Easter Lily memorials & thanksgivings – Due April 10
Parish Life Survey – it’s not too late!
If you have not already done so, please complete a Parish Life survey and return it as soon as possible. Copies are available in the Welcome Area or take the survey here.
First Friday Films
Join us April 7, May 5 and June 2 for our First Friday Film and discussion of God at the movies. If you wish, RSVP by 5 PM for pizza at 6 pm (donation requested), or just come at 6:30 for a classic movie. Popcorn provided, bring your own beverage. Past films included M. Night Shyamalan’s 2002 Signs starring Mel Gibson, and the classic 1944 To Have and Have Not starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, and the 1971 musical Fiddler on the Roof. Designed for middle-school through adult viewers, parents’ guide can be viewed on IMDB or contact the parish office for a printed copy. For more information or to RSVP email Rector@
Calling all Singers – Easter Choir
Rehearsals have begun for Palm Sunday and Easter. 9:00 AM Sundays in teh Music Room or contact Easter Choir director Doug McCall
Wednesdays in Lent 5:30-7:00 PM
Join us for a brief celebration of the Holy Eucharist, followed by soup, bread and discussion of spiritual practices.
Join us on Tuesday, January 28th for a Mardi Gras Jambalaya Dinner! Menu includes Jambalaya (mildly seasoned, but you can add extra spices!), cornbread, dessert, and beverage. Tickets are $8.00 per person available at the door. Children 5 and under are free. Proceeds to VFW Post 153 Veterans Food Pantry.
Grace Church is seeking a Church Music Director
Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville New York seeks a part-time music director to lead, contribute and collaborate in the broad tradition of Episcopal church music. For more information, see Music Director Search.
Our December Outreach project is collecting games for the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau. Board games for families (older kids and adults) are especially needed (Young children’s games such as Candy Land are not needed at this time). Unwrapped tems may be brought to the Welcome Area. The last Sunday to drop off items is December 11th. The Outreach committee will be transporting items to the Christmas Bureau on Tuesday the 13th.
Memorial Bricks surrounding the flag pole will be dedicated following the 9:00 AM service on September 11.
Flu shot community clinic Wednesday September 28th, from 11 AM-2 PM. Rite Aid pharmacists will be available to give flu shots here at Grace Church in the accessible Welcome Area. Most insurance covers flu shots, or $32.99 regular/$69.99 high-dose for self-pay. (Medicare Part B pays for the high-dose version). The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Having the vaccine before the flu season is in full swing gives you a better chance of avoiding the flu, since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
During September is “Pet Project” — our Outreach project collecting donations of materials and money for HumaneNY. Shopping lists of needed items are available in the Welcome Area. Join us for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Pet Blessing on Saturday October 8th at 4 PM., when pets and donations will be blessed, followed by treats for all (2- and 4- legged).
Startup Sunday… Back to church at 8 and 10:30 AM September 18th! Our academic-year service schedule includes Sundays 8 & 10:30, Tuesday noon, First Saturdays 4 PM.
New Beginnings, Potluck lunch and Farewell – September 23-25
This weekend our church buildings will be full of 6th-8th grade students for New Beginnings! Sunday September 25th at 10:30 AM the young participants will do just about everything for the service including the sermon. Following the service is a potluck lunch for parish, youth participants and their families. Bring a dish to share, and come enjoy fellowship with our young friends! September 28th we will also bid farewell to Music Director Susan Sady who has accepted a position much closer to home in Utica. Thank you Susan for sharing your gifts with us for so many years, (despite the sometimes terrifying hour-long drive in bad weather!) After the service join us for cake and the opportunity to say goodbye to Susan
Nine-Fifteen Forum 9:15 Sundays – beginning October 4th. Are you someone who has been a Christian for a long time, but sometimes still wonders about the basics? Or are you someone new to God and the Church who wants to get a better idea of what this Christianity thing is really all about? Then come join us Sundays at 9:15 AM beginning October 4th for Transforming Questions. In this class, we will seek to move into deeper life in Christ by engaging in some of faith’s most basic questions: Who is Jesus? Does God answer prayer? How do I read the Bible? Why bother with Church? What do I have to do to be a Christian? Each week we will gather, hear a talk on one of the central questions of the Christian faith, and join in small-group discussion. Through both listening and sharing, we will wrestle with these foundational questions in the context of faith and in the company of fellow seekers. As we do so, we will learn more about ourselves, one another, and the Jesus we are seeking.
Can you hear me now? Thanks to a generous memorial donation from the family of Pat and John McFall providing seed money, we are beginning work on obtaining bids for a new sound system for the church. Our current system is at least 35+ years old and many components are obsolete (and cranky!) . More news to follow as plans develop and costs are determined.
Coming this fall…Education for Ministry
What is EfM? Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program for adult Christian formation through theological education and reflection. For over forty years, EfM has provided a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity who are prepared to listen for and respond to God’s call.
How does EfM work? Participants sign up for EfM one year at a time. Six to twelve participants meet weekly over the course of 36 weeks for 2 ½ -3 hours with trained mentor(s). Weekly reading assignments give perspective on the entire sweep of Christian tradition. There are no tests or grading, and the group mentor(s) function as facilitators of the group’s work, rather than as teachers. The focus of EfM is life as ministry, and the development of discipline in theological reflection to sharpen skills and effectiveness in a variety of ministries.
