News for January 7-13

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Deadline to Submit Applications for Member Art Show

Applications to participate in the Member Art Show are being accepted until Tuesday, January 9. The show will open March 21 and run through May 6. If you are a member of Grace and an artist – including, but not limited to: painting, mixed media, photography, fabric, ceramics, glass, metal, sculpture, and woodwork – we encourage you to participate. We look forward to showcasing the artistic talents of our Grace family!

Sunday Forum Update

The Adult Sunday Forum meets in the parish hall each Sunday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 AM to explore various topics of interest throughout the year. On January 7, representatives who attended Annual Council in November will share their experiences and report on goings on in and around the Diocese.

Bible Study Update

The Sunday morning Bible study will meet in room 210 of the preschool/children’s wing during the colder months. Join us to read the New Testament in chronological order and explore how the church grew in it’s faith. Learn how the world around it helped or hindered it’s growth and how it changed based on the times.

To date we have read almost through the officially recognized Pauline Epistles: 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, 1 Corinthians, Philemon, Philippians, and 2 Corinthians. Besides reading the New Testament scriptures, our other primary text is Evolution of the Word by Marcus Borg. We are also utilizing and occasionally, The New Testament video series from The Great Courses.

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, January 10 at 5:30 PM! Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office by noon on Monday.

  • Menu: Pork Tenderloin, Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Steamed Vegetable Blend, Salad, Rolls, Chocolate Fudge Pie
  • Vegetarian Entree: Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Children: 1/2 portion regular menu or PBJ, Cookies

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 (up to 5th grade) is offered from 5:00-9:00 PM. Reservations are necessary and can be made on the same form as meal reservations.

Program Following the meal on January 10, Fr. Stuart will offer the first of three special Wednesday evening conversations leading up to our Annual Meeting on January 31.

Altar Flowers

Altar flowers enhance the beauty of our Sunday services. They can be given in memory of or thanksgiving for family members, friends and loved ones. Donation notices are printed in the newsletter and in the Sunday worship bulletin.

The altar flower calendar and donation forms for 2018 are located at the information station in the connector corridor and online. To reserve a date, write your name on the calendar, fill out the form and send it, along with your check ($50 suggested donation) to the church office prior to your reserved date. Checks should be made payable to Grace Church with ‘Flower Fund’ noted on the memo line. You may also place the form and your check in the offertory plate.

Women’s Retreat

Many of the women of Grace will be on retreat together January 12-14. Please keep them in your prayers while they are away!

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-join us at 7:00 PM on Friday, January 12.

Are you a musician?

January is a great time to get involved musically at Grace Church. All of our choirs will be returning to their regular schedules on January 10 and 11 after a two week break and are ready to start rehearsing new music for the remainder of our program year. Learn more about music at Grace Church on our website, and contact Will Gotmer with any questions.


  • January 14: No Christian Education classes
  • January 15: No COG/Parish Office Closed
  • January 20: Concert – Kinnara Ensemble
  • January 21: COG Fall Registration for Grace Church families
  • January 25: COG Fall Registration opens to the public
  • January 31: Annual Parish Meeting
  • 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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