Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

14 April 2019
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms
9:15 am Family Eucharist with Liturgy of the Palms
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir and Liturgy of the Palms

Please join us after all services for fellowship, coffee and refreshment in the Guild Hall.

For detailed information about  the parish calendar, ministries, and outreach, please click the link below.
Grace Sunday school students prepare for Holy Week
Maundy Thursday Foot Washing practice
Drawing of Jesus by Violet Pierce
Save the Date! 
Saturday, June 8 will be our third annual Feminist Scholar in Residence event. The Rev. Dr. Cristian De La Rosa will lead us in learning about mujeristatheology and its application to today’s world issues. Want to know more and/or help plan this event? Please come to the next meeting of the Gender Equity in Word and Deed Committee in the North Room from 7:30 to 8:30 pm tonight, Thursday, April 11 . All are welcome.
Next Sanctuary Cinema Series screening "Baran":
this Friday, April 12 at 7 pm
Please join us for our next FREE Sanctuary Screening, this Friday, April 12 at 7 pm in the Guild Hall, when we will be watching Baran .
 
FREE babysitting is provided at the church, beginning at 7 pm, during the film. You parents of young children can enjoy a movie date!!!

Popcorn and lemonade will again be served and facilitated discussion will follow.
Are you/your family from another country?  
Grace Church wants to celebrate the international diversity of our congregation with an inaugural Multicultural Day in October 2019. There will be food from around the world, artifacts and pictures on display from various countries, music and entertainment, children’s activities and much more!!  If you are interested in planning and/or participating in this event, please join us for a meeting on Sunday, April 14, 10:15 - 11:00 am in the North Room . For more information, contact Denise Farrell or Allison Robinson
Join us
Saturday, April 20, at 10 am
to adorn the Church for Easter Sunday
During the solemn season of Lent, all is restrained. The music…. the altar flowers…. even the alleluias go missing! The explosion of flowers for Easter Sunday is part of a joyous celebration. To prepare, we will be placing pots of lilies, azaleas, hydrangeas, tulips and daffodils throughout the Church and Guild Hall. If you’d like to help with this special activity, please contact Kate Rock or Leslie Keiler .
Grace Core Values Inquiry Process
Who are we as a church community? What are we called to do? This is an exciting time of transition and growth at Grace, and we need your help to deepen our understanding of the core values that underpin Grace’s mission and our vision for the future. Members of the vestry will be inviting parishioners to engage in conversation about Grace’s core values and mission. Please be receptive if you are called or approached at coffee hour to chat for a bit. You may also contact Amy Rowland directly if you are interested in participating in this dialogue. In addition, the vestry will be facilitating a series of focus groups about core values - the next one will be held  at 10:15 am on Sunday, June 9 in the North Room and we encourage everyone to attend . We will continue to update you about future opportunities for engagement on this very important discernment process.
Easter Flower dedications: Last Chance!
Parishioners and friends who would like to contribute Easter flowers in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for blessings in their lives, may do so by filling out the purple half sheet form found on the Welcome Table in the rear of church, and either placing it in the offering plate or sending it to the parish office. You can also do so online . Suggested minimum donation is $25 . For names to appear in the Easter Day bulletin, please respond to the parish office by Holy Monday, April 15 .
Summer Church Camp Registration is now open!   
Grace Church, together with St. Ann's and the Holy Trinity Church, is hosting The Brooklyn Heights Episcopal Story and Song  Summer Church Camp (shorthand: Story and Song Camp) for the week of August 26 to 30 . Story and Song Camp hours are from 9 am to 3 pm with aftercare available until 5:30 pm. Opportunities available for adult, middle school, and high school volunteers. More details available at  https://tiny.cc/StoryAndSong2019  
(case sensitive). Space is limited, so sign up today!  
 
Questions? Contact Brianna McCarty or Rev. Erika .
First Aid and Defibrillator Training:
10:15 am Sunday, April 28
As many of you may have noticed, we now have a first aid kit and AED equipment across from the ADA bathroom and another AED Kit in the North Room. The Grace Church School also has a Kit outside of their office space above the Gym. Dr. Bryan McCarty has graciously agreed to do some training on this equipment for Sunday, April 28 at 10:15 am in the North Room . If you are interested in receiving training, please sign up at the back of the Church.
Calling all Coffee Hour Hosts.......

As you know, coffee hour is a time for fellowship and conversation among church members. To share a cup of coffee, pastry and have small chats,what a great way to spend time after Sunday service.

Therefore, we are looking for volunteers to host the Coffee Hour after the 11am service.

It can be very simple or as elaborate (but not expensive) as you like, infusing fruits, carrots, celery with hummus dips or pastry, homemade cookies or brownies. Prepare your favorite goodies to share. You can also make a monetary donation and the Church can do the shopping for you.

We hope you will consider this special ministry and volunteer a small amount of time to host.

If you are interested in volunteering one Sunday, please contact Marilyn Grant, Emily Horcher, or Sheila O’Neill .

Many thanks to Ellen and Lila Lovejoy for hosting Coffee Hour after the 11 am service this Sunday. 

On behalf of Emily, Marilyn and Shelia, we appreciate all that you do for Grace!
Thank you again.
"Walk in love as Christ loves us."
Each year Episcopal Ministries of Long Island seeks support for programs that serve the congregations and local communities of this Diocese, among them Camp DeWolfe and the Ali Forney Center. The 2019 Annual Appeal is now underway. For further information, please find information on the Welcome Table at the back of the church or visit the Episcopal Ministries web site .
Interested in participating or receiving
a bi-monthly newsletter?
Who are our high school or college bound students at Grace? Any alumni attending Grace? Anyone moving away or individuals moving to the neighborhood and attending Grace? Having an exhibition (graphic art, sculptures or photography)? Where will it be? Published a book lately? Any book signings? Vacation rentals?

This publication could help us get to know each other better and engage in dialogue. Hope you will consider this format. If interested please contact Charlotte Thorp .
Grace Schedule of Upcoming Baptismal Dates

As is a parish church tradition, no more than seven Candidates are Baptized as a group, usually during an 11 am service of Holy Eucharist with Baptisms. 

Here is the upcoming date (more dates will be announced at a future time):
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 (Easter Eve), 4 pm - 1 spot remaining
Please contact Christian DeRuiter, Parish Administrator, for more information and to obtain an application.
Pastoral News and Prayer Concerns
Parish Prayer Concerns: Wendy, Sybil, Jacob, Eric & Frances, Sandra, Bill, and Baby Daniel.
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