Next Week’s News: March 22-28

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Acolyte Training
There will be an acolyte training session following the 10:45 AM service on March 22 in the nave. It is very important that current acolytes attend, as our acolyte manual is being revised and there are some changes coming in the way we do things on Sundays. We will need to run through the service, discuss the purpose behind each of the tasks the acolytes perform, and discuss any questions. Please make plans to join us so that we can all be on the same page and share in a conversation about the meaningful service you provide to Grace Church. A pizza lunch will be served in the Parish Hall prior to the training.

Any youth in grades 6-12 who are interested in becoming acolytes are also invited to attend. This would be a perfect opportunity to join us!

Family Promise
Our guests from Family Promise will be with us from March 22-29.

Youth Parent/Leader Meeting
There will be a Youth Planning and Discernment meeting on Sunday, March 22 immediately following the 10:45 AM service. A pizza lunch will be served.

Last Chance for The Evening Circle190_ancient
March 22 will be your last opportunity to explore “The Evening Circle,” an intentional space for contemplative prayer and Holy Communion. Using Taize’ chants and other musical pieces, guided meditations, ample times of silence, and a simple outline of the Holy Eucharist, we gather together to worship God and listen for the Holy Spirit’s presence among us and within us.  Join the circle. Join in prayer. Join in mindful listening. We will meet in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM.

Ecumenical Service
At noon each Wednesday in Lent, we gather with members of other churches in our community for worship and a light lunch. (Suggested donation is $5.) Please note there are no 12:10 services in the Grace Church Chapel on these Wednesdays. The service on March 25 will be held at Grace Episcopal with the Rev. Terry Walton, preaching.

GWAG on March 25: #eatpraylearn
Without the snow this time, let’s try again with our much-anticipated Coffeehouse Poetry Reading for GWAG on March 25. We encourage everyone to bring a poem to read, one that speaks to you personally or spiritually (it can have a Lenten theme if you wish, but that’s not necessary). We’ll have an Open Mike setting for those who wish to read their poem–either one that you’ve written  or one that you’ve read somewhere, whenever. Ron Walker will facilitate the readings, and we’ll enjoy some guitar music interspersed with the readings.  To add to the fellowship in our coffeehouse atmosphere, you might want to sip on some of our finest Candlelight Cafe coffee.  Please come to listen, read, and relax. Make a dinner reservation no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, March 23. GWAG details

COG Registration
The COG Preschool will hold registration for the 2015 Summer program on Thursday, March 26.

Easter Flowers
Easter flower donation forms are located in the parish office, on the information table and online. The deadline to make a donation is Friday, March 27.

Holy Smoke!
On April 18 at 5:30 PM, “Holy Smokers”, Newsom Cummings and Weymon Forrester, will serve up their award-winning barbecue with delicious sides and desserts home made by the parents and youth of our youth program. Local music artists, The Varmints, will entertain us with an eclectic blend of bluegrass, old country, folk and perhaps a little rock and roll. You never know what they might pull out! Wonderful items, such as a week at a vacation home, a rowing class, original art, a photography session and more, will be offered up to the highest bidder. And it’s all in support of the Grace Church youth ministry. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss the 2015 Holy Smoke: Barbecue, Band and Bidding! learn more

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