Christmas Christian nativity scene_ three wise men or kings_ farm animals and star of Bethlehem
Grace Episcopal Church                             November 2018

Growing up, my family always gathered for Christmas dinner at my grandmother’s home. Her house was small and warm. The dining table was in the middle of the kitchen and was filled with food. There was turkey with homemade dressing, green beans, canned cranberry sauce, Brown and Serve rolls and macaroni pie (my personal favorite). 

But it was the living room that was really special. That's where the Christmas tree was and it was always overflowing with gifts. Well, it seemed to overflow but to be fair, the room was tiny…just big enough for a couch, two chairs, a coffee table and a tree. That living room was magical but it took FOREVER before we were allowed to open our gifts.

Because at Grandmother’s we had to eat first and then we had to clean. And grandmother was meticulous about cleaning up after Christmas dinner.  She didn’t have a dish washer so everything had to be washed and dried by hand. We had to sweep the floor, wipe the counters, and clean the table. And then there was the leftover turkey. Never one to waste anything, Grandmother would get out her old cast iron meat grinder and attach it the edge of the counter. Then, she would carefully take every single piece of meat off of the bird and grind it down to make turkey salad for sandwiches the next day. If you were lucky, you got to pull the wish bone at the end.

As a little girl, the waiting was excruciating. I kept sneaking into the living room and shaking my presents every chance I got. I just wanted to get to the fun part and open all of my gifts. But as an adult, I look back on those long afternoons cleaning and waiting and grinding turkey and am so thankful for the time we spent in that kitchen. The funny thing is...I don’t remember any of my gifts from back then but I do remember the turkey salad. I have my Grandmother’s old meat grinder now. It's better than any gift I could have gotten back then. It’s my reminder that sometimes, the waiting is the best part. 

May your holiday season be filled with blessings and may you find joy in the waiting.


Advent Set Up
10am Saturday, December 1
Lots of hands are needed to help prepare the space for Advent as
well as set up for the Advent Breakfast.

Potluck Advent Breakfast
8:30am Sunday, December 2
10:00am Worship
**Please sign up for a dish in the
Parish Hall.

Advent Lunch Series
11:30am Every Thursday
(starting November 29th)

Community Prayer Service
5pm Saturday, December 8

Lessons and Carols
7:00pm Sunday, December 16
(see article below)

Hanging of the Greens
10:00am Saturday, December 22
**All ages are welcome!


Monday, December 24

4:00pm and 8:00pm Christmas Eve Services

For a copy of the full Advent Calendar, please click here 2018 Advent Calendar

Of special note...

We will move to a single 10am worship service on Sunday mornings
throughout December.

Come and worship with us every Sunday morning in December at 10am! Our normal service schedule (9am and 11am) will resume on January 6.


For the season of Advent, let us journey together as we await the coming of Christ. Using the Gospel of Luke as our guide, this 4-week study will help us live more faithfully as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. 
Week 1: The Annunciation
Luke 1:26-38 – Saying Yes to the Journey
What does it mean to wait for God’s plan to take shape in your life?
Week 2: Mary & Elizabeth
Luke 1:39-56 – Journeying with Family and Friends
How can we share the Good News and support each other on the journey?

Week 3: The Birth of John the Baptist
Luke 1:57-80 – Journeying with Community
What does it mean to be the body of Christ within community?

Week 4:  The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2:1-20– Journeying in the World
How does Jesus’ birth and his Way of Love change the world for the better?
Every Thursday (beginning November 29 th ) from 11:30am – 12:30pm 
Grace Church Parish Hall
Join us for communion, lunch, and a short bible study.
A $5 donation is suggested.
Everyone is welcome so please invite a friend!
Sunday, December 16th at 7pm

Our choir has been working hard to create a beautiful service of Lessons and Carols this Advent season. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated at King's College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, 1918. It has become a favorite tradition in many congregations and we are looking forward to sharing this tradition with Grace Church and the Goochland community.

Please join us and bring a friend. A reception of Holiday Cookies & Hot Chocolate will follow in the Parish Hall. Please bring your favorite holiday cookies to share. A sign-up sheet will be available soon in the Parish Hall.

 Once again, we will be supporting the Alvarez family thru the Christmas Mother program. A sign up sheet with gift ideas for the children (two boys ages 10 and 5) will be posted in the Parish Hall next week. Donations will also be accepted for those who prefer not to shop. Please make checks payable to Grace Church with Christmas Family noted in the memo line.

Please join us on Saturday, December 1st at 10am to prepare the space for the Advent Season including set up for the Advent Potluck Breakfast. Next mark your calendars to help green the worship space for Christmas Eve on Saturday, December 22nd from 10:00am to Noon. All ages are welcome.

December 9th - 7pm (Lessons and Carols)
8 Readers, Acolyte, Ushers

December 24th - 4pm Christmas Eve Service
Lector, Chalicer, Acolyte, Ushers

December 24th - 8pm Christmas Eve Service
Lector, Chalicer, Acolyte, Ushers

December 30 - 10am Morning Prayer Service
Lector, Acolyte, Ushers

We are trying something new this season. We have created a sign up genius page just for the special Advent Services listed above. Click the following link and you will be able to see all the options and choose where you would like to serve.

Help us decorate the church with a poinsettia in honor or in memorium of the people who hold a special place in your life. Orders are due no later than December 17th. Poinsettias are $10 each. Order forms will be in the Narthex soon and may be placed in Cindy's mailbox outside of the church office once completed.
Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland VA 23063