News for October 1-7

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Blessing of Animals

Grace Episcopal Church and the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia invite you and your pets to a Blessing of Animals on Sunday, October 1 at 4:00 PM.

We will gather for the service on the Brenau lawn across the street from Grace Church at 431 Washington Street. Pets/domestic animals of all shapes and sizes are welcome, but please provide the appropriate restraint for any animal you bring. Owners are responsible for pet waste.

All who attend are invited to bring a donation for the Humane Society. Monetary donations and gift cards to local pet, grocery, and office supply stores, Walmart, and Target are always welcome. A full wish list can be found on the Humane Society’s website.

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 October 1 and October 8.

SAGES Outing to Montaluce Winery

The deadline to sign up for the next SAGES outing is noon on Monday, October 2! The group will travel to Dahlonega on Thursday, October 19 to have lunch at Montaluce in their beautiful restaurant overlooking the vineyards and mountains.

We have arranged for a van to take up to 12 passengers. It will leave the Grace Center parking lot promptly at 10:15 AM. The next 13 to 20 participants to sign up will be going in a car pool. If more than 20 want to go, we will look at other transportation options. Those traveling to Montaluce on their own should plan to arrive at the vineyard prior to our 11:30 AM seating.

Cost for lunch is $7 to $35 with the average being about $20 per person. There is no cost for travel. Sign up for this event via telephone call to office – 770-536-0126, sign up sheet at the information station around the corner from the greeting area, or online no later than noon on Monday, October 2.

Pilgrimage Deadline

If you plan to attend the pilgrimage to England next summer and have not yet turned in your $300 refundable deposit, please do so on Monday, October 2. The parish office is open from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Pastoral Pop In Day

Our clergy will be doing home visits on Monday, October 2 for those who have been unable to attend church. Morning visits would be from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and afternoon visits from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Please contact Liz at 770-536-0126 or by email if you need or know of someone in need of a visit.

Stewardship

Our annual stewardship campaign officially kicked off last Sunday. This year’s theme, A Community of Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging, reflects the continuously growing cohesiveness and inclusion of our parish as a whole and particularly the accomplishments made when we collectively pool our resources. These three critical focus points help us to see the ways the Holy Spirit is calling us into a deeper relationship with God and with one another. You will hear more about the goals and purpose of the campaign from Bob Willis at church this Sunday.

Pledge cards will be mailed to member households, are available at church, and can also be filled out online. Timely submission is incredibly important to our budgeting process, so your reply by Sunday, November 5 would be greatly appreciated!

Your gifting decisions are very important to the parish and are the sole source of funding for the parish operations and outreach. Thank you for making 2017 a tremendous year for the parish and together, we can make 2018 even better.

Wednesday Dinner

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. The women’s study will begin on October 4, and the men’s group will also meet.

  • Menu Rotisserie Chicken, Corn on the Cobb, Broccoli, Salad, Rolls, Pound Cake with toppings
  • Vegetarian Pesto Vegetable Pasta
  • 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. Reservations are necessary and can be made on the same form as meal reservations.

Women’s Study

The Women’s Study will meet on Wednesdays, October 4,11,18, and November 1 from 6:30-8:00 PM to read and discuss the second book in the Sensible Shoes series, Two Steps Forward, by Sharon Garlough Brown. All women 18 and older are invited. Childcare is provided. Please make a reservation if you’d like to share in the Wednesday meal at 5:30 PM prior to the book study.

A Thursday morning study will be offered October 5, 12, 19, and November 2 for those folks unable to attend Wednesday evenings. Please contact Meredith West if you would like to attend on Thursdays.

Movie Night

Grace adults gather each month in the Youth Room to watch and discuss movies old and new addressing a wide variety of subjects. A very casual occasion, participants often bring a little food and drink to share. We always have a good time and lively discussion. Although movie night is typically on the second Friday, this month we will gather at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 6.

Grace Rocks

If you weren’t able to come paint Kindness Rocks at church on Wednesday, you can still join the fun through our Grace Rocks Facebook group! Paint your rocks at home (don’t forget to write or paint “Grace Rocks” on the back), hide them around the community, then join the Facebook group to see if they are discovered!

Hurricane Response

Josh Condon, who was ordained at Grace Church and served as assistant rector here from 2003-2006, is currently rector of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. His parish will be helping with Hurricane Harvey recovery on a long-term basis. If you would like to make an online donation to assist in their efforts, you can do so through Holy Spirit’s website.

Episcopal Relief and Development is in a position to help in communities that have been impacted by Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria. If you would like to make an online donation, you can do so through their website. There is also a downloadable form you can use to make a donation by check.

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