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10 February 2019
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

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.
Grace's 2019 Annual Giving campaign is underway!
Pledges make up over half of Grace’s income, and we hope every member of the community will join us in pledging this year. Pledges can be made online at  www.gracebrooklyn.org/give  or by filling out the pledge card in the pews.  
2019 WinterFair at Grace - another rousing success!!

All Photos courtesy of parishioner Franklin Stone
"Souper" Bowl Sunday Thanks
A big thank you to all who contributed to the "Souper" Bowl Sunday offering last Sunday - be it with money or super-size soup cans - and the Sunday school students who gathered the bounty for CHiPS in soup pots!
Next Sanctuary Cinema screening:
 this Friday, February 8
We are looking forward to RBG  an inspiring documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsberg's heroic path to the Supreme Court and her groundbreaking achievements since. We are also looking to get a larger screen with crisper sound. Please join us next Friday, February 8 at 7 pm in the Guild Hall for this showing. Popcorn and lemonade will again be served and facilitated discussion will follow.

Can't join us for "RGB?" Our next screening will be " Roma ," by acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón, on Friday, March 8.

Keep informed:  parishoffice@gracebrooklyn.org or 718-624-1850, ext. 10.
2019 Diocesan Celebration of Absalom Jones Day:
this Saturday, February 9

The Reverend Dr. Allen F. Robinson, Preacher
Stroller Group Brunch:
this Sunday, February 10
Save the date! The next Stroller Group brunch will be held on Sunday, February 10 in the Gymnasium, immediately following the 9:15 am service. We will be decorating Valentine’s Day cards to donate to the charity Cards for Hospitalized Kids.

Not yet on the stroller group email distribution list and would like to be added? Able to donate to the potluck brunch? Please send a note regarding either to Lauren O'Garro-Moore or  Anne Carson . We look forward to seeing you there!
Rector's Forum this Sunday, February 10
We will continue the discussion around The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? Please join in the conversation at 10:15 and after the 11 am service in the North Room.
Another opportunity
to help our Interfaith Shelter Guests
Have you ever passed a homeless person on the street and wished that you could give them something that would really help? Maybe a coat, a pair of boots, a hoodie? Now you can. As you know, Grace hosted the Heights Interfaith Shelter for six weeks in October and November, and many members of our community helped us to extend warm hospitality by bringing a hot meal for our twelve guests or staying overnight. Now we have an additional opportunity to help these homeless men. CAMBA has collected requests from the homeless men and women that they serve, and a link to the list is below.  

Many of the men and women ask for boots, and indicate their size. Coats and hoodies are also on the list. CAMBA also requests thermal underwear, jackets, and hoodies of any size, because often, the homeless arrive at The Gathering Place with nothing more than the shirts on their backs. 

Here is the link . Items can be dropped off at Grace between now and Valentine's Day, February 14. Thank you for joining us in this important ministry to our neediest neighbors! 
First Aid and Defibrillator Training -
10:15 am on Sunday, February 24 
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, February 24 at 10:15 in the North Room . If you are interested in receiving training, please sign up at the back of the Church starting this Sunday.
Special Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Fundraiser:
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 pm
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights cordially invites you to join us on Mardi Gras for a special  Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Fundraiser . The event will be held on March 5, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Guild Hall. The cost is $5 for children; $10 for adults; and $20 max for a family.  

Proceeds benefit Grace acolytes attending local and national Acolyte Festivals. For more information, contact  Sarah Davies  or  Allison Robinson
A Special Message from the Rector
The Vinton Society was established in 2010, to recognize parishioners for their long and outstanding service to Grace Church. Last Sunday, the 2019 Vinton Society award was bestowed on Barbara Becker, for her many contributions to the life of this Church. A parishioner of Grace for over 35 years, Barbara has been a member of the choir for 28 of those years. A long-time volunteer with the East Brooklyn Congregations program, Barbara has mentored high school students in essential life skills. She has been a central organizer and dedicated worker at many, many WinterFairs, Spring Galas and Silent Auctions. Barbara has also been a participant in many improvements to our interior spaces and, perhaps most significantly, helped plan and supervise the restoration of the Sanctuary. We are grateful for her tireless work as Co-Chair of the Search Committee. A member of the Vestry for six years, Barbara is now returning to serve as Clerk. The community of Grace is stronger and more beautiful for Barbara’s life with us. I am proud to bestow on Barbara Becker the 2019 Vinton Society award. 
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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.
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights, in association with Qumri Pilgrimages, is hosting a trip to the Holy Land, June 12-23, 2020. There is a space limit of 40 pilgrims. An informational meeting will take place on S unday, March 10 at 10:15 and 12:15 in the North Room . If you are interested in learning more about the trip to the Holy Land, I invite you to attend the informational seminar. Additional information regarding site visits, accommodations, cost and airline travel will be forthcoming. Any inquiries, please see Allen+.
Rector's Tuesday Bible Study
Please know that you are invited to join us each Tuesday, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Choir Room, for bible study and conversations around interpretation, application, social justice, current world events or a host of other topics that may surface during our time together. We really do have a lot of fun and we invite you to come and join us!

Right now, we are studying the Gospel of John. Each class is independent of others; therefore, you do not have to play “catch up” in order to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! Allen+.

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:
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 am – full
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019 (Easter Eve), 4 pm – 4 spots 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, Lesley, Sandra, Sarah, and Bill.
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