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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. 

Hanging of the Greens,  Advent 4: Help wanted: ladder climbers, garland unfurlers, wreath hangers, ribbon straighteners, Christmas-tree and Creche installers,  light stringers,  Chrismon placers, and evergreen technicians of all kinds.  Come join us Sunday after the 10:30 to eat a bowl of chili and decorate the church for Christmas! 

8:00 a.m.         Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:45 - 10:00     Breakfast 
9:25 – 10:15    Adult and Children Formation
10:30 a.m.       Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40 a.m.       Hanging of the Greens ~ and Chili

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


Some of Our Regular Meetings Are Not Meeting for Christmas & New Year's Weeks
This is when they will resume:
  • EfM Class, Thursday, January 2, 6 p.m., LI
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Monday, January 6, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, January 7, 8:45 a.m. LI
  • Holy Eucharist with Prayers for Healing, Wednesday, January 8, 12:15 p.m. CH
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, January 8, 5:30 p.m., CR
  • Bells Rehearsal, Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m., Choir Room
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room, SH=storage house, OF=Office

Christmas Eve Paper Bag Pageant: Stars, shepherds, animals and angels! Come participate in the Grace Christmas Pageant on December 24 at 4 p.m. Bring your little ones to the parish hall at 3:15 and parishioners will help children pick out simple costumes in paper bags, and then help the children get dressed. Children sit with the family during service and go to the back of the church when instructed. At the end of the service, the costumes are returned to the paper bags in the parish hall. No rehearsal necessary. Create a lasting memory for your children and grandchildren. Anyone interested in helping with the Pageant, please call Shannon Townsend at 713-5081 or Mark Silvers at 424-9471.

Holiday Office Hours: The church office will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan 1.

 It's Vestry Nomination Time! Do you know a member who you would like to nominate to be on the Vestry? Here is a link to the Grace Episcopal Church Vestry Nomination Form. It will give you all the information you need to know, including requirements for eligibility and expectations for a vestry member. Nominations must be returned to the Church Office by December 29th, 2019. You may also pick up a form on the table in the hallway of the Church Office area, or call the office if you'd like us to mail one to you. Our Annual Parish Meeting and Lunch will be held on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 11:45 a.m. so be sure to mark your calendars.

 Confirmation, Reception, Reaffirmation: Our Bishop is coming and one of the things only bishops can do is confirm and receive. Confirmation is a sacrament and is an adult affirmation of our Baptism. Reception is when someone from another faith tradition wants to join our Episcopal community here at Grace. We prepare for both of these by attending Confirmation Classes, Inquirer’s Class or as I like to refer to: Episcopal 101. If you are interested in being confirmed, received or reaffirming your Confirmation to our Lord we will have Episcopal 101 classes beginning Tuesday, January 21st continuing through February 25th from 6-7:30 pm. The classes are also open to any and all parishioners who want to re-engage our tradition as well as support our new members. Please join us.

 A Special Request: It is so exciting that more and more people are joining us for our 10:30 service. With this, lower level parking is at a premium. For those of us who do not have mobility issues, please consider parking in the Upper Parking Lot so those who have difficulty going up and down the hill can park near the church. Thank You!

Tuesday, December 24: Two Christmas Eve Services:
4:00pm       Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist with Paper Bag Pageant *** (see below)
9:30pm       Choral Prelude
10:00pm     The Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, December 25: Christmas Day
10:00am      The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Holy Eucharist
Sunday, December 29: The First Sunday after Christmas
10:30am      Service of Lessons and Carols

Grace Turns Up the Heat on Hunger: Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our December food drive. Together, we donated 382 food items, including much-needed canned goods, which will help ABCCM’s Crisis Ministry feed the homeless and hungry this winter.

Christmas Greenery and Flower Donations for memorials and thanksgivings are being accepted by the Flower/Altar Guild.  Envelopes are in the pews.  Memorials and Thanksgivings will be published in the TEAM after Christmas.  Thank you for your generous contributions which pay for the Hanging of the Greens and all the beautiful décor which makes our church even more beautiful at Christmas.

Hey, High School Youth—Interested in Dismantling Racism?
If so, check out the Dismantling Racism Retreat being held January 10-12 at Lake Logan/Camp Henry. It’s a time when you can learn and reflect as you write a Covenant, learn how God is an Artist, understand the History of Racism in America, and explore the topics of Privilege, Internalized Oppression and Racial Healing, Repentance and Reconciliation. The cost is $75 and includes meals, lodging and programming. Get the details from Jenna Sharrits ( or register through CampDoc. by January 5, 2020.
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; Lorie Tola: 404-312-9345).

Serving as Lay Ministers on Sunday, December 22:

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

10:30 Service:
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Liesl Ellington, Nola Ellington, Laura Ellington; Readers: 1) Carol Booth 2) Anne Simmons; Intercessor: Rusty McCredie; Presenters: Carol Booth and Anne Simmons; Chalicists: 1) Cliff Albertson; 2) Ann Robinson; Ushers: Ed Woeckener and (alternate);  Healing Team: Jeanne Robertson and Shari Lane.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD): Lorie Tola

Serving as Lay Ministers on Tuesday, December 24:

Christmas Eve at 4 p.m.
Verger:  Lorie Tola;  Acolytes:  Maya Bell, Aleena Bennett, Daphne Urquhart; Lector: Gael Paschall; Intercessor: Robert Green; Presenters: Jeanne and Ray Robertson; Chalicists:  1) John Woodson 2) Daphne Urquhart;  Ushers:  Ben and  Aeron Scales.  
Christmas Eve at 10 p.m.
Verger:  Chip Coon;  Acolytes:  Eric Howell, Ellie Silvers, Jonah Silvers;  Lectors: 1) Vicki Vest 2) Nancy Walters; Intercessor: Nancy Walters; Presenters: Vicki Vest and Nancy Walters; Chalicists:  1) Mark Silvers  2) Lorie Tola;  Ushers:  (alternates).
Serving as Lay Ministers on Wednesday, December 25:

Christmas Day at 10 a.m.
James Cannon, Elly Withers and Sally Withers

 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

Go to our website and click on THE GRACE NEWSLETTERS in the upper right corner, anytime, to get these newsletters and more information and articles in our monthly newsletter, the December Grace TEAM.  The archives of these newsletters are also available there. All of our Ministry Leaders are listed on page 5, so feel free to contact them if you'd  like to get more involved. 

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in the coming New Year!

Many Blessings,

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

Office Hours:  
Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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