News from Grace Episcopal Church ~ Martinez, California
June 27, 2019 
Scripture of the Week

"As they were going along the road, someone said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' And Jesus said to him, 'Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.' To another [person] he said, 'Follow me.' But he said, 'Lord, first let me go and bury my father.' But Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.' Another said, 'I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.' Jesus said to him, 'No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.' "
Luke 9: 57-62
"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."  Jesus


At Grace, we have Godly Play (Sunday School) during the school year. During the summer we continue to offer Nursery Care. School age children are invited to join their families in the Sanctuary. We provide coloring and drawing materials, books, and soft toys, as well as a children's area for children who prefer not to sit in the pews with their families.
Bible Study for Everyone!

Each Wednesday at 10 a.m. we offer Holy Eucharist followed by Bible Study in our Chapel.
 
During the first half of the Season after Pentecost, we are using Kevin A. Wilson's book, "Conversations with Scripture: the Law." "Scripture contains many laws about which Christians are perplexed. If the Bible contains laws, shouldn't those laws be followed? What does the law that prohibits reaping a harvest to the very edges of your field mean in modern times? Kevin Wilson offers fresh insights into the meaning of the Law for today." The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and NobleHowever, as always, you do not need to purchase the book to take part.
Your online directory questions answered!!!
Our parish administrator, J ennifer Sabroe, has noticed that there are certain questions that keep coming up about the new online directory.  In order to help everyone who wants to get in the directory, she has decided to conduct a Help Desk on Realm, THIS Sunday, following both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services, Jennifer will be in the Parish Hall to answer your questions and demonstrate how to set up your profile page. Coffee will be provided.
IMPORTANT Traffic Notice

Discovery Builders will begin construction on the development that is being built on the lot above our upper lot (formerly the trailer park) on approximately July 1. Starting that date and continuing at least throughout the month of July, Muir Station Road will be closed daily in both travel directions between the hours of 9 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Saturday. If you spend time at Grace during the week, please take this into account prior to visiting. Traffic officials will allow you to pass if you tell them you are going to the church. Here is a link to the map and detour plan. Thank you for your patience.
Summer music at Grace
Our wonderful choir is on summer break.
Their absence provides a hole in our 10 a.m. worship - and an opportunity for closet musicians to make themselves known. If you sing or play an instrument and are willing to share your talents for even ONE SUNDAY during the summer months, we would be most grateful. This gives folks a chance who might be shy or think they are too busy to join the choir full-time to share their talents.  Please contact  Music Director Arthur Omura if you are interested!
Ken Roan Memorial
 
A Burial Service will be held on Friday, August 2 at 1 p.m.  at Grace. Please save the date.
If you are willing to contribute to or help with the reception after the service, please let Susan Bremmer know. Please see the notice in regard to traffic restrictions that will be in place on that day.
When Rev. Deb arrived approximately two years ago, she created a survey about Worship and Liturgy at Grace. This updated survey contains follow-up questions about Worship and Liturgy at Grace, as well as some other topics.
Individual responses are anonymous. The aggregate responses will be viewed by the Worship and Liturgy Committee and appropriate staff members.
 
Please help your church leadership by answering these 10 questions. (It should only take 5 minutes). If you prefer to take a paper version of the survey, please let  Rev. Deb know. Many thanks! 
Deanery News

Two different events brought Contra Costa Deanery representatives together last week. The first event was the quarterly meeting held at St. Timothy's, Danville.  A grant for $700 awarded to the Church of the Resurrection, Pleasant Hill, for a youth mission trip to New Orleans.  About twenty youth from multiple parishes around the deanery will be going.  After various business reports, including the first look at next year's diocesan budget, Kathleen Piraino, representing the Episcopal Impact Fund, discussed land use and housing, and Nancy Grove gave an update from the Commission on Creation Care, with emphasis on being a resource to parishes as they work toward sustainable practices.
 
On Saturday morning, deanery reps met to talk about ways to "reimagine" the deanery, one which fosters communication between parishes and becomes a spiritual as well as a governing body.  The discussions were lively and heartful.  Some ideas from the morning included having more accessible, deanery-wide information on parish activities, sponsoring a deanery event once a year, and compiling a resource list of parish directors of common groups such as outreach and youth for mutual aid and activities.  Attendees from Grace were Jennifer Sabroe, the Rev. Walter Ramsey, and Barbara Brooks, if you would like to hear more.
How to Pray
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On Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, all are welcome to a viewing of a ChurchNext online group course, How to Pray, with Christopher Martin. "... In this class Christopher will not only tell us why people who pray are happier, less anxious, and generally more content with their lives, but how we might get there." Topics covered: What is Prayer? Varieties of Prayer; What Does Prayer Do? Benefits of Prayer. Contact the Parish Office for more information.
All Parish Work Party
There will be an All Parish Work Party on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m to 11 am. We need to put a pew back in the Sanctuary and finish up our work on the playground. Youth are invited to come and complete their art work in the Education Building. Coffee and pastries will be provided. The more the merrier!! To sign up or get more information, please contact Junior Warden Jim Maniatis.
Your Community of Christ Needs You!

