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 and YouTube. It is great news that Covid number remain low in our region! Based on those numbers and current Diocesan guidelines, masks are now optional when inside Grace Church.
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 still be masked when distributing Communion. 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.
Season of Pentecost
8:30am Holy Eucharist
10:30am Holy Eucharist
9:30am Holy Eucharist (in the sanctuary)
Daily Weekday Service
12:00pm Service of Noonday Prayer (FB Live)
During services of Holy Eucharist, we will continue with Covid safe options for the Passing of the Peace and the distribution of Communion. Our streamed Eucharistic services will conclude with a prayer for the Reception of Spiritual Communion and the sacrament will also be distributed onsite outdoors on Sundays from 11:40-noon for those who would prefer to not gather indoors.
Noonday Prayer is offered every Monday through Friday via Facebook Live. Join us on Grace’s Facebook page or link or via our website. Please share this invitation with friends, family, anyone whom you think could benefit from this 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.
Worship Service Bulletins
Bulletins will be printed for those who would like one onsite. You can also bring an electronic device and pull up an electronic bulletin there. Prior to every Sunday, we will send out service bulletins via email and a link will be posted on all streaming platforms before the service. Contact the Grace Office if you would like to receive one regularly in your email box.
At their meeting on May 16, Grace Vestry adopted this Protocol Chart hoping to make decision-making simpler and clear as we continue our way through Covid.
Grace Protocols now correlate with the CDC “Community Level” designations also being used by CovidActNow, which has been one of Grace’s primary sources for data throughout the pandemic. For Sunday worship, the major difference between the Levels is with regard to masking. Masks remain optional when Ottawa County has a designation of LOW. Masks are required indoors when Ottawa County has a designation of MEDIUM or HIGH.
Signs will be posted on Sundays reminding folks of the current Community Level of our county and whether or not masks are required. We recommend that everyone have a mask handy should you need one. We always have extra masks available on site too.
With thanks to the Grace community, our good care of ourselves and one another, and ongoing prayers for good health.
Grace Kids, Families & Youth
HIRING FOR NURSERY: After a break because of COVID, Grace is excited to say that we are bringing back the nursery with staffed nursery workers on Sunday morning! We are looking for folks 16 and older (that is flexible depending on circumstance) to work in the nursery on Sunday mornings. Pay is $16 – $22, depending on experience and availability. If you or someone you know is interested, please have them contact Sarah Shea.
Volunteers needed: The littles of Graces need YOU! We are looking for folks who are interested in volunteering with our kids and youth over the program year. We need volunteers to help from nursery all the way to middle school and all ages in between. Sarah will be hosting an informational coffee hour in the Forum room on August 14, 9:30 – 10:15 ( BEFORE the 10:30 service). Refreshments and coffee will be provided.
Growing into Worship
Kids meet downstairs in the kids’ space at the beginning of the 10:30 am service and will rejoin the congregation at the Passing of the Peace. We pray, worship, and create together. **Starting Sept. 18, we will shift back to having kids meet upstairs in the last pew of the sanctuary. We will then process in and head into the kid’s space through the sacristy and “secret staircase.”
Mini Golf! Thursday, August 11th, 6:30 pm
All Families and Kids are invited to Mini Golf at Captain Sundae. We will play mini-golf and then eat all the ice cream.
Blessing of the backpacks, Sunday, Aug 28th, 10:30 service
Bring your backpack/laptop for school to receive a back-to-school blessing. *Staffed nursery will begin this Sunday*
“Kick off Sunday” – September 11, after 10:30 service
Although many of our ministries maintained throughout the summer, we will still kick the year off with a fall picnic in the sideyard of Grace. All are welcome.
Acolyte training, Sept. 25 or Oct 23
Grace will be hosting acolyte training for anyone interested after the 10:30 service on Sept. 25 or Oct. 23. Acolyting is open to anyone in third grade and up. If you are interested, please contact Sarah Shea.
Episcopalians United Against Gun Violence
As we respond to the call to help bring an end to gun violence, we pray for mercy, for peace, for an end to gun violence which now happens every day in our nation. “Episcopalians have a range of ways they can support efforts to end gun violence, through prayer, education and advocacy, Episcopal bishops said in a June 28 webinar, “Doing Our Part.”
Read more here.
Watch “Doing Our Part” a Webinar Sponsored by Bishops Against Gun Violence
Bishops Against Gun Violence
Episcopalians Against Gun Violence
Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence
A Life in Light by Mary Pipher
(In person and on ZOOM)
Wednesday Morning’s 10:30 am – In Person or on ZOOM
From the bestselling author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia-a memoir in essays reflecting on radiance, resilience, and the constantly changing nature of reality.
In her luminous new memoir in essays, Mary Pipher-as she did in her New York Times bestseller Women Rowing North-taps into a cultural moment, to offer wisdom, hope, and insight into loss and change. Drawing from her own experiences and expertise as a psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effect of our culture on our mental health, she looks inward in A Life in Light to what shaped her as a woman, one who has experienced darkness throughout her life but was always drawn to the light. In this book, she points us toward that light.
