Sunday, May 29, 2022

This Sunday

9 am Holy Eucharist
in-person worship

11 am Holy Eucharist in-person worship
and live-stream

6 pm Holy Eucharist
In The Chantry

The Rev. J. Donald Waring
The Rev. Julia Macy Offinger
The Rev. Thomas Szczerba

Dr. Patrick Allen, organ
You’ll find videos of past services and events on Vimeo and YouTube.

Catch up on audio podcasts of past sermons on our Soundcloud Channel.
Please see below for weekday worship opportunities, both in-person and virtual.
Dear Friends,

Depending on the efficiency of the United States Postal System, you may already have received the letter about our Assistant Rector, Thomas Szczerba. Thomas will be leaving us to become an Associate Rector of St. David’s Church in Radnor, PA. The news is bittersweet. On the one hand, St. David’s is among the largest Episcopal churches in the country, and a move there at this time in Thomas’ professional and personal life is an extraordinary opportunity. On the other hand, we will miss Thomas’ presence among us and the many ways he has enriched our parish life.

Thomas began his ministry at Grace Church in September of 2019 and in his nearly three years with us has carried two titles: Pastoral Resident and then Assistant Rector. It has been a joy to work with Thomas and watch him grow into his ministry as an ordained leader in the church. One thing that has always impressed me about him is what a hard worker he is. Whenever I have asked him to do something he has taken up the assignment with enthusiasm and ability and the results have been splendid. The most recent example of his good work was the Stations of the Cross, which was a wonderful addition to our Holy Week schedule of services. Thomas was the driver of the whole thing.

Thomas’ final Sunday with us will be on June 19th, when he will preach at the 9 and 11 am services. Also on that day we will celebrate his ministry with a special reception in Tuttle Hall immediately following the 11 am service. At that time I would like to present Thomas with a cash “purse” from the parish as an expression of our gratitude and good wishes. If you’d like to contribute, you can do so online through the parish website. Or you can make your check out to Grace Church, write “Thomas” in the memo line, and mail it back to the parish office.

In the meantime I will be consulting with the Wardens and Vestry about a process that will lead to a new priest joining Julia and me on our clergy team. Our goal will be to have a full-time person on board this summer, ready to engage fully in our parish programs come the fall. 

Please make a point of congratulating Thomas on his new call. A blessed Memorial Day weekend to you all, and as always … see you in church.
This Sunday
9:00 am Holy Eucharist

Church is open
for in-person worship!
The Rev. J. Donald Waring
The Rev. Julia Macy Offinger
The Rev. Thomas John Szczerba Jr.,

Dr. Patrick Allen, organ

The Sunday Forum is on break for the summer. 
11:00 am Morning Prayer

Church is open
for in-person worship!

The Rev. J. Donald Waring
The Rev. Julia Macy Offinger
The Rev. Thomas John Szczerba Jr.

Adult Choir
Dr. Patrick Allen, organ
Service is video-streamed every week. Access via any of our live channels.

12:30 pm – Newcomer Class: A Conversation about PrayerVisitors and new members are warmly invited to join the Rev. Thomas Szczerba in a conversation about the different ways we pray and connect with God. Held in the reception room at 12:30 pm. Lunch will be provided, so RSVP to the Rev. Thomas Szczerba.
6:00 pm Holy Eucharist

