GRACE NOTES
Grace Episcopal Church                             November 2021
THE ADVENT SEASON
A Note from our Rector...

Slow down…but don’t become stagnant.

As we enter into this incarnational season, we are called to slow down and let go of distractions. To prepare our hearts and homes for the coming of Christ. Maybe a good way to describe this time of year is a season of slow anticipation. For me, that slowing down requires a couple of things. It requires time for silence. It requires time for prayer. It requires time for worship. And, it requires time for community, time to be together as the body of Christ in this holy season.

My guess is that during this last year and a half, we have become comfortable with solitude. That can be a good thing. But if we aren’t careful our solitude easily slips into stagnation. Are you still sitting at home on Sunday mornings, comfortable in your pajamas? Are you finding other distractions to fill your mornings…things besides time with God? If so, are you slipping into stagnation when it comes to your life of faith?

We have all been there. However, the importance of slowing down at this time of year isn’t meant to deprive us of community, especially in this joyful season. As one podcast recently encouraged its listeners…be willing to practice a preference for God. I love that idea. So, slow down and invite God more fully into your life. Slow down and be grateful for the opportunity to worship our Lord and Savior. Slow down and look around at how you can better love your neighbor. Slow down, but don’t become stagnant.

Enter into this season ready to welcome Christ in new ways back into your hearts and homes. Put aside distractions. Take in the goodness and the glory of God's incredible gift to each and every one of us. And, with joy, live as Christ's own.

I hope you all have a blessed Advent.

Emily
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CELEBRATE AND WORSHIP
ADVENT HAPPENINGS

Advent Lunch Series
11:30 am Every Thursday in the Parish Hall
(starting December 2nd)
RSVP to gracechurch2955@gmail.com
Boxed lunches will be provided from Maiden's Cafe.

Lessons and Carols
7:00 pm Sunday, December 19
(see article below)

CHRISTMAS EVE SCHEDULE

Friday, December 24
4:00 pm and 8:00 pm
GROW
ADVENT LUNCHEON SERIES
"Incarnation" by Adam Hamilton

Every Thursday at 11:30
December 2, 9, 16 and 23

"May your faith and understanding grow so that together we might stand in awe of the Incarnation, and in turn incarnate the love of God that came to us in Jesus Christ."
  • Adam Hamilton

Incarnation makes one bold claim...that God came to us, not as an idea and not as a symbol, but as one of us. But, how do we really understand this radical doctrine?

Maybe we can put aside trying to explain "how" it works. And, instead wonder "why" and "what now" when it comes to understanding God's desire to be with us through his son, Jesus Christ.

This study will explore the different names of Christ and how each of those names can guide us to live more fully into the Incarnation as Christians. Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, and the Word will be our Gospel guides this Advent season. Let us together rediscover the significance of Christmas.

You may purchase the book if you desire but it is not required to participate. Please RSVP to Cindy at gracechurch2955@gmail.com so that we may order the appropriate number of boxed lunches.
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JOIN CHRIST CHURCH FOR AN ADVENT QUIET DAY
Saturday, December 4 at 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Grace Church is invited to join Christ Church Episcopal on Pouncey Tract for a special advent gathering. Please see the description below.

"Quiet days are designed to help us remove the daily distractions from our minds in order to draw closer to God through prayer, journaling, reading Scripture, walking, and resting. It’s being with God for several quiet hours when the holy can be experienced in ways we often lose sight of in our busyness. It is especially important as we get caught up in hustle and bustle of this busy season in our lives.

This Advent, spiritual director Sara Vale, Ph.D., will lead participants through meditations to hear the voice of God through the noise of the holiday season. This is a day to quiet your heart to prepare to receive the coming of Christ at Christmas.

The Advent Quiet Day will be on Saturday, December 4 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Garage Building at Christ Church. ALL ARE WELCOME. You do not need to be a member of Christ Church to participate. The schedule includes two short meditations led by Sara Vale, Christ Church member and spiritual director, with quiet reflection times. Bring your own lunch. Drinks will be provided. The day will close with Holy Communion. A $10 fee is suggested to cover supplies. Register via here or message Christ Church at communications@ccerva.org".
SING
LESSONS AND CAROLS
Sunday, December 19 at 7:00 pm

Advent is nearly here and the choir is very excited!

We are busy working on special Advent anthems and pieces for our beloved Lessons and Carols Service which will take place in the Sanctuary on December19th at 7:00 pm.

We welcome all singers to join the choir as we prepare to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons. You do not have to read music in order to join the choir. You only need a love of singing and a joyful heart.

Contact Dee Kysor at deevmom@comcast.net if you have any questions.
ADVENT RESOURCES
GIVE
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR
CHRISTMAS MOTHER FAMILY

Once again, we will be supporting the Alvarez family through the Goochland Christmas Mother program.

Please use the following links below to sign up for either a gift or food donation or email Cindy at gracechurch2955@gmail.com so she can sign up for you. Monetary 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. Thank you for your support!

Sign up here: Gift List and Food List
REMEMBER

POINSETTIA DEDICATIONS
AND MEMORIALS

Help us decorate the church with a poinsettia in honor or in memory of the people who hold a special place in your life. Orders are due no later than December 19th. Poinsettias are $20 each. Order forms will be in the Narthex soon and may be placed in Cindy's mailbox outside of the church office once complete or you can click here for the form and bring it to the church.
Grace Episcopal Church
2955 River Road West
Goochland VA 23063
804-556-3051