Grace La Gracia
33 Church Street White Plains, NY 10601
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church!
Our liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer.
Our communion is open to all baptized Christians.
Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available.
Your presence is a blessing to us may our worship together be a blessing to you.


One of the scribes came near and heard the Saducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?" Jesus answered, "The first is, 'Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." Then the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that 'he is one, and besides him there is no other'; and 'to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,' and 'to love one's neighbor as oneself,'—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices." When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."
Mark 12:28-34a
" Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17

" Por lo tanto,si alguien esta en Cristo, el es una nueva creacion.
Lo viejo ha pasado, he aqui, lo nuevo ha llegado. " 2 Corintios 5:17

Ministers of the Liturgy
January 12, 2020
Celebrant and Preacher :  Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist:   Peter Roberts
Eucharistic Visitors: Judith Hutton, Cynthia Cole
Lector 8AM: Mary Baker
10 AM: Uriel Reid, Lauren Reid
Intercessor: Malcolm Davis
Altar Minister 8AM: Brinda Bradley
Altar Ministers 10 AM: Andrea Spencer,  Sandy McAllister
Acolytes: Jean Chambers, Spencer Carden, Eric Woodberry, Aaron Woodberry, Cameron Owens, Gabrielle Parkinson  
Ushers 10AM: Lisa Daley, Hillary Fleming, Ginger Waters, Paxton Louis, Olivet Williams
Coffee Hour Host: Elizabeth and John Carden  Assistants: Team 2
Nursery Care: available during 10AM Service
Reminder to Everyone to Greet Our Newcomers and Guests
I want to request our church parishioners to please welcome our visitors and let us share the love of God together. Fr. Chip
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
Sunday, January 12

8 AM  The Holy Eucharist Rite I BCP 323
10 AM  The Holy Eucharist Rite II
11:15 AM Fx3 Meeting – Parlor
11:15 AM Vestry Candidate Interviews - Library
12:30 PM  La Gracia Santa Eucaristía
Monday, January 13
7:00 PM Financial Plan Meeting - Library
Wednesday, January 15
12:10 PM DTM @ Grace
1:30 PM DTM Meeting – Library
3PM to 5PM Ada’s Outreach – Parish hall
7:15 PM BSF - Library
Thursday, January 16
12:05 PM  Eucharist in Chapel
Saturday, January 18
11:00AM to 1:00 PM  Confirmation Class with Fr. Chip – Library
4PM -10PM Rite Rental – Parish Hall
Monthly Gratitude
Altar Guild
This month we raise up Brinda Bradley and the Grace Church Altar Guild team. Please recognize them and thank them for this amazing ministry.

Carol Mitchell, Gloria Chang, Brinda Bradley, Sandy McAllister, Melanie Jackson, Audrey Taylor, Shirley Spencer, Joanne Boylan, Lyris Cooper, Ruth Theodore, Edith Gonzalez, Haydee DeLeon.

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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, please contact Fr. Chip for more information.
                                                                        
TODAY
Sunday, January 12th Census Sunday 2020 - Father Chip and I met with County Executive George Latimer in November and learned that Grace Church/La Gracia can play an important role in the upcoming Census as a “trusted voice in the community”.  A new school to ease overcrowded classrooms. A new road to ease overcrowded commutes. There are many ways the 2020 Census can shape your community. The results, collected once a decade, help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into states and communities each year. ( https://2020census.gov )   Karen M Barnes Partnership Specialist - U.S. Census Bureau will be joining us (during announcements) at the 8, 10 and 12:30pm (in Spanish) Services to address concerns, answer questions and share how we can be involved. Michael Heffner

T he Episcopal Church Weekly Bible Study Is Available Online
We are adding another Bible Study at Grace Church. It has been developed by the Episcopal Church and can be accessed online by clicking this link -  Online Advent Bible Study Year   A  
Once you access the site, scroll down to Bible Study for Epiphany A. You'll see four tabs, one for each week in Epiphany. Just click the correct tab and enjoy.
God Bless, Fr. Chip 
LOOKING AHEAD
Monday, January 13th Financial Visioning
Over the past several years we have developed a growing financial deficit. Therefore, your leadership is proactively responding by developing a financial visioning process, eventually leading to a healthier environment. This process will begin with a meeting in the library at 7PM Monday January 13th. All are welcome to attend. The diocese is working with us in this process, allowing us to define what we want at Grace Church and how to support that vision given our resources. If you are interested in attending, please let our office know. If you are unable to attend, then you can catch the next meeting. This process will take several months.

