The Season of Pentecost
All services of Holy Eucharist (8:30 and 10:30am on Sundays, 9:30am on Wednesdays) are open to anyone who would like to participate in-person (no sign up required). We will also continue to stream the 10:30 Sunday service online via FBLive. More protocol detail follows the service schedule below.
Note that with the current rise in local Covid cases, masks are now again required for all indoor gatherings including services of worship, classes, and meetings.
Several pews are marked off in the back of the sanctuary for those who are more vulnerable or would simply like to maintain distance. We will continue with options for the Passing of the Peace and the distribution of Communion. Clergy and LEMs will sanitize their hands throughout the service and be masked at the very least, when distributing Communion and likely other times too. Our streamed service will conclude with a prayer for the Reception of Spiritual Communion and the sacrament will also be distributed onsite outdoors starting at 11:40 for those who would prefer not to gather indoors.
Summer Worship Schedule
All services are now open to anyone who would like to attend.
8:30am Holy Eucharist (in the sanctuary)
10:30am Holy Eucharist (in the sanctuary and streamed on FBLive)
11:40am Distribution of Communion Onsite Outdoors
9:30am Holy Eucharist (in the sanctuary)
Daily Weekday Service
12:00pm Service of Noonday Prayer (streamed on FBLive)
8:30pm Service of Compline (streamed on FBLive)
Worship “Bulletins” and Guides
Prior to every Sunday, we’ll send service bulletins via email. Let us know if you’d like one. They’re also 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
If you are interested in receiving the weekly Sunday bulletins, weekly newsletter, and/or the weekly prayer list – please email the office at email@example.com and we will get you on the send list. If you’d like a specific Sunday bulletin from the past, please let us know and we will email that to you separately.
Grace Kids & Families and Youth
There is a LOT of fun coming your way, kids, youth, and families. Be on the lookout for more information about this upcoming program year headed your way soon.
Are you interested in being a part of the children and youth of Grace? Get in touch with Sarah Shea for more information!
9:15-10:15 via zoom
Series: Compassion and the Depths of Human Kinship
Following the lead of Grace kids and families now experiencing Compassion Camp, we’re beginning a new series in adult forum, exploring the happening, practice, and significance of compassion to the Christian way of life and of relating to and within the world. Join us to hear from a diverse group of thinkers, teachers, practitioners, religious and spiritual leaders, poets, and scientists on the human capacity to be moved to our depths, as was Jesus, by suffering and deprivation. Each week, I will assign videos and/or a podcast to listen to and a passage of scripture for reading and reflection on the week’s focus. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacred Ground: Fall and Winter Series at Grace Church
Grace will offer our third round of Sacred Ground beginning in September. This is a films and readings-based dialogue series and is part of Becoming Beloved Community, the Episcopal Church’s long-term and ongoing commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is a means by which participants gather together, with a shared purpose for learning and spiritual growth. Together, and with God’s help, we create compassionate and truthful spaces for engaging in transformative conversations around the generational and permeating issue of race and racism in our nation and the Church. In the last year, we’ve had three groups, almost thirty members and friends, journey through Sacred Ground. It has been a profound experience.
There are ten sessions. Groups will meet every other week beginning the evening of September 21st from 6:30-8:00pm. We will take a few weeks break around Advent and Christmas, and complete our last session the Tuesday evening before the start of Lent.
Dialogue circles will be offered this time around using a hybrid model, and participants are invited to choose to join either in person at the church campus or via Zoom. Between sessions, participants are asked to view and read all assigned materials and to come to each dialogue circle prepared to share reflections and questions with the group. We gather in a spirit that allows for genuine sharing, wrestling, and openness to growth. Please email the church office (email@example.com) or Amber Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in joining Sacred Ground this year or if you have any questions about the series. Friends are welcome.
