August 28-September 3

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Following are some highlighted events and news for the upcoming week. Please note this weekly blog post is not intended to take the place of the newsletter. For full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

Youth on Retreat

Our youth will head up to Camp Mikell this weekend for fun, games, prayer, and great food. They will return to Grace at the 10:45 AM service on Sunday, August 28. Please keep the youth and their leaders in your prayers while they are away!

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner
Come eat dinner together at Grace on Wednesday, August 31 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, August 29. Sign up online, at the information station, or call 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. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you will still be asked to pay for your meal. Thank you for understanding.

  • Regular Menu Taco salad w/ beef and chicken, Lettuce, Black Olives, Jalapenos, Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Churros
  • Vegetarian Black Beans
  • Child 1/2 portion regular or PB&J sandwich, cookies

World of Faith Wednesday Class
For those who would like a space to learn about religious practices throughout the world, we are offering an ongoing Wednesday evening conversation at 6:30 PM using a fantastic video series with Huston Smith and Bill Moyers. We will play a piece of the video, exploring Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality. And, we’ll share conversation as we go: what are we learning about the similarities and differences with the world’s major faiths? As always, groups are encouraged to schedule meetings on Wednesday evenings after dinner, but for those who would like to share a conversation, this will be a great opportunity.

Meetings/Conversations
If your committee/ministry group would like to schedule a meeting at 6:30 PM following the meal, contact Jennifer or fill out the online facility use request form to reserve a room.

Children
A nursery (age 4 and under) and childcare (PreK-5th grade) is being offered on a trial basis on Wednesday nights until September 7 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Reservations are necessary and should be made on the same form as meal reservations.

Youth
Youth (grades 6-12) are now meeting on Wednesday nights! We’ll gather for dinner in the Parish Hall (reservations required!) at 5:30 PM and then continue in the Youth Room until 8:00 PM. This will be a chill space for fellowship and fun.

Flush Away Cancer

Children of Grace is planning a fundraiser for the month of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Month. Unfortunately, the 2016-2017 school year brings two children to our school who have been diagnosed with cancer.

flushawaycancer (2)Our fundraiser is entitled, Flush Away Cancer. We will use a child’s porcelain potty, painted purple, and place it in a family’s yard. For a donation of $15 the family can remove the potty and return it to the preschool. For $20 we will remove the potty and place it in a requested family’s yard. For $30 a family can request the potty to be placed in another family’s yard and have “insurance” so the potty cannot be placed back in their yard again.

All proceeds will be donated to CURE. CURE researches development of “targeted therapies”, focuses on the training of future pediatric oncologists and researchers through the fellowship program at Emory University School of Medicine, and innovative programs that address the critical and urgent needs of patients and their families.

If you would like to prevent this purple potty from showing up in your yard, you can send in $30 for “insurance” to keep this potty flushing somewhere else. Send an email to cog@gracechurchgainesville.org letting us know that you want insurance and will be sending a $30 check to COG, 422 Brenau Avenue, Gainesville, GA 30501. Please make check payable to CURE Childhood Cancer.

As with all our fundraisers, our goal is not only to support a worthy charity, but to teach our children to lead with a servant’s heart. Children’s cancer affects all ethnic, gender, and socio-economic groups. Therefore, honoring these two classmates and participating in this fundraiser allows our children to learn by example as well as encouraging our wonderful community to bring this lesson home.

Thanks again for all your support!

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