Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service.
June 28, 2020
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost


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Grace at the Juneteenth March

About twenty Grace members were able to gather and march together on June 19th to commemorate the day the end of slavery was finally announced in Galveston, Texas in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Getting Ready to March in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association (BHICA) Releases Statement on Anti-Racism.

Click here to see Brooklyn Eagle's article on BHICA.
COVID-19’s Racial Skew? Here’s What You Can Do!

Brooklyn’s communities of color are deeply affected by higher COVID-19 infection and mortality rates, rising unemployment and economic insecurity, and unequal education during remote learning. Grace parishioners have identified ways we can stand by our neighbors and help.

Mayor DeBlasio calls NYC food insecurity “an unprecedented crisis”. Volunteer now to fight hunger and food insecurity in Brooklyn. Click here to learn how.

More volunteer opportunities are coming. Grace would like to expand our Frederick Douglass Academy tutoring and mentoring program and launch a new initiative to help youth in nearby Red Hook. Rev. Allen Robinson is affiliated with St. John’s Hospital, located in one of Brooklyn’s worst COVID hot spots, and we are seeking opportunities for compassionate care there. Also, we are exploring ways for parishioners with professional skills to assist small business owners struggling to recover from COVID closures. We invite you to join us to work in these emerging volunteers areas and “to do instead of just pray”. If you’re interested, please click here .   
Family Service Attendee Survey!

As we contemplate our return to in-person services at Grace Church, we proudly recognize that the church never truly closed. But we now consider how to open 254 Hicks Street. During this prayerful contemplation, we will follow Bishop Provenzano's directive to "count on God's grace and rely on sound science" while also considering the desires of our parish. While we regularly streamed the 11am service even before COVID, we do not have precedence in place for the 9:15 Family Service.   To that end, we ask that if you typically attend the 9:15 family service, please fill out the survey here.
LIFT* Summer Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading for Righteousness’ Sake
 
"They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them… When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken." (Acts 2: 3-4, 6)

Through the miracle of Pentecost, the disciples reached beyond themselves to speak Jesus’ stories to the peoples of other lands in a culturally relevant way and those peoples came together to hear. Sharing stories across cultures can enable understanding, empathy, trust, and belief from the heart that we are all God’s children. Our nation needs that miracle now more than ever. This summer choose to read stories from American immigrants and people of color and open your heart to an America you may not know.  

Click on the button below for a summer reading list recommended by LIFT.
Trinity Church's "Living with Loss"

An on-line support group, “Living with Loss,” will be offered on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30 pm ) during the month of July, hosted by Trinity Church Wall Street and the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. Details are attached here . Please share with those who may benefit from these gatherings.
Multicultural Day Meeting and Request

Grace Church 2 nd  Annual Multicultural Day is  October 18, 2020 . Theme:  Diversity is Community
Plans are underway for a festive and fun celebration of our international diversity, including appropriate physical distancing, with food, artifacts, pictures, music, children's activities, entertainment and much more!  Anyone, interested in planning this event, is welcome to join us via Zoom on  Sunday, July 12th, 10:00 - 10:45 am. 

We are seeking two volunteers, who speak a different language, to read the lesson or prayers at the worship service.   For more information or to volunteer, contact  Denise Young Farrell  or  Allison Robinson .

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Meeting ID: 718 624 1850

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Raising Kids in a Racially Diverse World:
A Workshop for Parents

Grace Church is committed to racial equity and justice. Becoming God's beloved community requires all of us to build our skills in discussing race and equity so that we can help our children develop these abilities, too.
Join a supportive group of parents for three sessions that will provide tools to model racial awareness and communicate effectively about race. 
 
· Session 1  (June 8) focused on building fluency in race and equity discussions with our kids by identifying ways to start conversations and respond to kids' questions. 
· Session 2  (June 22) helped parents develop skills in identifying bias and modeling equity-building responses for our children.
· Session 3  focuses on concrete steps families can take to engage in race and equity work at Grace and in the community.
 
The remaining session will take place on Zoom from  8:00-9:15pm  on  Monday, July 6 , and will be facilitated by parishioner and parent educator Kate Hill. If you would like to receive materials from the first workshop and join us for the third date, please email  kate@upnext.nyc
 
Brought to you by LIFT (Loving Intentionally and Faithfully Together).LIFT is a laity-led Grace Church ministry that creates parish opportunities for discernment and action following the Episcopal Church initiative on race, “Becoming Beloved Community”.
Bible Study with the Rector On Break Until October
Parish Prayer Concerns

For God’s justice, truth and healing for our country. For those who continue to suffer from COVID 19, and for all who are in need of healing in body, mind or spirit, especially Jacob; Ruth; Geraldine; Gail; Roger; Bill; Anne, Moe & family; Mercedes; Jean; Sybil; Julian; Mary.
Come Together for Times of Prayer During the Week
Zoom Evening Prayer at Grace  online, 5:30 pm, Tuesdays – Fridays

For Evening Prayer click here
 
Also, Lindsay Boyer has compiled these opportunities for  Centering Prayer . For further information, click this link .
Grace Notes Announcements
To submit an announcement for Grace Notes 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!
Office Hours Update

 Due to the Cornovirus (COVID-19) , the Parish Office is no longer open at this time. However, Parish Administrator, Ms. Takisha Brown is still available to assist you remotely Monday through Friday (except for holidays) from  9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If there is anything you may need, please contact Parish Administrator, Ms. Takisha Brown preferably by  email . If you must call the office (718-624-1850), please leave a voicemail and Takisha will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you.
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