Grace Church Announcements for the Second Sunday of Advent: 10 December 2017

November 26 – December 24, Season of Advent-Bishop Stokes is “inviting the people of the Diocese of New Jersey to read together Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”from Thanksgiving through Advent.  Bill Hess will be leading small group discussions on Sunday after the 9:30 service, Nov. 26 through December 24.   Please make plans to meet together to share the issues addressed in the book.

Saturday, 12/9; Gift Basket Auction, doors open 5 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m. This is Grace Church’s major fundraiser. Thanks to all who will participate, those who have contributed baskets and items, those who will be contributing desserts for our guests, and the Men’s Service Group who will be providing their delicious pulled pork sandwiches for sale. 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.

Sunday, 12/10, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.; Father Mark Van Sant, our celebrant and preacher.

The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services.  

Monday, 12/11, Pemberton Rotary Club, 6-10p m.  Renting space for their holiday event in Fenwick Hall. 

Tuesday, 12/12, 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 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. 

Wednesday, 12/13, Evening Prayer/Compline, 7:00 p.m. in Church

Thursday, 12/14, 5-10 p.m.: Grace Church hosts Pemberton Borough Holiday Dinner for seniors in Fenwick Hall. Please contact Pemberton Borough to register.

Saturday, 12/16: Grace Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers needed; please be in touch with Joan Hess if you can help Joan Hess ( or (609) 760-0119.

Extending Grace

The new Grace Church office needs a coffee pot and tea kettle.  

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church

On December 3, 10, & 31; from 1:3:00 p.m. 

Winter Grace Notes:  We are looking for articles, pictures, thoughts, adventures, nostalgia for the upcoming newsletter, Grace Notes. Contact church office, Tomaso Migliaccio or Kathy Waugh.

Transition at Grace Church: The Discernment Committee includes Sarah Dattilo, Mike Gephart, Toby Green, Kathleen Gruver, Bill Hess, Rick Hunt, Lynn Sabin, and Ingrid Welsh. Please keep the Discernment Committee in your prayers.  In the meantime, arrangements are being made for supply priests until an interim priest can be appointed.

Hosts needed for Sunday Hospitality -   Hosts are needed to provide refreshments after 8:00 and 9:00 services.  There is a signup sheet in the back of the church for your convenience.  You may also contact the church office at 609-894-800l.   It is a wonderful gift to offer refreshments for our Supply Priests, parishioners, and those participating in our new Advent Book study.  Dates open: Dec. 17, 24, 31. 

Wanted: Sponsors for Candles, Bread and Wine ($20). You can remember or honor loved ones through sponsoring contributions. Schedules are at the back of the church or contact the Church Office.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, 12/17, 4:00 Grace Church Advent Lessons and Carols, with a pot luck supper following and a visit from St. Nicholas. .

Sunday, 1/7/18, Epiphany Pageant

Sunday, 1/21/18, Grace Church Annual Meeting

Friends of Music Winter Events: February 2018- Hymn Sing and March 2018 –Lenten Evensong

Friends of Music – Kathy Waugh

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 – “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…” 

Great words as we begin a contemplative new church year, Advent. 

“Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming". The term "Advent" is also used in Eastern Orthodoxy for the 40-day Nativity Fast, which has practices different from those in the west

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from three different perspectives. "Since the time of Bernard of Clairvaux (d.1153) Christians have spoken of the three comings of Christ: in the flesh in Bethlehem, in our hearts daily, and in glory at the end of time." The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (sometimes known as Advent Sunday), the Sunday nearest to St. Andrew's Day (30 November), in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, the Western Riteof the Orthodox Church, and in the AnglicanLutheranMoravianPresbyterian and Methodist calendars.[3] In the Ambrosian Rite and the Mozarabic Rite of the Catholic Church, Advent begins on the sixth Sunday before Christmas, the Sunday after St. Martin's Day (11 November)

Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting an Advent wreath, praying an Advent daily devotional,  lighting a Christingle, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas, such as setting up Christmas decorations, a custom that is sometimes done liturgically, through a hanging of the greens ceremony…”(Wikipedia)

Be alert, keep your lamps trimmed and burning, keep awake, these phrases signify more than a physical awareness.  As the Reverend Van Sant revealed in his sermon, there is another aspect to being prepared, that is, keeping awake in a spiritual sense.  The hymns we sing during Advent speak of “a wondrous birth, rejoicing, o come o come Emmanuel, coming in clouds ascending, alleluias, hark a thrilling voce is sound Christ is nigh, praise, glory, sleepers awake, blessing in a world forlorn, prepare the way of Zion, your Christ is drawing near, dark is the season, dark our hearts, herald, sound the note of judgment, hark the glad sound the Savior comes... “The hymns reflect a mix of rejoicing, repentance, darkness, light, praying, and anticipation. 

“Comfort, comfort ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God; comfort those who sit in darkness mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load.  Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace waits for them; tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over…”

1 Corinthians 1:3-9 – “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…” 

Green Tips – Joan Hess

Grocery Bag From Old T-shirt: Are you looking for a new way to carry your groceries or a second use for your favorite T-shirt.  Simply turn the T-shirt inside out and stitch along the bottom hem. Now turn the T-shirt back and cut along the arm holes.  You now have a one of a kind grocery shopping bag that will put those plastic grocery bags to shame.