Thoughts & Updates

News, perspectives and updates from Grace Episcopal Church
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Red Barn Rescue Collection

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Many thanks to all who contributed to our annual collection for Red Barn Rescue, a no-kill dog shelter in Clayton. We raised $91 through the raffle, won by the Rev. Dr. Cathy Deats, who gave the $20 Petco gift card to Red Barn, for a total of $111. Many also gave dog food and other items for the dogs who have been rescued from kill shelters. We do this every year in honor of St. Francis, whose holy day is October 4th, and in thanksgiving for the gift of our pets and all of God's beautiful creation! 
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Fall Cookout and Blessing of the Animals

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We had a great fall cookout and blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis! Thanks to everyone who attended, brought food, cooked and got donations! It was one of our best ever!
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Community Emergency Response Team

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A great Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training at Grace! Thanks to Samantha and Jay, who led the training! Members of the church and the community participated increasing preparedness!
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High School Graduation

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We give thanks for Justin who graduated from Corinth Holders High School and pray for God's blessing upon him as he takes his next step in life!
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Retirement Celebration

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We celebrated Marlene Weigert, Canon to the Ordinary for the Administration of the Diocese, who will retire in August after working 42 years for the church. Marlene talked about what she learned serving the church. In the past, she facilitated one of Grace's fall pledge campaigns and gave a stewardship sermon. We gave thanks for her service to our congregation, to the church and to God!
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Cookout

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We had a great end-of-school cookout! Thanks to all who came, contributed and helped with the event!
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Youth Sunday

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We give thanks for all of our young people who are important members of our congregation!
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First Sunday in Lent aka PJ Sunday

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"What's worship like in your church?" It's reverent, traditional and playful! The pics from our traditional service on the First Sunday in Lent, a.k.a. Time Change Sunday, March 10, 2019, will show you! Since we set our clocks ahead an hour, kids of all ages were invited to wear their pjs! Yes, you'll see some children and adults in their pajamas!
 
That's just one of the playful aspects of our congregation. We also have a bounce house! After the service, children jump to their hearts content, while adults enjoy coffee hour. We hope the children will have fun and want to come to church. 
 
Preschool and elementary school children have their own video based class/prayer time for part of the service. Parents worship in peace while their children learn, craft, sing and pray at their level.
 
This service is traditional, too.  The people leading worship wear robes. We have a pipe organ, violinist, choir and beautiful hymns that have been sung for centuries by faithful followers of Jesus. Our biblically based service traces its roots to the earliest known. At its heart is communion, which we have every Sunday.
 
Another important part of our worship is community. Each Sunday, people celebrating a birthday or anniversary come forward for a prayer and blessing. People enthusiastically greet one another with the peace of Christ, too.
 
Our growing congregation currently meets in a rented, metal building. Sometimes this puts off people used to a traditional church structure. Jesus, of course, was born in a stable. As the beauty, power and love of God transformed that humble space, they have transformed this one's interior into a beautiful place to worship God.
 
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Pastor
 
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Burying the Alleluias

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As part of our Lenten season of renewal, we take time to reflect on our lives. We observe this in our worship at the beginning of the service with a time of silence and a confession to God of what we have done and left undone. We also refrain from saying "Alleluia" during the service. The children put the alleluias into a box on March 3rd, the last Sunday before Lent. The alleluias will be raised in a joyful shout on Easter day when we praise God for Jesus' resurrection!
 
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Burning Palms for Ash Wednesday

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On the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent, we burned the palms from last year's Palm Sunday to make ashes for the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. The ashes are sign of our mortality and complete dependence on God. This moving ceremony tied last year's celebration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem with our preparation for and observance of Lent, a season of spiritual renewal before the celebration of Jesus' resurrection on Easter Day.
 
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2018 Vicar's Award

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Each year, we recognize someone for his or her outstanding service to the congregation. This year, we gave thanks for Becky, one of the church's first members, who has served in almost every way possible, leadig the women's group, prayer shawl ministry, serving on the governing council in worship, singing in the choir and much more! We also thanked Otto, who in his four years at gec, has served on the governing council, led two fall pledge campaigns, written grants for the church, served in worship and much more, too! We are blessed to have such faithful servants of God!
 
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Candlelight Christmas Eve Service

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A beautiful service to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Many thanks to all those who served and attended to make it such a wonderful experience!
 
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Decorating for Christmas

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Many thank to everyone who helped decorate for Christmas and to all those who bought poinsettias! The church looked beautiful!!
 
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Emilea and Bryson's Baptism

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Congratulations to Emilea and Bryson who were baptized Sunday December 23rd. We're excited not only that they became followers of Jesus but also that their parents Anna-Kate and Patrick became members when Bishop Lee visited on December 2nd. We're thrilled the Millers are at Grace!
 
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Better Church Visibility

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Danny and Pastor John added a balloon to our sign to make our church's location more noticeable to people passing on Highway 42.  This is part of our outreach to the community.
 
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Sunday July 1, 2018

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Another great Sunday at GEC!  
 
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Ashton's Baptism

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It was a joyful Sunday celebrating Ashton's baptism!
 
 
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Fiftieth Anniversary Renewal of Wedding Vows

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A great celebration of 50 years of marriage!  Paula and Don renewed their wedding vows during the service, today!
 
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Father's Day 2018 Recognition

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We give thanks for our great Dads!
 
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Farmworker Sunday

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We had a great Sunday!  Thanks to Kate Walker, who spoke on behalf of the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry, to all those who donated clothing and other things for our brothers and sisters in the fields and to Fr. Frank, who took these photos! 
 
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