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February 9, 2020
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

8:00 am Holy Eucharist
9:15 am Family Service
11:00 am Holy Eucharist

Please join us in the Guild Hall after all services for coffee and fellowship.
Grace is honored to host the
Absalom Jones Eucharist and Celebration
Saturday, February 8
A Huge Thank You
to our
WinterFair Warriors! 

You know who you are! You’re the ones who organized and sorted; set up and cleaned up; diced, cooked, and served; set the tables and cleared them away; baked and plated. You cleaned out your houses and then filled them up again after discovering that perfect find — thereby affirming the great circle of life that is the Grace Church WinterFair. We are so grateful to you and for the community of fellowship we enjoyed last Saturday. Thank you, thank you.

And thank you to Franklin Stone for her great photography!

"Souper" Super Bowl Sunday Thank You

A great big thanks  to everyone who contributed to our “Soup Pot” last Sunday… and to the children who collected the “soup”. We raised $961.71 for CHiPS.

Stroller Group Valentine’s Event
Sunday, February 9
Save the date! Join us in the gym on Sunday, February 9th for the next Stroller Group brunch, immediately after the 9:15 am Family Service. We look forward to seeing everyone then!

- Stroller Group 
~ Anne, Jenny, Helen & Shannon 

(If you’d like to be added to or removed from the Stroller Group email list please contact:  shannoncmcdonald@gmail.com
Sanctuary Cinema continues with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).
Friday, February 14 at 7 pm
Sanctuary Cinema continues its second season with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) on Friday, February 14 at 7 pm in the Guild Hall. Please join us for our next FREE Screening. Free popcorn and lemonade will again be served and facilitated discussion will follow.

“Sanctuary, Sanctuary, Sanctuary!” cries out the disabled hunchback Quasimodo as he carries 16 year old Esmeralda into the Notre Dame Cathedral where she can be protected from hanging. Her crime? As an outcast Egyptian gypsy, she has been accused of being a witch and framed for murder by a lust-obsessed arch-deacon. This is the heralded 1939 version with stunning acting by Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara. The book by Victor Hugo was written in 1831. But it was set in the “old days of 1482,” a moment in time when Gutenberg had invented the printing press and bibles could be produced in mass. This “modern” technology created great fear of the ruination of society as it was known.

This is also a celebration of the gothic Notre Dame Cathedral which was built over the course of two hundred years ending in 1482. 349 years later Victor Hugo was worried that it would be allowed to decay or worse yet, be destroyed altogether. So the story is also an appeal for historic preservation. If you are inspired, listen to the amazing book on  audible.com . A great work of literature. Hugo was also the author of Les Miserables in 1866.

This classic movie is a beautiful portrayal of tenderness in the face of violence. It highlights the bias against disability, racism and class, misogyny, white male fragility and religious fanaticism. The best of movie-making: gritty, sentimental and romantic.

Sanctuary Cinema is screened on the second Friday of each month. Upcoming in March: Harriet (as in Harriet Tubman, leader of the Underground Railroad).

Keep informed and offer suggestions:  Sanctuary Cinema .
Save the Date:
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, February 25
Save the date for our parish-wide Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, benefiting our Acolyte Ministries. We'll eat pancakes, hide the Alleluias and burn last year's palms for Ash Wednesday services.
We are seeking volunteers to help make and serve pancakes. If you'd like to help or would like more information please contact Sarah Davies Denise Young Farrell  or  Katherine Slingluff
Cherry tree & tulips

Spring Auction & Gala
Saturday, May 16

After last year's wonderful Cabaret, we are delighted to announce that the Auction and Gala will be returning this spring. So please hold the date of Saturday, May 16th. More details to follow! Please contact Marilyn Grant if you would like to get involved.

2020 Annual Giving Campaign

For those who requested them, pledge envelopes are on the Welcome Table at the back of the church.

Also at the back of the church is our Thank You Scroll acknowledging the 190 individuals and households who have contributed $666,268 toward this year's Campaign. We are so grateful for your support of God's mission.

Have you made your pledge yet? May we encourage you to do so now? YOU are the foundation upon which we build!

You may submit a pledge card found on the Welcome Table at the back of the church or in the pews online through Realm, our church management system.
Send a note to Mary Inwood

Long-time Grace parishioner Mary Inwood has moved to Brattleboro Vermont. Please consider sending her a cheery note:

Mary Inwood 
The Thompson House
80 Maple Street, Apartment 214
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302
Community Help in Park Slope
Have you ever seen someone arrive at Church with groceries and wondered why in the world they were bringing food to a Sunday service? For years Grace Church has collected food for CHiPS.

CHiPS needs many items to support its outreach, both food and nonfood. Recommended are: FOOD -- staples for on-site use, such as family-sized containers of mayonnaise, peanut butter, and sugar. Please note that smaller cans and jars are less useful. NONFOOD -- heavy duty contractor strength black bags, toilet paper, paper towels, Mr. Clean, bleach, dishwashing liquid, laundry soap (powder, liquid, pellets), saran wrap, aluminum foil, hair nets, plastic gloves (one time use: medium & large).

Robin Ketchum & Susan Bluhm are heading this effort. Please contact Robin with any questions or to get involved. We give in other ways too, but now we are highlighting our basket in the back of the church. It waits for your contributions. Please help fill it up!
Calling All Coffee Hour Hosts!
Coffee Hour is a special time for fellowship and conversation among church members. To help further this fellowship we are looking for volunteers to host the Coffee Hour after the 11:00 am service.

It can be as simple or as elaborate (but not expensive!) as you like: fruits, carrots, celery with hummus dips, or pastries, cookies or brownies. Bring your favorite goodies to share. You can also make a monetary donation and let the Church do the shopping for you.

Please consider this special ministry and volunteer a small amount of time to host. If you are interested, please select a date and add your name on the sign up sheet in the back of the church or you can contact Emily Horcher and/or Marilyn Grant . We thank you!
Parish Prayer Concerns
Chento; Bishop Patrick Bell & family; Bishop Rodney Michel & family; Martha; Steve & family; Roger; Bill; Anne, Moe & family; Mercedes; Jean; Sybil; Julian; Mary Inwood; Dolores; Theo & family; Elaine, and all who care for sick or aging loved ones.
Baptisms at Grace
At Grace, we baptize up to seven candidates at a service, usually during the 11:00 am Sunday service of Holy Eucharist. To inquire about scheduling a Baptism, please  contact   the Parish Office.

Dates and availability for 2020 are:

February 23 - 4 slots available
May 31 (Pentecost ) - 6 slots available
September 27 - 6 slots available
November 22 - 7 slots available
Announcements for Grace Notes and Parish News

To submit an announcement for Grace Notes and/or Parish News, please send all information to the Parish Office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday of each week. Please be aware that submissions that do not meet the deadline will be published the following week.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
The Parish Office is open  Monday through Friday  (except for holidays) from  9:00 am to 5:00 pm  but  closed  for lunch between  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm . If you would like to work in the office on any project or activity, please contact Parish Administrator, Ms. Takisha Brown to arrange a time. Takisha is available by phone at 718-624-1850 x 10 or by  email . Thank you.
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