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Community Outhouse Results

890 rolls of toilet paper, paper towel and other paper goods were donated to our local food pantry, thanks to generous Grace! Thanks to all who contributed, counted, delivered and moved the outhouse.

Advance notice – Pentecost May 15th

If you liked Easter you’ll love Pentecost! Fifty days after Easter (“Pentecost” means “fiftieth”) Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the church. Wear red and come and celebrate the church’s birthday!

100th Birthday Celebration

Grace member Carol Mercer turns 100 this weekend! Join the party Saturday or send a card. Contact the parish office for address and details.

Safe Church Training

Safe church training will be held Wednesday March 30th 6:00-8:00 PM at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Liverpool To register email stmatthews_office@verizon.net

Easter Invitation

March 6th – This Week at Grace

50th Annual Chicken BBQ –  June 4th

Planning has begun! The BBQ ministry will meet Sunday March 13th at 9:15 AM. All are invited to come help make preparations for this historic event! Contact Events@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville.org with subject “BBQ” or the parish office.

Community Outhouse Challenge

Bring your rolls of toilet paper and other paper products.  Let’s fill the “Outhouse” in the Welcome Area by Palm Sunday! The last time we did the challenge in 2013, we collected 1,820 rolls of toilet paper and other paper products. Thank You!

Deadlines soon…register now!

Happenings (Grades 9-12) and New Beginnings (Grades 6-8) registrations for spring events are coming up. Register by March 14 for Happening April 15-17 and by March 25 for New Beginnings April 15-17. For more information, see Youth and Young Adult Ministries on the diocesan website.

Lenten Soup Suppers continue Wednesdays in Lent 5:30-7:00 PM

Soup, bread, a table celebration of Holy Eucharist and discussion. Join us!

Baldwinsville Lenten Luncheons

Church Women United organize community Lenten services at the Methodist Church on Fridays in Lent. The services begin at 12:05 pm with a meal to follow at 12:25 pm.

February 28th – This Week at Grace

Looking for a few good folks!

Some of our parish ministries are actively seeking new members. Please consider these opportunities to serve in and beyond our church. Contact the parish office for more information or to volunteer:

  • Altar Guild prepares the church for all services. Teams of two are scheduled each month and training is provided.
  • Bell Choir & Choir practice weekly and enrich our worship each Sunday at the 10:30 AM service and on special occasions. Contact music@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville for more information.
  • Outreach Ministry meets monthly to coordinate monthly outreach efforts such as Samaritan Center meals, Christmas Bureau, and Food Pantry donations.
  • Memorials Committee is appointed by the vestry. Meets 2-3 times per year to administer funds given in memory of parishioners and others.

There’s still time!

Preparation for Confirmation, Reception into the Episcopal Church & Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows begins March 6th at 9 AM. Contact catechist Carolyn Smith or Mo. Cathy Carpenter for more information or just show up!

February 14th – This Week at Grace

Samaritan Center Meal next Sunday February 21

Contributions are still needed to purchase food for next Sunday when Grace prepares and serves a meal at the Samaritan Center in Syracuse. Approximately $500 is needed, and as of Sunday the 14th, we still need about $150 more.

Baldwinsville Lenten Luncheons

Church Women United organize community Lenten services at the Methodist Church on Fridays in Lent. The services begin at 12:05 pm with a meal to follow at 12:25 pm. Grace Church has been asked to prepare and serve lunch the second Friday in Lent (February 19th) and Mother Cathy will lead worship beginning at 12:05. We will need volunteers beginning at 10:00 am to prepare and set up; volunteers to serve the meal and to clean up. We will be joined by others from the Presbyterian church. Signup sheets for volunteers and to bring food are in the Welcome Area. See Joy Pople for more information, or contact the parish office.

Soup Supper Wednesdays in Lent 5:30-7:00 PM 

Soup, bread, a table celebration of Holy Eucharist and discussion. Begins  February 17. Join us!!

Ash Wednesday, February 10th services at noon and 7:00 PM

pancakesAnnual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper this Tuesday

Pancakes, Sausage, beverages and great company!  Tuesday, February 9th, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm. in the church undercroft. Open to one and all. Tickets at the door. Adults $6, kids 10 and under, $3, family maximum is $18. Mmmmm…Pancakes!

 

February 7, 2016 – This Week at Grace

Confirmation

It’s not too early to consider confirmation (for those baptized youth and adults who have not been confirmed), reception into the Episcopal Church (for those who have already been confirmed in another Christian tradition), and reaffirmation of baptismal promises (for those already confirmed/received, but who wish to make a public reaffirmation of baptismal promises. This year’s regional confirmation will be held June 5th when the Bishop visits Grace Church. Preparation will begin in Lent– speak with Mo. Cathy or catechist Carolyn Smith for more information, or contact the parish office.

