Grace Church Announcements for the Fifth Sunday in Lent      

Saturday, 3/17, Grace Church Food Pantry. Volunteers needed for set up, clean up, and serving patrons. Information: Joan Hess 760-0119 

Sunday, 3/18; Holy Eucharist, 8:00 & 9:30 a.m., The Rev. Mark Van Sant our celebrant today.

The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services. 

Monday, 3/19, Vestry meeting at 7:00 p.m. 

Wednesdays, 3/21, 7:00 p.m., Lenten Night Prayer and book study.  All are welcome.  Come for all gatherings or as you can.  Share in the book study, with or without purchasing the book.  The fourth Lenten Night Prayer will be held at Joan & Bill Hess, 610 Avenue D, Southampton. Joan’s phone number for directions is (609)760-0019.  Open date for home Lenten Night Prayer/book study: March 28th

Thursday, 3/22, Choir Practice, @ 7:00 p.m.

Extending Grace

***We have a new alarm sensor in Fenwick Hall located at the entrance and underneath the thermostats. When entering Fenwick Hall, please make sure the light is red or green.  If its red, needs to disarmed it with your code number.  ***

ORGAN FUND & RESTORATION – Grace Church has contracted with R. W. Kurtz Co to commence with the restoration of our organ.  The organ console will be removed for refurbishment the week of May 21, 2018.  This time frame will allow the work to be completed before Labor Day.  The first installment check for $7940.00 representing 20% of $39,700.00, was sent February.  40% or $15,880.00 will be due when console is ready for shipment; 40% of $15,880.00 will be duewithin 10 days of completion of the work.  We still need your donations to cover the remaining cost of restoration.  Donation information will be on the table in the back of the church.  It is exciting to know that our historic Holtkamp organ will be restored.  A progress board will be in the church to track our gift giving. 

Dear Grace Church Family – We are going to continue our Lenten Home services and book study with a change.  On Wednesdays in Lent a Service of Night Prayer, a version of the Service of Compline will be offered.  The book we will be using this year is “Lent 2018, The Lord is our Salvation”, by Katie Z. Dawson.  Bill Hess will once again lead the book study.  We are looking for hosts as in the past.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the table at the back of the church.  The rectory will be available in the event it is more convenient to “host” there and provide refreshments.  Please contact Kathy Waugh or the church office should you have questions.  Blessings & Peace; The dates for home services:  March 28.

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church On March 18 and 25 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 

Transition at Grace Church: Our next meeting, March 26, at 7:00 p.m.  in the rectory. The Discernment Committee includes Sarah Dattilo, Mike Gephart, Toby Green, Kathleen Gruver, Bill Hess, Rick Hunt, Lynn Sabin, and Ingrid Welsh. Please keep the Discernment Committee in your prayers.  In the meantime, arrangements are being made for supply priests until an interim priest can be appointed.

Hosts needed for Sunday Hospitality -   Hosts are needed to provide refreshments after 8:00 and 9:00 services.  There is a signup sheet in the back of the church for your convenience.  You may also contact the church office at 609-894-800l.   It is a wonderful gift to offer refreshments for our Supply Priests and parishioners. Dates open: March18, and 25.

Wanted: Sponsors for Flowers ($45), for Candles, Bread and Wine ($20). You can remember or honor loved ones through sponsoring contributions. Schedules are at the back of the church or contact the Church Office. We have open dates for Flowers. No flowers during lent: 2/18-3/25; Candles:  March 25.

ECW: Burlington District: Tuesday March 20th, 10:30 at St. Stephen’s in Riverside

The Burlington District Episcopal Church Women are invited to meet at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Memorial Church in Riverside on Tuesday March 20th at 10:30am. Our meeting will feature the New Jersey Treatment Incentive Program (NJTIP), the first of its kind in New Jersey. Featured by our own Path to Hope program here at St. Stephen's, NJTIP was initiated by our speaker, Lt. Louis Fisher of the Riverside Police Force. 
This program helps individuals who at high risk for drug addiction issues by offering them a comprehensive treatment program. With over 18 years of narcotics experience, he realized in 2014 “that Law Enforcement could not arrest it’s was out of the drug problem.”   There has been a 70% reduction of theft related crime in Riverside since NJTIP began.  Other police departments in Burlington County and throughout the state are now seeking him out for advice.  Come see how we can give and receive help too. A short business meeting will follow.  Lunch will be served. 

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Memorial Church

324 Bridgeboro Street, Riverside, NJ 08075, 856-461-1037


The Rev. Anne McRae Wrede, Priest-in-Charge

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 3/24, Our former organist Michael Ryan is presenting his senior recital.

Sunday, 3/25, Palm Sunday 

Monday, 3/26, Discernment Committee meeting at 7:00 p.m. in rectory

Wednesday, 3/28, Open date for home Lenten Night Prayer/book study

Thursday, 3/29, Maundy Thursday with agape supper, washing the feet and stripping of the altar. Sign up sheet for dinner on table in back of church.  Last day to sign up is Palm Sunday.  Sign up sheet for vigil in garden on table in back of church. 

Friday, 3/30, Good Friday-“Stations of the Cross on the Labyrinth” A booklet will be provided for this 30-minute self-directed walk in Fenwick  Hall.  You are free to come anytime from noon to 3:00 p.m.; Solemn service @7:00 pm

Saturday, 3/31, The Great Easter Vigil – Bring your bells!

Sunday, 4/1, Easter Sunday with an Easter Egg Hunt – Sunrise Service at 6:30 joining the Pemberton United Methodist Church in their cemetery – Father Van Sant will preach at the Sunrise Service.  Easter services @8:00 and 9:30

Green Tips – Joan Hess

This week’s green tip is something I have done recently. We have a Keurig coffee pot which we love, however, I was feeling guilty about the coffee pods and their impact on our environment. I purchased 3 reusable k- pods and natural unbleached filter papers at a very reasonable price (Amazon), I buy the coffee of our choice and simply take a minute to fill the pods. The coffee should be finely ground. The taste is excellent and I am not adding to our waste and the filter papers are biodegradable.