Growing in Faith. Creating an Inclusive Community.
Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.
November 21
The Last Sunday after Pentecost:
Christ the King

Holy Eucharist

In person
at 8:00, 9:15, and 11:00 am

and online

  Vimeo link for 11:00 am



Pre-registration no longer required.

Online service can be viewed on our live Vimeo feed. We are no longer offering a live Zoom service.

Upcoming Service Times

In December and January, we have many special service times. Mark your calendars!

Sunday, December 5th: Advent 2 & The Bishop's Visit
  • Single Service at 10 am

Sunday, December 12th: Advent 3 & The Christmas Pageant (11 am)
  • Service times: 8 am and 11 am only

Sunday, December 19th: Advent 4:
  • Service times: 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11 am
  • Lessons and Carols 4pm

Friday, December 24th: Christmas Eve
  • Service times: 4 pm and 10 pm

Saturday, December 25th: Christmas Day
  • Single service at 10am

The following Sundays will have a single service at 10 am:
  • December 26th
  • January 2nd
  • January 9th
Annual Giving Campaign 2022:
Why I Give to Grace

 I give annually to Grace Church because Grace Church is home, and family, to me. Our homes need constant upkeep and care. During pandemic days, even when the church was locked up tight, Grace was still here on Zoom, and when we could get back to live services, the services were streamed on Vimeo. The doors may have been locked, but Grace was still here, and here for us. But whether we are at Grace in person or online, expenses do not diminish. Salaries still have to be paid. Expenses, like electricity, phone and internet, and insurance, still have to be paid. Rain, ice and snow don't care whether we are actually attending in person, and we have to protect our Grace home from the havoc that storms can cause.

Our wonderful music is what brought me to Grace in the first place, and it is what has kept me here. We are so blessed by Paul Olson and our choir. We are also blessed with the extraordinary preaching by all of our clergy - everyone from the Rector to our seminarians. The outreach by Grace into the community is another blessing. This outreach gets better, and more wide reaching, all the time. 

We, the parishioners of Grace, need to support all of our blessings. Like our own homes and families, Grace Church could not exist without our constant care, and our financial support. 

-- Rick Francis

Annual giving letters and pledge cards have been sent in the mail, but please feel free to contact either of us (Seth and Andrew) with any questions. You can make a pledge online through your Realm account, by completing and returning the pledge card you received, or by dropping a completed pledge card in the offering plate. And if you need help setting up or signing into your Realm account, please let us know. We’re happy to help!
 
Every pledge matters – and we hope you will join us, our families and fellow parishioners https://www.gracebrooklyn.org/give/#annual-giving  in supporting the mission of our church.

Explore your Faith with “Takes on Advent”

Hear insight from diverse teachers on the Advent Season.

Kelly Brown Douglas
Richard Rohr
Rachel Held Evans
Nadia Bolz-Weber and others
 
10:00 – 10:40 am in the Hope Library, on Sunday, Nov. 28th and Sunday, Dec. 12th
GRACE YOUTH GROUP 
Next Meeting: Sunday, November 28th

All Middle and High Schoolers are invited to gather for refreshments and conversation at 10am in the Hope Library. Bring your questions and ideas! Please RSVP by clicking here.
Save the Date for the Gingerbuild!


The Stroller Group is excited to bring back the Gingerbuild!

Join us Saturday, December 11th at 11am (following the conclusion of pageant practice) to decorate mini gingerbread houses and raise money to support CHiPS. Please RSVP by Monday December 6th (necessary to guarantee a house to decorate).


When: Saturday December 11th at 11am

Who: All ages welcome & feel free to bring a friend! While Stroller Group events are typically geared toward the young ones, this is a great event for kids of any age that would like to decorate a house.

Why: to gather the little ones for some holiday fun & benefit CHiPS! The suggested donation is $10 per house (though this is just a suggestion, please donate at your discretion)

How: with lots of icing (sorry parents!) and fantastically festive candy.

RSVP here https://bit.ly/3oE5X75 & please be in touch with any questions.

We hope to see you then!

~ Stroller Group
Grace Church Christmas Pageant

 It's time! This year's pageant is coming up - Sunday, December 12 at the 11am service.  Please read the Pageant flyer if you are in any way interested in this annual tradition!  

VOLUNTEERS: Our assistant director is on a hiatus this year as she cares for a relative, so extra adult volunteers are crucial! Please read the flyer and contact Brianna McCarty if you are able to assist. 

PARTICIPANTS: Currently, all roles are open, so please discuss with your kids (ages 3 to 14) who they'd like to portray. Clear your calendars for Saturday morning rehearsals on December 4 and December 11. An additional rehearsal for prominent roles will be held Saturday, November 20. All rehearsals will begin promptly at 9:00 am and end by 11:00 am. All participant sign ups will be via this link.  

