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New Bedford, Massachusetts

E-News for the Week of April 28th


GRACE IN COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON  Join us for the “Grace in Community” Fundraising Luncheon  this 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.

WHAT WE NEED IS HERE The South Coast Mission Hub invites you to dinner and conversation (and a farm tour, too!) this 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.

INTER-GENERATIONAL FORUMS  The final forum is this Sunday, April 30th; the topic is Christian Life and prayer

LAUNDRY LOVE could use donations of large plastic garbage bags (30 gal), dryer sheets, 3 oz. plastic cups, and liquid laundry detergent. Thank you to all of you who donate. We served 41 clients this past Monday! We are also need more volunteers to help us out. If you are interested, please talk to Travis Bowie or Tom Cabral. Even if you are unable to volunteer, drop by to see the service your church is providing. Our next LL is May 22, 3-5 pm.

ACOLYTES NEEDED Being an Acolyte is a great opportunity for a young person to experience the liturgy first hand, participate in the behind-the-scenes preparation, and enjoy the fellowship of their colleagues at the altar. Any child or youth eight years old as of Autumn is eligible. There are usually three classes in the Autumn on three Sundays at 9:00 am, before the ten-o’clock service. These classes are taught by our senior acolytes. Later many acolytes, if they wish, go on to become Lectors (readers) and Eucharistic Ministers. Many of our Acolytes have been with us for ten years or longer, though a one-year commitment would be welcome. We make every attempt when scheduling to take into consideration children’s and their parents’ needs, recognizing that children today are heavily involved in all sorts of outside activities. If you or your children are interested in this program please contact your verger, Jerré Croteau, at 508 993-3048, GTCroteau@comcast.net or verger@gracechurchnb.org or speak with one of the clergy.

BIBLE STUDIES with brown bag lunch will continue on Wednesdays at noon beginning May 3, through the end of May. We’ll be looking at the women of the Old Testament. Interested in a weekend or evening version? Please contact Diana Ukleja, (508-415-8920 or diana.ukleja@gmail.com)

INTERESTED IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY? If you would like to be involved in Children’s Ministry, please attend a meeting in the South Room of Grace House on Sunday, May 7, at 11:15.

LAY MINISTERS, ACOLYTES, ACOLYTE PARENTS, USHERS & GREETERS The next schedule will encompass the summer months: June 18—September 3. If you know of Sundays you are away, have cyclical restrictions as to when you can serve, or have specific Sundays that you would prefer to serve, please let the verger know by May 21. Contact him at 508 993-3048, 508 742-5933, or GTCroteau@comcast.net.

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.

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.

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.


  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS will be available on April 1.
  • 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.
  • LAUNDRY LOVE will take place Monday, May 22 at 3:00 pm at the Super Laundromat at the corner of Kempton & Summer Streets.
  • VESTRY The next meeting of the Vestry is Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30 in the Office Conference Room.
  • PENTECOST ~ The celebration of Pentecost takes place on June 4 this year.

PARKING: Grace Church has permission to use the James Arnold House (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.