August 10, Attachment and Loss
August 17, Becoming
August 24, In Another Light
August 31, Identity
Sept. 7, Leaving Home
Sept. 14, Settling Down
Sept. 21, Resilience
Sept. 28, Wisdom Light
Books should be available at Reader’s World, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com! Please contact Mary Huisman at email@example.com to be added to the e-mail list. Sessions will be both in-person in the Forum Room each Wednesday morning at 10:30 am and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well.
Kris Veldheer, Sr. Warden, Digital Ministry, & Covid Consultation Team
Jeff Erickson, Jr. Warden & Communications
Holly Anderson, Clerk
DuAnne Masselink, Treasurer
Krista Babbitt, Communications & Covid Consultation Team
Pam Brown, Building and Grounds & Creation Care
Julie De Cook, Digital Ministry
David Hawley-Lowry, Fellowship
Brian Paff, Pledge Drive/Fundraising & Covid Consultation Team
Kris Pierce, Hispanic/Latino Ministry
Matt Schmidt, Worship & Digital Ministry
Robbie Schorle, Outreach and Social Justice & Anti-Racism Efforts
John Shea, Fellowship
Chris Wennersten, Worship
Support for Ukraine through Episcopal Relief and Development
Episcopal Relief & Development continues to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing the violence in Ukraine, working with our Anglican partners in Europe and ACT Alliance (a global coalition of over 140 faith-based organizations). Follow the link below to contribute knowing that your gift will help provide cash, blankets, hygiene supplies and other needed assistance. You can follow this link to get to ER&D’s contribution page. You may also make a contribution to Grace with “Ukraine” in the memo and we will make the contribution to ER&D.
Ministry with Refugees
We are now engaging a new phase of this ministry. The Parish House is being renewed – refreshing paint and floors and doing some needed maintenance. Our Facilities Director, Jim Theis and his wife are living in the house and doing the work. This fall, the Parish House will open up again as Jim and Sandy complete the work and move into their new home currently being built.
Our Outreach and Social Justice leads are working now with folks from St Francis and also All Saints Episcopal Church in Saugatuck, planning to again partner with Bethany and also Lighthouse Immigration Advocates. We are working to engage ways to support refugees now while also looking forward to potentially hosting another family, later in 2022.
Communities across West Michigan (including Ottawa, Kent, and Muskegon Counties) are beginning to welcome more than 280 adults and many children who are newly arrived from Afghanistan. We’re finding ways to help now – read on and also stay tuned for more!
Contact the Church Office if you would like to be part of a “Refugee Ministry Leadership Team.” This is the group that will meet regularly with leads from the other congregations to coordinate efforts with each other, Bethany and Lighthouse. We need a few more folks to help out with coordination and planning.
Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates (LIA) has a new legal clinic to serve the legal needs of the influx of newcomers to achieve safety and stability. LIA is the only nonprofit law office in Ottawa County serving immigrants and refugees regardless of income. Financial support is needed as soon as possible for this clinic to offset significant legal fees, translation and interpreter costs, and hospitality expenses. LIA will provide over half a million dollars of legal services at no cost to refugees. The Clinic designed by the LIA Legal Team will provide every refugee with the appropriate legal services to transition from temporary humanitarian parole status into full asylum status. Applications must be made for asylum for refugees who would face persecution, torture, or worse, if they returned to their home countries. Refugees have 1 year from the date of entry into the United States to apply for asylum. Learn more about the program by visiting the Refugee Program page on LIA’s website at https://lia-michigan.org/legal-services/refugees/ or by emailing email@example.com
You can make a contribution through Grace’s Beyond Grace Fund or directly to LIA.
Bethany Christian Services – Refugee Resettlement Program
Refugee resettlement is the work we have done and hope to continue with St Francis and now All Saints, Saugatuck too as we Co-Sponsor a family. This is a six-month to one year commitment that does NOT involve providing housing. It is a way for us to offer support before the Parish House is again available. Bethany secures housing and a team of people (folks from each church) collectively supports a refugee family. We’ll prepare their apartment with necessities, welcome them at the airport, and provide other services such as English tutoring or cultural assistance. Follow the link above to learn more. If you are interested in serving on a Resettlement Team contact the Church Office as we explore the possibilities.
Thank you, Grace for helping people who have lost so much, find welcome and home again.
Food Club with Community Action House
Grace has partnered with Community Action House and we are proud to say that we make up a large part of the volunteers of Food Club. They are still always looking for help and it is a great way to get connected with Grace folks & the greater Holland community. THANK YOU, Grace for feeding hungry people! If you are already signed up to serve, Thank You! If you’d like to serve (generally once a month) but haven’t yet signed up, contact the Church Office.
If you’d like to learn more about Food Club and Opportunity Hub, look here.
Pledge cards can be submitted electronically at any time. See the link below. Detail on the ways in which financial gifts can be given including Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) is available there too.
Life with Grace is an adventure, a loving and hopeful adventure in faith that gathers us as God’s people and blesses us beyond what we could ever ask for or imagine! Thank you people of Grace, for your presence, your prayers and all the gifts you give.
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