Easter Season with Grace
Sunday, April 18: The Third Sunday of Easter
10:30AM Liturgy of the Word (on Facebook Live)
– Readings for this Sunday can be found here in English or Spanish
11:15 AM Holy Eucharist with the National Cathedral found HERE
11:30AM Distribution of Eucharist at Grace
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
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.
Growing Into Worship: Let’s come together to pray, sing, and worship in Growing into Worship. We will be meeting on April 11 and 25. If you need the Zoom Room link please contact Sarah Shea.
Grace in a Bag: Sarah is getting the FINAL Grace in a Bag ready for May. We will be pausing Grace in a Bag over the summer as can gear up for VBS, family gatherings, and other fun events. If you want Grace in a Bag and normally don’t receive one, please contact Sarah Shea.
VBS: We’re coming back better than ever with Compassion Camp for VBS! Last year was such a success we are continuing the theme of finding compassion for yourself, your neighbors, family, and friends. We will have brand new lessons, songs, and crafts. Be on the lookout for more information heading to inboxes soon.
Gathering: Sarah is preparing and gearing up for some fun events for families this summer. When we can safely gather together again we will have a few fun events ready for families to come together in community. More information headed your way soon.
Serve: Grace youth serve is still on hold for now. With the recent spike in COVID cases we are still pausing for now. Once we can be together safely our first serve will be at Harbor Humane Society. We are also planning a service day helping with some projects at Grace. More information about summer opportunities is headed your way soon.
VBS: Sarah is looking for a few youths to help out with VBS this summer! We are hopeful that we will be doing a hybrid VBS, partially in person and partially take home. She is looking for help with the “in-person” part. If you are interested in helping, please let Sarah know. She will be sending an email with more info soon.
Gathering: Sarah is planning some fun things this summer; Drive in movie, ice cream social, and more! Once we get the okay to gather in person safely Sarah will send out information with events and dates, so be sure to be on the lookout!
Weekly 9:15-10:15 via Zoom
Grace’s Assistant for Spiritual Formation, Amber Maples, leads conversation each Sunday on a variety of topics. Contact Amber for the Zoom contact information.
Grace Reads, Spring 2021
“The Four Vision Quests of Jesus,” by The Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston
Wednesdays, 10:30– 11:45am starting April 14
Meeting via Zoom
The book is available to order through Reader’s World, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon and is $19.95. E-mail Mary Huisman at maryhuisman@firstname.lastname@example.org to register and please let me know if you need a copy of the book that you cannot obtain yourself!
Hispanic/LatinX Ministry with Grace
It’s time to re-gather and build this team that before Covid hit, had begun to implement some wonderful hospitality and spiritual growth opportunities for Grace Church. This group will reconvene (via Zoom) in May to continue working on support and expansion of Hispanic/LatinX ministries, so let us know if you’d like to get involved! Email the Church Office at email@example.com to get connected to Kris Pierce, our Vestry Liaison for this team.
Earth Day is April 22, 2021! We still have much work to do to ‘restore’ Mother Nature. While we are still in this ‘time of Covid’ the Creation Care group at Grace Church would like to suggest some ways to not only ‘honor’ this week but to continue the work of restoring our wonder-filled Creation! Hopefully many of you will find time this week to honor Creation!
- Take time this week and re-read the Genesis stories of Creation in Genesis 1 and 2. How are they similar? How are they different? Then read the creation story in Psalm 104. What ‘hymn’ to creation is your favorite? Sing it out loud as you watch spring burst forth!
- Show up in nature! Take a walk in one of our wonderful County Parks, of which there are 29. Which one is your favorite? Visit it this week and see the wildflowers that are beginning to bloom as the weather gets warmer.
- Check out a variety of ‘clean-up’ activities going on around West Michigan, or your street as you take a walk…all it takes is a bit of bending over and a bag for the garbage you pick up!
- Wake up to the nature that surrounds you and your yard! It is amazing to see what is in one square inch of earth….explore it!
- Open up to the many ways that God is present in nature.
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: 4/11/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 4/4/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 3/28/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 3/21/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 3/14/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 3/7/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 2/26/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 2/19/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 2/12/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 2/5/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 1/31/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 1/22/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 1/15/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 1/8/2021: 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.
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.
Several Grace folks have asked if Grace is aware of needs towards which people can donate some or all of their stimulus checks. We know that for some at Grace, these funds will come as a welcome means by which to pay bills, or buy groceries or pay other immediate or looming expenses. And for others at Grace, contributions beyond their own household will be possible with these funds.
If you are in need, please let us know! Grace can help some and we also have partnerships throughout the community through which support can be given.
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:
Creation Care Highway Clean-Up
Saturday, April 17, 8:00 am
Sponsored by Grace’s Creation Care in partnership with Holland Rotary
It’s become a tradition that Grace’s Creation Care team and other members join with Holland Rotary for this Spring highway clean up, coming together to keep our community beautiful! Meet at 8 a.m. at Veldheer’s Tulip Farm (on U.S. 31) on April 17. Coffee, brightly colored work vests, garbage bags, and good company provided. We recommend that you wear work gloves. Bring friends! (Rain Date is Saturday, April 24)
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.
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.