Sunday Services: 8:15AM - 9:00AM and 10:30AM - 11:30AM

Wednesday Service: 9:30AM - 10:15AM
Due to the Coronavirus, Grace will currently not be meeting or worshipping onsite. See the COVID-19 tab for more information, invitations, and opportunities.

Grace during COVID-19

The Season of Pentecost 

Entering Phase III in the Diocesan Covid Guidelines
We received notice today that we are within days of our Diocese entering Phase III in the Guidelines, The Great Lakes Plan for Re-Entry.  This will allow Grace and other congregations to lift many (but not quite all) of our Covid restrictions.  Since Phase III was designed several months ago and there have been advances and new understandings with regard to Covid-19 since then, the Phase itself was updated. Grace leaders will be reading through these updates and be ready to implement these changes soon.  

Sunday, June 20
8:30-9:15 Holy Eucharist 
10:30AM Holy Eucharist (on FB Live)   
Drive (or walk or bike) Up distribution of Communion onsite follows. 
11:15 AM Holy Eucharist with the National Cathedral found HERE 
Readings for this Sunday can be found here in English or Spanish 

Wednesday, June 23
9:30-10:15Holy Eucharist – ALL are welcome

Sunday, June 27
8:30-9:15 Holy Eucharist 
10:30AM Holy Eucharist (on FB Live)   
Drive (or walk or bike) Up distribution of Communion onsite follows. 
11:15 AM Holy Eucharist with the National Cathedral found HERE 
Readings for this Sunday can be found here in English or Spanish 

 

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 pageThe bulletins will contain links to the Sunday readings, prayers, and any music we will be using that morning.

Noonday Prayers via Facebook Live are being offered daily.  That will continue through Holy Week and beyond! Join us on Grace’s Facebook page or link via our website and please share this invitation with friends, family, anyone whom you think could benefit from this little prayerful pause in the day.  If you have a BCP open to page 103 (English BCP) or page 67 (Spanish BCP).  You can also simply pray along with us.

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 gechurch@graceepiscopalholland.org 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

GIW – We will be pausing Growing Into Worship this summer (June, July, & August) and plan on restarting it this fall. We will be providing children’s bulletins and pew bags for kids participating in worship through the summer.   If you would like bulletins at home, let us know and we’ll get them to you to help kids participate in our streamed service. 

Compassion Camp: Changing the World with Lovingkindness (VBS)
We will be cultivating compassion for each other, ourselves, and the world through this summer’s VBS. We will be kicking off VBS on Sunday, July 18th outdoors after the church service. We will have PIZZA SUNDAY (WHAT?!?! PIZZA SUNDAY – YES!!!) and a short lesson. Rev. Jen will bless us as we begin the compassion journey.  Then, bags will be sent home to complete the rest of VBS at home over the course of several weeks. We will gather again later in the summer to finish up and celebrate! 

Serve – Community Action House – Date TBD (likely in early July). CAH needs help sorting and packing food boxes. I am in contact with the volunteer coordinator there and together we are working on a date for families to serve. More info soon. 

Get Out! for Ice Cream and Mini Golf – Sunday, Aug 2 at 2:00pm – Who doesn’t love ice cream and mini golf! We will meet at “Sundae Sundae Golf Golf”Cost will be covered by Grace.

Grace Youth

Serve at Harbor Humane Society: Sunday June 27th, 2:00pm – Let’s gather together to serve our homeless animals. We will be serving for 2 hours at Harbor Humane society. Be sure to wear long pants, closed toed shoes, and a shirt you don’t mind getting dirty. Plan on meeting at Harbor (14345 Bagley St. West Olive) at 2:00pm. If you need a ride, please contact Sarah Shea at 616-566-4847. 

Get Out! for Captain Sundae and Mini golf: Sunday July 25th, 2:00pm 
Who doesn’t love mini golf and Ice cream! Head out to Captain Sundae (north side) at 2:00pm, Sunday, July 25th. We will enjoy some ice cream together and then play some mini golf. Grace will cover the cost of both the ice cream and mini golf. Be sure to invite your friends! 

Drive in Movie Night
Saturday, August 14th, 8:30pm
We will be hosting another Drive-in movie to end summer on a high note. The movie will be held in Grace’s side yard, snacks and drinks will be provided. Be sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on if you don’t want to sit in your car. Friends are welcome! 

A List of all All the Events happening this summer: 
(Bold for kids/families, Underlined for youth)

June 27th, Sunday: Youth Serve at Harbor Humane Society 

July 18th, Sunday: Kick off of VBS and Pizza Sunday for VBS Families

July 25th, Sunday:  Captain Sundae and Mini Golf for the Youth 

Aug 2nd, Sunday: Mini golf for families at Sundae Sundae Golf Golf

Aug 14th, Saturday: Drive in Movie for Youth 

Aug 15th, Sunday: Pizza Sunday, and end of VBS

Sunday Forum 
9:15-10:15 via zoom

What does is mean that God loves everyone?
 
Join us for a series in adult forum as we gather around and consider this question and the implications of God’s love for all people, for people of the Christian faith.  What is God’s love, and how does God love us?  And, so what?  How does this assurance and the ever-present and active love of God function in the universe, this planet, for and with Creation, and in our human relationships?  We’ll hear from poets, sociologists, scientists, and religious and spiritual leaders sharing various points of view on this enigmatic and crucial subject of the love of God.  If you have any questions or would like more information on the series contact Assistant for Spiritual Formation, Amber Morris, at sfdirector@graceepiscopalholland.org.

June 20: More info coming soon!

 

Summer Creation Care

Ready for some Embodied Spirituality? Join members and friends of Grace on a Holy Hike!

What is Embodied Spirituality? Embodied spirituality refers to a lived experience of spirituality that is grounded in the body. When we embrace embodied spirituality, we come out of our minds and back into our bodies: into that which is visceral, instinctual, and deeply felt through the senses. All members and friends of Grace are invited to participate in hiking three area parks and all ages are invited.

  • On Sunday, June 27th at 3:00 pm meet at Hemlock Crossings (8115 W Olive Rd, West Olive, MI 49460)
  • On Sunday, July 25th at 3:00 pm meet at Grand Ravines South, (3991 Fillmore Street. Jenison, MI 49428)
  • On August 22, meet at 3:00 pm at the North Ottawa Dunes (18201 North Shore Drive (approx.) Ferrysburg, MI 49409)

Mary Huisman will be our guide for these walks and will provide a spiritual practice in nature. Dress appropriately for the weather, and take insect repellant and a water bottle. All walks will be approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours. Invite family and friends – All ages are welcome! 

Annual Meeting Reports for 2020: Click HERE!

The Gifts of God for the People of God: Update on Communion Distribution. Click HERE!

Phase 2.1 from Grace’s Transition Team: Click HERE!

Holy Week and Easter Reflection: Click HERE!

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 gechurch@graceepiscopalholland.org to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well. 

Grace to You: 6/13/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 6/6/2021: Click HERE 

Grace to You: 5/30/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 5/23/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 5/16/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 5/9/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 5/2/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 4/25/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 4/18/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 4/11/2021: Click HERE

Grace to You: 4/4/2021: 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.

Amazon Smile 

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.

Stimulus Checks
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:

Community Action House 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.

Feeding America

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.