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31 March 2019
The Fourth 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.
The Rector’s Lenten Book Study with Grace Church and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church tonight
Please join us for a Lenten book study of Fleming Rutledge's The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ .

The book study meets on every Thursday in Lent, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

April 4: Grace

Light fare will be served.

The book is available online.

Please see Allen+ or contact the parish office for more details.
Court Watch training:
this Sunday, March 31
For more information, please see
Kate Hill and if interested and plan to attend, here is the link to register.
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.
Next North Room Chat:
Sunday, April 7, 10:15 am
The Sunday Morning North Room Chats continue next Sunday, April 7, from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the North Room , for those who have been looking for a little something "extra" from church on Sunday. 

Members of the vestry will be facilitating a focus group about core values to deepen our understanding of the core values that underpin Grace’s mission and our vision for the future.

Join us the first Sunday of each month at 10:15 am in the North Room where we'll discuss spirituality and Christianity in bite-sized chunks. No need to prepare in advance. Just be open to learning something new, sharing your own life experiences, and, most importantly, growing in the Christian faith.  Save the date for the following Chat on Sunday, May 5. 

Contact Brianna McCarty and/or Anne Silver with questions or if you'd like to lead a chat!
Sunday School Planning Meeting:
next Sunday, April 7, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
A quarterly meeting in the North Room will be held for present and future teachers, Clergy and Vestry representatives. Interested family members and volunteers are invited to participate. The agenda will include a quick progress report from each class leader; spring calendar and wrap-up plan for the term; attendance projections for 2019-20; update registration process; and outline goals for 2019-2020. Contact:  Kim Lovejoy , Mary Jacobus , or Marilyn Grant
Next Docent-led Tour:
Sunday, April 7
Docent-led Tour at 12:15 pm next Sunday, April 7 . All are welcome to explore the interior of our historic Gothic Revival church on the first Sunday of each month. Tour begins inside the church and lasts around 30-45 minutes. No reservations needed. For more information, contact Marianne Hurley or the parish office .
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 on Thursday, April 11 . All are welcome.
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 beginning this Sunday.
Easter Flower dedications
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. 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 .
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 Christy Sacks and Charlotte Thorp for hosting today’s Coffee Hour. On behalf of Emily, Marilyn and Shelia, we appreciate all that you do for Grace! Thank you again.

On behalf of Emily, Marilyn and Shelia, we appreciate all that you do for Grace!
Thank you again.
Are you a part of this puzzle?
Every puzzle piece represents a pledge. To date we've received 209 pledges for $657,212.00. 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. 
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.
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, and Bill.
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