Next Week’s News: January 8-14

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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!

Family Promise

We will host Family Promise guests for TWO weeks this month, from January 15-29. That means double the amount of volunteer effort will be needed, There are MANY ways to help, from donating food, serving meals, setting up bedrooms, doing laundry, and spending the night at church. Please prayerfully consider how you might be able to contribute and sign up online.

Sunday Forum: Rule of Life

Dear Church Family,
All adults are invited to participate in a program called “Growing a Rule of Life” starting this Sunday, January 8 at 9:30 AM. Below is a video that will provide you more information about the program.

Why is “Growing a Rule of Life” important? We can all experience being out of alignment with our inner selves and with nature. In our current world it is almost too simple to be ‘plugged in’ and working around the clock. The Sabbath is no longer officially kept, as families find themselves inundated with social obligations. Living a balanced life requires growing and internalizing a whole set of new boundaries and rules, which may seem impossible in the face of your already overcrowded schedule. But just as stakes and lattices nurture the growth of young plants, so too can spiritual disciplines support the flourishing of our whole being.

I look forward to seeing you here in the parish hall at 9:30 AM this Sunday, January 8.

Jenny Massey

Grace Member Art Show

The deadline for artists to apply to participate in our 2017 Grace Member Art Show is Monday, January 9.  Visit our website for details and the application. The show will open March 15 and run through April 23. We look forward to showcasing the artistic talents we have here at Grace. Email arts@gracechurchgainesville.org with questions.

Youth News

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017! Sunday School classes resume this Sunday, January 8 at 9:30 AM. All youth will meet in the Youth Room.

Register for Confirmation Sessions Calling all 9th & 10th graders (and anyone older who hasn’t yet been confirmed) – register now for the new confirmation class beginning January 29. This special class will meet Sunday afternoons from 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM on January 29, February 12, 19, 26, and March 12, 19. The final meeting is Saturday March 25 and Confirmation is April 2 at the Cathedral. These classes will be led by different members of the Grace community and lunch will be provided. Contact Father Alan or Cheryl Kelley for questions and more information. Register NOW at https://goo.gl/QGZR6n

Women’s Retreat

Many of the women of Grace will be on retreat together January 13-15. Please keep them in your prayers while they are away!

Poinsettias

All parishioners who contributed toward Christmas flowers are invited to take a poinsettia to enjoy at home or give away to someone who would appreciate having it. Poinsettias are located in the Greeting Area.

Strum with a Chum

A new guitar club is meeting after dinner on Wednesday nights until February 22! Whether you have played for years, or never before picked up a guitar, you are welcome to come “Strum with a Chum.” Dinner is at 5:30 PM (make a reservation) and guitar club at 6:15 PM.

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, January 11 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by 10:00 AM on Monday, January 9. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: BBQ bone-in chicken breasts and drumsticks, Brown Rice, Seasoned Corn, Salad/Rolls, Layered Chocolate Cake
  • Vegetarian Entree: Pasta Primavera
  • 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.

Movie Night

Grace adults gather each month in the Youth Room to watch and discuss movies old and new addressing a wide variety of subjects. A very casual occasion, participants often bring a little food and drink to share. We always have a good time and lively discussion-join us at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 13. See what’s showing on the bulletin board at the information station.

Altar Flowers

Altar flowers enhance the beauty of our Sunday services. They can be given in memory of or thanksgiving for family members, friends and loved ones. Donation notices are printed in the newsletter and in the Sunday worship bulletin.

The altar flower calendar and donation forms for 2017 are located at the information station in the connector corridor. To reserve a date, write your name on the calendar, fill out the form and send it, along with your check ($50 suggested donation) to the church office prior to your reserved date. Checks should be made payable to Grace Church with ‘Flower Fund’ noted on the memo line. You may also place the form and your check in the offertory plate.

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