Thoughts & Updates

News, perspectives and updates from Grace Episcopal Church
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Farewell to the Couglers

Farewell to the Couglers

We said good-bye to the Couglers who are moving to Florida.  They have contributed to Grace in many ways and will be deeply missed.  They hold a comfort wrap a tangible sign of our love and prayers for them.

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Garden Planting

Garden Planting

Sunday we planted Zinnias, Sunflowers and Basil Sunday.  Thanks to all who turned and participated.  Look for beautiful flowers and a great herb for your summer meals!

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Earth Day 2016 Litter Pickup

Earth Day 2016 Litter Pickup

Grace members collected 10 bags of litter and 3 of recycle in honor of Earth Day on Lee Ct., Hwy 42 and Guy Road.  Thanks to all who participated in our clean up!

 

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Christmas Pageant 2015

Christmas Pageant 2015

Always one of the highlights of the year is our children's Christmas pageant.  Thanks to all the children and adults who helped make the Nativity story alive for us again!

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Annual Meeting 2015

Annual Meeting 2015

Grace's annual meeting is a time to talk to one another, eat good food, review the last year and look to the next.  Grace has much to thank God for this year!

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Chili Cookoff

Chili Cookoff

A great time today at our chili cook off and dessert bake off!  Thanks to everyone who brought such great food!

 

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Yard Sale

Yard Sale

Everyone had a great time at Grace's annual yard sale!  Thanks to all who donated, volunteered and bought  treasures!

 

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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Humans and dogs had a great time at our blessing of the animals!  While only dogs showed up, cats were present in spirit.  We blessed pictures of them.  Thanks to all who participated in this fun time!  Read my blog post on the significance of this service. #graceclaytonnc

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Great Fall Kickoff!

Great Fall Kickoff!

We had a great time at our fall kickoff!  The children in elementary school dove into their new curriculum Deep Blue.  The teens loved Submerge, and the adults got into the Introduction to the New Testament class.  After a great worship service, everyone enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch.

 

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Labor Day

Labor Day

It was actually the day before Labor Day, but Grace members were laboring to touch up paint, organize the classroom, clear brush and in general get ready for the start of a new Sunday School year.  Once again, great job, Grace!

 

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Cove Base and Reorg Day

Cove Base and Reorg Day

After the carpet installation, we gathered on Saturday Aug 22, 2015 to install new cove base on the wall and to put the sanctuary and lobby back together  for church Sunday.  Thanks to everyone for a great job!

 

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Carpet Removal Day

Carpet Removal Day

Grace had a great turnout to remove the carpet!  After a tasty potluck lunch, everyone pitched in to move the furniture, pull up the carpet, to paint the inside door frames, and to prepare the walls for installation of new cove base, the rubber baseboard. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic job!!

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Renovations Begin

Renovations Begin

Grace got off to a great start renovating its facility, painting the worship space, lobby, halls and pastor's office Friday and Saturday August 7 and 8.  Next step is to paint the nursery and remove the carpet Sunday afternoon August 16 for the new carpet installation that week.  Thanks to all who worked hard, had fun and did a great job!

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Art at Grace After School

Art at Grace After School

This week the theme was art in our summer version of Grace After School, our tutoring ministry for children who live in the impoverished Alta neighborhood on Hwy 42.  Award winning West Clayton Middle School Art Teacher Joel Fitzgerald and our volunteers taught the children about creativity and art, using brightly colored pipe cleaners to make self-portraits.  Joel began his lesson by reading the story of creation from the first chapter of Genesis.  After class, the children enjoyed playing hopscotch and drawing in the parking lot.  The game brought back memories to one mother of playing hopscotch, called gigante in Spanish, when she was a girl in Mexico.  They would draw the course in the dirt make markers out of dried balls of mud.

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Christmas Pageant 2014

Christmas Pageant 2014

One of the most popular events of the year is always the children's Christmas Pageant.  While the children are always adorable, they make the point that Mary, Joseph and Jesus were real people.    

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Grace 20th Anniversary Kick Off

Grace 20th Anniversary Kick Off

Sunday February 15 Grace kicked off a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary with a panel discussion of church founders Marla and Larry Dalton, Sarah Hale, and Jill Allen moderated by the Rev. David Crabtree, Deacon in the Episcopal Church and WRAL News Anchorman.  It was a great morning of stories about the joys and challenges of starting the congregation.  Attendance and spirits were high to celebrate the way God has worked in and through this group of devoted Christians. #graceclaytonnc

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Men's Bowling

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Bowling is always a popular and fun men's group activity.

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Empty Tomb Bulletin Board

Empty Tomb Bulletin Board

Gloria McConnell, a gifted Grace member who works with stained glass, creates banners and paints, uses chalk to make a new bulletin board in the fellowship hall with the theme of Jesus' tomb.  After Easter, the stone will be rolled away.

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Fall Barbecue

Fall Barbecue

A great time and good food mark the fall barbecue fundraiser!  Thanks to all who made it a success!

 

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Anna Dittman's Baptism

Anna Dittman

One of the most joyful occasions in the church is a baptism.  We had the privilege to baptize Ana Dittman. 

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