Next Week’s News: April 10-16

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Parish Offices

The parish offices are in the process of being painted and the staff has temporarily moved into the conference room and two of the christian education classrooms on the other side of the building. If you need to visit us during office hours (Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) please enter The Grace Center through the double doors near the back of the parking lot, NOT the red doors facing Brenau Avenue. Thank you for your patience while our facility is being improved!

Christian Education April 10

Forum: Exploring Anglican Spirituality Fr. Stuart will lead a conversation reflecting on the dynamics, history, and spiritual significance of the Anglican Tradition within Christianity. Using Jenifer Gamber’s remarkable resource, Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to The Episcopal Church, we will explore our church structure as well as the rich spiritual tradition we embody as a particular catholic tradition within the broader Christian community. Copies of the book will be on hand to purchase ($10) or you purchase your own copy online beforehand.

The Seekers The Seekers class will reconvene Sunday, April 10, for the first of three classes introducing the Kabbalah in preparation for Rabbi Mark Biller’s return to Grace for a weekend at the beginning of May focusing on the mystical traditions of spirituality in the Kabbalah. In preparation for Sunday’s class you may want to listen to the NPR episode of On Being hosted by Krista Tippett when she has a conversation with Rabbi Howard Kushner on Kabbalah.

Please note: The Conference Room is unavailable due to painting in the Grace Center, so both adult Christian Education classes will meet in the Parish Hall on April 10.

Youth You won’t want to miss the youth Spring Retreat! All youth in grades 6-12 will meet together in the Youth Room from 9:30 AM THROUGH the end of the 10:45 service. We will learn about the different parts of the Eucharist and begin planning for Youth Sunday.

Children April 10 will be a group class for kids in grades PreK – 5. The topic is Holy Eucharist Instruction expanded to Pieces of Service.

Sunday Afternoon Women’s Gathering

Women (21-101 years old) are invited to gather together with Dr. Park on Sunday afternoon, April 10, at 5:30 PM in the youth room! Bring your favorite salad and beverage and we will share a light supper and fellowship, chatting among other things about our upcoming study group built around Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong. There will not be a sitter, but the setting will be pretty loose so if you need to bring your children in order to bring yourself, then bring them!

Please tell your friends! If you have any questions, email or call Dr. Park, Cheryl Kelley, or Melanie Couch for more details (although there really aren’t any more details)! See you then!

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Purge to the Pod!

ReStore is the Habitat-facilitated store that sells second-hand and donated furniture and housing fixtures-a phenomenal resource (often untapped) for the entire community. To help raise awareness of ReStore-and help us all clean out our houses-Grace will host a Purge to the Pod from April 11-23. You can bring furniture and household items that you would like to donate to Habitat, unloReStoreading them into the Pod in the parking lot at the Grace Center during office hours. Large item pickup can be arranged (and is encouraged!) by calling ReStore at 770-718-1070. All medium to smaller housewares, building supplies, anything that one neither wears nor eats is fair game with the ReStore. And they are enormously appreciative.

Grace’s Ministries of Compassion cluster will cover the cost of renting and transporting the pod to the new ReStore location on E. E. Butler near the QuickTrip. It’s a win-win situation: ReStore gets more goods to sell, we all become more aware of ReStore, and you have the chance to de-clutter your home. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Stuart. And, get started on cleaning out your houses!

Choral Music Concert at Grace

On Tuesday, April 12, the University of North Georgia Chorale and Men’s Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Schoening, will present a program of choral music at Grace Episcopal Church. As part of this performance, the UNG Choirs will join forces with the Grace Episcopal Parish Choir in a performance of Schubert’s timeless Mass No. 2 in G. This has been a collaborative effort between Dr. Schoening and Grace Choirmaster/Organist Dr. David Burton-Brown, who was central to the formation of this collaboration and will also be playing the organ for the performance. We sincerely hope you will come join us on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 PM for a wonderful evening of music.

GWAG April 13: Sacred Threads

StageTwocropped900pixThe GWAG on April 13 will mark the opening of the Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibit. The 40 quilts in the traveling exhibit are reflections of Joy, Inspiration, Spirituality, Healing, Grief, Peace, and Brotherhood. The quilts will be on exhibit at Grace until May 4.

The GWAG program will feature remarks on the exhibit from two of the quilters with pieces in the show: Judy Carpenter from our Grace Family and Merilee Tieche from Southwest Missouri. Join us for this inspiring evening as we launch this powerful exhibit.

Make a reservation by noon on Monday, April 11. Sign up online, at the information table, or by calling the church office.

Meal: 5:15-6:15 PM
Menu: Mixed Green Salad, Chicken Piccata, Wild Rice, Steamed Asparagus, Rolls, Cannoli
Vegetarian Entree: Spinach Quiche
Child: 1/2 portion regular or PB&J Sandwich, Cookies
Program: 6:15-7:00 PM
Opening Night of Sacred Threads quilt exhibit

The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for youth in 6th-12th grades, and free for kids up to 5th grade. No shows will be expected to pay. Please do come just for the fellowship and program if you like. You do not have to eat to attend. A nursery is available by reservation only for kids age 4 and under.

Sacred Threads Volunteers Needed!

The Sacred Threads exhibit will be displayed at Grace Church from April 13 through May 4. Public hours are 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday – Saturday, and 1 PM to 4 PM on Sunday. Volunteers are needed during the public hours to proudly welcome visitors to our Grace home. We anticipate visitors from throughout NE Georgia and the Atlanta Metro area. Volunteers may sign up at the information table in the connector corridor.

Day of Self Expression

The Creative Expression ministry invites you to another Day of Self Expression (D.O.S.E.) on Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

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You will find tables and chairs and artists and players of instruments and readers and writers. You will meet people who work with fabric and fiber, yarn and beads, brush and canvas, paint or pencils and paper, perhaps an artist whose favorite medium is rocks or clay or metal. In short, an eclectic collection of people will be making things, not so much in a formal environment of “teach me”, but certainly in a casual environment of “show me”. Bring your own supplies, sustenance and drinks, and come prepared to clean up after yourself. If you have a question about bringing a particular medium, please email Sara Alyn Oakley.

Information Table

The Information Table has been permanently relocated to the connector corridor (the hallway that connects the main church building to The Grace Center), just around the corner from the Greeting Area.

Baptisms

The next scheduled date for baptisms is Sunday, May 15 at the 10:00 AM service. Please contact Brenda if you would like to be baptized or have a child baptized.

Study Hall Volunteers Needed

Grace Church will host a space for Brenau students who need space to concentrate and focus during final exam week. The parish hall will be open April 24-27 from approximately 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM. We need volunteers each night to keep coffee flowing and ensure a safe, quiet space for anyone who is studying. We also need 1 or 2 volunteers to make or provide “study fuel” like cake/doughnuts. Contact Father Alan with questions or to sign up for any of these tasks.

Graduate Recognition

Grace Church will soon publish our annual Graduate Recognition bulletin honoring graduates from high school, college, and graduate school. High School graduates will also be recognized during worship on Sunday, May 15. Please note that there will be just one 10:00 AM combined service that day, followed by the Parish Picnic!

If you will graduate (or have a child graduating) this spring, please submit an online graduate recognition form and email the graduate’s photo to Jennifer Williams. The deadline to submit information for the bulletin is Thursday, May 5. Graduates submitting information after the deadline will still be recognized on May 15 but will not appear in the printed bulletin.

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