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  • GREGORIAN CHANT St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church | Athens, GA

    SEPTEMBER 2017

    NOVEMBER 2017

    We Sing a Song of the Saints of God | Nov. 5 All Saints Sunday Please plan to join us for our celebration of the Saints the Great Cloud of Witnesses at St. Gregorys on Sunday, November 5 at 8:00 and 10:30 on All Saints Sunday. The Festival of All the Saints is one of the 7 major Festivals of the Church.

    If you would like prayers offered in the context of the Eucharist for particular loved ones who have gone before, please send their names toKendall by Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 4PM. Please indicate the persons relationship to you and the year your loved one died.

    We will also receive new saints through the sacrament of Holy Baptism at 10:30 worship followed by a reception after the service.

    Outreach Workshop: Organizing Our Compassion Sunday Nov. 12, 12-2PM"Organizing Our Compassion" through outreach will be the theme of our Outreach Workshop on Sunday, November 12. All parishioners are invited to a light lunch of a light lunch of rice, beans, and toppings in the fellowship hall provided by our youth and others. We will also be collecting art supplies (markers, watercolors, colored paper, etc.) for the after-school program that is held at Pinewoods Library.

    Following lunch is an outreach workshop for youth and adults who are interested in getting involved, "hands on" in some specific areas outreach at St. Gregory's. There will be an opportunity to connect with and join small work-groups in specific ministries focused on homelessness and hunger, education and immigrant rights and possibly others. Childcare will be provided.

    Ingathering and Blessing of Pledges | Nov. 5 All Saints Sunday Please return your 2018 pledge card Grateful Hearts, Generous Lives on or before Sunday, November 5. All pledges will be blessed on this Sunday. Your pledge, given with gladness, sustains the vital ministries of St. Gregorys.

    Please be generous as St. Gregorys enters new avenues of mission and ministry and prepares for the next rector. Your vestry has made a commitment to the future of St. Gregorys with their financial pledges for 2018. As a whole, the vestry has an increased pledge amount of 21%.

    Thank you to Ron Balthazor, Annette Bates, Alice Mohor, and Missy Martin, our Stewardship speakers during the month of October. You were eloquent and inspiring for all of us!

    Dear Friends in Christ, Sunday, November 12 at both services of worship we will offer something a bit out of the ordinary, called an Instructed Eucharist. As we gather and worship together, we will pause at certain points in the liturgy to explain what we are doing and why we do it the way we do. The word liturgy means the work of the people, and my hope is that this will help us all better to understand just what it is that we are doing as we work and pray here week by week. Even more I hope that this experience will increase our joy in worshiping together.

    Whether you are a cradle Episcopalian, new to the Episcopal Church, or a brand new Christian, I think you will find this event enlightening and helpful in your journey of faith.

    Of course, this teaching may also prompt as many questions as it answers and I am delighted to be around afterwards to answer them as I can! Peace,Laura

  • November 1 Ellen GibsonAllison Weaver

    November 2 David Lowe

    November 3 Steve Phillips

    November 4 Peggy Herrman

    November 5 John GranroseDiane BarretGrace Huang

    November 6 Julia Marlowe Myers Temple-Roberts Graham Temple-Roberts

    November 7 John CurtisFred Denson

    November 8 Joan CurtisElise CamostonCharlie Ingle

    November 10 Mark Hein

    November 11 Cole Byers

    November 12 Mariel Sanford

    November 13 Vicky TavernierClare Boyle

    November 15 Mary Laing

    November 16 Lydia Peck

    November 17 Jeff WelchMax Tavernier

    November 18 Sue AlfordHayes PhillipsIsaiah Camoston

    November 19 Jordan Vail

    November 20 Kathy Hale

    November 22 Hank HodgesBrady Knowlton

    November 27 Laura RuffinRebecca Baggett

    November 28 Annette Bates

    November 30 Jeff RappConoly Hester

    Happy Birthday!

    Adult Sunday School Parenting Spirituality (Parish Hall)October 29, November 5, November 12Come and mingle with other parents who face the same joys, concerns and challenges as you. Our goal is to build community through listening and sharing parenting experiences with one another. Parenting is wonderful, and at times can be the most difficult thing youve ever done. Working together in community will keep you motivated and encouraged while you make your way towards less reactive and more intentional parenting. Facilitated by Missy Hamlin.