Everyone interested in this annual tradition (not just Pageant Parents!) should read our Pageant flyer to find out more and how to get involved. Contact Brianna McCarty (mccarty.brianna@gmail.com) with any questions. 

Don't miss this opportunity to share in a very special tradition here at Grace!

ADVENT ORGAN RECITALS

Please join us for the following Tuesday afternoon organ recitals during Advent.

Tuesday Noon Organ Recitals
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
 
ADVENT 2021

30 November 2021
Paul Richard Olson
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
 
7 December 2021
Craig R. Whitney
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights
 
14 December 2021
Eric Birk
New York City, New York
 
21 December 2021
Paul Richard Olson
Heidi Engstrom, flute
GRACE PARENTS' BOOK CLUB

Ever struggled to stay connected to God and the Church from Monday to Saturday? In Liturgy of the Ordinary, priest and NY Times columnist Tish Harrison Warren offers guidance in finding the sacred in the mundane details of everyday life. Please join us for another round of lively and supportive discussion. Buy the book locally here (or buy it from Amazon).

Parishioners Jane Nelson and Sarah Yates will co-lead the conversation, along with Fr Chris. We will meet via Zoom at 8pm on three Mondays: January 3rd and 31st, and February 28th. Please RSVP by clicking here.
The Seniors,Retirees and Opinionated Elders Luncheon was a success!

It was well attended and many thanks go to the following individuals who helped to make the event special:

Franklin Stone, Emily Horcher, Elder Maxwell, Kathy Page, Harriet De Ceunynck, Amanda Philip, Melissa Kelly, Felipe Guerra, & Juan Bobadilla.

Bravo!
Marilyn and Barbara

To see more photos of the afternoon taken by our own Franklin Stone, visit our Facebook page here.

Grace Church at
Red Hook Farms

End of the 2021 Farming Season

November 13, 2021 was an unseasonably warm, but very windy Saturday. Several volunteers, gathered at the Columbia Street/Red Hook Farm, including four from Grace Church. It was bittersweet for Grace Church volunteers as it was the final volunteering date for the 2021 season.

Before starting, volunteers and youth farm workers formed a circle for introductions and to learn the teams and tasks for the day. There were three teams: Team 1 did composting; Team 2 cleaned debris from the sides of the fence; and Team 3 pulled weeds from around the kale and chard. 

Each team was led by youth farm workers who provided instructions and guidance to volunteers. The youth leaders were knowledgeable, engaging and extremely grateful for the efforts of volunteers. 

If you would like to make a difference and support youth workers and ensure access to fresh produce for Red Hook residents, please consider volunteering at Red Hook Farms. The 2022 farming season will begin in March and go through November. Although the Grace Church designated day is the second Saturday of the month, anyone can volunteer on another Saturday or weekday. For more information about volunteering at the Red Hook Farms, visit www.rhicenter.org.


Red Hook Farms Nov 2021
Pictured left to right: Allison Robinson, Sarah Luke, Deborah Flynn, Cara Dorr
Sarah Luke feeds the chickens during a break.

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery


Heights and Hills volunteers will coordinate at Grace Church on Thanksgiving Day to deliver meals to elders in the community. Volunteers will be at Grace to receive pies on Wednesday, Nov. 23, from 12 noon- 5 pm . Please use this link to sign-up if you would like to donate pie(s).  https://forms.office.com/r/ehaJXqt5VW

 If you are interested in volunteering on Thanksgiving, please email volunteer@heightsandhills.org to receive instructions on how to sign up as well as what opportunities are available. Thank you for supporting your neighbors!  
Grace Church Thanksgiving Campaign for CHIPS
 
We are calling upon the Grace Church family to help make the upcoming holidays special for single moms and their babies. 
As always, in the spirit of generosity, please consider the following: 
 
  •   Purchasing toys for infants and babies 
 
  •    Purchasing gift cards for Amazon, Target, Walmart, Macy’s or Visa that will go in Welcome Kits for new moms at the CHiPS Shelter
 
  •  Donating other Welcome Kit items such as new utensils, dishes, dish towels, dish cloths, laundry detergent, new linens, or comforter sets
 
  •   Helping to assemble the Welcome Kits
  • 
Please look for the designated basket at the back of the church. (You can also drop off donations separately at CHiPS)
Look for the volunteer sign-up sheet at the back of the church and let us know how you can help.

Other opportunities:

  • Volunteer at CHIPS to serve meals during the holiday season
 
  •   Prepare meals and bring them to CHiPS; food donations are accepted Monday- Friday from 10am-3pm and Saturday mornings from 10am-11am
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to Shannon McDonald.

