Thoughts & Updates

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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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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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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 Restroom Mirrors and Sinks

New Restroom Mirrors and Sinks

Thank you to Timolee and Blake Dohner for new mirrors for the church's restrooms!

 

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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

Appalachia Service Project

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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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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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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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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