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Easter VI, May 9: With Apologies! Technical issues hampered this recording, it is available here on Facebook; here on YouTube. Please enjoy and share with others.

Grace Church is waiting to welcome you…in person at 10 a.m. on Sundays or via FaceBook Live or our YouTube channel.

May you find what you are seeking here. 

Let the Trumpets Sound and All the People shout “Alleluia.”

Senior Warden, Thor Sorenson, shares the good news:

Dear Friends,
We have had many chances to exercise our  patience these past 12 months:  
– Waiting for the vaccines to be available
-Waiting to be able to give loved ones a hug
–and waiting to hear when Carren+, our next Rector, would be able to join us in Astoria.

At least one of these waits is over! 
With great pleasure I would like to present you with Carren’s+ announcement of her arrival at Grace Church!  My deepest thanks to all that have made this  possible, and to those who are currently busy making all the preparations to welcome the 20th Rector of Grace Church.

Peace,
Thor Sorenson
Senior Warden

Carren’s letter to Grace

Dear friends of Grace,

After so many months of preparation on your part and mine, our adventure together is finally about to begin in person! The packing and my California goodbyes are under way. God willing, I’ll be with you in worship at Grace on the Feast of Pentecost, Sunday, May 23, 2021.

I’m deeply grateful to the Rev. Betty McWhorter for her great work as your Interim Rector, and for her generosity in preparing the way and sharing her wisdom with me. I am also grateful to Thor and your other vestry members, with whom I have had such fruitful conversations. Now, I look forward to meeting the rest of the family: in the parish, in the wider community, in the Diocese of Oregon, and in the created environment that will nurture us all.

I’ve been reading the Astorian, studying your parish bylaws, and your local history, and holding each one of you in prayer. Movers hard to predict, but I hope to be at least a little bit settled in the rectory and the office before our first worship service together. I am grateful to you for your patience with me through this long process over which we have had so little control.

As I get my bearings amongst you, I am excited to learn about the local delights which are dearest to you, so that I can experience them too! I am very thankful to be called to serve with you, and I ask for your prayers as our great adventure together finally comes to life.

In Christ,
Carren+

Read more here about the 20th rector of Grace Episcopal Church. You can enjoy the video of a conversation earlier this year between Senior Warden Thor and newly called rector, Carren here.

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Please help us continue the ministries and worship of Grace Church during this difficult time by making a donation to Grace, Church, Astoria via this link. Thank you.

Our Jubilee Food Pantry continues to bring food to those in need each Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Please join us as often as you can and stay connected. Get in touch with us by sending an email to connect2graceastoria@gmail.com

Please stay in touch and stay connected. If you haven’t already, sign up for our weekly Grace Notes email newsletter; follow us on FaceBook and/or YouTube. We will come together again in worship, service and education before the end of 2021; until that joyous time, let us be faithful about being the Body of Christ as seen through the ministries of Grace Church.  

God’s continued blessings on you and yours,

Coming to In-Person Worship at Grace Church:

Our Sunday worship schedule changed on Easter Sunday, April 4, when we resumed worshipping together as family at one service: the 10 a.m. service. Masks and physical distance are still required, yet in coming back together for worship we are preparing to welcome Carren+ and to fling wide open our doors and ministries once more in the not too distant future. The 10 a.m. service continues to be broadcast over our FaceBook page and our YouTube Channel. Both are then available as recordings on these two platforms. Our Wednesday Evening Prayer is only via FaceBook where there are also a recording available afterwards.

The rules are many. You may read them all here. There is also a video here available regarding the reopening rules. However, the following four must be followed before a person is allowed to enter for worship: 

Who can attend worship? Anyone who agrees to follow the rules below:
1)Anyone who is ill; has a temperature, cough or sneeze; has a compromised immune system shall not attend worship. Please stay home and join us in our live broadcast at 10 a.m. via FaceBook Live. This live broadcast is also recorded and can be viewed later at your convenience. 
2) A mask must be worn at all times while in worship. If you should forget your mask, the church will supply you with one.
3) Physical distancing of 6 feet will be observed.
4) You must register as you enter the church so that we can do contact tracing if need be. 

Thank you for helping us move Grace Church forward in our desire to gather for worship. If you have questions/comments, please contact me at rector.graceastoria4691@gmail.com or call/text to 202 207 5463.

Office Hours: As of June 16, our church office has re-opened. We are open on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. 

Jubilee Food Pantry: As of July 2, our Jubilee Food Pantry is open on Tuesday and Thursday only from 9-11:30 a.m. Masks are mandatory for all. 

Community Dinners and all other meetings: Closed for now. Check back for the latest updates. 

Contact us via phone: 503-325-4691 or Email us

1545 Franklin Avenue ~ Astoria, Oregon 97103

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Our mission: “With the Grace of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we seek and serve Christ in ourselves and our neighbors.”

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