Growing in Faith. Creating an Inclusive Community.
Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.
July 18
The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist (in person)
8 am 9:15 am 11 am

Our Vimeo livestream and Zoom simulcast will be on hiatus for the month of July. We hope to be back online later in the summer. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Pre-registration no longer required.

PARISHIONER UPDATE FORM

Hello Grace members,

 Thanks to COVID vaccines and the lifting of many restrictions on public gatherings, Grace Church is hopeful that we will be able to fully open our doors to our community again in the fall. We invite everyone to fill out our Parishioner Update form in order to let the Church know about any recent changes, be it new addresses, additions to your families, or anything else we may have missed while we have not been operating at full capacity. We also want to be sure we have name tags for everyone who plans to join us in person again! 

In order to have time to update our records and order any new name tags before Rally Sunday on September 19th, we ask you to fill out this form no later than August 1st, 2021. Thank you, and we hope to see everyone soon!

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, at parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org or (718) 624-1850 x 10.




Family Ministry
Summer Newsletter

Download the latest issue of
Family Matters by clicking the
image to the left or clicking here.

Join Grace Church at
Red Hook Farms -- Volunteers Still Needed!


Grace Church’s designated day at the Red Hook Farm is the 2nd Saturday of the month, beginning on August 14th, into the harvest season in November.  We are still seeking parishioners to join the Grace team.  You don’t have to volunteer every month, but hopefully you can join us more than once. There are roles and responsibilities for all age levels and abilities.  For more information, or to join the team, please e-mail Sarah Luke. 
 
If you're not able to work on the farm, we are also accepting donations to help pay the wages of these deserving youth. Grace has set aside $1500 for the Red Hook Farms, and we would be so grateful if that could be matched through parishioner donations. You can do that easily via Realm, by selecting Red Hook Initiative in the dropdown menu.

For more information about the Grace Church Red Hook Initiative, please read this letter from the Wardens.



CHiPS:
Ways to Help



CHiPS needs a number of household items for their Frances Residence. The Frances Residence offers fully furnished studio apartments for expecting or single mothers and their infants in need of temporary housing. New moms often come with very little but leave with postnatal support services, personalized individual assistance in their search for work and permanent housing.You can help CHiPS continue to create a welcoming, warm and supportive new home for families by collecting the following items. Due to COVID we do ask that these items are new to ensure the safety and sanitary measures for our newborns and infants. 
  • Shatter resistant coffee mug set (need 9) 
  • 4-piece silverware sets (need 9)
  • 12-piece dinnerware set (need 9)
  • Changing table (need 9)
  • Cookware set (need 9) 
  • Portable AC's ( needed due to heat wave and summer weather)
  • Gift cards to target, Amazon, etc.
Here is the link to the Frances Residence wish list:  
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2U4KLCF7T92NN?ref_=wl_share
Because CHiPS runs a soup kitchen and pantry there is always a need for food. Parishioners can prepare food at home and drop off to their kitchen Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Please contact the Development Director, Shanice Smith Branch, at shanice@chipsonline.org, for more information and to schedule a time to drop off food.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities include the following items below. The top 3 items are a real priority right now.
  • Handing out flyers for programs (Shower Bus, Breakfast and Lunch)
  • Volunteers to help categorize inventory and organize our storage for the residence 
  • Volunteers to help categorize inventory and help reorganize food pantry 
  • Artist interested in redoing the community room
  • Admin and database (volunteer or intern)

If you are interested in volunteering, please email volunteer@chipsonline.org to sign up to help.


CHiPS will be closed for their annual recess beginning on Sunday, August 1st. During that time, they will not be accepting any food donations or distributing food. CHiPS will re-open on Tuesday, September 7th. Grace members can still volunteer or send items for the Frances Residence during that time.

Evening Prayer

Grace Church offers Evening Worship every Tuesday - Friday at 5pm (please note new time) online.

To attend Evening Prayer online, please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7186241850 .
 


RED HOOK INITIATIVE
Freedom Schools Read Aloud Series
 
It's Summer: Do you have time and are looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution?

Red Hook Initiative is seeking volunteers to share their love of literature and activism by reading to their Scholars in the Read Aloud Series, which is part of a six-week academic enrichment program, Freedom Schools.  Each day begins promptly at 9:00 am with a Harambee (Swahili for “come together”) and the reading starting at 9:15am. 

You will be asked to read a story, passage, or poem that holds a significant meaning to you. Plan to read for 5-7 minutes. It is hoped that your reading prompts questions and a conversation with the group. You can share in-person or via Zoom; Tuesdays and Thursdays will be virtual, and Monday and Wednesdays will be in person at Open Streets in front of Red Hook Initiative. If you are interested, please e-mail William Suarez with the subject "Grace Church: Freedom Schools Reader."


Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre
 


Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre is a network of care that supports and cares for Palestinian children who live with disabilities and whose primary facility is in East Jerusalem. Last weekend, a global campaign was launched to support the center's work in providing therapeutic, social and pastoral care to a community of people who -- apart from their already challenging existence -- are facing a crisis in the wake of the recent violence. 

On the heels of drastically reduced funding over the past four years, JPBC has met with resolve the threat of COVID-19 and its accompanying restrictions. Virtual therapies have been put in place and parallel the cutting edge and compassionate work that has been in place in the center for decades. 

Grace Church is collecting donations to send to the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre. You may give directly to the fund via Realm, or checks can be made out to Grace Church with "JPBC" in the memo.

