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Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.
October 10
The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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


Pre-registration no longer required.

Unfortunately, we will not be live-streaming this week's worship service.

Annual Blessing Of The Animals
Sunday, October 10th, 4 pm

Grace Church will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday October 10th at 4pm, in our garden on Grace Court, across from the church. All are welcome at this community event, which will feature prayers and music in honor of God’s good creation and blessings for our beloved pets.

Multicultural Day

Multicultural Day is next week! 

Join us on Sunday, October 17, as we celebrate the international diversity of Grace Church Brooklyn Heights. There will be only one service at 10am. The day will include festive worship with lessons and prayers in various languages, multicultural music selections and a celebratory performance by Omega Dance Company. 

Additionally, we'll have music and a delicious Mediterranean and Caribbean lunch outside on Grace Court, educational displays representing various countries, and, back by popular demand, the St. Augustine's Pan-a-Praise steel orchestra.

We look forward to seeing you there!


International Educational/
Pictorial Displays 
 
Are you or your family from another country? We invite you to set up a display, which may include pictures, artifacts, maps, etc. from that country (see sample above), at the Third Annual Multicultural Day celebration on October 17th. The displays will be set up in the Narthex of the church. Please e-mail Denise Young Farrell or Allison Robinson to reserve your space. 


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 forty 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 at the 15th Annual Taste of Red Hook Gala

From left to right: Rev. Leandra, Allison Robinson, Fr. Allen, Mark McIntyre (not pictured: Theresa Seabaugh)

The Taste of Red Hook was a fundraiser to support the work of the Red Hook Initiative (RHI), which impacts the over 6500 residents of Red Hook Houses, Brooklyn’s largest public housing community. This work includes youth development, community building, and investing in the residents. The Taste of Red Hook was not only an opportunity to taste food and drink by local vendors but also network with other community partners and hear the powerful and moving stories from young people who credit the RHI with academic support, job preparation, employment, training, college enrollment, and leadership opportunities. A great time was had by all!

YOUTH GROUP @ Grace

Calling all middle and high schoolers! Want to meet regularly with your peers to talk about faith and life? Looking for opportunities to serve the wider community and hear from exciting guest speakers? This group is definitely for you, and we’d love for you to join us. 

Beginning on Sunday, October 17th, immediately following the Multicultural Day celebration, Fr Chris will lead the first in a series of conversations about “The Virtues,” What might the ancient ideas of Wisdom, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude, Faith, Hope and Love have to say to us today, in our world? Feel free to bring a friend!

We’re also in the process of arranging days of service, field trips and guest speakers throughout the program year. Stay tuned to Grace Notes for more details, or even better, share your ideas with us!
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Sunday Worship Service:
Live Stream Volunteers Needed

We regret there will be no live streaming of this Sunday's service because of unforeseen staffing issues. 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.


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.


Advance Planning Workshop Saturday, October 16
 
Come to a half-day advance planning workshop dedicated to helping you get your home and paperwork in order. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Guild Hall. 
 
Sessions on:
· Important documents - what you need and how to store them.
· The "stuff" of life, our possessions, and instructions for your heirs about them, with a dive into Swedish Death Cleaning.
· Selecting hymns for your funeral service.
· Burial and funeral service options, and how things have changed due to Covid-19.
Those who engage in advance planning report a sense of accomplishment and most importantly, decreased anxiety about the future. 

Join Grace member and thanatologist, Matilda Garrido; Director of Music, Paul Olson; and funeral director Amy Cunningham for this informative workshop.

"Repeat offenders" welcome! If you have previously attended an advance planning workshop and would like to come back for a refresher or further questions, please feel free.
*We will not be providing legal advice, but we will strive to help you figure out exactly what you might wish to consult an attorney about. Not all end-of-life planning paperwork requires an attorney's help.*

Please note, registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required for this event.
 
Click here to register:
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.
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 .
Parish Prayer Concerns

That we may reach out with welcome and God’s love to all who are alienated from the church through fear of harsh judgment or rejection. For a spirit of constructive dialogue and discernment among the leaders of our nation. For all who struggle to obtain the basic necessities of life or fair treatment under the law, and for all who try to help them: that they may gain strength from the knowledge that, for God, all things are possible. For those who suffer from COVID-19, and those for whom prayers have been requested, especially Tom; Sonia; Aria & Ruah; Linda & Ed; Tim, Katrina & Krissy Jo; Kris; Karl S.; Sean, Fiona & family; Janice; Mike; Marcelle; Joe D. & family; Bill; Heleen; Sally; Anita; Linda C.; Erika; Noreen K.; Cary; all who live with chronic or incurable illnesses, and all who care for sick or aging loved ones. For those who have died, especially, Bita Javadizdeh Brun, daughter-in-law of Ann and Karl Brun, and wife of Henrik Brun. For God’s consoling presence with all who mourn. In thanksgiving for all who work “behind the scenes” to maintain Grace Church’s worship, programs, governance, and its physical buildings.
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.
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!
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