Next Week’s News: October 2-8

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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!

Blessing of Animals

Grace Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia invite you and your pets to a Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 2 at 4:00 PM.


We will gather for the service on the Brenau lawn across the street from Grace Church at 431 Washington Street. Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome, but please provide the appropriate restraint for any animal you bring. Owners are responsible for pet waste.

All who attend are invited to bring a donation for the Humane Society. Monetary donations and gift cards to local grocery stores,, WalMart, Target, Office Depot, Office Max, PetSmart, and Petco are always welcome. A full wish list can be found on the Humane Society’s website.

New Sunday Forum Begins October 2

Poetry and Christian Experience is a three-part Sunday Forum on the relevance, if any, of poetry to the Christian life, the Christian mission, the Christian discovery of Jesus Christ in the world. Brief videos of contemporary poets reading their poems will accompany each Forum. An added dimension for the Forum is the offering through the Creative Expression cluster of a workshop on Poetry and Painting led by Kat Bergerson from Piedmont College on Saturday, October 15.

The Sunday Forum will be generally organized in the following three sessions.

  • October 2: The Hatred of Poetry. Why is poetry so hard? What is so irritating about poetry? Why bother with poetry?
  • October 9: What is “religious poetry” and is Christianity “poetic”? The King James Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and poetic expression. By “poetry” do we mean and expect something true, or merely felt?
  • October 16: The Word Made Flesh and listening to the voice of the flesh in poetry, listening to ourselves and each other in Jesus’ name.

For each meeting a packet of poems will be available. An overall bibliography of poems, poets, and other readings and resources will accompany the Forum meetings.

Doughnn-it Feel Good to be at Grace

Please join us from 9:00 – 9:30 AM this Sunday, October 2, in the Parish Hall for coffee, tea, and donuts to welcome our newest friends to Grace. Our Grace Vestry Participation Cluster hosts this informal gathering on the first Sunday of every month, designed to give each of us an opportunity to share a conversation or two with those friends familiar to us and those we have not yet met. Come spend some time with us!

Together… as One

During worship on Sunday, October 2, Meg McPeek will share her family’s story, how they first came to know Grace through Children of Grace Preschool. They enrolled their child there, and Meg soon began helping as a teacher. Now, after being here on campus, their family has decided to join Grace Church and share in the common life of the parish. Our Children of Grace Preschool is a vital ministry of Grace Church, and over one hundred families are enriched and supported by a phenomenal team of teachers and staff!


By taking the opportunity to hear from Mary Margaret and Scarlet last week, and from Meg this Sunday, we continue to foster a conversation where we see that we don’t “give to the Church.” Rather, we ARE the Church. We are the Body of Christ, called to share of ourselves and embody Christ’s love in the world around us.

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Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Sunday, October 2. Join us at 4:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Outreach Event for Community Realtors and Property Managers

If you are a realtor, own rental properties, work as a property manager, or want to know the facts around federal, state, and local laws around residency restrictions that affect registered sex offenders, please join us on October 3 at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Our guests from the Governor’s Office will include Tonya White, the Community Coordinator for Hall County on behalf of the Department of Community Supervision for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. See last week’s newsletter or contact Dr. Park (770-536-1026 or with any questions you have about this important event.

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together at Grace on Wednesday, October 5 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 3. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: Herb Roasted Chicken, Roasted Red Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Carrot Cake
  • Vegetarian Entree: Linguine with Tomatoes and Zucchini
  • Children: 1/2 portion regular menu or PBJ, Cookies

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 October 5 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.

Newcomers Luncheon

If you are new to Grace, our Newcomers Ministries invites you to a casual lunch in the Parish Hall following the 10:45 service on Sunday, October 9. Just call the church office at 770-536-0126 by Thursday, October 6 to let us know how many will be coming. Children are welcome! Hope to see you there…

grapejellyFood Pantry

Please return your donations for the food pantry by Thursday, October 6 with requested items. Needed for the upcoming rotation are grape jelly, bath soap, cereal, and laundry detergent (42-46 oz). As always, your support of the Food Pantry is greatly appreciated!

Grief Recovery Group Now Forming

Grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind: death, divorce, job changes, lifestyle changes and more. But it saps our energy and limits our capacity for happiness. Come learn practices to help you recover, using the Grief Recovery Method-an eight week course designed to help you move beyond loss. The group will meet weekly for eight weeks at Grace, beginning the week of October 17 (time TBD), and will be facilitated by Cheryl Kelley. Contact Cheryl for more information.

Why We Need a Movie License

Did you know it is illegal to show a movie in any public venue, including churches, without a movie license? Grace Church has a standing agreement with Christian Video Licensing International (CVLI) to make sure we are properly licensed. Part of our agreement with CVLI stipulates that “No specific titles, or any characters from such titles, or producers’ names will be advertised or publicized to the general public.” This is why we can share movie night titles in our newsletter or on a bulletin board at church, but not here on our blog or on our Facebook page!

It is important to note that not all films are covered under our CVLI license. If your class or ministry group plans to show a movie at Grace Church, please contact Isabel Smiley-Lewis to make sure that movie is on the approved list. If it is not, we may be able to purchase a one-time license that would allow us to show it if we are given enough advance notice.

Trunk or Treat Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to decorate the trunks of their vehicles and hand out candy. Register for your parking space by signing up at the information station or contacting Cheryl Kelley at or 770-536-0126.

Save the Date
October 15: Young Adult – CanoeCharist
October 15: Poetry & Painting Workshop
October 23-30: Family Promise
October 26: Trunk or Treat and The Varsity
November 5: Youth: Visit to Young Harris
November 6: Dinner and All Soul’s Requiem

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