News for July 30 – August 5

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Summer Pick Up Choir

All Grace Church adults, and middle through high school youth, are invited to join a summer pick-up choir. No experience or previous choir participation is necessary. We will meet in the sanctuary at 10:00 AM on July 30 and August 20 to rehearse a simple anthem and look at the hymns and service music for the morning. The pick-up choir will not robe or process, we will come forward to present our offertory anthem and return to the pews. Contact Will Gotmer for more information.

Wednesday Contemplative Eucharist Begins August 2

After taking a brief hiatus over the summer, our Wednesday afternoon service returns to the calendar on August 2, with a fresh format of healing prayer, Gospel lesson, silence, and shared communion. The chapel has undergone a transformation as well, to foster a more contemplative and inviting space for worship. Please join us in the chapel for our new Contemplative Eucharist on Wednesday, August 2 at 12:10 PM. As well, any who want are invited to go to lunch afterward at Sweet Magnolia’s. We buy our own lunch but share the conversation!

Join a Foyers Group

Twice a year, all Grace Church members are invited to participate in a Foyer Group. Foyer Groups consist of small groups of adults who meet in one another’s homes for a meal and fellowship over the course of approximately six months. Not only is participation in Foyers fun, but it also facilitates deeper relationships among Grace Church members. Fall Foyers groups are forming now! Sign up online or at the information station no later than Sunday, August 20.

Blood at the Root

The Gainesville – Hall County Black History Society will present Blood at the Root with Patrick Phillips on August 5 at Grace Episcopal Church. National Book Award finalist Phillips tells Forsyth County’s tragic story in vivid detail and traces its history of racial violence all the way back to antebellum Georgia. Recalling his own childhood in the 1970s and ’80s, Phillips sheds light on the communal crimes of his hometown and the violent means by which locals kept Forsyth “all white” well into the 1990s. A book signing and reception will begin at 1:00 PM, with a discussion at 2:00 PM.

Is your child interested in music?

Join one of our children’s choirs at Grace! Both follow the training curriculum developed by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and provide our choristers with a quality education in music. Contact Will Gotmer, our Director of Music, for more information.

  • Choristers All 3rd-8th grade children are welcome to join the Grace Church Choristers program. Choristers sing in worship 1-2 times per month and rehearse weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00 PM beginning September 6. The Choristers will use the RSCM VOICE for LIFE curriculum, an acclaimed structured choral training guide that provides a framework for young choral singers to develop their vocal skills, musical understanding, and knowledge of the repertoire.
  • St. Cecilia Choir Reading kindergarteners-2nd grade are welcome to join this choir. This program is designed to teach our younger children the foundational skills of choral singing in worship to prepare them for the Choristers program. They sing in worship 6-8 times per year and rehearse weekly on Wednesdays from 5:00-5:45 PM beginning September 6. The St. Cecilia choir will use the introductory RSCM VOICE for LIFE curriculum to help build vocal skills and musical understanding.

A Widow’s Tale: A One Day Retreat

Over 700,000 women are widowed in the US every year and the average age of an American widow is 57. Grace will host a one-day retreat for widows on Friday, September 29 in the Parish Hall from 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM. The event will feature Donna Marie Todd, a widow and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, as facilitator.

This event is open to widows of any age and of any length of widowhood here at Grace and throughout Gainesville, but SPACE IS LIMITED. A fee of $25 will cover food and supplies for the day. If you are interested in knowing more about this retreat, please contact Dr. Park (; 770-536-0126) for more information and registration.

A New Website for the Community Food Pantry

The Gainesville Food Pantry is a unique, hands-on ministry which serves about 2,400 families a year. Grace Church has been serving this ministry for over 38 years, making this the longest running outreach program of our church. Other churches that participate in this ecumenical partnership are St. Paul United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, and First Baptist Church. Find out more about the Community Food Pantry at their new website!

Episcopal Church Women Quilt

Plans to make a quilt for the Atlanta Diocese were begun by the Executive Board of the Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Atlanta, in 1995. Barbara Alexander from Church of the Incarnation and Mary Parris from the Cathedral of St. Philip were instrumental in getting the project started. From 1996-1999, women from throughout the diocese and members of the Board lovingly handmade each of the unique squares you see on the quilt. Jennie Priven of St. Clare’s in Blairsville and a quilter from the Diocesan Board volunteered to assemble the finished product. The quilt was happily presented for the first time at the ECW Diocese of Atlanta Annual Meeting on October 19, 2002.

The finished quilt measures 100 inches wide by 92 inches long. There are 100 completed squares and 10 empty blocks available for parishes or other organizations in the Diocese. Stop by and view the quilt, which is currently on display in our parish hall!

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