August 2, 2020
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Wishing you an awareness of
God's Presence, Love and Peace
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The Office is SLOWLY opening,
but if you need, please feel free to contact the rector at home or cell phone:
810-987 2863 or 810-887-8194. The latter is also good for texting.

Office Hours are Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm

Face Masks are required in the building.
Return to Church Updates

PLEASE COMPLETE THE COMMUNICATIONS FORM HERE

This will help us maintain accurate records for communications regarding service RSVP, cancellations, etc.

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Our first public worship service at Grace
will be in the Garden on
Sunday August 2 at 9:15am

Due to COVID19 gathering restrictions,
there is a limit to the number of people
we can allow to attend.
We also need to keep contact tracing records.
Therefore we MUST have an RSVP.

Please click the red RSVP button below to let us know how many people in your family/group will be attending (this includes adults & children).

You do not need to signup for or join anything to RSVP
  • If you would like to attend, but remain in your vehicle, you do not need to submit an RSVP.
We ask that you park along the side parking lot
(where we hold the garage sale).
Rolling down your windows you should be able to hear the service.

  • Service will begin at 9:15am outside in the Garden. Please arrive early for temperature taking.
FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED. 

  • Please bring a chair and any weather related items
you will want (sweater, umbrella, etc). 

  • Due to COVID19 gathering restrictions, there is a limit to the number of people we can allow to attend.

  • In the event we need to cancel due to poor weather conditions and/or virus spikes in our area, you will be contacted.

  • Please do not socialize before/after service as we must observe the 6-foot social distance guideline.

  • Any questions or concerns regarding the RSVP process, please contact Lydia or Tracey Larson.

Staying Safe at Grace
We are asking everyone who is at Grace for any reason to use available sanitizing products to clean up after themselves. It would help a lot to get donations of paper towels, Lysol or Clorox spray, Lysol or Clorox wipes, large hand sanitizer bottles and tissues. You may drop these off whenever the office is open. As you may have discovered, it is hard to order these online or in bulk, but then are often available in stores. Thanks so much for your help!
Online Worship Options
Lessons appointed for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Click Here
The Book of Common Prayer Click Here Morning Prayer begins on page 75. The Sunday readings are also available by clicking on a link on our Web Page.

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WEEKLY SATURDAY Virtual Evening Prayer and Check-In with Lydia on August 8th at 5:30pm . If you don't' have a prayer book, you can find it online here . We are using the Eucharistic Readings for Sunday which you can locate on this calendar . To join just click here

WEEKLY SUNDAY
The Diocese of Eastern Michigan holds morning prayer every Sunday at 10:30am. People from all over the diocese help lead. You can find it on the Facebook page of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan Click Here

Washington National Cathedral Sunday Holy Eucharist at 11:15am will celebrate with preaching by The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith. Click Here

Trinity Church Wall Street has a live stream of their weekday Holy Eucharist at 12:05pm and Sunday service at 11:15am Click Here

If you are not an early riser, you can view the 11am service
( 2pm EST ) at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Washington.

** Note: All live stream videos are archived and available for viewing at anytime. Use the same links above.

Other Worship Opportunities
Another excellent diocesan resource is Compline which is being led at 8pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can find it on the Facebook page of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan as well (see above for link). The order of service for this can be found here

Katie Forsyth has curated a whole bunch of online opportunities here.

Links to the hymns we are missing each Sunday are posted on Grace's Facebook Page , so you can listen and sing along.
Please Remember to Give
We greatly appreciate you continuing your financial support to Grace.
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If you have continued to send in your pledge, THANK YOU !

The staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes at home finding ways to keep in contact, to stay connected and to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Thanks to those who have made extra donations to support our outreach to needy families.

Possible ways to continue your support:
* mail a check to the church (we still have staff picking up the mail)
* donate online

REMEMBER: Another way to support Grace is by making your purchases through smile.amazon.com. Just go here and shop!:

And yet another way is by linking your Kroger card to Grace Port Huron. You go online to sign up and a percentage of you purchase goes to support Grace.

