News for August 2-8

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Christianity Beyond the Catchphrases
The panel members and moderator for the August 12 “Christianity Beyond the Catchphrases” ecumenical discussion have been announced! These clergy members from six different denominations will be sitting together to model compassionate dialogue and encouragement as we all seek to embody the Gospel in our world. This is the start of a truly moving conversation in our community…come early (doors open at 5:30 PM) to get a seat!

Back to School Week
Best wishes to all of our students, teachers and administrators as they start back-to-school over the next week or two! At Grace Church, will we begin our church school year with a “Christian Formation Open House” on Sunday, August 9 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Stop by and see your classroom and perhaps meet your teacher/leader. Regular classes begin at 9:30 AM on Sunday, August 16. Also, students are invited to bring their backpacks to the 10:45 AM worship service on Sunday, August 9. We will mark the beginning of the school year with a special prayer.

School Supplies
All donations for the Outreach Committee’s annual school supply drive are requested by Wednesday, August 5. Collection boxes are located near the information table and in the parish office. Supplies requested are: #2 pencils with erasers, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, blunt tip metal scissors, 16 or 24 ct. Crayola crayons, washable markers, wide rule filler paper, pocket folders with brads, Crayola colored pencils, cap erasers, highlighters, pencil boxes, zip lock bags (sandwich, quart or gallon), hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, index cards and boxes of facial tissue. Collection boxes are located near the information table and in the parish office.

Nametag Update
Thanks to all who have offered suggestions for our use of name tags at Grace. As we all know, name tags are a key component in fostering fellowship. How many times have you left a gathering only to wish you could remember someone’s name? For newcomers or visitors to Grace, name tags are essential in creating an inviting community of faith.

With our growing parish, the use of space has become critical. At the same time, Grace is moving ahead with much needed building improvements which in the near future will include interior painting. A temporary solution for name tags is needed until such improvements are complete. The following is in place:

  • We are encouraging parishioners, if possible, to keep their name tags; many have said they keep them in their cars, prayer books or purses.
  • We have a temporary solution for housing name tags. A buffet with name tags in drawers in ABC order has been located by the columbarium door (These are the name tags that were left in baskets).
  • Adhesive name tags & pens have been placed in the Narthex, Greeting Area & by the columbarium door. Forgot your name tag…just make one!
  • Anyone needing a name tag please send requests to Brenda Morgan.  Requested name tags will be placed on the buffet near the columbarium.

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If we have not addressed a concern, please let us know… You are important to us!
Susan Trotter
Vestry, Newcomers

Family Promise
Our next Family Promise rotation is August 23-30. Please visit the volunteer board in the Greeting Area to see ways you can help with this outreach effort, including laundry, volunteering at the Day Center, preparing or serving food, helping with the kids, etc.

The Evangelist
Our parish newsletter has returned to it’s regular publication schedule. The deadline to submit information to Jennifer Williams is every Monday at 9:00 AM.

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