Next Week’s News: January 17-23

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Grace Outreach will continue its support of the Community Food Pantry January 19-29 by providing food and volunteers to distribute items generously provided by Grace Church members. Items needed are: grape jelly, saltines, cereal, bath soap, toilet paper, and laundry detergent (42-46 oz.). Please return groceries no later than Sunday, January 17. Please know that your faithful support of the Food Pantry is greatly appreciated.

Parish Office Closed

The parish office will be closed on Monday, January 18.


Parishioner Emilie Cook will lead meditation in the nave on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM. All are welcome.

Pizza (& Games) Night

Nothing fancy. January 20, 5-8 PM. Youth grades 6-12. Just pizza and games. Bring your favorite board game. We’ll bring a few of ours. There will be time to play and just hang out for a bit. If you have choir practice, come when you’re finished! Let us know you’re coming by clicking here.

Theology on Tap

Young Adults will gather at 6:30 PM on Thursday, January 21 for another Theology on Tap. We’ll be diving into the theology of Peter Rollins, ahead of his arrival in Gainesville for the EMW Lectures. We’ll be looking at some of Peter’s videos and digging deep on his pyrotheology. We are joining First UMC and First Baptist churches for this fun evening.

To find out more about Peter, check out and look for an exclusive Young Adult pub-based Q&A with Peter during the lectures (Feb 19-20 — get your discounted tickets through the Grace office). This evening will be a great opportunity to learn more about this exciting/ controversial/engaging speaker/performer/theologian. There is a modest cover charge for Theology on Tap, which is held at Downtown Drafts (on the Square).

Annual Parish Meeting

All Grace Church parishioners are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Fellowship at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00, and meeting at 7:00 PM. Make a reservation for dinner and childcare (if needed) by Monday, January 25. full details and reservation information


Explore Policy Updates

For the past two years, the vestry has worked to update all the pertinent policies and guidelines for our common life at Grace. We now have a full complement of updated, transparent, and integrated policies! I hope the entire parish is grateful for the hard work the vestry, finance committee and task forces have done to make our administrative cluster as efficient as possible.

We will adopt the new bylaws at the Annual Meeting on January 27. Please take time prior to the meeting to review all the updated policies, which are available in a notebook located in the greeting area and online for download from our website.


A Lenten Devotional Booklet

What is one of your Lenten practices? We are looking for people who would like to write a page of our Lenten devotional booklet, similar to the one published in Advent. The directions are very simple and there is no right or wrong. We would love to hear your thoughts on some of the texts that will carry us through Lent.

Helping only requires reading an assigned scripture (short), writing a very short reflection (shorter still) on what it or something in it means to you, and writing a prayer about it. Children and youth are encouraged to participate as well. Email Jim Taflinger or Laura Masterson for quick directions. Peace to you now and in Lent!

2016 EMW Lecture

This year’s annual EMW Lecture, for the Religion for the 21st Century program Grace helps sponsor, will bring Peter Rollins to Gainesville. Peter Rollins is a provocative writer, philosopher, storyteller and public speaker who has gained an international reputation for overturning traditional notions of religion and forming “churches” that preach the Good News that we can’t be satisfied, that life is difficult, and that we don’t know the secret (from his website). The steering committee for the EMW lectures intentionally sought out someone who could engage the tension between the more traditional practices of Christianity in North Georgia and the questions of younger people who are seeking a deeper relationship with this mystery we call God. Tickets are on sale now–$65–for the February 19 and 20 lecture at the Brenau Downtown Center. details

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