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.
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
8:30am Holy Eucharist
9:15am Adult Forum
10:30am Holy Eucharist
11:45am Family Potluck
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.
It’s great news that Covid numbers remain low in our region! Based on those numbers and current diocesan guidelines, the Grace Vestry has adjusted current protocols:
Masks are now Optional
Clergy and LEMs will continue to mask for the distribution of Communion
Communion will continue “in one kind” (i.e bread only), based on current diocesan guidelines.
Coffee Hours resume on April 3 (drinks only to start.)
Grace groups will be allowed to share snacks/meals at meetings
We will continue hybrid options for most meetings, classes, and groups
We will allow for funeral or wedding receptions in the Commons or Undercroft with attention paid to providing increased airflow and outdoor options when possible
We will host a special Easter morning Coffee Hour (likely outside with the kids’ Easter Egg Hunt)
We will host two worship services on Easter morning (instead of the traditional single service) to allow for folks to spread out and for those who prefer the smaller setting at 8:30
Will will continue to monitor the local Covid numbers and recommended guidelines and make adjustments as needed. Thank you, people of Grace for you steady care offered to one another and the greater community!
Grace Kids, Families & Youth
Grace Littles (K-5th)
Growing into Worship: We are excited to be back in person! Kids meet downstairs in the kid’s 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.
Kids & Youth
Sunday, May 15th – Family Potluck – 11:45 – 1:00
- Grace Families are invited to meal after the service. Karen and Jay Bylsma have graciously offered to cook for Grace families! We will share a meal together after the 10:30 service either in the undercroft or out in the side yard.
Sunday, June 5th – LAST Middle School Meet – 11:45 – 12:30
- This is the last time our middle school group will meet in this format (summer activities to follow) until we pick back up again in the fall.
June 20th – 23rd – IN PERSON VBS
- It’s hard to contain my excitement for this one. Grace will be hosting an in-person VBS Monday, June 20th – Thursday, June 23rd. More details to come shortly.
July 10th – 14th *ish – Middle School Retreat
- Middle Schoolers are invited to take a retreat-style trip this summer! We will be going up north and taking advantage of our beautiful state! More details to come shortly.
Thursday, August 11th – Mini Golf
- All Families and Kids are invited to Mini Golf at Captain Sundae. We will play mini-golf and then eat all the ice cream.
Easter Forum: Alleluia, Christ is risen!
Sunday Forum Series
9:15am in the Lower Level Forum Room or Join via Zoom Meeting
We are excited to follow along with the Lectionary for our Forum study over the great Fifty Days of Easter. Each week we will use a multi-media approach to the Acts of the Apostles reading. We hope to generate learning and much generous conversation. Please join us either in person in the Forum room at 9:15am, or on Zoom. The link for the Revised Common Lectionary is here. This week we’re taking in this short podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nt-pod-17-pauls-conversion-on-the-damascus-road/id420553592?i=1000410897162) and looking forward to discussion. If you’ve been thinking you would like to become involved in, or return to, Adult Forum we would love to welcome you, please come as you are! Simply reach out to the Grace office or to Alicia Hager for more information (email@example.com).
Grace Reads – Spring 2022
Wednesdays May 18 & 25, June 1 & 8 , 10:30am
In the Forum Room and on Zoom
Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises. Central throughout is a call to cherish the blessing of aging as a natural part of life that is active, productive, and deeply rewarding. Perhaps the most important dimension revealed lies in the awareness that there is a purpose to aging and intention built into every stage of life.
Chittister reflects on many key issues, including the temptation towards isolation, the need to stay involved, the importance of health and well-being, what happens when old relationships end or shift, the fear of tomorrow, and the mystery of forever. Readers are encouraged to surmount their fears of getting older and find beauty in aging well.
You can order the book from Amazon or a local book dealer. Email Mary Huisman or the Church Office if you have any questions. Zoom room link will be posted next week.
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 is working 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 coming summer 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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