September 9 is Kick Off: We’ll celebrate with a kids’ sermon and Blessing of the Backpacks at the 10:00 service followed by our annual parish photo on the front lawn and a picnic, kick-ball game and drumming at Moran Park (22nd and Pine.) Bring your packs and school supply donations to the 10:00 service. Wear comfy clothes, bring a picnic blanket, and/or chairs and drums if you have’m. Lunch will be provided by Church Family and Fellowship. All are welcome!
Rev. Steen will be coming on staff at Grace starting September 3 in the second clergy position. He’ll be working about twenty hours per week, including two Sundays per month. He’ll preach and preside with Rev. Jen, offer leadership support to various ministries, and provide pastoral care and counsel as needed.
A brief Bio: Following 40 Years of work as a parish priest, Rev. Steen joined the Bishop’s Staff in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago in 2010 where he served as Director of Ministries. He had oversight of clergy deployment and mentoring, and with his staff, was responsible for congregational and leadership development in the Diocese’s 130 congregations. Prior to joining the diocesan staff, Rev. Steen served parishes in several major cities, including Seattle, New York, Washington, DC, and Chicago and was the Executive Director of Prism Parishes, an organization he founded to support vitality in congregations with diverse constituencies. Rev. Steen retired recently from full-time ministry and now lives in Saugatuck with his partner of twenty-six years, Tom.
Rev. Jim has a son, Daughter-in-law and two grandchildren all of whom live in Boulder, Colorado. Jim says, “I continue to be fascinated by all aspects of organizational leadership and am currently drawn to a deeper exploration of contemplative spirituality. Cooking is my favorite hobby.” Be sure to introduce yourselves to him and welcome Rev. Jim to Grace Church!
In the Tour de France you ride 21 days through some amazing European topography. In the Tour de Grace you ride 150 years through the fascinating history of Grace Episcopal Church. All in under half an hour. Sure, you won’t get the strenuous exercise of the race, but our casual pace will take you past all three former building sites and bring us to a picnic at Pilgrim Home Cemetery. There we will celebrate the communion of saints at the grave sites of Grace founders, Heber and Jenny Walsh and Sarah and Manley Howard. And this year you don’t even need a bicycle! Everyone is invited to join us at the picnic whichever way you wish to travel. (Of course, you really have been waiting for a reason to take your bike of the hook, right?)
All the details will soon be published but put it on your calendar now: September 30 following 10:30 worship.
This is the third annual Tour de Grace, a project started by the Creation Care group in 2016. These biking events are for the entire family with different length rides around Holland, including to Windmill Island. We encourage everyone to attend and enjoy the great outdoors!
Submitted by: Phil Harrington