The Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost - 9.19.2021
Oh God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your son. Look now with compassion on the entire human family; and particularly this part of the family, in the United States, and those in our nation’s capital; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Human Family, Book of Common Prayer, p. 815

Our vestry, lay leaders, and congregation as we embark on the search process for a new rector;
Ian, Jean, Karin,Ian Cochran, Barbara and Peter dePinto, Ellie Hafstad, Carol Streichert, JoAnn Stone,
Chris Mitchell, Lee, Maura McGrath, Richard+

Please note that we have just begun a new prayer list. If you would like to add back a name, please let us know:  
“God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.”

John Shelby Spong

The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, former Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, died last Sunday, September 12. He visited with us at Grace in 2005 as part of an Adult Spiritual Formation presentation by members of The Jesus Seminar.
This Weekend
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [Readings available HERE]

When possible, please register in advance to help us prepare for Communion.

8:00am - Holy Eucharist

9:30am - Holy Eucharist in the Garden

11:00am - Holy Eucharist

The 11:00am order of service is available to download HERE

This Sunday we again welcome The Rev. Emily Wachner, who will be with us through the end of September. Mtr. Emily is thrilled to call Nyack her home, after a decade spent serving institutions in Manhattan. Following her graduation from Yale Divinity School and subsequent curacy in St. Louis, MO, Emily served as a priest at Trinity Wall Street from 2011 - 2015, directing liturgy and congregational programming at St. Paul's Chapel. From 2015 - 2020, Emily taught on the faculty at the General Theological Seminary, as Director for Integrative Programs (field education) and Lecturer in Practical Theology. Emily's husband, Julian, is the Director of Music at Trinity Wall Street; their children, Tallis and Tabitha, attend the Montessori Center of Nyack.

Church School registration and activities will take place at 10:15am, following the 9:30 Eucharist in the Garden, over the next several weeks. If you'd like to register in advance, the form is available here. The tentative church school calendar is here.
Our very active senior youth group for high school students kicked off its activities last week with a BBQ, and invites new high school students to join in.  The group works on team-building activities, focusing on topics related to spiritual growth and community service. There are many things to be thankful for, including our hope to be able to do many of the more “traditional” things that has made SYG so special which we had to do on a limited or adjusted basis last year given the state of the pandemic. We’ll continue to exercise appropriate safety measures as situations dictate over time, but anticipate being able to resume some activities (like Sunday morning breakfasts, a fall hike, etc) and continue others (Midnight Run, winter ski day, summer service trip) to offer more fun ways to get involved and support each other, as well as our local and global community.
Want to know more? Contact Brian or Kristin.

Please note that for your safety and the safety of others, and in accordance with recently revised CDC guidelines for Rockland County, we ask that everyone wear masks while in the church.
Thank you for you cooperation and consideration.

CLICK HERE for the latest Diocesan notice re COVID protocols
Announcements & Ongoing Programs


Our Adult Spiritual Formation commission will again present a number of "Discovery Groups" between the 9:30 and 11:00am services beginning on September 26.

Click HERE or on the image at right for all the details.
OPEN OFFICE HOURS - M-Th 10:00am - 1:00pm
These new office hours reflect the fact the Thayer and Virginia are both working hybrid schedules, doing some work offsite. The posted hours are when the office will reliably be staffed. Rest assured it will be open many hours beyond this, but it will be wise to call first to make sure someone is present.
The Women’s Spirituality Group meets via Zoom on the last Saturday of each month at 10:00am. We discuss the events of our lives and how they relate to us spiritually. We pray. Sometimes we listen to a poem or read a piece of scripture and reflect. The group is led by Jan Valentine and all are welcome. The next meeting is on Saturday, September 25. If you would like the Zoom specifics, or to know more about the group, please contact Jan:
ANTI RACISM COMMITTEE - First Meeting September 2

Grace Church Nyack is forming an anti-racism committee. All are invited to a formational meeting.
We will seek to hear God’s call to take action to end racism. We will educate ourselves to understand that racism is embedded in the daily life of all Americas. We will explore the ways in which we can become an active part of the struggle to end racism… think Jesus throwing the money changers out of the Temple.