Calling All Youth: Winter Skating and Overnight Event

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited for a free weekend of fun hosted by the Diocesan Youth Council. Activities will include open-air skating at the Clinton Square Ice Rink, a talent show, a sleepover at St. Paul’s Church in Syracuse, and Sunday morning worship. Saturday February 27th 2:00 PM to Sunday February 28th at 11:40 AM (Rain date is March 5– 6). Weekend is free however there is a $3: ice-skating admission cost and $3 to rent skates. (Adult volunteers with Safe Church certification also needed to chaperon youth.) For more information or to sign up, go to Skating Weekend on the Diocesan website.

January 31, 2016 – This Week at Grace

Congratulations & Thank You!!

CONGRATULATIONS to the newly-elected Senior Warden Susan Allen, Junior Warden Brad Pettit, Vestry Members Paul Diller, Blaine Fleming and Ruth Frey. THANK YOU to outgoing Senior Warden Peter Coyne, Vestry Members Diane Bowes, Bob O’Brien & Ted Houck. Also thanks to Vestry Clerk Heather Hudson for her service, and welcome to new clerk Stacy Wolf.

…and the Chili Cook Off  winners are!!IMG_0028 (2)

(from left) 1st place – Team Wolf/Harper, 2nd place Joy Pople, 3rd place tie Mo. Cathy Carpenter & Barb Reeves. Thanks to all the chili-makers, volunteer judges, and Parish Life for a fun event!

January 24 2016 – This Week at Grace

Grace leads worship at Syracuse Home next Sunday afternoon

Help needed Sunday January 31 to lead 3 PM worship for residents of Syracuse Home at McHarrie Place. Contact Mother Cathy to volunteer.

BBQ Planning Meeting

The first meeting to plan the 50th annual Chicken BBQ will be held Sunday January 31 at 9:15 am in the Undercroft on the lower level. All interested in helping plan this event, please attend!. Contact Allen Wolf with questions.

Embracing Forgiveness CraftonEmbracingForgiveness

Five-session study Embracing Forgiveness DVD with Barbara Cawthorne Crafton can be repeated if there is interest. Perhaps a weekday or evening series during Lent or Eastertide? Contact Mother Cathy about days/times that might work for you if you missed the first iteration of this series.

January 17, 2016 This Week at Grace

Annual Meeting

Sunday, January 24th will be our Annual Meeting following a 9 AM service. Annual Report Booklets are available in the Welcome Area located at the front of the church.

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Saturday, January 23rd 6:00 PM Parish Life’s Annual Chili Cook-Off. Start looking through your recipes or developing new ones!

Christmas Communion

During (and after) Christmastide, Mother Cathy will be bringing Christmas communion to members of the parish who are unable to get to church. Please contact the parish office if you would like a visit.

Tuesday noon Holy Eucharist will continue (except when Mo. Cathy must be elsewhere). Please check the online calendar on our web site  for the latest information.

Embracing Forgiveness CraftonEmbracingForgiveness

Five-session study Embracing Forgiveness DVD with Barbara Cawthorne Crafton. If you would like a personal copy of the accompanying workbook for $10.00, please let Mother Cathy know as soon as possible so they may be ordered. Sessions will run Saturdays 10:00 AM to noon  through February 6. If there is interest, a weekday session will be scheduled during Lent. Speak to Mother Cathy about days/times that might work for you.

Vestry Clerk Needed

The clerk of the vestry’s duties are as follows: Take minutes at monthly vestry meetings. Provide an immediate synopsis of motions to the rector and wardens, and full minutes to them, vestry members and parish office for approval at the next meeting. Participate as requested in other vestry activities such as vestry day diocesan training or vestry retreat. Maintain confidentiality of vestry deliberations. Execute any necessary documents as clerk of the vestry (secretary of the church corporation).  You could do this! See the rector or wardens if interested.

IMG_0374Safe Church and Church Keys.

The locks will be changing soon! If you currently have or need a key to the building and have not had Safe Church training within the last 5 years, you will not be able to receive a new key. Contact the parish office as soon as possible so we can help find a Safe Church training session you can attend.

Bishop’s Epiphany Retreat for Laity: “All God All the Time”

Saturday January 23rd, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Trinity Episcopal Church Fayetteville. Cost $30 per person, includes morning refreshments and luncheon. Please register on or before January 15th at Event Registration on the Diocesan website.

January 3 – This Week at Grace

Please note: Due to IRS requirements all 2015 contributions must be received in our office by December 31, 2015. The office will be open until 3 pm on December 31st.

