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March 8, 2020
The Second Sunday in Lent


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.

Spring Forward

Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. Please remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour.
Lenten Faith Reading Series
Join Grace Church Brooklyn Heights and St. Charles Borromeo this evening, Thursday, March 5, to kick off our joint Lenten Faith Reading Series, "It's Complicated." Today’s session will be held at St. Charles Borromeo, at 6:30 pm , and start with a soup dinner. Flannery O’Connor’s short story, "Revelation" will be discussed. You don't want to miss this!
Tuesday Noon Lenten Organ Recitals

Our next Annual Tuesday Noon Lenten Organ Recital will be Tuesday, March 10, 12:30 pm-1:00 pm . This week’s recitalist will be Dr. Stephen Rapp. 

Dr. Rapp serves as Director of Music at Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bronx.
He also is the Associate Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.
The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
Sundays in Lent
Adult Forums for the Sundays in Lent

At 10:15 am on March 8, in the North Room.

This Sunday:
Kate Hill will present on different forms of Prayer

Embodied Centering Prayer
Saturday, March 28th, 10am-3pm
Led by Lindsay Boyer and Ildiko Viczian

We are called to awaken and strengthen our bodies and spirits to face life’s challenges. This day of Centering Prayer will invite us to come fully into our bodies in our meditation practice. We will listen to our bodies, their needs and their sacred wisdom. 

The day will include a brief review of Centering Prayer with an emphasis on how we can be physically present during our practice. Guest teacher Ildiko Viczian will introduce Somatic Awareness practices of breath, alignment and movement, grounding us in our bodies as we intend to open to the experience of God’s presence and power. 

We will spend time in Centering Prayer with a break for lunch in silence. Recommended for beginners and more experienced Centering Prayer practitioners. A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a light lunch and to help us sponsor future events, but if you are unable to donate please come anyway!

For more information or for RSVP contact Lindsay at  lindsay@lindsayboyer.com .
Men's Book Group
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 pm
Hold the date for our next Men's Book Group gathering where the Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson and fellow parishioners will meet in the North Room on Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 pm for a discussion of  Americana  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (available for Kindle and in hard copy at the Brooklyn Public Library). 

For more information, please contact Jim Williamson.
Care Package Ministry

Grace Church occasionally receives requests for assistance from individuals who are facing hardships associated with poverty and homelessness. In addition to pastoral care and referrals to local services, Grace Church will be instituting a Care Package Program so that no person in need will leave us empty-handed. During this season of Lent, we will be collecting the items listed below to create a supply of care packages for individuals in need:
 
Suggested items for Emergency Care Package Program boxes:
·        Cutlery/ napkins
·        Bottled water
·        Single serve fruit cups/ applesauce
·        Single serve chicken salad/ tuna salad
·        Single serve peanut butter cups
·        Plain crackers
·        Sandwich crackers (cheese & crackers/ peanut butter & crackers)
·        Dry drink mixes
·        Single serve cereal boxes
·        Granola bars/ breakfast bars
·        Single ride metro cards
 
Optional travel size toiletries:
·        Hand sanitizer
·        Handi-wipes
·        Deodorant
·        Toothbrush/ toothpaste
·        Bar soap
·        Shampoo/ conditioner
 
Donations can be left in the designated basket at the back of the church. We would also welcome financial contributions to support this ministry. If writing a check, please note “Care Packages” in the memo line of your check made out to Grace Church. For further information, please contact Deacon Catherine at  cwieczorek@gracebrooklyn.org .
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 205 individuals and households who have contributed $692,138 toward this year's Campaign. We are so grateful for your support of God's mission.

Have you made your pledge yet? If not, 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.
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!
Thanks For Being Our Hosts
Thank you to Jill and John Gilbert and Diane and Bruce Gregory for a lovely coffee hour this past Sunday after the 11:00 am service.

We are most grateful for your devotion and 
faithfulness to Grace Church.
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
Alex; Krystal; Phillip; Stephen; Martha; the Nixon Family; Roger; Bill; Anne, Moe & family; Mercedes; Jean; Sybil; Julian; Mary; Dolores; all who suffer from the coronavirus and all researchers, doctors and scientists who seek to combat it.
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:

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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