News for November 11-17

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The Way of Love: Practices
for a Jesus-Centered Life

Bishop Michael Curry, our Presiding Bishop, has invited all Episcopalians to join together in exploring the Way of Love, an outline of a Rule of Life which includes seven practices designed to help participants center themselves in Christ’s love so that they may be freed to live more loving, abundant lives, following the way of Jesus-The Way of Love.

The Sunday Forum at Grace Church will take up a study of each of the seven practices, beginning November 11 at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall. Please come join us!

Doughn-It Feel Good to be at Grace

Please join us from 9:00 – 9:30 AM this Sunday, November 11, in the Parish Hall for coffee and doughnuts to welcome our newest friends to Grace. This informal gathering, held on the second Sunday of every other month, gives 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!

Christian Meditation

A new space for shared contemplative prayer is being offered at Grace. Our meditation group will meet in the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 11. You are encouraged to bring your favorite cushion and blanket if you want. We will work together to create a space for ourselves that nurtures our shared meditation and reflection.

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. Christmas Angels will be available at the Christmas tree located in the connector corridor, beginning Sunday, November 11.

Each Angel will include a child’s name and the desired gift, either a toy or clothing. 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 connector corridor. 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 continued participation as we welcome the holiday season spirit of giving.

Wednesday, November 14

Most Wednesdays during the church school year, our Grace Church family gathers for food and fellowship.

Dinner on November 14 is turkey and dressing, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, mixed green salad, rolls, pumpkin logs. The vegetarian entree option is roasted squash stuffed with rice, peppers, and mushrooms and children are offered a 1/2 portion of the regular entree or PB&J and cookies.

Meal reservations are due by 12:00 PM each Monday. Sign up online, at the information station, or call the church office. Adult meals are $10/each and youth meals (grades 6-12) are $5/each. There is no charge for children 5th grade and under. Please visit our website for additional payment and policy details.

Childcare is available for families participating in Wednesday evening activities, beginning with nursery for siblings of choristers at 4:45 PM. Reservations are required and can be made on the same form as meal reservations.

The program on November 14 is a continuation of Rev. Michael McCann’s three week study entitled Poetry of Recollection and Communion. Join us in the conference room at 6:30 PM.

Memorial Service for Fr. Thomas Keating

A Memorial Service for Father Thomas Keating will be held on Friday, November 16 in Denver, Colorado. Fr. Thomas was teacher, friend, and spiritual mentor to many and a pioneer of the contemplative movement. The Grace Church chapel will be open from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM on November 16 for anyone who wants to come sit and breathe, and reflect. We’ll share in the celebration of Fr. Thomas’ life via livestream webcast at 1:00 PM in the chapel.

Submit Your Advent Images

The visual arts committee is asking for your participation in Advent Images: The Gift of Reflection. Send in your photos and words no later than November 17.

Upcoming

  • November 18: Cakes & Casseroles
  • November 18-25: Family Promise
  • November 22: Parish Office Closed
  • December 2: Advent Wreath Making
  • December 5, 12 & 19: Candlelight Cafe
  • 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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