Radical welcome. Faithful worship. Compassionate service. 

August 25, 2019
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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

In Memory of Harvey Turer
It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the death of Harvey Turer (upper right), former parishioner and vestry member of Grace Church. In recent years, Harvey served as warden of All Saints' Church and volunteer of CHiPS. Harvey died peacefully in his home on Monday night.

The Turer family will receive visitors on Friday, August 30 at 2:00 pm- 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home, 255 Ninth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

A Requiem Eucharist will be held on Saturday, August 31 at 10:00 am at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 286-88 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Photo compliments of CHiPS.
Les Petits Chanteurs and 
Chamber Ensemble

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 4:00 pm
Join us on Sunday, September 8, at 4:00 pm, for an amazing 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 . 
Many Thanks to our Summer Musicians 2019
Many thanks go to the following people who participated in the summer choir. Their voices greatly added in leadership and beauty to the services throughout the summer months at the 11:00 am service.  

Harriet De Ceunynck 
Martha Eckfeldt 
Pat Magnuson 
Anne Silver 
Patricia Woodard 
Judy Burns 
Dolly Moon
Susan Bluhm
Barbara Becker 
Ben Bankson 
Steve Smith 
Warren Chase 
Marcos Cáceres
Patricia Kavanagh
Deepest thanks to Judith Hancock and Miriam Daly for playing at our services in July while Paul Olson was on vacation.

Thanks to all of you who supported the August Hymn Sings.There was a wonderful weekly attendance and great spirited singing. We received great support from the community too.

Special thanks for presenting various topics at these sessions go to:
Rev. Erika Meyer
Patricia Woodard
Jacque Jones

Paul Richard Olson
Docent-led Tour
As our pattern continues through the summer, we will again have a docent tour this coming Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12:15 pm.  

The tour will begin in the church. For more information, please contact  Marianne Hurley.

Wednesday, September 11 | 6:30 pm

All are invited to gather for an evening prayer service sponsored by the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association to observe the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks on our city and nation. Join us on the promenade at the Montague Street entrance at 6:30 pm for a sunset ceremony.

All ages and all faiths are invited to join the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association, as we gather in sacred solidarity with our Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.This communal moment has become an important part of our lives together in The Heights and we are grateful to share from a variety of faith traditions that bring us together as neighbors and as people of faith. 

Rev. Kate Salisbury, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Rev. Klaus Gress, Zion German Evangelical Lutheran
Rabbi Serge Lippe, Brooklyn Heights Synagogue 
Rev. John Denaro, St. John and the Holy Trinity
Rev. Adriene Thorne, First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn 
Rev. Dr. Brett Younger, Plymouth Church
Rev. Erika Meyer, Grace Church
Evening Prayer
Tuesday, September 17 , Evening Prayer will resume with a new schedule . We will now meet during the week on Tuesday-Friday at 5:30 pm . Questions regarding Evening Prayer can be directed to the Rev. Erika Meyer.
A Harvest of Learning and Inspiration
Rector’s Forum, September 22, 2019
Please HOLD THE DATE for a Rector’s Forum on September 22, at 10:00 am  to share thoughts and reflections on the LIFT summer reading selections. The Reverend Dr. Allen Robinson will lead a discussion of the book America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to A New America. What do the summer reading selections teach us about how to "practice the way of love in the pattern of Jesus" and rise to the national challenge of racial bridge-building?
Haven’t read the book yet? There’s plenty of time. Read the primary book, America’s Original Sin, or any of the other summer book recommendations and join us on September 22 .   
For more details about our summer reading recommendations, click here .
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
Stroller Group
Please mark your calendars. We will host the first Stroller Group potluck brunch of the season on Sunday, September 29th , immediately following the 9:15 am service. Stop by for fellowship with 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 older siblings are welcome to join in on the fun).
What:  Welcome back potluck brunch. We will have a fun craft for the little ones and plenty of space for them to play.

Where:  The gymnasium.

Why:  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.

We welcome any and all potluck donations you can share. The Genius link to sign up will be available soon.

If you’d like to be added or removed from the Stroller Group listserve, please reach out to Anne .


Stroller Group Committee (Anne, Helen, Jenny and Shannon)
Grace Church Brooklyn Heights Holy Land 2020 Update
June 12-23, 2020
Our planned Holy Land trip is underway with great anticipation and excitement! Here are the next phases:

If you will be sharing a room during the trip, please email our Parish Administrator, Ms. Takisha Brown, the name of your roommate. Please make it a priority to get your roommate’s name in to Takisha as Qumri Pilgrimages, our Guide, is now reserving rooms for our stay in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories.

Now is the time to pay the initial deposit of $500.00. You should address the check to Grace Church with “Holy Land Trip Deposit” in the memo line. Please forward your deposit to our Financial Secretary, Ms. Sandra Joseph and she will credit your account accordingly. Please try to have all deposits in no later than Monday, September 30 th

Our next planned Holy Land meeting will take place on  Sunday, October 13 th from 10:15-10:45 am in the North Room. I will have additional information regarding the final cost of the trip, travel and accommodation and other current up-to-date information.

Please make sure that your passport is current and that it is at least valid 6 month from the time we return to the USA.   

There is still room for those who are interested in going to the Holy land but have yet to make a commitment. Shortly, I will make the remaining available space to others within the Diocese of Long Island and other friends and family members of parishioners. There are only 30 total slots for the Holy Land so if you’re interested, please let me know. 

The Reverend Dr. Allen F. Robinson
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 .   
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:   Valerie & family; Theo; Elaine; Jacob; David; Ron & Betsy; Andrew; Karen; The Nixon Family; Suzanne; Baby Daniel; Samuel; Aryiro, Eric & family.
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.
Are You a Volunteer at Grace? 

Our new volunteer hours are  Tuesday-Thursday between the hours of  10 am-12:45 pm and  2:15 pm-5:00 pm . To schedule a time to utilize office space, please email our Parish Administrator or call our office at 718-624-1850 x 10 to set up an appointment. Please be mindful that the Parish Office is  closed Monday-Friday from 1:00 pm-2 :00 pm. Thank you in advance for helping us to transition into becoming more effective in every area of ministry.
Do You Have an Announcement?
If you would like to submit an announcement for Grace Notes and/or our Parish News, please send all information to the Parish Office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday of each week. Please be aware that submissions that do not meet the deadline will be published the following week. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
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