Thank you!
Social Justice & Reconciliation
Fall 2021 Discussion Group
 
With the increased news coverage calling for the closure of Rikers Island, our Social Justice and Reconciliation Ministry will begin a journey exploring the current conditions at the detention complex. Taking an historical approach, we’ll compare the concerns raised fifty years ago by inmates at the Attica Correctional Facility before the 1971 prison uprising. We’ll examine the broader implications for better policing and criminal justice reform. The materials are available herePlease be advised that the content includes graphic images and accounts of violence. We will gather in December for conversation and discussion. To join or for more information, please email Rev. Leandra Lisa Lambert at llambert@gracebrooklyn.org.

Grace Church Journey to the Holy Land
12 Day Pilgrimage August 5-16, 2022

You are invited to join other pilgrims from Grace Church as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Together we will visit places of his birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Our experienced guide Iyad Qumri will lead us in exploring ancient places, vibrant markets, and modern museums in a land that is suspended between East and West, past and present. For more information, please contact our coordinator, Allison Robinson, or click here to download a copy of the flyer.

Rector’s Bible Study

Please join the Rector for weekly Bible Study. The Bible Study group meets in person every Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Choir Room. Please enter the church through the clergy door when you arrive.

Evening Prayer

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

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

Grace is thrilled to announce a return of our post-service coffee hour! Please join us for coffee, snacks, and fellowship after our 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11 am services. All are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Laptop

Sunday Worship Service:
Live Stream Volunteers Needed

If you would like to volunteer to be part of the Grace Church live stream team and help sustain and grow our Media Ministry, please contact Peter Farrell.

From the Mercer School:
Humanity and Our Landscape

Growing toward God means our spirituality and relationship with the Divine evolve

Join us as discover 3 tools to strengthen our spirituality
who we are,
what we do,
and where God is in all of it.

_____________________

Leader:
The Rev. Dr. John McGinty currently Rector of the Church of Saint Matthew in Worcester, Diocese of Western Massachusetts, and the former Canon of Formation and Dean for the Mercer School of Theology in the Diocese of Long Island.

Schedule:
 
November 24 The World as Praise. Everything that’s around us, both within the earth’s atmosphere and beyond: why does it exist? What is the purpose of it all? And what is our role within it all?
 
When: Wednesdays: November 10, 17, and 24, 12 noon to 1 pm online via Zoom

Classes are free, but registration is required.



FIRST UNITARIAN COLLECTING NEW AND GENTLY USED SHOES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOLES4SOULS

New and gently used shoes will be collected at First Unitarian, corner of Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place:

November 28th at Sunday Service at 11 AM

December 4th at UniFair in First U Chapel from 10 AM to 2 PM

December 5th at Sunday Service at 11 AM
Memory Care Workshops


The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, invites you to join us for a series of presentations on Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia. Learn caregiving tips, ask questions, and enjoy an open discussion with experts. An exclusive private tour of our luxurious
residences and 50,000+ square-feet of activated spaces will follow.


The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights 21 Clark Street | Brooklyn, NY 11201

5:30 to 7:30 pm

December 14th | Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Lite bites and refreshments will be served. COVID-19 protocols will be carefully followed. Inquire for more details.

Please RSVP by December 10th at 347-343-4900 or aomurtagh@watermarkcommunities.com
Parish Prayer Concerns

That we may be witness to God’s reign of love and hope in the face of evil, and be true disciples of Christ in our decisions and actions. That all elected officials may recognize that true authority comes from God, and is intended for the service of all creation. For all places where there is conflict or discord. For all who bear the marks of suffering, persecution or famine. For all migrants trapped at border crossings. For those who are ensnared in substance abuse. For all who suffer from COVID-19, and those who have been commended to our prayers this week, especially Gwen; Kerrilynn; Ophie; Stephanie; Trey; Karl S.; Ginny; Sohee; Donald; Elizabeth; Aryiro, Eric & family; Richard B.; Jane K.; Richard & Linda F.; Rosemarie; Andrew; Katie Lynn; and Noreen H. For those who live with chronic or incurable illnesses, and those who care for sick or aging loved ones. For those who have died, and those who mourn.
Grace Summer
Sunday Services

Sunday worship services have returned to the Sanctuary for our 8 am, 9:15 am, and 11 am services.

We ask that all groups maintain social distance while attending worship services. For this reason, our capacity will be reduced to 150 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. Further, we do strongly encourage all worshippers and visitors to Grace Church be vaccinated against COVID-19.

If you have any questions about our worship schedule, please contact Melissa Kelly, parish administrator, at parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org or (718) 624-1850 x 10.
Child Care Returns

Grace Church has resumed nursery care in the Colonial Room for small children for our 9:15 am and 11 am services. The Colonial Room is located across from the kitchen in the Parish Hall. As always, children are welcome at our worship services as well.
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.
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!
Grace Church | 254 Hicks Street | Brooklyn NY 11201 
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