The Cares Act includes some new incentives for charitable giving, for people who don't itemize and for those who do. You can read about that here.
Grace Connecting
through ZOOM
EVERY WEDNESDAY
One of the things we all miss while sheltering at home, is seeing everyone on Wednesdays, Saturdays and/or Sundays. Lydia is going to host a "zoom" gathering on August 5th 10:00am to 11:30am.

To participate you need a smartphone, tablet or computer, ideally with a built in microphone and camera. You don't need to be one of the Wednesday regulars. Anyone who would like to ask questions, talk, pray is welcome.

Topic discussion for this week Zoom mtg:
Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus Walks on Water

To join just click here

You may be asked to download app or you can just go to cloud version.

Call Lydia at 810-987-2863 or 810-887-8194.


FIRST AND THIRD THURSDAY
KNITTERS,CRAFTERS AND FRIENDS
It has been decided to suspend meeting until September. Enjoy summer & we look forward to seeing all your creations when we resume!

WEEKLY SATURDAY SERVICE
Virtual Evening Prayer and Check-In on
August 1st & 8th at 5:30pm
If you don't' have a prayer book, you can find it online here:
We are using the Eucharistic Readings for Sunday which you can locate on thi s calendar.

To join just click here
Annual Garage Sale - Postponed
Many of you have been bringing in donations for the Annual Garage Sale since last August and probably others have spent Corona time cleaning closets and deciding to give away things that don't spark joy.

Unfortunately, for the safety of volunteers and shoppers, we are postponing the garage sale until safer times. You can keep bringing your donations, however.

Meanwhile, we are looking for someone to donate a storage space, since our garage will soon be overflowing!

We also wonder if there is anyone who has a clever idea about selling online. That would involve identifying some items that seem worth the effort and selling them online.

If you can help, please contact Mary Gale McPharlin.
Vacation Bible School










SING! PLAY! SUMMER!

Week 4 ~ Room to Fall
July 27-31

Scripture
Then David took his staff in hand, and chose five smooth stones from the river valley, and put them in his shepherd's bag...
1 Samuel 17:40

Goliath looked unbeatable, and the sight of a young kid without armor or sword approaching the great giant must have been laughable to the Philistines - and terrifying to the Israelites! But God can make a way out of no way - and the biggest problems we face today can be occasions for taking heart, having courage, and getting to work. Goliath's gonna fall!

What are the Goliath-sized problems we face today,
both personally and globally?
How do YOU gather courage and hope
needed to face challenges that seem impossible?

Please contact Mrs. Larson if you have any questions.
Sunday School with Mrs. Larson
Be sure to keep checking the Grace Facebook page for
craft ideas, recipes, and story videos.
Hello Friends!

You will find below the curriculum for the week's lesson. As always, please share with me pictures of you and your family working on the activities list below.

As we near the beginning of the new school year, whatever that may look like, I want to share some Back to School Prayers and Blessings for Families written by Traci Smith.

Blessings,
Mrs. Larson
Resources for at Home - August 2nd Curriculum

Faith at Home - Click Here

Sunday Paper Junior - Click Here

Living the Good News Curriculum
Gospel Story Matthew 14:13-21
More About Today's Scriptures Click Here

Bridges to The Good News - Click Here

Opening Prayer
God of love, we are grateful for all the gifts you give us. Help us to share with others. Amen .”

Read the Gospel story Matthew 14:13-21
◆ Jesus has compassion on those who hunger and feeds them with five loaves and
two fish.
◆ God’s generosity inspires wonder and gratitude.

Art - Visual Meditation
◆ draw yourself at a meal with Jesus.
◆ Consider different possibilities:
  • the Eucharist
  • a family meal
  • a meal with the homeless
  • the meal in today’s gospel

Baking
◆ Make bread together. An easy bread recipe can be found here . Maybe you share the loaves you make with others.

Game
◆ Play go fish

Music
Sing and/or play the hymn Hope of the World , reflecting today’s theme.

Close with prayer
" Lord, Thank you for using whatever we have for your will. Please help us to trust in You and let our lives be used for your glory. We know you will always provide and make great things out of small things. Thank you for miracles. Thank you for your love.
Amen ."
Please share with Mrs. Larson what you are up to at home!
tracey.larson@graceporthuron.net
We'd love to see your smiling faces!
And maybe you'll see yourself on Grace's Facebook page!