Grace/La Gracia
33 Church Street White Plains, NY 10601
Grant, Almighty God, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world .                                               
                                                                                                 The Book of Common Prayer
Lent has two quite remarkable bookends. On Ash Wednesday, we are reminded that we are dust and that God loves us even in our dustiness. At the end of this season, we will celebrate the power that God’s love has to transform this world. Easter reminds us that not even death can keep us from God’s unconditional love. As we follow in the footsteps of Jesus this Lent, we know that living out God’s love for the world is our ultimate goal. We also know that this walk with Jesus won’t be easy. Following Jesus takes us through Good Friday and the cross. There will be struggles; there will be times when we stumble, but we are not alone. We are bound to one another as children of God. We share with Jesus in God’s beloved family. God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us how to be more than simply the human race. He came to show us how to realize God’s dream, God’s purpose, God’s plan for us and for all creation. Whatever devotion you practice this season of Lent, either giving up something that ties you to this world or taking on a spiritual task or discipline, let it be something that helps you participate in the movement of God’s love in this world, following in the footsteps of Jesus and loving one another.             The Right Rev. Michael Bruce Curry
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher  The Rev. Dr. Chip Graves
Organist   Peter Roberts
Lectors  8 AM   Mary Baker, Ella Fitzgerald
             10 AM   Hillary Fleming, Carlos Mu ñ oz   Intercessor: Jean Wilson
Eucharistic Minsters    8AM  Brinda Bradley
                                    10AM  Ray Williams, Melanie Jackson
Acolytes Rudye Breach, Kaylee Owens, Cameron Owens, Harrison Richards,
Ivana Richards,Mirna Sanchez, Amy Owens
Ushers 10 AM Lisa Daley, Hillary Fleming, Ginger Waters, Paxton Louis, Olivet Williams
Eucharistic Visitors: Judith Hutton, Cecilia Paegler, Marie Barrow
Coffee Hour: Black History Presentation - The Simon Family         Assistant: Sylvia Simon 
Presenters at Coffee Hour: Robert Dottin PhD , Adine Usher ED , Tosia McCormick MS
Linda Rousseau MS
Vestry Greeter:   Joseph Gallo 
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Tuesday, February 12th
12:05 PM  Eucharist in the Chapel
7:00 PM The Book Club - Library

Wednesday, February 13th
12:10 PM Downtown Music at Grace

Thursday, February 14 th
                                              10:30 AM  LUW Meeting - Library
                                              12:05 PM  Eucharist in the Chapel
7:30 PM Santa Eucaristía in the Church 
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW RECTOR
The Reverend Dr. Chip Graves  
Dear Parishioners,
Grace La Gracia, it is so fantastic to be here with you. And I want to get to know each and every one of you. My best times to meet are on Wednesdays or Thursdays in the afternoon between 2PM and 4PM. Please contact me beforehand to ensure I'm in the office. My email is therevchipgraves@gmail.com and my cell is 304-615-2106. 
  Furthermore, please remember that it may take me a while to catch everyone's name as I'm meeting literally hundreds of wonderful new people over the next few weeks. It may help to remind me of your name in the beginning. 
I look forward to seeing you. 
God Bless, Fr. Chip  
" Here I am Lord, send me." Isaiah 6:8
Make an offering in thanks that God calls you for a special purpose and a special reason as you are uniquely you.

The ECW will have United Thank Offering ( UTO) boxes available during coffee hour for those who did not yet get one. Stop by the table for a blue box or more information about the UTO.
What's New This Week
  The Winter Angelus is available in the church and on our website.
With many thanks to all who contributed to this edition. It truly is a blessing to be able to tap into so many of the activities of Grace/La Gracia on a quarterly basis in a single publication.
The deadline for submitting articles the Spring Angelus is February 15.

