News for April 8-14

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Please join us from 9:00 – 9:30 AM this Sunday, April 8, in the Parish Hall for coffee and doughnuts to welcome our newest friends to Grace. This informal gathering, to be held on the second Sunday of every month, will give each of us an opportunity to share a conversation or two with friends familiar to us and those we have not yet met. Come spend some time with us!

Sunday Forum

This Sunday, April 8, the Sunday Forum will begin a book discussion of Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. Bowler is an associate professor at Duke Divinity School and a 35 year old wife and mother living with stage IV cancer. Her first book, Blessed, explored the history of the American “Prosperity Gospel” movement. This memoir, reflects on her illness and faith, and tells the story of her struggle to understand the personal and intellectual dimensions of the American belief that all tragedies are tests of character.

Join us for three sessions as we discuss the questions Bowler raises about how we think about suffering, about God, and how we can be with each other in difficult times.
The Sunday Forum meets in the parish hall from 9:30 – 10:30 AM on Sundays.

The Circle

The Circle will meet again at 6:30 PM in the Chapel (Washington Street entrance) on April 8. Join us as we explore contemplative practices of prayer, silence, and an openness to God’s presence in our lives and prepare for the community Encounter gathering on April 15.

DOK Prayer Practice Class

Prayer has many forms as unique to us as we are to our Creator. The Daughters of the King are sponsoring a Prayer Practice class on the second Wednesday of each month. Join us in the Grace Center Conference Room at 10:30 AM on April 11. Our Sister in Christ, Elizabeth Mavis, is leading us in this prayer practice. We welcome all women to come and learn with us.

Wednesday Night at Grace

Dinner Come eat dinner together on Wednesday, April 11 at 5:30 PM! Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office by noon on Monday.

Menu: taco salad w/ beef and chicken, lettuce, black olives, jalapenos, cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, churros
Vegetarian Entree: black bean taco salad
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 (children up to 5th grade) is offered from 5:00-9:00 PM on Wednesdays. Reservations are necessary and should be made on the same form as meal reservations.

Program Following the meal on April 11, Jeff Jones and Fr. Stuart will offer the first of three special Wednesday evening programs. See article below.

Wednesday Evening Program

Have you ever read the oldest scripture in existence? An amazing story just unearthed, not in a cave in the Middle East, but written in the stars. Come to the Wednesday evening Easter series, presented by Fr. Stuart and Jeff Jones, at 6:30 PM on April 11, 18, and 25. You will be dazzled by real images going back to the creation of the universe in what we call the Big Bang. See how the oldest story in the universe answers the deepest questions of who we are, what our home is and the purpose of our lives.

Prepare to be surprised as this story is woven into what Fr. Stuart is trying to do in turning us into a more contemplative church. The best part is you don’t need to know anything about herding sheep or separating them from the goats! The lessons will be given in 21st century English all can understand.

The Universe has been waiting 13.8 billion years to be able to tell this story and we humans are now ready to experience it. You will actually see back to the beginning of time and even a bit before. There you will encounter the mystery of the universe we call God. Then turning around, we will travel back to Gainesville Georgia in Eastertide 2018 and see how this experience changes our lives as the universe meant to do.

You will see how this will lead to answering the deepest questions we all have about our place and purpose in creation. It is a totally non-fiction story. Every step will be proven to your satisfaction, or your money back! So, come and prepare to be amazed.

Women’s Study Begins April 11

All women of Grace are invited to join us in our next book study: Barefoot: A Story of Surrendering to God by Sharon Garlough Brown. We will meet in the conference room of The Grace Center from 6:30-8:00 PM on Wednesdays from April 11 until May 16. This book is the third book in the Sensible Shoes series, but whether you’ve read the other books or not, you’ll find yourself in the lives of the four women of Barefoot-in their gratitude and grief, in their longings, and in their resilient hope. Join us (whether you’ve read or not!) to explore those themes with your fellow travelers.

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, April 13.

New Albs for Chalice Bearers

In the coming weeks, we will be in touch with all existing chalice bearers to order new albs for our liturgies. The office will be in touch with all current chalice bearers to see about a time to have measurements done.
This is also a perfect time to be trained if you are interested in serving in this ministry! Contact Liz Howington with questions.

News from the Diocese

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

Upcoming

  • April 15: ENCOUNTER
  • April 15: Youth Parent Lunch Meeting
  • April 19: SAGES: Lunch & Team Trivia
  • April 22-29: Family Promise
  • April 23: Vestry 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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