Next Week’s News: November 13-19

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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!

Angel Tree


Through our annual Christmas Angel Tree program, Grace Church, in partnership again this year with the Salvation Army, helps to fulfill the holiday hopes and dreams of children in our community. Angel tags are still available on the tree located in the greeting area. Each tag includes a child’s name and the desired gift, either a toy or clothing. All gifts should be returned unwrapped with the tag firmly attached by Wednesday, November 30. Bring them to the parish office during the week, or leave them under the Christmas tree in the greeting area.

The generous Angel Tree participation by the parish in past years has made Christmas wishes come true for many children. We thank you for your 2016 participation as we welcome the holiday season spirit of giving.

Sunday Forum

Collier Cato, a member of Grace Church who is studying at McAfee School of Theology, will continue our conversation on reconciliation and racial dialogue at the Sunday Forum on November 13 at 9:30 AM.

Youth News

Parent Youth Meeting with Easton Davis All parents and youth are encouraged to meet Easton Davis, diocesan missioner for Youth and Young Adults on Sunday, November 13 at 9:30 AM. He and other youth from across the Diocese will share their stories and talk about the role of healthy youth programs in contemporary culture. This conversation will have an impact on our own discussions about the future of the youth @ Grace and planning a way forward.

Youth Worship & Movie Night Join us for a special evening of music, community, and a movie on November 16 from 6:30-9:00 PM. After church dinner (RSVP if you want dinner), we’ll gather in the youth room for a special time getting ready for Advent. There will be singing, making things, and maybe a game or two. Then, we’ll have hot cocoa and popcorn as we watch a movie.

Creative Expression Movie Night

Join the Grace Church Creative Expressions Cluster as we gather for another Movie Night on Friday, November 18 in the youth room. (See what film is playing on the bulletin board at the information station.) We hope you will join us! Doors open at 6:30 PM. The movie begins at 7:00 PM. Please feel free to bring a friend and snacks and/or drinks of your choosing. Popcorn will be provided. See you there!

Emmaus Thanksgiving Outreach

Emmaus House Thanksgiving bags can be dropped off in the parish office or in the marked container by the information table between now and Wednesday, November 16. Please label the bag for Emmaus House. Please include the following for a family of 4:

  • 2 cans of string beans (English cut)emmaushousegroceries
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 2 boxes of muffin mix
  • 1 large bag of stuffing
  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 bag of rice (1 lb)

Grace Church, through our Outreach budget, will provide turkeys to accompany the groceries.

If you prefer, you can leave a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church, with “Emmaus House Thanksgiving” in memo line, at the parish office no later than Tuesday, November 15. For every $20 donated, we will be able to provide one bag of groceries to feed a family of four. Thank you for your annual support!

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, November 14. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Baby Carrots, Salad, Rolls, Brownies
  • Vegetarian Entree: Linguine w/tomatoes & 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 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) have special plans on November 16. See Youth News article above for details!

Listening Devices Available

If anyone is having trouble hearing the lessons, gospel or sermon, we have tools on the table in the narthex to help make listening a better experience during church. There are detailed instructions with the device and if you have questions the ushers can walk you through how to use them.

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