Grace Episcopal Church
Grace Episcopal Church

Welcome home to Grace

An Inclusive Community using Traditional Liturgy for a Modern World

When you see this sign, we mean it.

 

Whatever your race, gender, sexual identity, affectional orientation, political bent, or past relationship with God and religion, you are welcome here. There's no need to check your brain or your questions at the door.

 

We are a parish in a hierarchical church using the Book of Common Prayer in traditional liturgical worship that believes the voice of God still speaks prophetically to people today.

The visit of Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows!

The Director of Networking for the Diocese of Chicago, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, was with us on January 18, 2015. We had a terrific meeting about outreach and the best ways to use our gifts. Photos on our Facebook page....

The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows

She has been rector of Grace Episcopal Church in Syracuse, New York and Episcopal chaplain at Syracuse University since 2004, and in January 2012 become director of networking. Bishop Lee, who appointed her, wrote that he "serve[d] with Jennifer on the Standing Commission on the Structure of the Church, and have come to admire her keen listening, articulate questioning, and passion for creating a church for the next generations."

 

 

Jennifer was previously director of alumni and church relations at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, from which she holds an MDiv. She is also a graduate of Smith College and holds an MA from Cornell University in historic preservation planning. Jennifer, a triathlete, had a blog when she was in Syracuse called Cookin’ in the ‘Cuse. She was an editor at Edible Finger Lakes magazine and has been published in the anthology Bread, Body, Spirit. She and her husband, Harrison, have a young son and a miniature dachshund.

 

Why Pledge?

To share our gifts: "You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion...."  2 Corinthians 9:11

 

-->Grace Episcopal Church is a gift from God to all who enter our doors. God has richly blessed us and has shown us time and time again that we can be generous in thanksgiving for His love. By pledging generously to support Grace, we share the gifts God has bestowed upon us to serve all people through worship, outreach, education and fellowship.

 

-->What is stewardship?   Stewardship is a spiritual commitment to giving of our time, talent and treasure, and it is based on our belief that we give because we receive. All that we have comes from God and for this we thank God in many ways. Stewardship goes beyond a pledge of financial support – it is a way of life for Christians that is at the center of their relationship with God. The scripture is filled with teachings about the importance of giving and doing so out of a spirit of generosity rather than mere duty.

 

 

Episcopal churches use the term “stewardship campaign” to describe the annual effort to collect pledges of financial support from parishioners to support the operating budget for the coming year. Pledging gives us a chance to assess our priorities in a planned and thoughtful way, rather than randomly giving what is “left over” after we have paid for other expenses. In this way, we are intentionally giving from the “first fruits” of our annual harvests and not just from the gleanings.

 

When people give to the church, they are not just giving to an individual congregation. They are giving to God, because they experience the congregation as a place where God’s work is being done. Pledging is not a requirement for membership or participation at Grace Episcopal Church. There are no membership dues for joining the parish. We do fervently urge you, however, to pledge something -- during the pledge season—which for us is right now—January 2015. 

 

-->How do I pledge? By filling out a pledge card. You may email Toby or pick one up after church. Just fill out a card and return it to Toby or any vestry member, or put the card in the collection plate on Sunday.

 

-->How much should I give? The Episcopal Church encourages parishioners to consider first what proportion of their income they wish to give to the church each year. Tithing is a scriptural tradition of offering 10% of one’s annual abundance back to the work of God, and as such it represents a standard by which to judge our own giving.

 

Many thanks to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, from whose website this has been taken nearly whole.

Bishop Lee visited in March!

It was a memorable weekend with Bishop Jeffrey Lee and Deacon Barbara Sinclair. Nearly everyone turned out for a celebratory dinner at the Packinghouse on Saturday evening.

Our worship Sunday morning was truly memorable, and many people contributed to make it so. We are grateful to Bishop Lee and to Deacon Sinclair, to the Rev. Peggy Lee and Eucharist minister Kathleen Bashem, and to organist Gail Masinda, vocalist Becky Hixon, and accompanist Gareth Cordery.

Potluck was a time of sharing stories, expressing our hopes, learning about events in the rest of the diocese, and getting to know each other better.

“Christians are the body of baptized folk called into service to the dream of God, where the poor hear good news, the captives are set free, the sick are healed, all are fed, housed, clothed, and people live together in peace. All are free to bless God and each other in creative and productive relationship.” 

-ECUSA Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Sundays at Grace

We worship together at 9:00 a.m. and then head downstairs immediately following the service for coffee and conversation. 

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2015
9:00 a.m. Worship Schedule


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Morning Prayer with Communion from Reserve
Worship Leader: Tobyn
Music: Martha
Lector: Simon
Chalice Bearer: Kathleen/Stacy
Greeter: John
Coffee Hour: Ellenberg

 

Sunday, February 1, 2015   PARISH ROUNDTABLE

Celebrant:  Peggy

Music:  Gail

Lector: Simon

Chalice Bearer: Stacy

Greeter: Mark

Coffee Hour: Ellenberg

 

Sunday, February 8, 2015  

Dent Davidson visit and pot luck

Celebrants: Peggy/Dent

Music:  Gareth

Lector: Mark

Chalice Bearer: Kathleen

Greeter: John

Coffee Hour:  Pot Luck --- please bring a dish to share

 

Sunday, February 15, 2015  VESTRY MEETING    

Celebrant:  Peggy

Music:  Gail

Lector: Chris

Chalice Bearer: Stacy

Greeter: John

Coffee Hour: Martha/Deb

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015  ASH WEDNESDAY (Time TBA)

Celebrant:  Peggy

Music: 

Lector:  Tobyn 

Chalice Bearer: 

Greeter:

 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Morning Prayer with Communion from Reserve

Worship Leader:  Tobyn

Music:  Martha

Lector:  John

Chalice Bearer:  Stacy/Kathleen

Greeter:  Mark

Coffee Hour: Ellenberg 

 

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