The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany/Candlemas - February 4, 2018 
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, Susan Barraclough, Ellie Hafstead, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Cindy O'Gorman, Suzanne, Phyllis, Dr. Nabil Sayegh, Phyllis,  Ann Shusterman, Dolores Lentz, Cathy Rae, Hubert Connelly, John Puhl, Jim Craig, Thomas Wolfe, Peter Foley, Joseph, Donna, Art, Karen Masur, Tish Herbert, Karen, Jodi, Caitlyn, Shirley Chalke, 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, Barbara Lubeck, Judith Austin, Carolyn Henry, Phil Bunton, Caroline, Barbara Lubeck, Barbara  

Collect of the Day
 
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
 
Collect for the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish you purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may sever you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

Reflection
Not Effortless

As we ponder the importance of community as a spiritual discipline, it is helpful to remember that the model of community of Acts was not effortless, but rather the unfolding of mutual experience tested in the light of serious challenges and supported in God's strength. We must develop a way to understand genuine community as the product of conflict and testing. We must discover ways to be authentically present to and respectful of one another while we disagree strenuously. We must learn to discover and speak our own truths, without fear and without harm to others who also hold a piece of the truth in which we all live.


This Week

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 
5:00pm Pizza with a Purpose (Memorial Hall)
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
6:30pm FUN(d)Raiser: Mardi Gras! (Memorial Hall)
 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9:30am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Church School/Confirmation Class/Refreshments/Bible Study
11:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II w/choir)
4:00pm Choral Evensong

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
7:00pm Boy Scouts (Memorial Hall)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
6:00pm Healing & Wellness (Bradley Chapel)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
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)
7:00pm Cub Scouts (Memorial Hall)
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
10:00am Midnight Run Meal Preparation (Memorial)
3:00pm Graceful Rainbows   (Memorial Hall)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11  
ANN UAL PARISH MEETING 
ONE SERVICE AT 10:00am
Followed by Annual Meeting & Refreshments
 
 
Events: This Weekend and Beyond

TOMORROW NIGHT - TICKETS AT THE DOOR!


 
 
SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKES - Tuesday, February 13
5-6:30pm in Memorial Hal
It's almost time for our annual "FAT TUESDAY" Pancake Supper to celebrate the last day before Lent, so come indulge with us! Who doesn't love pancakes for supper? And did we say bacon? Lot's of food, games, crafts, and FUN.
 
ASH WEDNESDAY- Wednesday, February 14
Services with Imposition of Ashes are at 8:00am, Noon, 7:30pm
 
 
 
 
 
 
GRACEMUSIC PRESENTS:
 
THE COLLECTIVE BRASS
In a Concert to Benefit Puerto Rico Disaster Relief
Sunday, February 18 at 4:00pm     
 
For Info:  
 
For more about Collective Brass,  
 
REMINDERS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
  D
uring 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 the Sunday prior to Ash Wednesday (FEBRUARY 11, 2018), and finish on Pentecost (May 20, 2018).

Meditat
ions non the readings are in the current issue of Forward Day by Day -- we'll have more copies and other materials available at the Annual Meeting on February 11. 

Find out more,
access the readings, and get involved at www.GoodBookClub.org
 
to hear the Presiding Bishop talk about the Good Book Club. 
GIFT CARDS NEEDED
Individuals and families often come to us with very basic immediate needs, like food and diapers for their children. When possible we try to help with gift cards for stores like ShopRite, Target, or Walgreen's.
 
We welcome donations of cards so that we are prepared when the need arises - just bring them to the office or drop in the plate on Sundays.
 
 
2018 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - February 11
As the focus of the Annual meeting is on the entire parish-body and our life together, there will be ONE
service on Sunday, February 11th at 10:00 am, followed the parish meeting. 
 
WHY WE MEET:
According to Canon Law of the Episcopal Church and the By-Laws of Grace Episcopal Church, the parish must hold an Annual Meeting to discuss the business of the church or state of the parish as well as to elect new persons to the Board of Vestry (see next segment). The Annual meeting provides the parish community a wonderful opportunity to gather in fellowship and talk and learn about the parish affairs, mission, vision, ministry, etc.  It is also a time for members of the parish to ask questions; share their concerns, hopes, etc.; as such there will be a question and answer session on the agenda.  Parishioners are encouraged to take this opportunity to ask questions about any of the topics discussed.

The meeting will consist of the Rector's address, a report from the Wardens, Treasurer, and other selected committees/ministries.  These reports are designed to provide an informative overview of the previous year and should also touch on the future (i.e.
projects, ministries, challenges, etc.).


CHOOSING OUR LEADERSHIP, WHY YOU HELP APPOINT NEW MINISTERS (VOTE):
In accordance with Canon Law of the Episcopal Church and the By-Laws of Grace Episcopal Church, each year the parish is to choose members from within the congregation to serve on the Board of Vestry, which is the governing board of the church, charged with fiduciary and campus oversight, as well as supporting the Rector and mission of the parish. 

A proposed slate of nominees is put forth by a nominating committee comprised of vestry members whose term is completed  as well as elected lay leaders. Candidates can also be nominated from the floor. Nominations can be recommended via the committee until 
January 14.
 
* IF YOU ARE NOT A PLEDGING MEMBER OF THE PARISH AND DID NOT SUBMIT A PLEDGE CARD* YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ACCORDING TO CANON LAW
Requests & Offers from our Parish Family

 CAT NEEDS HOME
 
A parish family is trying to "re-home" their 4 year old, male, neutered very affectionate cat.  The cat does not get along with their dog and "marks" his territory in the house because of it.  Various treatments have been ineffective, and the family is at the point of having to get rid of the cat.   They would very much like to find him a good home where he will be the "only" pet.Thanks for the consideration.  Please be in touch with the office if you would like to talk with the family directly for more information. 
 

FROM PARISHIONER CANDICE BOYLE
Companion needed for nights for my 94 year old sweet mother in New City please contact Candice 846 358 6575 or cbcreates 2014@gmail.com


JOBS AVAILABLE: 
ROCKLAND COUNTY OFFICE OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT  
Senior Assistant County Attorney
Community Development Program Coordinator

We have job descriptions available in the Grace Church office. 

To apply, send resume to FrazierC@co.rockland.ny.us 
 
Parting Thought
 
Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes, 1902 - 1967
 
Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.
 
(America never was America to me.)
 
Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed-
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.
 
(It never was America to me.)
 
O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.
 
(There's never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this "homeland of the free.")
 
Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?
 
I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery's scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek-
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.
 
I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one's own greed!
 
I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean-
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today-O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.
 
Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That's made America the land it has become.
O, I'm the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home-
For I'm the one who left dark Ireland's shore,
And Poland's plain, and England's grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa's strand I came
To build a "homeland of the free."
 
The free?
 
Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we've dreamed
And all the songs we've sung
And all the hopes we've held
And all the flags we've hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay-
Except the dream that's almost dead today.
 
O, let America be America again-
The land that never has been yet-
And yet must be-the land where every man is free.
The land that's mine-the poor man's, Indian's, Negro's, ME-
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
 
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose-
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people's lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!
 
O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath-
America will be!
 
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain-
All, all the stretch of these great green states-
And make America again!

From The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. Copyright © 1994 the Estate of Langston Hughes. Used with permission.

                                           We are so thankful for everyone
who has made a pledge for 2018
 
YOU MAKE GRACE HAPPEN
With your support we're well on the way
to making our goal for 2018....
 
But we're not there yet!
Thank you for being part of this place we call Grace

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