News for September 10-16

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CE Begins September 10

On Sunday, September 10, we will celebrate our annual “Kickoff Sunday,” with the choir returning and Christian Education classes officially beginning for children, youth, and adults. Classes meet from 9:30 – 10:30 AM each Sunday. Learn more about all of the different offerings!

Wednesday Dinner

Most Wednesdays during the church school year, our church family will gather for food and fellowship. On occasion, opportunities for fun and learning will follow the meal. On September 13 we will hear about a possible new ministry opportunity for military families.

  • Menu: Taco Salad (beef or chicken) with toppings, churros
  • Vegetarian: Black Bean Taco Salad
  • Child: 1/2 portion regular or PB&J sandwich, cookies

Meal reservations are due by 12:00 PM on Monday. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. If you make a reservation and do not attend, you will still be asked to pay for the meal that was ordered for you. Thank you for understanding. Cost is free for kids up to 5th grade, $5 youth (6th-12th grade), and $10 adults.

A nursery (children up to 4 years of age) and childcare (PreK-5th grade) will be offered from 5:00-9:00 PM on Wednesday evenings. Reservations are necessary and can be made on the same form as meal reservations.

EYC: Episcopal Youth Community

EYC meets at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 13! Wednesday evening gatherings (scheduled, roughly, every other week) will focus solely on games and relationship building opportunities. All youth in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us in the youth room.

Exploring a Possible New Ministry to Military Families

Hall County is home to hundreds of national guard troops who are frequently deployed to places around the globe where the U. S. is currently engaged in military conflict. The families they leave behind often experience social isolation from other military families as well as non-military members of the communities where they live. Presently, there is no central meeting place for families to come for fellowship or other necessary meetings. What would it look like for Grace to offer space for these families to come together? Join us at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, September 13 to hear from our own parishioner Kevin Wilson, a mental health counselor in the national guard, about imagining ideas for Grace to develop this ministry.

Men’s Group Update

About 25 men gathered a few weeks ago for lunch and conversation to explore what a Men’s Group might look like at Grace. The consensus was that we would have a two-tiered system, with the group meeting each Wednesday after dinner. (Dinner available from 5:30 to 6:30, reservations required, with gathering at 6:30.) We would alternate weeks to have fellowship/conversation and spiritual reflection/book discussion. This way, any of the men could choose to come to all or to pick which focus they want to explore.

We will begin the Men’s Group gathering on Wednesday, September 13 with a special focus point: Kevin Wilson, an active National Guardsman and member of Grace, will share his thoughts around a support network for military families in the community. I encourage everyone to attend and share in this conversation. On September 20, we will gather for fellowship and conversation, with our regular rotations beginning at that time. If you have ideas for a book to explore, please share them. As of now, we have plans to use Fr. Richard Rohr’s book From Wild Man to Wise Man as a starting point.

Fr. Stuart+

Any Interest in Small Group Studies?

Would you like to be a part of a small group that meets for study and fellowship in someone’s home in your area? Let us know! The Adult Formation Team is seeking your input! If there’s enough interest, we’ll coordinate groups, suggest resources if needed, and offer training for facilitators. If you’d be interested in participating, please contact Cheryl or fill out the online survey form.

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