Next Week’s News: February 12-18

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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!

Welcome our Interim Youth Minister!

I am pleased to announce to you that Sean McConnell will join my staff as Interim Youth Minister beginning Sunday, February 12. Sean brings a wealth of youth experience with him, having worked in several other youth programs in churches around the area, especially with the United Methodist Church. He comes highly recommended, and is willing to stay with us through the entire Spring. He will focus his time solely on the youth, working to further develop the Sunday morning Christian Education opportunities and other spaces for fellowship and prayer. He will also support the ongoing work of the Youth Formation Committee, who is working to finalize a job description in the search for a permanent Youth Minister. His keen, experienced eye will be very helpful for us as we seek to step into a more settled space with youth ministry.

I also want to thank all of those who have helped hold the youth program over the past couple years. No transition is easy, and I am grateful for the leaders and parents who continue to support this vital piece of our parish’s common life.


sean_mcconnellA Message from Sean:
I look forward to meeting you all in person but in the meantime I would like to tell you a little about myself. I was born in Douglasville, GA, where I attended Chapel Hill High School. After high school, I attended Berry College in Rome, GA, where I received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in 2009. While in undergrad, I spent my summers working with children and youth at Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA. In May of 2011, I received my Master’s of Theological Studies, with a concentration on the Hebrew Bible, from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. It was during this time that I discovered my passion for developing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. For the past 6 years I have used that passion while walking alongside teenagers and adults on their faith journey in a variety of church settings.

When not at church, I enjoy participating in any and all outdoor activities with my beautiful wife, Becca, and playing with our two dogs.

I am excited for the opportunity to serve and do ministry along side all of you in the coming weeks and months, and I look forward to sharing our lives together, as we all grow closer to one another and to God.


Sunday Forum

On Sundays in February, Dave Westfall is leading a Sunday Forum exploring who C.S. Lewis was, and the legacy he left in his work. We’ll also take a look at the symbolism contained in the Narnia books. This study will help prepare us for the upcoming joint effort between Grace and Brenau, a series of lectures entitled, “Love letters to Jack; Love Letters to God: an exploration of the works of Joy Davidman and CS Lewis” on March 23 and 24. Join us for the Sunday Forum at 9:30 AM in the parish hall.

Rise Against Hunger

riseagainsthungerDo you realize that we have the capacity and the opportunity to be part of this worldwide initiative to completely end hunger by 2030? The organizing team from Rise Against Hunger (formerly “Stop Hunger Now”) will be at Grace on Sunday March 12 following the second service. We will set up in the Parish Hall and our goal is to pack 10,000 meals in two hours! BUT, we need volunteers!!! We are looking for at least 40 volunteers who will work in assembly line teams measuring, packing, and sealing these nutritious meal packages.

Please email Cynthia if you can volunteer your time on Sunday, March 12 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. This would be a great family activity as well!!

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 PM! Meal and nursery/childcare reservations are due by noon on Monday, February 13. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Full details and policies on our website.

  • Menu: Taco Salad (beef or chicken) with lettuce, olives, jalapenos, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, churros
  • Vegetarian Entree: Taco Salad (black beans)
  • 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.

Strum with a Chum

The 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.

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