This Week's News

Next Week’s News: December 11-17

This blog post highlights some events and news just for the upcoming week. The primary source of information about what’s happening at Grace Church is our weekly newsletter – for full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

Forum: The Art of the Season

Please join us for a special guest speaker at our Sunday Forum on December 11 at 9:30 AM in the parish hall. Nichole Rawlings is the Gallery Director at Brenau University, and her talk will be on different representations of the Nativity of Jesus in various pieces of art work. Her background is truly impressive, with a BA in art history (with minors in studio art and Italian Studies) from Elon University and an MA in art history with an Italian Renaissance specialization from American University. Nichole’s presentation will use a powerpoint that will delight and amaze, and there will be time for questions and discussion as well. All are welcome at this special offering.

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Blue Christmas Worship

Blue? Yes, blue as in “the blues”. As in “I am feeling blue.” Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people. Come join us for a service that remembers that, and offers time for reflection and acceptance, and offers healing and hope in times of darkness. Our Blue Christmas Worship will be held Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 PM in the chapel.

Vestry Nominations Invited

Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25 and one matter of business to be addressed will be the election of four new vestry members. To that end, nominations for new vestry members are invited. Self nominations are welcomed, as are nominations of one parishioner by another. If nominating someone else, please secure that person’s permission before doing so. If you would like to make a nomination, please email Kathie Futrell or stop by the Parlor and speak with her between 9:30 AM—10:30 AM on Sunday, December 11.

Candlelight Café: December 14

On December 14, parishioners are encouraged to come relax in Grace Church’s last Candlelight Café of the holiday season!

190_candlelightcafeDINNER at 5:30 PM
Regular Entrée: Chicken Piccata
Vegetarian: Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom
Child: 1/2 portion regular entrée or PBJ
Sides: California Blend Vegetables, Squash Casserole, Tossed Salad, Rolls
Dessert: Chocolate/Peppermint/Pumpkin Dessert Shooters

Please make a reservation by Monday, December 12 at noon. The cost is $10/adults, $5/youth (6th-12th grade), and free/kids up to 5th grade. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you will still be asked to pay for your meal. Thank you for understanding.

PROGRAM at 6:30 PM
Come join us for a cup of mulled cider or mulled wine and an evening of sharing and singing together the carols of the season led by Julie Rossi.

A nursery and childcare are available by reservation only. Older children are encouraged to participate.

Soup & Salad Supper Deadline

Wednesday, December 14 is the deadline to make a reservation if you’d like to attend the Soup & Salad Supper prior to our service of Advent Lessons & Carols on December 18. A meal of beef stew or baked potato soup, tossed salad, rolls, and assorted cakes, will be offered at 5:00 PM. Cost is $6 for adults and youth in grades 6-12. Children 5th grade and under are free.

The service of Advent Lessons and Carols will start at 6:00 PM. This beautiful service, an Anglican tradition, is meant to help us prepare for Christmas. Scripture lessons will be read and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation. Please make note that the service will include the use of incense.

Draw the Nativity

Kids up to 12th grade are invited to contribute drawings of the Feast of the Nativity to publish in the bulletin for the pageant service on at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve. Submit artwork by Wednesday, December 14 on the form that can be printed at  www.gracechurchgainesville.org/download/drawnativity2016.pdf

poinsettiaChristmas Poinsettias

Friday, December 16 is the deadline to make a donation for Christmas poinsettias. Please fill out a Christmas Flowers form and return it to the office. Contributions may be made in thanksgiving for or in memory of loved ones, friends and family. Acknowledgement will be published in the Christmas Eve worship bulletins.

Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive

There will be a LifeSouth Blood Drive in the Grace Church parish hall on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. This annual blood drive is held in memory of Patrick Kelley. To give blood you must be in good health, 17 years or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo I.D. No appointment is necessary.

Baptism

The next date for Holy Baptism is Sunday, January 8. Please contact Brenda Morgan if you would like to be baptized or have a child to be baptized.

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This Week's News

Next Week’s News: December 4-10

This blog post highlights some events and news just for the upcoming week. The primary source of information about what’s happening at Grace Church is our weekly newsletter – for full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

crecheSunday Forum: Nativity Scene Show & Tell

Please bring your family’s crèche(s) to the parish hall on Sunday, December 4 during the forum hour (9:30-10:30 AM), and tell us about it: where it came from; your family’s traditions about displaying it; why you love it; funny stories about your family’s Advent traditions… whatever! Come get to know your fellow parishioners better and learn about different ways we celebrate the season of Advent.

