Next Week’s News: September 18-24

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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!

Pilgrimage Presentation

Come hear about the Youth Pilgrimage to the mountains of Wyoming. Our pilgrims will tell you all about their journey during the forum hour between the services (9:30 – 10:30 AM) on September 18. Come support them as they share their trip with the parish.


Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together at Grace on Wednesday, September 21 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, September 19. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details, menu, and policies on our website.

Painting Bowls For several years now, Grace Church parishioners have gathered to paint pottery bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Lunch. We will do so again following dinner on Wednesday, September 21.

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 21 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.

Empty Bowl Lunch

Following our Wednesday dinner on September 21 we will be painting pottery bowls for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s Empty Bowl Lunch. Grace Church is glad to once again help support this annual fundraiser.

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s annual Empty Bowl Lunch will be held in the First Baptist Church Banquet Hall on Tuesday, September 27. Drop in anytime between 11 AM – 1 PM. Each guest will enjoy lunch and take home a hand-made bowl as a reminder of empty bowls in our community. All the bowls are made and donated by individuals, businesses, civic-groups, church groups, art students, artists, and potters. Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $25 per person, or tables of eight can be reserved. Call 770-534-4111 or visit

Did you know that 1 in 5 Georgians is hungry? Each year, Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB) fulfills their mission to address hunger, health and quality of life by serving those in need throughout Northeast Georgia by partnering with more than 60 agencies and nonprofits to feed thousands of people. Every dollar donated to GMFB can provide about five meals. So by dropping in and joining us for lunch, your $25 donation can provide 125 meals in our community. (Now that’s what we call a power lunch!)

If you would like to eat dinner before painting a bowl on September 21, make a meal reservation no later than 12:00 PM on Monday. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office.

20s & 30s Young Adult News

Young Families Cookout Calling all young families, young adults, families with young children… whatever you want to call it, come out to the O’Roukes this Sunday afternoon (September 18) beginning at 4:30 PM for some food and fun. Bring a side to share and any hard beverages of choice. We’ll take care of everything else . . . even onsite childcare!! It’s not too late to register or reserve childcare. Email Alan ASAP.

Team Trivia Join us for team trivia on Thursday, September 22 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! We need your expertise to win – everyone knows something! Meet us at Wild Wing Cafe on Jesse Jewell.

Brunch There is NO brunch this month — come to the cookout on September 18! Register at the link above.

Youth News

Wednesday Nights Hey! Don’t forget Wednesdays! We get together each week after church dinner in the Youth Room. Check it out! We’ll even be there during the Empty Bowl painting September 21. Paint a bowl (or team-paint a bowl for charity!) and then spend some time with your friends until 8:00 PM.

Museum Trip Thanks to everyone who went to Atlanta this week to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. It was an amazing trip that got a lot of good discussions and questions going. One of the favorites for the day — we saw a lot of examples of people who fought for the rights of SOMEONE ELSE and were killed or arrested for it. They were standing up for someone else to have the rights that they already experienced. How do we stand up for someone else in our own world? Are we still willing to do it even when there are consequences to our actions?

Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study will not meet on Sunday, September 18. Join us for our next class at 4:30 PM on Sunday, September 25.

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.

SAGES at Taste of Gainesville

Taste of Gainesville is a great opportunity for our Social Active Grace Episcopal Seniors group! Come buy your ticket in the parish office (see above) and meet up at the event to enjoy the food, music, beverages and fellowship.

Flush Away Cancerpurplepotty2

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. The preschool is working very hard to raise at least $5,000 for CURE Childhood Cancer!



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