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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.

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150 Years of Grace!

Join us as Grace turns 150 years old! Our year-long Sesquicentennial celebration begins June 10th with our Sunday services at 8:15 and 10:00am. Immediately following the 10:00 service we’ll process to the front yard for an unveiling and dedication of Holland’s newest historical marker, acknowledging 150 years of this Episcopal congregation. A celebratory luncheon will begin at 11:30 and then all are invited to a Grace Notes Recital at 1:00pm. Jazz saxophonist Jordan VanHemert is our recitalist. He will be joined by Graeme Richmond (cello) Rhonda Edgington (organ,) Steve Jenkins (harpsicord) and others. Join us this Sunday as we begin to celebrate 150 years of Grace!



Marktplaats Thanks you! Thank you to everyone who helped out this past week at Marktplaats! A special thanks to Debbie Coyle, Alex Foster, Renee Krueger, and Prescott Slee, for your leadership & coordination. We will have numbers in soon for the amount earned for the Grace Youth fund. All the time and care given this project is greatly appreciated. Look to hear more from youth soon!

 We’re moving into high gear with planning for our Sesquicentennial celebration – 150 Years of Grace! The celebration will begin on June 10, 2018 and go through June, 9 2019.  Be sure to mark your calendars for June 10th which will include a special meal after the 10:00 service.  We will be sending out a mailing this week  announcing some of the celebratory highlights of the year. Remember that we’re eager to receive any photos you have of special events or groups at Grace Church, whether those pictures be digital or paper. If the pictures are digital, please send them to Mary Miller at the church email or bring in a flash drive to her. If the pictures are paper, you can bring them in and Mary will scan them and return them to you. Thanks for helping us prepare for 150 Years of Grace!

Service Times Reminder: Just a heads up that we change our service times to the summer schedule on Memorial Day weekend.  Sunday services from May 27 through September 9 will be at 8:15am and 10:00am.  

 

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STORIES OF GRACE



Reflections On the Eve of The Sesquicentennial of Grace Episcopal Church

As I write this blog post, we are about to start of a year-long celebration of joy and gratitude for the first 150 years of Grace Episcopal Church of Holland.  

More than a dozen years ago, Jay and I stumbled into Grace Church.  We had left a church that had lost its soul. Hundreds of us left in waves and looked for a home, feeling sad and angry and orphaned.  And so we came to Grace. In that very first hour, I felt a peace and strength and joy and spirit that I have never known in any church!  The rites and rituals of Christian worship have always fed my soul. But here I also found an understanding of what it means to live as a Christian, not just worship as one.  The consistent message of Grace Church–spoken, sung, preached and lived-out–is to follow the path of Jesus, to live as he would live and care for each other and this world as he taught.

In our years at Grace, we have made friends, worked alongside one another in a variety ways, had great fun at dinners, Holy Chow, talent shows, hayrides at Teusink’s, White Caps games, to name only a few.  We have sung together, laughed, cried, created and sometimes just maintained.

In recent years, Grace has undergone such wonderful changes!  The new organ, the purchase of the Parish House and Grace House, assisting a refugee family, our first work as training ground for curates, not to mention the eagerly awaited new parking lot!  And there have also been among the people weddings, baptism, funerals, divorces and illness and triumphs.

And through this long history have been great rectors and other leaders who have worked and cared and brought us all along.  But the one who leads us now, Reverend Jennifer Adams, is a gift beyond measure. Reverend Jen has given her life to serve the Church, and half of that life has been as rector of Grace Episcopal Church.  Her gifts of preaching and teaching and writing are so meaningful to us all. She can connect with those of any age! She is solid and steady and yet open and encouraging us all to grow and expand. She is a rare treasure and we are so grateful for her.

There is so much to reflect back on as we celebrate 150 years.  And so much to look forward to as we continue on. What a joy and privilege and gift it has been to find Grace Episcopal Church.  I’ve been an Episcopalian all my life; I just didn’t know it til about a dozen years ago. I am home.

 

Karen Bylsma, Senior Warden

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