Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

August 11, 2019
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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

All services are held in the air-conditioned Guild Hall.
Please join us afterwards in the Choir Room for coffee and fellowship.

We Did It!
$57,764 Raised in 
Matching Pledge Opportunity!

We began the month with an announcement that a generous group of parishioners had created a fund to encourage new and increased pledges with a dollar for dollar match. We are thrilled to announce now that with this incentive, Grace has received $57,764.

To all who contributed to this challenge, thank you, thank you. To our founding donors, thank you for your vision. To all who pledged earlier and/or gave in other ways, we are so grateful for your faithful support of our programs and ministries. 

Regardless of the date, your pledge is always valued and always welcomed. Pledge online here or return an Annual Giving pew card. Again, we say thank you.

Les Petits Chanteurs and 
Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 pm
Join us on Sunday, September 8, at 4:00 pm, for a performance by Les Petits Chanteurs,  a choir of 30 singers ages 10 through 16 and an eight-piece chamber ensemble from Holy Trinity Music School, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Holy Trinity is the oldest music school of its kind in Haiti, and the concert will showcase the country’s rich musical traditions, highlight the talent nurtured at the school, and raise awareness of Haiti’s ongoing rebuilding effort and need for assistance. A free-will offering will be collected at the concert to support the Music School. A reception will follow.

Grace families are needed to host 40 youth and adults, generally housed in pairs. Special events include a Saturday evening dinner for host families and choir members in the Guild Hall. On Sunday, September 8, the choir will worship at Grace and the concert will be held later that afternoon. Guests will spend Sunday night with their host families before returning to Grace on Monday morning to continue their travels.

For more information or to become a host family, please contact Takisha Brown, Parish Administrator, at 718-624-1850 x 10 or click here . 
LIFT Summer Reading Recommendation
A recurring question heard in the media these days is whether the latest comment or tweet or politician is racist. Is racism today different from the Jim Crow era? How do you answer those questions? How would Jesus answer?

Grace Church is forming answers through our summer reading theme, "Obstacles and Elevators to Beloved Community." What aspects of race in the current cultural and political environment are obstacles that get in or way on our journey to Beloved Community? What influences elevate and lift us closer to God's intent?

Our primary recommended summer book is America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by bestselling author and Christian activist Jim Wallis. Here's what others are saying about the book:

"Jim Wallis is a clarion voice our nation desperately needs right now, especially the parents and grandparents raising our next generation of children." -- Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

"Jim Wallis makes a convincing argument that honestly confronting the sins of our past does not paralyze us but rather compels us to act with moral urgency. His book is simultaneously a sermon of hope and repentance and a practical guide for making real and positive change, based on the gospel lessons of empathy and social responsibility. America's Original Sin is a work of both splendid critical analysis and profound faith." -- Daren Walker, president, Ford Foundation

"Read this book not because you must. Read it because together we are compelled to set right the path toward our country’s promise of greatness as a diverse people who must treat one another in a gracist manner, not a racist one. I commend to you Wallis’s message of hard truth with practical help toward a better future.” —David Anderson, talk show host and author of Gracism: The Art of Inclusion

Join us in reading America’s Original Sin. We’ll reflect on the book together in a Rector’s Forum this fall.
Becoming Beloved Community: Sacred Ground

In response to key themes that have emerged from Grace’s ongoing Core Values inquiry, we are developing a new  Becoming Beloved Community initiative. In the near future, you will receive a letter with more detailed information concerning this initiative. 

One of the pieces in  Becoming Beloved Community is Sacred Ground , the Episcopal Church’s exciting new film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.

You will hear more about  Sacred Ground during the announcements in church on Sundays. In the meantime, for more information, please click here .   
August Hymn Sings at Grace Church Brooklyn Heights 2019

For Four Tuesdays in August, we will meet at 7:00-8:30 pm in the air-conditioned Choir Room, led by Paul Olson.

Special Presentations 

August 13
Paul Olson
Grace Church

August 20
Patricia Woodard
Grace Church

August 27
Jacque Jones
Plymouth Church, Brooklyn Heights
Story & Song Summer Church Camp
Spaces Still Available! 
Grace Church, together with St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, is hosting The Brooklyn Heights Episcopal Story and Song  Summer Church Camp for the week of August 26-30 . Story and Song Camp hours are from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with aftercare available until 5:30 pm.  Opportunities are available for adult, middle school, and high school volunteers. For more details please click here.

Space is limited, so don't wait, sign up today!  Questions? Contact Brianna McCarty or The Reverend Erika Meyer.
Men's Summer Book Group
Thursday, August 29

We invite you to join the Reverend Dr. Allen F. Robinson for a new summer men's book group. The group will meet in the evening on the last Thursday of each month in August and September, and will read books by women of color. Each Thursday is independent, you don't need to commit to both of them. Our first book is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (available for Kindle and in hard copy at the Brooklyn Public Library). To RSVP for our first meeting on August 29 at 6:00 pm in the North Room, please e-mail Jim Williamson.
Are you/your family/parents or grandparents
from another country?

Australia, China, Ecuador, England, Guyana, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Norway, Panama and South Korea. 

Is your country represented?
Don't be left out. Join us on Sunday, September 29, 10:00 am-11:00 am  in the  North Room  to plan the inaugural Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Multicultural Day. 

Festivities are scheduled for Sunday, October 20th with an awesome worship service at 11:00 am, followed by a spectacular international food festival with live music in the Guild Hall. For more information, contact   Denise Young Farrell  or  Allison Robinson
Grace Education for Ministry
The Grace Education for Ministry group is looking for people who might be interested in joining them when meetings resume in September. Each year, EfM participants commit to meeting on Wednesday evenings from September to June. In a safe and trusting environment, we study the Bible and our Christian tradition and theology, reflecting on our call to ministry in the world. 
Contact co-mentors Kathy Page   or the Reverend John Musco   for more information. Or you can speak to or contact our current participants. from Grace: Jane Parkerton, Cub Gichenje , Claude Scales, or Elizabeth Stong.
To learn more about this international program with 80,000 participants since 1975, please click  here.
Schedule of Upcoming Baptismal Dates
  • September 22 - 5 slots available
  • November 17 - 6 slots available
2020 (All open)
  • February 23
  • April 11 (Easter Eve)
  • May 31 (Pentecost Sunday)
  • September 27
  • November 22
At Grace, we baptize up to seven candidates at a service, usually during the 11:00 am Sunday service of Holy Eucharist. For further information, or to obtain a Baptism application, please contact the Parish Office.
Escape the Great Indoors!
Scout Me In. Boy Scout Troop 213, active in Brooklyn Heights for more than 50 years, is actively recruiting new scouts. Boys and girls aged 10 1/2 to 18 are invited to come to a meeting to experience what we do. You will learn outdoor skills, develop leadership qualities, and much more. We are an active troop that hikes or camps at least once a month. We meet weekly at St. Francis College on Thursday nights from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm. For more information, stop by, or contact Scoutmaster Rich Kelley 917-576-1310.

Troop 213 does not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.
Parish Prayer Concerns
For those we have been asked to remember: Mike; Linda; Peter; Susan H.; Paola; Nellie; Amy; Suzanne; Ginny; Eric & Frances; Ann; Sohee; Anne; Baby Daniel; Samuel; Aryiro & Eric & their families.
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