News for September 24 – 30

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Grace Rocks

It’s the little things that bring us joy! Join us Wednesday, September 27 at 6:30 PM as we gather to practice random acts of kindness by painting Kindness Rocks which we will hide around our community to brighten someone’s day. No expertise required! We’ll have everything you need! Come and find out what the Kindness Rocks craze is all about.

(Please make a reservation if you’d like to eat dinner at 5:30 PM.)

Wednesday Dinner: September 27

Most Wednesdays during the church school year our Grace Church family will gather for food, fellowship. Opportunities for fun and learning will occasionally follow the meal.

  • Menu: Lasagna, Caesar Salad, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Bread, Cannoli
  • Vegetarian: Veggie Lasagna
  • Child: 1/2 portion regular or PB&J sandwich, cookies

Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office by 12:00 PM each Monday. 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.

Nursery/childcare (children up to 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.

Icon Workshop

The Visual Arts Ministry will present two icon writing workshops in October. The one-day workshops, led by Rev. Gordon Bienvenue, will be held on October 7 and again on October 14 in the Parish Hall. The workshops are identical, choose the date that works best for your schedule. The workshop will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 5:30 PM, with an hour break for lunch.

We have been fortunate to have engaged Rev. Gordon Bienvenue as our workshop instructor.  After spending over twenty years as a professor and researcher at The Pennsylvania State University and New Paltz College, he answered a call to pastoral ministry in 1995, studying at Wesley Theology Seminary. In addition to serving as the pastor of several parishes in the Hudson Valley, he served as a staff member of the Wellspring Institute with a focus on spiritual formation. He studied icons and iconography at the Prosopon School in Manhattan. He has led workshops on praying with icons and spiritual formation for the Wellspring Institute and leading church retreat programs in New York City and throughout the Northeast. Most recently he has led workshops on iconography at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Rev. Bienvenue is now semi-retired and resides in Athens, GA.

We will provide all supplies, with a $10 contribution for lunch being the only monies requested. Attendees do not need any experience with iconography, but should have a very basic understanding of visual art. A registration is considered a commitment to attend. Space is limited and registration will close when workshops are full or on September 29. register now

The Circle

Fr. Stuart invites you to explore contemplative prayer and study with The Circle gatherings. This is a great space to explore practices of prayer, silence, and openness to God’s presence in our lives. Join us in the chapel at 6:30 PM Sunday evenings September 24, October 1 and October 8.

Pilgrimage Deadline Extended

The deadline to turn in your $300 deposit for next summer’s inter-generational pilgrimage has been extended to September 30. Please be in touch with Liz Howington to RSVP. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Dismantling Racism Training

Dismantling Racism training will be held at Grace Church on Saturday, September 30 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. This training seeks to increase “racial understanding, healing and reconciliation.” It is offered several times throughout the year and is required for all parish clergy and all lay leaders, including vestry members. All new vestry members for 2017 need to attend if they have not done so already. Trainings are developed by the Diocese of Atlanta Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. There is no charge to attend and a light lunch is included. Please RSVP to Liz Howington no later than Monday, September 25.

Community Forum: Not My Family

Join us at the Brenau Downtown Center (301 Main Street, Gainesville) on September 26 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM for “Pain Pills & Heroin are Killing Our Families,” the first forum in the series NOT MY FAMILY. Learn more about the nature of the epidemic facing our families, why it is occurring, and what you can do. The forum is sponsored by a partnership of agencies and community members, including Grace Church, dedicated to providing information, resources, and actions to address the drug problems of Hall County. For information contact Judy Brownell, Director of Prevention at Center Point, at 770-535-1050 ext 102 or

News from the Diocese

Read the latest issue of Connecting, the newsletter for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, at this link.

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