Grace Church Announcements for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, 7/15 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist.  We welcome the Revd. Jane A. Gober, our Interim Rector.  The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services.

Monday, 7/16, The office is closed.  Lucia is on vacation.  Re-open on Tuesday, 7/17.

Monday, 7/16, Vestry meeting at Fenwick Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 7/18, Evening Prayer/Compline, 7:00 p.m. in the Green Chapel (weather permitting).

Thursday, 7/19, 7 a.m.-Noon: Grace Food Pantry receipt of food and set-up. Volunteers needed if only for an hour or two. Information: Joan Hess or Jeanne Maskell if you can help. jkfhess@comcast.net or  609-760-0119 or Jeanne Maskell [jmaskell2@comcast.net]

Saturday, 7/21, Grace Church Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers needed for set-up, clean-up and serving pantry patrons; also for set up and receiving food earlier in the week. Please be in touch with Joan Hess or Jeanne Maskell if you can help. jkfhess@comcast.net or 609-760-0119

#gc79 One of the largest legislative gatherings in the world (!) is the Episcopal Church General Convention, which gathers every three years to prioritize and discern what Christ is leading us to be in this day and age.  The General Convention involves people at all levels of church practice from all across the world meeting until the 13th of July in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the work and celebrations and ministrations of our wider church by tuning in to General Convention. Please keep all the participants, and their well being, in your prayers. When Reverend Jane was a youth presence mentor in 2012 she walked over 40 miles during General Convention!

Fenwick Wall Work: The first stage of the Interim process is getting to know each other better.  To help in this process the walls of Fenwick Hall are growing in large sheets of inquiry.  Enjoyable and informative, like a Facebook wall in real life, this will not only help the Interim Rector get to know this congregation and community, but possibly help this community to get to know one another better!  One of the crucial sheets is getting feedback for scheduling the several monthly Open Book (lifelong learning sip and chat and chew) gatherings.  

Open Book Gatherings: Lifelong Learning Sip, Chat and Chew BEGINING IN AUGUST.  Each month of our Interim time there will be a book of the month, and chances to gather and learn and reflect more deeply around the book of the month.  Even if you cannot make any of the scheduled gatherings, we invite you to engage the book of the month anyways!  Almost every title is available both in print (digital and paper) as well as in audio formats - so that all sorts of schedules and abilities can join in the lifelong learning process.  Please give your feedback on the sheets in Fenwick Hall so that two different times (and maybe locations) can be scheduled to best connect with many friends of Grace Church. The book for August will be the Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown, and the book for September will be Being Christian by Rowan Williams.  

The Altar Guild has started a vestment fund.  Janet Tuck noted that the white chasuble used for special services, such as All Saint’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, etc. were in bad shape, could not be repaired.  Thank you, Janet for starting up this initiative.  The Chasuble and Stole range from $527-$1235, depending on style.  Donations are welcome. 

The Flea Market proceeds will be designated to the Organ Fund.  Many thanks to all who helped in this tremendous event.  

ORGAN FUND & RESTORATION – Grace Church has contracted with R. W. Kurtz Co to commence with the restoration of our organ.  The organ console has been removed for refurbishment. 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 due within 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. 

Transition at Grace Church: 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.  After review and approval by the vestry, the final revised versions of four forms completed by the Grace Church Discernment Committee as the components of the Grace Church profile have been sent to the Diocese of New Jersey.  We are grateful for the hard work of our Discernment Committee.

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church on July 22 and 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Hosts needed for Sunday Hospitality/Tea on the Lawn

Hosts are needed to provide refreshments after 8:00 and 9:30 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 parishioners. Dates open:  July 22, and 29.  We thank Peggy Mosher for her hospitality.

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: July 22, 29 and August 5.  Candles: July 22, and 29. 

Upcoming Events

Vacation Bible School: Monday, 8/20 – 8/24, Monday-Friday, 5 p.m. supper; 5:30-8 p.m. , Paula Asch and Pastor William Carter, Pemberton United Methodist Church are in charge of the Vacation Bible School.  The theme this year is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus”.  Additional information will be forthcoming.  Contact Grace Church’s office for any questions.

On Saturday, September 29th, an Evensong Celebrating Older Adults sponsored by the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults will be held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ.  The Wardens and Vestry will be nominating one or two individuals from Grace Church to be honored at this wonderful celebration at the July 16thVestry meeting.  Past honorees are Jean Cook, Bob Reeves, Joy Riley, Fred Mehler, Marcella Johnson, Dave Herbert, Freddie Woodall, Jim Cochran, Joe Patykula, and Kathy Waugh.

Joan Hess-Green Tips for July 15th

Tip for the week:  Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, but can kill. Gas stoves, furnaces and water heaters, kerosene space heaters and barbecues, as well as automobiles, produce carbon monoxide as a byproduct of combustion. PROTECT YOUR HOME WITH A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR!  Blessings, Joan Hess

Prayer Announcement

Sermon Prayer: This is the prayer that Reverend Gober usually offers at the end of her sermons.  It is adapted from a prayer by the Reverend Ted Loder, in the book Guerilla's of Grace.    

Let us pray. 

Gentle us, Holy One, into an unclenched moment, a deep breath, a letting go of heavy experiences, of shriveling anxieties, of dead certainties, that, softened by the silence, surrounded by the light, and open to the mystery, We may be found by wholeness, upheld by the unfathomable, entranced by the simple, and filled with the joy that is You. 

Amen.

ABOUT THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY:

Founded in 1785, the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey is one of the largest dioceses of the Episcopal Church in the United States, with 140 congregations in the southern two-thirds of the Garden State and approximately 44,500 members. The Right Reverend William H. (Chip) Stokes, was elected Twelfth Bishop of the Diocese in 2013. For more information, please visit www.dioceseofnj.org.