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Grace is a dynamic community of faith grounded in Episcopal tradition, welcoming all, and serving Christ through worship, spiritual growth, and compassionate care for one another, the community and God's world.

EVENTS


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March 2019

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  • EDWM Central Region Meeting - St Andrew's, GR
  • Pancake Brunch for Grace Littles
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Inspired by Grace: Bread making with Jay
  • Holy Eucharist
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  • Communications Meeting with Renee
  • Men's Bible Study
  • Pints & Perspectives at Big Lake
  • Hispanic Ministry
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Grace Reads
  • Lenten Soup Supper
  • Ash Wednesday Service
  • Choir rehearsal
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  • Contemplative Prayer
  • EfM
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  • Jack Shinabarger Funeral
  • Monthly Financials-Target Date
10
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Pizza Sunday
  • Holy Eucharist
  • This Episcopal Life for Youth
11
  • St. Mary's Guild
  • Reserved Forum Room - K. Packard & B. Griffin
12
  • Staffing Group
  • Lenten Program
13
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Faith Leaders for Justice Meeting- Hope Church
  • Choir rehearsal
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  • Feeding America Food Distribution
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • EfM
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  • PFLAG
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Executive Committee
18
  • Men's Bible Study
  • Buildings & Grounds Meeting
  • Vestry Meeting
19
  • EfM 5th Years
  • Lenten Program
20
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Staff Lunch
  • Choir rehearsal
21
  • EfM
  • Contemplative Prayer
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  • Jack Ridl Event
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Holy Eucharist
  • This Episcopal Life for Youth
  • Grace Notes - Suffering Servant
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  • Lenten Program
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Choir rehearsal
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  • Contemplative Prayer
  • EfM
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  • Holy Eucharist
  • Holy Eucharist
  • Newcomer Brunch

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NEWS


“Your History Matters: Approaches to Writing Personal History”

A Workshop with Jack Ridl on Saturday, March 23, 10:00-1:30pm

In our time together I hope to give you a variety of ways to get in touch with your own history: the people and events that had an impact on you. The memories can be as traumatic as experiencing a war, as poignant and lasting as baking cookies with your grandmother. Poet Garret Hongo was movingly insightful when he said, “We think we remember, but we really, deeply remember when we start writing in ever expanding detail.” As with all my workshops, the time will be spent starting a variety of ways of exploring your history. We will not finish things. In fact, I will interrupt you to go on to a new exploration. I hope that you will leave with many a meaningful start to further writing, and with a meaningful time with what matters to you.

You need no writing experience to find the time valuable. You will be mostly scribbling, jotting down notes, writing lines, doodling, etc

Bring something to write on, something to write with, and good cheer.  Lunch provided. Call or email the Church Office to sign up!


Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Service of Holy Eucharist at 9:30am 

Lenten Soup Supper at 5:45pm

Ash Wednesday service at 7:00pm

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STORIES OF GRACE


Easter Memories at Grace

Grace Episcopal Church has been a part of our family life for over forty years. During these years, Grace played a large part in supporting Michele and me as we raised our family. Our two children, Katherine and Prescott E., were very active at church. They were acolytes, they attended Sunday school, sang in the youth choir, and they were also members of the youth group. Rev. Jen Adams took both of them on their Vision Quest which has given them a special bond with her. When Michele and I talk about Grace with our family, the glory of the Easter Sunrise Service seems to always become the topic of conversation.

The Sunrise service was very special. For many years our family took on the responsibility of planning and implementing the brunch that preceded the service. Both of our children worked hard to make decorations, set the tables, and to help in the kitchen. There were many Grace hands to help us cook and serve the food. The day before Easter, we would decorate the undercroft and made sure that no one saw what we were doing because Easter morning needed to be a surprise. All the tables were decorated with Easter candy, flower arrangements, and the bright yellow, pink and greens of Easter.

Easter morning came early for our family. It was dark because it was six o’clock in the morning. With sleepy eyes and a quick look at what the Easter Bunny brought, all of us put on our Easter clothes and loaded up in the van and off we would go to church. When we arrived, people were given little white candles with drip holders for the start off the service. The Sanctuary was dark and mysterious with just the sounds of peoples shoes clicking as they were finding their seat. It was a somber feeling. The service began with many prayers while people were gingerly holding their candle. Then, as if you were surprised at a birthday party, the lights went on, people started to ring bells, and acolytes paraded up and down the Sanctuary aisles wearing white gloves holding banners with bells chiming. The mysterious odor of incense filled the air. The organ bellowed out with joyful music announcing that the Lord has risen. The altar would be adorned with flowers and two banners displaying colorful butterflies seemed to fly up the wall on their own even though we knew someone was making this happen. There were many Easter mornings when the sun would shine through the stain glass windows with perfect timing. It was magical! After the service, everyone went to the undercroft to once again be uplifted by a beautiful Easter brunch. All the children loved the Easter candy and especially the French toast sticks. The undercroft was filled with the spirit of Easter.

Years have passed and times have changed. Easter at Grace is celebrated in a different manner now with an evening service with wonderful desserts enjoyed by all after the service. The past is the past, but the memories of our young children’s faces Easter morning will always be a very special moment in our lives at Grace.

Submitted by: Prescott Slee

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