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E-News for the Week of February 16th

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THE WOMEN’S GROUP will gather on Sunday, March 12, at 4:00 at the Grace Church Rectory, 26 Arnold Pl., New Bedford. We will continue to reflect on the times we find ourselves in and also watch a testimony from a woman whose life changed forever after suffering a stroke. Please join us, and as always, please invite anyone who you think would be interested in joining us as well! See Trish Morck, Jean Pitcairn, or Kathy Ferreira if you have any questions.


STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE in Boxboro, MA, March 24-25: Please consider attending this Stewardship Conference, which is interdenominational and organized by Northeast Ecumenical Stewardship Council. This conferences helps churches to learn new ideas and collaborate with others to help improve their churches’ stewardship efforts. This year’s theme is “Embracing Stewardship- How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation’s life”. Attendance can be 1 or 2 days. Please contact Beth Sharp via email elizabethjsharp@gmail.com if you are interested in attending this conference. Early deadline registration is February 28.


ECW MEETING The Episcopal Church Women will meet on March 16 at 12 noon at the Wamsutta Club. Luncheon choices are traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage or Sole Florentine with Rice and Chef’s Choice of Vegetables. Lunch will include tossed salad, beverage, rolls and Crème de Menthe Parfait. The cost is $17.00. All women of the Parish or community are invited. After lunch, our own Melinda Ventura, Director of the Humane Society will be our featured speaker. Please feel free to bring an article or two on the Society’s “Wish List”. A short business meeting will follow. Save the date for our May 18 meeting. More information will follow in the future. Any questions please contact Priscilla Guillemette at 508-264-0832 or Janet Miranda at 508-997-1656.


BONHOEFFER AND THE CONFESSING CHURCH: LENTEN LUNCH CONVERSATION
Grace Church friends and activists! Come join us on Wednesdays for a Lenten brown-bag lunch conversation as we ask together “What is the role of the Christian Church in resisting evil?” Some of us want to learn about German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer – author, anti-Nazi activist, and, ultimately, Christian martyr. What was his role in the creation of the ‘Confession Church’ movement within German Protestantism in Nazi Germany?
We will use as a guide for our conversation selections from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings, gathered thematically in God is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and Easter. We will encounter themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of Christ’s cross Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as we prepare ourselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

This volume also offers an introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season. Some of us will also be reading biographies of Bonhoeffer, sharing our learnings with each other. Please let Rev. Andrea know if you would like a paperback copy of the book.

We will gather on Wednesdays from March 8 to April 5 at Noon. We will meet informally, sharing conversation over lunch. Bring your own bag lunch! We will gather in the Youth Room on the lower level of the Church, near the offices. Please call Rev. Andrea at 508-259-7501 or email her at revandrea@gracechurchnb.org.


FOOD AND FAITH IN LENT Throughout Lent there will be a weekly reflection on Food and Faith. It will include an excerpt from the World Council of Churches Ten Commandments of Food (Click here for a link) and a simple, meatless soup recipe for each week in Lent. We hope you try the recipe and that the reflections will be thought-provoking and promote mindful eating this Lent.


RESTORATION GIVING IN LENT
During this Lenten season, we ask you to consider sacrificial gifts to the restoration campaign, supporting our faithful stewardship of the building which houses our ministries, outreach, and community collaboration. A box will be placed in the back of the church throughout Lent, beginning on March 1, to Easter, April 16, for your special offerings to Grace Church and to the community we serve.


MUSIC FOR REFLECTION IN LENT
Recorded music will be available after the Wednesday 10 am service each week, beginning March 8.


LIVE FROM LAUNDRY LOVE If you haven’t been to Super Laundromat for Laundry Love, take a look at this new video from the New Bedford Guide! (Click here to watch)


2016 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS are in the mail; if you do not receive one, or if you need correction or clarification, please contact the church office.


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, March 5, 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.


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • ASH WEDNESDAY begins the season of Lent, this year on Mar 1. Holy Eucharist with the disposition of Ashes takes place in All Saints’ Chapel at 10:00 am and in the Main Church at 7:00 pm.
  • VESTRY RETREAT takes place on Saturday, Mar 4 at 9:00 am.
  • PILGRIMAGE PREPARATORY MEETING takes place Sunday, Mar 5 at noon.
  • THE GREAT LITANY will begin all services the First Sunday in Lent, on Saturday, Mar 4 and Sunday, Mar 5.
  • GRACE NOTES DEADLINE Articles for the Mar-Apr newsletter should be submitted by Feb 13.
  • VESTRY The next meeting of the Vestry is Wednesday, Feb 22 at 6:30 in the Office Conference Room.
  • TEACHERS’ MEETING The next Meeting is Sunday, Feb 26 at noon.
  • LAUNDRY LOVE will take place Monday, Feb 27 at 3:00 pm at the Super Laundromat at the corner of Kempton & Summer Streets. New volunteers are always welcome as are donations of supplies or funds. For information contact Tom Cabral or Travis Bowie. In addition, South Coast Health will provide a Wellness Wagon there from 2:00-5:00 pm.

FLOWERS Please note that there will be no flowers on the altar during the Lenten Season, therefore, altar flower commemorations will not be possible until Easter.


EPIPHANY REFLECTIONS The Diocese is offering five reflections on God’s unexpected work in the world during this Epiphany season. Copies will be available at the back of the church and on the website under Getting Involved / Spiritual Formation.


PARKING: It is recommended to take advantage of the Wamsutta lot which we are allowed to use 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.


COFFEE HOURS We are seeking sponsors for Coffee Hour after the 10-o’clock service on Sundays. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a Coffee Hour beginning in the new year, please contact Janice Baker at janice.baker1@verizon.net.


INTER-GENERATIONAL FORUMS The last two forums in the series leading to Confirmation are:

Mar 12 – Polity and Mission
Apr 30 – Christian Life and prayer


WEDNESDAY SERVICE IN WINTER During the winter season, our Wednesday 10 am service will be cancelled if the New Bedford Public Schools are cancelled or delayed for inclement weather on that day.


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).


SEND ARTICLES to be added to Grace E-News to betsy.pye02745@gmail.com by noon on Wednesday. Please let us know if a friend or loved one no longer needs our prayers; the list has become unwieldy for those of us who try to keep it current.