Next Week’s News: December 20-26

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Draw the Epiphany

Kids up to 12th grade are invited to contribute drawings of the Feast of the Epiphany to publish in the bulletin for the pageant service on January 6. Submit artwork on this form by December 20.

Office Schedule

The parish office will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and remain closed until Tuesday, December 29.

The Eve of the Nativity

Come worship with us on Thursday, December 24 as we celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ into our lives.

  • 4:00 PM Holy Eucharist, Rite II *
  • 10:30 PM Music for strings, organ, choir
  • 11:00 PM Choral Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity

* nursery available for children age 4 and under

Jason Voyles Named Senior Warden

I am grateful to announce that Jason Voyles has accepted my invitation to serve as Senior Warden for 2016. In an effort to foster an easy transition into 2016’s vestry class, I wanted to announce a bit earlier this year. This way, the entire parish can experience a smooth transfer into next year. Jason brings with him exceptional experience as a lawyer, a community leader, a seasoned vestry member, and an invaluable verger who coordinates our acolyte program and assists me in our expanding liturgical celebrations. His family is a constant, faithful presence at Grace, and I want to take this chance to thank Jessica, Aidan, and Aderyn for all that they do-and for being willing to share their family’s time. Jason is available to you, as am I and the clergy and staff.

Fr. Stuart

Epiphany Pageant

Something’s different this season at Grace…there is no Christmas pageant! Instead, we are slowing down, exploring the story and re-telling it, in a new way, at our Epiphany Pageant to be presented on Jan. 6, 2016 during a Wednesday night Holy Eucharist. Why would we mess with this tradition of sharing the nativity story with all our children dressed as animals and angels, shepherds and kings? Well, there is something beautiful about really delving into a story…reading it in a new light, finding a new angle…

This year, we re-enter the story after Jesus is back at home, as a toddler. Magi have seen a bright star and have begun their journey to discovering joy. The Magi understand that Jesus has been born as a king for all nations and that the miracle of His birth has illuminated a condition of their hearts and sparked them forward on a journey to pay him homage.

We will find Gaspar in Egypt, surrounded by finery and wealth when he is distracted by a glimmer of light even brighter than gold! We find Melchior in the Orient, surrounded by fragrant perfumes and ancient practices of worship when he is distracted by a fire that dances among the skies. Then, there is Balthasar, surrounded by sorrow and disease when he sees a light coming to him strong and steady. The men are united, first by the star, and later by the joy of Christ.

Join us for the journey…

Youth: Register now for DYC 2015

DYC is an annual retreat for grades 6-12 at Camp Mikell. It is a great weekend of music and fun with students from all over the Diocese. Our own Louisa Gille is on staff this year so we know it will be awesome! Anyone who has been to DYC can apply to plan and run the retreat next year! The dates this year are January 8-10. Cost is $100 for the weekend. Depending on numbers, we will help coordinate travel. We also would love an adult trained in Safeguarding to act as a chaperone for the weekend (the church will pay for your registration . . . please contact Father Alan if you are interested). Registration and payment are now handled through the diocese.

Register » https://goo.gl/ZoiEgX

Actors Workshop

Eight spots are still available in the acting workshop that begins January 9. We need to fill at least 4 of them to reach the minimum number required for this class. Sign up and get more information at the link below.

Sign Up » http://goo.gl/forms/sUO7DkADsm

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