The Sundays of Pentecost
10:30AM Readings, Reflections, and Prayers (on Facebook Live)
This is an abbreviated “Liturgy of The Word” led by Rev Jen with music from Steve Jenkins. The readings for this Sunday can be found here in English and Spanish.
11:15am Service of Holy Eucharist at the National Cathedral (found here)
We’ll join with Episcopalians from around the world for this morning’s service celebrating of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The preacher will be the Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Episcopal priest, author, retreat leader, and climate activist who serves as Missioner for Creation Care for both the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts and Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ. Through her ministry, Bullitt-Jonas seeks to inspire and support a wave of religious activism to address the climate crisis, deepen reverence for God’s creation, and create a more just and sustainable society. Learn more at RevivingCreation.org.
11:15am Growing Into Worship (via Zoom)
Sarah Shea will gather with Grace Littles for their own Liturgy of the Word, a time of listening, prayer, and connecting with God and each other. Contact Sarah for the Zoom info.
Worship “Bulletins” and Guides
Prior to every Sunday, we’ll send out mini-bulletins via email. Let us know if you’d like one. They’re also them available here on our website and Facebook page. The bulletins will contain links to the Sunday readings, prayers, and any music we will be using that morning.
Not sure how to access Facebook Live on your device? Click here for step by step instructions.
The Season of Pentecost
Pentecost Crafts: This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1). HERE is a coloring page you can print out and have kids color Also, HERE is a craft that is a fun way to remember this special day!
Courage and Compassion in Christ VBS:
Compassion camp is the theme for our VBS “in a bag” this year. It is a 5-week interactive experience for kids. We are curating it so you and your family can have the best experience possible, with as little screen time as possible. Because we are all a little “zoomed” out these day! Mid-July, I will hand-deliver your VBS in a bag (much like Grace in a bag). In it will be all the craft supplies you would need for each lesson; 5 lessons total (1 per week). At the beginning of each week, I will share a video of myself reading the story along with a musical guest! Throughout the week, I will also share other videos that correlate with the lesson. A PDF will also be emailed to you, which are the instructions for VBS.
If you are interested in this experience, please let Sarah Shea know. Only families who show an interest in this will be getting VBS in a bag. If you and your family want VBS in a bag, please let Sarah know by Sunday, July 5!
Grace in a Bag:
“Grace in a Bag” is something to make this summer a little extra special for Grace Littles. These bags are filled with crafts, activities, and much more. Grace in a Bag is getting ready to be delivered to homes for July! If you didn’t get one in June and you are interested in it, please reach out to Sarah Shea!
Growing into Worship:
We will be continuing GIW throughout the summer, Sundays at 11:15 am. Be sure to check your Grace in a Bag for the story pieces for each Sunday. Email Sarah Shea for the “zoom room” access code!
We still have some folks that could use an Episco-Pal this summer. All you have to do is send them a little extra love via the mail or email! If you want to sign up or have another pal reach out to Sarah Shea to get connected.
As we enter Grace Phase 2.1 there are some fun summer plans in the works! Be on the lookout for more info soon.
Sunday Forum, July 12: 9:30AM-10:15AM
Christian Centering Prayer and the Heart of Compassion. This Sunday morning, we will explore centering prayer as a practice and pathway for becoming more receptive and attentive to God. You’ll need to watch two video teachings from Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault before we meet. Rev. Cynthia is an Episcopal priest, writer, and long-time advocate of centering prayer. First, view this short introduction and guided practice of centering prayer here. Then, watch this talk on the inner voice of compassion. This is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86370245095. Zoom room opens at 9:15am for checkins, and we’ll discuss content from 9:30-10:15am. Contact Amber at email@example.com with questions.
21-Day Racial Equity Challenge and Online Discussion Group: July 19th through August 8th
For those interested and wanting to participate in collective learning and conversation around matters of structural racism, racial equity, and how to become anti-racist, consider joining our 21-day challenge and Facebook discussion group. We will engage and learn from some contemporary leaders, teachers, and activists working for racial equity, including some local voices. All sources and a Facebook platform will be provided, as well as simple guidelines to help discussions go well. To signup, and if you have any questions about content or how to use a Facebook group, contact Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll receive an invitation to the private Facebook group before the July 19th start date.This offering is for anyone wanting to take a dive now and will also serve as a lead into our fall programming, Sacred Ground, a curriculum developed by the Becoming Beloved Community Ministry of the Episcopal Church. Find out more about it here!
Join the Movement to Plant, Pray, and Proclaim! The Episcopal Church’s Creation Care and Evangelism Departments together invite you to participate in Good News Gardens, and to make a commitment to growing more than usual this season. This means planting more seeds, or at least some seeds if you’re not a regular grower, with the intent of sharing some of the bounty with others. Find more information and sign up for Good News Gardens here. In return and response to you commitment, the Creation Care and Evangelism Departments commit to providing you with resources and connections to help you along in your journey. PlainSong Farm in our Diocese is also working with this larger effort and can visit their website for more information.
