Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

17 March 2019
The Second Sunday in Lent

8:00 am Holy Eucharist 
9:15 am Family Eucharist
11:00 am Holy Eucharist with Parish Choir

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.
Sanctuary Cinema Screening of "Roma" another success!
The Rector’s Lenten Book Study with Grace Church and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church begins tonight: Thursday, March 14
Please join us for a Lenten book study of Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ .

The book study will meet on every Thursday in Lent, beginning tonight, March 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

March 21: Grace
March 28: St. Charles Borromeo
April 4: Grace

Light fare will be served.

The book is available online.

Please see Allen+ or contact the parish office for more details.
Special book presentation: Sunday, March 17
Benjamin Morse, Grace parishioner, biblical scholar and author/ illustrator of The Bible Beautiful Series , will be on hand Sunday, March 17 to share his whimsical and engaging artwork and biblical storytelling. Suitable for children and adults. He will be visiting the Journey to Adulthood class, and also show his work and speak during coffee hour after the 11 am service.
 
Click here for more info and reviews of Ben’s work.
Grace Newcomers gathering:
Sunday, March 24 at 6pm
If you have recently joined the Grace community — or you’ve been attending Grace for awhile (whether that’s months, years, or decades!) —we invite you to a special Newcomers Gathering on Sunday, March 24, at 6:00 pm . Join us in front of the fire in the North Room for drinks and a light bite. This is a low-key, family friendly event. We’re looking forward to getting to know each other!

Please RSVP to Parish Administrator, Christian DeRuiter, at (718) 624-1850, x10, or parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org .
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. Between now and April, 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 focus group about core values during a North Room Chat at 10:15 am on Sunday, April 7 - please save the date and join us. We encourage everyone to participate in this important work, and will continue to update you about future opportunities for engagement.
Are you a part of this puzzle?
Every puzzle piece represents a pledge. To date we've received 209 pledges for $656,612.00. Are you in this picture? Please make your pledge and help complete the full picture of Grace! Pledges can be made online or by filling out and returning a pew card. 
Wednesday afternoon Lenten Class offering underway
Entering the Passion of Jesus:
A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week

A six-week study using a book &
brief DVD lectures from noted
Jewish New Testament scholar,
Amy-Jill Levine.

Please order her book, same title as the class, 
(available online ).

This class will meet on
Wednesdays in Lent,
from 4:00 – 5:15 pm
in the North Room. Led by the Rev. Erika Meyer.

Send Rev. Erika an email if you are planning to attend.
Tuesday Lenten Organ Recitals underway
Come for spiritual refreshment in the season of Lent, beginning 12:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Please see this flyer for a detailed listing of recitalists.
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 .
Quiet Day of Contemplative Prayer:
Saturday, March 23
Take time to restore yourself with silence and scripture in a day of contemplative prayer. We will begin with a brief review of centering prayer and lectio divina, followed by practice of these two methods of contemplative prayer. We will eat lunch together in silence and in the afternoon, experience a contemplative prayer service with Eucharist, led by The Reverend Erika Meyer and Lindsay Boyer.

All are welcome. A $20 donation is requested to cover the cost of a box lunch and to help us sponsor future events, but if you are unable to pay for the lunch, please come anyway!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lindsay or 718-858-4119.
Columbarium Memorial Service:
Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm
Please join us for a quiet, contemplative evening prayer service, honoring those who have passed on in our lives. We will begin with a short memorial service, read aloud the names of the dead interred in our Columbarium and other community members and friends, and then enjoy beautiful piano music during a period of silent prayer and meditation. There will be light refreshments in the Narthex after the service. If you would like to have a name read aloud, please email Christian DeRuiter, in the parish office. This event is open to members and friends of Grace Church as well as the wider community. No RSVP is necessary.
Special event at Grace
"Funeral Planning for Folks Who Have No Time to Die:
A talk with funeral director Amy Cunningham"
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm in the Guild Hall
Planning for your own death, and getting acquainted with what is traditional and newly possible in funeral service enables you to face your own mortality with courage and focus on what your life has been all about. Sadly, for people who postpone funeral discussions, their survivors are then confronted with huge decisions involving thousands of dollars as they hold Kleenex in their hands. Join journalist and NY licensed funeral director Amy Cunningham for a riveting (even fun!) presentation on trends within the $16 billion funeral business. Topics covered include how to make a cremation more meaningful, the differences between a green burial and a traditional one, the usefulness of a burial shroud, plus a run-down of service costs and options including a funeral in the home, casket in church, urn in church, committal prayers at gravesite or crematory chapel, witnessed cremation. We'll touch upon digital obituaries, "life letters" to loved ones, eulogies, full body donation to medical science, and organ donation. After all that, we'll have time for questions. In the end, you’ll get a glimmer of what funerals customs and products from the past should be preserved, and what can be jettisoned—and you'll leave with some planning resources for yourself or for someone you love. Please RSVP here .

Amy Cunningham is a licensed funeral director and owner of the Brooklyn firm  Fitting Tribute Funeral Services . She specializes in simple burials within the NYC- Metropolitan area and upstate, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery's crematory chapels in Brooklyn. Amy was  profiled by the New York Times , and was named one of nine  top funeral innovators  by FuneralOne, a leading voice for change in the funeral industry. She majored in English at the University of Virginia and holds a mortuary degree from the American Academy McAllister Institute. 
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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, Elle ( pronounced “Ellie” ), Bill, and baby James.
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