APR 27, 2016
This Week at Grace

Enjoying Spring - Planning for Summer and Fall

Dear Grace,

What a joy-filled day we shared together on Sunday! From our opening sung alleluia to being sent out in peace, the Spirit was truly upon us. We welcomed three new members to the church: Daniel Colbert, Katherine Abraham and Anthony Abraham, and we celebrated the baptism of Rhys Alexander Abraham. Thanks to all of you who stayed after worship for the music ministry interest meeting with Chuck; if you weren't able to be there, but have gifts you'd like to share, reach out to him: chuck@chuckbellmusic.com.

As we move through the spring and plan for summer and fall, I want to call a few things to your attention:

Construction Update:
Construction is still underway on the 1st, 3rd and 4th floors of our sanctuary building. On Monday, May 2nd, abatement will begin on the EAST side of the 2nd floor. This means Grace will not have access to the hall that includes the conference room. Starting Sunday May 8th, the Wesley Companions and Loyalty Classes will meet together in the chapel. The baby grand piano will move from the conference room to Hargrove Hall, where the choir can rehearse.

On Monday May 23rd, construction will begin on the WEST side of the 2nd floor. This means the entirety of the 2nd floor (behind the sanctuary) will be off limits until August.  Grace offices will temporarily move to the 4th floor. Because we will not have access to the elevator, Grace activities on Sundays will be confined to the Sanctuary/West Transept/Hargrove Hall. The children's area on the 1st floor will continue to be open and used for Sunday School and nursery care. Parking and entrances will remain the same, but we will not be able to access the 2nd floor. In order to have an accessible men's room available, the church will be converting the bathroom off the West Transept to a single unisex/family bathroom, with a lock on the door.

If you have any questions let me or Kyle Taylor (ktaylor@dardencompany.com) know. Thank you for your flexibility!

Planning for Fall: Faith and Food
Central to Grace's vision is "feeding our surrounding community." For the 2016/7 program year the church will be focusing on food and faith-in our worship life, studies and outreach to the community. We want your ideas and participation as we plan for the upcoming year. ALL are invited to a dreaming and planning session on Sunday May 22nd, following worship. If you plan to come, RSVP to Calissa Dauterman: cdauterman@graceonponce.org so we have a count for lunch.

Pentecost: Sunday May 15th
Pentecost Sunday, known as the "birthday of the church" is on May 15th. We celebrate the earliest church receiving the gift of Holy Spirit in tongues of fire. We'll hear from congregants why they love Grace church and have a birthday party with cake following worship. And don't forget to WEAR RED! as a sign of the spirit.

See you for worship on Sunday and think about who you can invite!

Grace and peace,



Calendar of Events

TONIGHT - Wednesday, April 27
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, May 5
Grace Reads, 7pm, Starbucks in Whole Foods Ponce Plaza

Tuesday, May 10
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, May 11
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Thursday, May 19
Church Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Grace Cafe

Saturday, May 21
HELP Ministry, 9am, Middle Parking Lot

Sunday, May 22
Grace Planning 2016-2017, 12:30pm, Grace Cafe

Tuesday, May 24
Needles and Prayers, 7pm

Wednesday, May 25
Women's Group (Bible study and fellowship), 7pm, Calissa's home

Event Spotlight
Grace Community BeltLine Walk
Saturday, May 14th, 9:30am

Get to know part of our neighborhood and enjoy the outdoors with a walk around the BeltLine!

All ages are invited to join us as we walk from Grace to Piedmont Park, to Ponce City Market, and back to Grace via the BeltLine. (We will also travel on the sidewalks of Charles Allen Dr. and Ponce de Leon Ave.)

Friends of the two-legged and four-legged variety are welcome too. Hope you'll join us!

458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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