Sunday Services: 8:30AM and 10:30AM

Wednesday Service: 9:30AM

This year for the first time, Grace will join with billions of Christians around the world to celebrate in prayer and action our Gospel calling to protect the Earth that God has entrusted to our care. The celebration of the Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4) began when Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I established a Day of Prayer for Creation for the Orthodox in 1989. The World Council of Churches extended the celebration into our current pattern and The Anglican Communion of which The Episcopal Church is part, participates. Grace will acknowledge this season in the music and prayers of our Sunday liturgies along with information sharing, postings, invitations to action, and special programs including Stations of Re-Creation on Sunday, September 23rd and Blessing of the Animals on Wednesday, October 4th.

Sunday Services

Sunday, September 24
8:30am    Holy Eucharist- Rite I
10:30am  Holy Eucharist- Rite II  
     (also FB, YouTube)
10:30am  Growing Into Worship
11:45am  Coffee Hour 
12:00pm  Sack lunch pick-up for Prayer Walk
12:15pm  Stations of Re-Creation Prayer Walk, meet at the Centennial Park Gazebo  

Sunday, October 1 
8:30am    Service of Holy Eucharist- Rite I
10:30am  Service of Holy Eucharist- Rite II 
  (also FB, YouTube)
10:30am  Growing Into Worship
11:45am  Coffee Hour & Pizza Sunday

Wednesday, October 4
9:30am  Service of Holy Eucharist (chapel)
6:00pm Service of Blessing of the Animals

Sunday, October 8 
8:30am    Service of Holy Eucharist- Rite I
10:30am  Service of Holy Eucharist- Rite II  (also FB, YouTube)
10:30am  Growing Into Worship
11:45am  Coffee Hour

Weekday Services

Wednesdays at 9:30am:  Service of Holy Eucharist  (chapel)
Monday and Wednesday Service of NoonDay Prayer (streamed on FB Live)
Friday Service of Morning Prayer (streamed on FB Live)

Creation Care Holy Hike:
October 14, 1:00pm

In Battle Creek, Woodland Park & Recreation Area

Collaborative Choral Event with Hope Church: October 22, 3:00pm
At Hope Church
Trunk-or-Treat, October 26, 6:00pm
Grace parking lot
Diocesan Convention, October 27-28,
In Saginaw

All Souls Service, November 1, 7:00pm
In the Sanctuary 

All Saints’ Sunday & Newcomer Brunch,
November 5, 12:00pm

The Joy Huttar Memorial Organ Recital, November 5, 3:00pm
In the Sanctuary at Grace 

Novemberfest, November 12, 5:00pm

Holy Chow Fall Session (Last call for sign ups!)
Sign up NOW for Holy Chow! Don’t miss the opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy each others’ company while sharing a meal that everyone helped prepare. Sign up and we’ll make groups of 7 or 8 people that will get together about once a month this fall to get to know each other outside of our normal worship and ministry settings. A sign-up sheet is in the Commons or you can email or call the Office to let us know you’d like to participate. We offer a next round of Holy Chow in the Winter, mix up groups and invite new folks to sign up. You’ll hear from us soon with Fall groups to begin late in September.

Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Naomi Phillips
Congratulations, Naomi! We will have a ceremony for Naomi on Saturday, October 7 at 6:30pm. There will be light refreshments following the ceremony. All of Grace is welcome! 

“How Do We Know Ourselves?” by David Myers
Grace Reads on Wednesdays at 10:30am
In the Lower Level Forum Room
(zoom available)

Over the past three decades, millions of students have learned about psychology from textbooks by our friend, Dr. David G. Myers, Professor of Psychology at Hope College. “These forty essays offer fresh insight into our sometimes bewildering but ever-fascinating lives. Myers’s subjects range from why we so often fear the wrong things to how simply going for a walk with someone can increase rapport and empathy. He explores the powers and perils of our intuition, explaining why anything can seem obvious once it happens. Myers is engaging and intellectually provocative, and brings a wealth of knowledge from more than fifty years of teaching and writing about psychology to this lively and informative collection. He inspires us to ponder timeless questions, including what might be the most intriguing one of all: How do we know ourselves? “

David Myers will be joining us for one of the sessions — tbd)
September 27, Reading Chapters 22 – 31
October 4, Reading Chapter 32 – the end

Coming up……in October we will plug into the Holland BIG READ, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Books will be available at Reader’s World, Hope Geneva Bookstore, and at your favorite bookseller.  Contact Mary Huisman at for more information!

On-Going Events: 


Our nursery services are available every Sunday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, with staff providing a safe space for kids aged 0-4 years. 

Growing into Worship (GIW): 

Starting August 27th and continuing every Sunday (with exceptions on high feast days such as Christmas Eve and Pentecost), we invite children aged 5 – 10 to gather at the back pew of the sanctuary at the start of the 10:30 am service and travel together downstairs to experience their own kid-friendly liturgy. Then rejoin the congregation during the passing of the peace.

