News for November 5-11

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Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 5. Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday evening!

Angel Tree

Christmas is always an enchanting time of joy and eager anticipation for children. Sadly, circumstances may prevent some children from realizing the happiness that accompanies the season. We have a wonderful opportunity to fulfill the dreams of these children.

Through our annual Christmas Angel Tree program, Grace Church, in partnership again this year with the Salvation Army, helps to fulfill the holiday hopes and dreams of some of these children. The Christmas Angels will be available at the Christmas tree located in the greeting area, beginning Sunday, November 5.
Each Angel will include a child’s name and the desired gift, either a toy or clothing. All gifts should be returned unwrapped, with the angel tag firmly attached, no later than Wednesday, November 29. The gifts can be left in the office during the week, or under the Christmas tree in the greeting area.

The generous Angel Tree participation by the congregation in past years has made Christmas wishes come true for so many children. We thank you for your 2017 participation as we welcome the holiday season spirit of giving.

Wednesday Dinner: November 8

Most Wednesdays during the church school year our Grace Church family gathers for food, fellowship. Opportunities for fun and learning occasionally follow the meal. EYC will meet on November 8, and Emilie Cook will share photos and stories from her mission trip to Uganda.

• Menu: Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Pound Cake w/toppings
• Vegetarian: Spaghetti w/marinara
• 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 is 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) is offered from 5:00-9:00 PM on Wednesdays. Reservations should be made on the same form as meal reservations.

Wednesday Program: November 8

What does being a community of prayer, compassion and belonging look like? Come hear one answer as parishioner Emilie Cook joins us this Wednesday night, November 8, at 6:30 PM to share photos and stories of her mission trip with “Refuge and Hope, International” to a refugee center in Uganda where she offered yoga and other self care practices as part of a retreat for caregivers at the center (many of whom were once refugees themselves) who process the refugees that stream constantly across the borders seeking safety.

Diocesan Evensong November 9

The 111th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta will be held in Gainesville on November 10 and 11. The Grace Church Parish Choir will offer a service of sung Evensong on Thursday, November 9 to honor the feast of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1942-1944. The service will begin at 7:00 PM with a reception in the parish hall following the service.

Dr. Patrick A. Scott, Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at St. Philips Cathedral, will play a pre-service recital beginning at 6:30 PM.

Please note that incense will be used at the service.

Youth Lock-In

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to attend the Youth Lock-In at Annual Council, from 6:00 PM on Friday, November 10 until 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 11 at First Baptist Church. Check out the Diocesan EYC website for more details and registration.

ECF BBQ Challenge

The Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia is excited to host the first BBQ Competition in support of ECF here at Grace Church on November 10, during Annual Council. Teams will cook Boston butts to compete to earn a prize which will be awarded to their parish for outreach. The Right Reverend Robert Wright is one of the judges and he is looking forward to some tasty BBQ!

The event will begin at around 5:00 PM, after the Friday Annual Council activities have concluded, and attendees will have the opportunity to taste BBQ from around the Diocese! In addition to tastings, a BBQ buffet dinner will be provided by the Episcopal Holy Smokers in the parish hall with delicious food and great desserts! To round out the fun, we’ll also enjoy the music of Peachtree Station Bluegrass Band! To attend the event, there is a suggested donation to ECF of $10 (payable at the door).

No Yoga This Week

Our yoga groups will not meet on Monday, November 6. Join us in the parish hall for the next session on November 13. Chair yoga starts at 2:45 PM and flow yoga at 3:45 PM.

News from the Diocese

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


  • November 12: Community Thanksgiving Service
  • November 12: The Circle
  • November 15: Deadline – Emmaus House Thanksgiving grocery bags
  • November 15: Men’s Group
  • November 15: Wednesday Program – Kevin Wilson
  • November 17: COG PreK Thanksgiving Feast
  • November 20-24: COG Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 22: Parish Office closes at 12:00 PM
  • November 23: Parish Office closed
  • Full Calendar of Events

This blog post highlights some events and news pertinent to the upcoming week. The primary source of information about what’s happening at Grace Church is our weekly newsletter – for full news and events please subscribe to the e-vangelist!

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