Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for October 13, 2016

Feed Your Spirit Eucharist Saturday at 6:00 pm!

T his Saturday, October 15, at 6:00 pm, we will have a "Feed Your Spirit" Eucharist in All Saints Parish Hall, followed by a reception.  The 
Pilgrim Project (Rachel Crick and Jeff Calhoun) will be providing music.  If you were at their concert on October 1, you know you don't want to miss this opportunity to hear them again.  If you weren't at the concert but have heard how fabulous it was, here is your chance to hear them for the first time.   Please come and join us and bring your friends!    
Report on Picnic at the Labyrinth and GraceWorks 

On Sunday, September 25, we hosted our third annual Picnic at the Labyrinth to support the GraceWorks program.  It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful time together--enjoying food and entertainment, fellowship and support of Grace Church's social enterprise and primary social outreach program.  Many thanks to Griffin McCoy, Jennifer Stokes and her group, and the Grace Notes for their participation.     

On October 22, GraceWorks will be displaying our wares at the crafts show at First United Methodist Church.  Stop by and start your Christmas shopping.  The event is for the support of FUMC's plans to work with the Heifer Project to provide a "Gift Ark" donation to a community in a third world country in greatest need, including two water buffalos, two cows, two sheep and two goats, along with bees, chicks, and rabbits.  GraceWorks benefits as well.

On November 11-12, GraceWorks will be exhibiting at the Diocesan Convention of the Diocese of Kentucky, being hosted by Christ Church Cathedral in Louisville.  This is opportunity to let the rest of the Diocese know what we at Grace are up to and to market our products for their use and enjoyment.  

And finally, it's Christmas shopping time again, and our new card designs will soon be on display--along with some new gift ideas.  Plan to support GraceWorks this holiday season!
Concert by The Pilgrim Project was amazing!

On Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 pm, The Pilgrim Project performed their CD  Release  Concert in the nave at Grace Church.  The CD was recorded in our nave, and Rachel and Jeff thought it would be very appropriate to have their release concert at Grace. This was an amazing event, and we will make sure that CD's are available for post-concert sale!
All Saints Service at the Chapel at Riverside Cemetery

Grace Church will be participating with FUMC in hosting a Service of Remembrance on All Saints Day, Tuesday, November 1, 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Join us for a meditative service including prayers, poetry, and music and a time for specific remembrances of those we have lost who have gone before us.  
Thanksgiving Service with Ministerial Association

Grace Church will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving service sponsored by the local Ministerial Association on Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 pm.  The offering taken at the service will be donated to Grace and Mercy Ministries.  
Weird Church again!

This is a plea from your Rector!  We had a small group who met for several weeks to read and discuss the book Weird Church which vividly describes the situation that "the church" finds itself in at this particular time in history and how to use that reality in creative ways and, therefore, be able to move into a bright and promising future, rather than try to maintain the status quo and end up closing up shop in a few short years.  I would like to have as many people as possible at Grace have a clear understanding of the dilemma that all churches face and also have the opportunity to be part of the discussion about options for our particular future.  To that end, I am scheduling a second discussion group for Tuesdays at 5:30 pm (for one hour) beginning on October 25.  This is not a long-term group--probably four or five sessions.  Please join us!  (Very interesting book!)
Missions Group

The group last met on Sunday, September 25. We talked about upcoming possibilities, including becoming "angels" at Christmas by providing gifts for a child or a few children whose parents are incarcerated, with gifts being given in the name of the absent parents.  Another is a request from Grace and Mercy--a residential program for women coming out of jail who are working on substance abuse recovery programs--to have a Grace and Mercy Sunday at Grace.  The program participants would come and worship with us, along with their families, and share some of their stories.  We would, in turn, give a special offering for their program.  This program is completely dependent on donations (and income from participants as they find employment) to be able to operate at this time.  We also talked about this year's Aaron McNeil Christmas Party and how we might change the structure of the event and get parents more involved in the planning.   

Fifth Sunday In-gathering for Aaron McNeil Food Pantry: Since Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, let's try for an especially generous in-gathering of non-perishable food for Aaron McNeil Food Pantry!!
Good Shepherd program for children

The Fall season of the Good Shepherd program for children started last Sunday at 9:00 am.  With the assistance our Music Director Wayne Eastham, we are developing a Good Shepherd Choir which will participate periodically in the Sunday morning Eucharist!  Robin Ferguson has worked tirelessly to fully equip Level II, for children seven and older, which is now occupying the office formerly used by Benjamin Hart.  Tom Price, Amanda McClure and Polly Stokes are working with Level I--children through age 6--and Robin Ferguson and Joyce Cornett are working with Level II.  Robin and Joyce have begun Level I training and are working with the Rector in planning lessons for the Level II children.  Please bring your children or grandchildren to join with us.  We are also recruiting more volunteers.   
Grace School Update

The fundraiser with the Bloomery was a great success.  Between the church and the school, 376 pots of mums were sold!    
Birthday Offerings

The Board of Grace School has taken over the blessed responsibility of sending out birthday cards to everyone on the church mailing list, and, along with that card, to suggest that we all consider giving a gift to the kindergarten scholarship fund equal to the number of years of life being celebrated. We always have more requests for scholarship aid than we are able to provide, and it's hard to have to say no.  Please help us say yes!    
Kroger R e-Registration

Have you received a card from Kroger telling you that, if you are participating in the Community Rewards program, you will need to re-register August 1?  Yes, it's apparently true.  So, mark your calendars and make the update.  Money that we have received for Grace School from Kroger has not been insignificant, and, any that we continue to receive will be placed in the Tom Schmidt Memorial Fund.  Re-registration is easily done online.  Simply log onto  and search for Grace Episcopal Kindergarten or enter 88636 and link your card to our school. Then check your next Kroger receipt at the bottom to make sure that it indicates a contribution to Grace Episcopal Kindergarten.  

Thanks for your help and your support of our ministry to the children and their families.    

Another way to financially support our school is to save BOXTOPS FOR EDUCATION from the labels of many items that we use frequently.  We recently sent in a batch which will bring in $150.  It's a lot of work for a little bit of money, but every dollar counts! Start saving BOXTOPS now for our next submission in about six months.
Dates to Remember

Saturday, October 15--6:00 pm--Feed Your Spirit Eucharist in All Saints
Sunday, October 16--9:00 am--Good Shepherd and Adult Forum
Sunday, October 16--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist
Monday, October 17--5:30 pm--EFM
Tuesday, October 18--3:00 pm--Kindergarten Board
Wednesday, October 19--NO NOONDAY EUCHARIST (Rector away)
Sunday, October 23--9:00 am--Good Shepherd and Adult Forum
Sunday, October 23--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist
Monday, October 24--5:30 pm--EFM
Wednesday, October 26--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and healing prayers
Thursday, October 27--7:30 am--Mayor's Unity Breakfast at Senior Center
Sunday, October 30--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, October 30--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite I
Monday, October 31--5:30 pm--EFM
Tuesday, November 1--12:15 pm-Remembrance Service at Riverside Cemetery
Wednesday, November 2--12:10 pm-Holy Eucharist and healing prayers
Sunday, November 6--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, November 6--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist for All Saints
Sunday, November 6--6:00 pm--Choral Evensong
Monday, November 7--5:30 pm--EFM
Wednesday, November 9--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and healing prayers
Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12--Diocesan Convention at Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville
Sunday, November 13--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, November 13--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist
Monday, November 14--5:30 pm--EFM
Wednesday, November 16--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and healing prayers
Thursday, November 17--7:00 pm--Thanksgiving Service for Ministerial Association