Next Week’s News: September 11-17

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This blog post highlights some events and news just for the upcoming week. The primary source of information about what’s happening at Grace Church is our weekly newsletter – for full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

The Feast of the Holy Cross

Please plan on attending services on our parish feast day, The Feast of the Holy Cross, on Sunday, September 11! This year, our bishop, the Rt. Rev. Rob Wright will be with us to celebrate and preach at both services.


There will also be a continental breakfast from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the Greeting Area and a special forum led by Bishop Wright will begin at 9:30 in the Parish Hall.

On our parish feast day each year, we celebrate Holy Baptism and give thanks for our parish community, remembering especially our symbolic link with the Church of the Holy Sepulchre with a special moment of prayer and veneration in the service. As we do each year, the entire congregation will be invited up to the altar to view and pray with the stone from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre that is embedded in our altar. It will be a day filled with prayer, fellowship, beautiful anthems, candles, and community.

Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study group will meet on Sunday evenings September 11 through October 16 (except September 18) to study Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew-Three Women Search for Understanding, by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. All women 18 and over are invited to join us from 4:30-6:30 PM in the parish hall. Child care provided.


Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together at Grace on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, September 12. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details, menu, and policies on our website.

World of Faith Wednesday Class Our conversation about religious practices throughout the world will continue at 6:30 PM on September 14. We are using a fantastic video series with Huston Smith and Bill Moyers to explore Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Native American spirituality.

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) will be offered on September 14 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) now meet on Wednesday nights for fellowship and fun! We gather for dinner in the Parish Hall (reservations required!) at 5:30 PM and then continue in the Youth Room until 8:00 PM.

Jr. Choristers

Grace Church’s choir for 1st and 2nd graders (and 3rd graders new to music) will begin rehearsing on Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00-5:40 PM. The Jr. Choristers program is designed to teach our younger children the foundational skills of choral singing in worship to prepare them for the Choristers program. They will sing in worship 6-8 times per year and will use the introductory RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) VOICE for LIFE curriculum to help build their vocal skills and musical understanding.

If you or someone you know is interested in singing in any of Grace Church’s choirs contact Will Gotmer.

Challenged Child 5K/Fun Run

Join us at Riverside Military Academy on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 AM for a 5k (and 1 mile Fun Run) to raise money for Challenged Child & Friends! Registration is $25 (First 10 to register for Grace get half off the entry fee!) and is open until September 15.  Go to, click “Corporate Teams” to look for the Grace Episcopal Church team, and sign up. Can’t run? You can also donate directly at See you Saturday morning, September 17!

purplepottyFlush Away Cancer

COG’s Flush Away Cancer fundraiser will continue through the end of September in honor of the two children in our preschool who have been diagnosed with cancer. Visit the COG website to learn how to help or what to do if the purple potty appears in your yard. All proceeds will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer.

Fundraiser for Habitat

As you know, Grace has been a partner with Habitat for Humanity, Hall County, for many years. This year, Habitat has been chosen as the recipient of the Medical Center Foundation Gold Tournament award. The tournament is on October 6, but there are raffle tickets available for those who might want to participate in this way. The tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased in the parish office. The winner of the drawing can choose either $2,500 cash or a Chicopee Woods Eagle Golf Package. All proceeds will go toward the building of homes for families in Hall County-an incredible ministry for our community. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Stuart or George Henderson, Junior Warden, both of whom serve on the Habitat board.

Taste of Gainesville

The Lake Lanier Rowing Club will hold their annual Taste of Gainesville on Saturday, September 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at The Plaza at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park on Clarks Bridge Road. Proceeds benefit the Lake Lanier Rowing Club Junior Crew.

A Taste of Gainesville has fast become one of the ‘MUST ATTEND’ annual events in Gainesville. Enjoy the specialties of many local restaurants and caterers in a relaxed outdoor dining experience. New to the event in 2016 will be wine tasting and craft beer to enjoy! Find a new favorite wine at the event. You will have access to try up to twelve different wines, and even get a souvenir glass to take home.

Tickets are available now in the Grace Church parish office. Cost for food – adults: $25 in advance, $35 day of event, children 10 and under free.  Wine – $25 in advance for 12 samples and souvenir glass, $25 at gate for 8 samples and souvenir glass. Beer can be purchased directly from vendors at the event.

Mark Your Calendars

  • September 18 at 4:30 PM: Young Adult Family Cookout
  • September 21 at 6:30 PM: Painting Bowls for Empty Bowl Lunch
  • September 22 at 6:30 PM: Young Adult Trivia Night
  • September 29 at 7:00 PM: Creative Expression Movie Night
  • October 2 at 4:00 PM: Blessing of Animals

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