Growing in Faith. Creating an Inclusive Community.
Serving with Compassion. Working for Social Justice.
September 12
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

Our Vimeo livestream and Zoom simulcast will be on hiatus for the summer. These will resume Sunday, Sept. 19th. Thank you for your understanding and patience.


Pre-registration no longer required.

9.11 Observation

9/11 Observance

Please join Grace Church and other neighborhood houses of worship for an interfaith, candle-light vigil on Saturday, Sept. 11th at 7:15pm on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, near the Montague St. entrance. This event is sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association.


Another opportunity to observe 9-11-2021
with our deanery of Episcopal parishes,
hosted by All Saints, Park Slope.
 
9/11 Vigil of Prayers and Readings
Saturday, September 11 from 8:30-9:30am
In-Person and Livestream
 




JOIN US FOR RALLY DAY, SEPTEMBER 19th!


We are so glad to offer a barbecue following our 10 am service next Sunday, Sept. 19th after a hiatus due to COVID-19.
In keeping with COVID concerns, our barbecue will be very simplified for this year. We will have hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers served by our resident chefs with cheese, tomato, and onions. Chips, water and trays of cookies will be part of the fare.
We hope to see you there and have an opportunity to chat about the summer.
Take care and be well!


























YOU'RE INVITED!

TASTE OF RED HOOK, Red Hook Initiative's Annual Gala,
turns 15 this year


On Tuesday, October 5th, join Red Hook Initiative at The Liberty Warehouse for a premier tasting event and after party to remember! Taste of Red Hook is our signature annual gala and brings together the best of Brooklyn's restaurants, bars, bakeries, and distilleries. Join staff, youth and volunteers as we head to the Red Hook waterfront for food and drink from award-winning establishments, learn about RHI's impactful work, enjoy live music, and so much more! Click here to purchase your ticket.
 
Taste of Red Hook supports RHI's community-based work impacting over 6,500 residents of Brooklyn's largest public housing community, Red Hook Houses.





Grace Church at
Red Hook Farms --
August Update


Pictured left to right:
Brunilda Suarez, Sarah Luke, & Allison Robinson

Neither snow nor rain nor heat shall keep the Grace Team from Red Hook Farms.  It was a steamy Saturday morning, almost 90 degrees, and the greenhouse at Red Hook farm was even hotter!  But the Grace Church team braved the harsh temperatures to pick tomatoes and pull weeds.  The before and after pictures were stunning and well worth the effort. The youth farm workers were inspiring, fellowship incredible, and the work rewarding!

Grace Church’s designated day at the farm is the second Saturday of the month.  Join us on September 11, 10:00 am -1:00 pm.  For more information, or to join the team, please e-mail Sarah Luke.

Looking for fresh and affordable fruits and vegetables? Consider shopping at the Farm Stand at Red Hook Farms. Grace Church volunteers get a discount!

If you're not able to work on the farm, we are also accepting donations to help pay the wages of these deserving youth. Grace has set aside $1500 for the Red Hook Farms, and we would be so grateful if that could be matched through parishioner donations. You can do that easily via Realm, by selecting Red Hook Initiative in the dropdown menu.

For more information about the Grace Church Red Hook Initiative, please read this letter from the Wardens.
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, strong in faith, may show compassion, confront evil, and be signs of God’s love. For the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks: for an end to war, violence, coercion, the need to dominate … and the deceitful justifications in God’s name for all of these. May all who wish harm to others, and all who engage in acts of terrorism, be delivered from the darkness of fanaticism; and may healing and resurrection hope be granted to all those whose lives were disrupted, faith shattered, and spirits broken by the violence of that day. For all who are trying to rebuild their lives after earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods and tornados. For those who live with chronic or incurable illnesses, those who are fearful and those who despair. For those who have been commended to our prayers, especially Cary; Jane O.; Karl S.; Roger; Bill; Anne & Moe & family; Mercedes; Jean; Sybil; Mary; Dolores; Theo & family; Elaine; David; the Rev. Liz Tunney; all who suffer from COVID-19; and all who care for sick or aging loved ones. For all who have died, and all who mourn.


Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre
 


Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre is a network of care that supports and cares for Palestinian children who live with disabilities and whose primary facility is in East Jerusalem. Recently, a global campaign was launched to support the center's work in providing therapeutic, social and pastoral care to a community of people who -- apart from their already challenging existence -- are facing a crisis in the wake of the recent violence. 

On the heels of drastically reduced funding over the past four years, JPBC has met with resolve the threat of COVID-19 and its accompanying restrictions. Virtual therapies have been put in place and parallel the cutting edge and compassionate work that has been in place in the center for decades. 

Grace Church is collecting donations to send to the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre. You may give directly to the fund via Realm, or checks can be made out to Grace Church with "JPBC" in the memo.

Learn more about the center and their incredible work on their website:
SUMMER SERVICES
Worship Services are in Guild Hall

As a reminder, please note that worship services have moved into Guild Hall for the summer. We will continue to hold three services: 8 am, 9:15 am family service, and 11 am.

Guild Hall is air conditioned, and the windows will be closed. There are 7 air purifiers in Guild Hall to clean and circulate the air plus 3 more in the North Room where the choir sits. We ask that all groups maintain social distance while attending worship services. For this reason, our capacity will be reduced to 45 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.

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

Rector’s Bible Study
The Bible Study group will be reading Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman while on hiatus from Tuesday meetings over the summer. The weekly Bible Study will resume in the fall. Please feel free to join the group in their summer reading! The Bible Study group will discuss the book at their first meetings in the fall.

COVID-19 Updates

NYS updated the guidelines on mask usage and lifted capacity limits for most spaces, including Houses of Worship. It is now up to individual churches to decide whether they will continue many COVID-19 restrictions.

As of Sunday, July 4th, Grace Church will no longer ask anyone to pre-register when attending any worship services. We are still limiting capacity at our worship services to help maintain social distancing. During the summer, up to 45 worshippers may attend each service in the Guild Hall.

In addition, we are still requiring everyone to wear a mask when inside the church and church offices. Ushers will continue temperature screenings before each service until further notice.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding!
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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