News for May 31-June 6

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Where’s Fr. Stuart?
As you may know, I am working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at the School of Theology, at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  I am in year three of a four year program, and I will be there from June 1 to 19 this Summer (I will return the weekend of June 7 to welcome Alan on his first Sunday with us at Grace!). This summer, I will take two classes: one on the 3rd century Christian theologian Origen, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt and whose writings have influenced the Church greatly (although he unfortunately is unknown to most Western Christians). The other class will be a seminar with Don Saliers, a renowned liturgy and music scholar, focusing on the Holy Eucharist as a lens of the moral imagination. “How can the Eucharist and its call to share a common meal challenge us to live into our deeper identity as a community of faith?” I am enormously grateful for the time to slip away and study and rest, and I promise to bring back ideas for sermons and classes!   Stuart+

cantwetalkCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
This facilitated book/support group for adults dealing with aging parents will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Parlor beginning June 3! Whether you are the adult dealing with the parent or the parent trying to deal with the adult child, I believe that you will find this event very useful and refreshing as you navigate this new phenomenon of four or more living generations of one family, each generation with its particular—and sometimes frustrating—challenges. Interested persons should order the book “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast to have for use during the sessions. I look forward to seeing all of you on June 3! Cynthia+

Clergy Discretionary Fund
With three priests on hand now (wonderful!), Grace’s ministries continue to grow and thrive.  To help enable our availability to newcomers, youth, parishioners in need, and community folks who come for assistance, we will be putting the loose offering each Sunday (cash and coin, no checks) toward the clergy discretionary fund.  The canons of the church encourage us to do this, and before now, Grace has needed all funds to be allocated to the operating budget.  We are enormously grateful to now be able to expand our presence in the community even more!

Permanently Check Out a Library Book
As you know, we have turned the library into Fr. Alan’s office! And the conference room is now a combined library conference space. Check it out! We have needed to sort through our book collection for some time, updating and organizing into a more efficient resource center. This Sunday, May 31, we will have the initial “pulls” out on tables in the parish hall. We will have a table there for ones you feel we should take a second look at. It’s always helpful to get another set of eyes on ones we think we can let go of. So, simply put those titles on that table for us to consider again. Also, if you want to take a book home to add to your library, there will be someone at a “check out” table who will record the book to be removed from our catalogue. After Sunday, we should be well on our way to a more efficient parish resource center that more folks use. Thanks for your help! Stuart+

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VBS Update
Our 2015 Backyard Bible Club is full. If you did not get a chance to register your child, please contact Melanie to be put on the waiting list. Supply donations – such as pillowcases, clothespins, peanut butter, travel size deodorant and toothpaste, dried beans, pasta, empty toilet paper rolls, and more – for our VBS service projects are still needed. Please see the complete list online. Thanks so much for your help! We couldn’t do it without you.

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