Next Week’s News: November 15-21

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Community Thanksgiving Meal

Grace Church will partner with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, the North Georgia Community Foundation, and other local churches to serve a free Thanksgiving Dinner at First Baptist Church from 11:00 AM—1:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. Grace parishioners are being asked to volunteer as table hosts. Hosting a table requires no money, no food preparation, and no special skills other than kind, warm, compassionate table conversation with neighbors you may not yet have met. Please consider this opportunity for you alone or you and all your family to experience a Thanksgiving Day like no other. Contact Isabel if you would like to help.

The Seekers

The Seekers will use Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s Old Testament teachings as a basis for the class, Finding Our Roots as Christians: The Stories of the Old Testament. The class meets in the Conference Room on Sunday mornings from 9:30—10:30 AM.

Youth Pizza Night

pizza-634967_1920All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to have pizza and hang out together during GWAG on November 18. We’ll gather beginning at 5:15 PM and stay until 9:00 PM (or when adult choir ends, whichever comes first) but come and go as you must if you need to be at pageant or chorister rehearsal. Email Alan or RSVP here  if you plan to attend so we will have enough pizza.

Epiphany Pageant Rehearsal

Epiphany Pageant rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, November 18 at 6:00 PM. The pageant will be held during our Epiphany worship service on Wednesday, January 6.

Emmaus House

The deadline to donate groceries or money for the Emmaus House Thanksgiving Outreach is Wednesday, November 18. Thank you for your continued support!

Habitat For Humanity

Grace Church is joining other Gainesville churches to build 2 new homes with Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. This truly is a shared build where our faith communities will work together to care for God’s community. The foundations have been laid and construction is beginning. You can sign up to help as an individual or small group online (a simple registration is required). Check out this link to register. We will also be coordinating larger groups from Grace in the coming weeks. You don’t need to swing a hammer to help. Lunches are also needed on workdays. Our local coordinator will help coordinate days and times.

Great Wednesdays at Grace: What’s Your Story?

Recently, Fr. Stuart presented an outline of Covenants of Presence in the adult Sunday forum for us to discuss and to use as a guide in our interactions as a community here at Grace. These Covenants included: 1. Be fully present, extending and presuming welcome. 2. Listen Generously. 3. Author Your Story. 4. We come as equals. 5. No fixing. 6. Turn to wonder. 7. Hold these stories with care. 8. Believe that it is possible for us to emerge from our time together refreshed, surprised and less burdened than when we came. As we discussed these in Sunday School that morning, people talked about getting to know one another better as part of building a community with these covenants as a foundation.

At our #eatpraytalk GWAG on Wednesday, November 18th, we invite you to share a piece of your story in a fun and light-hearted way for our GWAG event that night. We will gather in small groups around the dinner table to tell stories of a place or an item that is special to us. You can bring pictures of the place, bring the item, show it to us on your phone, or simply describe it to the people in your group. For a place, think of a historical marker; it marks the very spot where something of significance occurred. Where would you put historical markers in your life? Or perhaps a place you have returned to again and again throughout your life. Why that place? What does it mean to you?   Perhaps your object is a treasured toy from your childhood, a family heirloom, a wonky creation that was a Christmas present from your child. Maybe it is a silly souvenir from a special trip, or a totem that reminds you of a challenge in your life or a moment of triumph. Maybe it is simply something that appeals to you aesthetically, and you’ve moved it with you over the years everywhere you have gone. What is it you like about this thing? Come share a bit of your story with us. GWAG menu, reservations, and details

Have you seen them?

dok_logoThe Daughters of the King have placed prayer request cards in the pews for your needs. Just fill out the card and place it in the offering plate to let the Daughters know they need to pray for you. Prayer requests can also be submitted online. Daughters will add your name to our internal prayer list on a weekly basis. Let us know how we can support you in prayer.

Community Thanksgiving Banquet

Join with members of other area churches and celebrate Thanksgiving together at 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 15 in the Banquet Hall at First Baptist Church. $8/person, $25 max/family. This year’s speaker is our very own Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park.

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