Copies of Grace Church 2018 Budget – Annual Parish Meeting held on January 27, 2019 are available at the table in back of the church and in the parish office.  
Youth Ministries: Sunday School, Rite 13 & J2A
February 10 - 10:00 AM ALL Classes Meet; Rite 13 Prep for Celebration Liturgy                             
To have your own copy of the Promise Card  c lick here
To Print a copy of 2018 - 2019 Sunday School, Rite 13 & J2A Calendar  Click here
Join Our Volunteer Choir
Please consider joining our volunteer choir. We have inspiring, soulful and uplifting music for you to enjoy in the warm company of our dedicated, long time members. This invitation also extends to the younger members of our church community. We are delighted to have our kids sing in the10am service every third Sunday of the month. The children's choir will be practicing every Sunday right after service in the choir room.
All are welcome! Peter Roberts 
SUNDAYS IN FEBRUARY
Grace Church celebrates Black History through a series of enriching events.
February 10  Reflections
February 12  Book Club Discussion
 February 17     Meaning Expressions
 February 24  Spreading Joy Click here for Itinerary
GENERAL INFORMATION click here
  • To print 2019 Annual Stewardship Pledge Form click here
  • To read Vestry Highlights for December 18, 2018  click here
  • February 2019 Lector Rota click here
  • To read February 3, 2019 Lessons     click here
  • To read February 10, 2019 Lessons click here
  • To read February 17, 2019 Lessons click here
  • To read February 24, 2019 Lessons click here
  • February 2019 Acolyte Rota click here
  • Our Winter 2018 Angelus is now available for everyone to read. click here
  • The Parish Profile is posted on our website. To read click here. 
  • Grace Church 2018 Budget Summary  click here  
Downtown Music at Grace
Wednesday February 13, 12:10 p.m.
Anna Han, Pianist, First Prize Winner of the 2012 New York International Piano Competition, joins with five members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to play the Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) of Ludwig van Beethoven from a rare nineteenth century transcription of the original score. A group of folk song arrangements by Percy Grainger will round out the program.
Book Club
In recognition of Black History Month, join the Book Club in discussing February’s selection, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, on Tuesday, Feb 12, in the church library at 7pm.
Interested in joining the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom ( karenodom@yahoo.com )
ECW Meeting on Sunday, February 17
at 11:45 AM in the library
The ECW will be distributing UTO Blue Boxes and envelopes this Sunday, February 10th during coffee hour.
 Please stop by the table to find out more about the UTO and get your blue box.  
Remember your blessings, remember your blue box! – Melanie Jackson
o learn more about the United Thank Offering (UTO) Click here or refer to the UTO Information Poster on the bulletin board near the parish hall.
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Volunteers Needed for President's Day - Monday, February 18
Looking for Donations and Volunteers
  Just a reminder that the staff at our soup kitchen will get a day off on President’s Day – and volunteers will be serving our guests. We generally get started at 8:30am and are finished by 11:30am. Please come for all or a part of the event. Fresh fruit, salads, side dishes and drinks would be especially appreciated. We’ll also be distributing shoes and clothing (donations should be gently worn and suitable for the season). Please contact Michael Heffner or Walter Simon if you have questions or would like to participate. Thank you for being involved!
Calling All Cooks & Bakers
As our Rector, Fr. Chip is newly arrived and very busy settling in as the Rector, it would be wonderful if we helped him by providing some home cooked meals for his refrigerator and/or freezer. Please feel free to sign up on the sheet outside the Parish Hall.
 Any questions? Please speak with Linda Gallo
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 Sandy Gadsden at  sunaganatag@aol.com for more information. 

Lectors 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 on the signup sheet located on the bulletin board near the parish hall. Please contact Ray Williams or Michael Heffner
S.A.G.E.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 1:30PM in the library.
Community News
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Know Your Rights On Immigration
Thursday, February 28th, 6:00-9:00 P.M.
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JUEVES, 28 DE FEBRERO 6:00 - 9:00 P.M.
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THIS WEEK AT MARTINE
Black History Month StoryWalk®, meet George Guidall, AARP Tax-Aide, and more
                                                                                                                                 Click here
Westchester Community College Admissions Newsletter - Academic Year 2018-2019
 
T he Admissions Newsletter includes:
  • Information about the new Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Exam and new Testing Exemptions based on SAT/ACT/Regents Scores
  • Student Testimonials: What are Students Saying About Westchester Community College?
  • WCC Opportunity Programs
  • EOP
  • TRIO
  • Black & Hispanic Male Initiative (BHMI) Program
  • Viking ROADS
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
  • And much, much more                                                                                                                      Click here
The Jandon Foundation is looking for 15 high school seniors to earn $12,000 college scholarships each.  Click here for information on applying.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration 
Saturday, February 9, 2019
At The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Manhattan                    Click here
  

Improve volunteer training, reduce youth anxiety through mindfulness, and learn effective counseling techniques!
 


  Dear Friend,
 
Registration is now open for Episcopal Charities' Spring 2019 Sustainability Institute Workshops , our professional development series for outreach programs in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. These sessions provide a setting in which to learn about best practices, ask questions, network, and gain insight from experts in the field.
This spring, learn to:


Grantees are required to attend at least two workshops or webinars per calendar year, choosing those of most interest and relevance to one's program.
 
Additional workshops will be offered in September and October. Check our website later this spring for more information.
 
Sustainability Institute Workshops are open to staff and volunteers from all parish-based outreach programs in the diocese. You do not need to be an Episcopal Charities' grantee to attend. 
 
Also, did you know that Episcopal Charities provides Professional Development Grants to help pay for outreach staff and volunteers to attend conferences, workshops, and other training opportunities? You can also apply to bring an outside trainer to your site for a professional development day. The application process is quick and easy! Check our website for a list of suggested training opportunities.
 
Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for future workshops.
Sincerely, 
Leeanna Varga
Program Director
Episcopal Charities
212-316-7426
The April issue of the Episcopal New Yorker will have "Death" as its theme     
We Invite Your Contributions!
 What are we looking for?
 Personal experiences, theological reflection, information -- anything that will interest and enlighten our readers, written from a Christian perspective .
                                Click here
Lay Eucharistic Minister
and Eucharistic Visitor Training
Saturday, March 2, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th Street, Manhattan Click here to register
Episcopal Charities is now accepting applications for Youth Opportunity grants for the summer of 2019 and 2019-20 academic year.           Click here
Episcopal Relief & Development Responding to Wildfires in California C lick here
  2018 Diocesan Convention Round-Up for a Complete Round-Up
(Bishops' address/report texts, elections, resolutions passed, etc.) Click here
Para leer la carta del Obispo en Español      Haga clic aquí
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