Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 
3 September 2017 
Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost

 8:00 am  Holy Eucharist

 9:15 am  Family Service with Eucharist 

11:00 am   Holy Eucharist with Hymns  

All services through the summer are held in Guild Hall, followed by Coffee Hours in the Choir Room.

For detailed information about the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach please click the link below.
URGENT:
Time-Sensitive Help for Hurricane Harvey Survivors
Please help the Congregation of Mount Sinai and the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith community with a Diaper Drive to help families displaced due to Hurricane Harvey. Diapers ARE NOT provided by Disaster Agencies.

List of most items most needed:
  • Children's diapers Sizes 4, 5, & 6 
  • Adult diapers Sizes M/L and or L/XL  
  • Wipes
Diapers and wipes may be brought to Congregation of Mount Sinai (250 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

Drop off times are: Thursday and Friday, August 31 and September 1, 9:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 3, 1 to 8:30 pm. Thank you!!

For even more ways to help those affected by this disaster, at a national level, please see this important communication from Bishop Provenzano and Presiding Bishop Curry.
Parish Labor Day Holiday Closure, September 4
The Grace Church Parish Office and Parish House and Grace School will be closed on Monday, September 4 , for the Labor Day holiday. For your information, the Parish Office is ordinarily open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, year round.
Rally Day is September 10
We will celebrate Rally Day this year with one 11 am all-parish service, including Holy Baptisms and the Parish Fall Barbecue immediately following the service on Grace Court.
Annual Parish Fall BBQ, September 10
The day of our Annual Parish Fall Barbecue is fast approaching. As always, we would love to have your donations of salads and/or desserts, and we need half a dozen volunteers to help with the grilling of hamburgers and hot dogs. Please help make this event a fun one!

To volunteer your grilling time, or to let us know what type of salad or dessert you will bring, please sign up in the rear of Guild Hall, or email Martha Bakos Dietz or call 917-880-5653, or email Emily Horcher or call 718-625-1586.
Grace Sunday School resumes, September 17
Primary Grades 2-4 will begin the Fall term with registration on Rally Sunday, September 10 , and weekly classes beginning on September 17 , from 10 to 10:50 am , in the second floor classroom above the Choir Room. David Pitou, who faithfully organized the program in recent years, has turned over leadership to Kim Lovejoy. 

In discussion with The Rev. Anne Richards earlier this summer, this year's goals are to:
  • Encourage children's personal relationship with God and their place in Christian community in a way that transforms
  • "Living the Good News" curriculum of Interactive and experiential classes structured around the weekly lectionary, activities that engage them in applying story to daily life, prayer and closing
  • Welcome and retain children with positive experiences
  • Serve continuing students, children graduating from Godly Play and visitors
  • Engage families through parent participation as class assistant at least 3 times/year
  • Build a regular program for Grades 5-7 with Amanda Sawyer's leadership
Call for Teachers

Please consider joining our dedicated corps of Sunday School teachers. Three more teachers are needed to complete the roster. Teachers rotate as leaders and assistants and are supported by committed and enthusiastic parents. Training and support are provided for this vital role. Please respond by September 17

For more information, contact Kim Lovejoy via email or call 646-335-5080, evenings and weekends. 
Grace Church School Applications
Parish families interested in applying for admission to Grace Church School for the 2018-2019 school year may request an application online beginning at 9 am on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 .

Completed applications are due September 29, 2017 . Tours will be assigned once completed applications are received. 

Please indicate that you are applying under Special Consideration status as a Grace Church Parish Member. 

Special consideration eligibility does not guarantee admission to the school. For further information about special consideration eligibility, please contact Vivian Toan.
Announcing the 2017-2018 Children’s Choir Schedule at Grace Church
Rehearsals for the 2017-2018 year will start Monday, September 11 beginning at 3:30 - 4:15 pm in the Choir Room. 

The Children’s Choral program is open to children ages 4-8. Children get basic tools in singing, to learn to enjoy singing, to learn about the church, the church year and to learn a wide range of fun music. 

Children sing at the 9:15 am family service as well occasionally at the 11:00 service. Children are encouraged to bring a friend. There is always a special treat or snack following the rehearsal. Parental participation is also encouraged. We want to encourage more participation with our children in our worship services.

A schedule for the year will be given out and emailed to families at the first rehearsal.

I look forward to working with your children another year, Paul.

For further information, please contact Paul Olson at 718-624-1850 x20, or by email .

Fall Bible Study resumes, September 19
Beginning on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 10:30 am to Noon in the Choir Room, Grace Church is offering a five-week seminar on the Minor Prophets. The seminar will be led by the Rev. Dr. Christian D. von Dehsen, a Lutheran pastor and biblical scholar, and will offer opportunities to explore the messages of the 12 Minor Prophets through study and lively discussion. 

The schedule for the seminar is:

September 19: Introduction to the historical context and a focus on the prophet Amos

September 26: A focus on the prophets Hosea, Jonah, and Nahum

October 3: A focus on the prophets Obadiah, Joel, and Micah

October 10: A focus on the prophets Zephaniah, Habakkuk, and Haggai

October 17: A focus on the prophets Zechariah and Malachi
Rector Search —
Telephone Interviews Start Next Week
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.

Although it’s summer, when things are often more relaxed, Search Committee activities are moving right along! We have now confirmed all dates for the first round of interviews with each of the candidates approved by the Bishop. These interviews will be held by phone, beginning shortly after Labor Day. Following these calls, the Committee’s next task will be to select from this group six or seven candidates for in-depth, in-person interviews.

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; Patrick Owen Burns, Sr.; Bill Newbury; Jacob Connor; Eric and Frances Harrison; Ben Bankson.
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