Next Week’s News: January 22-28

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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!

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Annual Meeting

All parishioners are encouraged to attend the Annual Parish Meeting of Grace Episcopal Church on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Reservations are required no later than noon on Monday, January 23 for food, as well as nursery and childcare. Visit our website for complete details and a link to reservation form.

Women’s Study

All women of Grace are invited to our next women’s study on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM in the chapel, beginning January 22. We’ll discuss Holly Gerth’s book You’re Already Amazing; Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be. Check it out at http://www.hollygerth.com. Come join us to discuss who and Whose we are, and explore how to live the life we were created to live. The class will meet for six weeks.

COG Fall Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is currently under way for the Children of Grace preschool. Episcopal families can register Sunday, January 22 in the greeting area from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. You will need to fill out a registration form and pay the $75 registration fee.

Openings will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 26 starting at 9:30 AM. If you have any questions please call the preschool office at 770-536-9088.

Foyer Groups

Twice a year, all Grace Church members are invited to participate in a Foyer Group. Foyer Groups consist of six to eight adults who meet in one another’s homes for a meal and fellowship over the course of approximately six months. The groups gather at the convenience of the members, with the first meeting being held at the home of the group’s captain. Not only is participation in Foyers fun, but it also facilitates deeper relationships among Grace Church members. Spring 2017 groups are now forming. If you are interested in joining, please sign up online or at the information station at church no later than Sunday, February 5.

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Join the Handbell Choir

Grace Church is looking to start a small handbell choir! If you are interested in joining, please email Will Gotmer…no experience is necessary! Seniors, adults, and youth (8th grade and up) are welcome to join. A rehearsal time has not yet been set, but weekly 90-minute rehearsals would begin in March.

The origin of modern-day handbells dates back to 17th century England. This beautiful instrument, made of bronze, came about when neighbors of bell towers grew weary of listening to long change-ringing (a method of ringing large church bells) rehearsals. Handbells permitted the rehearsals to take place indoors, were portable and much easier to ring than their church bell predecessors. Handbells were first brought to the U.S. in the mid 1800’s and were originally popularized by the American showman, P.T. Barnum, as a circus attraction.

In the mid twentieth century, musicians began ringing handbells in American churches. Handbells were first manufactured in London, England by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. In 1962, Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. began manufacturing handbells in the United States. It is estimated that today there are over 10,000 handbell choirs in North America alone.

Strum with a Chum

The guitar club will not meet on Wednesday, January 25.

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