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8 October 2017 
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00 am Holy Eucharist

9:15 am Family Service with Eucharist

11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir

* 10:00 am Sunday School will not meet this Sunday, in a brief holiday recess. *

Coffee hours are held in the Guild Hall after 8 am and 9:15 am services; in the rear of the church after the 11 am service.

The Grace Church Parish Office and Parish House and Grace Schoo l will be closed on Monday, October 9 , in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

For detailed information about the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach please click the link below.
2017 St. Francis Day Blessing of Pets

The Grace Community welcomed our members, friends and neighbors and their pets for an annual St. Francis Day service and Blessing of the Animals. Several hundred dollars was raised in a special offertory benefitting the North Shore Animal League.
LAST CHANCE: East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC)
Affordable Housing Rally, October 9
On Columbus Day, Monday, October 9 , members of Grace will attend a major rally at City Hall to press Mayor de Blasio to:
  • build 15,000 units of subsidized senior housing on surplus NYCHA land; and
  • rehabilitate NYCHA from top to bottom.
New senior housing would be a significant step in alleviating the city's housing crisis. It would allow seniors in NYCHA apartments to move into the new senior housing and free up NYCHA apartments for thousands of needy families.

The rally is sponsored by East Brooklyn Congregations, an organization of 40 churches and homeowner associations in central Brooklyn, that created Nehemiah Housing. Grace has been a member of EBC since the1980s, beginning under Goldy Sherrill's leadership.

We want a large turnout of Grace members at the City Hall rally. This is Grace's chance to build power within EBC.

To sign up for the rally, contact Mark McIntyre, Ansley Samson or Tom Chittenden .

See here to learn more about NYC housing crisis.  
In Memoriam
Patrick Owen Burns, Sr.
Dear Members and Friends,
We announce with great sadness the death of Patrick Owen Burns, Sr., on Thursday, September 28. He was vibrantly active for a number of years in many aspects of Grace Church life and in the Brooklyn Heights Community. Patrick died in Massachusetts, where he had resided for some years.

A memorial service will be held here at Grace on Saturday, November 11 , beginning 10:30 am , with a reception to follow in Guild Hall.

O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servant Patrick, and grant him an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with all his friends and family in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord, and let Light perpetual shine upon him.
Tutors Needed, beginning October 10
Tutors are needed for Grace's Tutoring Program, which resumes at Frederick Douglass Academy VII in Brownsville on Tuesday, October 10 .

Parishioners with a free afternoon a week work with small groups of high school students devising strategies to pass state Regents exams through the fall semester.

Tutoring takes place at FDA VII, 226 Bristol Street, Brooklyn, which is accessible by the 3 train.  

For further information , email Mark McIntyre or call him: 646-644-3261.
Acolyte Training/Refresher for Children, October 15
On Sunday , October 15 at 10 am in the North Room, Jim Hagen will be facilitating a session geared to new Acolytes, ages 7 and up, during Sunday School.

This will serve as both a class about liturgy and the Eucharist, as well as an introduction for new acolytes. All interested acolytes and Living the Good News Sunday School students are welcome. Email Sarah Davies with any questions.
Parish Celebration
Potluck Dinner, October 22
We're looking forward to our festive Celebration Potluck on Sunday, October 22 at 5:30 p.m. We are excited to announce that music will be provided by Grace’s best bluegrass band, featuring Grace members Katherine Slingluff and Andy Stuckey.

If you haven't signed up yet, there is still a chance to volunteer to bring your favorite main, appetizer, or dessert. Sign-up sheets are available the back of the Church, or online, in a Google  form .

In general, we recommend people plan a dish that would be shared with around 10 people. Our Stewardship co-chairs,  David  and  Jim  are happy to help with any questions!

Note that there will not be a Harvest Dinner this fall, so this is a great opportunity to share a dinner with the whole Grace community.
Grace Sunday School
Classes normally meet immediately after the Family Service, from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., but there will be no class meetings this Sunday, October 8, in a brief holiday recess
  • Godly Play (Pre-K – Grade 1), meets weekly on the Stage
  • Living the Good News (Grades 2-4), meets weekly in the second floor classroom above the Choir Room.
  • Journey to Adulthood (Grades 5-7) meets monthly in the Hope Library. 
For more information and to register for classes, visit our website or speak to the teachers, Jen Murdoch (Godly Play), Kim Lovejoy (Living the Good News) and Amanda Sawyers (Journey to Adulthood) (provide links or email addresses)
Fall Bible Study continues
On Tuesday mornings, from 10:30 am to Noon in the Choir Room, Grace Church is offering a seminar on the Minor Prophets. The seminar, led by the Rev. Dr. Christian D. von Dehsen, a Lutheran pastor and biblical scholar, offers opportunities to explore the messages of the 12 Minor Prophets through study and lively discussion. 

The remaining schedule for the seminar is:
  • October 10: A focus on the prophets Obadiah, Joel and Haggai
  • October 17: A focus on the prophets Zechariah and Malachi
Responding to recent hurricanes and other disasters
Join us in prayer and support for communities affected by hurricanes and other disasters this fall. Partner with Episcopal Relief and Development to assist victims in all areas affected by this fall’s storms and natural disasters
Rector Search — Live Interviews Starting Soon
Search Committee pictured above: 
Front row, left to right : Sarah Davies, Marilyn Grant, Vivian Harrison, Barbara Becker, Anne Silver, Brianna McCarty. Back row, left to right : Thomas Baldwin, Craig Whitney, Michael Rycheck, Chris Larson.

Having completed our telephone interviews in September, the Search Committee has scheduled live interviews with each of the selected candidates. These in-person meetings will take place here at Grace, throughout October and November. Following all those interviews, the Committee will provide Bishop Provenzano, and then the Wardens and Vestry, the names of three final candidates for the Wardens and Vestry to interview. 

The Committee is grateful for the prayers and support of the clergy, the Wardens, the Vestry and the entire parish throughout this important process of transition.

You can view our Parish Profile   here  

For further information, please contact the Search Co-Chairs,   Vivian Harrison  and  Barbara Becker
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy Hooker; Sally Forbes; Sybil Payne; Jacob Connor; Eric and Frances Harrison; Bill Mead.
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