Grace Church Announcements for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Saturday, 4/21, Food Pantry, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Contact Joan Hess jkfhess@comcast.net or 609-760-0119 

Sunday, 4/22, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 & 9:30 a.m., The Rev. Mark Van Sant our celebrant today.

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

Wednesday, 4/25, Evening Prayer/Compline, 7:00 p.m. in Church

Thursday, 4/26, Choir practice @ 7:30 p.m. 

Extending Grace

***We have a new alarm sensor in Fenwick Hall located at the entrance and underneath the thermostats. When entering Fenwick Hall, please make sure the light is red or green.  If its red, needs to disarmed it with your code number.  ****  DO NOT TOUCH THE RED PANEL.

After review and approval by the vestry, the final revised versions of four forms completed by the Grace Church Discernment Committee as the components of the Grace Church profile have been sent to the Diocese of New Jersey.  We are grateful for the hard work of our Discernment Committee.

ORGAN FUND & RESTORATION – Grace Church has contracted with R. W. Kurtz Co to commence with the restoration of our organ.  The organ console will be removed for refurbishment the week of May 21, 2018.  This time frame will allow the work to be completed before Labor Day.  The first installment check for $7940.00 representing 20% of $39,700.00, was sent February.  40% or $15,880.00 will be due when console is ready for shipment; 40% of $15,880.00 will be duewithin 10 days of completion of the work.  We still need your donations to cover the remaining cost of restoration.  Donation information will be on the table in the back of the church.  It is exciting to know that our historic Holtkamp organ will be restored.  A progress board will be in the church to track our gift giving. 

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church On April 22, and 29; from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 and parishioners. Dates open: April 15, 22 and 29.

Wanted: Sponsors for Flowers ($45), 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. We have open dates for Flowers on April 22.  Candles: April 22, and 29. 

Upcoming events in the Diocese of New Jersey

Safe Church Training: May 5, and May 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

A requirement for all those who work in the churches of our Diocese, especially those persons who work with children and youth.

Leaders: The Reverend Carolyn A. Bradley, Deacon, Ph.D., LCSW, LCADC; The Reverend Catherine Esposito, Deacon; The Reverend Charles Lochner; The Reverend Carol Ann Pepe, Deacon, LCSW, St. Luke’s, Metuchen, New Jersey; Ms. Kasi LeGrand, MSW, LCSW, Piscataway, New Jersey

In this workshop, both sexual abuse of children and sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons are covered. This training is required every five years for clergy, wardens, employees, church personnel, lay Eucharistic visitors, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth. For specifics, please refer to Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being, which you can download as a PDF in English: here or in Spanish: aquí

The morning session, from 9am to noon, deals with the sexual exploitation and harassment of all persons. The afternoon session, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm, deals specifically with the sexual abuse of children. Morning and afternoon sessions may be taken on the same day or on separate days, but both sessions must be taken. Sponsored by the Pastoral Response Team of the Diocese of New Jersey.

Registration     Register by the Wednesday prior to the workshop: register online  or email mclisham@dioceseofnj.org or phone Mary Anne Clisham, 609 394-5281, ext. 10. Those who have previously attended the workshop may do their training online by contacting Diocesan House for an ID and Password. Contact: Ann Notte, 609 394-5281, ext. 41 or anotte@dioceseofnj.org

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, 4/28, Cleaning rectory; 10:00 a.m. - we need a crew to start deep cleaning rectory kitchen. Here’s the list:  stove, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, inside and outside cabinets and drawers, wash down walls, wash windows, need someone to check garbage disposal to see if it works, and floor. There will be additional projects as we move along in getting rectory ready for occupancy.  Please be in touch with Kathy Waugh, 9kjwaugh@comcast.net.

Sunday, 5/6, Ascension Evensong, 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, 6/2, Flea Market, 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Your help and your “fleas” are needed. Information: Bill & Cindy Gaffney (bigblue612@gmail.com).  Please leave your items in front of the rectory garage. As of Sunday, 5/27, you can bring your items to Fenwick Hall.

Friends of Music – Kathy Waugh

Grace Church Mission Statement: The mission of Grace Church is to preach the Gospel.  We seek to utilize and develop the total resources of the congregation to further God’s work.  We are a church who believes in and relies on the gift and mystery of God’s grace.  Christ’s truth defines our way and life.

Joan Hess-Green Tips for Spring

If you must smoke, please place butts in bin or use an ash tray in your home and in your car. Open your blinds to let the sun shine in to use sunlight effectively. Conserve water in your home, when washing your face, brushing your teeth or shaving. Take shorter showers.