The Feast of Absalom Jones - February 12, 2017
Services at 8 & 10am; Annual Parish Meeting follows the 10am service 

Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, Shirley Federico, Miranda Pinckert, Clinton Taplin, Betty Mettler, Jeannie,  Dr. John Finn, Anita Sevier-Berg, Jean,  Bill Weber, Sylvia Manley, Hubert Connoly, Steve Fanning, Peter Foley,  Ian,  Jean, Harper Grant, Constance Thompson, Ethan Mathews, Thomas Humeston, Rosemary Owen, 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,  Russell Fernando, 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,  Juliet Stiebeck, Tom Palista, Margaret Higgins, Bill Rose, Michael McCormick, Ellie Hafstead,  Joyce McCormick, Carole Post , John Palma, Jack Baldwin, Susan Kaufman, Charlotte Stokes, Richard P. Griffith, William Ray, Rislyn Joseph, Allyson Kalb, Judy D'Errico, Adriana Cannon, Ria Meade, Maurice Buckley, Phyllis,  Gene and Marie Price
REST IN PEACE: Lissa Ann Jean-Gilles  
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.
Readings  [We are using Track 2 of the indicated readings.]
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Collect of the Day
Set us free, heavenly Father, from every bond of prejudice and fear; that, honoring the steadfast courage of your servant Absalom Jones, we may show forth in our lives the reconciling love and true freedom of the children of God, which you have given us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Collect for Social Justice
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. Amen.
Hope is not a denial of reality. But it is also not some kind of spiritual elixir. It is not a placebo infused out of nowhere. Hope is a series of small actions that transform darkness into light. It is putting one foot in front of the other when we can find no reason to do so at all.
A Native American tale tells of the elder who was talking to a disciple about tragedy. The elder said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one." The disciple asked, "But which wolf will win the fight in your heart?" And the holy one answered, "It depends on which one I feed."
The spiritual task of life is to feed the hope that comes out of despair. Hope is not something to be found outside of us. It lies in the spiritual life we cultivate within. The whole purpose of wrestling with God is to be transformed into the self we are meant to become, to step out of the confines of our false securities and allow our creating God to go on creating. In us.
From Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope by Joan D. Chittister
This Week

SATURDAY, February 11
10:00am Midnight Run meal preparation (Memorial)
8:00am Holy Eucharist
10:00am Holy Eucharist followed by ANNUAL MTG
6:30pm Senior Youth Group (Fenton Room)
TUESDAY, February 14
10:30am Holy Hope Bereavement Group (Patterson Hall)
WEDNESDAY, February 15
6:00pm Healing & Wellness service (Bradley)

THURSDAY, February 16
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Memorial Hall)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall)
7:30pm Choir
SATURDAY, February 18
5:00pm Community Choir Concert
SUNDAY, February 19
8:00am/9:30am/11:00am Holy Eucharist
10:10 Church School on Hiatus
           Bible Study (Fenton Room) 
4:00pm Private Rental (Memorial Hall)
following the 10:00am service
(There will be two services on 2/12/17: 8:00am and 10:00am)


Please join your fellow parishioners
for this important annual Parish Family Meeting
Next Week and Beyond

Grace Church Quiet Day 2017
A day of prayer, discussion, and silent reflection with
Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy

Chapel of St. John the Divine, Tompkins Cove
Saturday, March 4,
9:30am to 3pm

$20 (includes lunch)

We are all familiar with the everyday rhythms of life at home and work. But how do we nurture our inner, spiritual life and our relationship to God? Join us for a Lenten day of quiet, led by a facilitator, in which we can strengthen or renew our awareness of God's presence within us.

Please register in advance
by signing up in back of the church, or by calling or emailing the church office ( A reduced fee is available for those who need assistance. Questions? Call 845-358-1297.

Saturday, February 25     7:00pm - 10:30pm
If you cannot make it to NOLA this year, stop by Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 25 for Grace Church's second annual Mardi Gras. Music, dancing, costumes, drink and food (including deep fried alligator).Tickets to go on sale THIS SUNDAY   .   $15.00 per person. Proceeds to be benefit Grace Church and People to People. If you would like to assist with this event, or would like to contribute a dishcontact Jeff McDowell
or Pat Cose at 
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Saturday, March 18 at 6:00pm  
Let Pat Cose and Jeff McDowell demonstrate how to prepare a multi-course Spanish Tasting Menu served along with wines from Spain.   Printed recipes for all dishes will be available so you can prepare these dishes at home.  Oh, and you get to eat too!
On the menu
Tomato and Strawberry Gazpacho   
Gazpacho comes in many forms and different colors in Spain.  This is a variation on the gazpacho you are probably most familiar with, but with a sweet twist.  
Gambas al Ajillo   (Garlic Shrimp)
A favorite at tapas bars from Bilbao to Barcelona.   Simple, delicious garlicky shrimp. A great appetizer, but also works as a light supper with some good crusty bread.  
Tortilla Española (Spanish potato and onion omelet)
There may be no more frequently served tapa in all of Spain, than Tortilla Espanola.  It resembles an Italian frittata, but the cooking method is different and results in a sublime dish that can be served as a tapa or as a main course for a light lunch or supper.  
Paella Valenciana
Paella - literally means pan in Spanish and the dish actually refers to the wide shallow pan used to cook it.  Paella, Spain's most famous dish, has its origins as a meal that farm hands could prepare in the field over an open fire using ingredients close at hand.  Paella Valenciana - the original version of paella -- is traditionally made with rabbit, chicken, beans, and snails (when in season).  For  the benefit of this class we'll substitute pork for the rabbit and skip the snails.   We have eaten paella in Valencia, Barcelona and New York, made paella in Barcelona, at the Culinary Institute of America, the Institute of Culinary Education, and know from Spanish chefs what to look for when ordering paella in Spain.  We'll share their tips.  
Crema de Sant Josep (also know as Crema Catalana) traditionally served on March 19th St. Joseph's Day - Father's Day in Spain.  Spain's version of creme brûlée. Or, as many Catalans would argue, creme brûlée is France's version of Crema Catalana!
Limit of 16 participants, $45.00 per person. 
For availability: contact Jeff McDowell 
Profits to be shared with Meals on Wheels


You must be a pledging member
to vote at the Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Everyone's Pledge - no matter what the size -
is important to us. 
Now, more than ever, we need each other and we need the community that is Grace.
 We have work to do.

If you requested envelopes for your 2017 pledge payments, they're available now at the entry to the the church.  Please pick yours up and save us the postage to mail them to you!  Didn't request envelopes?  Want to to pledge?  It's not too late.  Contact Pledge Secretary Sally Ann Mock, or see below.  Thanks!
Parting Thought
In Those Years
By Adrienne Rich
In those years, people will say, we lost track
of the meaning of we, of you
we found ourselves
reduced to I
and the whole thing became
silly, ironic, terrible:
we were trying to live a personal life
and yes, that was the only life
we could bear witness to

But the great dark birds of history screamed and plunged
into our personal weather
They were headed somewhere else but their beaks and pinions drove
along the shore, through the rags of fog
where we stood, saying I

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