THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT - April 2, 2017
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please note: Names will generally remain on the prayer list for one month. If you would like to add or return a name to the list, please be in touch with the office.
Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Karen Federico, Miranda Pinckert, Clinton Taplin, Betty Mettler, Dr. John Finn, Anita Sevier-Berg, Jean, Bill Weber, Sylvia Manley, Hubert Connoly, Steve Fanning, Peter Foley, Ian, Jean, Constance Thompson, Ethan Mathews, Thomas Humeston, Sadie Graham, Al and Carol Lalli, Dr. John Finn, Audrey Graves, Kathy, Elaine MacPhee, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Bill Honeger, Peggy Lehrecke, John Loftin, Sr., Peter Zakrepine, Chris Drysdale, Patrick, Phyllis Richey, Susan, Gerry & Jim Finlan, Mike, Carissa Borton, Mark Neagli, Cathy Rae, Eli Rubenstein, Tim, Erin, Clifford Joseph, Jr, Rachael, Susan Barraclough, Thomas Schnalzer, Audrey Washington, Paul, Catherine, John Puhl, Dr. Frederick Teyan, John Palma, Juliet Stiebeck, Tom Palista, Margaret Higgins, Bill Rose, Michael McCormick, Ellie Hafstead, Russell Fernando, Joyce
McCormick, Carole Post, John Palma, Jack Baldwin, Susan Kaufman, Charlotte Stokes, Richard P. Griffith, William Ray, Allyson Kalb, Rislyn Joseph,
Adriana Cannon, Ria Meade, Maurice Buckley, Katharine, Phyllis, Suzanne,
Michael McCormick, Cindy O'Gorman
Jeff Zaniker, Dotty
REST IN PEACE: Eugenia M. Duryea There will be a memorial service at Grace on Wednesday, April 5 at noon.
Readings [We are using Track 2 of the indicated readings.]
to listen to sermons from previous weeks
Collect of the Day
Collect for Social Justice
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
"If it's not about love, it's not about God. Period. Exclamation point."
The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Mercy means that we soften ever so slightly, so that we don't have to condemn others for being total s##ts, although they may be that. (Okay: are.) If I do so, it makes me one. As Father Ed Dowling said, sometimes heaven is just a new pair of glasses. When we put them on, we see the awful person, sometimes even ourselves, a bit more gently, and we are blessed in return. It seems, on the face of things, like a decent deal.
Kindness toward others, and radical kindness to ourselves buys us a shot at serenity, at a warm and generous heart, which is the greatest prize of all. Do you want this, or do you want to be right?
ARE YOU ON THE WORSHIP MINISTRY SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND?
FRIDAY, March 31
Interfaith Dinner (Congregation Sons of Israel;advance registration required)
SATURDAY, April 1
11:00am Nursery School of the Nyacks presents:
Mario the Magician
SUNDAY, April 2
8:00am/9:30am/11:00am Holy Eucharist
10:10am Easter Fair (Memorial Hall)
Confirmation Class/Bible Study
2:00pm Climate Forum at Nyack Library
4:00pm Choral Evensong
TUESDAY, April 4
10:30am Holy Hope Bereavement Group (Patterson Hall)
WEDNESDAY, April 5
12:00pm Memorial for Eugenia Duryea
6:00pm Healing & Wellness Service (Bradley Chapel)
6:30 Lenten Study Program (Memorial Hall)
THURSDAY, April 6
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Team 9) (Memorial Hall)
12:00 Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall)
7:30pm Choir rehearsal
FRIDAY, April 7
5:00pm Pizza With a Purpose (Memorial Hall)
SATURDAY, April 8
10:00am Midnight Run (Memorial Hall)
10:30 Easter Services run-through for worship ministers
6:00pm Boy Scouts Spaghetti Dinner
GAME NIGHT (Re-Scheduled)
THIS SATURDAY, April 1 7:30 -11:00pm
Games, good company, and snacks. Free-will donation, with half the proceeds going to Helping Hands. Bring games, or just come ready to play!
ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION COMMISSION PRESENTS
FINAL SESSION WEDNESDAY, April 5
ENTEN STUDY SERIES:
6:30 to 8:00pm in Memorial Hall
We'll gather once more on Wednesday for a simple supper of soup, salad, and bread, followed by a program and discussion based on the book
, by Rowan Williams.You needn't have read the book, or attending the first session, to enjoy the discussion and fellowship! Join us!
CHURCH SCHOOL - LENTEN GIVING PROJECT
This year the church school is raising funds for UNICEF and their Syrian Refugee Relief program. Watch for Bake Sales at the 10:10 coffee hour (there's one this week!) and collect your returnable bottles to donate (look for details at the entry to Memorial Hall and the church).
CONNECT-OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
DOWNLOAD THE NEW REALM APP!
Stay connected with your Grace family with the new REALM app, called
Connect-Our Church Community
by ACS Technologies. It's free and available at your favorite App store for Apple and Android devices. Sign on with your REALM login, and you'll be able communicate within your groups, see announcements, update your information, search the directory for contact information and much more. Don't have a REALM log in yet? Forgot your login? Contact the office and
we'll be happy to help
Calling All Techies!
Grace needs your help -- we are assessing changes and improvements to our PBX phone system, internet access, alarm system, and selected hardware and apps. If you are interested in joining a new Technology Assessment and Planning Committee please contact Pat Cose (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
A local Allstate agency, the Chhim Agency in Nanuet, has offered to host a seminar for parishioners at Grace to discuss estate, retirement and legacy planning. Key topics would include: creating a will, consolidation of retirement assets, taking steps to avoid probate, and using trusts to lessen your estate taxes. In order to help up determine the best time for the event, please let us know if you would like to join us, and ijndicate convenient times. (Look in the church entrance for a signup sheet, or send the Grace office an email to let us know.
MARCH FINANCE SNAPSHOT
Please keep your pledge up to date!
by Jane Kenyon
There's just no accounting for happiness,
or the way it turns up like a prodigal
who comes back to the dust at your feet
having squandered a fortune far away.
And how can you not forgive?
You make a feast in honor of what
was lost, and take from its place the finest
garment, which you saved for an occasion
you could not imagine, and you weep night and day
to know that you were not abandoned,
that happiness saved its most extreme form
for you alone.