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The Gospel
According to Luke 12:32-40

Jesus said to his disciples, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

"Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
"But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour."

Sunday Worship

Grace Church Family,

Our Sunday Worship can be viewed at 9:30 AM on Face Book (link sent).
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How to Pledge to Grace/La Gracia 2021

The church is flexible in receiving your generosity. Blessings.
 
Option 1: The standard way of staying current with your pledge still applies.
Feel free to put a check in the mail and send it to the address below (Attention: Office Administrator). Bundling for a few weeks is fine.
Grace/La Gracia Episcopal Church
33 Church Street - 2nd Floor
White Plains NY 10601
 
Option 2: There is a secure drop box on the red door at the front of Grace. The box will be checked regularly for financial contributions, including cash (which will be recorded). Kindly put our pledge in an envelope with your contact info written clearly.
 
Option 3: Visit us on the web at: www.gracewhiteplains.org  
Look for the “Pledging” tab across the top and click on it. Then, you’ll see a yellow "Donate" button; clicking on that will take you to another site for electronic giving (either by using a credit card or with a PayPal account). For more details on PayPal, feel free to visit: (www.paypal.com).

Please note – PayPal charges a fee to the church for these transactions (which is why a check in the drop box or sent by mail is preferable.)

Thank you for contributing!!

Pledege Forms 2022
Please click on the words below to access the pledge forms




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Church Pledge Envelopes

Parishioners, please note pledge envelopes are located in the back of our church. Please feel free to take some. Thank you.

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New Stewardship Email Address
 
The Stewardship Committee is pleased to let
everyone know that we now have a dedicated email address. Any communications related to pledges should be sent to: stewardship@gracechurchwhiteplains.org


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Summer Barbecue
Grace/La Gracia Church will have a barbecue on September 18th immediately after the Eucharist of our bilingual service. More details to come.

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Ushers Needed - Grace Episcopal Church

Good morning church family,
I am Camille Worrell, Head Usher. I am reaching out because I have been having significant difficulties with the schedule. I currently have a very small number of available ushers and this group is being overworked. If you are available to be an usher, please reach out. It is not a difficult job. It only entails taking a count of those present and ensuring that people sign in, the passing of the offertory baskets (we now use socially distant baskets on long poles), ringing the bells at the correct times, and guiding fellow parishioners to communion. All of this can be done while keeping safe distances from each other.  If you are able to be put on the schedule, please reach out to me Camille_worrell@hotmail.com. I'm hoping to return to the four team rotation, and I am hoping that each team will have at least 3 members. Thank you so much for considering this.


Altar Guild Needs Volunteers
The Altar guild is responsible for preparing for all worship services, all sacramental rites and of course the Sunday Eucharist. Other responsibilities of the Altar guild include cleaning vessels, laundering linen, scrubbing, polishing, decorating, setting the table and any special preparation for all celebrations in the Church.

Our Altar Guild needs volunteers both women and men that would like to be part of this important ministry. Volunteers for this ministry work in teams of two individuals. We have four teams that are responsible for preparing the Church for Sunday Service one weekend per month.

If you are interested please contact Brinda Bradley at brinbradley@optonline.net or our Parish Administrator, Suzan Ortega – Collado at sortega@gracechurchwhiteplains.or or (914) 949 – 2874 option 1.  


Down Town Music

Dedicate a Downtown Music Concert or Make a Memorial Donation
Would you like to honor the memory of a loved one while supporting our community’s premier venue for free, live music? Downtown Music at Grace offers the transformative experience of great music, free of charge, most Wednesdays at noon. Whether you sponsor a concert or make a memorial donation, your contribution makes a difference. We will proudly record your generosity and your words of dedication in our printed programs, our weekly e-newsletter, and on our website. Visit https://www.dtmusic.org/volunteer/#donate and scroll down for donation formation. Example: This concert is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Mary Jane Smith in memory of John Brown. "Forever in our hearts.


The Spring United Thank Offering (UTO) collection at the church was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 31. However, since we will not be able to convene at that date we ask that those who are able to contribute do so by check. You may count the coins in your box and write check for that amount. Please mail the check to the church, made out to Grace Church and be sure to put UTO in the memo section of your check. If you are unable to contribute now, or prefer to turn in your UTO box of coins, please make you contribution at the Fall UTO collection on November 1st. Please do not send UTO boxes of coins to the church.

Whether you give now or in the fall, please continue your ministry of daily thankfulness for Gods's blessings and continue to place coins your box. We still have so much to be thankful for every day, even in this challenging time. What better time than now to thank God for the blessing we receive everyday! Perhaps you were blessed with the ability to take a walk today, give thanks and put a coin in your box.
Consider listening to the webinar, The Theology of Gratitude : Human Expressions While Living in a Complex world. The live conference is April 24th, it is online and free. Sections of it will also be rebroadcast in case you miss it. Here is a link to information and registration for the conference. You have to register to get a login code for the conference. View this email in your browser

The UTO is a ministry which promotes individual, daily recognition of our blessings from God - small and large. In recognition of these blessings, we put coins into our UTO boxes. These coins are then used to fund grants for projects that enrich the lives of people in the United States and abroad. Many of these people are our most vulnerable brothers and sisters, whose needs do not take a pause because of the Corona virus pandemic. In fact needs among this population will most certainly increase when this is over. Let us keep them in our prayers and do what we can. Thank you, Melanie Jackson
La Bocca Ristorante 
8 Church Street
White Plains

Grace/La Gracia Parishioners-Order a meal to enjoy at home!
Please give a thought to our local businesses. Tony Spiritoso has been an angel to Grace since he opened his restaurant in 1997. La Bocca is open for take-out. Enjoy a great meal at home. Thank you, Michael Heffner
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
Join a Committee or become Greeter or Office Volunteer

Grace La Gracia is always looking for more volunteers to serve on our various committees. We rely on our parishioners to help keep our parish going. For more information or to join, contact the parish office or just stop by one of our meetings! 
If any of these roles interest you, please contact the parish office.
Acolytes



The Grace La Gracia Acolyte Ministry is always in search of new members to aid and assist the Clergy and Congregation in prayer, praise and worship. We welcome adults and youth aged 7 and up. Please contact Lauren Reid at Lrrmink@gmail.com if you would like to join this vital ministry.
Pastoral Care


We are inviting members who have a passion for serving others to join our Pastoral Care team. This ministry means so much to our members and it just might change your life. Please contact Fr. Adolfo Moronta at amoronta@gracechurchwhiteplains.org or adolfomoronta@hotmail.com for more information.
Interested in volunteering with our Sunday School?
We have a vacant Assistant Teacher position in the up coming school year. If you are interested in committing a few Sundays a month to our youth, pray about it & feel free to talk to one of our Priest-In-Charge Fr. Adolfo Moronta, amoronta@gracechurchwhiteplains.org. Thank you.

Altar Flowers  Signup sheet is on the bulletin board near the library. Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adore the altar. Contribution: $100.00

Lectors Are Needed
Volunteers are needed for all services including the Family service, every third Sunday of the month. If you are available for one or both of these services, please provide your contact information to: sortega@gracechurchwhiteplains.org

Volunteer to be an Usher
Ushers are needed for all services. Please contact Camille Worrell at: camille_worrell@hotmail.com if you would like to join.

Names on Prayer List
If you have a family member or loved one on our prayer list, please provide our office with emergency contact information.

Mother Teresa once said to “Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”
 Any person or group of parishioners interested in underwriting a worship service at Grace Church for more information.













DONATE LINK TO GRACE CHURCH
Click the line above to the donation page on the Grace La Gracia website. Please note that the donate button can be used for weekly pledging.
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