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)
Join us online for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Most Rev. and Right Honorable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England and Metropolitan preaches and the Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde presides.
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.
Weekly Sunday Bulletins
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 9, 2020
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – August 30, 2020
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 6, 2020
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!
Growing into Worship: Be sure to tune in Sunday, Sept 20th, as we will have our FIRST guest host for Growing into Worship! We will meet via Zoom 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. There will be no GIW on September 27.
Grace in a Bag: Sarah is currently working on October Grace in a Bag. This will be an extra special bag as we celebrate “St. Francis Day”.
Serve: The youth Serve will for September will be on Saturday, September 19th. We will be shopping for and packing boxes to help serve the Community Action House. Check your email for information or contact Sarah Shea directly.
Hangout: All youth are invited to an outdoor game extravaganza! After communion on Sunday, September 27th the youth of Grace are invited to come together and play corn hole, giant Jenga, Kubb, and more! Youth can either pack a lunch and stay after partaking in communion or come to Grace around 12:30 pm. Please RSVP to Sarah Shea by Wednesday, September 23 if you are interested!
Sunday Forum, September 27: 9:30AM-10:15AM
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: A 1972 Interview with Carl Stern. “The calamity of our time is to reduce life to pleasure only. I don’t think it’s pleasure, but the greatness of life is experience and facing a challenge.” Join us in forum this Sunday to discuss more teachings of the late Jewish mystic, scholar, and civil rights activist, Abraham Joshua Heschel. You’ll need to view and listen to the entire interview with Heschel and can find it here The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83070350286?pwd=RXYrY0pzSjB2d1ZEN1dwM2J4VWVTQT09, and Passcode is Grace555. Email Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We are excited to introduce Sacred Ground as a part of Grace’s adult spiritual formation offerings starting this Fall. Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. Participants are invited to “peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.” Learn more about Sacred Ground here (include link to pdf document). Registration is now open and we plan to have a virtual gathering of all participants the week of September 13 with the first session taking place the week of September 20. Our sessions will take place via Zoom unless Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we are able to gather safely in-person. Once you register, you will be sent a brief survey to help us put the groups together well. Register with an email to Amber Maples, Grace’s Assistant for Spiritual Formation at email@example.com. If you have questions, feel free to contact either Amber or Rev. Jen.
For more information on this, click HERE to read the Sacred Grounds outline.
From Creation Care:
Volunteers are needed for the next MDOT Highway clean-up scheduled for Saturday, September 26 from 8:00 – 10:00 am. Participants are asked to meet at Veldheer’s Tulip Farm on the corner of US 31 and Quincy. Grace Episcopal Church has partnered with the Holland Rotary Club or the one mile stretch on both sides of US 31 from Quincy north! Bright bright yellow vests and bags for the “treasure hunt” will be provided! Crew members must be a minimum of 12 years old. Children between the ages of 12 to 17 must have adult supervision at a ratio of one adult for every three children. Covid-19 guidelines will be kept so please wear your mask and know that we will require that we honor physical distance between us!
Tour deGrace….October 11th or rain date of October 18th, beginning at 4:00 pm. This is an annual Grace tradition, and this year we’ll be biking the Upper Macatawa Area Trails beginning and ending at the home of David and Clara Brower. Maps will be available with either a shorter or longer route to take. We’ll end with a BYO picnic at the Browers’. Bring your own food and drinks. Bottled water will be supplied. There is plenty of room at the Browers’ to sit on the lawn or in chairs and be socially distanced. Have your masks with you, because other than times of eating or biking, we will need to have them on when together. The Browers’ address is: 7895 Adams Street, Zeeland, MI 49464! All are welcome!
The Grace Creation Care group will be joining the 2020 Fall BIG READ: In the Heart of the Seaby Nathan Philbrick. We will have our first discussion in September, then October and November and see what BIG READ Holland has to offer. The schedule for discussion is below:
- September, Intro/Chapters 1 – 5
- October, Chapters 6 – 11
- November, Chapters 7 – Epilogue
- The movie is also available to view on Amazon Prime!
Dates to remember: Nov. 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm Dr. Fred Johnson will give a lecture on the historical context of the time, events, place of the story and on Nov. 11, 2020, 7:00 pm Skip Finley will give a lecture on the context of the whaling industry. All on ZOOM!
Our September meeting is a Dunton Park. BRING masks and chairs and know that we will set up in ways that honor physical distance. We’ll meet at the Pavilion by the former Pfizer building, on September 20 from 4 – 6 pm. All are welcome!
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: 9/18/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 9/11/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 9/4/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/28/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/21/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/14/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/7/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/31/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/24/2020: Click HERE
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Grace to You: 7/10/2020: Click HERE
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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
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.