Next Week’s News: October 25 – 31

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Shared Sunday Forum
Adult Christian Education will begin with a shared forum at 9:30 AM this Sunday, October 25. We will spend a bit of time talking about a Covenant of Presence, looking at language, listening, and shared practices that will help us see how to be authentic, supportive human beings living within community. Beginning in the second half of the forum, we will segue into a conversation about climate change and our shared existence in the world. Dr. Jeff Jones and Fr. Stuart will lead a four week conversation that kicks off a new series we are calling “At the Intersection of Faith and….” This first session is “At Intersection of Faith and Science.” Together, we’ll explore our perspective of the universe, looking at what Eucharistic Prayer C calls “the vast expanse of interstellar space.” Then, we’ll pivot to engage with Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Laudato Si’, a challenging document that lays out the pope’s vision for our shared humanity-and our shared responsibility to creation. And, we’ll end by spending a bit of time together wondering about sustainable living.

Parish Office Closed
The parish office will be closed for a staff planning day on Monday, October 26.

Prayers for the Requiem Litany
As part of the Requiem Mass for the Feast of All Saints at 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 1, we will offer prayers for all those in our lives who have died. If you want to remember a loved one in this way, please submit the form below to share those names no later than Monday, October 26. We will incorporate those names into our worship that evening. Don’t feel limited to just the previous year; if there is anyone close to you, please know that you can share their name as we celebrate the fullness of what the Feast of All Saints’ means.

Great Wednesdays at Grace
Back by popular demand, we’re excited to have Dr. Rudi Kiefer, Professor of Physical Science and Director of Sustainability at Brenau University, return to Grace Church for our #eatpraylearn GWAG on October 28. Always an entertaining presenter, Dr. Kiefer brings a wealth of expertise to an important topic today, our interaction with our environment, God’s created world. Enlivened with an a/v presentation and personal stories, Dr. Kiefer has provocatively titled his talk “Sustainability and Care for our Common Home,” but then he questions, “Isn’t it more than just the climate?” Please join us for what is sure to be a lively, interactive presentation. All are welcome.

Make a meal reservation no later than 12:00 PM on Monday.  GWAG details

Women’s Retreat in February
Please contact Cheryl Kelley if you are interested in joining other women of Grace Church on a retreat February 5-7. The retreat will be held at Montreat Conference Center in Montreat, NC and led by renowned story teller, singer, writer and retreat leader Donna Marie Todd! We will stay together at the newly renovated Assembly Inn at Montreat, and retreat meals are included. The cost of the retreat weekend will be $175 for double occupancy or $215 if you prefer a single room. For planning purposes we need an approximate head count. We’re asking for a deposit of $50 now, with the balance due at the time of the retreat.

Emmaus House Thanksgiving Outreach
Our Grace parish community, through the Outreach Committee, has again committed to provide Thanksgiving food bags to Emmaus House in Atlanta. We ask that you support this effort by donating a bag of groceries. The bags can be dropped off in the parish office or in the marked container by the information table between now and Wednesday, November 18. Please label the bag for Emmaus House.

For Family of 4

  • 2 cans of string beans (English cut)
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 2 boxes of muffin mix
  • 1 large bag of stuffing
  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 bag of rice (1 lb)

Grace Church, through our Outreach budget, will provide turkeys to accompany the groceries.

If you prefer, you can choose leave a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church at the parish office no later than Wednesday, November 18 and a member of the committee will do the shopping for you. On the check memo line include Emmaus House Thanksgiving. For every $20 donated, we will be able to provide one bag of groceries to feed a family of four. Thank you for your continued support!

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