Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

7 October 2018
Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

8:00 am Holy Eucharist 
9:15 am Family Eucharist
NO 10:00 am Sunday School
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir

Please join us after each service for fellowship, coffee and refreshment in the Guild Hall.

For detailed information about  the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach, please click the link below.

In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, the Parish will be closed
on Monday, October 8.
Institution of The Rev. Clare Nesmith:
this Saturday, October 6, 2 pm
Grace’s own Clare Nesmith will be instituted as Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Babylon, NY this Saturday, October 6, at 2 pm. Clare was worshiping at Grace and an active member of the Choir when she was called to the ministry. We wish The Rev. E. Clare Nesmith congratulations and Godspeed at Christ Church!
Next North Room Chat:
this Sunday, October 7
The North Room Chats continue for those who have been looking for a little something "extra" from church on Sunday. 

The next Chat will be this Sunday, October 7 from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the North Room . Brianna McCarty will lead a discussion on values and intention focusing. What do you value and how can you put that into action? Why do you come to church? Can you apply your values to your spiritual journey?

Join us the first Sunday of each month at 10:15 am in the North Room where we'll discuss spirituality and Christianity in bite-sized chunks. No need to prepare in advance. Just be open to learning something new, sharing your own life experiences, and, most importantly, growing in the Christian faith.  Save the date for the following chat on November 4.  Want to lead a chat or have questions? Contact Brianna McCarty
Next Docent-led Tour Sunday, October 7
Parishioners and visitors are invited to explore the interior of our 1847 Gothic Revival church. Tour lasts around 30-45 minutes and starts after the 11 am Eucharist, around 12:15 pm. For more information, contact Marianne Hurley or the parish office .
St. Francis Day service and Blessing of the Animals:
this Sunday, October 7,
5 pm
The Grace Community welcomes our members, friends and neighbors and their pets for an annual St. Francis Day service and Blessing of the Animals beginning 5 pm in the Sanctuary this Sunday, October 7 . A special offertory will benefit an appropriate charity.
Seeking a talented teen Soprano
to participate in Christmas Pageant trio

Do you participate in your school choir? Love to sing in harmony and can read music? Then we invite you to participate in a special trio of singers for this year's Grace Church Pageant. Rehearsals will be Sundays, October 7, 14, and November 18, directly following the 11 am service as well as December 15 at 9 am

The Pageant is at 11 am on December 16 . Contact Brianna McCarty at as soon as possible if you are or someone you know would be interested in this unique opportunity! 
The Rector’s Forum returns:
Sunday, October 14
This time-honored tradition returns to Grace with gatherings on the third Sunday of the month at 10 am in the North Room . The exception to this rule? The introductory Forum will be on Sunday, October 14 to accommodate the change of worship schedule on the 21st for the Institution of The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson as out 15th Rector.

These Forums will unpack the sermon with further examination of the text and its application to today’s world.  
Be Bold!
Heights Interfaith Homeless Shelter comes to Grace:
Monday, October 22
Be Bold! Sign up to volunteer when Grace hosts the Heights Interfaith Shelter, beginning Monday, October 22 . There’s no better way to make a difference than to sign up to prepare a meal or sleep overnight at Grace Church when the Heights Interfaith Shelter comes to Grace on October 22. 

We are proud to offer hospitality in the form of a welcome, dinner, and a place to sleep to up to 12 homeless men on Monday to Friday nights. How can you help? You can prepare a hot meal for our guests and volunteer sleepers and bring it to Grace early in the evening. Or you can come for dinner and sleep overnight -- in classroom #1, just off the Gym -- on beds with fresh linens and your own bathroom.  

