Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church proclaims & celebrates the word & sacrament that God in Christ embraces the world.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(I Corinthians 1:30)

This is the greeting with which the Apostle Paul begins his letters to the early Church.  We extend that same gracious greeting to you.  We are named for the grace of God that is embracing the world in our Lord Jesus Christ and we have been extending that gracious invitation of the good news of God here in Anderson since 1851.

You are indeed welcomed by God and by God’s people of Grace Church.

Our mission is to proclaim and celebrate the word and sacrament that God in Christ embraces the world.  We hope and pray that our mission will bless you with that word and sacrament of being embraced by God and that you in turn will be that embrace for others, indeed for the world.

Grace for the world! 


 
Grace Episcopal Church

Church News and Events



The Grace Episcopal Church Outreach Committee is having the Second Annual Garage Sale to benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson (CAA) on Saturday, August 16 in the Parish Hall from 8:00 an until Noon.

Please bring donations of gently used items to the Parish Hall any time after August 6, 2014. Please no adult clothes.

To kick off the sale, the Grace Church Outreach Committee will host the First Annual Wednesday night “Shop and Dine with Wine” event. For a donation of $6, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine and the opportunity to purchase priceless artifacts, at only double the retail price. It is your only chance to shop the sale before anyone else does!

Important Dates:

NOW drop off gently used items
NOW Volunteers will begin set up of Sale and start marking prices
August 11 - 9:00AM-Noon. Volunteers will mark prices and finalize the sale for Wednesday night
August 13 - 9:00 AM –2:00 PM
              6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
“Shop and Dine with Wine Event”
August 16 - 8:00 AM until Noon The Annual Garage Sale


Any questions, please contact Dena Cullen at (864) 222-9425. Items can be picked up at your home or business by calling, after August 1, 2014.


Rally Day is August 24th and it is all about...Water!

We are planning a fun filled day of activities and wonderful picnic lunch. The art show begins that day so bring your creations or create something here. We will have supplies for you. We will be preparing our rain chains and rain barrel for installation, we will have games, and we will have
food. Be a part of the learning, sharing and celebrating! Grace will provide the hamburgers and hotdogs and beverages. Please bring a side dish for the picnic. We are encouraging watermelon and ice cream for dessert (but of course no sweets will be turned down) and will provide the ice for chilling.
We need from you:

 
  • Songs (title about water, poems about water, pictures of water, etc.
  • Vessels to provide water and other beverages preferable covered.
  • “Misters” need things that spray small droplets of water
  • Box fans or fans on stands
  • Tailgating style tents
  • Rectangular, portable tables
  • Please talk to Lyn Merchant or Rebecca Dixon if you have questions or supplies to lend. 

THE NEXT PARISH ART SHOW:
THE GIFT OF WATER”. The theme comes from the baptismal prayer, “We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water.” Some ideas can be baptismal themes, stories involving water in scripture and elsewhere, water themes in nature and elsewhere. We start hanging the new art on Rally Day, August 24th. Come on in the water is fine!


Men’s Bible Study
Bible and Beverage
Begins August 26th 7:00 p.m.
Location: ABV, on Main St. across from Summa Joe’s


August Adult Class—We will be briefly reviewing the Diocese’s Curriculum for The Blessing of Same Sex Relationships
August 17th– Tradition
August 24th– Scripture
August 31st– Ethics and Unity and Common Life
The Curriculum is available on the Diocesan Website if you want to read it ahead of time.


Children’s Music Celebration

On Saturday, September 6 at 10 am Grace Church will hold our first Children’s Choir Workshop with the acclaimed children’s clinician Amy Joye. Amy is regarded as one of the finest children’s musicians in the Southeast. We will perform the music we learn the following day at the 9:15 service to kick off the
new school/music year. ALL children are welcome from ages 4 and up. Lunch will be provided and parental help is needed. This will be a great event of music making, fun and discovery!
More to follow as we get closer...


Wednesday Fellowship Suppers
Below is the schedule for August. We encourage all families to attend this fun time of fellowship!
August 20th Cullens hosting, Pam Garrett catering.
Wednesday August 27th: The Dixons & Parish Fellowship are hosting Team Spirit. Come wearing your team colors and we will have Clemson, Gamecocks, Bulldogs decorated tables, and more! The menu will be chili and beer!
$6.00 for adults
$3.00 for children 10 and under.
$20.00 for family of 4 or more.

Please call the church office by noon on Tuesday 225-8011.


The Dixons & Parish Fellowship are hosting Team Spirit Wednesday August 27th. Come wearing your team colors and we will have Clemson, Gamecocks, Bulldogs decorated tables, and more! The menu will be chili and beer!


Our church is attracting young families and with families come BABIES! 5 babies this year. Pastoral Care Committee handles meals for funerals/hospitalized folks and the Christian Formation families handle meals for families with new babies. Please consider joining the group of people who receive emails to provide meals even if you can only help occasionally. Some larger churches provide meals for 3 weeks every other day.

We sign up for meals using a website called meal train. When you go to the site, you are prompted to create an id/password or you can sign in with Facebook. Once in, you will be brought to a page showing available dates, other meals being received (so that we don't bring spaghetti 3 times in one week), the address, how many portions are needed and dietary restrictions. I have attached an example below.

Lacretia Bilbrey had some great ideas for meals that were "outside the box"-
1. You don't have to cook- you could bring in a meal from a restaurant.
 2. You could bring freezer ready meals that the family could either stick in the freezer or into the oven, depending on their current need. (Double a recipe ahead and freeze it so it is ready to go when you sign up.)
 3. You could bring breakfast foods (muffins, breakfast casseroles).
 4. Go in with another family to provide a meal.

If you would like to bring a meal, use the following link to access the Meal Train https://mealtrain.com/2mlr8. If you would like to join the group who receives emails about meals for families with new babies, please email Rebecca Dixon leebecca31@yahoo.com.