Grace/La Gracia
33 Church Street White Plains, NY 10601
This Week At Grace
The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart; *
the commandment of the Lord is clear
and gives light to the eyes.                                                                 
  [Psalm 19:8]
Prayer in the Time of Transition:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for the young people of Grace who are preparing for Confirmation in October Aaron Bradford, Maya Daughtry, James Heffner, Anna Kristina O’Hanlon,
Nikolas O’Hanlon and Kaylee Owens:

Almighty God, we thank you that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Celebrant & Preacher   The Rev. Dr. Judith Lee 
Organist                         Peter Roberts
Featured Soloist              Abigail Fischer                                                                        
Lectors   8AM    Ella Fitzgerald, Barbara Wiggins
              10AM    Andrea Spencer, Arlene Grant            Intercessor: Carolyn Rogers
Eucharistic Ministers
                 8AM   Brinda Bradley                                                                                     
               10AM   Andrea Spencer, Jean Chambers
Acolytes 10AM   Rudye Breach, Kaylee Owens, Sam Brown, Cameron Owens
Ushers     8AM  Stuart Madden 
              10AM  Sam Brown, Anna Kristina O’ Hanlon, Nikolas O’ Hanlon, James Heffner,
                          Michael Heffner
Vestry Greeter    Vestry
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
Coffee Hour:  World Café    Hosted by The Vestry
Today - World Café after the 10 AM service:  
Monday October 1
6:30 pm La Gracia San Romero Group - Library
Tuesday-October 2 
12:05  Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
 Wednesday-October 3
12:10 PM       Downtown Music at Grace
1:30 PM       S.A.G.E. – Library
 7:30 PM        No Bible Study this evening
Thursday-October 4
12:05 PM      Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
 7:30 PM      Santa Eucaristía in the Church
Friday October 4
noon - 2 am - Parish Hall Rental
 Saturday-October 5
 4:30 PM to 6PM  First Saturday at Grace : Blessing of the Animals- Front Lawn  

What's New This Week
Today - World Café: September 30 after the 10 AM service: T he Vestry will host small-group discussions of our ministries: Building and Grounds, Sunday School & Family Ministries; Stewardship, Welcoming, Advocacy, Worship, Music, Pastoral Care, Communication.

S.A.G.E . will kick off the beginning of the year with a PARTY! New members are welcome! We will meet on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the library .

First Saturdays at Grace: October 6, 4:30-6 pm - Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn. In a celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome members of the community to bring their pets to Grace Church for a blessing: Rain or Shine. There will not be a liturgy: Guests are welcome to come and go .

Bible Study: In preparation for the Bishop's Visitation, (September 12-October 17 with no meeting on October 3) we will begin with discussion of Scripture from the Rite of Confirmation, and we will focus on different aspects of the Anglican tradition and the Episcopal Church.   The Gospel of Mark will be the focus of our weekly e- Bible Study.