We host the shelter for six weeks, from October 22 to November 30 . And we need your help! Please sign up to prepare and deliver a hot meal for our guests and volunteer sleepers, or to share the meal and spend the night. Sign-up boards are at the back of the church. Any questions? Please contact Elizabeth Stong, Emily Horcher, or Charlotte Thorp, via the Parish Office .
Seeking Nominations to the Vestry for 2019 
The Annual Parish meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 6 pm. At that meeting we will be electing three new Vestry members for a three-year term. The Nominating Committee (consisting of the three out-going members, Kathy Page, David Pitou, and Amy Rowland, as well as the Rev. Allen Robinson and Wardens Kate Rock and Marilyn Grant) is receiving names for consideration. The criteria for nomination are regular and faithful attendance at Grace Church worship services; active participation in the life of Grace; and making an annual pledge supporting the financial life of the Church. Vestry members should be able to attend regular Vestry meetings (held on the first Monday of the month), willing to take a leadership role in Church programs, interested in the Grace community and have an open and welcoming personality. If you, or someone you know, is interested in Vestry service, please speak with or emai l Kate Rock or Marilyn Grant . The nominating period runs from November 12 through November 30
The Study of Christian Themes and Symbols
in Southern Literature
Led by the Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson, Rector
In an era of religious and cultural pluralism in America, the study of southern writers continues to grow with a renewed sense of intrigue and discovery. In this class, we will study the works of three southern Christian writers in an effort to discover the power and use of Christian symbols in literature. We will seek to understand the presence or seemingly absence of God, the role and purpose Christ and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit as experienced through these important pieces of literature. What role, if any, does the faith of the writer play in each work? For instance, Flannery O’Connor was a devout Roman Catholic and used her numinous religious experiences as the cornerstone for many of her books and letters. So, then why does many of O’Connor’s writings reflect an existential understanding of the Holy? Lastly, it is my hope that each participant will be able to experience the presence of the Holy in new ways as a result of having read these profoundly spiritually-insightful writings.

This course will take place the remaining Wednesday evenings of the month of October, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Hope Library.

 I would encourage participants to read each book ahead of class as we will launch into discussions at the beginning of each class.   

October 10: O’Connor, Wise Blood (Chapters 8-14)
October 17: Walker Percy, The Moviegoer (Chapters 1-3)
October 24: Percy, The Moviegoer (Chapters 4-Epilogue) 
October 31: Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying

If you have any questions or wish to register for the course, please contact the Church Office at (718) 624-1850, ext. 10.
Institution of
The Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson as 15th Rector
Sunday, October 21
Child care will be provided during the church service.
Unfortunately, we cannot provide child care during or at The Heights Casino reception.

Both the service and reception at the Heights Casino are name tags events. Everyone in attendance should put their name tags on upon arrival to service and keep the tag on until departing from the reception. If you are not going to the reception, please place your name tag in the drop box as you would for a regular Sunday service. Arrangements will be made for bringing tags back to Grace from the reception by designated volunteers.
Episcopal 101:
New spiritual formation class with Deacon Bernie continues
Deacon Bernie is delighted to welcome you on an adventure into learning more about the Episcopal Church on the last 3 Sundays of a month. Whether you are a long-standing member of Grace Church looking for a refresher on Episcopal Church history, theology and worship, or a relative newcomer, Episcopal Church 101 is for you.

Classes continue at 10 am in Classroom #1 (off the Parish House Gym) on Sunday, October 14.
Day of Centering Prayer: Saturday, November 10
Give yourself the gift of a mini retreat from 10 am to 3 pm in the North Room! This day of centering prayer, led by Lindsay Boyer, will begin with a brief review of centering prayer, followed by a questions and comments period. We will engage in five or six half hour sessions of centering prayer with a break for lunch in silence and further questions and comments in the afternoon. 

Recommended for those who have some experience of centering prayer who would like to spend a day in practice. A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events.

For more information or to RSVP, email Lindsay / 718-858-4119.
Grace Schedule of Upcoming Baptismal Dates
As is a parish church tradition, no more than seven Candidates are Baptized as a group during an 11 am service of Holy Eucharist with Baptisms. 

Here are the upcoming dates:
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 am - 4 spots remaining
  • Sunday, November 11, 2018, 11:00 am – FULL
  • Sunday, November 25, 2018, 11:00 am - 6 spots remaining
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 am - 4 spots remaining
Please contact Christian DeRuiter, Parish Administrator for more information and to obtain an application .

Tutors needed
Grace volunteers have resumed tutoring academically needy high school students at Frederick Douglass Academy in Brownsville the first week of October. Tutors work one on one with students in history, English and reading one afternoon a week at the school, 226 Bristol Street, with the goal of helping students pass their Regents exam and graduate. Anyone interested should contact Mark McIntyre / 646-644-3261.
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy; Sybil; Jacob; Eric & Frances; Lesley; Sandra; Eleanor; Al; Bill & Renee.
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