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E-News for the Week of March 30th

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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.

IV. Eat mindfully and in moderation.
V. Do not waste food.

 
Part of the intent of this Lenten activity is to help us be mindful of what we eat; that is, be thoughtful of what we eat as we prepare and eat it, and consider from whence it came and how it ended up on our tables. “Moderation” suggests not eating too much of one thing, and not consuming in excess. This leads us into the fifth commandment. The United State Department on Agriculture estimates that 40% of all food produced in the U.S. is wasted. Organizations like The Society of St. Andrew (http://endhunger.org/food-waste/) are working to reduce that through action and education.
 
What can we do in our own homes to reduce waste?  Buying only what we’ll consume, freezing leftovers, and maintaining a compost bin are just some of the ways we can reduce waste, and in the end save money as well.
 
German Creamy Carrot Soup (adapted from “Extending the Table,” a Mennonite cookbook compiled by Joetta Handrich Schlabach); Serves 4
 
6 Tbsp. butter
4 medium carrots, sliced
2 onions, diced
2 Tbsp. sugar
¼ cup flour
1 tsp. curry powder or to taste
4 cups vegetable broth
Salt
¼ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
¼ cup white wine (optional)
 
Sauté carrots and onions in butter until onions are soft and translucent. Sprinkle sugar over all to glaze. Add flour, curry powder, and broth. Bring to a boil while stirring and cook until carrots are tender. Remove from heat and puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth. Add salt to taste, sour cream or plain yogurt, and white wine and heat through. Serve immediately, with whole grain bread and a salad for a complete meal.

 


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.


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


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.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES
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


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


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.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.


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.