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June 13
The Third Sunday after Pentecost

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

and also online




PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND







YOUTH GROUP
Meet and Greet
Saturday, June 12th, 5:30-7pm

Middle and High Schoolers and their families are invited to kick off summer with a gathering in the garden on Grace Court. Bring a picnic dinner, catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and join the conversation about Youth Ministry at Grace for the Fall of 2021 and beyond.
SUMMER CHOIR
Begins June 20!

Summer choir will once again begin singing starting, at the 10 am service on June 20th, with rehearsal at 9:15 am in the choir stalls. On June 27th, summer services will commence in Guild Hall, and summer choir rehearsal will be at 10:15 am for the 11 am service. Appropriate seating distances will be observed, and singers will be masked!

For the schedule, repertoire list, or any other questions, please contact Paul Olson at (718) 619-7895 or paulrichardolson@aol.com.
SUMMER SERVICES
Worship Services will move to Guild Hall starting June 27th


Our last Sunday Worship service in the sanctuary for the season will be Sunday, June 20th at 10 am. There will be only one service that day.

The following week, June 27th, worship services will move 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 windows will be closed. There are 8 air purifiers in Guild Hall to clean and circulate the air. NYS asks that all groups keep 6 feet apart from one another while attending worship services. For this reason, our capacity will be reduced to 45 worshippers per service starting on June 27th. We will continue to ask all to pre-register for services, and 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.
LAST CALL!
Parents' Summer Book Club
The Spiritual Child by Lisa Miller, Phd.

Dr. Lisa Miller, professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, has spent the past two decades researching the impact of spirituality on the development of young children and adolescents. The latest science clearly shows that spiritually active children have high levels of academic success. and are much less likely to struggle with depression and substance abuse.

So how does one raise a 'spiritual child?' Join other Grace parents (grandparents also welcome!) as we explore together Dr. Miller's findings, consider what they might mean in a Christian context, and discuss ways we might incorporate them into our own families.

You can buy the book here (locally!) and here. We will meet via Zoom three times over the summer, on Tuesdays: June 29, July 27 and August 31, at 8pm.


Multicultural Day Meeting
Plans are underway for a festive and fun celebration of our international diversity at Grace Church.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 17, 2021!
 
  • Confirmed readings in Creole, French and Spanish!
  • Are you, your parents, or grandparents from another country? Please let us know so we can include in our Parade of Flags! Countries represented to date include Australia, China, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Martinique, Norway, Panama, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, & the United Kingdom.                                                            
Anyone interested in planning this event is welcome to join us on Sunday, June 27th, 10:00-10:45 am via Zoom.  For more information or to have your country listed, please e-mail Denise Young Farrell or Allison Robinson.
Dear Grace Church Staff and Congregation:

Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement that you sent for Allison’s mother, Florence Victoria Crawford’s, funeral. Your kind expression of sympathy is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. 

We also gratefully acknowledge the genuine prayers, comforting words, and beautiful cards from members of our wonderful congregation. It is very thoughtful and means more than you know! 

With much love and gratitude,
Fr. Allen, Allison & Family
The Rector's Discretionary Fund
As the Grace Church community continues to deal with the aftereffects of a year of hardship for so many due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to ask parish members to consider making an offering to the Rector's Discretionary Fund.

With this fund, the Rector is able to help those in our community when they need it most.

 If you would like to contribute to this important fund, you can do so by check or via our online payment system, Realm. Checks should be made out to Grace Church with "Rector's Discretionary Fund" in the memo.

COVID-19 Updates

Last month, 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.

Grace Church will continue to ask everyone to pre-register when possible before attending any worship services. We are still limiting capacity in the church, with most services being restricted to 75 people maximum. Starting June 27th, we will move our worship services into Guild Hall for the summer and only 50 people maximum will be able to attend each service.

In addition, we are still requiring everyone to wear a mask when inside the church and church offices. Ushers will continue to do temperature screenings and collect contact tracing information before each service. We also ask that each group space themselves at least 6 feet from others, as is required by NYS mandates.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!

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!

Centering Prayer

To subscribe to a newsletter of contemplative events or receive emails with links to a Zoom centering prayer group on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 pm ET, click here

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

For trust in God who brings great things from small beginnings. For goodwill among all nations and peoples. At the occasion of Juneteenth: that this country may honor and uphold the dignity and equal rights of all human beings. For all students who are graduating. For those who face the anxiety and uncertainty of serious illness. For those who have been commended to our prayers, especially, the Rev. Sonia Waters; the Rev. Erika Meyer; Karl S.; Debby; Chris; Jesse; Max; Jenny; Sean & Fiona & family; Janice; Mike; Marcelle; Joe D. & family; Emiko; Brady; Bill; Cynthia; all who suffer from COVID 19, and all who care for sick and aging loved ones. For those who have died; and for those 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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