Grace Church Announcements for the Week of August 18, 2019

Food Pantry! Saturday, 8/17; 10-2:00 p.m. Food Pantry; Set-up, Thursday, 8/15.  We are always seeking hearty volunteers with a big heart and strong arms for both the set up day and the Pantry day.  This ministry is life-giving and a vital part of meeting real needs in this neighborhood.  How can you participate?

Sunday Liturgies8/18; 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

Seculosity: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in Wenonah. A Conversation with David Zahl about his book—Seculosity—talking about enoughness, "religions-that-aren't-religions," & what to do about it.  Holy Trinity, Wenonah, invites you to join us for a conversation with special guest David Zahl about his book, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It. Tickets are free and the event is open to everyone, but space is limited. The Diocese of New Jersey's Office of Congregational Development has generously underwritten this event. Holy Trinity thanks them for their support and for making this event possible.

In Seculosity, Zahl explores the trend of people leaving organized religion, but “the marketplace in ‘replacement religion’ is booming.” He explores popular varieties of “religions-that-aren’t-called-religions” in his new book, Seculosity.  Religious observance hasn’t faded way so much as migrated. “We’re seldom not in church,” Zahl says. The yearnings for hope, connection, and meaning that religion addresses don’t go away; instead everyday pursuits like work, exercise, and romance become the path to salvation. Zahl coined the term seculosity as “a catchall for religiosity that’s directed at earthly rather than heavenly objects.”  Zahl defines religion as “that which we rely on not just for meaning but for ‘enoughness.’ The real religious crisis of the 21st century is that we are more religious than ever, about too many things.

Performancism, the idea that we are defined by what we do with its constant scorekeeping and comparison with others, leads to anxiety and stress, not to contentment and peace.  Food, romance, technology, and other objects of seculosity aren’t in themselves bad. They turn toxic when they are co-opted for self-justification, or become arbiters of salvation. Zahl takes a thoughtful and entertaining tour of American seculosity, unmasking the competing pieties around which so much of our lives revolve. David Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor-in-chief of the popular Mockingbird website, and co-host of "The Mockingcast." He and his family live in Charlottesville, VA, where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. Join your neighbors at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 11 North Monroe Avenue, Wenonah, New Jersey 08090 to learn more about this topic.

Wanted: You! To Step Up and Offer Yourself to the work of the Church.  We have several areas where we are seeking new contributors.  If you serve in one of these ministries, you are the best person to invite someone new to learn and grow in their faith through this ministry.  If you are not offering time and talent right now, then this is your holy nudge to step up and do so as promised! 

·         Lay Eucharistic Ministers -  We are thinking and feeling and searching our hearts for a few new LEM’s to help support the leadership of Sunday worship. These are the folks who help serve the chalice and encourage our prayers of the people. If you are feeling moved to step up to LEM please speak with Jane+ or Kathy Waugh soon so we can discuss the ministry with you and begin to apprentice fresh LEM’s.

·         Sunday School Leaders – As a new year dawns we are seeking fresh hearts and minds to learn and grow in the faith through teaching with our young people.  Check in with Paula Asch to learn more.

·         Ushers -  Be a welcoming presence to worship at Grace Church.  Ask a current usher to learn more about the duties.

·         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: August 18 and 25th.

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 9/1, 15, 22 and 29; for Flowers:  September 1 and 8th.  

Grace Choir Season will start up September 5th.  Rehearsals in the sanctuary Thursdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Please, contact Tara Perrien 609-556-7804 with any questions.

VBS –August 19-23!  Set Up Sunday Afternoon!  Truly all of us are in need of the deep dive into scripture, play, and community that VBS offers young people.  Thanks be to God for the long term cooperation of our Pemberton churches, and for the servants who step up and offer their time and talent to our neighborhood.  Please hold all who offer their time and experience the ROAR of VBS in your prayers that they may know the steadfast love of God in Jesus and follow his ways of justice and peace each day. 

Games Night!  Friday August 30, 6-9pm.  Find a friend and a game to play.  Potluck if you can; ‘admission’ is a donation of a personal care item for the Food Pantry.  Invite a friend to get out of the heat and into community. 

Saturday, Sept. 28; 2-4:00 p.m. The Diocese of New Jersey’s Committee for Ministry with Older Adults joyfully announces the Annual Evensong Service in Celebration of the Witness, Faithfulness and Contributions of Older Adults in our Diocese. The Rev. Jane T. Brady Close, former co-chair of the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults, will be our preacher. Following the Evensong Service honoring nominees from parishes and diocesan organizations, a reception will be held in Synod Hall.  Families and friends of the honorees, as well as clergy from their parishes are encouraged to attend.  Grace Church has been blessed with honorees as follows:  September 28, 2013 – Jean Cook & Bob Reeves; September 27, 2014 – Joy Riley & Fred Mehler; September 26, 2015 – Marcella Johnson & Dave Herbert; September 24, 2016 – Freddie Woodall & Jim Cochran; September 30, 2017 – Joy Patykula & Kathy Waugh – Joan & Bill Hess, September 29 2018. 

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

Cleanse Heart Ministries led by Pastor Danetta McCain will conduct services at Grace Church, @12 pm.; August 18 and 25.

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

Most NJ lawns are naturally acidic and require lime to neutralize the soil. A simple soil test will determine acidity degree. Soil kits are available through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 606-265-5050.  Apply lime according to soil test results.  One application a year, especially in the fall or winter is best for most lawns.

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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.