Sunday, November 28, 2021

The First Sunday of Advent

Advent Sunday, also called the First Sunday of Advent or First Advent Sunday,
is the first day of the liturgical year and the start of the season of Advent.
Celebration of Life
Sandra Sankey

A Celebration of Life for Sandra will be held at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Sat., December 4, 10am.
The service will be livestreamed at

The Church office will be closed Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26 to observe Thanksgiving.

Joseph's Pantry will be open.

Happy Thanksgiving to All!

All are invited! Come join us with your faith, joy, and gratitude, along with your morning beverage! We are conducting a Thanksgiving Morning Prayer liturgy. November 25, at 9am, on Zoom. This Morning Prayer service has been enhanced from last year’s, with a focus on Gratitude and Thanksgiving as the central theme, and using the New Zealand Prayer Book as our guide. It’s a great way to celebrate the morning of this holiday, the beginning of the holiday season, and to be with your Grace St. Paul’s community on a special day. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Rev. Chris through the church office at 520-327-6857. The Zoom sign-on information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 977 8438 4154; Passcode: 274428 
The Education Ministry offers an Advent Study-Discussion 
      In-person and Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays December 1, 8, 15
GSP is making available this Advent class taking place in Patricia Donahue’s summer congregation in northern Maine. Thanks for making this interesting session available to us Patricia. 
The study-discussion will focus on three values: TRUTH, EMPATHY, SACRIFICE found in fiction (one short story each session) and in brief New Testament passages. Briefly, the discussions will begin with an analysis of the story and its understanding of the value given followed by a discussion of this value as found in scripture. What does each say? Likenesses? Differences? Significance for you?
Session One -- TRUTH
“Story Teller” by Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna/Pueblo)
Matthew 5:33 and following and James 5:12 
Also might review Jesus/Pilate confrontation Luke 23:1-23 & John 19:20-40 
Session Two -- EMPATHY
“Sonny's Blues” by James Baldwin
Mark 12:1-11 (Vineyard) and Luke 10:29-37 (Good Samaritan)
Session Three -- SACRIFICE 
“Sorrow Acre” by Isak Dinesen
John 15:12-13 and Luke 21:1-4 (Poor Widow) 
(Notes: Each story is a classic, well worth the read. RSV is used for Biblical suggestions. You may know other references; these suggested are a beginning.)
Contact Mickey by email or phone (207-367-5125) if you are interested in participating.
Our Protocols for Live, In-Person Services

Both Sunday services at Grace St. Paul’s — 7:45 and 10 a.m. — are live and in-person. The 10 a.m. service will also continue to be live-streamed.

To ensure the safety of all present, all congregants must wear a mask, properly worn over nose and mouth. Congregational singing is now allowed with masks on.

Parents, please note. The nursery is staffed every Sunday in the Undercroft for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Kids can be dropped off as early as 9:40 a.m. Nursery is for infants-age 3. Kids are welcome to enjoy church with their families in the Sanctuary.
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High quality video of Sunday Worship, available Sunday about 7 p.m.
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Call the office, 327-6857,
or email
If you requested a name tag,
please check with an usher
on Sunday morning.
Sunday Offering
Please remember, we do not take the offering during the worship services. You can drop your offerings in the box in the narthex.

You may also make your donations by U.S. mail or via the EasyTithe online portal.

Thank you for your continued support of Grace St Paul’s. We are able to make a difference in the world because of your support & generosity.
Bath Towels - Winter Coats - Blankets
Needed for Joseph's Pantry

Please drop off donations on Sunday or during the week, M-Th 9a-4p, F 9a-noon

Thank you for your support of Joseph's Pantry.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Youth Group Diaper Drive! We collected 700 diapers and dropped them off to very grateful volunteers at the Southern Arizona Diaper Bank! Your support of this mission is greatly appreciated.
Thank you to all Joseph's Pantry 
and Social Services volunteers!

Thank you to all of our volunteers who continue to help with our mission of respect and dignity for all! Many of our volunteers dedicate 3 or more hours per week to our food pantry, shower ministry, or social service ministry.  

The heart of GSP is alive and well in these wonderful volunteers: Andrew, Holly, Shari, Joe, Elaine, Chris, Steve, Patty, Anthony, Lisa, Elizabeth, Greg, Patsy, Charlotte, Buddy, Dave, Edwin, Will, Br. Chuck, Deacon Laurie, Debbie, Jamie, Lauren, Jim, Harlan, BJ, and Beatrice.
Modest Tax Savings for Church Donations

If you do not itemize deductions for federal and state income tax returns, you can still claim a modest income tax savings for your contribution to Grace St. Paul’s. Federal taxes permit up to a $600 deduction from taxable income for joint returns (up to $300 for single filing status) for 2021. Arizona permits a 25% deduction from taxable income for church donations or other charitable donation not qualifying for the various tax credits.

Consult with your tax adviser for details.
Wil Harri, Treasurer

In his latest Virtual Adult Education presentation, Dr. Chuck Dickson takes a deep dive into what is known about the Magi who visited Jesus and his family. How many were there? Where were they from? What were their names? Did they follow a miraculous star? Were they kings? What is the meaning of their gifts? Answers to these questions can be found, along with Dr. Dickson's other presentations,
Church Financial Update to October 31st:
Budgeted Revenue               $525,530
Actual Revenue                      499,227
Revenue Shortfall                  26,304
Budgeted Expenses              $550,594
Actual Expenses                  537,203
Amount below Budget          13,392
Overall Shortfall to 10/31       $12,912

Thank you for your continuing commitment to Grace St. Paul's.
Wil Harri, Treasurer
"Holiday Tales"
First Friday Play Reading on December 3

The GSP Spirit Players will close out the Zoom play readings for 2021 by hosting the December First Friday Play Reading via a virtual gathering on December 3 at 7 p.m. The theme for the short plays to be read is "Holiday Tales". Where else will you find such a variety of (mostly) secular holiday stories than here? We have three quibbling Macy's Day Parade balloons in "Hot Air", a Salvation Army Santa who has to defend his street corner against Elvis, a cowboy, and a pushy woman in "Blue Christmas" and in "13th Crime" Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, and Father Christmas meet up on the 12th night of Christmas. The evening will finish up with a Dr. Suess-style rnhyming version of "A Christmas Carol".

