Grace Church Announcements for the Week of July 14, 2019

Sunday Liturgies7/14; 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Following the 9:30 a.m; Parish Picnic.

Monday, 7/15; Vestry meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 7/20; 10-2:00 p.m. Food Pantry; Set-up, Wednesday, 7/18.

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: July 21, and 28 and Flowers: July 21, July 28

VBS –August 19-23! Save this date and share this date for once again we are partnering with Pemberton UMC to offer a week of summertime encounter with the love of Jesus. Get ready for your discipleship to ROAR this August. Who can you share this event with? 

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: July 21 and 28. 

Little Library Have you visited our little library in the back pew? Perhaps you could choose something to have an Easter full of inspiration and new learning in the way of Love.

New Piano: Check out the great new piano.  One of the older ones will be being sold – so if you know someone…

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. We are going to move ahead with this purchase soon, so please donate if you are planning to do so!

Cleanse Heart Ministries led by Pastor Danetta McCain will conduct services at Grace Church, @12 pm.; July 21, and 28. 

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.     

Green Tips by Joan Hess

Make this simple change so you do all your energy heavy chores off peak hours.   Do your laundry, dishes vacuuming, cooking, etc.at night. Doing so will cut your energy bill and help prevent your home from heating up unnecessarily during the day.

Generational Myth-Busters – Episcopal Church Foundation

In my years as both a millennial and a churchgoer (and, more recently, a priest) I’ve heard a lot of commentary about my generation, particularly related to various aspects of life in the Church, and a lot of that commentary has not exactly hit the target. Below are, in my experience and according to national trends, a few myths — and truths — about the millennial generation.

Myth #1: Millennials prefer ‘contemporary’ worship styles and expect to be entertained

I began with this one because I’m actually hearing it less and less, and I think it’s finally becoming recognized as the myth that it is. That said, it bears repeating. While the millennial generation is a diverse group, and I’m sure there are millennials who enjoy contemporary, entertaining worship, this is simply not true as a blanket statement. Liturgical innovation should be mindful and reverent, and it should come out of the worshiping community’s desires and interests.

Myth #2: Millennials are distracted by their phones during worship and programs

This is a concern I’ve heard a lot, but I tend to see worse phone etiquette from older generations. Everyone can benefit from moderation when it comes to cell phone use, but fear or hatred of it is the wrong tack. Technology and social media have the capacity to enhance our lives and contribute to our mission — but only if they’re not viewed as the enemy.

Myth #3: Millennials won’t volunteer or commit to events

There is some evidence that millennials are less likely to commit and more likely to flake than older generations. I would argue that this stems from a potent combination of paralysis in the face of myriad opportunities and burnout in a society that devalues Sabbath time in favor of overwork and constant availability.

In fact, millennials volunteer more than any other generation, but they are focused on purpose, seeking to live in a way that holistically supports their values. What a gift this is for the Church. Now we have greater motivation than ever to help members identify their gifts and select ministries that use and engage those gifts.

Myth #4: Millennials don’t pledge (or don’t pledge enough)

This one may not actually be a myth, but it has nothing to do with a perceived lack of generosity. While the amount of money millennials give to charitable causes is less than previous generations, polls have shown that anywhere from 72 to 84 percent do give to charitable organizations—more than older generations. And they do that in spite of significant un- and under-employment rates and the highest student loan debt burdens in history.

Myth #5: Millennials just aren’t interested in church

I am able to contradict this statement by my very existence as a millennial priest — and I’m not the only one. It’s true that millennials are more likely to have no religious affiliation (“nones”) than previous generations. Many are finding the community they crave elsewhere, and that’s okay. Church attendance patterns are changing as well, and that’s okay, too.

We won’t get anywhere by wishing for a return to the Church of our childhood (whenever that may have been). What we have now is the knowledge that everyone in our churches is there because they want to be, and the conviction that there is no age group that does not stand to have its life and spirit transformed by an encounter with the living God. What we do with that is up to us.

Myth #6: Millennials are all the same

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? It’s the requisite disclaimer in every article about generational dynamics — and it’s required for a reason. While generational research is interesting, and can be useful, it is not meant to take the place of relationships and respect for diversity. One stereotype about millennials is that millennials hate being stereotyped (see what I did there?).

We are all God’s children. We are all humans on a journey. Articles about millennials (like this one) are generally about what makes them different from other generations, intentionally or unintentionally setting up an us/them perspective. But the fact is that what sets generations apart is less significant than what brings us together. One of the marvelous things about church is its capacity to be a truly intergenerational community. For this kind of community to work, though, we have to welcome all of the voices at the table. We are all vital to the Church, and we all bring those things that make each of us uniquely valuable. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

The Rev. Alissa G. Anderson is Associate Rector at St. John’s Church in Larchmont, NY

Article is from Vestry Papers, Episcopal Church Foundation

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