“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 email@example.com 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.
I. Give thanks for what you eat.
This may be something we do every day, but for many of us it can be a rote phrase, something we do but don’t put a lot of thought into. When we give thanks, to whom do we give thanks? For what are we giving thanks? Let us reflect on this the next time we “give thanks” before we partake in a meal.
Potato Soup (adapted from “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone” by Deborah Madison); Serve with a salad and whole grain bread for a complete meal.
2 Tbsp. olive oil or butter
2 onions, finely diced
3 small bay leaves
2 pounds potatoes, peeled
salt and pepper
2 Tbsp. parsley
1. Heat the oil in a heavy soup pot over medium heat, add the onions and bay leaves, and cook slowly. Meanwhile, quarter each potato lengthwise, then thinly slice. Irregular pieces are fine – the smaller ones will fall apart, giving body to the soup.
2. Add the potatoes, raise the heat, and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to color and a glaze builds up on the bottom of the pan, about 10 minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 cup water. Scrape bottom of the pot to loosen the solids. Add 5 cups water or vegetable broth, or a combination of the two, and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, partially covered until the potatoes are soft, about 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Puree part of the soup to add some body, if desired. Taste for salt, season with pepper, and stir in the parsley. Serve with sour cream, sliced scallions, and shredded cheddar cheese on the side if desired.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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.
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: email@example.com or 508.728.4374. Forms for Easter flowers should be submitted by April 7 in order to appear in the Easter leaflets.
COFFEE WITH THE SENIOR WARDEN 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 on 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending this conference. Early deadline registration is February 28.
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.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
- 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.