What does it cost? Because the Diocese of Central New York is a “sponsoring agency” the fee is $350 (regularly $460) for each program year. Fees pay for all required books and study guide, seminar supplies, and mentor honorarium. Fees must be paid entirely at the time of enrollment. The participant provides their own Bible, preferably an annotated New Revised Standard version such as The Oxford Annotated NRSV or the Harper-Collins Study Bible NRSV.
When will it meet? Scheduling depends on the members of the seminar group. Vacation times, conditions for weather-related cancellations, and other scheduling issues will also be negotiated.
Are there scholarships?
Partial subsidies may be available. Speak with the rector.
Can my Lutheran (Presbyterian, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Other, None) denomination friends sign up too?
Absolutely! Although EfM is from the School of Theology at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, an Episcopal institution, seminar groups are often enriched by the interchange between those of differing religious backgrounds.
Why do EfM?
“Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. They need a theological education that supports their faith and helps them to connect that faith to their daily lives. The EfM program provides people with an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service and carry out their ministries”. — from the EfM information brochure
Got questions about EfM? Speak with co-mentors Carla Wiemers or Mother Cathy Carpenter.
For more information…
Brochures are available, or go online to efm.sewanee.edu to read more and see sample lessons.
Interfaith Works – New American/Refugee Resettlement household goods drive
Bring new or gently-used sheets, blankets, towels and silverware to benefit new Americans arriving in the Syracuse area. Interfaith Works Center for New Americans resettles over 500 New Americans/refugees each year. Through the month of May you may bring items from home (or garage sales) to our Welcome Area. All sizes are needed. Please, NO stains, NO holes, NO tears in the bedding and towels. Silverware does not have to match. Contact the parish office with questions.
Larger items may be picked up for delivery to Interfaith Works Center. Contact Daryl Suzanne Files, Volunteer and Donor Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 315-449-3552, x-208
April 24th – This Week at Grace
Delegates to Diocesan Convention wanted
Are you interested in serving as a delegate representing Grace Church for the election of our next bishop on August 6 and our annual Diocesan convention November 11-12? See the rector or contact the parish office if interested.
Bottle and Can Drive
Help Jenna raise money for her Mission Trip with Lafayette Presbyterian Church at the end of July. The cost is almost $400. A large garbage can has been placed in the Welcome Area for your redeemable bottles and cans. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!
Make and serve coffee, a cold drink and treats after the 8:00 or 10:30 Holy Eucharist. Can’t do it alone? Ask a friend to help or call the parish office. Sign up in the Welcome Area at the church entrance.
A Prayer for the Confirmation Class
May Almighty God bestow upon Sharon Ney, Maggie Wiegand, Pat Farrance and Stephanie McCall the blessing of his mercy and give them an understanding of the wisdom that leads to salvation through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Clean-up Day May 1
Following the 9:00 AM service we will clean the building and grounds with lunch to follow. Bring your work clothes and yard tools. We have light jobs for those who are unable to do the heavier work.
Sing a New Song…or Old Favorite
Grace’s own songbook containing items not included in Hymnal 1982 or Wonder Love and Praise is in preparation now! Please submit requests for your favorite Christian songs that you would like to have available for our use to the request box in the Welcome Area or the collection plate.
April 3rd – This Week at Grace
Sandy Baker has been named Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s Woman of the Year.
Erik Ferrari made Dean’s List at SUNY Binghamton for fall semester 2015.
Please join us Saturday April 16th from 5-7 P.M for our Spaghetti Supper. Proceeds will be used towards our 50th Grace Church BBQ Celebration. All are welcome; invite friends, family and neighbors!
Samaritan Center Meal April 24th
Three times per year member of Grace Church serve lunch at Samaritan Center in Syracuse. Participants shop, prepare and serve a meal to approximately 350 guests, and clean up afterward. Additional volunteers are always needed, as are monetary contributions to buy food. Next date is Sunday April 24th. For more information contact the parish office.
Good Samaritan Awards Dinner
The Good Samaritan awards dinner to benefit Samaritan Center will be held Friday April 29th at the Syracuse Doubletree Hotel. Tickets are $75/$125 patron level. Make reservations by April 14th. Contact Samaritan Center for more information.
Instructed Holy Eucharist April 17th
Ever wonder about what we’re doing on Sunday morning and why? At both 8:00 and 10:30 AM April 17th we will have an instructed Holy Eucharist. Readers will outline each section of the liturgy before we pray it. The narration will take the place of the sermon.
The Bishop is coming
Mark your calendars for June 5th. This will be Bishop Skip’s last visit before his retirement. We will have a single service at 9:00 AM with a baptism and confirmations, followed by a festive reception to honor those making and reaffirming their commitment to follow Jesus.
If you or a family member is in assisted living, nursing home or home bound and would like receive Easter Communion, please contact the parish office to schedule a date and time.
To the Altar Guild, Choirs, Flower Arrangers, Musicians, Lectors, Passion Readers, Liturgical Ministers, Banner-hangers, Property work group, Hospitality providers and everyone who contributed to make our Holy Week and Easter events beautiful and meaningful: THANK YOU!!!
March 27th – This Week at Grace
Join Grace Church folks on Sunday April 10 for a 2:00 PM matinee performance of The Christians at Syracuse Stage. Enjoy this entertaining and thought-provoking new play, complete with full choir (drawn from community singers), then return to Grace for crock-pot supper and discussion. If we have sufficient interest, a discounted group rate is possible. Tickets are $32 adult/$15 for 18 and under. We will arrange carpools to the performance. Friends are welcome! Please note our deadline for ticket purchase is March 28, and payment is due at that time.
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