Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

9 September 2018
Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

8:00 am Holy Eucharist

9:15 am Family Eucharist

11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Hymns

Summer services are held in the Guild Hall.

Please join us after each service for fellowship, coffee and refreshment in the Choir Room.
For detailed information about  the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach, please click the link below.
A special message from former Grace Church Warden, Vivian Toan
Some of you have seen my Facebook page or gotten the word otherwise, but my latest grandson, Damian Ioannis Toan, arrived on August 12 in San Francisco. It's been a complicated summer for me, but I hope to be back in Brooklyn in time for Rally Day -- it will be good to see everyone at Grace again! 
Hot Dogs in the Park:
Saturday, September 8, starting 12:30 pm
Heeding the Rector's call to "help make people comfortable" and thinking of ways to engage with the broader world of Brooklyn, the 20s/30s group is going to try a new form of outreach. We're going to fire up a grill in Brooklyn Bridge Park this Saturday, September 8 , beginning 12:30 pm and offer free hot dogs to all who pass by. Come and join us! It'll be a good time, and hopefully a great way to chat with some people about the wonderful community that is Grace. Contact Will or Jim for more info.
Grace Church Core Values discussion
after 8 am Worship this Sunday, September 9
Thank you to all who participated in the Vestry Retreat discussion on July 29. Thank you for your thoughtful input and ideas.

We like to say we are a church of "radical welcome, faithful worship and compassionate service." Or are we? We want to hear from you. As Grace moves forward with our new Rector, the Congregation is invited to participate in these discussions of core values.

The next session will be held this Sunday, September 9 , after the 8:00 am service in Classroom #2 (across from the Men's Room in the Parish House). Discussions following the 9:15 and 11:00 am services will occur on dates still to be determined. All are welcome regardless of which service you regularly attend.
Sunday School Forum, Sunday, September 16
at 10 am in the North Room
Calling all Sunday School teachers, parents, grandparents, stroller group members, and ANYONE in the congregation interested in hearing about Sunday School at Grace Church. Christian formation for our children and youth is a vital part of our role at Grace. Come hear about our vision for expanding Sunday School programming! Come add your ideas and feedback! Come willing to learn and support! This gathering will happen on September 16, Rally Sunday , 10 - 11:00 am in the North Room . Hope to see you there!
Annual Parish Fall BBQ: Sunday, September 16 on Grace Court
In order for the entire Grace Church community to come together on that day, we will have only one service at 11 am. Please help us make this event a successful one on Sunday, September 16 .

We ask EVERYONE who is able to bring a side or dessert, especially given that we have invited the Brooklyn United Marching band (drumline), bringing us an additional 12-20 teenage hungry teenage boys to feed.

There is a signup sheet in the rear of the Guild Hall.

Please contact Emily Horcher or Marilyn Grant , to let us know what side or dessert you can bring. We will also need volunteers for grilling and cleanup.
Grace Sunday School resumes Sunday, September 23
Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 23. We invite the parents of those children attending Sunday School to attend the first day with their child for an orientation to Sunday School and to better understand what your child will be learning this year.

The Godly Play Pre-K-1 program will begin the Fall term with registration this Sunday, September 9 in the rear of the Guild Hall and on Rally Sunday, September 16 along Grace Court. Weekly classes begin at 10 am on Sunday , September 23 , on the stage in the Parish House Gym. Please contact t he Parish Office for more information. You may also complete and return this registration form to the Parish Office.

Primary Grades 2-5 will begin the Fall term with registration this Sunday, September 9 in the rear of the Guild Hall and on Rally Sunday, September 16, along Grace Court. Weekly classes begin on Sunday , September 23 , from 10 to 10:50 am , in the second floor classroom above the Choir Room. Kim Lovejoy will lead this program.

Please see Kim Lovejoy after service or contact t he Parish Office for more information. You may also complete and return this registration form to the Parish Office.

