WEEKLY UPDATE 
The Third Sunday of Easter   4.15.18
 
Photo: Verne Becker, Palm Sunday
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS  Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Dr. John Finn, Bill Weber, Ian,  Jean, Ethan Mathews, Al and Carol Lalli, Peggy Lehrecke, Peter Zakrepine, Phyllis Richey, Ellie Hafstead, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Cindy O'Gorman, Suzanne, Phyllis, Dr. Nabil Sayegh, Phyllis,  Ann Shusterman, Dolores Lentz, Cathy Rae,  Jim Craig, Thomas Wolfe, Peter Foley, Joseph, Donna, Art, Karen Masur, Tish Herbert, Karen, Jodi, Caitlyn, Mary Riffle, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Elaine MacPhee, Mary Serena Gwertzman, Allyison, Jessica Haile, John G. Loftin, Susan , Baby Zoe, Dolores Puhl, The Reverend Art Rushlow, Geoff Torrens,  Vernon A Austin, Phil Bunton, Caroline, Judith Austin, Phil Bunton, Caroline, Barbara, Sally Ann Mock, Max Lindberg & family,   Dan Valerio Sr, Kim Hewlett, Elizabeth Weber, Sally Sarvent, The Rev. Dr. Fred Drobin, Peggy Lehrecke

REST IN PEACE:
  Barbara (Bobbie) Blaisdell Seldin, sister of parishioner Suzanne Grant
READINGS  

THIS SUNDAY AND BEYOND      
  The Third Sunday of Easter
The Fourth Sunday of Easter


Collect of the Day (Easter 3B)
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  
 
Prayer for Prophetic Witness in Society
Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor: By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

God, our Creator, we are held in your everlasting arms,
Jesus, our Savior, we are healed by your wounded hands,
Holy Spirit, be present as we reach out to one another in love.


KEEPING UP WITH THE CHURCH
Episcopal News Service
Episcopal New Yorker
Episcopal Cafe
Sojourners
Bishops United Against Gun Violence
Everytown Again Gun Violence
Reflection
Hospitality is a sign of the Resurrection, a sign of new life, a sign of the reordering of the universe around one great table. We know from experience that, when patterns of hospitality break down, human beings suffer terrible cruelties.

Is it possible for us to imagine a community where everyone is welcome and where there is enough? If hospitality is a sign of Resurrection, its denial is the harbinger of death. There is perverse joy we sometimes experience in excluding others from our particular table. Our longing for acceptance and approval is often accompanied by a desire to exclude others. To be part of an "in" group requires that there be a large number (the larger the better) of outsiders. There is something very satisfying about exclusiveness.

The indiscriminate welcoming of all people to the Supper of the Lamb is very threatening. The notion that everybody is welcome radically reorders our world. The question we posed earlier remains. Do we fear resurrection more than crucifixion? We choose death when we refuse to come to the banquet out of snobbery or fear. The Resurrection calls us all to life, and to the possibility of new personal attachments and to new communal responsibilities. No wonder we resist it. The Love of God is indiscriminate and out of control. No wonder many of us try to organize another banquet somewhere else. There are many such banquets - focused on religion, ideology, or prejudice. Not everyone is invited to these parties. The guest list is carefully vetted, and there is a clear line between those who are "in" and those who are "out."

Alan Jones in Passion for Pilgrimage: Notes for the Journey Home  

This Week

Are you on the worship ministry schedule for this week? CLICK HERE to find
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
5-7:00pm Pizza with a Purpose (Memorial Hall/Patterson)
6:00pm Graceful Friends Gathering (Memorial Hall)

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 
Diocesan Anti-Racism workshop was cancelled
7:30pm GraceMusic: A Little Night Music Cabaret

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
SENIOR YOUTH GROUP FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST (Memorial Hall)
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Refreshments/Church School/Bible Study
              Street Fest Fundraiser Planning Meeting
11:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II w/choir)
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 
7:00pm, Boy Scouts (Memorial Hall)
7:00pm Vestry (Patterson Hall)
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 
6:00pm Healing & Wellness Service (Bradley Chapel)  
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 19
7:00am Men's Prayer Breakfast (Patterson Hall)
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Team 3) (Memorial Hall)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall)
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
6:00pm Interfaith Dinner at Congregation Sons of Israel (N. Broadway, Nyack)
(Advance registration required - contact Fr. Owen for more information)
 
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
10:00am-3:00pm Confirmation Retreat (Marydell)
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Refreshments/Church School/Bible Study
11:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II w/choir) 
Post Service Presentation & Discussion with Louis Crew Clay

Events: This Weekend and Beyond 

GATHERING TONIGHT! 


