A Place of Grace 2023 Calendar
*RSVP to any of the events listed below in the form to the right. Be sure to include the event title and your email, so you are added to the appropriate roster.
Online Faithbooking: Beginning Monday, June 5th, A Place of Grace will offer a space of scrapbookers and paper-crafters to scrapbook their faith as a means to evangelism. Faith-booking Layouts, cards, and Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) offers opportunities to share your faith with others in real time and also to leave a legacy after you're gone. APOG Pastor, Julie Gvillo, will offer weekly prompts related to the Revised Common Lectionary for the coming Sunday, challenges participants can choose to participate in or not, and occasional games for community building and entertainment. Participants can create one LO (single or double-page), three cards, or twelve ATCs, posting photos in a private Facebook group, to fulfill the month's faith-booking goals. Register via the form to the right to participate.
Lenten Art Practice -- Also, it is not too late to join the Lenten Art practice! I am offering daily emails -- Monday through Friday, beginning February 19th -- with a devotion for meditation and a suggestion for a tangle to use in a weekly work of art. Participants will be encouraged to email photos of their finished works in a reply to me, so that the work can be shared on the APOG Facebook Page on Saturday. The daily emails will have a link to step outs on how to create the tangle that is suggested. If you wish to participate in the Lenten Practice, you will want to purchase or set aside a piece of cardstock or a canvas that is at least 6" x 6" in size, Micron pens (for cardstock) or markers (for canvas), a graphite pencil, and a tortillon. You will also need to register through the RSVP form on the Upcoming Events page of the APOG web site: https://www.aplaceofgrace-juliegvillo.net/upcoming-events.html. You will get twenty-five emailed devotions with step-outs for a tangle each day, and six days of having your work posted on the APOG Facebook Page. I estimate that will take an hour per day to create the step-outs and the devotions and email them out, and approximately five minutes per email to download the artwork and repost it on the Page. In-person offerings may be made via cash or check. Electronic offerings may be made via PayPal.me/JulieGvillo or Venmo (@Julie-Gvillo).
Walk to Jerusalem -- The Walk to Jerusalem has begun! We have walked 1453.3 miles in the last ten days, landing us in the Atlantic Ocean. We have 51 participants registered, and we're meditating on scripture and getting to know one another. We are currently behind our goal of 160 miles per day by 146.7 miles. In order to meet our goal of Jerusalem by Easter, each participant will need to "walk" 3.2 miles per day. BUT ... if more friends join us on the journey, we are sure we can get there sooner and with a little less stress on the body. ;) Here's how you can sign up:
*Register via the link below.
*When I receive your registration, you will get an email confirmation and welcome to the 2024 Walk to Jerusalem, which will include a link to the Facebook Group.
*Each day you log into the Facebook group or check your email for a scripture and meditation to ponder as you work.
*Each day you report your mileage through one of the following formulas -- TIME: 20 minutes of intentional activity equals one mile, or DISTANCE: calculating the distance accrued on your activity tracker/phone where every 2000 steps equals one mile -- by commenting on the dedicated Facebook group post or replying to the daily check-in email.
*Watch for weekly emails that will update you on how far we've traveled.
Tell your friends! We are almost two thirds of the way to the goal of 75 active participants this year! Here is the link to register: https://www.aplaceofgrace-juliegvillo.net/upcoming-events.html.
A Place of Grace is an offering based small business/ministry. The walk requires about an hour per day for emails and distance logging. If this walk benefits you, you are invited to support this ministry with an electronic offering: PayPal.me/JulieGvillo or through Venmo (@Julie-Gvillo). Thank you for your continued support of this ministry in the community!
2/28/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Operation Blessing, 18 E Lorena, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
3/13/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Uni-Pres Kindercottage, East St. Louis, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
3/20/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Hoyleton Youth and Family Services*, Fairview Heights, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
3/21/24 March Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m. Each month, worship unfolds at Von Dell Gallery & Studios (102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL) and art is created in response to scripture and prayer. The community that gathers comes prepared to listen for God to speak to them through meditation and through the art they and their fellow artists create. No previous art experience is required -- if you can form letters, you can tangle. People of a variety of denominational backgrounds participate. Communion is served at the end. Please RSVP via the web site: aplaceofgrace-juliegvillo.net/upcoming-events.html by noon the day before the events you plan to attend, so I can be adequately prepared. Space is limited.
3/31/24 Easter Sunrise Audiendo Divina Retreat -- Riverbend Family Ministries 144 E Ferguson Ave., Wood River, IL. Join A Place of Grace for an interpretation of the resurrection story through sound! This indoor event will warm you from the inside out as you experience the joy of Easter with pastor and musician, Julie Gvillo. The instrumental interpretation of scriptures will take you to the garden where the stone is rolled away as you listen meditatively in community with other disciples as the Good News of the resurrection is proclaimed. Communion will be served afterwards. All are welcome!
4/10/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Community Hope Center, Cottage Hills, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
4/18/24 April Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
4/24/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Hoyleton Youth & Family Services*, Fairview Heights, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
5/8/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Operation Blessing*, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
5/16 24 May Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
5/22/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Riverbend Family Ministries, Wood River IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
Mission Madness Week
5/28/24 CHC, 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon -- sorting and counting donations for projects, evening -- Mission Madness Workshop.
5/29/24 OB*, 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon -- collate Good Samaritan Bags, bundle towels and washcloths, put together Kindness bags, evening -- Mission Madness Workshop.
5/30/24 RFM, 9 a.m. to noon.
5/30/24 HYFS* Game Day afternoon at transitional housing in Belleville, evening -- Mission Madness Workshop.
5/31/24 UPK, 9 a.m. to noon, afternoon -- Random Acts of Kindness event; evening -- worship.
