Grace Church Announcements for the Week of January 20, 2019

Saturday, 1/19, 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. jkfhess@comcast.net or 609-760-0119

Sunday 1/20, Holy Eucharist, 9:00 a.m.; followed by breakfast and Annual meeting.  All friends and members and leaders are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday Compline at 7pm.  Experience a moment of peace and prayer in community.  Simple, friendly, and open to all. 

Thursday, 1/24, Choir Practice 7:30 p.m.; We hope you will lend your voice to the praise of the Lord.

Saturday, 1/26, 10:00 a.m., Men’s & Women’s Club- deep cleaning of the back kitchen area, contact Bill Shorman or Kathy Waugh. 

Tuesday, 1/29, 1:30 – 3:30; We are hosting the Diocese of New Jersey Pre-convention hearings in Fenwick Hall. 

Bible 101! Wish you had a better idea about the Bible?  Join us for a 6 week encounter with the Bible!  A lifelong learning invitation utilizing the videos of the Bible Project.  Put the pieces together and have a better idea about how we live with our core text.  MONDAYS 5.30-6.30P Starting January 21st! (When there isn’t Men’s Group).  Please invite a neighbor and message Jane+ if you are interested.  Jag.pemberton@gmail.com

Sunday, 2/10, Grace Church Annual Hymn Sing @ 4:00. Select your hymns!

Saturday, 2/23, Vestry Retreat, location  (tbd).

Little Library - Have you visited our little library in the back pew?  Gifts for your lifelong learning, on the honor system.

Open Book Group: New Day/Time Fourth Tuesdays at 5pm    The book of the month will be Ordinary Resurrections by Jonathan Kozol.  His books have become touchstones of the American conscience. Here he spends four years in the South Bronx with children who have become his friends at an afterschool program at an Episcopal church. A fascinating narrative of faithful wonder, poverty and provides a stirring testimony to the courage and resilience of the young.   January 22nd in the Rector’s office.

The Altar Guild has started a vestment fund to replace the White Chasuble and Stole set.  Total costs can range from $527-$1235, depending on style.  Donations are desired. Envelopes available in the back of church table.

Cleanse Heart Ministries led by Pastor Danetta McCain will conduct services at Grace Church January 20, 27.

Hosts needed for Sunday Hospitality: Hosts are needed to provide refreshments after 8:00 and 9:30 services.  There is a signup sheet in the back of the church, or contact the office.   Open dates: January   20 and 27.

Prayer Shawls: We thank all who have made prayer shawls. If you have a loved one, friend, or colleague who is ailing or infirm or grieving (or know a family who is celebrating a new baby), please provide the names on the prayer shawls list (back of the church). For questions: contact Jeanne Maskell or church office.

Wanted: Sponsors for Flowers ($45), for Candles, Bread and Wine ($20).  Any questions, please call the church office.  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 Candles: Feb. 10, 17, and 24.  Flowers: February 24.

Green Tips for January by Joan Hess: Blessings for a New Year

Ditch Plastic Bags!

Plastic bags are appallingly wasteful to the environment. It is believed that 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in America each year, and only 1-3% of worldwide plastic bags are recycled. This means a huge amount of waste much of which ends up in the wild areas. You can help a great deal by using Earth friendly bags (such as paper, reusable bags), and recycle any old plastic bags you have lying around.

This is a concern for our food pantry, in the past reusable bags have been given to clients but they fail to bring them back to use on the following months. Many of our regular clients bring their push carts to hold their groceries. If anyone has any thoughts or ideas as to how we could change this, I would be happy to know. Many already shop at Aldi and know they need to bring their own bags when shopping there! 

Blessings, Joan Hess

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.