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.
Then Jesus cried aloud: “Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge; on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge, for I have not spoken on my own, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment about what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I speak, therefore, I speak just as the Father has told me.” John 12:44–50
Ministers of the Liturgy
8 AM & 10 AM
October 6, 2019

 Celebrant & Preacher:  Rev. Dr. Chip Graves
Assisting Priest: Rev. Adolfo Moronta
Organist:   Peter Roberts
Grace Church Choir
Eucharistic Visitors: Audrey Taylor, Cynthia Cole
Lector 8 AM: Marva Williams
10 AM: Audrey Taylor, Carmen Greenidge
Intercessor: Hillary Fleming
Altar Minister 8 AM: Brinda Bradley
Acolytes 10 AM: Natasha Vodyanitskaya
 Reyna Hardy Colleen Rowan 
Ushers: 10:00 AM Carmen Greenidge, James Henderson, Maria Lewis, Matthew Reid, Jane Washington, Camille Worell
Vestry Greeter: Trisha McGuinness
Coffee Hour Host: Team 4    Assistants : Team 1
Nursery Care: Available during 10 AM 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
 Sunday, October 6
8:00 AM & 10 AM The Holy Eucharist-Rite II Liturgy
9:15 AM Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
11:30 AM Bowling Party No Sunday School Classes
 11:30 AM -11:45 AM St. Nicholas Choir Rehearsal
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Choir Rehearsal – Music Room
12:30 PM Santa Eucaristía Misa
Alzheimer’s Workshop – During La Gracia Coffee Hour
Tuesday, October 8
12:05 PM Eucharist in Chapel
7:00PM The Book Club – Library (1 st meeting)

Wednesday, October 9
12:10 PM DTM at Grace
3PM to 6PM Ada’s Outreach – Parish Hall
7:15 PM BSF Study Fellowship – Library 
Thursday, October 10
12:05 PM Eucharist in Chapel
7:30 PM La Gracia Bible Study- Church
  11:30 AM Bowling Party No Sunday School Classes
Please Contribute to Episcopal Relief & Development's Hurricane Relief Fund
To contribute, there is a form on the back table in the rear of the church or download below under General Information.
Monthly Gratitude
Sunday School Teachers
We are all called to be teachers and learners with children and we are especially grateful this month for the dedication of our Sunday School Teachers. They take the time to give our youth the lesson's love that helps them to mature in their faith and understanding. Their efforts are a great contribution to Grace. Fr. Chip

Rudye Breach,Leigh Burton,Linda Gallo, Michael Heffner, Andrea Lacourciere-MacLeish, Donna Louis, George O’Hanlon,Lauren Reid, Cynthia Sangurima Brown,
Lyndsey Wall
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.
Creative Ways of Giving to Grace Church 
There are many ways in which you can support our parish. Most people think in terms of giving to the Sunday plate offering or making an annual pledge. And those are important. However, there are other ways to give; for example, your family could give non-cash items such as real estate, automobiles, fine art or publicly traded securities such as stocks or bonds. In addition, you may consider including Grace Church in your estate planning. Please know that any offering that you are able to give Grace Church is truly appreciated. You are important to Grace Church. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
Thank you. Fr. Chip
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.

A Message from The Stewardship Committee
Do you use your pledge envelopes? If you use PayPal, Zelle or other direct deposit methods and do not use/need your pledge envelopes please let us know. Pease contact Charlotte Roberson, Chairperson, at (718) 862-9618 or . We will then be able to order fewer pledge boxes  and save money for Grace Church.  Please be aware that your pledge number will change.

The Fall Angelus Is Available!
Located on the table in back of the church or ask an usher. You can also download and read under "General Information" below in our E- newsletter. The deadline for The Winter Angelus Is November 15th. As Always, Thank You For Your Contributions!
Mary Baker and Michael Heffner
BSF BIBLE STUDY- God’s Word for Today’s World
Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) ( ) is a global community of men, women and children who seek to know God as He has revealed Himself, in His Word – the Bible. In BSF, through personal study, combined with weekly group discussion, recorded live lecture and insightful notes, you will have the opportunity to discover who GOD says that He is and the relevance that His truths have in your life.
This year, we will do a study called “Acts and the Letters of the Apostles” where our lessons will do a deep dive into the books of Acts, Hebrews, 1 Corinthians, 1 Peter, 1&2 Thessalonians and James.
A new BSF Satellite Discussion Group will meet, right here, at Grace Episcopal Church, on Wednesday evenings from 7:15pm-8:45pm in the library.
Please contact to register or for additional information. There is no cost to join us.

Tuesday, October 8th at 7PM Book Club Update
The Book Club resumes it’s regular monthly meetings on Tuesday, Oct 8, at 7 pm with a discussion of Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Meetings are held in the church library unless otherwise noted. Interested in the Book Club? Contact Karen Odom at or just come to a meeting !

Wednesday, October 9th Downtown Music at Grace Concert 12:10 PM

Sunday, October 13th at 8 AM Rite One Liturgy
                                        10 AM Rite Two BCP 355
Monday, October 14th
Volunteers & Donations Are Needed for Columbus Day at Grace's Kitchen
If you have an hour or two, between 8:30 AM &11:30  help set-up serving or clean up, we will be happy to see you. Contributions of fresh fruit, salads, desserts, snacks and monetary contributions are always needed and welcome. Contact: Michael Heffner E: Signup sheet on the bulletin board.