Tuesday, January 14th Book Club Update: The Book Club is starting the new year with a discussion of  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng on Tuesday, Jan 14 at 7pm. Meetings are held in the church library unless otherwise noted. Interested in the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom at  karenodom@yahoo.com or just come to a meeting!

Wednesday, January 15th  God’s Word for Today’s World Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) in the library. A New BSF Satellite Discussion Group will meet, right here, at Grace Episcopal Church, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm-8:45pm. There is no cost to join

Saturday, January 18th Confirmation Class will be held in library from 11AM to 1PM with Fr. Chip. The class will be similar to his adult education class held earlier this year. The class will cover the basic tenets of the Episcopal church to include history, beliefs, liturgy, sacraments and so much more. Those completing this course will be able to be Confirmed later next spring 2020.The specific class dates will be based on participant feedback. Please email the office or Fr. Chip if you are interested.

Sunday, January 19th PARENT RECEPTION 11:30 AM-12:30 PM:  There will be a reception for parent's of our Youth Christian Education students. All parents are invited. If you have not received an email invitation, please let Linda Gallo know ( ldg052@aol.com ) or speak with any of the teachers. We will love to have a conversation with you regarding the instruction your children receive. 
 
Monday, January 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Grace’s Kitchen Volunteer Luncheon. Parish office closed

Sunday, January 26th  Bilingual Service at 9:30 AM with Annual Meeting after service in the parish hall.  
GENERAL INFORMATION
Join a Committee or become Greeter or Office Voluntee r
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 Sandy Gadsden at  sunaganatag@aol.com for more information.
Planned Giving
“All that we are, all that we have comes from God (and will one day return to God)”
Our Mission: To establish a meaningful enough relationship with you, the Grace Church La Gracia parishioner, to the extent that you would consider establishing a meaningful long-term financial relationship with Grace Church La Gracia.
Planned Giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to the church from accumulated resources. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the thoughtful use of his or her personal wealth can make a considered choice about how to share it. Planned gifts are either outright gifts or deferred gifts. Please contact Michael Heffner to start (or continue) this conversation.

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 Michael Heffner

Volunteer to be an Usher
Ushers are needed for all services. Please contact Andrea Spencer E: dreaspencer@aol.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.
Downtown Music at Grace Concert Schedule -click here
JANUARY 2020
January 15th @ 12:10 PM  The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts. 
January 22nd@ 12:10 PM
Addie Rose Forstman , Soprano and  Edward Forstman , piano explore the best of American art song  
January 29th @12:10 PM
Karen Marie Marmer,  violin and  Dongsok Shin,  fortepiano, principals of the internationally acclaimed REBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music, play an all Mozart program featuring sonatas for violin and fortepiano and a work for keyboard solo.

FEBRUARY 2020
February 5th @ 12:10 PM
Downtown Sinfonietta  – Our resident chamber orchestra, featuring members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
February 12th @ 12:10 PM
Xinyao Feng - 2018 Laureate of the New York International Piano Competition. Presented in partnership with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation
February 19, 2020 @ 12:10 PM
The Blithewood Ensemble - Teresa Buchholz, mezzo soprano, Marka Gustavsson,
viola, and Erika Switzer, piano offer a program which features the Brahms viola songs, along with works by Loeffler, Bridge, Strauss, and Marx. A Downtown Music debut.
February 26, 2020 @ 12:10 PM- No Concert
The Episcopal Diocese of New York

Delivered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
 
Upcoming Anti-Racism Workshop
January 18 and 25
(Two part workshop on consecutive Saturdays)
Church of the Crucifixion, Manhattan

The purpose of the diocesan Anti-Racism Workshop is to help us become aware of how the sin of racism impacts all of our lives, and how we all unconsciously and consciously participate in racist systems.  It is required for clergy in our diocese and highly recommended for lay leadership.  

Dialogue is the foundation of the two-day workshop. We use group exercises and examine scientific and historical evidence concerning the origins of the concept of race and its legacy.  
Coffee and lunch are served and there is no cost to attend for members of our diocese. (There is a $25.00 registration fee for members of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and a $50.00 fee for all others.)  

Of the hundreds of workshop participants, more than 85% have found the workshop to be “very useful” or “extremely useful” in their work and daily lives.      

Don't just attend - Participate in the Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration
to be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at The Cathedral Church of Saint
John the Divine Manhattan 

E:mcampos@gracechurchwhiteplains.org T: 914 949 2874 x1