News for December 23-29

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Worship at Grace This Christmas Season!

Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve
services at 4:00 PM and 11:00 PM

The 4:00 PM Christmas Eve service will be a family friendly service with a children’s pageant that will serve as The Liturgy of the Word, followed by Holy Communion. A special musical prelude will begin at 3:30 PM and music during the service will be led by the choristers. A nursery will be available for children age 4 and under.

Our traditional Midnight Mass remains a highlight of the year, with special prelude music beginning at 10:30 PM and a choral Holy Eucharist at 11:00 PM. Please note that the 11:00 PM service will include the use of incense. No nursery available.

Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day
one service at 10:00 AM

The 10:00 AM service on Christmas Day, December 25, will be a bi-lingual (Spanish & English) said Holy Eucharist, Rite II in the nave with no music. No nursery available.

Wednesday, December 26
no 12:10 PM service

There will be NO 12:10 PM Contemplative Eucharist service held on Wednesday, December 26.

A Bicentennial Survey

As we look toward the celebration of Christmas, the Bicentennial Steering Committee, the Campus Vision & Development Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Vestry remain hard at work weaving the threads of the Bicentennial Capital Campaign together. I want to share my gratitude for every person who continues to offer their leadership and expertise to these vital conversations.

I invite all parishioners to take a few minutes to complete the following survey, from the Steering Committee, in hopes that we can further hone in on key elements of the campaign itself. The window to complete the survey will remain open until January 3.

Prayers for a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas,

Last Chance to Register for the Women’s Retreat

This is your last chance to register for the January 18-20 Grace Church Women’s Retreat! Please register now if you’d like to join us for a fabulous weekend in the mountains to explore the ancient spiritual tool of the enneagram! We will learn a little bit about ourselves, and how to use what we learn to enrich our connections to ourselves, each other, and to God. We will once again be led by the beloved CeCe Balboni, and enjoy the hospitality of Assembly Inn at the Montreat Retreat and Conference Center in Montreat, North Carolina.

The cost for the weekend, which includes lodging and meals (3 meals Saturday, Sunday breakfast), is $195 for a double occupancy room or $275 for single occupancy with private bath. This year, you may choose to “opt in” for dinner at Assembly Inn on Friday evening for an additional $12.75. A $50 deposit is required to complete your registration. Make checks out to Grace Episcopal Church with “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line. You can also pay online. Choose check or credit card, then select “Women’s Retreat” as the payment type. The remaining balance is due 1/12/2019.

Wednesday Evenings

There will be no Wednesday evening meal or program on December 26 or January 2. Enjoy this time with friends and family.

Parish Office

The parish office will be closed from December 24-27. Please remember that the office is always closed on Fridays.


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