December 27 – This Week at Grace

Nominations for the next Bishop of Central New York due soon

December 31 is the deadline for nominations for the next Bishop of Central New York. Nominate online at the CNY Bishop Search website.

Please note: Due to IRS requirements all 2015 contributions must be received in our office by December 31, 2015. The office will be open until 3 pm on December 31st.

 

Creche TreeListen to Christmas Eve 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist service with Bells of Grace prelude.

 

 

 

Christmas Blessings from your friends at Grace Church!

Christmas at Grace

December 20 – This Week at GraceXmas 2005 (23)

Christmas Eve Services 

7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist with Choir

11:00 pm – Holy Eucharist with Hymns

Sunday December 27 at 9:00 am

Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist

Please Join Us after the 10:30 service this morning to Green the Church for Christmas.

Wait on the Lord

Grab a cup of coffee and join us each Sunday in Advent from 9:15 to 10:15 AM in the Conference Room on the lower level for Advent meditation and discussion.

Tuesday noon Holy Eucharist will continue through Advent. Join us for a brief, quiet interlude with no homily in the busyness of the pre-Christmas season

Safe Church and Church Keys.

The locks will be changing soon! If you currently have or need a key to the building and have not had Safe Church training within the last 5 years, you will not be able to receive a new key. Contact the parish office as soon as possible so we can help find a Safe Church training session you can attend.

December 6, 2015 – This Week at Grace

Many Thanks!

To all who helped decorate, set up, staff, clean up, bake, run Grace Cafe, provided music, and/or purchased cookies  and made the 10th Annual Cookie Walk a success  THANK YOU!

Christmas Outreach Project

Help the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau collect gifts for teenage boys; a group that is often overlooked. Bring an unwrapped gift by next Sunday, December 13. A list of needed items may be picked up in the welcome area at the church entrance or click here.

Sprucing up the Church

Altar Guild and anyone else who would like to help: We will be polishing the brass and tidying up this Saturday, December 12 at 9 AM, in preparation for the “Greening of the Church” on December 20th.

“This Week at Grace”

We are now printing weekly announcements separately from bulletins. Bulletins are available online, and most announcements, with the exception of schedules and prayer list, will be posted on our website. Please contact the parish office if you don’t get to church regularly and would like “This Week at Grace” mailed to you each week.

10th Annual Cookie Walk – December 5thCookie Walk Pic 1_5277

The 10th Annual Cookie Walk will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 5th in the church undercroft, located at 110 Oswego Road (Route 48) in Baldwinsville.  The event is open to the public. This unique experience for the holiday season will begin at 10:00 am and run until 1:00 pm (or until the cookies are sold out).  Come early for the best selection! Guests “walk” through aisles of holiday cookies, and then purchase their goodies by the pound.  There is also a café where a light lunch and holiday sweets will be available. Live holiday music  will be enjoyed throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used for outreach programs in the community. For further information, please contact the church office at 315 635 3214 or  office@graceepiscopalbaldwinsville.org

November 29, 2015 – This Week at Grace

We need lots of cookies, keep on baking!

Keep baking for Cookie Walk December 5 from 10-1!! Bakers may drop off items Friday, December 4th, 9 AM to 6 PM. Please sign your goodies in on the list for that purpose. All are invited to bring baked treats for the Cookie Walk.

Decorating the Undercroft for the Cookie Walk will begin Thursday evening, December 3rd and continue Friday December 4th. Come and help anytime!

Know a priest who would make a good bishop?

The Bishop Search Committee of the Diocese of Central New York is now accepting nominations. Any Episcopal priest or bishop may be nominated to become our next bishop. Nominations are accepted through December 31. For more information or to nominate, go to www.BishopCNY.org.

Wait on the Lord

Grab a cup of coffee and join us each Sunday in Advent from 9:15 to 10:15 AM in the Conference Room on the lower level for Advent meditation and discussion.

Tuesday noon Holy Eucharist will continue through Advent. Join us for a brief, quiet interlude with no homily in the busyness of the pre-Christmas season

Vestry Clerk Needed

The clerk of the vestry’s duties are as follows: Take minutes at monthly vestry meetings. Provide an immediate synopsis of motions to the rector and wardens, and full minutes to them, vestry members and parish office for approval at the next meeting. Participate as requested in other vestry activities such as vestry day diocesan training or vestry retreat. Maintain confidentiality of vestry deliberations. Execute any necessary documents as clerk of the vestry (secretary of the church corporation).  You could do this! See the rector or wardens if interested.

 Sprucing up the Church

Altar Guild and anyone else who would like to help: We will be polishing the brass and tidying up on Saturday, December 12 at 9 AM, in preparation for the “Greening of the Church” on December 20th.