Just like the early Christians, we are a community of many different people with many talents and we need everyone to provide for the community. We have several ministries that are in need of additional volunteers, including Eucharistic Ministers who assist the priest during the Holy Eucharist; Members of the Altar Guild, who help prepare the church for worship; Sunday School and Youth Group volunteers for the crucial task of forming our youth; and Acolytes, young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who assist with the liturgy. Please consider thoughtfully and prayerfully what you can do for the good of the church. Contact Rev. Deb (revdeb@gracechurchmtz.org) and she will direct you to the right person!
Faithful Forums
Grace offers monthly educational forums on broad-ranging topics like The Dead Sea Scrolls, Episcopal Polity, Recycling, and Emergency Preparedness for congregations. These take place in the Parish Hall following our 10 a.m. service (approximately 11:30). 
 
There is no Faithful Forum in July. Here's a peek at coming attractions beginning in August.  
 
August 18, "Winter Nights" (sponsored by Outreach)
September 15, Justice Ministries, St. Mary the Virgin
October 20, The Rev. Canon Abbott Bailey, Canon to the Ordinary 
A message from the Casserole Patrol  
The Casserole Patrol is one of Grace's most important pastoral ministries, as it provides meals to those who, for one reason or another, can benefit from having a meal delivered to them.  
 
Our supply is running very low and we have people in need. We need your help replenishing the freezer. Casseroles should be frozen, or freezable, and preferably the size of 4-6 servings (or less.) Please label the casserole with a description, and the date it was prepared/frozen.  
 
If you can contribute or are in need, please email Rev Deb.
The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry

The Way of Love is a new podcast from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.   This episodic podcast offers more ways to engage with the Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life, The Episcopal Church's intentional commitment to a set of practices as a way to follow Jesus. Audiences can listen to stories of people from around the Church as they put the Way of Love practices of Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest, into action. You can find episodes  here.
Grace Book Group

Read any good books lately? Want to participate in a book discussion group? Come drop in on the Grace Book Club! We meet on the third Wednesday of the month. We'd love to see you! Our next get-together is Wednesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m., at Smooth Season restaurant at Muir Station shopping center, when we will discuss "The Overdue Life of Amy Byler" by Kelly Harms.  For more information call/text Jennifer Sabroe at (925) 383-8386.
Flower and Candle Dedications

We are blessed by having fresh flowers on our altar each week. These are paid for by parishiners who wish to dedicate flowers (or candles) in thanksgiving or memory of loved ones. There are many open dates available on the flower and candle dedication calendar, located in the Narthex. When signing up for a date on the chart, please be sure to also write your name on the corresponding date in the flower dedication notebook (located on the little table below the chart). Suggested donation $35. The candle dedication notebook on the table under the bulletin board. Suggested donation $5.
Coffee Hour News!
The sign-up sheet has been filled through August. Please check it to be sure you know your assigned Sunday. Questions:  Email Coffee Hour Coordinator Tina Reich or leave a note on the sign-up clipboard. Please remember that if you can't do your assigned date, you are asked to make arrangements for a substitute.   
Yoga at Grace!
We welcome certified Yoga Instructor Noah Yuzna every  Tuesday evening at 6:15 p.m. to conduct a 60-minute yoga class.  All levels are welcome and modifications are available for folks with limited mobility.  Classes are open to the community and there is no set cost.  Participants are invited to contribute what they can for each class.  
SAVE THE DATE!

The Diocese of California will hold a
Beloved Community Training Day in the East Bay this fall at St. Paul's, Oakland on Saturday, September 21. 

The day will include required training sessions for Eucharistic Visitors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Whole & Healthy Church Training, along with an array of workshops for lay leaders in all areas of ministry.

Registration will open in mid-summer.

When: Saturday, September 21
Where: St. Paul's, Oakland, 114 Montecito Avenue
Contact: Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation, amyc@diocal.org

  C.O.R.E. Homeless Outreach donations
C.O.R.E stands for Coordinated Outreach Referral and Engagement. It is a program of the Housing and Homeless Services Division of Contra Costa County Health Services. Grace will be providing the C.O.R.E. team with needed items to distribute to individuals suffering from homelessness. This is an ongoing project, so we are requesting:
  • Hygiene items including (but not limited to) soap, shampoo, oral care, shower wipes, shaving supplies, feminine hygiene items
  • Incontinence products (e.g. "Depend") (men's and women's) all sizes
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets (moving blankets are inexpensive and durable)
  • Backpacks - ideally large capacity, durability is less important as they are frequently lost or stolen after a few weeks/months
  • Healthy food - preferable non-perishable items that don't require cooking, a can opener, or good teeth. Pull-top cans are good.
  • Bottles of water
  • Socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Pet food (in particular, wet food in pull-top cans). Other pet goodies would be appreciated too!
We also encourage parishioners to consider developing the habit of thinking of our homeless neighbors when shopping (i.e. picking up an extra item or two) and traveling (bringing home the hotel soaps/shampoo). Please leave donations in the Narthex.

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Do you have an announcement?
If you have a parish-related announcement for the bulletin or Grace Notes - meeting reminders, upcoming events, special requests, etc. - please email the text of your announcement to the Parish Office by end of day on Tuesday. Thank you! 

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