News for May 24-30

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Red and Pentecost
This Sunday, May  24, is the feast of the Pentecost. This special day in our liturgical year celebrates the fulfillment of a promise Jesus made in relation to the return of the Holy Spirit.

As told in the Book of Acts: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…

The color red is customarily present throughout the church on Pentecost to symbolize the fire of the Spirit. When you enter the Nave this Sunday, you will see red silk banners on the twelve columns that surround the Nave symbolizing the tongues of fire. Additionally we encourage, as has been tradition, for members of the congregation to wear red for this special celebration.

Family Promise logoFamily Promise
Our next Family Promise rotation is June 7-14. Please visit the volunteer board in the Greeting Area to see ways you can help with this outreach effort.

Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

Summer Newsletters
Please remember that we will soon switch to our summer publication schedule for the newsletter. There will be just one printed newsletter in June and just one in July. The deadline to submit information for the June issue is Monday, May 25. News will also be sent weekly via email and copies of that email will be made available on the information table at church.

VBS Update

  • VBS is June 22-26 and there are only a few  spots left! Register now if you haven’t already.
  • Partners for outreach service projects to include: Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Challenged Child and Friends, Good News at Noon, Family Promise, and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. The list of items needed for our outreach projects can be found online
  • Youth are invited to assist as helpers.
  • Adult volunteer for snacks still needed!
  • Adult volunteers as crew leaders still needed!

Grief Group
Parishioners interested in participating in a grief group at Grace Church are invited to contact Dr. Park. The model we will use has received accolades from other parishes which have used it, and several of Dr. Park’s former parishioners have commended it to us as a very useful model. A trained facilitator will lead the twelve-week program, and there is a fee for her facilitation that is shared among the group’s participants. As with other ministries, we will seek to provide scholarships, where needed. A minimum of 8 participants would be needed to begin the group, which will start meeting sometime in August.

A Memorial Day Concert
The Northwinds Symphonic Band will present a patriotic concert, “Saluting Our Heroes,” on Monday, May 25, at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville to recognize and honor veterans of all wars. The concert is free and all are welcome.


  1. Dr. Park , I would be interested in the grieve group , But need to know the cost and I’ll be out of town at a QOVF conference August 17 th. thru 21st. God Bless Carol J

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