October 9, 2020
The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - October 11, 2020
Grant, O God, that your holy and lifegiving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (BCP p.823)

May Almighty God have mercy on us, grant us courage and conviction, and strengthen us to love others who are unlike us. May God, the Holy and Undivided Trinity, make us compassionate in our actions and courageous in our works, that we may see Christ’s Beloved Community in our own day. Amen.
Please Remember in Your Prayers
All those who are suffering from COVID-19, their families and caretakers; first responders and medical professionals on the front lines; all service workers who put themselves in danger daily to keep our communities moving; those putting themselves in danger to work for justice and equality;

Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, John and Shirley Federico, Bill Weber, Ian, Jean, Al and Carol Lalli, Peter Zakrepine, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Peter Foley, Rosmarie Buri, Ellie Hafstad, B.J. Close, Kate Scarmato and family, Rita Chapparo, Eliot Kloehn, Joseph, Nancy, Lisa,John Riffle & Family, Dr. Ian Cochran, Robert Attucks Ruffin, Jr., Michelle Kenny, Staff and residents of Murphy House, Toni McCarthy, Malcolm Marsh and family, Christine Churchill Kenneth, Nellie Ayala, Ross Dailey, Yakari Montalvo, Chet Lubeck, Kathy Bettis, Maura McGrath, Charles Hutton, Joanna, Patricia Horn, Kyrie Thompson, the Ceccolini Family, Ann Cross, Karin
To add a name to the list: parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org

REST IN PEACE: Charles Ghosio

Flower Memorials:
especially Elizabeth A. & Edgar C. Flender, Bradford M. & Lulu Johnson, Charles (Buddy) Cleveland, Edward P. Hauser, Gloria Hill, Wallace Martini          

Stay in touch with your community!
Why not give a call to your usual pewmate on Sunday? Would you like to add a name to the Prayer List or know someone who needs something? ? Need contact information?  
Reflection
 "What I know in my bones is that I forget to take time to remember what I know.
The world is holy. We are holy. All life is holy.
Daily prayers are delivered on the lips of breaking waves, the whisperings of grasses, the shimmering of leaves."

Terry Tempest Williams
This Sunday
THE NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

HOLY EUCHARIST AT 8:00am
SERVICE IS NOW TAKING PLACE INSIDE THE CHURCH

Attendance is strictly limited and masks must be worn.


HOLY EUCHARIST 10:00am
We welcome those who wish to worship in person as well as those joining via the live stream. Attendance is limited and masks required.



The 10:00am service will continue to be streamed live to our Facebook page:

and on our website:
 
Order of service is available for download HERE

CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS

Church School at Grace Church is “almost back” in session!

As we are sure everyone understands, we will be doing things a bit differently for Church School this season.

Our new Church School classes are underway
from 9:15-9:45 on Sunday. Please use the link below to register in advance!
FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND
REGISTER FOR CLASSES
ON THE YOUTH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE:
Brother Dunnie's Messages

You can meet Br. Dunnie and his friends, and watch all of his messages, on his page here: https://www.gracechurchnyack.org/br-dunnies-page.html
Announcements & Ongoing Programs

PARISH HIKE - October 18
Bring the whole family - even sociable canines - for our annual parish hike in Harriman Park with Win and Tom Perry. 
 
We'll meet at 2:00pm at St. John's-in-the-Wilderness, enjoy an easy walk through the woods of Harriman Park, and return to the barn for an appropriately socially-distanced supper in front of the big stone fireplace! Rather than a potluck this year, we're asking that you bring food for your family group.

Please register using this link.
Note that registration in advance is not required, but very helpful for planning and communication in the event of inclement weather!

Questions, call the office (845) 358-1297.

FROM THE DIOCESE OF NEW YORK

Meet Ibram X. Kendi
Author of How to Be an Antiracist
Thursday, October 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Via Zoom
Participate with hundreds of other Episcopalians in an exclusive online event as

Ibram X. Kendi,author of How to Be An Antiracist,

discusses his journey of discovery, answers your questions, and reflects on the nationwide movement toward antiracism that his writings have helped to fuel.


Registration is required. USE THIS LINK to register



PLEDGE NOW

Now more than ever we need to know we can count on your support.

CLI CK HERE to make your pledge for 2021.
Watch for your pledge mailing to come soon.
NEW HEALING PRAYERS
Wednesdays at 4:00pm

Watch for announcements about a new online format starting on October 7.

Jan Valentine
BROWN BAG AND A BIBLE

Join us via Zoom on Thursdays and Sundays 
Brown Bag and a Bible continue Thursdays at noon and Sundays at 2:00pm in its new virtual format via ZOOM and led by Pat Reynolds. ALL ARE WELCOME. 
As always the sessions will focus on the readings for the week. The series will continue for the next five weeks. If you'd like to join, contact Pat (reynolcw@gmail.com) for the ZOOM link. 
Please Give As You Can
Our Virtual Offering Plate

PLEDGE NOW!

Now more than ever, we count on your support!

TO COMPLETE A PLEDGE CARD FOR 2021.



We know these are difficult and uncertain times, and circumstances have changed for many of us. To help ensure continuity for the church and our outreach programs to the community, please keep your pledge current if you are able, or make one-time donations as you would on Sunday. You can mail a check to us at 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960 or use our Virtual Offering Plate to make an online gift. Use the drop down menu under "FUND" to choose "Other Gifts" or "Pledge 2020".

Expanded Options for Using the Virtual Offering Plate 
Grace’s Virtual Offering Plate (hosted by GivingFire) now accepts check/ACH payments in addition to credit and debit cards! Recurring or one-time donations can be made for Pledge Payments, Other Gifts, and any of the other Funds listed in the drop-down menu. Directions for using GivingFire can be found here

We are so grateful for your support.
More Ways to Help
Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis,
not based on your biases, but vote your values.
Vote the values of human dignity and equality.
Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote.
  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Are you registered to vote? Are your kids? Now is the time to decide how you're going to vote (In person? Early? By mail?) in November and request mail-in or absentee ballots if you choose. You'll find everything you need to register, to request absentee ballots and more at this site: https://www.elections.ny.gov/

The Episcopal Office of Government Relations has created a created an Election Engagement toolkit that has more ideas about how to be involved and encourage others to be engaged as well.
NEED A RIDE TO VOTE EARLY?
Call the office and we may be able to help. We've got a least one volunteer who stands ready to drive you to an early voting site (in the back seat and masked, with windows open) either of the last two weekends of the month. If you're willing to volunteer as a driver, let us know

NEW PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

The county’s largest food bank is busier than ever, and your donations make a difference! With in-person worship opportunities expanding, you can once again bring your non-perishable food donations to the basket in the church entryway. Your generosity is much appreciated.
Parting Thought

PILGRIM
by David Whyte


I bow to the lark
and its tiny
lifted silhouette
fluttering
before infinity.
I promise myself
to the mountain
and to the foundation
from which
my future comes.
I make my vow
to the stream
flowing beneath,
and to the water
falling
toward all thirst,
and
I pledge myself
to the sea
to which it goes
and to the mercy
of my disappearance,
and though I may be
left alone
or abandoned by
the unyielding present
or orphaned in some far
unspoken place,
I will speak
with a voice
of loyalty
and faith
to the far shore
where everything
turns to arrival,
if only in the sound
of falling waves
and I will listen
with sincere
and attentive eyes and ears
for a final invitation,
so that I can
be that note half-heard
in the flying lark song,
or that tint
on a far mountain
brushed with the subtle
grey of dawn,
even a river gone by
still looking
as if it hasn’t…

Excerpt from “Pilgrim”