Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 
3 December 2017 
First Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Holy Eucharist

9:15 am Family Eucharist

11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Hymns

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

For detailed information about the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach please click the link below.
Rector Search Committee: A Message from the Co-Chairs
Search Committee pictured above: 

Front row, left to right: Marilyn Grant, Brianna McCarty, Sarah Davies, Anne Silver, Barbara Becker, Vivian Harrison.
Back row, left to right: Craig Whitney, Thomas Baldwin, Chris Larson, Michael Rycheck .

Dear Fellow Parishioners and Friends,

On Monday night, November 27, the Search Committee handed over to the Vestry the names of three final candidates for their consideration as 15th Rector of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights. The Committee’s work is done; the Vestry’s work has begun.

As Co-Chairs, we want to take this opportunity to publicly thank each member of the Search Committee for their hard work and tireless dedication to the process that was entrusted to us. During our 18 months together, there were major life events both joyful and sad — births, deaths, medical challenges, career milestones — but nary a bump in the road to affect our discernment work. We bonded both as friends and coworkers in our mission — and journey — of spirituality, aided by our Spiritual Guide Anne Silver, and by the daily prayers offered for our work by our Assisting Priest, Jim Hagen. 

We were truly blessed to have such wonderful colleagues. Please join us in prayers of thanksgiving for each of them, as Jim offered on Tuesday:

We praise you and thank you, good Lord, for these wonderful folks who gave so much for the search of our next rector. We thank you for their rough times and for their good times, for the loneliness of this task as well as the fruits of their labor. Give them a sense of peace and rest knowing that their work is done, and done well. And give them confidence that your guiding hand will be there in the weeks to come as one of their candidates is chosen. We name them one by one. Bless them as we thank them. In Christ's name.

Thomas Baldwin Brianna McCarty
Sarah Davies Michael Rycheck
Marilyn Grant Anne Silver
Chris Larson Craig Whitney

With heartfelt gratitude,

Barbara Becker and Vivian Harrison
Rector Search Committee Co-Chairs

2018 Annual Giving Campaign

Our 2018 Annual Giving Campaign is well underway. Pledge income is critical as we build our 2018 budget and prepare to carry out the many important ministries of Grace Church. You can pledge online or through Realm, our church management system, or by completing a pledge card found in the pews and leaving it in the collection plate.
Advent Outreach Ministries at Grace available
It’s not too early to participate in our Advent Outreach ministry this Christmas season. Grace Church will be supporting St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway by donating toys to their annual holiday party. You can help by donating toys for children from newborns to age 16. (Toys are especially needed for children ages 13-16). Two wicker baskets are located in the back of the church by the Welcome Table, and ending on Sunday, December 7 . To learn more about our other outreach ministry initiatives to non-profits, please see this flyer or contact Sheila O’Neill.  

Grace Bereavement Group returns
Sunday, December 3
Sunday, December 3, 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Colonial Room.

Any who have suffered a loss (recent or not) are most welcome to come.

North Room Chats begin Sunday, December 3

Have you been looking for a little something "extra" from church on Sundays? Join us on Sundays at 10:15 am in the North Room for a pilot version of "Sunday North Room Chats" where we'll discuss spirituality and Christianity in bite-sized chunks. No need to prepare in advance. This is not a series where if you miss one chat, you're behind. Just be open to learning something new, sharing your own life experiences, and, most importantly, growing in the Christian faith. 

The first Chat will be THIS Sunday, December 3 from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the North Room. Anne Silver will lead a discussion on night prayer in Christian/spiritual tradition. If desired, we hope to continue these Chats in the new year with a variety of topics. Join us!

Advent Organ Recitals begin Tuesday, December 5
Dear Friends,

We are once again having Tuesday Advent Organ Recitals on Tuesdays, at 12:30 pm at Grace Church during the month of December. Please come and listen to wonderful music and take a half hour out of your busy day for some quiet Advent reflection.

All good wishes, Paul Richard Olson.

Stroller Group Christmas Brunch Sunday,
December 10
Please join us downstairs in the Gym following the 9:15 am Family Service, to decorate gingerbread houses!  This will benefit our friends at Habitat for Humanity. We suggest a minimum donation of $5 for each house . We'd appreciate it if everyone remembers to make their contribution at the brunch. Please bring a dish to share! Some of our younger members have food allergies so if your dish includes nuts, please include a label for it. Thank you and please be in touch if you have any questions, with Lauren or Becky

 Grace Church Christmas Pageant Sunday, December 17
It's time! This year's pageant is coming up - Sunday, December 17 at the 11 am service . Everyone (not just Pageant Parents!) should click here to find out more and how to get involved.

Most roles are open, so please discuss with your kids (ages 3 to 14) who they'd like to portray. Clear your calendars for three Saturday morning rehearsals on Saturdays, December 2, December 9, and December 16 . All rehearsals will begin promptly at 9 am and end by 11 am.

Please contact Brianna McCarty with any questions.

Don't miss this opportunity to share in a very special tradition here at Grace!
Pastoral Care available
Please remember that a Grace Church priest is available for hospital and home visits, and also to meet in the office for informal discussion of personal issues. Jim Hagen’s phone is 917-627-0771. Small cards are available on the table at the church entrance with email and phone information.

Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy Hooker; Sally Forbes; Sybil Payne; Jacob Connor; Eric and Frances Harrison; Karl Steinbrenner; The Rev. Anne Richards; Bruni Suarez; Marti Renn.
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