Next Week’s News: October 16-22

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Make a Reservation Now for The Varsity!

Come participate in our first Trunk or Treat, Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30 PM. Decorate your car, pass out candy, or just enjoy dinner and seeing the children in their costumes! Please contact Cheryl to register to decorate your car. The Varsity food truck will cater dinner; adults and youth (6th grade and up) can get 1 entree, side, dessert for $10 or 2 entrees, side, dessert for $12. Make a meal reservation no later than noon on Monday, October 24. All are welcome!


Together… as One
How Grace Church Uses Our Gifts

Please click on the link below to explore a very important message from Doug McDuff, our parish treasurer.

Link » How Grace Church Uses Our Gifts

As you will see, we have worked to describe the budget in narrative terms, that is, what is our story? How do the numbers within the budget show the ways we are embodying Christ’s love within the five clusters of our shared ministry and life? We hope this helps the entire parish see the larger picture of how our pledges contribute to the development of ministry, as we participate with God’s mission in the world around us.

Many blessings,
Fr. Stuart

Poetry and Christian Experience

The 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 will wrap up on October 16 at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

Jr. Choristers

Our Jr. Choristers have been working hard and are excited to make their first offering in worship this Sunday, October 16, at the 10:45 AM service.


Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study will meet on Sunday, October 16. Join us at 4:30 PM in the Parish Hall.

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 17. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Southern Style Green Beans, Rolls, Salad, Pound Cake w/toppings
  • Vegetarian Entree: Spaghetti with marinara sauce
  • 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 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) gather for dinner in the Parish Hall (reservations required!) at 5:30 PM and continue with fellowship in the youth room until 8:00.

A Call for Pen and Ink Drawings!

I am exploring a new cover for our Sunday bulletin, and I want to put out a call for pen and ink drawings of the front of Grace Church’s nave, with the bell tower. Anyone who is interested is invited to send their drawing to me by Wednesday, October 26. We will work to have the new cover on All Saints’ Sunday, November 6.

Fr. Stuart

Family Promise Volunteers Needed

We will host Family Promise guests from October 23-30. Please visit the volunteer board at the information station in the connector corridor to see ways you can help with this important outreach effort. You can also now sign up to help online! Simply plug your name into the spreadsheet at this link. Please contact Tricia McDuff if you have any questions.

Registration Now Open for Women’s Retreat

montreatJoin us for a weekend of fellowship, refreshment and renewal January 13-15, 2017, at the breathtaking Montreat Retreat and Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina. We will once again be led by our beloved singer-songwriter, Donna Marie Todd. Accommodations are in the newly-renovated Assembly Inn.

The cost, which includes lodging, meals (3 meals Saturday, Sunday breakfast), and all expenses for the weekend range from $150-$260, dependent on room occupancy. A $50 deposit is required with your registration. The remaining balance is due 1/6/2017. Room requests will be honored as space is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up soon!

Registration forms are available online or at the information station. Please contact Cheryl Kelley with any questions you may have.

Youth News

Your Time / God’s Talent This is stewardship season, a time when we think about how we take care of ourselves and the gifts God has given us. We also think about how we use our gifts for the life of the world. The Youth of Grace are filling out our own Time and Talent cards that look at what we’re good at, what we are passionate about, and how we like to offer those things to our friends and community. Thanks to everyone who has filled one out. Look for an online version in the next Youth Newsletter.

Trunk or Treat Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 26. We’ll be participating in Trunk or Treat by decorating a car and handing out candy. Make a reservation if you’d like to eat dinner catered by The Varsity food truck.

Young Harris College October 21 is the last day for high school students to register for the Young Harris college visit on November 5. Get on campus at a local college, eat in the dining hall, see what it will be like to visit a school. Parents encouraged to attend as well. Register at

High School Retreat Love Camp Mikell? Want to have a weekend with youth your own age? Sign up for Happening (9th-12th grades) on November 11-13. Cost is $100 and scholarships are available. Register here:

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