The 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

Young Adult classes begin September 23

Mary Jacobus, who will lead the Journey to Adulthood program of young adult classes uses an engaging, discussion-based format to draw young people, Grades 6 and up, into thoughtful consideration about what it means to be a faithful adult in today’s world. The Journey to Adulthood program is based on the key concept that “Personhood is a gift from God, but Adulthood must be earned.” It encourages teens and ‘tweens to explore all areas of their developing selves and to learn to connect their faith to all areas of life.

The class meets during the program year at 10 am in the Hope Library . To learn more about Journey to Adulthood classes, please see Mary Jacobus after service or contact t he Parish Office for more information. You may also complete and return this registration form to the Parish Office.

Parents are invited to attend the first Sunday School class along with their children on September 23 for an orientation for both the “Living the Good News” & “J2A” classes.
Episcopal 101:
New spiritual formation class with Deacon Bernie begins
Sunday, September 23
Deacon Bernie is delighted to welcome you on an adventure into learning more about the Episcopal Church.

Classes begin 10 am on Sunday, September 23 , in Classroom #1 (just off the Gym in the Parish House). Whether you are a long-standing member of Grace Church looking for a refresher on Episcopal Church history, theology and worship, or a relative newcomer, Episcopal Church 101 is for you.

What is the Episcopal Church? What makes Grace Church an Episcopal church? Why do we worship in the way we do? Where does it come from? How does one become an Episcopalian? What does it mean to be a member of an Episcopal church?

We will be reading Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe, Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices (Forward Movement, 2018). It is available in print and e-book.
Rector's Tuesday Bible Study resumes Tuesday, October 2
Rector’s Tuesday Bible Study will resume on Tuesday, October 2 , from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Choir Room.
The Study of Christian Themes and Symbols
in Southern Literature
Led by the Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson, Rector:
Begins Wednesday, October 3
In an era of religious and cultural pluralism in America, the study of southern writers continues to grow with a renewed sense of intrigue and discovery. In this class, we will study the works of three southern Christian writers in an effort to discover the power and use of Christian symbols in literature. We will seek to understand the presence or seemingly absence of God, the role and purpose Christ and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit as experienced through these important pieces of literature. What role, if any, does the faith of the writer play in each work? For instance, Flannery O’Connor was a devout Roman Catholic and used her numinous religious experiences as the cornerstone for many of her books and letters. So, then why does many of O’Connor’s writings reflect an existential understanding of the Holy? Lastly, it is my hope that each participant will be able to experience the presence of the Holy in new ways as a result of having read these profoundly spiritually-insightful writings.

This course will take place each Wednesday evening during the month of October in the Hope Library from 7:00 to 8:30 pm . I would encourage participants to read each book ahead of class as we will launch into discussions at the beginning of each class.   

October 3: Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood (Chapters 1-7)
October 10: O’Connor, Wise Blood (Chapters 8-14)
October 17: Walker Percy, The Moviegoer (Chapters 1-3)
October 24: Percy, The Moviegoer (Chapters 4-Epilogue) 
October 31: Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying

If you have any questions or wish to register for the course, please contact the Church Office at (718) 624-1850, ext. 10.
Save the Date!
Institution of
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson as 15th Rector
Sunday, October 21
The Institution of The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson as the 15th Rector of Grace Church, Brooklyn Heights will take place Sunday, October 21 , 2018 at 4:00 pm . Festive reception to follow.
Grace Church School Applications
Parish families interested in applying for admission to Grace Church School for the 2019-2020 school year may request an application online , beginning at 9 am on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 . Prospective parents should note that the school recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body.

Completed applications are due September 28, 2018 . Tours will be assigned once completed applications are received. 

Please indicate if you are applying under Special Consideration status as a Grace Church Parish Member (early notification and commitment, if offered a place). Special consideration eligibility does not guarantee admission to the school.

Grace Church School is committed to making pre-school a viable option for all. Financial Aid is available for students from Twos through Pre-Kindergarten and is awarded on the base of need and availability of funds.
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy, Sybil, Jacob, Eric & Frances, Lesley, Sandra, Ginny, Eleanor, and Mary Sue.
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