Next Week’s News: March 27-April 2

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Sunday of the Resurrection

A Choral Easter Eucharist will be held at 9 AM and again at 11 AM. Both services will feature some very special music and will be a joyful celebration of the Resurrection!

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A continental breakfast will be served between worship services, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Come end your Lenten fast.

All parishioners are invited to bring flowers and greenery from their garden to help flower the cross. This traditional Easter morning activity symbolizes that an instrument of cruel death has become a sign of life and love by the power and grace of God.

Children 5th grade and younger are invited to bring their Easter baskets and meet in the parking lot at the corner of Brenau Ave. and Boulevard (weather permitting) to participate in a resurrection egg hunt that will begin immediately following the 11:00 AM service. Note the change this year as we move the egg hunt to after the later service rather than have it between the services.

No Children’s Chapel Easter morning. A nursery will be available from 8:45 AM-12:15 PM for children age 4 and under.

Mite Boxes

Don’t forget to bring your filled mite boxes with you to church this Easter. There will be baskets to receive them at The Great Vigil on Saturday evening and at both Sunday services. All money received is sent to Episcopal Relief and Development to aid those in need.

CE Classes

Christian Education classes will not meet on Easter Day, March 27.

Parish Office

The parish office will be closed on Monday, March 28.

Holding and Crossing Compassionate Membranes

Cynthia and I are writing a series of articles reflecting on the dynamics of shared life within a spiritual community. We are in a season of grief after the suicide of a teacher at Grace, and we are entering into a period of anger and grief with the recent news on past abuse within a local boy scout troop in Gainesville. She and I have decided to explore the dynamics of community, drawing on our respective disciplines: me with the Christian contemplative tradition and theological studies, she with Biblical and Hebrew studies and psychotherapy. It is our hope that these articles and essays can foster even deeper dialogue as we continue to grow as a community of faith. You can explore the first article on the Mary Blog. It is entitled “Holding and Crossing Compassionate Membranes within Spiritual Communities.” The next is forthcoming…

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COG Summer Program

COG Summer Program registration will open to the public on Thursday, March 31. Contact the preschool at 770-536-9088 for details.

Hunger Walk Thanks

The youth that walked in this year’s Hunger Walk raised over $500 for organizations that fight hunger in North Georgia — that’s over 2,000 meals! Hunger Walk partners with Episcopal Charities Foundation every year to provide direct grants to the organizations we already work with like the Gainesville Food Pantry and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who walked, contributed graciously, and otherwise supported us. If you would like to make a contribution to the Hunger Walk on behalf of our youth, please do so by the end of the month and make sure to write Hunger Walk in the memo line.

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GWAG Returns in April

GWAG is returning for a special 4-week series, beginning with opening night of the Sacred Threads quilt exhibit April 13! We’ll enjoy BINGO on April 20, an Outreach Expo on April 27, and wrap it up with a Parish Wide Talent Show on May 4. Mark your calendars, make plans to attend, and keep watch for details and reservation information.

Celebrate Dr. David Burton-Brown

Join us on Sunday, April 17 as we celebrate Dr. Brown’s time with us at Grace. In looking at a way to give thanks for David’s time with us, he would like to invite all former choristers and choir members to sing a special anthem that Sunday morning at the 10:45 service. More details will be forthcoming, but please mark your calendars for this and consider being part of this special musical offering. As well, we will have a full English Tea after the service to give thanks in person.

If you would like to contribute to a celebratory gift for Dr. Brown, you may send a check to the parish office, with “David Brown Gift” in the memo line. We will gather these to present to David on April 17.

Women’s Study

Our next women’s group study is built around Brene Brown’s new book, Rising Strong. Led by Dr. Cynthia Park, Melanie Couch, and Cheryl Kelley, we will discuss the stories we tell ourselves, how to reckon with emotion, and how to change our narrative. The group will meet on Wednesday nights from April 13-May 4 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Childcare is available. Please purchase the book and begin reading. Tentative location, dependent on painting progress, is the Grace Center Conference Room

Important News on Disaster and Disruption Preparedness at Grace

Grace wants to be good stewards of our church grounds and membership, protecting all to the best of its ability. We have a program called Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People. Anyone who is involved with care of others in church community is required to take this program.

A foundational task force has been put together to make our church more secure. This task force consists of Bobbie Ingenito, Richard Trotter, Harry Chapman, Jeremy Landers and Reba Page. This group is looking for persons with skills and interest within our church community who have a desire to teach/train what to do in case of a fire, bomb threat, or intruder. Being proactive and educated helps protect you, your loved ones, and your church community. Our facility has been reviewed for better safety and security with the help of the police and fire departments. Suggested changes are either complete or underway.

Emergency preparedness during church events, including services, is important. The consensus is for clergy, vestry, vergers, ushers, and greeters specifically to be trained. Our church members should also know what to do and where to go in the event of an emergency. Therefore, one of three Sundays in May is being considered to hold a fire drill during worship.

Grace has contracted with the Red Cross to be a warming/cooling/disaster center. Red Cross has reviewed our facility, has a floor plan, and is ready at a moment’s notice to bring in all the supplies it needs to care for the community. The added benefit of this agreement is Red Cross pays for any damage done to the church, should that happen, and further brings in its own personnel. Grace’s task force is asking for people to volunteer with the Red Cross. As a volunteer you would be prepared and skilled to help at Grace. No one but bonafide Red Cross volunteers would be permitted to help. All others will be sent home. This is part of Red Cross efficiency and whey they are masters of help and organization in disasters.

Look for future articles in coming weeks on another Red Cross Shelter Training exercise to be held on our campus April 30 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thank you and hope to hear from many of you.

Bobbie Ingenito – bobeee8@gmail.com

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