People who wish to participate as readers on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. should RSVP to Nanalee Raphael (contact information is in the Parish Directory) by midnight Tuesday, Nov. 30. Parts will then be assigned and scripts will be emailed to all participants – readers and audience - on the Wednesday before the reading, along with the Zoom sign-in information. Roles may not be available for everyone, but audience members are always welcome! All plays are suitable for humans ages 16 and above. All are encouraged to attend! Santa hats and hot cocoa are encouraged.
Join GSP's Anti-Racism Study Group

Next meeting will be Dec. 22
4th Wednesday — 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

In response to GSP's vision of social justice, the church's “anti-racism to ally” group has been endeavoring to live into its vision through focusing on social justice. The group has focused on writings regarding racism and white privilege, and aims to "move from anti-racism to ally."

To be put on the list to receive materials, to get zoom information on our monthly zoom meeting, or if you have any questions, please contact Rev. Chris, Jill McCollum, Barbara Morehouse, or Peggy Scott through the church office, 520-327-6857.
Book Study: Self-Revelation — East and West,
Carl Jung and the Tao

Dr. John Dore offers a weekly book study on Sundays at 5 p.m. in the Bloom Room titled: Self-Revelation — East and West, Carl Jung and the Tao.

Please click here for information about the book study. Sign up with Dr. Dore at
Migrant Monday!

The GSP Migrant Ministry will meet in-person on Monday, Dec 13, 4:00-5:00, in McBride Hall, to fill snack packs for Migrant travelers. We do appreciate all who have helped in the past and hope to see Many of you then. Newcomers are always welcomed! 

Our packs give them nourishment during their long trips. No soup or other food is needed. Please join us! Many hands make light work. 

For more information, please call Margie at 310-903-0280 or email her at
A Prayer Vigil is held every first and third Monday (Dec 6 & Dec 20), 4:30-5:30 p.m. for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and those threatened with deportation.

Prayers may be offered in Spanish and English. 

All are welcome.

Please join us on Zoom:
Artisans Beyond Borders, (ABB) a bi-national ministry at Grace St. Paul’s, began in 2019 as a way to bring trauma-informed arts and activities to asylum-seekers and their families waiting in shelters and on the streets in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Today, in the shadow of politics and pandemic, therapeutic arts and the dignity of artisanal craft continue to bring comfort to the traumatized and hope to asylum-seekers. Bordando Esperanza / Embroidering Hope, the flagship program, also helps restore personal agency and income through Etsy shop sales of artisans’ original hand-embroideries.

For more information, please visit the ABB website:
Casa Alitas Welcome Center

Thank you to our volunteers & supporters! Please spread the word about our work & recruiting friends, family, & colleagues for volunteering. All of our teams could use the help!

Please click here for more updates on Volunteering, Donations, & Job Openings!
 Donations Currently Needed:
  • For men: new underwear, socks, T-shirts, baseball caps, athletic pants (especially smaller sizes), shoes
  • For women: new underwear, bras, new men's underwear, lycra/stretch leggings, socks 
  • For children: clothing sizes 2-12, new underwear, shoes
  • Backpacks

Are you interested in helping people being evacuated from Afghanistan?

We are working with Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest who will be providing information regarding how we can help. You may register with them at to show your interest in volunteering.

For donating household goods or furniture, please contact Jean Pascal at No mattresses will be accepted.

If you are interested in their co-sponsorship program, please email Jessica O’ Donnell at This program requires training which is given by Lutheran Social Services.              

If you have other questions, email Jill Jenkins at g.g.jenkins44@att.ent and she will try to answer them or refer you to someone at LSS-SW.
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The following is an up-to-date list of all services and classes currently offered. 
Click on the Zoom link at the appropriate time to join any service or class.
Descriptions of some services and classes are available.
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Worship or Meeting
Date and Time
web address

Live Sunday Worship
Sunday 10 AM   

Sunday bulletins   

Youth Group - In person
Sunday 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Sunday Worship
High quality recorded
Sunday about 7 PM 

GSP Today
Monday at noon
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Migrant Prayer Vigil
1st & 3rd Monday at 4:30 PM
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bulletin for the service:

Creating Communion and Sacred Ground
Tuesday at 10 AM
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Evening Prayer 
Tuesday 6 PM  

Fourth Tuesday 7 PM  

Liturgy Meeting
Wednesday Noon

Staff Meeting
Second Wednesday 2 PM 

Fourth Wednesday 2 PM

Guided Meditation
Wednesday 7 PM
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Morning Prayer
Thursday 9 AM
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Between the Lines - Lectionary
Thursday 10 AM 
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Spirit Now Worship
Thursday 5:00 PM
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Centering Prayer
Friday 4:00 PM, followed by a discussion
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Friday Night Evening Prayer
2nd, 3rd, 4th (& 5th) Friday 7:00 PM
Please click here for more information.
Grace St Paul's Episcopal Church
2331 E Adams St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Church Office: 520-327-6857