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 on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost. The Rev. Canon Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. preaches and the Rev. Canon Dana Colley Corsello 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
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.
The Season of Pentecost
Growing into Worship: October we will be having GIW Sunday, October 4 and 18. Be sure to tune in as we will be having special leaders those weeks! Email Sarah Shea for the “Zoom Room” Access code. There will be no GIW on October 25 as we celebrate outdoor Communion.
Grace in a Bag: Do you know what special day happens in November? I’ll give you a hint – it has to do with people from the past. Grace in a Bag November will highlight this special day. Coming to front porches soon!
Trunk-or-Treat: You are invited to Grace’s first-ever Trunk-or-Treat! Grace is providing a safe space where kids can get that candy fix they look forward to all year. We will be taking every safety measure to ensure a safe experience. It is happening Friday, October 30th. Set up is at 6:30 pm, and the trunk-or-treating begins at 7:00 pm. You are welcome to come and just trunk-or-treat. You are also invited to provide a Trunk yourself! Email Sarah Shea with questions, sign-up HERE if you want to provide a “Trunk”. See you there!
Serve: We had a great serve Saturday, October 17th. We partnered with Out on the Lakeshore (OOTL) to help them with projects around their center. In November, we will be helping out with Grace’s annual Fall clean-up. More info to come.
Hangout: Do you consider yourself an intelligent person? Do you know a lot of random facts? Well, then this is for you! Sarah Shea will be hosting a Zoom trivia night with REAL cash prizes. Happening in November, more information to come.
Trunk-or-Treat: We need your help! We are looking for volunteers to help at Grace’s Trunk or Treat. We are looking for people to decorate their trunk and help pass out candy on Friday, Oct 30th, 6:30 pm at Grace. If you are interested email Sarah Shea or sign up HERE.
Trunk-or-Treat: We need your help! Grace is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat Friday, October 30th set up 6:30 pm and Trunk-or-Tr! We need volunteers to come out to Grace with a decorated Trunk and help the families of Grace celebrate Halloween. Sign up HERE to be a volunteer. You can also email Sarah Shea or call the Church office with more questions.
Sunday Forum, October 25: 9:30AM-10:15AM
The Sound of the Genuine, Traversing 2020 with ‘the Mystic of the Movement’ Howard Thurman: An Interview with Rev. Otis Moss III. Join us in adult forum this Sunday morning to discuss the work and thoughts of both the late spiritual director and pastor of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman, and the Rev. Otis Moss III. Rev. Moss is senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, author of several books, a longtime activist and preacher of a prophetic message of love and justice, and co-creator of the “My Life Matters” curriculum. Please listen to the entire podcast, found here, before we meet Sunday. Also, please view this video, called “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” which is part of the “My Life Matters” curriculum. Zoom meeting link is
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87182590872?pwd=eXMwTVY3Rk5NQXBacHJEZzBLOWk0dz09, and Passcode is Grace555. Zoom room opens at 9:15am for checkins, and we’ll discuss content from 9:30-10:15am. Contact Amber at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
From Creation Care:
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:
- 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!
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 email@example.com to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well.
Grace to You: 10/16/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 10/9/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 10/2/2020: Click HERE
Grace to You: 9/25/2020: Click HERE
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.