Next Week’s News: June 12-18

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Help Pack Lunches

All are invited to meet this Sunday, June 12 at 9:45 AM in the Parish Hall to help pack nearly 100 bagged lunches for the youth to share during their visit to Church of the Common Ground.

Thank you to everyone who has donated needed items for this unique community. Additional donations of men’s socks (new, white, athletic/crew), reading glasses (new w/strength numbers on them), McDonald’s or Subway gift cards, Bibles (Life Recovery and large print), and durable bags are welcome. Please bring them Sunday morning for the youth to deliver.


VBS News

Volunteers Needed A few more volunteers are needed to help make VBS great! If you are available for all – or even part – of VBS week June 20-24, email Childcare is available! Volunteers also needed for work week, June 13-17, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. Childcare is available that week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.

Supplies Needed Eucalyptus leaves and dried flowers are still needed for VBS. If you have any to donate, please bring them to the parish office. Thank you!

Welcome Message from Will Gotmer

Dear Congregation of Grace,
I am so delighted to serve as your next Director of Music and Organist and am very excited to work with such a vibrant, warm, and welcoming staff and congregation. Although I have only been in Gainesville for a short time, it’s clear that this town and congregation have a lot to offer! I am looking forward to getting to know the musical talents of Grace and exploring all we can achieve together. I will be in the office starting on Wednesday, June 15th. Please feel free to stop by, catch me after worship, or send me an email.
Will Gotmer

News For Youth

Church of the Common Ground Gather in the Parish Hall at 9:45 AM this Sunday, June 12 to pack lunches. We will then attend the BEGINNING of the 10:45 service and be blessed and dismissed from this service. Scheduled acolytes can attend this trip! We will return around 4:00 PM. Youth are invited to come help pack lunches even if you are not going to Atlanta.

roperparkPark Night for Youth and Families Friends are welcome too! Meet at Roper Park at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 15 for kickball, 9-square, and a cookout. We’ll provide burgers, drinks, etc. Each family is asked to bring a side or dessert to share. Sign up to give us a food count. This is summer at its best – don’t miss it!!

Young Adult Team Trivia

Another month, another chance for team trivia glory! Meet at Wild Wing Cafe, Gainesville on June 16 at 6:30 PM for fun and food. Will we top last month’s 2nd place finish? mmmm….dunno. But we’re probably just here for the fun.

Summer Children’s Chapel

During the Summer, Children’s Chapel on Sunday mornings will be held in the Catechesis Room (Room 210 in the children’s wing, where they have Sunday School during the year). Parents, please continue to bring children into the Nave with you to begin worship. They will be blessed and led to Children’s Chapel by their leaders, and return to the Nave to join you during Communion.

Fr. Stuart Away

Fr. Stuart will be at Sewanee for his continued doctoral work until June 24. If there is an emergency, either Reba or Cynthia can reach him.

Japan America Grassroots Summit

The 2016 Japan – America Grassroots Summit will take place October 4-11 in Atlanta and surrounding cities. The city of Gainesville has agreed to be a host city and families are needed to accommodate the Japan visitors. Host families will provide accommodations and some transportation, for a guest from Thursday, October 6 to Sunday, October 9. The city of Gainesville is planning events that the Japanese visitors will participate in and it is encouraged that the host families participate as well, schedule permitting.

The deadline to sign up to be a host family has been extended to Sunday, July 31. More information about the summit and the form to complete to be a host family can be found online. If you have questions regarding the summit, please contact Tate O’Rouke.

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