Next Week’s News: April 19-25

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Vacation Bible School Registration Now Open
Who can we serve in our own backyard? At VBS this summer we will look OUTSIDE of ourselves and focus on the needs of others, each day partnering with a local charitable organization to learn what it is that they do and to work with them “hands on” to help fulfill their mission. We will be working with The Humane Society, Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Challenged Child, Good News at Noon and Family Promise. In conjunction with our service projects, we will be diving into bible stories that shape kids’ hearts to mirror God’s heart of compassion! This experience is sure to open our children’s’ eyes to see the needy in our own community, inspire them to minister to others in practical ways and to embolden kids to courageously follow God’s call!

Registration for God’s Backyard Bible Camp is open! The link to the online registration form can be found on the VBS website and on Facebook.  Space is limited, so don’t wait to register. Come join the fun at God’s Backyard Bible Camp!

chapelGrace Chapel Now Open Daily for Prayer
Beginning April 20, the Chapel will be open during office hours on Monday through Friday. Those who wish to stop by at any time during the day for prayer or quiet meditation may enter through the Chapel narthex doors on Washington Street.

Copies of The Book of Common Prayer will be available in the pew racks. There is also a CD player with a stack of meditative CDs that you may use. Please remember to turn it off when you leave; but if you forget, we will take care of it when we lock up the building at 5:00 PM.

This availability of a sacred and quiet space in the heart of town will hopefully offer a safe haven for our own parishioners, as well as to our community as word slowly spreads through the workplace that this is available to anyone who desires a time to sit quietly and pray.

Easter Blessings,

GWAG on April 22: #eatpraylearn
On April 22, our program at GWAG will be an interview with our own Laura Rives about her time as a missionary to South Africa. She will have a table set up to display some items from South Africa. We are encouraging the children and youth to be present for this program. Laura took very seriously, and literally, Christ’s call to take the Gospel into the world. It was personally costly and rewarding. Our hope for the program is that it will spark conversation around how we approach the call in Mark 16 “The Great Commission” in our lives during this Easter season. Please plan to be present and invite others to attend, as well. Make a meal reservation no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, April 20. more details

Easter & Lent Portions of Messiah to be Presented May 3
On Sunday, May 3, our Parish Choir will present most of the Lent and Easter portions of MESSIAH at a 5:00 PM performance at Grace Church. We’ll have a choir of about 40 singers, an orchestra of 20 players, and 12 vocal soloists. Those of you who know the full MESSIAH can testify to the truth that most of the truly magnificent portions of the work are in the latter pages. Some wonderful choruses, dramatic soloi, and music that heighten the effect of the theology which the text proclaims reside in the Lent and Easter sections of MESSIAH.

The concert is free of admission and a reception will follow.  The public is invited. Please come and bring a friend.

Graduate Recognition
Grace Church will soon publish our annual Graduate Recognition bulletin honoring graduates from high school, college, and graduate school. Graduates will also be recognized at the Parish Picnic on Sunday, May 17. Please note that there will be just one 10:00 AM combined service that day, followed by the Parish Picnic!

If you will graduate (or have a child graduating) this spring, please fill out a graduate recognition form and and email a photo to Jennifer. The deadline to submit information for the bulletin is Thursday, May 7. Graduates submitting information after the deadline will still be recognized at the picnic on May 17 but will not appear in the printed bulletin.

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