Sunday , October 20th & 27th United Thank Offering Ingathering
It's time to empty our Blue Boxes! !
The UTO donations will be collected on Sunday, October 20th & 27th during all the worship services. Please submit a cash or a check for the amount you have collected in your blue box. Checks should be made payable to Grace Church and put "UTO" in the memo space. Place your donation in the Blue UTO envelopes that will be available. You may also turn in the Blue box- this option is particularity for the youth. Thank you, Melanie Jackson & ECW

Mark Your Calendars For Our Two Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, October 27th 11AM Bilingual Grace La Gracia Worship Service

Sunday, November 3rd All Saints’ Day
We will be celebrating All Saints’ Day on Sunday, November 3rd .  If you would like to have any loved ones remembered that day, please submit their names to Maria in the office so that we can print their names in the bulletin that Sunday. You may also give a memorial gift to Grace Church in their honor. Checks should be payable to Grace Church and place “All Saint’s Day Donation” in the memo space.
2019 Annual Stewardship Pledge Form  click here
Pledge Tracker  January through August 2019
From Your Vestry: Some Good News
- We have developed plans to reduce our administrative costs by over $12,000 per year. 
- Fr. Chip is working with Youth Leaders to develop a monthly 10:00 AM Sunday youth   
  service to begin the third Sunday in October. 
- BSF Women's weekly Bible study is going very well with over 20 in attendance 
- Grace Church has received over $600,000 from various entities in the past 8 months 
  (Cappelli Foundation, City of White Plains, Lifting Up Westchester, Member bequests,    
 other). A majority is going to building projects. We still have a deficit, but this is good news.
- We are preparing for the November 8/9 Diocesan Convention 
- We are diligently working to better support our Altar Guild. A special thank you to     
   Brinda Bradley. 
- We are diligently working to support our Stewardship efforts. A special thank you       
 to Charlotte Roberson and Cynthia Brown.
- La Gracia has an exciting new monthly learning event for members wanting a greater  
  commitment to the church. There are 18 members signed up for this class.  
- Fr. Chip has been meeting with the Diocesan Bishops. They fully support where we are       
  and hope to go. 
- La Gracia had a very successful fundraiser with proceeds going to support our entire    
Grace Church Fall/Winter Event Form
Must be completed by anyone who is responsible for an existing group in the parish or if you have a major event or activity planned for Fall/Winter to be held at Grace Church. Please submit completed form, four weeks in advance of your event to the parish office. Forms are available in the parish office, on the table in the back of the church or click here to download.
Questions contact:
Hurricane Relief Fund
Your contribution will support communities as they respond to storms like Hurricane Dorian.
To make a donation, forms can be download here or you can contribute online to Hurricane Relief Fund at Additional forms can be found on the table in the back of the church.
Engraved  WALK OF GRACE STONES  Available
Engrave a pathway stone along the  Walk of Grace  and participate in an uplifting project for the beautification and upkeep of our peaceful church grounds. Engravings can be in memory of a loved one, in thanksgiving of family or in celebration of a family event.
Stone donations begin at $225 for a HALF stone or $400 for a FULL stone.
GROUP stone donations are $100 per name. (5) Donors/ (5) Names engraved on a shared stone. Payment plans are available.
Order forms located in rear of church or for more information contact:
Arlene Grant  or 914-699-6494
Stuart Madden  or 914-393-8403
Join a Committee or Become a Lector, Acolyte, Usher, 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.  

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 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 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 to Michael Heffner
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.
Altar Flowers
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship .

Grace La Gracia Parish Office Telephone Number 914 949 2874
When calling the parish office, please listen carefully to the new directory extension options…
Maria Campos – Administrator Ext. 1
The Rev. Dr. Chip Graves -Ext 2
The Rev. Adolfo Moronta- Ext 3
Maria Romeo- Bookkeeper-Ext 4

Instructions To Send Donations through PayPal
Go to your PayPal account: Send money to
Send money as you are sending to a friend. There will be no fee
Downtown Music at Grace Concert Schedule
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 12:10 p.m .
The musicians of the Westchester Philharmonic return for one of their exciting chamber music concerts.
Wednesday, October 16th at 12:10 p.m.
English Songs à la Française –Canadian baritone Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer is an internationally active pianist, teacher, and arts administrator.

Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:10 p.m.
Music from Other Worlds –Theremin virtuoso Rob Schwimmer will amaze and delight as he plays the grandfather of all electronic instruments.
The Episcopal Diocese of New York


Episcopal Charities Annual Tribute Dinner
T he Episcopal Charities Tribute Dinner is scheduled for: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:30 PM  
at the 
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine  
1047 Amsterdam Avenue in New York, NY 
This year we will be honoring: 
T he Most Reverend Michael B. Curry,
 The Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, 
James A. Baker III, and Susan G. Baker 
61st Secretary of State and 67th Secretary of the Treasury
Co-Founder and Past Chair, National Alliance to End Homelessness 
Please plan to join us for this very special event!
To purchase a table or tickets go to our website:  episcopalcharities-newyork  call 212-316-7575.
Community News T: 914 949 2874 x1