Grace Reads, Fall 2021
Our Grace Reads Fall book is “This Tender Land” by William Ken Krueger. We will be meeting weekly, in the Commons on Wednesday mornings at 10:30am (masks required please for indoor meetings). Our first meeting will be on September 15 as we go over Part 1 (Prologue through page 87). The book can be ordered from Reader’s World, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Mary Huisman at email@example.com
Grace Hispanic Ministry
Suppers at El Huarache (571 Butternut Drive)
Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00pm
After a couple of visits to a local migrant camp this summer for sharing in Eucharist and time together, let’s gather again! Everyone join at outdoor tables us as we enjoy authentic Mexican food at a local Holland favorite spot while we talk about and plan for Hispanic Min at Grace Church! ALL are welcome.
Men’s Bible Study
This is open to newcomers, friends, and members of Grace and is a BYOB (bring your own bible & beverage) gathering that meets every other Monday. The next meeting will be on Monday, September 13 at 4:00PM in the Forum Room.
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: 9/5/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/29/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/22/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/15/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 8/1/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/25/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/18/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/11/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 7/4/2021: 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.
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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.
If you are looking to give toward congregational and/or local needs there are two ways in which to do that through Grace Church: The Pastoral Needs Fund and The Beyond Grace Fund, both restricted funds geared toward financial support of those in need. Gifts received for these Funds are recorded as gifts to Grace Church and acknowledged in the quarterly giving statements. Grace directs those funds to those in need
The Pastoral Needs Fund – This account is used primarily for those in the parish family who are experiencing crisis due to illness, unemployment, or some major life event.
The Beyond Grace Fund – This account is often used to support ministries with other organizations such as Episcopal Relief and Development, Habitat for Humanity, Lighthouse Immigration Advocates, Out On The Lakeshore and others. We also purchase gas cards and other gift cards (for food) to have on hand for emergency needs.
If you would like to give a gift, you may send a check with the memo line noting one of these Funds. OR make a note in the online giving process, accessible via the “Donate” button on the main page of Grace’s website, directing your gift.
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.
BEYOND GRACE THIS SEASON:
Grace and Community Action House
Grace is actively partnering with Community Action House to feed hungry people in our community. Our Outreach and Social Justice Team are in conversation with CAH leaders as they put volunteer processes in place for the Food Club which will launch this Fall. Community Kitchen is up and running now (Covid protocols in place) and CAH’s Food Boxes have been filled and donated by several Grace households throughout Covid. Grace also contributes financially toward these programs. These ministries with Community Action House are next steps for Grace as we move from our Feeding America ministry into other means of feeding hungry people.
CAH Food Club is Underway!
Grace is gearing up for the launch of Food Club. Thank you to all who have signed up and know that you haven’t yet, you still can! Just email or call the Church Office and Mary Miller will help you. Food Club will officially launch in October, but Grace is leading the way!
Those who have signed up have been sent an email from Grace including a link to an online form through which you can give us your first and second choices of shifts you’d like to serve. Please fill out the form ASAP so we can take next steps in planning.
Also, plan to meet on Sunday, September 19th after the 10:30 service! We’ll introduce teams and roles, hear from Allison at CAH, pass out t-shirts, celebrate this ministry and respond to any questions.
For those who would prefer to help prepare and serve meals, like we did in the undercroft on Feeding America nights, Community Action House has a daily Community Kitchen at which Grace can also have teams. Just let us know where you’d like to serve and Grace members and friends will gather once again to feed hungry people!
Feed On, Grace Church!
CAH Food Boxes
Since COVID-19 entered Holland, the repercussions of school closures and economic disruption have been felt by everyone, and most acutely by those served by agencies like Community Action House. Early in this pandemic, their food assistance tripled and has stayed at high levels. Grace has been channeling our monthly Feeding America budget and special gifts to CAH since we had to stop our onsite distribution. Grace youth and several Grace families have also provided food boxes and/or served at CAH over the past months. As we continue through a challenging winter together, our most vulnerable neighbors turn to CAH to help them in a time of uncertainty and struggle, and we can help. Follow this link for details on how to provide a food box this season. Or this link to make a financial donation.