Thursday, November 30, 2017                                                      eNewsletter
The First Sunday of Advent 
Christ the King
Service Bulletins are available online.


NOTE: The Collect, The Prayers of the People, The Confession, and the Liturgy of the Table are taken from "Prayers for an Inclusive Church" by Steven Shakespeare. Click on the link above to view the Advent insert. 

 
Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols   

 
The choir will celebrate our annual Festival of Advent Lessons and Carols this afternoon at 4 p.m.  Comprised of scripture readings, hymns and anthems, this is a much-loved event.  Again this year, 13-year-old Dominic Fiacco will be the guest organist.  Please join us for  a special afternoon!
 

 
 
 
Sunday Conversations 
The Rev. Georgina Hegney will be leading Sunday Conversations "Proclaiming the Good News, Seeking and Serving Christ in all Persons" will be held immediately following the 10:30 am service in the Vestry room today, December 17th, January 7th, 21st, February 11th, 25, and March 11th, 25th. All are welcome as we explore and reflect on our Ministry at Grace Church. Sunday's Reflection: "Describe a moment in your worshipping community's recent ministry which you recognized as one of success and fulfillment."
 
 
Adult Forum   null

As part of our preparation this Advent season, the adult forum is viewing and discussing the DVD series titled "The Wonder of Christmas."  Four different pastors headline a session to explore the four elements of the Christmas story.  On Sunday, December 3rd, join us to explore "The Wonder of a Name," presented by Bert Snyder.  Next Sunday, December 10th, Ed Robb will present "The Wonder of a Manger."  Come join us at 9:15AM in the 2nd floor vestry room, bring a cup of coffee, and rediscover the true wonder of Christmas.  Everyone is welcome.
Women of the Bible 
Georgina will be hosting and leading a Women of the Bible study group at St. Margaret's House from 6:30 - 8:00 pm the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. She will be using the previously used text Bible Women: All their words and why they matter by Lindsay Hardin Freeman. Please contact Genaro at the office or at office@gracechurchutica.org if you are interested.  
 

 
Mission & Service 
  
Winter Survival kits are now available at the church. These kits are designed for those who may find survival more challenging during the winter months. You may have been approached by individuals asking for money to buy food. Experts have discovered that providing money is not advisable but instead can give one of these kits which contain non-perishable food, socks and other useful items. A list of items is available at the "blue bucket" in the church. We are still accepting donations for winter survival kits to help address these needs throughout the winter. Any donations you can provide are appreciated.

 

Giving Tree in Drop In Center

Margaret's Food Pantry will be collecting hats, mittens, gloves and scarves (for adults and children) to decorate our Mitten Tree in the Food Pantry. These items will be distributed to those in need who visit our pantry.  The Food Pantry is currently in need of soups, stews and spaghetti sauce. As always, we thank you for your generosity and continued support.
 
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Food Pantry Angel Tree at Boscov's Food Pantry Ministry

Boscov's will be sponsoring an Angel Tree in  the New Hartford store from Thanksgiving through December 13, 2017 for the direct benefit of the patrons we serve in our Food Pantry and the parishioners of Grace Church who are in need. Please visit our tree at Boscov's and pick an ornament and be an Angel. We are still in need of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and cranberry sauce for Holiday meals. As always, thank you for your generosity and continued support.

 
 
 
 
Annual Emmaus House Christmas Gifts Tree  

On Sunday, November 26th, a Christmas Tree was set up in the foyer with tags that will have names on them and suggestions for a gift.  If you take a tag and then cannot purchase something for the individual, please let Sue Clark know, so the name can be given to someone else.  Gifts must be returned to church by Sunday, December 10th.  Any questions, please call Sue Clark, 315-724-1049.
Thrift Store  Thrift Store

There has been a heavy run on winter clothing at the Thrift Store. Donations can be made at the church office Elizabeth Street entrance on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We are in particular need of winter outerwear. Please DO NOT leave donations at the Devereux Street entrance.  
 
Christmas Memorial Flower Donations 

Every holiday season, our church is beautifully adorned with poinsettias donated by parishioners in memory of, or in thanksgiving for a loved one.  Donations will be accepted from November 19 - December 14th. Envelopes for Christmas memorial donations will be in the pews, or near the ushers tables. Please print or type the names for your memorials and include them with your payment. Please note - for Christmas flowers on the check. Envelopes can be placed in the offertory plates or sent to the church office. Thank you!
 
 
Webcast Ministry 
          
Webcasts are available for all Choral Services. Webcasts for some concerts, organ recitals and special events (such as weddings and funerals) may at times be available, depending on circumstances.

 
Healing Service
 Healing
On the third Thursday of every month there will be a Healing Service at 5:30pm in the Lady Chapel.  
 
 
 


Grace Church Stationary Shoppe
 
Proceeds benefit Grace Church

The Grace Church Stationery Shoppe was created to bring you great designs as the hot spot online destination for trendy and vibrant stationery, gifts and photo cards. We know that stationery creates a very special memory for those personal celebrations, and that's why we hand-picked top of the line designers to pair with our quality printing methods so you will remember those keepsake moments fashionably. Your satisfaction is our top priority.
Our store extends the mission and ministry of our parish by providing religious and meaningful items that express God's work in our world. All proceeds support the mission and ministry of our parish.
 
United Thank Offering 

The focus for 2018 United Thank Offering grants is " The Jesus Movement: Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care". What does the Jesus movement mean; in our lives and in the world. How do we reconcile with each other? Do we ask the master for forgiveness and then refuse to do the same for our friends and neighbors? How do we provide Creation Care? Do we shy away from eco-justice; from conversations around climate and faith?
Get out of your comfort zone and become evangelists, reconcilers, and honor the face of God in creation. The time is now to act as true Episcopalians, and join others to make a difference in this world. Sunday, November 12th  will be our second collection for our yearly United Thank Offering collections. United Thank Offering (UTO) boxes are available at church outside the sanctuary Choir Door. They will be collected until the first Sunday in December.  
 
 
 
Meetings & Calendar Updates    
Calendar
St. Margaret's House will be celebrating Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 am.. The Rev. Joell Szachara will be celebrating on Wednesdays and The Rev. Gary Cyr will be celebrating on Fridays. 

December 31st isthe last date available in 2017. Available dates in 2018 are March 11th, May 13th andJune 17th. Please contact Barbara Trad at (315) 765-6363 to reserve the date. 
 
Please inform the office of all meetings, announcements, changes, cancellations, etc. that you would like added to the online calendar and and/or Grace Church bulletins. You may email this information to the office.  For up-to-date monthly information and other activities at Grace Church, please view our online calendar.
Bulletin & Newsletter Announcements
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Please submit all announcements for the bulletin on the Tuesday, ten (10) days prior to the Service Date. You may contact the office by email with your announcements.
 
 


  

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