Advent Wreath Making
On Sunday, November 29, parishioners of all ages are invited to come make Advent wreaths together from 9:30—10:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Enough supplies will be available to make 40 wreaths on a first-come, first-served basis. One wreath per household please and a $5 donation would be welcome. Please bring supplies (additional greenery from your garden, ribbon, pinecones, etc.) from home to personalize your wreath or to share with others. You may also find it helpful to bring small pruning scissors, although there will be some available to share. Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Advent and a New Church Year.
Advent Evening Prayer
A special Advent Evening Prayer service will be offered on Sunday evening, November 29 at 6:00 PM. Bring with you a written list of those things you have been struggling with. To begin the service we will gather on the front porch in front of the narthex to pray and toss our lists into a lit cauldron to ritually embody a process of letting go. We will light the Paschal Candle off this fire – a powerful symbol of our life in Christ and Christ’s victory over death – and process into the nave, lighting our individual candles off the Paschal Candle. In this way, we will begin the new year refreshed and renewed. Please join us for Advent Evening Prayer at 6:00 PM on November 29.
Changes for Children’s Chapel
The format of Children’s Chapel will change beginning on the first Sunday in Advent, November 29. Bring kids into “big church” with you for the 10:45 AM service. After the collect is read, children age 3 – 7 will be called to the front of the nave to exit with their leaders into the Chapel for an age appropriate service. The children will rejoin you at the presentation. Please contact Melanie Couch if you have any questions.
Fall Study Hall
On Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1, we will open our parish hall as a study hall for Brenau students studying for final exams from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM. There will be coffee and snacks. If you would like to help “keep watch” and make space for our neighbors, email Father Alan. This is a tradition that we will continue and expand in our continuing relationship with college students in the area.
All ages are invited to join us on December 2 for our first Advent Candlelight Café. As we begin this special time of waiting and anticipation, sometimes struggling against the busy-ness of our secular world, our GWAG programs turn to a relaxing candlelit atmosphere.
To kick off the series, Linden Gaspar will read two selections, a brief excerpt from Charles Dickens’s always popular A Christmas Carol and Tasha Tudor’s The Doll’s Christmas.
To finish the evening we will begin a new tradition of decorating a Grace Family Christmas Tree. Each family is invited to bring an ornament that will represent your family for years to come. A ribbon will be attached to the ornament with your family name and date. At the end of the season, ornaments will be packed up and stored at Grace to be put back on next year’s Grace Family Christmas Tree. Bring your ornament to hang on the tree during the first Candlelight Café or between services on Sunday, December 6. Candlelight Cafe details and reservation information
Angel tree gifts should be returned unwrapped with the angel tag firmly attached by Thursday, December 3. Bring them to the parish office during the week, or leave them under the information table in the greeting area. Thank you for your participation as we welcome the holiday season spirit of giving.
Making room: 2 Quiet Days in Advent
We are offering two spaces for quiet days at the beginning of Advent. Both are offered on Saturday, December 5 and specific details are below. The Advent Quiet Day will be a true quiet day for exploring and experimenting and engaging in silence and various forms of prayer and meditation. We are calling the time specifically designed for Young Adults a mini-retreat because there will be times of instruction in contemplative experiences, as well as silence, and reflection on our own success and struggle with these ways of praying. The quiet days overlap so that everyone can share lunch together. Both will conclude with Eucharist and the Young Adults will have the opportunity to continue on to dinner afterwards. Childcare is available for both experiences. Please RSVP by December 1 if this interests you.
Quiet Day: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Our time together will be “filled” with silence, with opportunities to walk the labyrinth, share in walking meditation, journaling and mindful eating. Through all of these practices, we reflect on what it means to wait, watch, and hope for the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives. Childcare will be provided until 2:00 PM. Please RSVP to the church office no later than December 1 for childcare and/or lunch.
Mini-Retreat for Young Adults: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
“Seeking a Space for Waiting and Watching”
For an afternoon, our young adult community is invited to gather and experience different ways of opening ourselves to what God has for us. We will try on different prayer practices and rhythms of silence. In this sacred time and space we will have a balance of guided time, experiential practice, community reflection, and silence. Note the overlap with the Quiet Day. This is intended for us to share lunch with other seekers in our church family. We will conclude with a special Eucharist and there will also be an opportunity for any who wish to go to dinner afterwards. Childcare will be provided until 5:00 PM. Please RSVP no later than December 1 for childcare and/or lunch.