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Grace Notes Weekly
 April 14, 2017
Holy Week Services
The march through death to resurrection has begun! Last night we celebrated Passover, washed feet and heard the commandment to love one another; today and the weekend offer further opportunities to tread the path to Jerusalem and beyond with Jesus and the disciples. See below for the Holy Week services today and over the weekend:  

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In this issue

Holy Week Services
Egg Hunt Tomorrow!
Reception for Father Ken after Vigil
Flowering of the Cross
Bishop's Annual Visit
Bishop's Reception -- Cooks Needed!
Book Study Begins Wednesday (4-19)
Arts Camp Online Registration
Altar Flowers
Meetings This Week
Serving This Weekend
Holy Week (continued)

Friday, April 14 – Stations of the Cross, 2:00 p.m., beginning in the Courtyard                               Good Friday liturgy, 3:00 p.m., in the Nave  

Saturday, April 15 -- Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m., beginning in the Courtyard  

Sunday, April 16 – Easter services,  8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  

Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow!

It’s time for the most egg-citing event of the spring -- Grace’s annual Easter frolic for the young ‘uns has been scheduled for Saturday, April 15 – tomorrow! --  at 1 p.m.   Please note that it is at 1 p.m. instead of in the morning!   

We’ll meet in the Pavilion to do some simple crafts and games while the eggs are hidden. Then we’ll split up into age groups and seek out those sly critters. As we’ve done before, the smallest ones will hunt eggs on the playground where they are fenced in and safe from cars and those energetic older seekers!

Reception for Father Ken to Follow Easter Vigil

After the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, April 15 (service begins at 8 p.m. and ends between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m.), Grace will have a champagne reception in the Undercroft to thank and bid farewell to Father Ken, who has been with us a little over a year and whose last Sunday with us will be Easter.  

In order to give him a proper send-off and also welcome the joyful season of resurrection, please bring your favorite sweet and/or savory goodies to share.

Food can be taken to the Undercroft before(or after) the service.

Easter Sunday – Flowering of the Cross
Children of all ages are invited to help with the flowering of the cross on Easter morning. It begins 10 a.m. in the courtyard. There will be flowers on hand, but if you have blooms from your own yard you want to share, please bring them. 
Bishop’s Annual Visit
Before you take your shoes off and put your liturgical feet up after the demands of Holy Week, please note that the Bishop will make his annual visit to Grace the Sunday after Easter (April 23).  At his request, there will be ONE SERVICE ONLY that morning at 10:00 a.m.  Since this will be Bishop George’s last visit to Grace before he retires in August, please make every effort to attend.   Of course, the service will be followed by…
Another Reception!

Keep those pots, pans, mixers and measuring spoons out! Grace will be hosting a reception for the Bishop after the single service on Sunday (4-23), and Tessa Spaulding asks that you prayerfully peruse the list below, pick something to prepare, and let her know by Thursday, April 20 what and how much you’ll bring. This will let her know what she and her committee need to purchase. Please e-mail or call Tessa at or 865-202-7576 and let her know what you’re planning.  

What’s needed:  

-- 20 dozen deviled eggs
-- fruit for 2 large fruit plates
-- veggies for 2 large veggie plates
**20 dozen chicken salad tea sandwiches
**20 dozen pimento cheese tea sandwiches

**Note -- 1 standard loaf of bread yields almost 2 dozen finger sandwiches

Book Study to Begin Next Week

April 19, 26, and May 3  

David Stanislawski will lead a book study on Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In his book, Desmond points out that even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and evictions have become ordinary, especially for single mothers. Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge whose fates are in the hands of two landlords. Desmond not only strives to transform our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation but also provides fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Please join us on these Wednesday evenings to discuss this important book  which Jennifer Senior describes in the New York Times as “an exhaustively researched, vividly realized, and above all, un-ignorable book. After Evicted, it will no longer be possible to have a serious discussion about poverty without having a serious discussion about housing.”

We will begin with a potluck supper at 6:00 p.m. and start the book discussion at
6:45 p.m.  

Copies are available in the bookstore for $17 (plus tax!).

Arts Camp Registration is Online!
Please use this link ( to register your family’s children for arts camp June 19 through 23. You are encouraged to reach out to friends and coworkers and invite their children, too!  The Grace Episcopal Interfaith Arts Camp has been serving the community for ten years. The cost is $25, although the fee can be waived if necessary. Our theme is An Artistic Romp through the Middle Ages. If you have questions or want to help, please talk to Maria at
Altar Flowers
Yes, I know you just bought Easter lilies, but our lives are full of those we want to remember, thank, and honor, and if you’d like to do one or more of those things with Altar flowers now that lily season has passed, please contact the office at 243-3257 or There are available dates in every month except for June. Cost is $58, and all the heavy lifting – calling the florist, arranging delivery – has already been handled by the church office. All you need to is tell us what you’d like in the bulletin and write a check.
Meetings this week
Formation Meeting, Tuesday, April 18, 5:15 p.m.
Finance Committee, Tuesday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.  (Merritt Room)
Potluck and Book Study (Matthew Desmond's Evicted), Wednesday, April 19,
     6:00 p.m.
Vestry Meeting, Thursday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. (Barth Room)
Centering Prayer , Friday, 1:00 p.m.(Barth Room)
Serving This Weekend

At the Good Friday liturgy: Lectors, Jean Whisenant, Shirlee Sullivan; Acolyte, Sean McEwen  

At the Easter Vigil:  Lectors, Laura Bertrand, Will Benson, Dick McGee, Rebecca Cook, Suzanne R. Smith; Intercessor, Bill Pickering; Chalice-bearers, Edith Snider, Terry Burnett; Acolytes, Sean McEwen, Annalee Thompson, Mary Cooper, Jerry Draper; Oblations, Richard Hyatt, Phaen Stone; Usher, Bill Pickering  

At the 8 a.m. service on Easter morning: Lectors, Michael Waterson, Susan Brown; Intercessor, Amie Brien-Slack; Chalice-bearers, Alan McMurray, Diana McMurray; Ushers, the Revenigs; Greeter, Vivian Dodds  

At the 10:45 a.m. service on Easter morning: Lectors, Jean Whisenant, Rebecca Williams; Intercessor, Edith Snider; Chalice, Breezie Finley, Dick McGee; Oblations, Laura and Jeff Bertrand; Acolytes, Mary Cooper, Riley Hendrix, Kyra Williams, Brianna Palmer, Sean McEwen; Greeter, Anne Curtis; Web Broadcast, Bill Boren, Augie Sevart

For Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-11; Hebrews 4:14-16;5:7-9; John 18:1-19:42  

For Easter Vigil: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:12-20; Psalm 126; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10  

For Easter Morning: Acts 10:34-43. Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-18
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