November 27, 2020
The First Sunday of Advent - November 29, 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
                     
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
The great crisis among us is the crisis of "the common good," the sense of community solidarity that binds all in a common destiny-haves and have-nots, the rich and the poor. We face a crisis about the common good because there are powerful forces at work among us to resist the common good, to violate community solidarity, and to deny a common destiny. Mature people, at their best, are people who are committed to the common good that reaches beyond private interest, transcends sectarian commitments, and offers human solidarity.

Walter Brueggemann in Journey to the Common Good
This Sunday
The First Sunday of Advent

Collect of the Day
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him 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

After several great outdoor sessions in the garden we moved our classes indoors and are 100% remote. We miss the face to face learning but the kids are having fun and Brother Dunnie shows up at every ZOOM class to share his wisdom and quirky outlook on life. The kids are learning about the Old Testament as well as gaining a deeper understanding on how to show kindness to others.
 
We have gotten a ton of questions regarding the Christmas Pageant. Sadly we will not have an in person pageant but I am hoping to individually film the kids in different pageant rolls and edit it into a pageant video. We can only do this if I hear from parents regarding interest. Please contact Annie by December 5 if your child is interested and if we have enough kids who want to participate I can start creating the video asap!
 
Please continue to stay healthy, kind and connected. Peace.  ~Annie
 
PS: We are looking for Church School teachers for next year. If you are interested, please reach out to Annie at anniehekker@me.com.
FIND ALL THE CHURCH SCHOOL DETAILS AND ZOOM LINK
ON THE YOUTH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE:
Announcements & Ongoing Programs
"Virtual” Giving Tree
Like so many things this year, our annual drive to gather holiday gifts for the kids at the Nyack Center is going “virtual.” 
 
Rather than taking a tag from a tree at the entry to church, we’re asking that you buy a gift(s) for a boy or girl ages 5-11. You can bring the UNWRAPPED gift(s) to church on Sundays, Novemher 29 or December 6, or drop off at the office during office hours (M-Th 9-4) from Wednesday, December 2 through December 7. 

Things are going to take a little bit longer this year, so we need to deliver our gifts to the Nyack Center by Tuesday, December 8 in order to have time for sorting, wrapping, and distribution.  
Thank you for your generosity, and please contact the office if you have questions!   Paul Weiss
Advent Gatherings
Another holiday tradition moving “virtual” this year will be our Wednesday evening Advent Gatherings.

We’ll miss the ever-abundant potluck spreads, but at 5:00pm on Wednesdays December 2, 9, and 16 we’ll come together via ZOOM for fellowship, quiet reflection, prayer, and some traditional holiday fun. We hope you’ll join us — please be in touch with the office for the ZOOM link.
 
Virtual Watch Party
Wednesday, December 9, 8:00pm NBC Channel 4 in NY
“Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical”
A stage production from London, starring
Matthew Morrison (from GLEE) as the Grinch.
 
Before the Show join us for a ZOOM gathering at 7:30pm
Check our website (gracechurchnyack.org) for the ZOOM link
Welcome to the Grace Church
Pre-Holidays Raffle - Drawing on 12/5

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. 

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!
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
"Start Close In"
by David Whyte

Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step you don't want to take.

Start with
the ground
you know,
the pale ground
beneath your feet,
your own
way of starting
the conversation.
Start with your own
question,
give up on other
people's questions,
don't let them
smother something
simple.

To find
another's voice
follow
your own voice,
wait until
that voice
becomes a
private ear
listening
to another.

Start right now
take a small step
you can call your own
don't follow
someone else's
heroics, be humble
and focused,
start close in,
don't mistake
that other
for your own.

Start close in,
don't take the second step
or the third,
start with the first
thing
close in,
the step you don't want to take.