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Dear People of Grace,

We will have two Holy Eucharist services on The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, August 11, at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m.  


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
10:30-11:40 a.m.       Holy Eucharist Rite II Family and Choral Service
11:40 a.m.                 Coffee in the Courtyard

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


  • A Wedding at Grace, this Saturday, 5:00 p.m., CH, LI, PH, CR
  • PubSing, Sunday, Aug 11, 4-6:00 p.m., Off-Site
  • Monday Morning Bible Study, Monday, 10:30 a.m., PH
  • Worship Committee, Monday, Aug 12, 6-8:00 p.m., LI
  • Early Birds Men’s Group, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 8:45 a.m., LI
  • Men of the Church, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Off-Site
  • Discernment Committee, Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m., LI
  • TEAM Meeting, Wednesday, Aug 14, 10 a.m., OF
  • Transition Council, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m., LI
  • Centering Prayer, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m., CR
Note: CH=Church Sanctuary; LI=library; PH=parish hall; CR=lower level conference room; OF=Office.

  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.

Wedding Bells Will Ring This Saturday:  We are grateful to Cheri Potter and Mary Ann Warren who will assist with a wedding this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Grace.  We offer our prayers for Kathryn and Brian that their lives together may be blessed, and thanks that we were able to provide the sacred space for their union.

 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.

Holy Conversations: The dates are set! And the Discernment Committee is signing up participants for three very important "Holy Conversations" - Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 a.m.; Sunday August 25 at 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. In the days to come, you'll hear more, but for now, please know - every voice is needed, every opinion is worthy, and every member of Grace Church is a holy, beloved and vital part of this journey to find a new rector When asked to sign up for one of these dates, please say "Yes!"

Sunday School Blast Off! Sunday, August 18 at 9 a.m.: Greetings, Grace families! A new Sunday school year is coming soon and it all starts with a "Sunday School Blast Off" on August 18. Join the fun, beginning with breakfast at 9:00, followed by crafts in the atria, games on the lawn and a special "Introduction to the Atria," which is especially useful for children new to our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. Sunday school starts September 8, so don't miss this exciting kick-off!

Blessing of the Backpacks: On Sunday, August 18, we will have a “Blessing of the Backpacks.” We ask that all students, Kindergarten through College, bring their briefcases, books, backpacks, etc. to have them blessed before they begin this school year. You are never too old to be blessed for the important scholarly work you have been called to engage in. We will also bless the back-to-school supplies we have collected for area foster children, so please finish shopping and bring your donations to church by August 18. Shopping lists are in the foyer.

Acolyte Appreciation Sunday. On Sunday, August 25, 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.
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.
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.
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!"

 Bell Ringers Needed: Please let Valerie know if you are willing and able to participate in the bell choir at Grace. Or let her know if you know someone who is not a member at Grace who might be interested in playing handbells. Two recent retirees from the choir were ringers but had no handbell choir at their church, so they came to Grace!

 The Asheville Episcopal Youth Ministry first gathering this summer will next Sunday, August 18th with the Diocesan Splash! After our first year of joint youth ministry of St. James Black Mountain, Grace, St. Mary’s, St. John’s and Holy Spirit Mars Hill, we are continuing to learn and grow! I, Jenna Sharrits, am looking forward to another school year with this youth ministry! I will be sending out more information this month, but for now, mark your calendars: August 18th from 2:00-5:00 in Black Mountain, we will be going to the Diocesan youth event to kick off back to school; and August 25th will be our first Asheville Youth Ministry gathering from 1:00-3:00. Hope to see all our youth! Looking forward to again great school year!
For more up to date information sign up for the Asheville Episcopal Youth Ministry Newsletter which is every two week! 
 Click here to sign up.

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 and at the door.

 Is There Someone You’d like to Remember or Recognize? The flower guild is requesting a flower donor for September 29.  Even though our beautiful Sunday flowers often cost more, we request a $50 donation for Sunday flowers. This goes toward helping our flower guild continue to provide beautiful arrangements for us to enjoy each Sunday. Please contact Mary Jane Westall at or call 273-1857 if you would like to claim the September 29 spot this year, or donate for another Sunday. 

 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

 Coffee in the Courtyard: Sunday, 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 "host" the coffee each Sunday. If this is a ministry you would be interested in, please sign up on the kiosk in the foyer.  Let's turn our coffee hour into a real chance to socialize and connect with one another following our shared worship. Please see Sally Withers for details.

Prayer Requests: There is a new 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.

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 Next Sunday, August 11:

8:00 Service:   
Verger:  James Cannon;  Reader/Chalicist:  Susan Robinson;  Usher:  Johnny Robinson.

10:30 Service:
  Daphne Urquhart;  Acolytes:  Jonah Silvers, Ellie Silvers, Lorie Tola;  Reader: Paul Urquhart;  Intercessor: Jeanne Robertson; Presenters: Daphne and Paul Urquhart;  Chalicists: 1) Daphne Urquhart, 2) Mark Silvers;  Ushers: Elaine and William Potter;  Healing Team: Jeanne Robertson and Shari Lane.

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

Serving as Lay Ministers Sunday, August 18:

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

10:30 Service:
  Lorie Tola;  Acolytes:  Carsten Path, Tessa Path, Zoe Davis;  Reader: Elaine Potter;  Intercessor: Robert Green; Presenters: Elaine Potter and Jenny Thomas;  Chalicists: 1) Nancy Walters, 2) Kimberly Kneier;  Ushers: Ed Woeckener and John Rigsby;  Healing Team: Marzy Israel and Corinne Spencer.

Vestry Person of the Day: (VPOD):  Greg Townsend

Note: Only one reader is needed during July and August. The bulletin will indicate the lesson to be read.

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, 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 Heavens
Office Manager
Grace Episcopal Church


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