In the Chantry

The Rev. Julia Macy Offingerpreaching
The Rev. Megan E. Sanders

Hymns with Instrumentalists

Followed by Canterbury Downtown dinner and fellowship. All college students welcome!
Coming Soon
Jun 2 – 20s and 30s – Final Meeting before the Summer: All parishioners in their 20s and 30s are invited to join Father Thomas at Josie Woods Pub at 11 Waverly Pl from 6-7:30 pm. We will recap our year and discuss future plans for the group. Please RSVP to the Rev. Thomas Szczerba well before the event. 
Jun 5 – Bishop Visitation – Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of New York, the Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool, will visit us on the Day of Pentecost, Sunday, June 5 at 11am this is the time for youth and adults to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Youth classes have begun. Any adults who are interested in being confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, or simply learning more about what this means, should contact the Rev. Julia Offinger to discuss next steps as soon as possible. 
Jun 12 – The Annual Parish Picnic and Choir Recognition Sunday - Grace Church parishioners and friends are welcome and encouraged to come to Huntington Close following the 11am service! Join us in celebration of the choir ministries of Grace Church and to help bring our program year to a joyous and festive close. Suggested donation at the door is $10 per person. 
Jun 19 – Farewell to Thomas! The Rev. Thomas Szczerba has announced that he accepted a call to serve as an Associate Rector at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Thomas’s final Sunday with us will be June 19 where he will preach at both the 9 am and 11 am services. Check your conventional mail and Friday’s Weekly Epistle for more details about farewell celebrations for Thomas.
May is Peanut Butter Month - In May everyone is invited to contribute a jar (or jars) of peanut butter to the Grace Church food collection. All food donations are appreciated - but this month we focus on peanut butter as a very important staple item for The Red Door Place food pantry. Let’s see how many jars we can collect. Collection baskets are near the doors of the main church and the Chantry.
Help Ukrainian Families As this crisis continues to evolve, Episcopal Relief & Development is working to provide humanitarian assistance to the more than 2 million people who have had to leave Ukraine. Specifically, their partner ACT Alliance is helping families on the Hungarian border, and their Anglican partners are mobilizing both an immediate and long-term response in Poland, Romania and Hungary. Your emergency gift will provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needs as this crisis unfolds. Visit this link to make a donation today. 
Grace Cares - Would you like a visit at home or at the hospital? Do you need assistance in getting to church or an appointment? Are you struggling and in need of a friendly phone call? Would you like the Sunday lessons read to you or the service bulletin brought to you? Would you like to receive communion in your home? Grace has a pastoral care team that provides these services and more. Contact The Rev. J. Donald Waring.
Every Week
Coffee and Fellowship in Tuttle Hall after the 9 and 11 am service happens every Sunday. Join us today for brownies, cookies, and other treats as well as a hot cup of coffee. 
The Sunday Forum is on break for the summer. Our weekly discussion forum for adults that examines theological, political, and social topics of Christian concern that typically meets on Sundays in the Reception Room from 10:00 – 10:45 am.  
Wear your name tags! As we are making our way out of the pandemic, we are seeing a lot of new faces at our gatherings. It is becoming important that we bring back the practice of wearing our name tags so we know how to address each other. Name tags can be found on the boards in Tuttle Hall. Newcomers are encouraged to visit our new welcome table during coffee hour to create their own name tags. If you are a pledging member and do not see your name tag on the boards in Tuttle Hall, please contact Travis B. Kennedy so he can make you one.
Return of Communion Wine – With the declining number of COVID cases in the city and state, Bishop Dietsche has approved the administration of sacramental wine at Holy Eucharist, effective immediately. Today at the 9 am and 6 pm services the chalice will be available for all baptized Christians who desire to receive “in both kinds.” Studies have shown and two-thousand years of practice has demonstrated that sipping from a common cup that is purified between each recipient is safe. Intincting, or dipping the wafer is less so, and will not be allowed for now. Note also that receiving the bread only is sufficient for full Communion. You need not return to the common cup until you are personally ready. 
Nursery Care - For children ages 1-4 is available from 9 am – 12 pm in the NEW Nursery next to the Sunday School classroom, across Tuttle Hall.  Follow the signs! Parents are required to stay with their children for the duration of their time in the nursery. Babysitters will no longer be present.
The Guild of Bakers - If you enjoy baking (or buying) cookies, brownies, muffins, or other freezable bite-sized treats, please consider joining a revitalized ministry called the Guild of Bakers. You can participate on your own timetable, whenever the Spirit moves you. The next time you are baking (or buying) goodies that would be popular at coffee hour, all you have to do is make an extra batch. Just wrap it well and drop it off at the parish office any time during business hours, or on Sundays after church. We have plenty of freezer space to store your culinary creations for a future coffee hour. Please sign up for the “Guild of Bakers” by sending an email to Mickey Hawley, Parish Office Coordinator
Safe Church - Grace Church is committed to providing its members, staff, and visitors a place that is free of abuse and harassment. If you have observed, or personally experienced sexual, or other forms of harassment while attending activities, classes, or events held at Grace Church, or on our shared campus with Grace Church School, we encourage you to notify us. Please visit this page where you will find a direct means of providing feedback. 
The Church is Open

Everyday, noon to 5 pm
with Worship Service at 9 am, 11 am, and 6 pm on Sundays
as well as 6 pm on Wednesdays

Vaccinations are required to enter Grace Church. If you are vaccinated, masks are optional. All visitors are required to observe posted guidelines during in-person worship and events, and to adhere to CDC Covid-19 safety protocols.

Please Get Fully Vaccinated
Vaccines against Covid-19 are now available for anyone 12 years of age and older who wants to be inoculated. Receiving the vaccine protects not only you, but those you love and everyone around you.  It is the best way to help speed along the reopening of society.  Please speak with your doctor or go to the NYC Vaccine Finder to make an appointment.
Monday - Centering Prayer (over Zoom)
12:15-12:45 pm Christian silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. Led by Currie Estreich, MA, Spiritual Direction, the General Theological Seminary.

Meeting ID: 337 800 858
Password: 058288
One tap mobile
+16465588656,,337800858# US (New York)
For questions about Zoom access, email the Rev. Thomas John Szczerba Jr.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – Bach at Noon (Held in the church during open hours and on Facebook Live) 12:20 PM - 30 minutes of music by J.S. Bach, played on the Bicentennial Organ.

Wednesday - Women’s Bible Study (over Zoom) – 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM – Long-running program of guided Bible study and discussion for women resumes on Wednesday, September 14th. For Zoom access info, please see the link below or email the Rev. Julia Macy Offinger well before the event.

Meeting ID: 839 2240 7333
One tap mobile
+19294362866,,83922407333# US (New York)

Wednesday Evening Eucharist at 6 pm in the Chantry. If you are interested in helping with the service, please contact the Rev. Thomas John Szczerba Jr. 

Saturday – Weekend Organ Meditation (on Facebook Live) 4pm - 45-minutes of diverse music played on the Bicentennial Organ.
In Our Prayers

In our Immediate Prayers:

Karen Scramlin
Leila Faucett

In our Continuing Prayers:

Catherine Gooding
Ronnye Brickous
Claudia Paoloni
William Dobi
Tom Hall
Josephine Ferraiuolo

To add a name to the prayer list, please contact The Rev. J. Donald Waring, Rector.
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