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16 December 2018
Third Sunday of Advent

8:00 am Holy Eucharist 
No 9:15 am Family Eucharist or Sunday School
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant

Please join us after all services for fellowship, coffee and refreshment in the Guild Hall.

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

There will be no 10 am Rector's Forum this Sunday, December 16.
Grace's 2019 Annual Giving campaign is underway!
Pledges make up over half of Grace’s income, and we hope every member of the community will join us in pledging this year. Pledges can be made online at  www.gracebrooklyn.org/give  or by filling out the pledge card in the pews.  
Special thanks to Lauren O'Garro-Moore and Anne Carson

Thank you, Lauren and Anne, for a fabulous job organizing and planning the building of the Gingerbread Houses at the Stroller Group Brunch last Sunday, along with the children and their parents who all did such an amazing job!
Living the Good News and Journey to Adulthood team up to make Christmas cards for refugee children
Sunday school kids from J2A and LTGN classes made Christmas cards and wrote their messages in Spanish on Sunday, December 9. They joined with churches and others across the country to make and send a total of 3,000 Christmas cards for the children held in the Tornillo Detention Camp. This collective church effort is to send a small measure of comfort and friendship to these young people (ages 13-17) who have fled with their lives and are now stuck for endless months in a remote desert at the Mexican border, far away from home and family, and with federal government processes slow or unresponsive to processing their cases. Special thanks to Margaret Seiler for letting us know about this effort so that we could participate in a small way.

Godly Play, Living the Good News and Journey to Adulthood will not meet this Sunday, December 16.
A Festive Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols
this Sunday, December 16
Our Grace Church Choir will perform this Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5 pm.

A special offering to benefit CHiPS, Forestdale Coat and Toy Drive and Relief for victims of the recent wildfires in California.

A reception will follow the service in the Guild Hall and a donation of cookies will be greatly appreciated .
Grace Church Christmas Pageant
this Sunday, December 16
Christmas Flower dedications
Parishioners and friends who would like to contribute Christmas flowers and greens in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for blessings in their lives may do so by filling out the half sheet form on the Welcome Table in the rear of church and either placing it in the offering plate or sending it to the Parish Office. Suggested minimum donation is $25. For names to appear in the Christmas services bulletins, please respond by Wednesday, December 19 .
2018 Advent Giving
Advent is a season of spiritual preparation for the miracle and joy of Christmas. During Advent, we often seek to express our gratitude for the many blessings in our life and in our community at Grace Church. 

This year, Grace Church is partnering with organizations responding to the needs of local families by supporting Forestdale's Family Services with a New Toy Drive and a Coat Drive. 

Additionally, we are supporting the California wildfire disaster relief efforts of The Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Please do what you can to support our partner organizations this Christmas. See a flyer with more specifics here .

Donations envelopes for California wildfire disaster relief are on the Giving Tree table in the back of the church or by donating online .

Collection bins are in the Narthex for the Toy Drive and the Coat Drive (new
or gently used coats for adolescents and adults are needed). 

You can also purchase toys directly for the Forestdale Toy Drive online .

To donate a new coat, use this link .
Tuesday Advent Organ Recitals conclude next Tuesday, December 18
Mrs. Judith Hancock performs, beginning 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary.
Please click here for a full schedule of 2018-2019 Organ Recitals.
Sanctuary Cinema screenings begin:
Friday, January 11, 2019, 7 pm
Please join us in the Guild Hall at 7 pm for a free showing of the first movie in our Sanctuary Cinema Screening series: Blackkklansman , directed by Spike Lee. Popcorn provided, guided discussion follows. 
Where Do We Go From Here:
Chaos or Community?
written by The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. :
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Congregation is cordially invited to participate in reading of this book by The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we look to celebrate his life and legacy in January. On January 20, 2019, there will be a Rector’s Forum at 10 am and a chat at 12 Noon to reflect on this book. Whether you read the entire book, part of it or not at all, please join in the conversation.

This book is available at Barnes and Noble or Amazon
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:
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:00 am – 5 spots remaining
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 am – 5 spots remaining
Please contact Christian DeRuiter, Parish Administrator, for more information and to obtain an application.
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy, Sybil, Jacob, Eric & Frances, Lesley, Sandra, Bill & Renee, Donald, Donna, Karl.
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