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E-News for the Week of March 16th


FUNERAL FOR CAPTAIN ALVIN MANDLY, beloved long-time parishioner of Grace, will be held at 11:00 am tomorrow, March 17.

COFFEE WITH THE SENIOR WARDEN This Sunday, Mar 19, at 9:00 am in the South Room.

PARENTS’ MEETING At the Annual Meeting this year, it was announced that, after six years at the helm, Melissa Botelho has made the decision to leave the Children’s Minister position in late August. There will be a coffee hour and meeting for the parents of our Church school children this Sunday, Mar 19, at 11:15 in the South Room, with Melissa and Chris. Please join us as we begin to talk about next steps for the Grace Church Children’s Ministry.

ECUADORIAN PILGRIMAGE FUNDRAISER AT FAYE’S Have lunch or dinner at Faye’s, 613 Dartmouth St, Dartmouth, on Wednesday, Mar 29 from 11:30 am until closing, and 20% of your bill will be donated to Grace for the upcoming pilgrimage! You can pick up a coupon for this purpose in the back of the church or in the lobby of All Saints’ Chapel.

“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

As a follow up to conversations about supporting our immigrant neighbors, the Massachusetts Communities Action Network, with civic and faith leaders, is working to build a solidarity network in Greater New Bedford. Our hope is to gather as many as possible to hear about the different ways that we can be in solidarity with one another. The training will be held right here at Grace Episcopal Church on Monday, Mar 20, from 6pm to 8pm. We will talk together about how we can best bear public witness with those facing deportation and how we can accompany the families of people who are being affected by this. Please contact Chris at 508-985-3823 or revchrismorck@gracechurchnb.org if you are interested in joining this gathering or finding out more about accompaniment of our immigrant brothers and sisters.

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  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.

II. Eat food grown as close as possible to where you live.

The Southcoast of Massachusetts is blessed with many local farmers who raise food for our consumption while caring for and nurturing the earth while they do it. Think about signing up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share this summer. Many farms have full, half, or quarter shares, taking into consideration the different needs different families may have. Or frequent the many Farmer’s Markets our communities have to offer. SEMAP (https://semaponline.org/home/) and FarmFresh.org (http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farms.php?zip=02740&show=40&sortby=closeness) are great resources to find a farm close to you!

Lentil Soup with Cilantro (Lots of It) adapted from Martha Rose Shulman from the “New York Times”; serve with a salad and whole grain bread for a complete meal; serves 4

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. cumin
Pinch of cayenne
½ lb. brown lentils (about 1 1/8 c.), picked over and rinsed
1 small onion, cut in half
1 bay leaf
1 ½ qts. water or vegetable broth
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper
1 c. chopped cilantro
Plain yogurt for garnish
Heat the oil in a large, heavy soup pot over medium heat, and add the garlic. Stir until fragrant, about a minute, and stir in the cumin and cayenne. Add the lentils, onion, bay leaf, water or broth, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer 40 minutes until the lentils are tender and the broth aromatic. Add pepper, taste and adjust salt.
Coarsely puree the soup with an immersion blender or food mill. Alternatively, puree half the soup n a blender, 1 ½ c. at a time, being careful to cover the top of the blender with a towel to avoid hot splashes, then stir back into soup. Heat through.
Chop the cilantro, discarding (composting!) the stems. Stir into the soup just before serving. Taste, adjust seasoning and serve, topping each bowl with a dollop of yogurt.


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.

Recorded music will be available after the Wednesday 10 am service each week, beginning March 8.

Save the Date – Lenten Soup Supper April 5 at 5:30 or when you can get there.

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.

INTER-GENERATIONAL FORUMS The next forum in the series leading to Confirmation will take place this Sunday, Mar 12; the topic is Polity and Mission.  The final forum will take place on Apr 30; the topic is Christian Life and prayer

PLEASE NOTE: As there are no flowers on the altar during the season of  Lent, flower commemorations are not possible because of the solemnity of the season however:

ALTAR FLOWERS FOR EASTER You can sponsor the flowers and plants for the Sanctuary for the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord. Our altar flowers are a testimony to those we love. If you would like to honor a special person’s memory, anniversary, birthday or, if there is another 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 will appear in the Easter Leaflets. 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. Forms for Easter flowers should be submitted by April 7 in order to appear in the Easter leaflets.

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, April 2, 2017.

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)

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.


  • VESTRY The next meeting of the Vestry is Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30 in the Office Conference Room.
  • LAUNDRY LOVE will take place Monday, Mar 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
  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS will be available on April 1.
  • GRACE PILGRIMAGE PREPARATORY MEETING will be held April 2 at noon.
  • SEAGLASS THEATRE CONCERT will be held at Grace on Sunday April 2, at 3:00 pm.
  • YOUTH PRECONFIRMATION RETREAT will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7.
  • GRACE PILGRIMAGE PREPARATORY MEETING will take place Sunday, May 7 at noon.

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.

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.

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.