Thoughts & Updates

News, perspectives and updates from Grace Episcopal Church
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Pentecost 2018

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We had a great celebration of Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples in Jerusalem, our graduating High School Seniors and our youth!  The choir from El Buen Pastor (the Good Shepherd) joined us for the service parts of which were in English, Spanish, French and Spanish.  Our altar guild and friends did a great job decorating the church for the great day!  Thank you to everyone who made it such an exciting celebration!
 
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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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Congrats and Thanks to Our 2018 Vestry (Governing Council)

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Sunday the 2018 Vestry (the congregation's governing council) was commissioned!  Thank you for your willingness to serve in this important leadership ministry!

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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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Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction

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Thanks to everyone who did such a great job on our Ice Cream Social and Silent Auction!  We raised $1,001 for our music ministry and everyone had a great time!  It was a huge success!

 

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ASP 2017

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Sierra, Alex, Logan and Christine joined the St. Paul's, Cary, Appalachia Service Project to make homes warmer, safer and drier in Avery County, North Carolina this summer.  They made a difference and had a great time!  Check out all the pics from their week!

 

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Bishop Anne's Visit

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We had a joyful celebration with Bishop Anne, welcoming new members, giving thanks for fathers and rejoicing over the new organ.

 

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Comfort Wrap for Sierra

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One of the great gec traditions is giving a comfort wrap to graduating seniors and to young people moving away.  Becky presents the wrap on behalf of the women of the church who say a prayer and tight knots.  The wrap is a tangible reminder of God's and the congregation's love for them and that our prayers are with them.  The wrap has meant so much that some young people sleep with it when they first go away.  Becky presented this wrap to Sierra who is graduating from High School and going to Western Carolina University in August.  Congratulations to Sierra, and Thanks, Becky and the women of the church for such a moving and meaningful tradition!

 

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Cookout May 2017

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Everyone had a great time at our end of the school year cookout with the girls, parents and leaders of one of the Girl Scout troops that meets at GEC.

 

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Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day to all Moms!  Thank you for all you do and have done!  You are a great blessing!

This year the men gave a hydrangea to each mother at the service.  Thanks to Jack Bacheler, who arranged for the hydrangeas, and the men for this great gift.  

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Avery's Baptism

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We were thrilled to participate in Avery's baptism!  Here are pictures of the big day!

 

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Easter Celebration

Easter Celebration

It was a great celebration of Jesus' resurrection at Grace!  Here are some pictures of the flowering of the cross, the Easter egg hunt and the church.  We are especially thankful for the gift of the painting of the risen Christ and those who gave lilies in honor or memory of someone.

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Palm Sunday Breakfast

Palm Sunday Breakfast

Everyone had a great time at our breakfast Sunday!  Thanks to the men for preparing it!

 

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New Pipe Organ

New Pipe Organ

God has given our congregation the great gift of a 500 pipe organ.  St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Durham, gave it to the congregation for $1.  You will see pictures here of when St. Luke's Senior Pastor and Treasurer brought a bill of sale and received the church's check.  There are also pictures of it being moved from St. Luke's to Grace and its installation.  Grace's organist Gayla built a platform for the console.  We hope the installation will be completed in May.  Our great thanks to God for this gift and to all those who contributed to moving and putting the organ in the church.

 

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Grace's Gardens Grow Beautifully

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Thanks to Jack and Pat Bacheler and Jill and Sam Allen, who donated the new arborvitae and their planters!  They beautify the building!  Thanks also to Jack Bacheler for all his work tending Grace's garden and planters which are thriving under his daily watering during the hot summer and tender loving care.

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Painting the Parish Hall

Painting the Parish Hall

Sunday Grace members removed bulletin boards, banners and other things from wall and moved everything to the center of the room for the painters, who stripped the wallpaper and painted the walls and cabinets this week.

 

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Appalachia Service Project

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Hannah, Sierra and Pastor John went to Newport TN July 10 - 16 with adults and youth from St. Paul's, Cary to make homes warmer, safer and drier with the Appalachia Service Project.

 

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Renovation Prep Day

Renovation Prep Day

 

Sunday Grace started the second phase of renovations by removing everything from the classrooms and church office.  Saturday we will paint those spaces.  In the next two weeks, new carpet will be installed in all of them.

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Congrats to Our New H.S. Grads

Congrats to Our New H.S. Grads

 

Each year the women of Grace make a comfort wrap for our H.S. grads.  Each knot on the wrap is tied with a prayer.  Becky presented the wraps to Gabrielle and Jake, who both graduated from Clayton High.  Congrats to you both!  We wish you well as you take the next step in your life journey!

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Father's Day

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We give thanks for all the fathers at Grace and pray for God's blessing upon them and their ministry to their children!

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