Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City
Diocese of Western Michigan

We are God's grace, in action, within our church and among our community.

We are an Episcopal church committed to Welcome, Relationships, Outreach, and the Transformational Power of the Spirit.

adopted by the Vestry, Feb. 2019

Children and Youth Education Council
by Sue Kelly 
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"  He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.  Matthew 18:1-5 
When I read this passage from Matthew, I often wonder what qualities Jesus saw in children for them to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  What can we learn from children to help us achieve that childlike state of mind?  I think back over my thirty-one years of teaching and these characteristics come to mind.
Children have a simplicity of character which allows them to be genuine so they are naturally trusting and truthful.  Children are affectionate and innocent.  We all know they can be spontaneous and spirit-filled!  Children also have that teachable spirit which allows them to view click here to continue reading...

Healing offered this weekend at
Sat. 5pm and Sun. 10am services
Come to the Columbarium during communion for prayers for healing, anointing with oil and the laying on of hands.

Grace Connections
Reflections for April
Remember the rhyme "April showers bring May flowers"? That rhyme for many of us was a reminder that gray and rainy days would soon give way to sunshine and the bursting forth of spring. After the minimal sunlight we have during our long winter days, this hope for renewal and recharging is particularly meaningful for most of us. The theme for Grace Connections Bulletin Board this month is Grace Raining Down. Grace as a community becomes fully alive when we share and care for one another. We grow as people when we connect on more than a superficial level. Sharing stories of loss, the burdens of the stress of living with autism, substance abuse, depression and more, helps lighten the load. Do you know the faith stories of those next to you in the pew, choir, altar, or Sunday school; is their story or your story one that would help sustain a parishioner during a time of struggling faith? The presence of each of us at service is a time to be renewed and recharged for Christian service and experience the uplifting joy of shared community in corporate prayer. Drop the façade of going it alone and take the chance to experience Grace fully alive by sharing and caring a little more in this family of faith.

altar flowers Easter Flowers
A variety of beautiful spring flowers have been chosen to decorate our worship areas for Easter. Historically, members of the parish have given special donations for the flowers as memorials, thanksgivings, or in celebration of special events. Envelopes are available in the Commons to receive your donations. Please include the wording for your dedication, which will be listed in our Easter bulletin. Drop the envelope in the offering plate or bring to the office by April 15th. Thank you!

Episcopal Traditions on Sundays during Lent after the 10am service - RESUMES APRIL 7
Have you ever wondered why we 'do' things a certain way at Grace? Perhaps you come from another faith tradition and want to understand more about the Episcopal Church. Or maybe you're a 'cradle Episcopalian' and have lingering questions about our traditions. This is the chance to get all your questions answered! Rev. Kathryn will moderate the discussion. Join us in the Sanctuary after the 10am Sunday service on April 7.

Grace Connections - Grace Raining Down!
The April Theme is Grace Raining Down! Peek at the board in the Parish Hall and think about all the gifts of Grace that might help you connect fully with others at church or where you would like to discover more about your life as a Christian. What might help you bloom and grow so that you experience the gifts of God? This coffee hour look to share something that you have discovered as a result of being at Grace or share your faith journey with someone else. Make a Grace Connection this month!

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Nancy Brannan, Eucharistic Minister

Sun. 8am
Marcia Lee, Eucharistic Minister

Sun. 10am
Tim Sinclair, John Strickler, Eucharistic Ministers
Pat Storrer, Emily Culler, Lectors
Chuck Wolterink, Intercessor
Barb Backus & Joyce Rouse, Ushers

Service attendance last weekend
Unity Service March 31, 2019
Sun. 10am   101

For the month ending Feb. 28, 2019
Total Operating Income:  $45,302
Total Operating Expenses:  $38,418
Mortgage Balance:  $284,980



Bee Not Afraid:
Educating Ourselves into a Deeper Practice of Welcome
Lenten Study continues on Wednesdays 
6p dinner
6:30p discussion
7:30p Compline
God's people are told not to be afraid over 65 times in the Bible.  As we educate ourselves to be a more welcoming church community, we encounter areas of deep anxiety in our culture.  This Lent, please join us for a series of frank and open discussions surrounding many of these issues.  Let us not be afraid, for God is with us!

This week's topic is "Welcoming and Boundaries"  

Game Night April 6 at 6pm
Grace Connections is hosting a multi-generational game night on Saturday, April 6, at 6pm. Bring a dish to pass and your favorite games. No babysitter necessary, as all ages are welcome. From Candy Land to The Settlers of Catan, there will be a lot of fun to be had.
When: Saturday, April 6th, 6pm
Where: Parish Hall
Potluck: Preferably peanut and milk FREE
If you have questions, send them to Maria DiStefano-Post at 231-313-3204, or email Maria

St. Theo Amity Guild (STAG) dinner April 8 at 6pm

All men of the parish are invited to an evening of prayer and fellowship, including a delicious meal.  Join us!

Women's Book Club meets April 9 
at 6pm at Jubilee House
Join the group for conversation about Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  All women are welcome!

Grace Kids Night Out April 12 from 5:30p to 8:30p
We are planning a "Grace Kids Night Out" (parents, you have a few hours to your selves!) for children pre-school through fifth grade on the evening of Friday, April 12th. The evening will last from 5:30-8:30 and the kids will have the opportunity to enjoy dinner, activities, a craft, popcorn and a movie. The evening will be adult supervised. A sign-up sheet will be located on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall and more information will be available soon.

Grace Stitch & Chat Circle Continues 
every Tuesday at 10:30am - JOIN US!

All needleworkers welcome!

For more information, contact: Sandy Seppala Gyr via email; or via phone at: 703-597-7925.

Weekly Worship Schedule
Morning Prayer 10:00 am

Men's Prayer Group 7:30 am
Centering Prayer 11:00 am

Holy Eucharist 5:00 pm

Holy Eucharist 8:00 am
Holy Eucharist 10:00  am

Lectionary Readings
& Daily Prayer

    This Weekend's Readings
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:4b-14
John 12:1-8
Psalm 126
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
Palm Sunday 

Isaiah 50:4-9a
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56
Psalm 31:9-16

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Larry Burks
Christy Joynt
Betsy MacGirr

Mike McManus & Sue Brightheart

Prayer Lists
Did you know Grace has 2 prayer lists?  
* To be added to the prayer list found in the bulletin contact

** If you would like to be added to the Daughters of the King (DOK) prayer list and be prayed for daily,contact Penny Campo-Pierce at 231-946-1224 or

                   Contact Us 
341 Washington St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone 947-2330;  Fax 947-3011

For Pastoral Emergencies
The Rev. Kathryn Costas

   Staff Contact Information

What's Happening at Grace?

What's Happening in our Diocese?

Diocesan website

What's Happening in the National Church?

National Church website

Turn in your Oleson's receipts to benefit the Grace Food Pantry!

Oleson's Community Share Program

Here's how it works:
  1. You shop at Oleson's for groceries (liquor sales do not qualify for points)
  2. Turn in your receipts to the church.  Look for the envelope on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and place your receipts inside it.
  3. We submit receipts back to Oleson's
  4. We are granted cash rewards for the food pantry ($1 spent on groceries = 1 cent in Community Share points)

For every $5000 in receipts we submit, we receive $50 in cash for our food pantry.  Every little bit helps!


Thank you for participating!


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