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March 2019

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

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“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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Grace Church Endowment Fund

I was asked to help set up Grace’s Endowment Fund many years ago when a generous parishioner left us a gift in her estate and requested that it go into a permanent endowment. She wanted it to be used for future church needs. We didn’t have an endowment at the time, so we got one set up with that donation.

Since that time, several other generous parishioners have named Grace’s Endowment Fund as beneficiaries in their estate and that has allowed the Fund to grow.

Today, the parish take an annual draw from the Fund to help support the mission of the parish, especially helping towards Outreach and extraordinary capital expenses. After that initial gift, the Stewardship Committee realized that we needed a formal policy for our endowment and so a small committee was pulled together to write that policy. The Fund has an Endowment Board that meets to oversee the fund and to keep an eye on how the money is invested. It is invested with the Episcopal Church Foundation in a diversified portfolio of stocks funds and bond funds.

As a financial adviser, I have seen through the years how a healthy endowment can help support the mission of an organization and provide funds for projects or needs that may be beyond the normal budget.

At Grace, we actually have two ways to leave a legacy:

  1. The Endowment Fund, which is a permanent fund where income is distributed and the principal is invested in perpetuity.
  2. The Benefactor’s Trust Fund, which supports specific purposes and may be used completely. It is invested until disbursed for a particular purpose.

It is easy to give to either of these funds:

  1. Name the fund as a beneficiary on your IRA, 401K, annuity contract, or life insurance policy. All you need to do is request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your investment provider.
  2. List the fund as a beneficiary in your will or trust. This may require the help of an attorney to make this change.
  3. Donate cash or securities directly to the fund while you are alive, possibly is honor of or in memory of someone.

Gifts of any size are welcome.

The church benefits greatly from these long-term gifts as they give stability to our finances and allow us to tackle projects that we might only have dreamed of doing! The church’s financial secretary, the Endowment Board, or the stewardship chair can answer questions on how to contribute to our Grace Church Endowment.

Submitted by: Barbara Griffin

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