Grace Episcopal Church

Serving the community of Martinez
and Contra Costa County since 1868


Schedule for Christmas Worship

We will have the following services at Grace Church
in celebration of Christmas:

December 24 -

5:30pm Children's Service, with pageant and Holy Communion

10:00pm Choir Concert

10:30pm "Midnight" Service, with Holy Communion

December 25 -

10:00am Christmas Day, with Holy Communion

Vestry Highlights

Here are some highlights of our December Vestry Meeting:

- Fr. Jeff shared the three phases of the Interim Process, which will be expanded for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Parish on January 24 (following a combined 10:00am worship service):
        Discernment - Where are we now?
        Discovery - What kind of future are we called to?
        Development - What resources will we need to get there?

- A policy was adopted by the Vestry to immediately sell any donations of stock or other equities upon receipt.

- Work will be done to repair and prevent further corrosion to the the bottom of the refrigerator in the kitchen.

- Our Stewardship process is going well, with an operating budget for 2016 under development to be presented for review at the January Vestry meeting.

- New computer, monitor, software, and internet access are now in place in the church office; with regular office hours on Wednesday mornings.

- The Rev. Canon Stefani Schatz, from the Office of the Bishop, will be visiting us at both services on Sunday, February 14.

- Repairs were authorized to the storage shed, after a door was vandalized several weeks ago.

- The purchase of a new contemporary music songbook for use at our services was approved.  The plan is to have this resource available in the pews and used on Sundays at 10:00am on a monthly basis.

Updated Church Website

You are encouraged to visit our church website and check out the new format.  If there is information that you would like to see updated, please send a revised text to the church office at as soon as possible. 

More than 80% of people looking for a church will visit their website first.  Please help us to make our site as welcoming and current as possible.

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Sunday Counters Needed

We are building a team of Counters to assist in recording the cash donations to Grace Church.  Two people are needed each Sunday following the 10:00am service to meet briefly in the church office to accomplish this task.  We are looking for ten volunteers, who would be willing to serve on five-week rotation.  Please email Fr. Jeff as soon as possible if you have any questions or are interested in being trained for this ministry. Training will take place in January.
Eucharistic Visitors

The Episcopal Church offers a ministry of Eucharistic Visitors to take communion to people in our congregation who temporarily (or on a long term basis) may not be able to join us regularly for worship.  While some members of the congregation have already been trained, we would like to hold a general meeting for all those who may be interested in this opportunity to serve.  We will gather on Sunday, January 10 at 9:00am in the Parish Hall. For questions or more information you can also contact Fr. Jeff via email.
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