Grace Church  
in Salem
The Reverend Debbie Phillips, Rector
385 Essex Street
Salem, Massachusetts 01970

18 January 2023

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Calendar for the Week


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs

6:00 pm

Bible Study


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs



10:00 am

Holy Eucharist

4:00 pm

Celtic Evensong and Communion


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs


2:00 pm

Boys and Girls Clubs

6:00 pm

Bible Study

7:30 pm

Choir Rehearsal



The Reverend Debbie Phillips, Rector



Ryan Patten,

Sr. Warden

Peggy Carter,

Jr. Warden

Barbara Layne, Clerk

Angela Williams, Treasurer

Laura Beasley-Topliffe

Andrew Bishop

Lisa Duffy

Katie Scott

Joanna Troy

Matt vanHamersveld



Mark Nelson,

Interim Director of Music


Tom and Karen Tucker, Sextons


Cheryl Robinson, Bookkeeper



Anti-racism Team

Maureen Bingham

Cliff Cutler

Ryan Patten

Jane Thompson

Angela Williams

Debbie Phillips

Technical Support for Worship

Jason Stonehouse

The Reverend Debbie Phillips


Hugh MacKay

Joanne Moar

Barbara Layne


Gavin Watson-Bertrand 

Altar Guild

Laura Beasley-Topliffe,


Lisa Duffy

Caroline Ogah


Flower Committee

Deb Papps, Chair

Jane Thompson

Maureen Joyce


Celtic Meditations Team

Ryan Patten, musician

Eric Wagner

Jane Stewart

Paul Massari

Christine Reichert

Joanne Moar

Kathleen Tone


Director of Church School

Melissa Barnes


Ministry Team

Tom Gaither

Debbie Papps

Ad Hoc Fundraising

Peggy Carter

Melissa Barnes

Joanne Moar

Caroline Watson-Felt

Real Asset Management/Property

Eric Wagner

Mike Ouellette

Tom Tucker

Bob Cole

Walter Weizenauer

 Creation Care

Laura Beasley-Topliffe

Tom Gaither

Jane Stewart

Garden of Life

Jason Stonehouse


Convention Delegates

Laura Beasley-Topliffe

Joanne Moar

Eric Wagner, Alternate

Deanery Delegates

Laura Beasley-Topliffe

Joanne Moar

Walter Weizenauer

Eric Wagner

Thought for the Week

Dear Friends,

One of the first stories from Scripture that we tell in Young and the Restless Chapel is the story of Creation. We all sing about God's Love creating all the things we love in the world.

This season of Epiphany is becoming a season of Creativity. New ideas are being born. People are gathering to learn how to make things for others. There is an event where we can open up our own creative spirit of expression.

The fundraising committee has developed a wonderful idea called Hats O.F.F. that is an outreach, fellowship, and fundraising event. Many are gathering to knit hats for the children of Salem. We can then "sponsor" a hat for each child.

Kourtni Patten is leading a "Craft Night," where we can explore a few different mediums for artistic expression. The Church has always supported artistic expressions of faith, and Kourtni will enable us to do the same.

More information about these opportunities is available below. Come and see things in a new way, as we join God in creating a beautiful world.

In the Way of Love,


This Sunday

This Sunday we hear the story of the call of the first disciples. Services are offered at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and are also broadcast on Facebook Live. Leaflets may be found on our website.

At the 10:00 am service, the Rev.Ann Perrott will preach and celebrate. This will be a said service. Jane Thompson is our lector and Peggy Carter and Tom Gaither will be ushering. Church School begins at 10:00 am.

At the 4:00 pm service Christine Reichert will give the reflection and Paul Massari will assist with the readings. Joanna Troy will offer the prayers and Jane Stewart will usher. The music is derived from Irish protest songs.

Please join us wherever you are 

in your search for meaning. 

Everyone is welcome at any and all services at

Grace Episcopal Church

Parish Prayer List

Please keep the following in your prayers:

Jeremy Parker, Cindy Rhodes, Ron, James Phillips, David Stonehouse, Linda Layne, Daniel Brundige, Whitney Goodhue, Evan Wagner, Garrett Graves, Gerald Tucker, Allison Mascolo, Melissa Glassman, The Bishop-Tanquay Family, Max Joyce, Inga and Todd and Family, Mel, Melissa Glassman, Corey MacNeil, Helen Phillips, Zan Duffy, Dianne, Sarah Colvin Duffy, Michael Towey, Jenny, Loretta and Kris, Deb Papps, Derek Fuller and Family, the people of Palestine, Afghanistan, and Ukraine; the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem, the Salem Public Schools and for an end to racism, war, anti-Semitism, gun violence and oppression. If you have prayer requests, please email by Tuesday at noon for publication in that week's e-news. week's e-news. If you would like to add someone to our prayer list, please email



Knitting Group Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

Love to knit? Want to learn how? Looking for something to do during these dark winter evenings? Come to Grace Church and join others as we knit hats for our Hats OFF to Warm Heads project. We meet from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the Common Room. We hope to see you there!

Craft Night with Kourtni

Come join Kourtni Patten as we learn to make a variety of crafts while just hanging out on a Friday Night. You are welcome to bring an appetizer and other refreshments while she leads us in creating expressions of faith and love. This event begins at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 27th.

Book Study With Bishop Charleston

The Diocese of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network invites all who are interested to join an online book discussion on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., focused on Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditation on Hope and Courage by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston. As both Choctaw elder and bishop, Charleston serves as an advocate and indigenous prophetic voice in The Episcopal Church and beyond.

In Ladder to the Light, Charleston unites the vast wisdom and gifts of the Indigenous community with the life of faith and healing in fresh and powerful ways. He brings a voice that resonates with hope, comfort and resilience, shining light into these times of darkness and uncertainty. Charleston shares a metaphor: climbing a ladder up out of darkness into the light. Each chapter represents a rung of this spiritual ladder, discerning new life into which the Spirit calls us and connecting with ancient Indigenous sources of resilience, community, healing and sacred relationship with the creation around us. This highly accessible book is packed with wisdom that many will find transformational for their life of faith. 

Contact Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation, at to register.

Upcoming Events


Debbie will be away from January 19 - 26. During this time, you may contact our Senior Warden, Ryan Patten at 419-217-0163 for any issues that might arise.


On Sunday, January 29th, The Reverend Cliff Cutler will be our guest preacher while Debbie celebrates.


Candlemas Celebration February 5th:

On February 2, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s adherence to the Mosaic law as she entered the Temple for the ritual purification, as explained in Leviticus 12:2-8. Also, forty days was the time when a firstborn was brought to the Temple to be dedicated to the Lord (Exodus 13:2-12). The Gospel reading for The Feast of the Presentation describes the scene: “And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” The story continues as Simeon holds the baby in his arms and says that Jesus will be a light for the Gentiles (Luke 2:22-32).


Some call the day Candlemas (Candle Mass), which comes from the activities associated with the feast. Often local churches hand out candles to be blessed. After an antiphon, during which the candles held by the people are lighted, there is a procession into the church. During the procession to the church, the Nunc Dimittis is sung, replicating the words that Simeon proclaimed.


We will also bless candles on the following Sunday for your use during the upcoming year and repeat the words of Simeon. Following the service, the family of the child being baptized invites us to a reception in Abbot Hall.


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