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E-News for the Week of April 13th


April 13: Maundy Thursday
7:00pm: Footwashing, Holy Eucharist Rite II & Stripping of the Altar
Maundy or Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the First Eucharist at the Last Supper. The word “Maundy” from the Latin Maudatum novum, Jesus’ “new commandment” that we love one another, as he has loved us, represented by the act of love: the washing of the feet. At the end of the service, we clear the table, consume the consecrated bread and wine, and strip the sanctuary of ornament together in preparation for the passion and death of Jesus.

April 14 Good Friday:
Church Open for Meditation 11am-3pm
Noon: Good Friday Liturgy in the church
Children’s Service in the chapel
7pm: Good Friday Liturgy
Veneration of the Cross
Friday we meditate on Jesus’ sacrifice of His humiliation, torture and death for the sake of our redemption, this story told through the narrative St. John’s passion. We venerate the cross, the symbol of Jesus’ sacrifice and of our faith. At Grace the cross is a relic of the Great Fire. Just as our Church rose from the ashes, we are confident that Jesus will rise from the dead and in the power of His resurrection in our own lives.

April 15 Holy Saturday
7:00pm: The Great Vigil of Easter
In the darkened church a fire is lit and from that fire the Paschal candle, the symbol of the light of Christ, is spread through the church. It represents the slow dawning after the night within which He rose from the dead. We begin with an ancient hymn called the Exsultet, “Let [the host of heaven] exult!”, expressing the joy of all on earth and in heaven at Christ’s glorious resurrection. The first half is in darkness, while a series of lessons describing the history of salvation is read, interspersed with psalms and prayers. We renew our baptismal covenant. Then the resurrection is announced. The room is flooded with light revealing that the gloomy veils of Lent have disappeared and spring flowers, risen from the earth, bedeck the sanctuary; bells ring, and the Gloria in Excelsis is sung, leading to the first Eucharist of Easter.

April 16: Easter Day:
8 am – Holy Eucharist Rite I
10 am – Festival Eucharist Rite II

ALTAR FLOWERS FOR THE EASTER SEASON: APRIL 23—JUNE 4 PENTECOST You can sponsor the flowers for the Sanctuary. Our altar flowers are a testimony to those we love. If you would like to honor a special person’s memory, their anniversary, birthday, or other significant event that you wish to acknowledge; giving altar flowers can be a visible sign of your love or gratitude. The names of all so honored or commemorated on or about the Sunday you request. (If you do not request a specific Sunday, it will appear one of the vacant Sundays.) There are forms for this purpose and envelopes marked “Flower Fund” in the back of the church and in the lobby of All Saints’ Chapel. Put the form and your contribution in the envelope and either place it in the offering plate or give it to Charlene Ryder: cryder22@comcast.net or 508.728.4374.

ECUADORIAN PILGRIMAGE FUNDRAISER AT NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S: Have lunch or dinner (take-out included) at Not Your Average Joes, 61 State St, Dartmouth, on any Monday in May to help fund the upcoming inter-generational pilgrimage to Ecuador! Print a flyer or pick one up in the back of the church, show the flyer on a mobile device or simply mention the fundraiser to your server, and 15% of your food bill will be donated to Grace Church for the pilgrimage. [Coupon available here]

SENIOR SUNSET SOCIAL & SUPPER from May 4-June 22, Grace and the City of New Bedford host a supper on Thursdays for our Senior Citizens. To participate call 508 961-3135.

WHAT WE NEED IS HERE The South Coast Mission Hub invites you to dinner and conversation (and a farm tour, too!) on Sunday, April 30 from 4:15-7:00 pm at the Share the Harvest Farm/YMCA Dartmouth (276 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, 02748). The gathering is titled What we Need is Here: A Conversation for Food Advocates, Farmers, and Food Ministries. We are inviting our larger community to this event and we want you to join us too! The event is free but please feel free to bring a dish to share if you wish. Call 857-366-2621 or register at this link to reserve your spot.

SISTERS HELPING SISTERS Grace recently extended a message of support to the Islamic Society of South Eastern Massachusetts on Cove Road, Dartmouth. As we continue to seek to listen to how we might stand with our Muslim neighbors in the midst of harassment and hostility, an opportunity has arisen and we want to invite women of Grace to join in it. “Accompany your Sister” is an initiative for women to help women, offering accompaniment to our Muslim sisters in Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts on specific occasions when they feel particularly vulnerable in public, like walking in the park or going to the market or doctor. If you are interested, you may sign up directly at this link: Accompany Your Sister. You will be put on a list and contacted as needed. You may also call Travis Bowie (508-644-7066) or Sydney Webb (785-608-6727) to sign up or with any questions.

INTER-GENERATIONAL FORUMS  The final forum will take place on Apr 30; the topic is Christian Life and prayer

HEALING PRAYERS AT 10:00 SERVICE Healing prayers will be offered the first Sunday of the month during the 10:00 service, continuing a tradition offered in our three Chapel services. During Communion, one of our Priests will be available for a confidential prayer, accompanied by a blessing with holy oil. After receiving communion, you are invited to come to the prayer station near the baptismal font, kneeling or standing as you are comfortable. The Priest may ask “How can I pray with you today?” We are invited to share a specific or more general prayer concern, knowing that details will remain private. 

We look forward to sharing this sacramental, healing opportunity with our 10:00 congregation Sunday, May 7, 2017.

GRACE IN COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON  Mark your calendar and join us for the “Grace in Community” Fundraising Luncheon on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:30 am at the Wamsutta Club of New Bedford. Tickets are $40.00 per person and will be available starting April 2, 2017. The luncheon is a great way to come together as a community to celebrate the completion of the tower project phase and support the “Grace in Community” Restoration Campaign.


  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS will be available on April 1.
  • YOUTH PRECONFIRMATION RETREAT will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
  • VESTRY The next meeting of the Vestry is Wednesday, April 26th at 6:30 in the Office Conference Room.
  • LAUNDRY LOVE will take place Monday, Apr 24 at 3:00 pm at the Super Laundromat at the corner of Kempton & Summer Streets.
  • CHILDREN & YOUTH COMMISSION will meet May 4 at 6:30 pm.
  • GRACE PILGRIMAGE PREPARATORY MEETING will take place Sunday, May 7 at noon.
  • EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN meet next on May 18; more information will follow. Please contact Priscilla Guillemette at 508-264-0832 or Janet Miranda at 508-997-1656.
  • PENTECOST ~ The celebration of Pentecost takes place on June 4 this year.

PARKING: Grace Church has permission to use the Wamsutta Club lot on Sundays.  Parking is also available at the Inter-Church Council and the Sargent Building for Saturday and Sunday services. Please avail yourself of these convenient spaces with easy walking distance of the church.

During the week, parking adjacent to the Samuel Rodman House and along the east side of that building facing Little People’s College is solely for the use of their tenants and clients. Gratefully, those spaces are available to Grace Church for Saturday evening and Sunday services only. Please help us in maintaining the spaces for Rodman House tenants during the week.

PLEASE – LET GRACE CHURCH KNOW! If you or a member of your family is hospitalized and would like a visit, call the church office (508.993.0547) or one of the clergy: Chris (508.985.3823) or Andrea (508.259.7501).

PRAYER LIST When someone is ill and in need of our prayers, we encourage you to tell us so that we may put him/her on the prayer list. The name will be read on or about the weekend nearest when we are informed and placed on the published prayer list, if desired. In an effort to manage the prayer list and keep it up-to-date, a name would be left on the published sick list initially for one month. If you would like to extend the period of time, contact Charlene Ryder or one of the Clergy.