November 20 2020
The Last Sunday After Pentecost/Christ the King - November 22, 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, Karin, Tim, Daisy, Donald Van Saders, Alice Dean, Ryan M., Bernice Robinson
To add a name to the list: parishoffice@gracechurchnyack.org

Rest in Peace: Geoff White, father of The Rev. Alon White; D. Leigh Holt, Jr.

Flower Memorials:   Ruth G. Mock, George D. Fee, III, Rose & Robert Gunderson, Mr. & Mrs. John J. Dobbins, Samuel McCormick, Arthur & Bertha Simmons, Alice Zanerra, Esther (Hettie) Taylor, Grace Hoyle Towt & Edward P. Towt, Sr., Deceased Members of the Friendly Society
                     
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
It seems to be accepted as inevitable that the majority of our people be weighed down by hunger and unemployment. Their sufferings, injuries, and deaths seem to have become routine. They no longer make us ask "Why is this happening? What should we do to avoid it?" How can we answer the question the Lord put to Cain, "What have you done? Listen to the sound of your brother's blood, crying out to me from the ground" (Gen. 4:10).

This Sunday
The Last Sunday After Pentecost/Christ the King

Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

HOLY EUCHARIST AT 8:00am
Attendance is strictly limited and masks must be worn.

CHURCH SCHOOL - Via Zoom - 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



Catch up with fellow parishioners at our Virtual Coffee Hours via Zoom, this Sunday at 11:30am.

Here's the link:



CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS

Due to the recent COVID outbreak at the local public schools combined with the change in weather, classes will be via zoom until further notice.
FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND ZOOM LINK
ON THE YOUTH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE:
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
Welcome to the Grace Church
Pre-Holidays Raffle

Benefiting Grace’s kitchen refurbishment project and People to People, a raffle will be held starting November 6, with the drawings on December 6 after the 10:00am service.

This is a great opportunity to support the community and get in the holiday spirit!

Each raffle option could be a treat for you or a holiday gift – your choice.

CLICK HERE for all the details and to download the raffle booklet.
Healing Harp Music
Pastoral Care at Grace Church
 
Please view this short video.
 
Grace Church would like to bring 20-minute live streaming healing harp sessions into your home through Zoom, Facetime or Skype. If you would like to schedule a session or if you have any questions about healing harp music please contact the church office. 

VIRTUAL USHERS & OTHER TECH-SAVVY MINISTERS NEEDED
 
Since it’s clear that live-streamed services and other events are here to stay, we need to start recognizing and recruiting for support in a variety of new areas. Virtual ushers to help with monitoring the service, welcoming, facilitating messages and answering questions can do everything needed from home. 
 
Other virtual greeters might follow up with new virtual visitors, answering questions and getting contact information. Perhaps there are others with ideas for ways to develop new virtual fellowship activities.
 
Volunteers and your thoughts are welcome! Speak with Fr. Owen or contact the office if you're interested.
GIFT CARDS NEEDED
 
Occasionally individuals and families come to us for help with very basic immediate needs, like food and diapers. There are also several families with disabled children/grandchildren who routinely need help, and even more so during the holidays. 
 
When possible we try to help with small gift cards for stores like ShopRite, Target, or Walgreen’s. 
We welcome donations of gift cards so that we are prepared when the need arises — just bring them to the office or drop in the plate on Sundays. 
 
One family has recently moved into a small apartment after being homeless for almost a year. They are in need of many basics, like curtains, sheets, an old school tv, etc. If you have something that you might be willing to pass along, call the office (845-358-1297) and we’ll find out if it is something they can use.
 
THANK YOU!
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

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!




Grace is Family
Church School Director Annie Hekker Weiss talks about the importance of grace to her family

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
Parting Thought
Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love—
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

By Lynn Ungar 3/11/20