Learn more about the center and their incredible work on their website:
SUMMER CHOIR NEWS

Summer Choir will be singing at 11 am services in the air conditioned Guild Hall this summer, with rehearsal each week at 10:15 am prior to the 11 am service. Appropriate seating distances will be observed, and singers will be masked.

All are welcome! If you have family visiting and they would like to sing -- bring them along!
For the schedule, repertoire list, or any other questions, please contact Paul Olson at (718) 619-7895 or paulrichardolson@aol.com.

AUGUST HYMN SINGS

August Hymn Sings will resume on  Tuesday, August 3rd, from  7:00 pm-8:30 pm  in the Guild Hall. Join us each Tuesday during the month of August. Jacque Jones will be the convener for August 3rd. Bring a friend or two and your love for singing!

SUMMER SERVICES
Worship Services are in Guild Hall

As a reminder, please note that worship services have moved into Guild Hall for the summer. We will continue to hold three services: 8 am, 9:15 am family service, and 11 am.

Guild Hall is air conditioned, and the windows will be closed. There are 7 air purifiers in Guild Hall to clean and circulate the air plus 3 more in the North Room where the choir sits. We ask that all groups maintain social distance while attending worship services. For this reason, our capacity will be reduced to 45 worshippers per service (not including clergy, acolytes, and choir). We are no longer asking anyone to register in advance to attend, and we will not record names and contact information at the door for contact tracing. Everyone must wear masks while inside any Grace Church building.

If you have any questions about our summer worship schedule, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, at parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org or (718) 624-1850 x 10.
Education for Ministry
Registration now open for the Fall
The Grace Education for Ministry (EfM) group is now inviting inquiries for openings in September. EfM is a theological education program for lay persons and is open to members of all parishes. The four-year program meets weekly from mid-September to June, online over Zoom or at Grace Church. Trained mentors lead participants in study and discussion of the Bible, church history and theology. EfM guides students in discerning and nurturing their faith and personal vocations as Christians. Many participants find it empowering and life-changing as they develop habits of theological reflection and learn new perspectives. For more information, please contact Kim Lovejoy (kim.lovejoy@gmail.com), an EfM graduate, or visit www.efm.sewanee.edu/.  Registration deadline is July 30 to order course materials.

Rector’s Bible Study
The Bible Study group will be reading Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman while on hiatus from Tuesday meetings over the summer. The weekly Bible Study will resume in the fall. Please feel free to join the group in their summer reading! The Bible Study group will discuss the book at their first meetings in the fall.

COVID-19 Updates

NYS updated the guidelines on mask usage and lifted capacity limits for most spaces, including Houses of Worship. It is now up to individual churches to decide whether they will continue many COVID-19 restrictions.

As of Sunday, July 4th, Grace Church will no longer ask anyone to pre-register when attending any worship services. We are still limiting capacity at our worship services to help maintain social distancing. During the summer, up to 45 worshippers may attend each service in the Guild Hall.

In addition, we are still requiring everyone to wear a mask when inside the church and church offices. Ushers will continue temperature screenings before each service until further notice.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!
Giving to Grace
Thank you for your on-going support as we continue to worship remotely as well as in person. We are happy to let you know that you may make a pledge or general offering donations by text! 

Please send a text to 73256 with the message "GraceBrooklyn". The first time, you will be prompted to provide your name and address, including your card number. If you save that information for future use, the second offering by text will be immediate. You may also make one-time pledge payments and general offering donations online here.

If you would like to set up a recurring pledge payment on Realm, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, for an invitation to join. 
In Remembrance or Gratitude...

Altar flowers are a wonderful way to express gratitude for life's blessings or memorialize a loved one.

If you would like to contribute Altar flowers, please contact Marilyn Grant. An acknowledgment will be included in the service bulletin.
Parish Prayer Concerns

That the worldwide Church, in all its diversity, may be reconciled, and may bring God’s love to places where hatred and discord have become the norm. For peace in places where there is violence and unrest, especially in Haiti, Cuba and South Africa. For compassionate leadership, hope, and relief for all communities and countries where COVID-19 infections are rampant, and medical and governmental resources are scarce. For those who suffer from fire, flood, heat, or drought. That the people of Grace Church may be instruments of compassion and care to all who are weighed down by life’s burdens, and that all who serve others may be renewed by God’s love and find joy in their service. For those who have been commended to our prayers, especially Noreen; Tom; Bita; Anita; Linda C.; Sally; Sonia; Karl S.; Brady; Roger; Bill; Anne, Moe & family; Mercedes; Jean; Sybil; Mary; Dolores; Theo & family; Elaine; David; Ron & Betsy; Jenny; Erika; and the Lewis & Midgett families; all who live with debilitating or incurable diseases; and all who care for sick or aging loved ones. For those who have died, especially Reynold Ruffins; and Theresa Lewis, sister of Roz Midgett; and for all who mourn.
Weekday Visits to Grace

To ensure your safety and maintain the workplace standards established by the Department of Health, we ask you to let us know ahead of time when you will be stopping in. When you visit please use the Clergy Door, which is the first door on your right in the Hicks Street courtyard. Sign the Visitors Log at the door (should we need to do any contact tracing), sanitize your hands and, as always, wear a mask.

To minimize traffic, particularly while children are at school, please refrain from moving through the Parish Hall. The restroom at the back of the sanctuary is available for your use. We thank you!
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