October 23, 2020
The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost - October 25, 2020
O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us, in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred or bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer In Times of Conflict: Book of Common Prayer

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

Flower Memorials: Edward Gilhuley, Osmond W. Cooke, Myra M. Hartell, Susan & Edward Nicholls, Eva & John Hopple, and Richard E. Bergen & William E. Bergen 

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

“Human beings are settlers, but not in the pioneer sense. It is our human occupational hazard to settle for little. We settle for purity and piety when we are being invited to an exquisite holiness. We settle for the fear-driven when love longs to be our engine. We settle for a puny, vindictive God when we are being nudged always closer to this wildly inclusive, larger-than-any life God. We allow our sense of God to atrophy. We settle for the illusion of separation when we are endlessly asked to enter into kinship with all.”

This Sunday
THE TWENTY-FIRST 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.

CHURCH SCHOOL "Under the Tents" - - 9:15 - 9:45AM

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:
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
ALL SAINTS SUNDAY - November 1, 2020

The Church invites us to honor our relationships with the saints on All Saints Sunday, and this year we will do so at the 8:00 and 10:00am services on November 1.  
 
If there are names you wish to have remembered as an offering of praise and thanksgiving please use the envelopes you'll find at the church entry, or call/email the church office (845-358-1297/parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org) and then mail a check if you so choose. This year donations will go towards the St. Benedict Fund, which provides for people in need.
 
You can also follow this link to our Virtual Offering Plate to make a donation by credit/debit card, indicating memorial names in the comments section
 
We need to receive names by Tuesday, October 27 for reading at All Saints Sunday services. 
 
The Dancing Saints above are part of a much larger series located at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco -- you can learn more about them and see the entire series HERE
 

Zoom Book Discussion:
How To Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
 
What’s the difference between being non-racist and antiracist? Author Ibram X. Kendi explains in his thought-provoking book. Grace’s Adult Spiritual Formation Commission will lead a Zoom discussion on one-third of the book each week. We hope you will be able to read the book beforehand, but the dialogue should be rich in any case. To get the Grace ASF Zoom invite, please email the church office at parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org. We look forward to a challenging and stimulating conversation!
WOMEN'S SPIRITUALITY GROUP TO MEET OCTOBER 31 - 10-11:00am

Led by Jan Valentine, this group meets monthly and is open to all. If you'd like to know more or would like to have the zoom link for the meeting, please let Jan know.
NEW HEALING PRAYERS & CONTEMPLATIVE MEDITATION
A video offering of music, prayers, readings, and art, curated by Jan Valentine
and released on Wednesdays


Previous editions available on THIS PAGE of our website.
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. 
SEASON OF PRAYER FOR AN ELECTION

Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election. 

Join us October 27-November 4. Sign up for emails on this page.
 
We come together, asking God for courage and wisdom, thanking God for love and joy. As we move toward the election of leaders for the United States, may we all join in a season of prayer, committing to offer to God our fears and frustrations, our hopes and dreams.
 
A novena is an ancient tradition of nine days of devotional prayers, often with a specific intention. In this case, we pray for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation.
 
Starting October 27 and continuing through the day after the election, we invite you to pray for the election of leaders in the United States. Materials are available below in English and Spanish for use at home or to share with your congregation. These prayers, drawn from The Book of Common Prayer, can be printed out and tucked in a Bible or prayer journal.
 
The prayers will also be posted daily on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, #seasonofprayer.
FROM THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

This All Saints' Day: Join us for Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness.

Along with a sermon from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker and civil rights attorney.

The gathering will be officiated by Washington’s Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and the Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
Please Give As You Can

PLEDGE NOW

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

CLICK HERE to complete a pledge card for 2021.


THANK YOU to all of those who have already made their pledge commitment!
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WHY I PLEDGE

Stewardship Committee member Emily Nevill reflects on the importance of making a pledge commitment.

If you have trouble playing the video from the thumbnail, try this link: https://youtu.be/FV1HkvZWOgA
Our Virtual Offering Plate


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".

We are so grateful for your support.


HOW TO USE OUR ONLINE GIVING PLATFORM

Stewardship Committee member Liz Johnson offers a brief tutorial on using our online giving platform.

If you have trouble playing the video from the thumbnail, try this link: https://youtu.be/FsQduCzf_VQ
More Ways to Help
EARLY VOTING IN NEW YORK STARTS ON SATURDAY
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.  

“It is a Christian obligation to vote, and more than that, it is the church’s responsibility to help get souls to the polls.”
-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry


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
Parting Thought
For Citizenship
John O'Donohue

n these times when anger
Is turned into anxiety
And someone has stolen
The horizons and mountains,

Our small emperors on parade
Never expect our indifference
To disturb their nakedness.

They keep their heads down
And their eyes gleam with reflection
From aluminum economic ground,

The media wraps everything
In a cellophane of sound,
And the ghost surface of the virtual
Overlays the breathing earth.

The industry of distraction
Makes us forget
That we live in a universe.

We have become converts
To the religion of stress
And its deity of progress;

That we may have courage
To turn aside from it all
And come to kneel down before the poor,
To discover what we must do,
How to turn anxiety
Back into anger,
How to find our way home.

John O’Donohue, Irish poet and philosopher