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

Remember to Spring Forward!

Turn your clocks forward one hour when going to bed Saturday, March 9.

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.

First Sunday in Lent is 
Episcopal Relief  and Development Sunday
The Episcopal Church has designated the first Sunday in Lent as ERD Sunday, and encourages your donations directly to that organization.  You may designate your donation towards the California communities devasted by forest fires, or to any other area where ERD is active worldwide.  Click here to visit their website for more information.  Please mail your check directly to ERD (address on their website), or donate online via their website.  Thank you for your generosity!

Bee Not Afraid:
Educating Ourselves into a Deeper Practice of Welcome
Lenten Study begins March 13 at 6pm
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!

Join us on Wednesdays during Lent in the Parish Hall.  We'll begin at 6pm with a simple meal, and the program will begin at 6:30pm. The evening will conclude with Compline at 7:30pm.  
This week's topic is "Refugees & Immigrants: Strangers in a Welcoming Land". Alline Beutler, local site manager for Justice For Our Neighbors, will present with Golam Rabbani.  

Episcopal Traditions on Sundays during Lent after the 10am service

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.

Grace Connections
Reflections on Community
Research tells us that humans are social beings that have a desire and need to be in close contact with others. This contact provides support for achieving common goals and the desire to share and be recognized. In a community we share a sense of responsibility for each other and we move beyond the self-interested isolation of our private lives and superficial social contacts with others. Communities provide a framework for serving the common good in the world and promotes fellowship for achieving those goals. As part of a Christian community we make a commitment to live together as people of God. Prayer, worship, study, service and fellowship are the ways that we maintain our community and grow together.   As a gospel people living in a world of contrasting ideas, the Grace community is a place we can be refreshed and renewed for the call of Jesus to serve each other and in the world. Take a few minutes a couple of times this week to reflect on the idea of you engaged as a part of the Grace Church Community. Think about how you can commit to the Grace Community in one of its many ministries or how to re-commit to the ministries and relationships that you already share with the family of Grace.

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   

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Nancy Brannan, Eucharistic Minister
Brenda Lau, Lector

Sun. 8am
Anne Montgomery, Eucharistic Minister

Sun 10am
Connie Riopelle, Roberta Deuker, Eucharistic Ministers
Jeff Wescott, Pat Storrer, Lectors
Joyce Rouse, Barb Backus, Ushers
Angie & Trey Foote, Welcomers

Service attendance last weekend
March 2 & 3, 2019
Sat. 5pm      36
Sun. 8am     10
Sun. 10am   136

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



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.

St. Theo Amity Guild (STAG) Dinner 
March 11 at 6pm

The Men of Grace will gather for their monthly event on Monday. The evening begins with Evening Prayer, followed by a delicious meal and fellowship. We welcome all men of the parish to join us!

Women's Book Club 
March 11 at 6pm at Jubilee House

J oin us for a lively discussion of  Everything Happens For A Reason and Other Lies I've Loved , by Kate Bowler.

Meals On Wheels Fundraiser March 16 
at MOOMERS 11a to 9pm 
Hot Fudge Sundae Bar
Who Wants Ice Cream?! Think Spring and donate towards helping seniors in our community. All proceeds from the Hot Fudge Sundae Bar go directly towards providing hot, nutritious meals, compassion, security, and independence for homebound seniors in our community. This annual fundraising event support the Meals On Wheels Program. Some parishioners at Grace are volunteers for this wonderful organization. Be sure to stop by MOOMERS and bring a friend!!

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

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 First Sunday in Lent

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
The Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Philippians 3:17- 4:1
Luke 13:31-35
Psalm 27

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Emma MacPherson
Catherine Turnbull
Deb Lannen
Brad Will
Kathryn Christian
Rob Lawson
Steven Holl
Rebecca Jones

Greg & Rosemary Hagan
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!


Click here to learn more... 


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