November 22, 2015 – This Week at Grace

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Make and serve coffee, a cold drink and treats after 8 & 10:30 AM Holy Eucharist. Can’t do it alone? Ask a friend to help or call the parish office. Please sign up in the welcome area at the church entrance.

November 15, 2015 – This Week at Grace

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Thanks to all those who signed up to bring food for our Thanksgiving Outreach. As usual, Grace Church parishioners have outdone themselves in generosity. The lists are just about full! Several people have asked me If there is anything else we could use, and the answer is YES! We would love some $10.00 gift cards to any local supermarkets. These cards would enable the families we are helping to buy some fresh produce not on the lists, or might be given to families not receiving baskets. Gift cards may be given to Margaret in the church office, or to any member of the Outreach Ministry. Thanks so much for your generosity and please remember to bring in your food items or gift cards by MONDAY NOVEMBER 16.

Decorate the Cookies Sunday November 22

Bring a batch or two of pre-baked sugar cookies to decorate, frosting, “sprinkes” at 9:00 AM to the Undercroft on the lower level to decorate for Cookie Walk.

Volunteer for Cookie Walk

Volunteer sign-up sheets are posted in the Welcome Area. Sign up to be part of our festive family day!

Altar Flowers 

The flowers at the altar help make our worship space more beautiful and remind us of the blossoming life we have in Christ. Please consider making a donation to the flower fund in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate your thanksgivings. Contact the parish office for more information.

Grace Notes deadline

All articles for the December issue of Grace Notes are due Tuesday November 16th.

November 8, 2015 – This Week at Grace

Foyer Dinners

Foyers are a monthly social gathering of adults over a meal in the home. Each month the members of the group will be changed somewhat to allow for intermixing of group. Foyers groups begin with a kickoff party, and meet November/December, January, February and March, with May reserved for catching up due to weather or scheduling difficulties. May also marks the final Foyer end of year celebration. Sign up for Foyers in the welcome area.

Men’s Bake Night

Cookie Walk Picture_TableOn Tuesday evening, November 10th at 7 PM, the Men of Grace will baking cookies for our Annual Cookie Walk in December. All men are welcome to join in the fun. Bring a friend.

Decorate the Cookies Sunday

Sunday, November 22. Bring as many prebaked cut out sugar cookies as you wish. Feel free to being along frosting and decorations. We will set up in the undercroft beginning at 9:00 AM. Please join us in this “sweet” undertaking. For more information, contact the parish office.

 

TrivTriviaImageia Night – Saturday October 17th, 7-9 pm

Grace Church is hosting our first annual TRIVIA NIGHT! Come as a team of four, or join a team for an evening of fun and fellowship. Prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Compete for the Grand Prize while enjoying beverages and popcorn, followed by a sweet treat — Apple Dumplings with Ice Cream! Sign up in the Welcome Area at the entrance to the church or email parishlife@graceepiscopalbaldwinsville.org.

 

 


 

Serve at Samaritan Center – September 27, noon 20150409_160835 - Copy

For 34 years, Samaritan Center has worked toward the goal, No One Goes Hungry.

Grace Church’s Sunday lunch at Samaritan Center needs volunteers and contributions! Samaritan Center is now operating in their beautiful new and dignified space in the former St. John the Evangelist Church on the north side of Syracuse. The greatly-expanded space allows 30-50 percent more people to have a free hot meal. More volunteers and more money are needed to support Grace’s meal with the increased capacity. Checks to support this effort can be put in the offering plate, mailed, or delivered to the parish office. Mark the memo line “SAMARITAN FEED”. To volunteer email Outreach@GraceEpiscopalBaldwinsville.org or call the office.

Annual pet blessing benefits homeless companion animals – October 3, 4:00 pmObrien dog

All life is interwoven. All life is a gift from God. – From Rites and Prayers for the Care of Beloved Animals

Grace Episcopal Church will bless companion animals and donations to the Humane Society of Central New York at the annual Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Pet Blessing, Saturday, October 3 at 4:00 PM. The brief service will be held in the outdoor chapel (indoors in case of bad weather) and followed by treats for animals and their human companions.

Grace Church’s September Outreach is “Pet Project”; a collection of materials and money to be donated to the Humane Society of Central New York. Items may be brought to the event or dropped off at the church during September.

IMG_2151Items needed include:

  • Bleach
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent
  • Trash bags
  • Paper towels
  • Cat litter (nonclumping preferred)
  • Dog food, bags and cans
  • Cat food, bags and cans
  • Rabbit food
  • Dish soap
  • Kitten and puppy food
  • Toys for cats or dogs
  • Towels (used but clean)
  • Sheets (used but clean)
  • Blankets (used but clean)