Thoughts & Updates

News, perspectives and updates from Grace Episcopal Church

Posts by members of the congregation at Grace Clayton.

Easter Sunday

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 We had a great celebration of Jesus' resurection!  Thanks to everyone who did a fantastic job decorating, serving, singing, playing and attending our worship, bringing food for and coordinating the brunch, putting on the Easter egg hunt and cleaning up!  It was a great morning!
 
 
 
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Lizzy's Baptism!

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Congratulations to Lizzy, her family and her friends!  It was a great joy to participate in her baptism!

 

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Listening Groups Sunday July 23

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Grace Episcopal has the unique opportunity to serve as the Beta Church in our area for Project Resource (PR). This program is an holistic approach to stewardship that helps us define how we manage our resources and donations in terms of ministries, missions and impacts. Click on this link to learn more about PR and being a Beta Church.

Our Project Team has met several times including the Diocesan kickoff meeting in January and a direct meeting at Grace with Marlene Weigert, Canon for Administration. We are excited about participating in this program and feel it will helps us as a church and individually in growing in faith.

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Backpack Buddies

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Grace Episcopal Church has many ministerial outreach programs. One such program is the Interfaith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies, whose motto is "Feed Teach Grow".

As Grace's Backpack Buddies coordinator, I assemble 34 bags of groceries that would feed a needy child through the weekend.  This is coordinated with First Baptist every other week and distributed to classrooms at Cooper Elementary in Clayton.  This provides low-income households with weekend nutrition for needy children.

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Gayla on Hymn Singing

Gayla on Hymn Singing

At the beginning of several of the psalms of David there are instructive notes such as “to the choirmaster” or “to the musicians”. Such references would indicate that David intended these psalms to be sung and set to music. As a result, the psalms became the primary music of the early church and remained so until the 16th century.

Martin Luther began including hymns that were written to help the people understand the scriptures since many of the working class were still illiterate in this period. At the same time, John Calvin, another theological reformist, continued to believe that the psalms were THE music of worship and thus did not support the composition of “new songs”.

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Leslie Radford Internship Reflection

Leslie Radford Internship Reflection

When I started my internship this past January at St. Paul’s in Smithfield, NC, I had no idea of how much God would use this time to impact my life and my faith journey. I feel like my faith has expanded and my relationship with God has deepened. I have made connections at St. Paul’s that I treasure and have been nurtured by many people along the way. 

 

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