Youth Group (formerly “Middle School Meet”): 

Youth aged 6th – 10th grade are invited to Grace’s youth group. It starts Sunday, September 17, and will continue to meet on the first and third Sunday of every month from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in the youth room. After talking at our first few meetings, we will be adding in a few more events focusing on service and what we can be doing in our community! 


Families are invited to quarterly events to connect with other families. Fall: Trunk-or-Treat, Winter: Tubing, Spring: Bowling and White Caps, and Summer: Mini-Golf. Details for each event will go out closer to each event. 

Up-Coming Events: 

First Youth Group: Sunday, September 17, 12:00 – 2:00 

The first youth group will be Sunday, September 17th from 12:00 – 2:00! We will be eating lunch, playing games, and talking about this upcoming year! Friends are welcome – there may even be some prizes 😄

Communion Class: October 15 & 22, 9:15 – 10:15

Kids aged 6-13 are invited to a Communion Class that aims to help kids understand the significance of communion in a manner tailored to their age group. Led by Rev. Jen, the class will offer an engaging and informative experience. The session will take place on October 15 & 22 from 9:15 to 10:15 AM. We ask that kids plan on attending both sessions as it’s a two-part class.

Acyolte Training: November 12, 12:00 – 1:00

All are invited to an Acolyte training session Sunday, November 12, after the 10:30 service. Whether you’re interested in refreshing your knowledge or diving deeper into acolyte responsibilities, all are welcome. Please RSVP to Sarah Shea.


Not getting children and youth updates? Get on Sarah’s contact list by emailing her at 

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

Grace to you – August

Grace to you – July

Grace to you – June


Rev. Jen Adams, Rector

Jeff Erickson, Sr. Warden

Krista Babbitt, Jr. Warden & Communications

Holly Anderson, Clerk

DuAnne Masselink, Treasurer

Pam Brown, Buildings & Grounds and Creation Care

Ned Goodman, Endowment and Buildings & Grounds

David Hawley-Lowry, Fellowship

Kris Pierce, Hispanic/Latino Ministry

Matt Schmidt, Worship & Digital Ministry

Robbie Schorle, Outreach and Social Justice & Anti-Racism

Joan Smith, Congregational Care

Laurie Van Ark, Fellowship

Kelli Van Dyke, Worship

Chris Wennersten, Worship

Dear People of Grace,

As we enter into the annual pledge drive, I’m leaning into the gospel story known as “The Feeding of the Five Thousand.”  I invite you to lean in too.

In this story a large crowd of people gathered around Jesus. They’d come seeking healing or teaching or (depending on which gospel you tap) both. As the day wore on, the disciples suggested to Jesus that he send people away to go get something to eat. Jesus, however, had something else in mind. He often does.

Jesus invited the people to sit down and then asked the disciples to gather what food there was among them. In all of the gospels, the grand total was five loaves and two fish which made the disciples wonder aloud, “But what is that among so many people?”  

Jesus responded. He blessed and broke the bread and invited everyone to share. Suddenly there was more than enough for thousands. In one of the gospels, there were even twelve baskets left over!

As Grace Church, we live this story over and over again. It’s how annual giving and every offering of time, talent, and treasure works here. We come together to heal, to pray, to teach, to learn, and to serve. We gather gifts. We bless, we break, and we share. Over the course of every year, we as Grace Church, feed thousands of people in many different ways.  And it all happens because you and many give what you have and God does something miraculous with our gifts.

Our pledge goal for 2023 is $435,000, a seven percent increase over 2022. We’ve added a (part-time) clergy person, resumed nursery staff, contribute to the community beyond our doors, and remain committed to maintaining beautiful, functional buildings and grounds. Hitting this pledge goal will still leave us with a budget gap which we hope to cover with designated funds and special gifts. 

We realize that for some, an increase in giving will not be possible. Others will be able to do more and if you have never submitted a pledge to Grace, now’s the time!  EVERY gift makes a difference. We’ve set a pledge goal that we know is a stretch, but if everyone leans in and offers their loaves and fish, there will be enough. 

Pledge cards can be submitted electronically at any time by hitting the button below which will take you to the form. A description on the ways to give is also linked below. We encourage using Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). This method of giving has helped us stabilize our giving patterns, so if you haven’t signed up yet, please consider signing on. We ask that pledges be submitted  as soon as possible to help Vestry plan for the new year.

Please prayerfully consider your annual gift to Grace and give what you can. It’s how miracles happen.

On behalf of the Stewardship Pledge Team, 
Rev. Jen 
The Rev. Jennifer Adams, Rector

Click HERE for the Online Pledge Form 

Click HERE for a description of all the ways to Give to Grace

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.   

Grace Refugee Co-sponsorship
This fall we are looking to co-sponsor a refugee family with St. Francis and All Saints churches.  At this time, we have been blessed with all the furniture and lamps and kitchen items we could have hoped for – a big thank you to so many who kept this ministry in mind!  We are now shifting our focus to gift cards from Meijer and Target for the purchase of towels and linens and a new set of queen size mattresses, to be purchased once we are paired with a family. Please drop off any gift card donations at the office during the week, or leave them in the offering plate during services.  Thank you!

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 or by emailing
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.