News for October 22-28

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Trunk or Treat and The Varsity

Trunk or Treat is Wednesday, October 25, at 5:30 PM and the Varsity food truck will be here to cater dinner! Come to enjoy people-watching, food, candy, and a festive fall atmosphere. Make a meal reservation no later than noon on Monday, October 23. Sign up online or at the information station. All are welcome!

EYC October 25

Meet in the Youth Room at 4:00 PM (or as soon after as possible!) on Wednesday, October 25 to help decorate a pickup truck for Trunk or Treat! Personal costumes optional. Trunk or Treat – with dinner by the Varsity food truck – starts at 5:30. Make a reservation for dinner by noon on Monday, October 23.

What is Community of Hope? Is it for me?

The mission of The Community of Hope International is to help create and sustain Christian communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers united in prayer; shaped by Benedictine spirituality; and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries. These ministries, whether inside or outside the church doors, are discerned by each chaplain personally, as St. Benedict reminds all faithful people to “listen with the ear of your heart.” Chaplains in The Community of Hope (CoHI) are accountable to each other and pray, study, and worship together during monthly Circle of Care meetings. This community life invites further study of The Rule of St. Benedict and opportunities for debriefing, self-care, and growth. Prior to being commissioned, participants enter into a discernment period which includes a 14 week training time of prayer, community building, and pastoral and Benedictine study through expert presenters and study modules.

We are opening the application and discernment period for all interested in training beginning in February 2018. If you are considering a call to this ministry please join us in the parish hall for an informational meeting Sunday, October 22 at 12:00 PM. Please contact Sarah Roberts with any questions.

Dedication of the Memorial Garden

Dear friends,

I want to invite you all to a deeply moving dedication service on Sunday, October 22, at 2:00 PM at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville. On that day, we will dedicate a new memorial monument to over 1100 unknown African-American brothers and sisters who are buried in Sections 16 and 17. They date from 1870 to the 1950s. Several community partners have come together over these past two years to find a way to seek healing and recognition, honesty and reconciliation, and I am so grateful for the City of Gainesville, the City Council, and other community partners who had both a vision and courage to embody this healing space. To Barbara Brooks, Mayor Danny Dunagan, to the officials at Alta Vista, to this city and community…a deep bow of gratitude.

The monument, a black granite obelisk about seven feet high, will carry this inscription: “This monument honors the more than 1100 unmarked graves of African Americans interred in sections 16 and 17 prior to Alta Vista’s integration. This memorial stands as our testament that these citizens are important to this community and we embrace them as our own.”
There will also be six granite benches surrounding the obelisk, given by Grace Church, the Baptist Association, and other incredible community ministries.

Alta Vista Cemetery is located at 521 Jones Street and the site is at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Second Street. Please come and share in this time of prayer and healing, of joy and peace.

Stuart+

Women’s Retreat Registration Now Open

All women of Grace are invited to a weekend retreat at Montreat Retreat and Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC (just outside of Asheville) January 12-14, 2018. We will gather for fellowship, renewal and inspiration as we explore the courage and joy we share as women of faith. We will be led by psychotherapist, spiritual director, and retreat leader CeCe Balboni. Register now – room requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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