It’s THAT time of year again!! The PUMPKINS are HERE!!
How can you help!
Sign up to tend the Pumpkin Patch for one or more shifts during the month of October. On-line sign up is here.
Further Information and Make a Donation here.
Again – thank you for your continued support!! Please Consider Haiti and consider volunteering a small amount of your time.
Your Food Donations to ABCCM are Needed!
Every can, bag, and package of food we donate to ABCCM really matters right now.
In August, ABCCM gave our hungry friends and neighbors over 15,000 bags of groceries, surpassing the 12,000 bags of groceries given in July. ABCCM needs to restock ASAP as inflation continues to hammer away at family finances, causing more folks to skip meals, so they can pay their house note, apartment rent, and put gas in their cars.
Your food donations to our Fall Food Drive can make a big difference!
Please look at the list of needed food items below, fill your sacks or boxes with food, and bring it all to Grace’s lobby between now and October 8.
Foods needed are: canned meats (spam, stew, ham); canned fish (tuna, salmon); canned goods (chicken, beans, soups, veggies); and fresh & canned seasonal fruits. Also needed are cooking oil, hot & cold cereal, jellies & juices, pasta & sauce, saltine crackers, self-rising flour and sugar.
Men of the Church
Men of the Church meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Cost is $15 and all men are welcome. For further information, please contact Ron Sims at email@example.com.
Are you a welcoming person? Do you have a few minutes to spare before services on Sunday morning? If so, please sign up to be a Greeter. Let Jill in the office know if you are interested.
Medical Advocacy Ministry
We are available to assist you with concerns/questions about navigating the healthcare system and with healthcare education resources including aging in place, home healthcare, caregiver resources and end of life issues. If needed, please contact us at MedicalAdvocacy@graceavl.com.
Rev. Milly holds open spiritual direction sessions for individuals or couples weekly by appointment Wednesdays 1-3 pm in the sanctuary. Please email Rev. Milly to schedule your time with her: Milly@graceavl.com
Weekly Taizé Tuesday evenings at 6pm
These ecumenical services are known for their melodic chants and prayers. Although music forms a central part of the service it is mixed with comforting periods of silence allowing for contemplation. Lighted mostly by candlelight in the sanctuary of Grace Church, the vesper light of approaching evening offers a safe and nurturing space for a well-deserved moment of peace in our hectic lives. Healing prayer is offered throughout the service for oneself or on behalf of someone else.
For more information on Taizé at Grace visit: www.graceavl.com/taize-grace
Women Walking the Way
Thursday at 8:00 am meet at the Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Women of Grace, please consider joining Rev. Milly for a weekly walk at Beaver Lake. This time together is devoted to deep listening to how we as women walk the way of Jesus, in the world and in our community of Grace. No need to register or even email her, just show up!
Monday Morning Bible Study
Bible Study will continue to meet via Zoom on Mondays until further notice, at 10:30 AM, as we study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday service. Please join us virtually or by clicking on the button at graceavl.com/.
The Pastoral Care Team at Grace
Our pastoral care team invites you to reach out to us with any pastoral care needs you, or your family, may have, by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.You can also email, text or call Fr. Mike at 860-771-1656 or Rev. Milly at 828.772.1429, Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., unless it’s a pastoral emergency.
Come join us for our PubSing, an informal gathering one Sunday each month to sing hymns, old-time gospel, folk music, and Americana inspirationals. Bring a chair for the outdoor event. For more information contact Monty Wooten at email@example.com.
EPISCOPAL AND DIOCESE PROGRAMS:
The EPISCOPAL PUBLIC POLICY NETWORK (EPPN) is a grassroots effort of The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations to educate, equip and engage individual
Episcopalians in federal public policy advocacy, guided by the resolutions of the General Convention and the Executive Council. To sign up for alerts, register here.
Here are the latest resources prepared by EPPN for your information and use. Click on the highlighted/underlined words, below, for more information.
● Support a Truth and Healing Commission for Indian Boarding Schools –
The National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools is September 30th. We ask for Congress to take action to begin healing the damage caused by Indian Boarding Schools.
● Tell Congress to Fund the Government
● Network at Night – Many of you listen in on the weekly Episcopal Public Policy Network call, Thursdays at 1 pm EDT. We always appreciate your attendance and engagement. Thanks to your feedback, EPPN is testing an evening time slot: 7:00 – 7:30 pm (EDT) on the first Thursday of every month! The Office of Government Relations (OGR) will provide an overview of the political environment and legislative outlook, tips for advocacy, and time for questions from you. Register here for First Thursday Evenings at 7:00 pm!
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