Grace Church Announcements for the Week of September 16, 2018

Saturday, 9/15: Grace Church Food Pantry, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers needed for PICK-UP, set-up, clean-up and serving pantry patrons; also for set up and receiving food earlier in the week. Please be in touch with Joan Hess or Jeanne Maskell if you can help. or 609-760-0119

Sunday, 9/16: Holy Eucharist, 8 & 9:30 a.m.; The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services.

Monday, 9/17: Vestry meeting at Fenwick Hall at 7:00 p.m.

The Grace Serves Sunday - First Aid Pack Assembly!  We are collecting items to assemble into small First Aid Packs for our Pantry clients.  We would like to assemble 70 packs and therefore are seeking donations of the following items: Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads, adhesive cloth tape, tweezers, antiseptic wipes.  If you know of a connection that can help us with a donation of some of these supplies please get us connected. 

Wednesday, 9/19: Compline, 7:00 p.m. in the Green Chapel (or the Nave - weather permitting).

Thursday, 9/20: Choir Practice @7:30 p.m.; We hope you will lend your voice to the praise of the Lord.

Prayer Shawls: We thank all who have made prayer shawls. 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 give the name to the Parish Office to be added to our list of potential recipients. For questions: contact Jeanne Maskell or church office. We would like to do a dedication of prayer shawls on September 23.

Episcopal Handbook - Are you interested in learning about the Episcopal habits and ways of being Christian?  Should you become more officially Episcopal?  Adults, or in high schoolers, who are interested in being Confirmed, Received, Reaffirmed or Baptized this fall (Diocesean wide service on November 10) should contact Jane+ ASAP.  Friends who want to learn more and discuss how we follow Jesus are encouraged!

Open Book Gatherings: The book for September will be Being Christian by Rowan Williams.  Available in print and digital and audio, this is the first book in a series based on lectures by the former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Dive into your lifelong learning with an open book.  Gatherings in September will be Tuesday, 9/18, 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, 9/26 7:00 p.m. (starting with Compline) 

Berry Prayer Circles: In every parish there are a variety of struggles and delights in our life together. It is good in the Interim time to offer before God and each other both the blessings and the fractures with love and candor. Please pick up and prayerfully attend this project.  Then please, if you can, cut out your circles (berries) and return them to Grace Church.  The berries will be arranged into a curtain of prayer in the nave to help us to honestly share the fruitfulness and roundness of this congregation as we begin the process of seeking the next settled priest. Return these circles on the weekends Sept 16 and 23; or return to the office anytime.

The Altar Guild has started a vestment fund.  Janet Tuck noted that the white chasuble used for special services, such as All Saint’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, etc. were in bad shape, could not be repaired.  Thank you, Janet for starting up this initiative.  The Chasuble and Stole range from $527-$1235, depending on style.  Donations are welcome. Envelopes available in the back of church table.

Transition at Grace Church: The Discernment Committee is currently taking a break to consider the next steps we need to take in our search for a full time rector.  Please keep the process in your prayers. 

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct services at Grace Church on September 16, 23, and 30; from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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 for your convenience.  You may also contact the church office at 609-894-8001.   It is a wonderful gift to offer refreshments for our guests. We would like to thank Dave & Linda Cooper for their generosity today.

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: October 28. Candles: October 14, 21, and 28.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 9/29, 2:00 p.m. An Evensong Celebrating Older Adults sponsored by the Committee for Ministry with Older Adults will be held at Trinity Cathedral, Trenton, NJ. The Vestry has nominated Bill & Joan Hess to be honored at the Diocesan Evensong. This is a wonderful service and one of Bishop Stokes favorite services.  Save the date - and if you want to carpool let the office know.                                                                                             

Sunday, 10/7, 2:00 p.m. Blessing of the Beasts!  Honor the gifts our pets share - and invite your friends.  We are partnering with neighboring Episcopal churches to offer this annual blessing.  If you know someone with larger animals (horses or llamas) we would love to bless those friends as well.   Plan to bring a donation for the humane society (food or treats). 

Sunday, 10/21, 4:00 p.m. Joy of Music followed by Reception

Saturday, 10/27 Project Resource - Diocesan Training for Stewardship hosted here at Grace Church.  Encounter spiritual, practical, effective stewardship tools to grow giving in our congregation!  More details forthcoming.

Wednesday, 10/31, 5:00 pm Trunk and Treat! Come park in the driveway and decorate your trunk (and yourself) to share a treat with the neighborhood children.  Encouraging book and saintly themed trunks.

Joan Hess-Green Tips for September 

Visit the Earth 911 online site to learn ways to dispose of unusual household products ranging from paint thinner and used batteries to broken computers and cell phones.  Many common household items contain horrible chemicals that seep into the ground and contaminate a community's drinking water. They will help you locate a place to recycle them safely. Blessings, Joan K. Hess


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