The Season of Pentecost
Both of our Sunday services of Holy Eucharist (8:30 and 10:30am) are open to anyone who would like to participate in-person (no sign up required)! We will also continue to stream the 10:30 service online via FBLive. Our new tech for streaming is not yet fully installed. So that “work in progress” will be more visible than it will be a few weeks from now, and those who are streaming, know that camera and sound improvements are on their way! But we are ready to open up and be together in all the ways in which we can be together. We’ll continue to grow into this next phase and its many improvements through the summer months.
Some Detail: By Diocesan guidelines masks are “recommended but not required indoors,” and so masks will be by individual choice. Capacity restrictions are lifted. Given that we’re in the summer months, we don’t expect crowding to be an issue.
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 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.
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.
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)
Aug 14th, Saturday: Drive in Movie for Youth
Aug 15th, Sunday: Pizza Sunday, and end of VBS
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.
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 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!
Summer Grace Reads
Dusk, Night, Dawn by Anne Lamott
Bi-Weekly Wednesdays (see below), 10:30-11:45am
In-Person in the Grace Commons
From the bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow comes an inspiring guide to restoring hope and joy in our lives.
In Dusk, Night, Dawn, Anne Lamott explores tough questions that many of us grapple with. How can we recapture the confidence we once had as we stumble through the dark, even bleak times? As bad news piles up—from climate crises to daily assaults on civility—how can we cope? Full of honesty, humor, and humanity Dusk, Night, Dawn is classic Anne Lamott: thoughtful and comic, warm and wise and speaking to the better angels in all of us.
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, August 9 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 email@example.com to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well.
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
Grace to You: 6/20/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/13/2021: Click HERE
Grace to You: 6/6/2021: 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.
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:
“Misa en el Campo” with St John’s, Grand Haven
Sunday, August 8 at 7:00-9:00pm
The El Corazón Latino Ministry of St. John’s has invited Grace to join them for “Misa en el Campo,” St John’s second summer of this ministry. At 6:45pm each Sunday above you can meet at either St. John’s in Grand Haven or a site (TBA) in West Olive and we’ll drive together to one of the area camps for migrant workers, providing them with needed groceries (especially bottled water, sunscreen, toiletries, and cleaning supplies) and then share in Holy Eucharist celebrated in Spanish. We will end around 9pm or 9:30pm. If you have any items to donate, please drop them off to a labeled bin located at either church.
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
Grace is gearing up for Food Club! We enjoyed a wonderful presentation and conversation with Scott Rumpsa, Director of Community Action House recently at Grace and are all excited about getting this rolling. Food Club will officially open in the Fall, but Grace is involved in the preparations of this community-wide effort.
Here’s how Food Club works. “The current food system is divided with no middle ground: limited free food for some and full price for others. The Food Club model is a big, systemic response focused on improving healthy food access in a high-dignity, high-choice environment. Qualifying low-income residents opt in by purchasing a membership, which provides food access at more convenient hours, all in a bright and inviting grocery-store style space staffed by volunteers.”
Grace will form teams of people who will work Food Club together like we did with Feeding America. We will host information sharing and sign-up opportunities in the Commons after the service on Sunday, July August 1 and have an evening meeting on August 19 at 6:30pm. You can also sign up online or come to the Church Office hours during open hours starting July 26 and Mary Miller will guide you through the online sign-up.
More detail about this whole process will come via our Outreach and Social Justice team soon as CAH lays it out and we learn it ourselves. Actual orientation dates at CAH have been shared so you can mark your calendars for either:
Tues, Sep 28, 2021 @ 6:30pm to 7:30pm OR
Wed, Sep 29, 2021 @ 12:00pm to 1:00pm OR
Register for other orientation times separate from Grace’s reserved times (TBA)
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!
“Food Club is also intentionally designed with an adjacent ‘Opportunity Hub’ where members will find a streamlined, efficient, one-stop shop as they work with our program teams to set goals, address challenges, and access new resources. This model is designed to be a high dignity experience where our neighbors in need can come for the food they need, but leave with a plan for progress, and a partner in that journey.”
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.