Grace/La Gracia
33 Church Street White Plains, NY 10601
Ministers of the Liturgy
Celebrant & Preacher   The Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist: Peter Roberts
Lectors 8 AM   Ella Fitzgerald, Priscilla Read
            10 AM  Lisa Daley, Hillary Fleming     Intercessor:  Trisha McGuinness
Eucharistic Ministers:
            8 AM    Paola Carmago
            10 AM   Ray Williams, Andrea Spencer
Acolytes : Rudye Breach, Sam Brown, Eric Woodberry, Aaron Woodberry,
Kaylee Owens, Cameron Owens
Ushers:   Carmen Greenidge, James Henderson, Maria Lewis, Matthew Reid,
Jane Washington, Camille Worrell
Eucharistic Visitors: Audrey Taylor, Cynthia Cole
Coffee Hour   Erika and Barbara Santos     Assistant; Cynthia S. Brown
Nursery Care is available during the 11:00 AM service.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE

Tuesday January 8 th
6 AM to 1 AM Site Rental at Grace Church
12:05 PM  Eucharist in the Chapel
 
Wednesday January 9 th
6 AM to 1 AM Site Rental at Grace Church
12:10 PM Downtown Music Concert
 
Thursday January 10 th
7:30 PM - Santa Eucaristia in the Church
 
Friday, January 11 th
6 PM The Episcopal Church Women dinner at Via Garibaldi
 
Saturday, January 12 th
11 AM   Memorial Service for Deborah D. Bradley
Repast to follow at the Parish Hall
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW RECTOR
The Reverend Dr. Chip Graves  
Father Chip Graves has been called to be the next Rector of Grace La Gracia. He will visit all three services on Sunday January 13, and his first Sunday will be January 20, 2019. Father Chip is currently Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Huntington, West Virginia, and his wife, the Rev. Lisa Graves, is Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington.
What's New This Week
THANKS TO ALL:  Thanks to all who, in any measure, contributed their culinary donations as well as time in the celebration of Mo. Judith's time with us. Special thanks to the Welcome Committee, members of the Vestry as well as La Gracia and Grace parishioners who assisted in the set-up. serving and clean-up, especially Sylvia Simon, Judy Hutton, Carole Lashley, Cecelia Paegler, Maria Lewis and Camille Worrell.  Without parishioners giving this effort their all, it could not have happened. It is times such as this that we genuinely demonstrate who we are. 
I sincerely appreciate your time energy and efforts. Thanks, Linda Gallo
THANK YOU to everyone for a grace-filled year of ministry culminating in a glorious liturgy and delicious luncheon that I will never forget. Thank you for your generous purse and the gift of your hope. I am very excited for you as you begin a new ministry, and I shall be watching from afar as God continues to create in you and through you. In Christ,  Judith

THIS SUNDAY: TOYS FOR GRACE/LA GRACIA – Every year La Gracia distributes toys to children on this Sunday, January 6 th. , the Feast of Epiphany/Three Kings Sunday. This year, we will distribute gifts to all our children – in the morning and in the afternoon. Please see Fr. Adolfo about ways you can contribute toys or financial donations for this tradition. Thank you.

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 the Spring Angelus is February 15.   
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Youth Ministries: Sunday School, Rite 13 & J2A
Classes will meet on January 6, 13, & 27
On January 20th all teachers and students will join the 10 AM service for Fr. Graves' first Sunday at Grace
J2A students will attend the Annual Parish Meeting on January 27th at 11:30 AM
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
Rite Rental at Grace
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from approximately 6AM to 1 AM 
and
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from approximately 6:30 AM -1 AM 
. Specific Areas Used:
·       Parking lot excluding the two handicap spaces in front of the Church Street Door
·       Parish hall
·       Library
·       Parlor
·       Three Second Floor Classrooms
·       Access to but not exclusive use of hallways and restrooms on the first and second floors
All Grace Church, LUW, DTM and Samaritan House staff to park at municipal lot during rite rental dates.  
Sundays in January
January 6   Feast of the Epiphany/Three Kings Sunday: Sunday School Classes meet
Distribution of gifts for our children after the 10 AM and 12:30 PM services
January 13 Father Adolfo Moronta, Celebrant & Preacher: Sunday School Classes meet
                       Meet our new Rector: Father Chip Graves
January 20 Father Chip Graves – Celebrant and Preacher
                        10 AM – No Sunday School classes: Martin Luther King Weekend
                       Meet and Greet the candidates for election after all the services
                       Cecil Henry’s 99th Birthday.
January 27 Annual Parish Meeting: Sunday School Class meet
                       J2A attend the meeting; Rite 13 host Game Day for the children
GENERAL INFORMATION
  • To read Vestry Highlights for December 18, 2018  click here
  • To read Sunday January 13, 2019 Lessons click here
  • January 2019 Lector Rota click here
  • January 2019 Acolytes 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. 
Elections
This is the season when we begin preparations for the Annual Parish Meeting and the election of new Vestry members and a Junior Warden on January 27, 2019
Openings:
Junior Warden ( Michael Heffner was appointed by the Vestry to serve until the 2019 Annual Parish Meeting)
Vestry: One 2-year term  (Michael Heffner’s seat)
Four 3-year terms (Expiring terms: Irene Alves, Sorraya Sampson Elliott, Karen Odom, Amy Auld Owens)   
Qualifications for serving on Vestry
  1. Must be a pledging member of Grace/La Gracia for at least 24 months.
  2. Must be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church
  3. Must attend service regularly.
  4. Must be able to attend the Vestry meetings regularly (currently scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.)

Qualifications for voting [By Laws: Section 4. Qualifications for Voting]
Persons of the age of 18 years or more who have been baptized, are communicants of the Episcopal Church, belong to the Parish, are regular attendants of its worship and have contributed to its support for at least twelve (12) months prior to the Annual Election or Special Meeting at which they are in attendance, shall be qualified to vote .
For the January 2019 election, eligible voters must have pledged for both 2018 and 2019. Records will be updated before January 15, 2019.
 Marisol Ortega will be chair of the Nominating Committee this year.
Book Club Update
After cancelling our December meeting, we will discuss both We Are Called to Rise by Laura McBride and The Chariot on the Mountain by Jack Ford when we meet on Tuesday, Jan 15th at 7pm in the library . Interested in the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom at  karenodom@yahoo.com
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ECW DINNER
The Episcopal Church Women are having dinner at Via Garibaldi on Friday, January 11th at 6pm.
Women of the parish are invited to attend. Come and join us at Via Garibaldi, One North Broadway, White Plains. Price: pay for what you order + tax and gratuity.Please RSVP by January 6th to Melanie Jackson at 914-235-2389 or melaniejackson41@gmail.com
JOIN US FOR THE GRACE’S KITCHEN
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 21, 2019
Volunteers are needed in the Soup Kitchen between 8:30 AM &11:30 AM.
Contributions of fresh fruit, salads, desserts, snacks and monetary contributions are always needed and welcome. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board near the parish hall. 
For more information contact Michael Heffner & Walter Simon.
S.A.G.E.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 1:30 PM
Due to the New Year holiday celebration and Church site rental ,we will meet on the first Wednesday in February 2019. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Best wishes for the holidays!  Marie Barrow
Community News
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
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
 Bishop Dietsche Writes on the Tree of Life Massacre and the Responsibility of Gospel Witness : T o Read Click here
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
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