28 DEC 2016
This Week at Grace

Epiphany, Welcome and Farewell
Dear Grace,

Here We Go - Epiph-ing, Epiph-ing We Will Go ...
For many people, Christmas is over at the end of Christmas Day, save some leftover turkey and green bean casserole. But, in fact, there are 12 days of Christmas leading right up to Epiphany. Many families have begun to celebrate their family Christmas gathering on Epiphany rather than on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Scheduling is easier, plus there are some great after-Christmas sales for those still needing to buy gifts.
Many Christians around the world celebrate Epiphany on January 6th, but it comes on other days for some traditions. It is a public holiday in many countries and marks two events in Jesus Christ's life. The first event was when the three wise men, or kings, visited infant Jesus. The second event is when John baptized Jesus.
When I first agreed to serve as your transitional interim pastor, we were thinking that my time would end on December 31st. But as Karen described it to someone last Sunday, the church has "extended their lease" on my duties until January 8th. My being around these eight days will provide pastoral coverage so Stacey and Dalton Rushing can celebrate an anniversary far, far away. Stacey will be with us, however, on January 1st, when we observe the Wesley Covenant Renewal Service, always a great way to begin a new relationship. The Covenant Renewal Service powerfully challenges us to consider, yet again, God's call on our lives. Stacey will lead us in celebrating the Eucharist that day.
Preachers joke that we have 12 days of Christmas because it took 12 days for the wise guys to reach Bethlehem. In fact, there is quite another story to the origins of the Twelve Days (http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/real-twelve-days-of-christmas.html). This year, we will observe Epiphany Sunday on January 8th.
Then, I will leave you in Stacey's very capable and caring hands. Thank you for all your support. It has been my honor.

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


Today - Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
Grace office closed for Christmas and New Year's Holidays (The office reopens on Wed., Jan. 4, 2017.)


Tuesday, January 10
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Thursday, January 12
Church Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Grace Cafe

Tuesday, January 24
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Ministry Spotlight


Help us keep our community fed!

Grace's Bread Ministry is looking for someone on 2nd Saturdays of the month to pick up dated bread from Publix (Piedmont and Monroe) and deliver it to the Women's and Children's Mission (Howell Mill and 8th Street).

It only takes about 1 hour of your time. Contact Carol Oliver or Shirley Tondee via the church office (office@graceonponce.org) for details.

Congregational Care

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