Grace Church Announcements for the Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

Many thanks to the Red Lion Inn for their generous donation of $375.00 to our food pantry and our clients. Many of our parishioners took advantage of their generosity by enjoying a delightful evening at the restaurant.

Saturday, 5/19, 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.

Sunday, 5/20, 8 and 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist. 9:30 a.m. Church School.

The Revd Mark Van Sant our celebrant today. The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services.

Monday, 5/21; 7:00 p.m. Vestry meeting.

Wednesday, 5/23, Service of Compline, 7:00 p.m. in Church or Green Chapel

Thursday, 5/24, Choir practice @ 7:30 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.  **** DO NOT TOUCH THE RED PANEL.

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.

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 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. 

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church on May27, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Transition at Grace Church: Our next meeting, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. (time changed from 6:30 pm previous)   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: May 20 and 28.

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: June 24, July 1, 8, 22, 29.   Candles: June 10, 17 and 24.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 6/2, Flea Market, 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Your help and your “fleas” are needed. Information: Bill & Cindy Gaffney (bigblue612@gmail.com).  Please leave your items in front of the rectory garage. As of Sunday, 5/27, you can bring your items to Fenwick Hall.

Announcement from Bishop Stokes

“In April 2018, Bishop Stokes sent greetings to all parishes regarding the ravages of drugs and alcohol.  Bishop Stokes is encouraging all parishes to adopt an alcohol-free policy.  In the event alcohol is served, parishes should be aware that the Diocese has adopted a Policy on Alcohol Use at Church Functions.  Bishop Stokes’ letter and a copy of the Diocese Policy on the Use of Alcohol at Church Functions is posted on the church and Fenwick Hall bulletin boards.”

Friends of Music- Kathy Waugh

The Day of Pentecost – “Pentecost, also called Whitsunday, (Pentecost from Greek pentecostē, “50th day”), major festival in the Christian church, celebrated on the Sunday that falls on the 50th day of Easter. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2), and it marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world…priests often wear red vestments during Pentecost to symbolize the “tongues of fire” that descended on the disciples from the Holy Spirit; members of the congregation also wear red in some traditions, and the altar is commonly dressed in a red frontal cloth…”(Encyclopedia Brittanica)

Psalm 98:  “Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things…Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands lift up your vice, rejoice and sing. Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the voice of song with trumpets and the sound of the horn, shout with joy before the King, the Lord…”

The Grace Church Choir is winding down its year of sacred singing.  We have had a glorious year of traditional singing, challenging singing, and new songs to sing.  We now prepare for the dismantling of our beloved Holtkamp organ for much needed restoration and the choir’s final weeks of singing, offering praise and thanksgiving to God.

I randomly opened a book given to me by Mother Jane, “Songs my Grandma Sang” by Michael B. Curry.  Indeed a book by our charismatic Presiding Bishop Curry!  One of the chapters, titled, “How to Know when the spirit is in your church” with the opening words of a very familiar hymn:

“O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.  Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art, Then sings my soul, My Savior God to thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou Art!” (Lift Every Voice and Sing II, pg. 60, a Swedish Folk Song, arr by Susan K. Hine)

On Sunday, May 20th, The Day of Pentecost we shall know that “there’s a sweet, sweet Spirit in this place…” 

“Roll back the stone”

Joan Hess-Green Tips for Spring

Older shower heads can use three gallons of water per minute or more. New efficient models can use two GPM or less. Also look for shower heads that deliver water in multiple small streams, rather than a fine mist; they keep water warmer and make rinsing easier. Avoid designs with multiple heads that compound water waste. Blessings, Joan Hess