Lay-reader Feeler Sheet: The lay-reader feeler sheet went out last week, please be sure to fill it out and return it to the church office via hard-copy or email on or before Nov. 22!

Altar Flowers for December:  We need three sponsors for altar flowers for December!  December 3, 10, and 17 are open.  If you would like to sponsor one of those days, please sign up on the flower board and either fill out a flower form or contact the church office.

Grace Church Vestry invites you to DROP YOUR DRAWERS! Our local homeless shelters need underwear for their clients.  In conjunction with our 150th celebration we have set a goal of donating 150 pairs of underwear.  Please donate whatever sizes you purchase for your household.  It’s time to cram that crib!  Don’t drag your feet.  This party is over on Sunday, November 26th!

Stewardship-Rooted in Abundance:  I am the daughter of the longtime stewardship chair of the church I grew up in. My home parish of St. James, Roanoke, Virgina is like a taproot for me. It’s where I went to Sunday school, youth group, and served as an acolyte. People invested in me and gave me leadership opportunities. As an Asian American queer from the south, I never thought of God as judging me. I have been watered by living waters of people who’ve nurtured me. I pledge every year to my church because I want to tend and water others. The prophet Jeremiah reminds me “blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.” (Jeremiah 17:7). I am rooted in God, and in the belief in an abundant creator. -Grace Aheron is the Communications Director, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), former ESC intern, and cradle Episcopalian.

*Please prayerfully consider fulfilling your 2023 offering and sharing your abundance to support the staff, ministries, and operations of Grace Church with your rooted pledge for 2024.*

Vergers Breakfast Sunday: Come to the best breakfast in Paducah! This Sunday, November 19th from 8:45 to 9:50 a.m. the men of Grace Church will be serving breakfast for members and guests. Come and support Grace Church ministries and enjoy great food and wonderful conversation!

Wednesday Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service:  This Wednesday, Nov. 22nd our normal evening programs will take a break; instead, all are invited to join Fr. Charles at St. Matthew Lutheran Church for an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service at 6:00 p.m. All are invited to bring a pie to share following the service. All are welcome to give thanks.

Sunday, Nov. 19:

-Holy Eucharist at 8 AM & 10 AM / Vergers’ Breakfast at 8:45 AM / J2A at 8:45 AM

-Godly Play & 3rd-5th Grace Bible Study at 10 AM / Youth Rake Day at 11:30 AM

-PCM Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at Trinity United Methodist at 6:30 PM

Tuesday, Nov. 21:

-Poetry at 2 PM

-Finance Meeting at 5:30 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 22:

-Holy Eucharist at 12 PM

-Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service at 6 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran

Thursday, Nov. 23– Friday, Nov. 24:

-Church Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, Nov. 24:

-Parkview Nursing Worship at 10 AM

Looking Ahead:

Nov. 26: HE at 8 AM MP at 10 AM; Healing Prayers at both services / PCM Annual Giving Tree names available beginning today (see below for additional information)

Nov. 30: Vestry Meeting at 5:30 PM (moved due to holiday)

Dec. 3: St. Nicholas visit at 10 AM and Advent Walk at 4 PM

Additional Notes:

Christmas Poinsettias Price Increase: We were informed this week that there will be a $5 price increase for poinsettias this year, bringing the price to $30 per plant. We have ordered 20 plants and are now taking sponsors for them. Please contact the church office via email or phone, you can also fill out a flower card and drop it in the offering plate, if you would like to sponsor a plant. First come, first served!

PCM Giving Tree:  Martha Huggins will once again be coordinating our annual PCM Giving Tree.  Each year we have gift giving tags for individuals living in the Fresh Start Village.  Names will be available beginning Sunday, November 26.  The deadline for purchasing and dropping the presents off to the church office will be December 21.  For additional information, contact Martha Huggins.

Sunday Morning Hospitality: Please remember to wear your nametag to help greet one another. If you don’t have a nametag, please contact the church office. Also, please consider signing up to sponsor a Sunday once a month with a nutritious snack to share during our hospitality time after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday services. Please contact the church office or sign-up on the list on Sundays.

150th Anniversary: The Vestry and Fr. Charles are still taking ideas to celebrate our 150th anniversary of the laying of the church cornerstone. Please feel free to contact a Vestry member or Fr. Charles with your ideas.