report which was emailed to all parish members.

Motion to approve Financial Report - Don Lewis, second Greg Townsend. Motion carried.

Milly recognized the continued hard work and gifts of Jim Cassarino and of choir members.

Motion to adjourn - Don Lewis, second Greg Townsend

The vestry orientation/February meeting is scheduled for February 25 from 9-4 in the Parish Hall.

Respectfully submitted by Jill Stevenson

Looking Ahead to Lent

Episcopal Relief and Development to offer Lenten Meditations.

"This Lent, we are reflecting on the call to all Christians to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Throughout the season, we will focus on the question, “Who Is My Neighbor?” with themes inspired by the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the Sundays in Lent. We are grateful for its author, the Rev. Robin Denney, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Napa, California, and for her careful and insightful work. 

This year's Lenten Meditations can be received as daily emails, downloaded in a PDF booklet or read on our website. We will also invite readers to share their own responses to weekly reflection questions related to each theme. "

Visit to learn more and to participate



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The EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK (EPPN) is a grassroots effort of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations to educate, equip and engage individual Episcopalians in federal public policy advocacy, guided by the resolutions of the General Convention and the Executive Council. To sign up for EPPN Action alerts that come to your personal email AND to receive a unique code to listen in on the fast-paced, 30-minute Zoom call every Thursday at 1 pm (“Congress Weekly”), register here as an EPPN network member.   
Here is the latest resource prepared by EPPN for your information and use:
Urge Congress to Advance the Study of Reparations This legislation, known  as H.R. 40, was recently reintroduced - please urge your Representative to co-sponsor this legislation today!
Roe 50 Years Later: Faith Communities' Response to a Post-Roe America A Closer Look with OGR this Friday,

Diocesan News
PLAN AHEAD FOR PILGRIMAGE DAY In honor of Black History Month, historically black churches around Western North Carolina will open their doors 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 to tell their stories and welcome guests to listen. Organize a pilgrimage with your congregation by contacting parishes listed on the BARRIER BREAKERS WEBSITE. Bishop José will be visiting St. Matthias, Asheville; St. Gabriel, Rutherfordton; and Good Shepherd, Tryon; up to 30 people (first-come, first-served) may join the bishop by signing up HERE.

Men of the Church” Wants You!
The group meets every second Tuesday eve, 6:00pm-8:00pm  Who are we? We are contributing members of the church whose meetings typically include fellowship, a nice meal, an assortment of beverages, and an opportunity to grow in both the Church and broader community. A small collection is taken at the meeting to cover costs, typically $15. Meeting locations are sometimes hosted at respective member’s homes or the Church Parish Hall. Beyond monthly meetings, the group is noted for staging an annual fundraising initiative for outreach (the Pig Pickin’!). Contact Jack Frue for further information.


Join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and song! Our next PubSing is Sunday, February 12, 2023 at the Cork & Keg. For further information, contact Monty Wooten at
Praying Together
Rev. Milly holds open spiritual direction sessions for individuals or couples weekly by appointment Wednesdays 1-3 pm in the sanctuary. Please email Rev. Milly to schedule your time with her:

Weekly Taizé Tuesday evenings at 6pm
Friends, the Holidays are past and it's now that you owe yourself, friends and family a pampering-moment of Peace.  Grace’s service of Taizé music and prayer is every Tuesday evening at 6pm providing a gratifying pause in anyone’s day before resuming the busy-ness of the world.

AND on Tuesday, January 31st, the offer is even sweetened.  You’re invited immediately following the service for the Winter Taizé Soup and Salad Social in the Parish Hall.

All are welcome so bring your friend(s) and family and enjoy an evening of lesser concerns and stress.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

For more information on Taizé at Grace visit:

Women Walking the Way
Thursday at 8:00 am meet at the Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Women of Grace, please consider joining Rev. Milly for a weekly walk at Beaver Lake. This time together is devoted to deep listening to how we as women walk the way of Jesus, in the world and in our community of Grace. No need to register or even email her, just show up! 

Monday Morning Bible Study
Bible Study will continue to meet via Zoom on Mondays until further notice, at 10:30 AM, as we study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service. Please join us virtually or by clicking on the button at

The Pastoral Care Team at Grace
Our pastoral care team invites you to reach out to us with any pastoral care needs you, or your family, may have, by emailing the team at can also email, text or call Fr. Mike at 860-771-1656 or Rev. Milly at 828.772.1429, Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless it’s a pastoral emergency.

