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June 19

The Second Sunday after Pentecost


Holy Eucharist and Baptisms

in person and online at
10 am

  Vimeo link

This Sunday: Join us for our End-of-Season BBQ

After our 10 am service this Sunday, June 19th, please join us outside on Grace Court for our summer BBQ. We'll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages, and a spread of Ukrainian food. All are welcome!
Father's Day

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, a day to honor fathers, caregivers, and guardians. At Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, we celebrate all men, with a yellow and blue boutonniere, to stand in solidarity with Ukrainian men. Boutonnieres will be available on the table in the back of the church.
Freedomtide is a liturgical season spanning Juneteenth to Independence Day (June 19th- July 4th). Each week, you’re invited and encouraged to read the resource provided within the context of our complicated national history. Consider: what does it mean to be free in America? What does it mean to be created free as children of God?

For more information about Freedomtide, please be in touch with Rev. Leandra Lambert at

 To access the resource for Week I, please click here.
Kate Bowler
July Book Group

Everything Happens for a Reason:
And Other Lies I’ve Loved

by Kate Bowler,
cancer survivor and Duke Divinity School professor.
Use link to order book or watch a TED talk of the author
BOOK GROUP will meet on Zoom the following Wednesdays at 11 AM: July 13th, 20th, and 27th.

Please contact Rev. Erika at to register.
(If you are interested in an evening online group, please email Rev. Erika.)
The Rector's Discretionary Fund
As the Grace Church community continues to deal with the after-effects and continuation of 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, RealmIf you prefer to make a donation by check, they should be made out to Grace Church with "Rector's Discretionary Fund" in the memo.
Grace Summer
Sunday Services in Summer

Beginning this Sunday, June 19th (Father's Day and Juneteenth), Grace Church will hold 1 service only every Sunday at 10 am through September 18th. Starting June 26th, Sunday services will be held in the air-conditioned Guild Hall for the summer. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a livestream or Zoom for our Sunday services June 26th through September 18th.

Coffee hour is back! Please join us for coffee and snacks after each service. Coffee hour will be held in the Courtyard during the summer months.

If you have any questions about our worship schedule, please contact Melissa Kelly, Parish Administrator, at or (718) 624-1850 x 10.
 Thanks to your extraordinary generosity, we have exceeded our goal to raise $10,000 for Episcopal Relief and Development- Ukraine Relief Fund!

Photo credit: The Irish Times, copyright 2022
Ukraine Project - Upcoming Events

 Sunday, June 19th
Our annual BBQ after the combined service at 10 am will be supplemented by a sampling of Ukrainian delicacies and sweets to wrap up our Mother's Day-to-Father's Day focus on Ukraine and fundraising to help Ukrainian families. 

Abagail Nelson ERD talk
Abagail Nelson ERD talk
Abagail Nelson ERD Ukraine
In the North Room: Abagail Nelson

Episcopal Relief and Development - Ukraine Relief Fund

Last Sunday, June 12th, Abagail Nelson, Vice-President of ERD and Grace Church member, gave a presentation on how ERD is working with your donations to help Ukrainian families. To watch the Zoom recording of this presentation, please click here.

Pictured top left: Linda Wexelblatt, Fr. Allen Robinson, and Abagail Nelson.
Top right: Parishioners listen to Abagail's presentation.
Bottom right, left to right: Allison Robinson, Abagail Nelson, and Linda Wexelblatt.
Brooklyn Pride Parade
Here’s a video from a few parishioners who attended the June 11th Pride Parade. Click here for photos.
Here’s a video from a few parishioners who attended the June 11th March for Our Lives. Click here for photos from the event.
Calling All Graduates

Did you or someone you love graduate this year? Whether it's from pre-K or graduate school or anywhere in between, please forward their name, school and grade level to Fr. Chris at, so they can be recognized in the next issue of our Family Matters newsletter.
EfM Graduation 2022
EFM Graduation and Registration for Fall

Congratulations to the graduates who have completed the four-year program of Theological Education in Education for Ministry!  

From Grace Church: Soossan Salmassi, Claude Scales, Elizabeth Stong
From St. Luke's and St. Matthew's: Carol Candela, Kitrena Dubose-Foster

Continuing participants from Grace, St Mary's, and St. Ann and the Holy Trinity will be joined by new members for the program year September-June. The group of 12 meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 PM in the Choir Room and via Zoom. Enrollment is wrapping up for formal registration with University of Sewanee on July 1. For more information, contact Kim Lovejoy, Co-Mentor, and see the program web links at
Evening Prayer

Grace Church offers Evening Worship every Tuesday - Friday at 5pm online.

To attend Evening Prayer online, please use the following Zoom link: .
Parish Prayer Concerns & Thanksgivings
That we may love our neighbors as ourselves, grow in mercy, deepen in faith, and so be moved by all of these to compassionate works. For Juneteenth, as we commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, and as we celebrate African-American people and cultures, and the contributions they have made to American life: we pray for an end to the bigotry and devaluation that still taint minds and hearts, infect institutional policy, limit prospects, and cost lives. May God, who will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth, so transform the minds and hearts of the leaders and people of this country that they will wholeheartedly commit to honor and uphold the integrity, potential, and equal rights of all human beings. For the people of Ukraine: that they may be delivered from the destruction and death of war, and be strong in the hope of their just cause. In thanksgiving for all fathers, grandfathers, and all who have loved, guided, and protected us like fathers: that God will watch over them, strengthen them, guard them, and bless them with every good gift. In thanksgiving for the baptism today of George Orton McCarty and Eleanor Grace Aneff. For all who are suffering from heat, drought, famine, and flooding. For all who continue to suffer from COVID-19. For those who have been commended to our prayers, especially, Patricia; Barbara; Jim; Sarah Jane; Joyce; Patti & Steve; Tom C.; Irma; Amanda; Judith & Sandra; Pam; Jane P.; Noreen K.; Gwen; Vivian H.; Marilyn; Lauren; Courtenay & Maggie & family; Manjit; Ladson & Xandria; Christine; Vivian & Michael L.; Clark; Heidi; Linda K.; Judith; and all who love them and hope for their healing and well-being. For those who endure chronic or incurable illnesses; and those who care for sick or aging loved ones. For those whose names and needs are known only to God. For all who have died, and all who mourn.
Giving to Grace
We are happy to let you know that you can 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 can 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 to 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.
Church Offices Closed Monday

The church offices will be closed on Monday, June 20th, in observance of the Juneteenth holiday.
Weekday Visits to Grace

When you visit, please use the Clergy Door, which is the first door on your right in the Hicks Street courtyard. Please note our summertime office hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Fridays from 9 am to 12 noon.
Grace Church | 254 Hicks Street | Brooklyn NY 11201 
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