Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

28 April 2019
Second Sunday of Easter

8:00 am Holy Eucharist with Hymns
9:15 am Family Eucharist with Hymns
11:00 am Festival Eucharist with Hymns

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.
First Aid and Defibrillator Training:
10:15 am this 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 this Sunday, April 28 at 10:15 am in the North Room .
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 mujerista theology 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, May 2 . All are welcome.
Next North Room Chat: Sunday, May 5 at 10:15 am
The Sunday Morning North Room Chats continue, next Sunday, May 5 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. 

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 June 9 . 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. 

Contact Brianna McCarty and/or Anne Silver with questions, or if you’d like to lead a chat!
Docent-led Tour:
12:15 pm, Sunday, May 5
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 to 45 minutes. No reservations needed. For more information, contact Marianne Hurley or the parish office .
2019 Grace Gala & Cabaret - Save the Date!
Saturday, May 11 at 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
You and your guests are cordially invited to Grace Church Brooklyn Heights for the 2019 Spring Gala & Cabaret. That’s right — Cabaret! This year we will be treated to the talents of some of our most musically gifted parishioners, as they provide cabaret-style entertainment throughout the evening. It will be a lot of fun! Hearty appetizers will be served, along with festive beverages, followed by dessert.

Advance tickets are $35, and are available here on Eventbrite . Or you can purchase tickets at the door for $40. We will also be selling tickets at Coffee Hours following the 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday services.

If you’d like to volunteer to bring appetizers or desserts — as so many of you have done in the past; thank you! — please sign up here on Signup Genius or email Cordelia Stephens .
Retirees, Seniors and Opinionated Elders Luncheon:
Tuesday, May 14 at 12 pm
You’re Invited to a Spring Luncheon honoring Grace’s Retirees, Seniors & Opinionated Elders on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 12 Noon in the Guild Hall
Please let us know you’re coming! RSVP to the parish office at 718-624-1850, ext. 10.
Next Stroller Group Brunch:
Sunday, May 19
Please mark your calendars for the Spring Stroller Group Potluck Brunch on Sunday, May 19 , immediately following the 9:15 am service. Stop by to meet other parents of young kids at Grace Church and make a new friend (or three!). 
 
Who : Parents with youngsters (generally pre-K and below, though we don’t mind if older siblings want to join in on the fun!) 
What : Potluck brunch—the theme for the brunch is houses & homes and we will be decorating birdhouses with the little ones! 
Where : The Gymnasium
Why : Because we are blessed to have many wonderful young families and we want to make sure we all have the chance to get to know each other! 

Donations : Starting this Sunday – April 28 , we will be collecting donations of household items for families in need (baby wipes, soaps, lotion, toilet paper) and donating them to CHiPS.
 
Please help us make sure everyone stays fed—we welcome any and all brunch potluck donations you can share :-) A potluck sign-up sheet will be emailed out.

Note: We’ll be painting the birdhouses with washable paint, so please bring a smock or old shirt!
 
We hope to see you there! 

Lauren (mom of Sloane & Meritt) and Anne (mom of CC & Michael)
Are you/your family/parents or grandparents from another country?
Join us on Sunday, May 19, 10:15 to 11:00 am , in the North Room as we continue to plan a festive celebration for our inaugural Grace Multicultural Day, to be held the afternoon of Sunday, October 20, in the Guild Hall. For more information, contact Denise Farrell or Allison Robinson
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 .
Grace goes live!
Sunday 11 am services will be live streamed on the Internet! Join us online as we begin this new facet of our Communications Ministry, continuing every Sunday at 11 am (excluding summer months). Stay tuned here .
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.
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 .
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 are the upcoming dates:

Remainder of 2019
  • June 9, 2019 (Pentecost Sunday) - 7 spots remaining
  • July 14, 2019 - 6 spots remaining
  • September 22, 2019 - 7 spots remaining
  • November 17, 2019 - 6 spots remaining
2020
  • January 12, 2020
  • February 23, 2020
  • April 11, 2020 (Easter Eve)
  • June 7, 2020 (Pentecost Sunday)
  • September 27, 2020
  • November 22, 2020
2021
  • January 10, 2021
  • February 14, 2021
  • April 3, 2021 (Easter Eve)
  • May 23, 2021 (Pentecost Sunday)
  • September 26, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
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 and Baby Daniel.
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