Date and Time

Service or Meeting


Sunday Jan 22, 10:30a

Holy Eucharist/Annual Meeting to follow service


Mondays, 10:30a

Monday Morning Bible Study

Zoom ** 

Mondays, 3p

Pastoral Care Team Meeting 

Member Zoom

Tuesdays 6p

Taizé Service


Wednesdays, 1-3p

Praying Together with Rev. Milly - by appointment


Wednesdays, 5:30p

Centering Prayer


Wednesdays, 6:30p

Choir Rehearsal


Thursdays, 8a

Women Walking the Way 

Beaver Lake




Our Prayer List

For Parishioners: Don Hawkins; Daniel and Hannah Johnston; vicki Laura and Tsz-yan (GN) Snyder; Roger Snyder; Kelly and Sydnor Thompson; Barbara Wilcox.

 For Homebound Parishioners and Those in Healthcare Facilities: Bill Coward; Bobbie Eblen; Eunice Ferguson;  Dorothy Engel; Ed Denison, Marion Mayfield-Johnson; Deb Pegel; Rita Spragg; Cys (Sis) Hayes; Shirley Turner.         

 For Others: (Names will remain on the list for 6 weeks unless we hear otherwise.) Linda Adams;  Angela (sister of Steve Booth); Wes Auret (godson of Elaine Potter); Lara Brongel and family (daughter of Jackie Schauer);Cathy (friend of Elaine Potter);  Porter Claxton (friend of Ginny Moser); Jimmy Cole (lifelong friend of Sonny Rawls); Ann Derwort (sister of Jeanne Sims); Dan Ferree (son of Gary Coffey’s friend); Woody Geizentanner (friend of Pat & George Davis)Jackie Haines (sister of Carol Booth); Angela High (friend of Vicki Vest); Cherry Howe (friend of Rusty Herman & Janice Orson);Stephanie Julia (friend of Rusty and Janice); Ruth Kasza (niece of Sydnor and Kelly Thompson); Candy Kelly ( friend of Dodie King); Molly B (friend of Gary Coffey and family); Bob Noble (brother of Walt Noble); Pam (neighbor of Mike Reardon); Sharon (friend of Louise Wernicke); Glenn Thomas (brother in law of Ron Sims); Ron Vince (brother in law of Anne and Cliff); Wilma Wilson (mother of Debbie Jones). 

We grieve and pray with the families of Stephen Foster (brother in law of Carol Booth);  and, Joan Moser (sister of Artus Moser.                          

 For Those in Service to Our Country: Tommy & Danny Brown (grandsons of Ed & Marla Woeckener); Martha and Matt Cardenas (daughter & son-in-law of Hannah Pennell); Matthew George (son of Zoe Davis); Jason Marino (son of Lynda McCredie); Sarah Jane Wilkey (daughter of Diane & Tony Wilkey).

If you are not a member of Grace Church and are interested in joining, please reply with your interest, or let Rev. Milly know by calling or texting her at 828.772.1429. Once you're a member, you'll have access to our directory.

Information About Your SimpleChurch App!  Not only do you have access to the parish directory, but you can also easily change your profile picture, confidentially check the status of your pledge, and give to your favorite ministry through online giving. Sign on to find ways to reach out to and connect with other members of the church. And if you don’t know your log in information or need more instructions, contact Valerie at the office. A link will be sent to you that will make it easy for you to get into SimpleChurch.

Look for the green tree symbol to download the SimpleChurch app from your app store onto your computer or phone. The domain name when requested in the app is graceepiscopalasheville. For your computer you put in the domain name.

Electronic Giving Made Easy!

Look Grace Church receives electronic giving via our website at There is a "Give to Grace" button on the top blue banner of our home page, in the upper right-hand corner. Additional ways to give to our "virtual collection plate" and various fundraising efforts are through the Simple Church app. 



Check out the December Edition of the Grace Team by visiting
In this edition, you'll find:
Message from Rev. Milly and Rev. Mike
Message from our Wardens
Grace Dates 
Grace in Action
Budget Review

We are so glad you are with us in our Grace community!

Jill Stevenson | Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church | 871 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 | 828-254-1086 |
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