6/12/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Uni-Pres Kindercottage, East St. Louis, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
6/20/24 June Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
7/10/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Uni-Pres Kindercottage, East St. Louis, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
7/18/24 July Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
7/24/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Hoyleton Youth & Family Services*, Fairview Heights, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
8/14/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Operation Blessing*, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
8/15/24 August Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
8/28/24 Mission Madness Retreat == Riverbend Family Ministries, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
9/11/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Community Hope Center, Cottage Hills, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
9/19/24 September Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
10/9/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Operation Blessing*, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
10/17/24 October Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m.
10/23/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Riverbend Family Ministries, Wood River, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
11/13/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Community Hope Center, Cottage Hills, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
11/14/24* November Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m. *date is tentative.
12/4/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Hoyleton Youth & Family Services*, Fairview Heights, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
12/5/24* December Prayer Art Retreat -- Von Dell Gallery & Studios, 102 E Ferguson, Wood River, IL. 6 p.m. *date is tentative.
12/11/24 Mission Madness Retreat -- Uni-Pres Kindercottage, East St. Louis, IL, 9 a.m. to noon.
You can order from the Amazon Mission Madness Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/20W6NFLHH1NYF?ref_=wl_dp_view_your_list# and have them shipped to A Place of Grace, 348 Snake Road, Dorsey, IL 62021. Please include a gift receipt with a note that the supplies are for Mission Madness and who they are from.
On the Mission Madness Wish List is feminine hygiene products for Operation Blessing, where we'll be working on February 14th -- these are products the agency has to purchase to have on hand, and they make it possible for women of child-bearing age to attend school and/or work during their monthly menstrual cycle, and towels and washcloths for Riverbend Family Ministries where we'll be working on February 28th -- these products are bundled together with a gift tag and given to the unhoused who come in to shower there. If you can help with these, please send them to A Place of Grace in advance of our working at these agencies, so we can deliver them.
I'll be collecting pop top tabs to deliver to the Ronald McDonald House adjacent to Mercy Hospital, St. Louis on Valentine's Day to support "the house that love built." If you have pop tops for to donate, please contact me at 618-410-5060 by phone or text, so we can arrange the transfer.
Non-contracted retreats are hosted by A Place of Grace. They are designed around the monthly theme, and are always open to the public.
Please RSVP to events on the Facebook event listings or by completing the RSVP on this page. If an event needs to be canceled due to weather, illness, or emergency, I will need to know how to contact you with that information. You can also check this page and the APOG Facebook page the day of the event to be sure no cancellation is posted.
Group Digital/Remote Retreats require a three month lead time for planning and preparation. Plan now for your fall and winter retreats!
Call, email, or message me through the "Contact Us" form on this site if you are interested in scheduling a retreat.
*Contracted retreats are public or private retreats hosted in partnership with A Place of Grace. These retreats may offer the same monthly theme or may be custom-designed for your group’s particular needs. They can be held in a home, a church, a community center, or a place of business, and the partnering host issues invitations to guests. Hosts may choose to invite guests to bring offerings or may make an offering to cover the cost of the retreat for everyone. Call 618-410-5060 to schedule a retreat with Julie!
A Place of Grace has a new Internet service and the difference is significant! The connection is more stable. The upload and download speeds are faster. This is an answered prayer! While I look forward to returning to in-person events in good time, in-person events can’t connect friends from both coasts of the continental US or family members flung around the world like Zoom can for retreats. I am SO EXCITED to be able to offer this to the APOG community with confidence! Schedule a retreat with me today and see for yourself how well it works! 😊
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As Founder and Creative Executive Director of A Place of Grace, I am committed to supporting area ministries and agencies. One of the ways I believe that gets accomplished is by showing up to be the hands and feet and heart of Christ at work in the world. We work with each of seven local agencies once each quarter.
Mark your calendar for these Mission Madness events and email or PM Julie to RSVP. Those who wish to volunteer should contact Julie at least a couple of days ahead for a porch-drop of supplies.
Contact Julie through the form on this page to get more information. We would LOVE to have you participate with us in making gifts for local agencies!
You are invited to participate with us! Mark your calendar for the Mission Madness events and email or PM Julie to RSVP. Those who wish to volunteer should contact Julie at least a couple of days ahead to get departure details since we often try to carpool to Mission Madness events.
Please plan to wear an APOG shirt, which you can purchase at exactly the cost I pay for them. Shirts need to be ordered in advance in order to have them to wear. We look forward to working alongside you in a spirit of community! Come be part of this transformative, wonder-filled, healing work.
A Place of Grace T-SHIRTS!!!!!
We have t-shirts!!!!! A Place of Grace’s super soft, USA-made, Bella and Canvas t-shirts are athletic heather in color with light purple writing. The A Place of Grace logo is on the left front pocket position. The A Place of Grace tagline (“transformative. wonder-filled. healing.”) is stacked on the back with #APLACEOFGRACE underneath. The cost is as follows:
Adult Small through Adult X Large = $10.62
Adult XXL = $12.89
Adult XXXL = $14.96
Sales tax is included in the price. Additional sizes may be available. Call to inquire. Logo and tagline were designed by Keely Rust. Shirts are screen printed by Keith Bartels of Bigfoot Prints Screen Printing in Bethalto, IL. The next order will be placed when I have orders for thirteen shirts. Email Julie to make payment arrangements.
Julie participated in the 25th Seminar for Certified Zentangle(R) Teacher Training in June, 2019, trained by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. In addition to creating art as a personal spiritual practice, Julie also incorporates the Zentangle(R) method in Prayer Art Retreats in a variety of contexts, including church groups, friend gatherings, and at a local art gallery. Check out the Upcoming Events page for a calendar of events, or use the Contact Us page to inquire about scheduling an event with your group!
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