Friday, November 10, 2017                                                      eNewsletter
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost 
Service Bulletin is available online.
Adult Forum   null

This Sunday, November 12th, the adult forum will feature the 3rd session of the "Muslims, Christians and Jesus" DVD series.  The title of this session is "Jesus: the bridge to Muslims."  So far in this series, we have learned about Muslims and Islam and also the similarities and differences between Muslims and Christians and their beliefs.  This session accents how Jesus can be the starting point with our Muslim neighbors and a bridge to building meaningful relationships.  The adult forum takes place at 9:15AM in the 2nd floor vestry room.  The following Sunday, November 19th, will be the 4th session titled "Building bridges through relationships".  All are welcome, hope to see you there.
Lay Ministry Training
We will be having Lay Ministry Training throughout the Fall for all new and participating Lay Ministers. On November 19, 2017 we will have training for Pastoral Visits from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. If you are interesting in these trainings please contact the Church Ofiice at 315-733-7575 or

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 on December 3rd, 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. 
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 beginning on November 14, 2017. 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 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.


Inside Church Cleaning 
Volunteer Opportunities   
We will have a morning of inside church cleaning on Saturday, November 18, 2017 starting at 9 A.M. We have helped preserve or improve our many items and church areas with our past efforts. Please help dust, mop, polish and sweep various areas to beautify our church, before the holiday season. Come for an hour or whatever time you can spare. Many hands make light work! Thank you!

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

Food Pantry  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. If you, or someone you know from our church is in need of a clothing gift from an Angel, please contact Cheryl in the office. All information received (recipients name, clothing need and size) will be kept confidential and must be received in the office no later than Tuesday, November 14th.  All items will be wrapped and delivered to the recipient by December 22, 2017. Thank you.
We are still in need of stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and cranberry sauce. As always, thank you for your generosity and continued support.

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.  
Thrift Store  Thrift Store

The Thrift Store will be closing at Noon on November 17, 2017. 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.

Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols   

The choir will present its annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 pm. This much-loved service consists of scripture readings, Advent hymns and anthems.  Please join us, and invite others who would be interested.

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!

Wreath Sale  Wreath Sale

The Choristers of Grace Church will be selling Christmas wreaths again this season - $20 each.   Sign up sheets will be in the foyer! 
Friday, Nov. 24thOrders due
Friday, Dec 1st  Last possible date to change order! (call Lisa directly with late orders)
Sunday, Dec 3rdPick up at Sunday morning services or at Lessons and Carols
Choral Evensong Video from The Cathedral of All Saints Choir of Men and Boys Choir in Albany, NY 

Adam Morris who grew up here at Grace Church is a member of the All Saints cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. 

Established in 1872, The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys is the oldest continuously performing choir of its kind in the country. As the principal choir of The Cathedral of All Saints, the Choir of Men and Boys sings choral services in the Cathedral during the academic term. The choir enjoys an international reputation for musical excellence and acts as a vital link to the ancient choral traditions of England and Europe; all the while remaining distinctly American. In addition to its liturgical role, the choir is heard regularly in concert and has performed with The Albany Symphony, The Boston Symphony, and at The Tanglewood Music Festival. In recent years, the Choir has made two tours of England.
The choir is made up of trebles (boys ages 7-14 with unchanged voices) who sing the soprano line, while a dedicated group of professional men sing the alto, tenor and bass parts. Boys rehearse twice weekly during the academic term, and the gentlemen join them once each week for musical preparation. Choir members come from all parts of the Capital region, and represent a wide variety of backgrounds, faiths, and cultures. The quality of their music making, coupled with their uncommon dedication to excellence has helped make The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys "Albany's Boy Choir" for more than 145 years. 
The choristers are trained according to the standards set forth by The Royal School of Church Music. As they move through the training scheme, they earn ribbons of various colors that represent their rank in the ensemble. The boys not only work hard,  but they also play hard. Choir parents organize weekly dinners for the full choir, and the boys enjoy regular non-musical outings, giving them a chance to enjoy a lighter side of the chorister experience. 
If you know a boy who likes to sing, please tell him about the choir. The choirmaster,  Woodrow Bynum, is always happy to meet with prospective choristers and their families. Auditions are held throughout the year by appointment, and no previous musical training is necessary or expected. For more information, e-mail The Director of Music or call 518.465.1342.

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.


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.
Meetings & Calendar Updates    
St. Margaret's House will be celebrating Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 am starting November 1, 2017. The Rev. Joell Szachara will be celebrating on Wednesdays and The Rev. Gary Cyr will be celebrating on Fridays. 
The Rev. Joell Szachara will also be hosting Tuesday Nights@S.M.H . with a different themed service at 7 pm each Tuesday of the month. 

November 26th and December 3rd  are available for Altar Flowers. Please contact Marilyn Cole at (315)737-5577 to reserve a date. Thank you.
November 19 and December 31st are the last dates available for the Sanctuary Candle in 2017 and available dates in 2018 are January 1, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 18. 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
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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