Grace Church Announcements for the First Sunday in Lent

Saturday, 2/17, Food Pantry, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, 2/18, Holy Eucharist, 8:00 & 9:30 a.m. services with The Rev. Mark Van Sant our celebrant today.   The side door to the sacristy will be kept locked during services.

Monday, 2/19, Vestry meeting at the Rectory, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, 2/21, 7:00 p.m., Lenten Night Prayer and book study.  All are welcome.  Come for all gatherings or as you can.  Share in the book study, with or without purchasing the book.  The first Lenten Night Prayer will be held at Kathy Waugh’s home, 43 Devon Road, Mt. Holly, NJ.  Her phone number for directions is 609-216-0188

Thursday, 2/22, Choir Practice, @ 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 2/23, Fish Fry, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24; 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  Anti-Racism Training scheduled for the Discernment Committee members and Wardens and Vestry. 

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.  *** 

Dear Grace Church Family – We are going to continue our Lenten Home services and book study with a change.  On Wednesdays in Lent a Service of Night Prayer, a version of the Service of Compline will be offered.  The book we will be using this year is “Lent 2018, The Lord is our Salvation”, by Katie Z. Dawson.  Bill Hess will once again lead the book study.  We are looking for hosts as in the past.  A sign-up sheet will be available on the table at the back of the church.  The rectory will be available in the event it is more convenient to “host” there and provide refreshments.  Please contact Kathy Waugh or the church office should you have questions.  Blessings & Peace; The dates for home services:  March 7, and 28.

Pastor Danetta McCain of Cleanse Heart Ministries will conduct her services at Grace Church On February 18 and 25 from 1:00 - 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 or Kathy Waugh.

Transition at Grace Church: Our next meeting, February 26 at 6:30 in the rectory. 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:  February: 18 and 25.

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. No flowers during lent: 2/18-3/25; Candles: February 25; and March 4, 11, 18, and 3/25.

Thursday-Saturday, 3/2-3/3, Diocese of New Jersey Convention. Crown Plaza Hotel 2349 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ. Our delegates: Kathy Waugh, Bill Shorman and Rick Hunt. Our alternate delegates: Janet Hunt, Russell Hipplewith.  Pre-Convention Hearings: All clergy and deputies, along with treasurers and vestry members, are strongly encouraged to attend one or more of these hearings to learn more about the budget, resolutions, and canons being presented at convention.  These meetings are important to help delegates understand convention documents so that they will be prepared to vote at convention. This year there will be some financial resolutions that will require additional explanation. Additional meetings:  St. Thomas, Glassboro; 2/20 Christ Church, Somers Point. . Lucia Sharapoff will be registering our delegates for Convention; others are also welcomed to attend Diocesan Convention as guests. Please refer to www.dioceseofnj.orgfor updates and to register by February 19.

Upcoming Events

Prayer Shawl Ministry- New 2018 sheet posted on bulletin board.  Blessings of prayer shawls scheduled for February 25th.  contact Jeanne Maskell. (609) 440-2768

Monday, 2/26, Discernment Committee meeting

Wednesdays, 2/28, Lenten Night Prayer and book study-Joan & Bill Hess will be hosting at their home.

March 2-3, The 234th Convention of the Diocese of NJ at the Crowne Plaza, Cherry Hill, NJ

March 4, One Service, 9:00 a.m. Congregational Conversation at Grace Church with Canon Brian Jemmott from the Diocese of New Jersey.  Following with continental breakfast. 

Friday, 3/9, Fish Fry, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

March 11, Lenten Evensong

Green Tips – Joan Hess

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Household Toxins

Chemicals used in our homes for cleaning, painting, fertilizing and automobile lubricating must be taken to a special location for disposal.  Check with your local garbage company or recycling agency for drop-off locations.  If these chemicals are thrown away in regular garbage cans they can contaminated water supplies and the air we breathe.  Because of the dangers from chemical in cleaning products, paints, oils, solvents and herbicides it is important for consumers to do their part.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to only buy what you need and use what you buy, so the toxins won’t have to be thrown away and you won’t have to worry about disposal options.