The Season of Advent
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. More protocol detail follows the service schedule below.
Note that with the current rise in local Covid cases, masks are required for all worship services and any sort indoor gatherings.
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.
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 service bulletins via email. Let us know if you’d like one. They’re also 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 & Youth
Advent in a Bag: Starting on Sunday, November 28th, Grace will have “Advent in a Bag” available for everyone in the commons. A few extra “add-ons” will be available for families with younger kids. If you cannot come and pick one up, let Sarah Shea know, and she would be happy to bring one to you!
Christmas Eve Service: All are invited to our Christmas Eve service. There will be some sort of “spontaneous” Christmas pageant that will be a participatory service for those interested in doing so! More info will be sent out about that soon.
Griffins Game: Friday, January 7th, 7:00 pm. All Grace families (parents too) are invited to a Griffins Game! The cost is $10 per person (to help cover part of the ticket price). The start time is 7:00 pm (transportation is not provided). If you are interested, please let Sarah Shea know by Monday, December 27th so she can reserve a group of tickets. If you cannot cover the cost of your family, please let Sarah Shea or Rev. Jen know; we have special funds just for that.
Grace Littles (K-5th)
Growing into Worship: During this Covid surge we are back to Zoom for GIW. Let Sarah Shea know if you’d like the Zoom link and she’ll get it to you! We hope to SOON be moving Growing into Worship back into our kid’s space downstairs. Masks will be required. We will also be adding an air-purifier to the kid’s space. When Covid numbers are back down we’ll take these steps so stay tuned!
Middle and High School (6th-12th)
Middle School Meet (6th-8th): Next meet is Sunday, December 5th, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm! We will be workn putting together bags for Afghan refugees. We will also be talking about the first few chapters in “When Stars Are Scattered.” Sarah will be sending the Zoom link to you all.
Movie Night: Saturday, December 18th, 7:00 pm. Sarah and Devin are SO EXCITED to host Grace’s youth at their house to watch “Elf.” There will be hot cocoa and snacks! Please let Sarah Shea know if you can make it by Monday, December 13th.
Ski Trip: Feb 18, 19, 20 – If Covid numbers are down and the stresses on local hospitals, somewhat relieved, THIS IS HAPPENING. We will stay at St Phillip’s, in Beulah, MI. We will leave Friday after school, ski all day Saturday, and then head home Sunday after we attend the morning service at St. Phillips. The cost of the trip will be $50 per person. That covers a lift ticket, food, and rentals (if needed). Please let Sarah Shea know by January 10th, 2022, if you plan to participate so that she can make reservations. Parents – we need chaperones and drivers! If you are interested in helping, please let Sarah know. Also, if the $50 trip fee is too much for your family, please get in touch with Sarah Shea or Rev. Jen, and we can offer assistance.
9:15-10:15 via zoom
Forum is happening FULLY ONLINE AGAIN as local Covid numbers have surged. We will resume the in person option when it’s safe to do so. Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81971781392?pwd=RW9maUxUUHZiQmVjdFA0N2JjQ2dRdz09 and Passcode is GraceForum.
We begin at 9:15am for check-ins and conversation happens 9:30-10:15am. Email Amber at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
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.
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Ministry with Refugees
This summer, we celebrated with the Rodriguez-Matos family as they moved from Grace into their new Habitat for Humanity home! In partnership with St Francis Catholic Parish and Bethany Christian Services, we welcomed the Rodriguez Matoses as refugees and provided what they needed to begin again. We walked with them as they learned how to make Holland, Michigan home. It was an incredible journey for us all.
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 Elizabeth Brubaker or 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 or Elizabeth Brubaker 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
This month (and the many to follow) Grace is in the House, Community Action House for the grand opening of the shared ministry that is Food Club. 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.