Grace Church Announcements for the Week of September 22, 2019

Grace Choir Season: Rehearsals in the sanctuary Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Please, contact Tara Perrien 609-556-7804 with any questions

Saturday, 9/21; 10-2:00 p.m. Food Pantry Distribution.  Strong backs and kind hearts needed to help.  Check in with Joan Hess to learn how you, or someone you know, could lend their service

Sunday Liturgies9/22; 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Finance Committee mtg. after the 9:30 a.m. services.

Saturday, 9/28, 2:00 p.m. An Evensong Celebrating Older Adults sponsored by the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults will be held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ. The Vestry has nominated Dave & Janet Tuck to be honored at the Diocesan Evensong. This is a wonderful service and one of Bishop Stokes favorite services.  Save the date - and if you want to carpool let the office know. Carpool leaving from Grace at 12.30 pm.

Encore Formation! ‘Sunday School’ meets AFTER the 9:30 worship.  This week: Lego my Bible.  People of all ages are invited to join us for a variety of activities to increase our knowledge of God and deepen our discipleship with Jesus. See Paula Asch or Sarah Dattilo for more information.

Little Library Blessing!  Thanks to Cadette Troop 22219 of Marlton for their offering to our life and ministry in Pemberton the gift of a Little Library.  Intended for young people’s books, it has already had a visitor!  Thanks to Toby Green for getting it installed.  The young women will be with us at the 9.30 service where we will bless the Little Library. 

Fall Flea Market October 5th: Donate, share, shop, eat. 8am till done.  Donations being accepted.  Volunteers needed.  Space for rent to ‘fleas’ for $15.  Get a poster and put it up; share the FB post.  Make it loud!

Blessing of the Beasts: Mark your calendars and bring your fuzzy and feathered friends for the Annual Blessing of the Beasts!  October 6, 1pm in the Grace Church garden.  Friends from St. Martin’s, Lumberton, and St. Andrew’s, Mt. Holly are planning to join us.  Please consider a donation of pet food or pet snacks to go to the Burlington County Animal Welfare agency. 

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: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20; for Flowers: October 6, 13 and 20.  

Cleanse Heart Ministries led by Pastor Danetta McCain will conduct services at Grace Church, @12 pm.;

September 22, 29. On September 20th, For all night prayer in The Sanctuary.  Friday 10 pm - Saturday 6am: "Watchmen on the Wall" Event.

Prayer Shawls: We thank all who have made prayer shawls. We are in need of donations for the yarn.  Please support this wonderful ministry.  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 office.   

October and Rev. Jane:  As you may know by now our Interim Rector has been called away to be the Rector of Christ Church in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.  Her last Sunday with us will be October 20th, and we will have JUST ONE JOINT SERVICE and a brunch following.  Before that however, she has a brief trip back to Washington State and so will not be here on the 6th of October.  Canon Brian Jemmott will be the priest for morning services that day, and Kyle Cuperwich, Postulant from St. Martin’s, and Rev. Ryan Paetzold will be leading the Blessing of the Beasts at 1pm that day.  Deacon Mickie of St. Martin’s and Pastor Carter of PUMC will be available for pastoral care emergencies.

Green Tips by Joan Hess

The average American home contains two televisions, a VCR and/or DVD player and three phones. These home electronics can use more energy than you think. As you replace existing equipment, look for Energy Star models that help reduce carbon emissions.  Enjoy the upcoming Autumn weather!

Building Faith Brick by Brick by Emily Given

There is a rather vast, uncharted territory called “Builder Faith.”  As Christian formation ministers, it is rare that we venture into the rough and ragged place where our builders and experimenters live, learn and grow. I happen to have a heart for sharing faith and life stories with elementary school builders and movers so I needed to figure out a new language for faith expression.

It was apparent after engaging with children in different settings that art response was not enough. Craft supplies and talking were not getting to that place of awakening that I knew lay waiting in the hearts of these children. I finally found the place where real life meets faith sharing:  Legos™… and lots of them.

My specific response became Lego™ My Bible – a six-week afterschool group for Kindergarten through Grade 4. The group was open to both boys and girls, but it was mostly boys who showed up.  Since then I have used this method as a summer Sunday school, an alternative to dull lesson options, a weeknight class, and even as a parent-child event. Lego My Bible works with various ages in a number of settings. You can read all about it in my book, Building Faith, Brick by Brick.  (Rev. Jane was originally going to help write that book!)

As for the overall concept: when people ask me about using this idea, I offer at least three keys to success:

·         Thoughtful story selection

·         Intentional real-time processing and discussion

·         An openness to a boisterous room of budding, noisy theologians

What has emerged in these moments?  A different type of Holy Ground. I have been in the presence of such rich and surprising theological reflection. Children have witnessed to the power of being wonderfully made in the creation story. I have watched children work through the meaning of the Ten Commandments – what are the promises of God to us and we to others – even if those “others” are our older brothers?!

I have been in the presence of children deeply understanding (sometimes for the first time) the power of Jesus’ Crucifixion and the glory of the Resurrection. I have watched as the Lego walls of Jericho were built and then came crashing down. There is no shortage of material to be explored, created and discovered.

-Originally Published on Buildfaith.org

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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.