'Mulch Party' this Saturday!

Join hands with us for our Annual Mulch Spreading volunteer opportunity ~ this coming Saturday, April 28, from 9am to Noon.

If you are able, please bring tools such as a shovel and rake, and if you have a wheel barrow, please bring that, as well. Remember your work gloves, too!

This is a family-friendly event, but no child care will be provided.

Thanks to our Buildings and Grounds Team, under the leadership of Steve Batdorf, for planning this volunteer opportunity, which will benefit our church. Thanks also to John Chrisman for helping make the arrangements.

Holy Week Schedule

Inviting You to A Week of Glory

John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus’ suffering and death have to do with his glorification, and with the glorification of God. Through our identification with Jesus in Baptism, we find ourselves ‘lifted up’ in him as he shares his glory with us. 

We encourage you to think about someone you can invite to join us for worship during the Holy Days ahead ~ perhaps a neighbor, a work colleague or a friend in town. The liturgy of The Episcopal Church provides a compelling experience for seekers. It is also very attractive to those who are looking to deepen their Christian faith through participation in the historic Catholic tradition of liturgical and sacramental worship. The coming week provides a significant ‘evangelistic’ opportunity, and one that is characteristic of our experience of the Christian life.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: Come, let us adore him!

Our schedule of upcoming services is here:
 
Sunday, March 25 ~ Palm Sunday at 10am
    - Holy Eucharist with the Liturgy of the Palms
    - followed by Coffee Hour-Fellowship time
    - College and Young Adult Group Lunch

Thursday, March 29 ~ Maundy Thursday at 6pm
    - Holy Eucharist commemorating the events and themes of this Passion Week evening, which closes in darkness with the "stripping of the church" ~ the removal of decoration and sanctuary furniture

Friday, March 30 ~ Good Friday at 12pm, and 6pm
    - Good Friday Liturgy (12pm) with Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, including the Devotion of the Stones
    - Family Service of Devotions at the Cross (6pm) ~ especially suitable for children

Sunday, April 1 ~ Easter Sunday at 10am
    - Festive Holy Eucharist with Baptisms, guest musicians, and the Flowering of the Cross

New Vestry Members and Officers Elected

Four new members were elected to the Vestry at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28. Elected to terms of three years were Ruth Ann Brintnall, Julie Bylsma, Gabriele Cuellar-Councell, and Doug Mohrmann. At the subsequent first meeting of the new Vestry, Peter Bourland and Jim Meeks were re-elected as Senior and Junior Warden; Tom Hunnewell was elected as Treasurer; and Barb Edgerle was elected as Secretary/Clerk of the Vestry.

Claire Olgren ~ Lay Autumn Ingathering Talk

Hello. I’m Claire Olgren and as Fr. Holmgren said he asked if I would be willing to share what I am thankful for here at Grace, how I see God at work in and among us. So in true Olgren fashion, I set about making a top ten list. However, within a few minutes I had a list that not only was too long, it was impossible to rank. So in no particular order here are ten random moments when I witnessed God’s presence at Grace this past year.   Please click this link to see the rest of Claire's talk.

God is at Work Among Us

Paul writes in Philippians these intriguing words: "God is at work within you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).

Here are three things that we can do, as individuals and as a church community:

1) Look for, and discern, how God is at work among us

2) Identify and name how God is at work in these ways

3) Return thanks for, and tell others about, how God is at work among us at Grace Church

For a pdf handout providing more explanation of this theme, and its relevance for our spiritual practice of stewardship, please click here.