- 11 Jan 7PM – Goldenaires Church Concert
- 8 Feb – Grace Community Dinner
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Join us this Friday for our monthly community dinner – we’ll be serving lasagna with tossed salad followed by desserts. Coffee, tea, iced-tea and lemonade will be available.
Take out is available but please bring your own container.
- 7 Feb – Grace House – Open Day – 3-5 PM
An open day will be held on Thursday, 7 February from 3:00 to 5:00 PM; tours, light refreshments and information will be available.
- 9 Feb – Parish Leadership Conference (Malone)
Finding Common Ground on Holy Ground – 8:30-4:30 PM
Is it possible to have meaningful conversations even if people have vastly differing opinions? Can we disagree, but still love one another? The answer to both of these questions is “yes.”
At the 2019 Parish Leadership Conferences for the Diocese of Albany you will learn how to set agreed upon guidelines that help to create an environment where your parish can have meaningful and productive conversations, even those that are potentially difficult. We will look to show how we can find common ground through our love of God and use that to show love to one another, even when we disagree.
After a presentation on this model of conversation, Bishop William Love will offer two teachings on the Great Commandment. First he will discuss what it means to Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind. Then he’ll discuss what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. After each teaching, there will be a time for discussion and an opportunity to use the conversation model presented in the morning. The discussion portion of the afternoon will conclude with an opportunity for parish leaders to discuss difficult issues they are facing in their church and network with others on potential solutions, specifically how to use the conversation model outlined in the teaching back home.
The entire program takes place in the context of the Eucharist.
There is no charge to attend. All parish leaders, both clergy and lay persons are encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the afternoon will conclude by 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Link to the Diocesan Event Calendar (opens in new browser/tab); text quoted from Diocesan E-mail sent on Sunday 7, 2019.
- [21 Jan – Weather Cancellation] CR is Cancelled for Safety
For everyone’s safety, we will not be holding our weekly CR meeting; some online CR resources can be found here.
- 21 Jan – Today We Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 14th, 2007, then Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Shori said:
Our brother Martin had a dream, a dream born in the story of a people led out of slavery and oppression. He labored mightily to bring that dream to reality, to liberate a people still in chains and shackles 100 years after their legal deliverance. You and I know that nearly 40 years after his death we still have not fully achieved that dream. Some still live in oppression because of the color of their skin. Some still live in oppression because of their national origin and heritage. Some have arrived on these shores to work because we want their labor, but they live in oppression because we are not willing to allow them to become free and equal citizens.
The gospel is about the love God has for all of us. Week by week, we promise to show that love to the world by the way we live and act. Dr. King was a powerful witness to the ability of love to change the world – that radically non-violent form of gospel love. It means loving yourself and recognizing the image of God in yourself, and then doing the same with others. It’s not rolling over and playing dead, it’s not going along to get along. It is expecting the best of yourself and other people, but doing it in a way that builds up that image of God, that insists that we and others can grow up into the full stature of Christ.
Today, the gospel is still about God’s love for us as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day on the 21st of January, 2019.
The Episcopal Church continues work towards racial reconciliation where more resources may be found at the Episcopal Church of the USA’s web-site here (opens in new tab).
- 13 Jan – Morning Prayer & Guest Preacher
On 13 January, we will worship together with Morning Prayer Rite II; this week Professor Andrew Wood will be guest preacher.
- Friday 11 Jan – Community Supper
Join us for Pea Soup & Corn Bread
Grace Community Church will be holding the first monthly community of dinner for 2019 this Friday, 11 January from 4:30-6:00 pm. We will be having pea soup & corn bread with desserts. Lemonade, hot drinks and water will be available.
We welcome all to attend; take out is available but please bring your own containers.
- Baptism on 23 December
On the 23rd of December 2018, we held a dual baptism for two candidates; here are some pictures.
- Presiding Bishop’s Christmas Message
We invite you to view the Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry’s Christmas message here.