Sundays at 9 AM: At 9 am on the Sundays leading up to the Bishop's Visitation we will have a Adult Education discussion in the Library about the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The topic for September 30: The Orders of Ministry in the Episcopal Church
September Weekends at Grace
September 30 - 9:00-9:30 am: Adult Education in the Library
10 am: Sunday School Classes, Rite 13, J2A
11:15 am World Café Parish Forum
                            Rite 13/J2A Students will attend the World Café        
Sundays in October
Saturday, October 6     4:30-6:00 pm First Saturdays at Grace: 
                                      Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn
Sunday, October 7      Columbus Day Weekend: No Sunday School Classes
                                        9-9:30 AM Adult Education: The Anglican Tradition: Theology
Sunday, October 14      11:30 AM      Confirmands Meeting
Sunday, October 21      10:00 AM       Family Service
Sunday, October 28      11:00 AM     One service at 11:00 AM: Bishop’s Visitation
Youth Ministries: Sunday School, Rite 13 & J2A 
This Sunday, September 30: Rite 13 & J2A Students attend The World Café Parish Forum at 11:15 AM.
Please note schedule change this year: Rite 13 and J2A will meet at 10 AM during the service, instead of after the service. We hope this will be more convenient for families.
Pre-K (age 4) to Grade 6 – 2 floor classroom
Rite 13 (Grades 7-8) – 1 floor Library
J2A (Grades 9-12) – 1 floor Parlor
To print a copy of 2018 - 2019 Sunday School, Rite 13 & J2A Calendar click here
DTM at Grace- Wednesday, October 3 at 12:10 PM
Join Us! - Our 31st Anniversary Season
September 2018 - May 2019
Youlan Ji , pianist, Joyce B. Cowin First Prize Winner of the 2018 New York International Piano Competition, joins with five members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to play a concerto of Beethoven from a rare nineteenth century transcription of the original score. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation. A Downtown Music debut.
S.A.G.E. - This Wednesday October 3
We will kick off the beginning of the year with a PARTY! New members are welcome! We will meet on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the library. Hope to see you all there. Let’s catch up with each other after our summer break.  Blessings! Marie Barrow
First Saturday at Grace - October 6
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn. In a celebration of St. Francis of Assisi, we welcome members of the community to bring their pets to Grace church for a blessing: Rain or Shine. There will not be a liturgy: Guests are welcome to come and go. All animals are welcome. Must be on leash or in appropriate crate.
Volunteers Needed for Grace's Kitchen Columbus Day - October 8
I f you can volunteer a few hours between 8:30 am and 11:30 am we look forward to working with you. Monetary contributions are always welcome and needed.  Food contributions of salads, fresh fruit, desserts, snacks and beverages always make the occasion more festive. The sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board near the parish hall.    
Book Club Update: Please note that there will be no book club meeting in October. For our next meeting on Tuesday, Nov 13, the book club will discuss  The Other Einstein  by Marie Benedict and investigative reporter Bob Woodward’s bestseller,  Fear: Trump in the White House  (an additional optional read for Nov). Interested in the book club? Contact Karen Odom ( ).
Bishop's Visitation: Sunday, October 28
11AM Bi-lingual Service
Please see Mother Judith or Father Adolfo to discuss how to prepare for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception into the Episcopal Church (if you have been confirmed in the Lutheran or Roman Catholic traditions), and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. 
The Bishop’s Visitation is a very important milestone in the life of the church: Please plan to be present to welcome Bishop Dietsche, to celebrate with our Confirmands, and to give thanks for the grace that has brought us together.
Parish Retreat: Saturday December 1, 2018
10 am - 6pm
The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life. We will have prayers and discussions in English and Spanish centered on Bishop Curry’s call for the Jesus Movement. The day will end with our First Saturdays at Grace Holy Eucharist.
Concerts to Benefit the Organ Fund
Saturday, November 3 at 5 PM
Sunday, November 11 at 4:30 PM
Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM
Grace Church will host three concerts to benefit the Organ Fund for repair and maintenance of our organ.
On Saturday November 3, at 5 PM an orchestra and chorus will perform Mozart’s Requiem. Sunday
November 11 at 4:30 PM the Colombian Jazz Quintet Folklore Urbano will perform and on
Saturday, December 8 at 5 PM- Jazz Vespers with The Alex Auld Jazz Quartet.
All performances are sponsored in collaboration with Downtown Music. Thanks to Eileen McClean for organizing these events.
Report from the Search Committee
The Search Committee has completed its period of “receiving names”, and now is moving to evaluating and interviewing candidates. This process will conclude with the recommendation of three candidates to the Vestry. We ask your prayers for success. 

The Parish Profile is posted on our website. To read click here.  
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Hurricane Relief
Episcopal Relief & Development is now supporting dioceses in North and South Carolina as they respond to the storm and its aftermath. Please continue to pray for all those impacted by hurricanes, for the first responders , and for church communities as they reach out to their most vulnerable members and neighbors. Contributions to the   Hurricane Relief Fund  will help Episcopal Relief & Development support Church and other local partners as they provide critical emergency assistance to those most in need.
Fall Episcopal New Yorker Theme: “Giving” We Invite Your Contributions!
Copy Deadline: October 1, 2018        Click here 
The 3rd Annual Global Mission Fair
Saturday October 13, 2018  
Fair theme: "Mission as Sustainable Transformation"
Church of the Heavenly Rest :Fifth Avenue & 90th Street, NY 10128
9:00 am - 4:00pm Registration begins at 8:00 am   
Keynote Speaker: Robert D. Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and Charity Detox and the founder of FCS Urban Ministries                                                                          Click here
Responding to Domestic Violence: An Introductory Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Church of the Heavenly Rest
2 East 90th Street, Manhattan
A One-Day Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders    Click here
Letter from The Rt. Rev. Andrew ML Dietsche
Para leer la carta del obispo en Español      Haga clic aquí
Episcopal Church Women Summer Newsletter now available. Please click here. For more on Episcopal Church Women, please visit the ECW page on the Diocesan website T: 914 949 2874 x10