Lunch with Beth-Sarah Wright
This Sunday, April 24, we are pleased that Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright, PhD will speak at a luncheon in our parish hall immediately following the 10:45 AM service. This is one of two programs we are offering whose appropriate audiences are adults. Dr. Wright is married to our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Wright, and is a gifted speaker in the field of the dynamics of mental health within a spiritual community. She speaks candidly about her own struggles with serious depression and her journey forward. RSVP to Brenda Morgan at 770-536-0126 or by email by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 22.
On May 11 at 5:30 PM, our featured speakers will be representatives from the LINK Counseling Center. This group specializes in post-suicide trauma and therapy. Persons as young as eighteen may attend. Dinner provided, please RSVP to Brenda Morgan by email or 770-536-0126.
The Sacred Threads quilt exhibit is open now until Wednesday, May 4. Public exhibit hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 1:00 – 4:00 PM on Sunday.
The quilts are displayed in our Parish Hall and Greeting Area and there is no charge. Please help spread the word about this opportunity – tell your friends and neighbors!
Christian Education April 24
Forum: Exploring Anglican Spirituality Fr. Stuart is leading a conversation reflecting on the dynamics, history, and spiritual significance of the Anglican Tradition within Christianity. The Forum is meeting in the Parish Hall
The Seekers The Seekers class is learning about the Kabbalah in preparation for Rabbi Mark Biller’s return to Grace in May. The Seekers are meeting in the Parlor.
Youth Youth will meet together in the youth room and then break into their small group classes this Sunday.
Children WoRM classes resume this Sunday for our PreK-5th graders. The lesson on April 24 is: Holy Spirit Appearances.
GWAG April 27: Outreach
During the GWAG program on the 27 we will spend a few minutes talking about the agencies we have historically supported, example Good News, Centerpoint, Food Pantry, My Sister’s Place to name a few. Most importantly we will be highlighting the new groups we are supporting for the first time this year, i.e. WeCare, ITN Lanier, the Airport Ministry, HELP Court. Come learn more about outreach at Grace.
Meal: 5:15-6:15 PM
Menu: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, Tossed Salad, Rolls, Brownies
Vegetarian Entree: Linguine with Tomatoes & Zucchini
Child: 1/2 portion regular or PB&J Sandwich, Cookies
Program: 6:15-7:00 PM
Make a reservation by noon on Monday, April 25. Sign up online, at the information table, or by calling the church office. 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.
Music at Grace
Dr. William (Bill) Gash, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Georgia, is serving as our interim organist. Bill studied organ at Brevard College, Maryville College, and Florida State and has served as organist/music director at various churches and denominations in NC and SC over the past thirty years. Dr. Benjamin Schoening is our interim choirmaster. Ben is Associate Professor of Music, Director of Vocal Studies, and Conductor – UNG Chorale & Men’s Ensemble at the University of North Georgia – Gainesville Campus, as well as a member of the Grace Church parish choir. Thank you to both for sharing their gifts with our community during this time of transition.
Fr. Stuart is pleased to announce, at the unanimous recommendation of the search committee, that he has hired Will Gotmer as Grace’s new Organist and Choirmaster. Will is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and will receive his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Miami in a few days’ time. His first Sunday with us will be June 19 and we look forward to welcoming him to Grace Church! Learn more about Will and view a brief video.
Young Adult Trivia
Meet us at Wild Wing Cafe at Jesse Jewel in Gainesville for another uber-competitive (#notreally) Team Trivia. April 28. Gather at 6:30 PM. Trivia begins at 7:00 PM.
Study Hall Volunteers Needed
Exam week for Brenau begins April 25, so our late-night study hall begins this Sunday! From April 24-27, the parish hall will be open from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM each night to provide a safe, quiet space for anyone who wants to study.
Volunteers are needed to keep watch over the space during those hours (thanks to those who have already signed up!!). Please consider serving this new and growing ministry of connection and presence to Grace’s closest neighbors. Those present can help make sure coffee is hot and the space is quiet. (You will not serve by yourself, but always with one other person!) We also need 1 or 2 to provide study-friendly (grab-and-go) foods for the study hall. Let Father Alan know if you would like to help in any way. This is a great chance to be a neighbor, … and even catch up on your reading!
Lock In: April 29-30
Grace is hosting a lock-in! We’ll meet together Friday evening for fun, fellowship, and worship. Eat dinner before you arrive but there will be snacks and breakfast. We’ll play a few new games as well as our own kind of Olympics. We are excited to host at least one other church at this lock-in. AND you are welcome to invite friends to join you!
Cost is $5 per youth. Adults are free. (Help Wanted – You DON’T have to stay all night! Contact Alan!)
New Families Barbecue Supper
Our Grace Newcomer Ministries and Foyers have teamed up to host a New Members Barbecue Supper on Saturday, April 30 at 5:00 PM in our Parish Hall. If you are new to Grace, we would like to invite you to a casual evening with lots of conversation and storytelling. Just let us know how many family members will be attending by calling our church office at 770-536-0126. Children are welcome! You won’t need to bring anything, we have you covered! Hope to see you Saturday, April 30.
A Space to Explore Jewish Mysticism
REGISTER NOW to spend a couple days with Rabbi Mark Biller when he returns to Grace on Friday, May 6 (5:30 pm dinner, 6:30 discussion) and Saturday, May 7 (10 am to 2 pm, lunch included). He will share teachings with us on Jewish Mysticism and on Kabbalah – which have influenced the Christian contemplative tradition so deeply throughout the centuries. It will be a remarkable opportunity to share in conversation with Rabbi Biller as we delve even more deeply into our practice of prayer.
Cost for the event (to cover Friday dinner and Saturday lunch) is $25. RSVP with a registration form and payment to the office, or call Isabel at 770-536-0126 with any questions you may have.
It’s that time of year again! Our Parish Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, May 15 and we want you there! This is a wonderful opportunity to gather for fellowship, fun activities, and a delightful picnic on the Brenau lawn following our 10:00 AM combined worship service.
Delicious chicken and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to share with ten people according to the following assignment based on the first letter of your last name.
• A-H: hot side (ex. mac and cheese, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, green beans)
• I-N: cold side (ex. salads, fresh fruit, veggie tray)
• O-Z: dessert
We rotate the categories every year and would greatly appreciate you bringing a dish for the category that applies to you so that we end up with a tasty variety of food with plenty for everyone.
We will need volunteers before (setting up), during (serving drinks, supervising activities) and after (cleaning up). If you are available and willing to help, please sign up on the board near the information table. We appreciate you!
Register Now for VBS 2016!
Kids in PreK – 5th grade are invited to join us for our Festival of Faith Vacation Bible School, June 20-24 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
Festival of Faith is a VBS experience designed to teach the story of faith and its importance around the world. Children learn by participating in the customs and the traditions of other countries as they celebrate the seasons of the Church Year. Crafts, music, and lessons will help children learn the message of God’s love for the world, and the many ways the world’s people show their love for God.
Children will enjoy making crafts and learning activities as they visit each country’s booth at the Bazaar. And not only will they get to pretend to visit a foreign country, but they will also celebrate Christmas as well as all the other Christian holidays-all in one week’s time!
Registration is now open to all. Priority will be given to Grace Church parishioners and Children of Grace preschool students who register by Sunday, May 1. Space will be limited so don’t wait to register!