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 hugely talented and good-hearted Dent Davidson, missioner for liturgy and the arts in the Diocese of Chicago, joined us on Sunday, 8 February. He was be part of our worship and led the discussion at coffee hour. We are grateful for his presence among us as we learned about how music can deepen our faith and infuse our worship.
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....
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.
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.
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
We worship together at 9:00 a.m. and then head downstairs immediately following the service for coffee and conversation.
9:00 a.m. Worship Schedule
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Chalice Bearer: Kathleen
Coffee Hour: Ellenberg
Sunday, March 8, 2015 Morning Prayer w/ Communion from Reserve (TIME CHANGE)
Worship Leader: Kathleen
Chalice Bearer: Martha/Stacy
Coffee Hour: Cordery
Sunday, March 15, 2015 VESTRY MEETING and PARISH DISCUSSION
Chalice Bearer: Stacy
Coffee Hour: Pot Luck
Sunday, March 22, 2015 Morning Prayer with Communion from Reserve
Worship Leader: Tobyn
Chalice Bearer: Stacy/Kathleen
Coffee Hour: Ellenberg
Sunday, March 29, 2015 PALM SUNDAY
Lector: John and Chris
Chalice Bearer: Kathleen
Coffee Hour: Martha/Deb
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