This meeting is not a presentation or workshop. It is an opportunity to join with others to form our own ways of understanding and doing.

Anti-Racism Committee in formation 1st meeting Tuesday, September 28 at 7:00pm
Patterson Hall Possibility of a Zoom addition
Contact: Theresa Bergen at
RSVP not required but very appreciated 
We're between sextons, and have a variety of small "handy person" jobs to be accomplished. If anyone feels called to take up their screwdriver and help with such things as replacing the flush handle/workings of a toilet or similar tasks, please contact Virginia.
Recurring Announcements

In July, the vestry appointed Beth Paskowski to chair the Search Committee. The Episcopal Church has a unique process to call the next priest to serve. Priests are neither appointed by the Bishop (although they must be approved) nor are they voted upon by the congregation (although the congregation participates). The Search Committee’s job is twofold: to elicit information from the congregation about the congregation, and to read and review the position resumes that are received. Then follows a rather involved decision making process shared by the committee, the vestry and the Bishop.
This committee ideally is made up of representatives from all areas of our congregation. They need to be people of faith, and have the ability to work for consensus. Since the Search Committee is limited to 9-12 people, the challenge is to identify such representatives from our wealth of applicants.

If you are interested in serving on such a committee for 9-12 months, please fill out an application* or contact the office for a paper copy. Send the application to the parish office or Kickie Fulmor, Molly MacQueen, or Beth Paskowski by September 25.

*Click on the ink to open the PDF file. How you are able to complete and submit this form is somewhat variable depending on the version of Adobe Acrobat that you have. If your version is relatively recent, you should be able to complete the form online, save it to your computer, and then email it to the office. Some may find it necessary to download the form, fill it out by hand, then scan and email to us. We will also have paper copies available at church on Sundays. We will also have an online form available at a later date. If you're having trouble, let us know!
The Grace Church Choir is looking for new members for the 2021-2022 season. If you have a love of music and choral singing, please consider the opportunity for liturgical ministry. The choir sings primarily at the 11:00am service as well as four Sunday afternoon services of Choral Evensong and the repertoire ranges the entire span of the Anglican choral tradition. For the 2021-2022 season, rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, offering greater flexibility for those with multiple demands on time and energy. Membership requires a meeting/audition with the director and a commitment to regular participation.

Do you enjoy singing but want a more occasional option? Consider joining the Parish Choir! All are welcome to participate, and this is a wonderful opportunity for families to make music together in church. The Parish Choir sings on the 2nd Sunday of the month* (October-May) at the 11:00am service. Simply arrive by 10:30am to learn a simple anthem to sing that morning.
For more information about these choral opportunities, or for questions about musical participation at Grace Church, contact Brandon Beachamp, Choirmaster and Organist, at or at 347.556.1112.
In an effort to be more eco friendly, Grace is researching and instituting some initiatives such as
green cleaning, expanding recycling and composting, installing a bike rack and more.
Would YOU like to be a part of helping with this? Email Tom Perry at or
Heidi R. Hill at
If you are interested in helping to provide and serve refreshments on a Sunday, please let me know. Reimbursements are available for supplies. K Fulmor
Food donations for People to People are always needed. When you come to church please bring a non-perishable food item to leave in the basket at the entry to the church. Peanut butter, tuna fish and cereal are greatly appreciated “
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 ( for the ZOOM link. 
Please Give As You Can

Now more than ever, as we enter this critical transition period and work together to identify and attract our new rector, your commitment to our financial health is critical.
Read a message from from our pledge committee chair Jeff McDowell.

CLICK HERE to complete a pledge card for 2022.
Our Virtual Offering Plate
Please keep your pledge current!
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 Payments".

We are so grateful for your support.
Parting Thought
Let Evening Come

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down.
Let the cricket take up chafing   
as a woman takes up her needles   
and her yarn. Let evening come.
Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned   
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.
Let the fox go back to its sandy den.   
Let the wind die down. Let the shed   
go black inside. Let evening come.
To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop   
in the oats, to air in the lung   
let evening come.
Let it come, as it will, and don’t   
be afraid. God does not leave us   
comfortless, so let evening come.
Jane Kenyon, “Let Evening Come” from Collected Poems.