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

Healing offered this weekend during 5p and 10a services
 Come to the columbarium during communion for the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, and prayers for healing.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake & Jambalaya Supper March 5 from 5:30p to 7p
Join the fun in the Parish Hall as we gather for our annual Shrove Tuesday supper.
Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday represents the last day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, a penitential season in the church. As part of Lenten practices, fasts from fats were common, and so to rid the household of those temptations, the last supper before Lent consisted of meal that would use up those ingredients (butter, eggs and milk) - namely pancakes. You may have heard of Mardi Gras, or 'Fat Tuesday', the French term for this day.'Shrove' is derived from the Middle English word shrive, meaning to present oneself to a priest for confession, penance, and absolution. The faithful are encouraged to make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with during the 40 days of Lent.

Holy Eucharist 
with Imposition of Ashes
7:00 am
12:15 pm
7:00 pm

Grace Connections .
The March Theme is Building Community.  Grace Church as an Episcopal Church provides an identity and model for us as a community. No matter what our personality - be it lion or lamb, we have gifts and talents to share, and opportunities to learn and grow in this Christian Community.  Emma MacPherson, one of our youth, has shared her talents by drawing Grace Church for this month's board in the parish hall.  Take a look, be inspired, and get connected!

Sunday Community Meal March 31
Grace is hosting the Community Meal on Sunday,  March 31 following the 10am service.  This will be the same Sunday as our Unity Service, so it is a good time to share the spirit of Grace with those in our community and each other.  Cooks, servers and clean up crews are needed to share the load.  If you are willing to serve, please contact Kate Wood 231-941-5785 or email Kate   

Altar Flowers & Sanctuary Lamp
The Altar Flowers and Sanctuary Lamp are given this weekend by St. Anne's Altar Guild, to the Glory of God.  

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Dixie Stephen, Eucharistic Minister
Chuch Thiel, Lector
Bill Fowle & MaryLee Pakieser, Ushers

Sun. 8am
Marcia Lee, Eucharistic Minister

Sun 10am
John Strickler, Connie Riopelle, Tim Sinclair, Eucharistic Ministers
Ellen Schrader, Helen Hankins, Lectors
Dan & Sue Bush, Welcomers

Service attendance last weekend
Feb. 16 & 17, 2019
Sat. 5pm      18
Sun. 8am       8
Sun. 10am   64

For the month ending Jan. 31, 2019
Total Operating Income:  $34,705
Total Operating Expenses:  $33,497
Mortgage Balance:  $287,029



Safe Harbor benefit concert March 3 at 3p
The Interlochen Arts Academy Choirs will perform a FREE concert at Central United Methodist Church beginning at 3:00pm.  Repertoire will include Spirituals and settings of poetry by refugees and the wrongfully imprisoned.  Donations will be collected to benefit Safe Harbor and their work in our community.  We hope you will join us!

Fundraiser 'A Taste of India' at Grace 
March 8 at 6:30p
Sponsored by Sojourn Church
$30 per person or $200 for table of 8
George Ebenezer will share how he and his team are reaching out to children and teenagers who have gone through abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, mental) in India. "In the last 22 years of our work with kids and teens in Christian and Non-Christian contexts, we began to see the need to deal with EMOTIONAL TRAUMA. First, in India there is lack of awareness about this. Second, there are not many professional places to deal with this. We have been passionately working with kids and teens, but we strongly sense the leading to get into a place of Professional Care (evidence-based research and strong biblical foundations). Children need more than a "time heals all wounds" approach to promote healing and restoration. Our Initiative will strongly impact the way orphans are cared for in India. Our dream for a Child Healing Centre has begun!" There are two opportunities to come and hear about what God is doing, and how you can be involved. March 8th, at 6:30pm, at Grace Episcopal Church, there will be a Fundraising Dinner, with authentic Indian cuisine. March 9th, at 6:30pm, a free informational meeting/Q&A time/prayer time, at Sojourn Church. email Jill:  for more information.

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 at:; or via phone at: 703-597-7925

Weekly Worship Schedule
Morning Prayer 10:00 am

Ash Wednesday 
Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 7 am; 12:15 pm; 7 pm

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

Holy Eucharist 5 pm

Holy Eucharist 8 am
Holy Eucharist 10 am

Lectionary Readings
& Daily Prayer

    This Weekend's Readings
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Exodus 34:29-35
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Luke 9:28-43a
Psalm 99
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
The First Sunday in Lent

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Kaia Manrique
Laura Reamer
Sally Ray
Kay Schmalzried
Kathryn Holl
Ruby Okma
Barbara Factor
Gwendolyn Kudlack
Jack Libby
Cris Nichols
Diane Wendt 
Marion Warbasse

Dick & Kathy Matzkows
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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