Next Week’s News: October 30 – November 5

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An Evening of Interfaith Dialogue

Don’t miss the opportunity to share in a vital conversation with Imam Arshad and Fr. Brian Sullivan on Sunday evening, October 30 in the parish hall. The deadline to sign up for dinner and childcare has already passed, but reservations are not necessary for those who just wish to come for conversation at 6:30 PM. This conversation will mark the beginning of a long-term dialogue with other faiths, an exercise that is so important for our world today. Imam Arshad and Fr. Brian are both exceptional people whose hearts are deeply attuned to the building of relationships.

Forum: Bicentennial Vision Update

Join Fr. Stuart on Sunday, October 30, at 9:30 AM for the continuation of a forum discussing the ongoing work of the Bicentennial Vision Committee. The committee has been hard at work meeting with ministry groups throughout the parish, gathering hopes, dreams, and ideas as we listen to how the Spirit of Christ is leading us into our third century of shared worship and ministry.

17th-century_unknown_painters_-_synaxis_of_all_saints_-_wga23504All Souls’ Requiem Dinner/Nursery Deadline

Wednesday, November 2 is the deadline to make a reservation if you’d like to gather for dinner prior to the celebration of the Feast of All Souls’ on Sunday, November 6 or if you will need nursery (children 4 and under) care during the meal and service. A meal of chili (meat and 3-bean), salad, rolls, and chocolate and cherry éclairs will be served in the parish hall at 5:00 PM. Cost is $6/person. Make meal and nursery reservations online or call 770-536-0126. November 2 is also the deadline to  submit names of those who have died to Isabel. These name will be read during the Prayers of the People.

A Requiem Mass for the Feast of All Souls will begin at 6:00 PM. The choir will sing a capella anthems and chants and the congregation will join in hymns.

Pledge Party on November 2

In the coming week, we will begin the follow-up stewardship calls for those who have not had a chance to send in their pledge cards. And, this year, we want to do something a bit different: we’re going to have a Pledge Party! That’s right. You can have fun with Stewardship (we really should, after all). On Wednesday, November 2, at the Wednesday dinner, all are invited to a combination of dance party/talent show/hokey 1990s tele-a-thon. The Stewardship Committee will be on hand to make follow up calls as we open the floor to anyone who wants to sing, dance, tell a joke, or share other talents. Above all, we will celebrate our blessings as a parish community (while also making sure to encourage everyone to pledge to the 2017 budget). Make a reservation if you’d like to eat dinner. If you can’t be at the party in person, we’ll be posting live updates on our Facebook page that Wednesday evening!

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 31. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: Baked Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Rolls, Pecan Pie
  • Vegetarian Entree: Spinach Quiche
  • 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 PM.

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 have been filling out our own “pledge cards” of time & talent. These cards are now in an online form so you can fill it out any time. Check it out (and fill it out!) at

Advent Reflections Sign up to write an advent reflection for the rest of the parish. It’s super easy: read the readings. Think about what God is doing in that story. Think about what in your life (or someone else’s) this reminds you of. Write a short paragraph about it… what these readings make you think of… what they make you grateful for… Sign up at

Registration Now Open for Women’s Retreat

Registration for the January 13-15 Women’s Retreat has begun. Join us for a weekend of fellowship, refreshment and renewal 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. Please turn in a $50 deposit AND a completed registration form (available online, at the information table, and in the parish office) to hold your spot. Additional details can be found on the registration form or contact Cheryl Kelley with any questions.


Who Wants to Be in a Parade?

Grace Church and COG Preschool are joining together to participate in the Christmas on Green Street parade on Sunday, December 4. If you are interested in walking in the parade and passing out candy, please contact Jane Bradley or Fr. Stuart.

Save the Date:

  • November 6: Dinner and All Soul’s Requiem
  • November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 13: Youth/Parent Meeting with Easton Davis
  • November 16: Youth Worship & Movie Night
  • November 20: Cakes & Casseroles
  • November 27: Advent Wreath Making
  • December 18: Lessons & Carols

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