Healing Prayer

Those new to Grace Church or to the 10:45 service may not be familiar with the practice of Healing Prayer. It is our custom during worship each Sunday in the preparatory seasons of Lent and Advent, for scheduled volunteers to “station” themselves in the side aisles so fellow worshippers may pause, after receiving communion, and pray with intention for one another. Using selections from the Book of Common Prayer, we pray in thanksgiving as well as in time of trouble, illness or grief. Healing prayer during worship is but one of the ways the people of Grace Church serve one another in Christ. During the Advent season, after you receive communion at the 10:45 Sunday services, you will see volunteers standing in the side aisles prepared to pray with you and for those you love. Just pause and ask.

Doughn-it Feel Good to be at Grace

Please join us from 9:00 – 9:30 AM this Sunday, December 4, in the Parish Hall for coffee, tea, and donuts to welcome our newest friends to Grace. Our Grace Vestry Participation Cluster hosts this informal gathering on the first Sunday of every month to give each of us an opportunity to share a conversation or two with friends familiar to us and those we have not yet met. Come spend some time with us!

Christmas on Green St

If you plan to attend Christmas on Green Street, Jack & Cynthia Park invite you to stop by the Garner-Hulsey House at 616 Green St. to enjoy a cookie and a cup of cider. If you would like to contribute a tray of cookies, please bring them to the office Friday, December 2 or to church  Sunday morning, December 4.

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Advent Retreat: A Mindfully Chosen Life

On Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM The Very Rev. Mary Demmler will lead participants in an exploration of the influences and expectations that effect their decision making. Looking through four different lenses, participants will become more aware of personal and spiritual factors that impact their choices. This new matrix will help lead them to make their choices born of mindful reflection. Cost is $10 for lunch, and child care will be made available upon request. Please RSVP online or at the information station not later than Wednesday, December 7.

Candlelight Café: December 7

The very popular Candlelight Café returns to GWAG on Wednesdays in Advent. After dinner we linger a bit over our coffee and dessert.  Parishioners are encouraged to come relax in Grace Church’s Candlelight Café during the holiday season!

DINNER at 5:30 PM
Regular Entrée: Turkey & Dressing
Vegetarian: Stuffed Artichokes
Child: 1/2 portion regular entrée or PBJ
Sides: Tossed Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Rolls
Dessert: Christmas Cookies & Pumpkin Logs

Please make a reservation by Monday, December 5 at noon. The cost is $10/adults, $5/youth (6th-12th grade), and free/kids up to 5th grade. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you will still be asked to pay for your meal. Thank you for understanding.

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PROGRAM at 6:30 PM
The Cathedral Bookstore is coming to Grace on Wednesday night, December 7. Come explore their holiday offerings and perhaps pick up a few Christmas gifts.

A selection of children’s Christmas stories, including The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell and The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Hunt will be read aloud by Terri Kirby, Meg McPeek, Ansley Forrester, and Kathy Amos.

And rumor has it that we may even have a surprise visit from St. Nicholas! (Children should wear shoes they can easily remove and leave outside the parish hall doors.)

A nursery and childcare are available by reservation only. Older children are encouraged to participate in all of our Candlelight Café events.

Family Christmas Tree

Last year we began a tradition of decorating a Grace Family Christmas Tree. If you are new to Grace, or weren’t able to contribute an ornament last year, please bring one in and hang it on the tree in the parish hall. At the end of the season, ornaments will be packed up and stored at Grace to be put back on next year. Don’t miss this chance to leave a small Christmas legacy at Grace.

Youth Secret Santa Shopping

Join us December 10 for a fabulous afternoon as we purchase gifts for children of families who need help during the holidays. We’ll shop for toys and return to the church for a wrapping party. Each youth is expected to contribute up to $25 for gifts for the children. Meet in the youth room at 4:30 PM.

Save the Date:

  • December 11: Blue Christmas Service
  • December 17: Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive
  • December 18: Lessons & Carols
  • December 24: Christmas Eve