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E-News for the Week of March 23rd



March 25 The Annunciation: Holy Eucharist Rite II
March 26 Lætare Sunday: Children’s Eucharist
April 1-2: Fifth in Lent: Penitential Order Holy Eucharist
and Healing Prayers
April 8-9 Palm Sunday: Liturgy of the Palms
and Holy Eucharist
April 13: Maundy Thursday: Washing of the Feet
and Holy Eucharist
April 14 Good Friday: Liturgy
April 15: The Great Vigil
April 16: Easter

ECUADORIAN PILGRIMAGE FUNDRAISER AT FAY’S Have lunch or dinner at Fay’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.

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.

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.


III. Strive for all people to have knowledge about and access to affordable, nutritious food.

We have all heard about “food deserts.” Do those exist in our communities? If one has a vehicle a grocery store doesn’t seem so far away. But if one must rely on buses, a trip to the grocery store can be a daunting task. Do existing bus routes make grocery stores easily accessible? Are there enough grocery stores to serve communities whose members do not have vehicles? Are grocery delivery services accessible to families who don’t have vehicles? Are there things we can do as a community to be sure people do have access to affordable, nutritious food? “Food for thought” as we contemplate the third Commandment of Food…

Cuban Black Beans (cut out from a newspaper and inherited from my grandmother)

In many parts of Central America and the Caribbean a pot of black beans is prepared daily and serves as the basis for many meals. The luxury of having something different for lunch or dinner every day of the week is something many don’t have. Serve this over rice or another grain, if you prefer.

1 c. dried black beans
1 tsp. salt
4 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. sage
1 each: bay leaf, crumbled; green pepper, chopped; large onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight in water to cover. Drain; pour beans into 2 qt. kettle. Add water to depth of two inches above beans. Add 1 garlic clove, cut in half. Cover kettle and simmer 1 ½ to 2 hours, until beans are tender. Once the beans are tender add 1 tsp. salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in saucepan. Add remaining three garlic cloves, minced. Add sage, bay leaf, green pepper, and onion. Simmer slowly and stir frequently until everything is very soft. Stir in vinegar and simmer 2 minutes. Stir this mixture into the beans. Mix well, heat through, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve over rice with crusty bread, if desired. Even better the next day.

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 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.

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.