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

Wednesday Service: 9:30AM

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. 

Our Rector, Rev. Jen Adams will be on sabbatical, Monday July 25- October 21.
Sabbatical is a very common part of an Episcopal clergy person’s Letter of Agreement (LOA).  “The clergy sabbatical is a period away from the daily responsibilities of the congregation for a time of renewal spiritually, relationally, physically and vocationally to improve the effectiveness of the clergy person’s ministry and overall health.”  It can also be a good experience for a congregation to experience the parish without their rector, ensuring that lay and other staff ministries remain vital. The expectation is that the Rector will take a sabbatical, typically every five years for about three months. Due to to staffing challenges, health issues, and pandemic, Rev. Jen’s last sabbatical was fifteen years ago.

The Reverends Val Ambrose, David Ottsen, and Dan Ward will share presiding and preaching for all Sunday and Wednesday services during this time. They will also be on call for crisis pastoral care or needs.  Their presence as preachers, presiders, and pastors is a wonderful gift.

Mary Miller will be onsite handling office administration and communications.  The Rev. Alicia Hager is now a Grace staff member serving part-time. As a transitional deacon preparing for priesthood, Alicia will focus in areas of adult spiritual formation, worship, and outreach. She will be present on most Sundays serving as deacon and occasionally, preacher. Sarah Shea will continue her amazing work with children and youth ministries.  Stephen Rumler has settled in as our Director of Music and has already begun planning for Fall!  Jim Theis will help care for the buildings and grounds and Nancy Rodgers, our finances.
May sabbatical blessings abound for Rev. Jen and for Grace Church!

Season of Pentecost

Sundays
8:30am Holy Eucharist
10:30am Holy Eucharist
10:30am GIW
11:45am Adult Forum 

Weekday Services

   Wednesdays  
        9:30am   Holy Eucharist (in the sanctuary) 
             
   Daily Weekday Service
        12:00pm  Service of Noonday Prayer (FB Live) 

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Weekday Prayer 
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

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.” 

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. 

Adult Sunday Forum Series
Adult Forum will return on September 18 at a new time, 11:45am! We will gather in the Forum Room (downstairs) and still offer a Zoom option for those who would prefer to connect that way. If you would like to be added to the email group for Forum, please let Alicia or Mary know. 

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!

Grace Reads
A Life in Light by Mary Pipher 
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.

Books should be available at Reader’s World, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com!  Please contact Mary Huisman at maryhuisman47@gmail.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. 

Creation Care
For information on what’s happening with Grace Creation Care in September – please click HERE! 

Meal Ministry
This Congregational Care ministry is meant to serve Grace individuals or families who have a short term need for meals! We would love a few more volunteers to help carry this ministry out. Some examples of how you could help: Cook a homemade meal to deliver to person in need. Pick up a pre-cooked frozen meal from Grace and deliver. Offer recipe suggestions to us for easy freezer meals that we can make. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, contact Mary at the Church Office and she can get you 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 gechurch@graceepiscopalholland.org to get your email added! After we send out, we will be posting it here as well. 

Grace to You: 8/28/2022

Grace to You: 8/21/2022

Grace to You: 8/14/2022

Grace to You: 8/7/2022

Grace to You: 7/31/2022

Grace to You: 7/24/2022

Grace to You: 7/17/2022

Grace to You: 7/3/2022

Vestry

Executive Committee:
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.   

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 https://lia-michigan.org/legal-services/refugees/ or by emailing admin@lia-michigan.org
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. 

Click HERE for the Online Pledge Form 

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