21 SEPT 2016
This Week at Grace

Blessing of the Animals
Dear Grace,  
In the book of Genesis, after the flood, God tells Noah: I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark (Gen. 9:9-10).  
God's covenant extends not just to humans, but to all living creatures. This is why each year we celebrate a "Blessing of the Animals" worship service. Congregations all over the world observe the Blessing of the Animals, around this time, because Oct. 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis lived in Italy in the 12th and 13th centuries, and is most famous for his love of   animals; he's often depicted in garden statues with birds on his shoulders and bunnies at his feet. But his love for animals wasn't a sentimental affection; he cared for creation out of a deep conviction to share God's love with the whole world. In his time, a world of violence and wars, animals were treated cruelly. He both recognized the call to care for the least of these and the face of God that resides in all of creation.  
THIS Sunday September 25th at 11am, Grace will once again be sharing this love with our neighbors at Piedmont Park. Bring your four-legged, furry (or two-legged, feathered) companions and join in the fun. Dogs, cats, hamsters, peacocks & horses are welcome. (Oh - and people, too!)   
The service will be held just inside the park at the Charles Allen Drive/10th street entrance. Ample seating will be available and you're invited to bring a blanket. All are welcome to park at Grace UMC and then walk the 1/2 mile to the park. Shuttle service will be available to those who are unable to make the walk. (Shuttles will run from the church parking lot from 10:30-10:45 a.m.)   

What a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and praise God together with God's creation in God's beautiful creation. We'll be living out the portion of our vision statement that calls us to "reach outward with God's love," going to where people in our community are on a Sunday morning. Don't forget to wear your Grace T-shirt!  
See you in the park on Sunday and all the furry and human friends you bring along! Invite your friends with this   facebook   event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1754024908199312/
Grace and Peace,  


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The Vision at Grace
To feed our surrounding community, spiritually and physically, while reaching outward with God's love and intentionally welcoming all in the name of Christ.


Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 27
Needles & Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, September 28
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, October 6
Grace Reads, 7pm, Starbucks in Whole Foods Ponce Plaza

Saturday, October 8
HELP Ministry, 9am, Middle Parking Lot

Sunday, October 9
PRIDE Parade

Tuesday, October 11
Needles & Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, October 12
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, October 13
Church Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Grace Cafe

Tuesday, October 25
Needles & Prayers, 7pm

Event Spotlight

October 6th, 7pm
Starbucks, Whole Foods Plaza

Read and discuss thought-provoking books as we journey in faith together, every 1st Thursday at 7pm.

All are welcome; please invite others to join you at 7pm on Thursday, Oct. 6th at Starbucks in the Whole Foods Plaza (650 Ponce de Leon Ave. at Glen Iris). Our next book - Take This Bread: A Radical Conversion, by Sara Miles.

Raised an atheist, Sara Miles wandered into a church one day for no earthly reason, received communion, experienced transformation and embraced a faith she once scorned. Before long, she turned her communion bread into tons of groceries, piled on the church's altar, as gifts for the hungry. Take this Bread, an achingly beautiful, passionate book, is the living communion of Christ.

Facilitated by Calissa Dauterman; for more information: office@graceonponce.org or 404.876.2678.

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