News for November 12-18

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I Will, With God’s Help

Our Community of Hope group eagerly anticipates sponsoring a Sunday Forum series set aside for some spirited conversation about LIVING INTO OUR BAPTISMAL COVENANT. What does ‘covenant’ mean to you? What was your experience of baptism? What was the experience of early Christians? How does renewal of our baptismal covenant deepen our discipleship with Christ? Does coming together in our faith community to ‘ponder these things in our hearts’ inspire us to consider what God yearns for us to become for the transformative work of his kingdom?

Let’s talk. Join us for ANY or ALL of these dates from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

  • November 12 Continue in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayers
  • November 19 Persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever you fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord
  • December 10 Proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ
  • December 17 Seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself. Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being

Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon these your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised them to the new life of grace. Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

The Circle

The Circle will meet again on Sunday, November 12 at 6:30 PM in the Chapel (Washington Street entrance). We are exploring Thomas Keating’s book The Heart of the World: An Introduction to Contemplative Christianity, as well as other writings by John Main, Cynthia Bourgeault, and others. Previous conversations have been rich, and I am so grateful for the energy around developing a more intentional contemplative practice. Keep reading and reflecting, and focus on your 20 minutes of contemplative practice each day.
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Wednesday Dinner: November 15

Most Wednesdays during the church school year we gather for food and fellowship. Opportunities for fun and learning occasionally follow the meal.

  • Menu Baked Ham, Au Gratin Potatoes, Vegetable Medley, Salad, Rolls, Pecan Pie
  • Vegetarian Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 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 15

Kevin Wilson has been a member of the Episcopal Church since 1990. He and his wife of 26 years, Barbara, joined Grace two years ago after relocating to the area from Snellville, GA. He works full-time as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He is a Captain in the Army National Guard and serves as a Behavioral Health Officer with the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. He deployed with the 48th to Afghanistan in 2013-14.

At 6:30 PM on Wednesday, November 15, he will present an overview of the psychological/spiritual nature of the warrior’s journey, the impact of deployment on the individual service member, the military family, and the larger community. We will focus on ways our church community can become more engaged with and provide support to our military members and their families.

Men’s Group Update

The Men’s Group at Grace will meet on Wednesday, November 15 to hear Kevin Wilson’s presentation about how our church community can become more engaged with and provide support to our military members and their families. Join us in the parish hall at 6:30 PM. Please make a reservation if you’d like to eat dinner at 5:30 PM.

Emmaus Thanksgiving Outreach

We ask that you support this effort by donating a bag of groceries. The bags can be dropped off in the parish office or in the marked container by the information table between now and Wednesday, November 15. Please label the bag for Emmaus House.

For Family of 4

  • 2 cans of string beans (English cut)
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 cans of peas
  • 1 can of cranberry sauce
  • 2 boxes of muffin mix
  • 1 large bag of stuffing
  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 bag of rice (1 lb)

Grace Church, through our Outreach budget, will provide turkeys to accompany the groceries.

If you prefer, Durwood Pepper has once again agreed to do the shopping for you. To accept his generous offer, please leave a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church at the parish office no later than Wednesday, November 15. On the check memo line include Emmaus House Thanksgiving. For every $20 donated, we will be able to provide one bag of groceries to feed a family of four. Thank you for your continued support!

Upcoming:

  • November 20-24: COG Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 22: Parish Office closes at 1:00 PM
  • November 23: Parish Office closed
  • November 26: No Christian Education classes
  • November 29: Deadline – Angel Tree gifts
  • December 2: Patrick Kelley Memorial Blood Drive
  • December 3: Advent Wreath Making
  • 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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