News for December 10-16

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Blue Christmas Worship

Blue? Yes, blue as in “the blues”. As in “I am feeling blue.” Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays. Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other disease, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people.

Join us on Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 PM in the chapel for a service that remembers that, and offers time for reflection and acceptance, and healing and hope in times of darkness. This service is open to all.

I Will, With God’s Help

Our Sunday Forum series featuring conversation about Living Into Our Baptismal Covenant will continue Sunday, December 10, and December 17. Join us from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

Vestry Nominations

Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 31 and one matter of business to be addressed will be the election of four new vestry members. The Vestry Nominating Committee will meet in the conference room at 12:00 PM on Sunday, December 10. All meetings of the nominating committee are open to participation of all members of the parish. If you have a nomination to make, you are welcome to attend the meeting. You may also email vestry nominations to Jane Bradley.

Family Christmas Tree

A few years ago we began a tradition of decorating a Grace Family Christmas Tree. If you are new to Grace, or simply haven’t yet contributed an ornament, please bring one in and hang it on the tree in the parish hall. Make sure to include your name, and perhaps the year, somewhere on the ornament or on a ribbon attached to the ornament. At the end of the season, all the ornaments are stored at Grace to be put back on next year. Don’t miss this chance to leave a small Christmas legacy at Grace!

Yoga for Advent

Join us in the parish hall for Yin Chair Yoga (2:45-3:30) or Yin Yoga on Your Mat (3:45-4:45) on Mondays, December 11 and 18. We are slowing our practices down to honor the silence and stillness of the Advent Season, holding simple poses for long periods of time to help get good rich oxygenated blood to deep connective tissue. Our 2018 yoga classes will start back on Monday, January 22.

Candlelight Café: December 13

Parishioners are encouraged to come relax in the last Candlelight Café of the holiday season!

DINNER at 5:30 PM
Regular Entrée: Turkey & Dressing
Vegetarian Entrée: Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Mushroom
Child’s Entrée: 1/2 portion regular entrée or PB&J
Sides: Macaroni and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole, Tossed Salad, Rolls/Butter
Desserts: Christmas Cookies or Pumpkin Logs

Please make a reservation by Monday, December 11 at noon. The cost is $10/adults, $5/youth (6th-12th grade), and free/kids up to 5th grade. 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.

PROGRAM at 6:30 PM

A nursery for children age 4 and under is available by reservation only. Older children are encouraged to participate in all of our Candlelight Café events.

Soup & Salad Supper Deadline

Grace Church is offering a soup and salad supper at 5:00 PM on Sunday, December 17, prior to our Advent Lessons & Carols. On the menu is chicken noodle or butternut squash soup, crackers, tossed salad with dressings, dinner rolls with butter, and assorted cookies. The cost is $6 for adults and youth (grades 6 – 12) and free for children 5th grade and under. Reservations should be made no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13.

Christmas Flower Deadline

The deadline to make a contribution toward Christmas flowers is Thursday, December 14. If you would like to make an offering, please fill out a Christmas Flowers form and return it to the office. Contributions may be made in thanksgiving for or in memory of loved ones, friends and family. Acknowledgement will be published in the Christmas Eve worship bulletins.

Is Community of Hope 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.

The application and discernment period is open now for all interested in training beginning in February 2018. If you are considering a call to this ministry please contact Sarah Roberts.

Sewanee Contemplative Exchange

Registration is now open to attend The Sewanee Contemplative Exchange: Bridging the Gap Between Contemplation and Compassionate Action, April 29 – May 2 at St. Mary’s, Sewanee. Mark your calendar for a time of fellowship, contemplation, reflection on Howard Thurman’s writings with Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, and a pilgrimage day to the historic Highlander Folk School. more information

ERD Matching Gift Challenge

Donations made to any Episcopal Relief & Development fund before year-end are eligible for matching, including contributions online, over the phone, by mail or through Gifts for Life, the organization’s alternative giving catalog. Gifts of stock or from an IRA are also eligible for the Matching Gift Challenge. For new and existing monthly donors, any scheduled contributions will also be matched. Between now and December 31, all contributions up to $760,000 will be matched. Click here to donate online, or call 1.855.312.HEAL (4325). Gifts can also be mailed to Episcopal Relief & Development, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.


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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