Grace Church Announcements for the Nineteenth  Sunday after Pentecost: 15 October 2017

Sunday, 10/15, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.; Welcoming the Rev. Deborah Piggins 

Church School with Peggy Mosher, 9:30 a.m. at 3:00 p.m.; Hymn Sing presented by Grace Church’s Friends of Music; A reception will follow at end of the event. . Free-will offering benefits organ restoration fund.

Grace Church Women’s Christmas Dinner-We would like your opinion having our dinner at the Pandora Diner or at the Church Hall this year.  The dates would be December 12 or December 13.  Please fill out the form at the back of the church.  Need to know by 11/1. Any questions, please call the church office or Sunday Pittman cell: 609-217-9019 orsundayp3838@yahoo.com.

Sunday, 10/15: The Friends of Music Committee are excited to present a Joy of Music event on October 15th @3:00 pm.  The event will feature the talents of numerous musicians.  It will be a wonderful presentation of glorious music, artistic musical enrichment for the parish, friends, families, visitors, and the community.  There will be a "free will" offering in support of our organ fund.  There will be a reception following the concert.  Something new! - The Music Committee is asking that parishioners send in personal hymn requests.  These hymns will be sung at random.  Invitations will be sent to the parish.  Please save the date and come out to support our musician and donate to our organ fund!

Monday, 10/16: Vestry Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 10/18, Evening Prayer/Compline, 7:00 p.m. in Church

Thursday, 10/19:  Choir rehearsal, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Choir rehearsal (and subsequent Thursdays). Please be in touch with our choir director Tara Perrien if you would like to join the choir, know someone who might be invited, or need more information about the commitment involved. There are opportunities for all voice parts; new members are enthusiastically welcomed.[tara.perrien@gmail.com(609)556-7804]

Extending Grace

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.

Virtua Hospital is recruiting for volunteer chaplains who will be offered an 18-hour training course (8am-5 p.m. on October 25 and 27, with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.) and an orientation. For further information, phone Chaplain Marge McGinley (609)914-6365 or email your name and address to mmcginley@virtua.org. A letter of endorsement is required from your spiritual leader – the hospital will provide a form for that purpose.

Hosts needed for Sunday Hospitality in Fenwick Hall after the 9:30 a.m. service.Please contact Sunday Pittman [sundayp3838@yahoo.com] or sign up in Church Office if you can take a Sunday. We have open dates on 10/22. 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, and 11/26.

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. We have open dates for Flowers: 10/15, 10/22, ♦ Candles: 10/22.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 10/21:10 a.m.-2 p.m. Grace Food Pantry. Your assistance needed for set-up at 9 a.m., clean-up at 2 p.m., and serving our patrons – even if you have only an hour or two. Contact: Joan Hess @(609) 760-0119.

Saturday, 10/28: Flea Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Save the date and gather your “fleas.” This is an important fund-raiser for Grace Church and a service to our community.For information and to volunteer: Bill & Cindy Gaffney, bigblue612@gmail.comcgaffney@pemb.org.

Saturday, 11/4, Safe Church Training session: Diocesan House, Trenton: http://tinyurl.com/yanwlg9g

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, and anyone regularly working with or around children or youth. It is recommended for church personnel who occasionally work with or around children or youth. Contact church office to register or call:  894-8001.  

11/11: Saturday, A Day for All Laity: Workshop at the Diocese of NJ, The Heart of Leadership

From Vestry members and Youth Group leaders to Altar Guild members, Sunday School teachers, Welcome team members, and musicians all are encouraged to engage in this workshop on "the heart of leadership" with The Rev. Jay Sidebothom, Director of RenewalWorks and renowned church cartoonist.  There is NO charge to attend this event, but pre-registration is required.  Register today!. Contact the church office.

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.

An Evensong Celebrating Older Adults

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, An Evensong Celebrating Older Adults, sponsored by the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults was held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, New Jersey.  Fifty-One (51) churches in our diocese honored 147 older adults.  Trinity Cathedral was filled to capacity, the organ resounding with joyful music, the choir singing praises to God for this momentous and grace-filled affair.  It is one of Bishop Stokes most favorite services; I clearly understand his enjoyment.  Grace Church, Pemberton honored Joe Patykula and me, Kathy Waugh on this day in September 2017.  Although Joe was unable to be there with so many honorees, he was with us in spirit and prayer. 

This distinguished Committee for Ministry with Older Adults was formed in 2013 by the Reverend Jane Brady-Close and the Reverend Jayne Oasin.  This event has now become one of the important events at Trinity Cathedral.  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

Green Tips- Joan Hess

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