Grace Church Announcements for the Week of November 18, 2018

Saturday, 11/17, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Grace Food Pantry Volunteers needed for PICK-UP, 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 11/18 Holy Eucharist, 8 & 9:30 a.m.

Monday, 11/19, 7:00 p.m. Vestry meeting. 

Wednesday 11/21, 7pm Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be here at Grace Church with Pemberton United Methodist, Browns Mills United Methodist, First Baptist Church of Pemberton, and Garden of Prayer Church.  A blessed chance to remember all that we share. 

Thursday-Friday, 11/22-23: Grace Church Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday.

Breathe Through the Seasons: A six-week yoga series to help wrap up your holiday anxieties. Led by experienced yoga instructor Jan Bastien from 5pm-6pm on Tuesdays Nov 27, Dec 4, 11, 18. $10 per person per session, and open to everyone and anyone. In Fenwick Hall. Yoga-ships available as needed.

Open Book Gatherings: The book for November will be Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.  In this book a popular ‘millennial’ blogger shares her insightful journey from fundamentalist churches, through a house church, and toward liturgical churches like ours.   Tuesday, 11/20, 3:00 p.m. in the Rector's office. or Wednesday, 11/28 7:00 p.m. in Fenwick Hall (starting with Compline in the Nave).

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.

Transition at Grace Church: The Discernment Committee is getting ready to return to the search process for a full time rector.  Please keep the process and parish and clergy considering a new call in your prayers. 

Cleanse Heart Ministries led by Pastor Danetta McCain will conduct services at Grace Church on 11/18, 12pm – 2pm; 11/25 service 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.   12/9 3:30 p.m.

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 for your convenience.  We like to thank Peggy Mosher and Sadie Durham for their hospitality. We have open dates on November 18, & 25. You may also contact the church office at 609-894-800l

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: December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.  Flowers: December 2, 9, and 23.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 12/8; Gift Basket Auction, doors open 5 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m. One of our most important fundraisers of the year, so we need your help to make it a success.  We are still looking for one BIG DEAL PRIZE: who do you know that can help with such a gift?  Thanks to all who participate contributed baskets and items, those who will be contributing desserts for our guests.  Food will be pulled pork by Dave Tuck and the Men’s club. Tickets can be purchased from our website, and there may be some tickets for sale at the door. Youth are needed to volunteer as “runners.” Please be in touch with Mike or Patty Gephart (609)306-5839 or 267-5540, if you can help on Saturday with set-up, beginning 10 a.m.

Friday, 12/14, 6:00 p.m., Grace Church Women’s Christmas Dinner at O’Connor’s on Monmouth Road, East Hampton Township formally known as Charlie’s other brothers.  Reservations contact Sunday Pittman cell: 609-217-9019 or sundayp3838@yahoo.com or church office. Scholarships are available for this event. Please contact the church office 894-8001. Please bring a wrapped ‘re-gift” item to exchange and we will be taking donations to be given to the food pantry, examples: hats, gloves, (all sizes) toilet paper, paper-towels, shampoo, toothbrushes & toothpastes. 

Sunday, 12/16, 4:00 Grace Church Festival of Lessons and Carols, with a pot luck supper following and a visit from St. Nicholas.  Dwell in the joys of the season through song and music and sacred stories. 

Love Prepare Serve: Keep the Ball Rolling

It's an important year in the story of this congregation. You are preparing to call a new settled priest to serve alongside you here. It might be tempting to react to the situation from the perspective of fear and scarcity and holding back and hiding your heads and waiting for the future to arrive. Instead, we challenge you to hope and trust like Ruth and Naomi and respond with trust to God's promise of generosity towards us. We invite you to experience this moment as an opportunity to put this mission in line with God's dream and prepare for this community’s future. Gratitude and sacrificial giving are not always the obvious choice in life. That is why it is an act of faith.

We hope you will consider three things in your pledge this year one is to consider making your financial pledge proportionally, and that you gratefully consider making an increase. The second thing we want you to consider is a promise to invite people in your life to experience Grace Church. There's a plenty of pain and loneliness in the world and there are people in your life who never ever been invited to find the kind of community and foundation of smart loving kindness that is present in this body of Christ. The third thing we want you to consider this year to become a planned giver.  The in gathering day will be December 2, the start of our ‘new year’ with the dawn of the Advent season.  In the weeks ahead please prayerfully consider your act of faith in a pledge of love, preparation, and service that will keep the ball rolling through Grace Episcopal Church. 

Green Tips for November by Joan Hess

Excessive moisture can cause structural damage and mold growth, resulting in compromised indoor air quality and health problems.  Common sources of indoor moisture include leaky roofs and Windows, plumbing and wet basements

and crawl spaces.  Establish a maintenance routine that includes inspecting for signs of leakage and water damage. Activities within the home, such as cooking and bathing, produce large amounts of moisture, which can cause structural damage and mold growth. Keep pots covered when boiling liquids, and use ventilation when cooking and bathing.  If a bathroom or kitchen lacks mechanical ventilation, install properly sized, energy-efficient fans.

On the Mat: Yoga as a Prayer Practice by Jane+

As a professional Christian it can be hard to find places to just be a prayerful person. That may sound strange - but you cannot lead worship and not spend moments counting heads and thinking about what comes next and wondering why a light fixture is dim.  To receive the ministrations of other leaders, to be in a place of connection and intention and not also be the maestro and not be in the middle of colleagues - that is a rare blessing.  When I am on the mat at a studio I am placing myself in the leadership of other leaders.  This isn't my band so I simply get to be present.  I do have a rule of life and ways of prayer that I follow in my life on my own, but we are not called to be humans in isolation.  We are made to be people in the community, being in the company of others is part of that prayerful gift. 

It used to be said that we Episcopalians practice pew aerobics.  I think we practice pew yoga.  The ways in which we posture ourselves are part of setting an intention, of communicating with ourselves and others what we intend with our heart.  How do our postures and gestures lead to spontaneous prayer?  What would our churches be like if we worked as hard at lifelong learning as we do in a yoga session?  Does the idea of what is happening in your life is happening in your pew carry meaning for you?

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