At long last, we have rescheduled our Graceful Rainbows gathering for Friday April 13 at 6:00pm at Grace Church.

We will have local musicians so please feel free to bring instruments and talents for a fun filled musical jam. Also, we will have wine and snacks and you can feel free to contribute and BYOB.

Contact Jen   Jenjulia@aol.com or Edward   edwardvansaders@yahoo.com with any organizational ideas or contact Mayra mayracasales@gmail.com if you want to discuss musical contributions. Look forward to seeing you and celebrating on April 13!

 Graceful Rainbows is a newly formed group in Rockland County to connect and support LGBTQ families. As you likely know, there are many LGBTQ families living in the county and our goal is to create a Community Building Network for parents and children. ALL are welcome!!!!!

Hope you and your family can join us! Jen Mancuso and Edward VanSaders

TOMORROW NIGHT:

SUNDAY - ANOTHER GREAT YOUTH GROUP BREAKFAST
COME HUNGRY!

The Senior Youth Group is hosting another fundraising breakfast this morning, so plan to stop by Memorial Hall for a great hot breakfast and to
support a good cause -- proceeds go towards this summer's mission trip to Nicaragua.  Come Hungry!
 
If you're interested in further supporting the 24 intrepid high school students who have signed
up to participate, donations may be made directly to Grace Church (with CYSM Service Trip in the memo line).
 
The Annual Tag Sale to support the trip will be on Sunday, May 20 -Donations will be accepted that more, or contact Joe Paskowski to arrange earlier pickup/dropoff.



SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS FUN EVENT!

There will be a planning meeting
 this Sunday at 10:10am
We welcome your input!

Join Us!

REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS 
NEXT WEEKEND
We have been invited to a community interfaith dinner at Congregation Sons of Israel on Friday the 20th at 6:00pm. It will a wonderful evening and opportunity to gather and learn from folks from other faith traditions.  If any one is interested please let us know ASAP.

 
The Good Book Club continues throughout the Easter season, until Pentecost on May 20!  It's not too late to join in.

During Lent and Easter, Episcopalians are being urged to participate in The Good Book Club, a churchwide program that invites the reading of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
 
Led by
Forward Movement , the Good Book Club readings BEGIN THIS SUNDAY) and finish on Pentecost (May 20, 2018).

Meditat
ions on the readings are in the current issue of Forward Day by Day -- you'll find copies at the entry to the church, or stop by the church office.

Find out more,
access the readings, and get involved at www.GoodBookClub.org
 
SAVE THESE DATES AND WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS 
Saturday, May 5 - Amazing Grace Circus 15th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, May 12 - Annual Mother's Day Plant Sale
Sunday, June 10 - Confirmation & Episcopal Visit with Bishop Andrew Dietsche (10:00am)
Sunday, June 24 - Sunday services shift to summer schedule (8 & 10:00am)

Parting Thought
  "In Praise of Dreams"  by Wislawa Szymborska

"In Praise of Dreams"

In my dreams
I paint like Vermeer van Delft.

I speak fluent Greek
and not just with the living.

I drive a car
that does what I want it to.

I am gifted
and write mighty epics.

I hear voices
as clearly as any venerable saint.

My brilliance as a pianist
would stun you.

I fly the way we ought to,
i.e., on my own.

Falling from the roof,
I tumble gently to the grass.

I've got no problem
breathing under water.

I can't complain:
I've been able to locate Atlantis.

It's gratifying that I can always
wake up before dying.

As soon as war breaks out,
I roll over on my other side.

I'm a child of my age,
but I don't have to be.

A few years ago
I saw two suns.

And the night before last a penguin,
clear as day.

Wislawa Szymborska
 
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURC H
  130 First Avenue, Nyack, New York 10960

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