EFM at Grace Episcopal Church we are fortunate to have the Education for Ministry (EfM) program as one of our course offerings. The following is from the EFM website:
Education for Ministry, affectionately known as EfM, is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. Students meet regularly, usually once a week, in seminars under the guidance of trained mentors.
The EfM group has been active at Grace for many years. Trained mentors facilitate the group and each member provides leadership in the group. Here is a summary of the program:
– There are no ‘lone’ Christians
– We listen for God in community
– We do theology in community, reflecting on our tradition and contemporary issues
– We discern the call to ministry in community
– We worship in community
– The EfM course is mentored, not taught. Mentor and members share learning and insights – – Our current group has members from Grace Church as well as people from other denominations. Members bring different perspectives to our discussions.
EfM is a powerful way to enable lay ministry. This program is not for the neophyte Christian. Rather, it is for Christian seeking to solidify an understanding of how God may be calling them to live one’s faith in the world. If this program is of interest to you, contact Mary Matrosic (email@example.com or text 616-240-9584) or David Hawley-Lowry(David8hl@outlook.com or text 616-915-6188). We will be registering new participants through early August so that we may begin meeting again (via Zoom or in person) in September.
We will be sending out a Weekly Newsletter that is called Grace to You. If you do not receive this, please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well.
Grace to You: 7/3/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/26/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/19/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/12/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/5/2020: Click HERE
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Grace to You: 4/9/2020 Holy Week & Easter – Click HERE
Grace to You: 4/3/2020 – Click HERE
We’ve received several questions regarding how to give financially to Grace through the Covid-19 crisis. Thank you! We also fully recognize that some in our community will not be able to give as planned. We trust that in all of this, God will take care of us, and we’ll take care of each other. We’ll also continue to support local organizations like Community Action House that are providing food and other support for the most vulnerable in our community. Here are many ways in which you can give, or continue to give to Grace.
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Grace at NO cost to you, every time you shop. Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price of eligible items (which are many) when you use Smile. It just takes a minute to set this up and the benefit to Grace Church is immediate. Click here to learn more. Simply indicate Grace Episcopal Church in Holland, Michigan as your charity of choice and shop on.
Donation Button on our Grace’s Webpage
Grace has a GIVE button on the mainpage of our website for one-time gifts to be donated via Paypal.
Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for Pledges
A significant number of Grace pledges are given through Electronic Fund Transfer. Thank you, Grace! This means that the donations are received whether or not we’re able to come to church in-person. EFT is easy to set up and Nancy in our Finance office can help you if you’d like to change over to this form of giving. Know also that EFT can be stopped should you need to and we know that this might be the case for some as the Covid situation unfolds. Please contact Nancy for help and more information at email@example.com
You can work with your bank directly to set up a pattern of auto-withdrawal for donations to Grace. Nancy can give you the information you need from Grace to be able to make this happen firstname.lastname@example.org
We are picking up Grace Church’s mail at the Post Office every Monday and making deposits at the bank every week, so know that if you send in your gift via the mail, it will be very gratefully received and handled.
The Grace Pastoral Needs Fund
Donations to Grace’s Pastoral Needs Fund are always needed, and the days and months to come without a doubt, they will be. There will be families in our congregation who need help as we navigate the economic impact of of Covid-19. This Fund is overseen by the Rector.
The Beyond Grace Fund
This fund is used for purposes beyond the ministries and community of Grace. Through Beyond Grace, we make contributions to local organizations and more broadly to Episcopal Relief and Development that offers support around the world.
We are very grateful for every gift that comes to Grace Church and for you continued support through this crisis. We are listening and responding prayerfully to the needs of our church, our community, and the world.
Ways You Can Help Care for the Community, from Holland Hospital:
They are in need of masks, gowns and other protective gear at our local hospital. This link will take you to their site where they offer ways to make items, drop items and support our local healthcare workers who are doing all they can to care for us all.
Community Action House
Community Action house is still up and running, adapting to virus protocol, and are providing services to vulnerable persons in our extended community. You can find information on their website. They’ve included ways to help and say this: “If you’re wondering about other ways your church, business, or others in your community can offer additional support in our time of need, here’s a couple ways:
- Drop off additional food at the 14th street location (requested items here)
- Consider volunteering, especially people not in at-risk categories ( signup here)
- Donate financially (here) to help keep us financially strong as we put more into this effort.”
Food for all school aged kids
Food is being provided throughout Ottawa County. Follow this link from Ottawa Areas ISD for details, distribution locations and times. Please help us spread the word!
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many families are struggling to keep food on the table. You have the power, right now, to put a meal on a neighbor’s plate. Every $10 donation provides 40 meals worth of food! Click here to donate.