    Lectionary (Library): The more one studies the Bible, the more one realizes that it is a proverbial bottomless pit of meanings and nuances. Exploring those depths can be a rewarding experience. Ken Taylor leads a discussion of the assigned readings almost every Sunday (except for a parish breakfast and a visit by a bishop, mainly) in the library, starting at 9:15AM. This class will meet every Sunday in November.

    Childrens Sunday School Meet at 9:15 IN THE PARISH HALL on November 5 so we can practice our All Saints Prayer, banner-carrying, and singing we will do in the 10:30am service that morning!

    Well be back to our usual meeting place, All Saints Chapel in the Christian Ed building for the remainder of November. Great music time with Ms. Anna, then cooking, making art, and playing games in our Fruits of the Spirit workshops with a focus on Thanksgiving. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, we will make lunches for the Homeless Day Center.


    Rhythms of Grace Families looking for a different worship experience are invited to Rhythms of Grace, on Sunday, November 12 at 3PM at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church. This adaptive service is designed to be welcoming to those for whom conventional worship may be difficult, including those sensitive to loud music or crowds, those on the Autism spectrum, and wiggly children who just want to move! The service features scripture and storytelling, therapeutic play, and a simplified prayer for Holy Communion. Gatheringand dismissal

    rituals and visual and auditory cues help with transitioning. St. Gregory's hosts Rhythms of Grace on the second Sunday of each month in our sanctuary. All are welcome at every service at St. Gregorys. Please invite your friends!

    Wednesday Transitions/Meditation Group Wednesdays at 4PM in the libraryWhile many of us find these to be challenging times, there is also a great opportunity for those of us who wish to train ourselves to seek truth, feel connection and hope. We are currently reading the book My Song by the Linn family. We are discussing and exploring who we are and how we are being used in the world by God. Laughter, tears, and deep discussion.... come join in the fun!

    Youth Keep joining us for Sunday school on Sunday mornings at 9:15 as we study the J2A/Rite13

    curriculum! Bonfire at the Somerville's Farm, Nov. 5, 12:30-2:30 PM. There will be a parent meeting after

    lunch at the bonfire! Come join us for hot dogs (veggie dogs too!), S'mores, and fun! Coming up: Diocesan Lock-In (see information on page 3) at diocesan Council, Nov. 10-11. "Happening" at Camp Mikell, Nov. 17-18, for high school students.

  • Spirituality and Aging Registration is now open for the Nov. 11 workshop, "Spirituality and Aging: Looking Backward, Looking Forward." Brochures are in the narthex, parish hall, and the CE bldg. You can also register online: . Cost is $10 to be mailed to St. Gregorys. The workshop will be from 10AM-3PM.

    This is an ecumenical event, and many other churches in town have been invited. Seating will be limited to 112. Your registration and check must be received no later than noon, Monday, Nov. 6, but please don't wait that long!

    ADVENT RETREAT | DECEMBER 1 & 2 (Sympathetic) Joy to the World: Preparing to Welcome God and One Another in Advent

    Preparing for Christmas entails more than buying gifts, planning worship, and baking fruit cake--it's about making space for joy. Ryan Kuratko will be leading an Advent Quiet Day on this topic with reflections that emerge from his work in comparative theology. The event will be spiritual, practical, and at least a bit joyful.

    The retreat begins Friday evening (6-8:45PM) with a light supper, reflection by Ryan, and shared prayer and practice. Saturday begins at 9AM and continues until 3PM, closing with a Eucharist. Reflections, prayers, quiet, and friendly conversation will focus on God as the source of joy, the joy we find in others and in ourselves, and living joyfully in a time of anxiety. Come enjoy some time set aside for you.

    The retreat will be held at David and Becky Lockmans house, 1241 Brittain Estates Drive, Watkinsville 30677. Cost is $15, which includes 2 meals as well as childcare on Saturday (at St. Gs) only, if needed. If childcare is needed, contact Karen Kassinger no later than Saturday, November 25.

    Click here for online registration! For our non-digital readers, registration can be found at Registration deadline is Saturday, November 25. Registration fee is due at time of registration. Please make check payable to St. Gregorys with Advent Retreat in the memo and mail to St. Gregorys at 3195 Barnett Shoals Rd., Athen