Fall 2019 Schedule of Services and Activities

Sunday Service:

We gather each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for worship and prayer, incorporating lovely music into our service. Child care for those five years and younger is provided. Currently we are exploring the interest in having Christian Education classes for elementary children during the first part of our service. Please let us know if you are interested in helping and/or have children who could benefit from this experience.

Following the service, we gather in the Parish Hall for fellowship and delicious food, thus extending our community’s time together. Please join us on Sunday morning.

Wednesday Evening Service:

Each Wednesday evening, we gather at 7:00 p.m. for our midweek service. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, we enjoy the music of the Taize community in France with quiet readings interspersed throughout. Candles and time to for reflection make this a very calming time.

On the other Wednesday nights of the month, we celebrate a quiet, contemplative Holy Eucharist. All are invited to worship with us mid-week.

October special activities:

Wednesday, October 29, 7 p.m.: Last Wednesday evening service of the month. Join us for a midweek time of worship, prayer, scripture and fellowship.

November special activities:

All Saints Sunday, November 3: This is a major feast day in the church and we will celebrate in a grand way at 10:00 a.m.. We will renew our baptismal vows, listen as the names of our deceased loved ones are read as we, the living saints of God, make our way to God’s table. Our ending hymn will, of course, be “I sing a song of the saints of God.” Come, join in this lovely day of remembrance, joy and hopefulness.

“Attitude of Gratitude”, Sunday, November 3: After church, during coffee hour, our Interim Rector, Betty, will lead us in a lively discussion of “Gratitude in Holy Scripture” as part of our Stewardship Campaign. Who do YOU think is the first to give thanks in the Bible?

Labyrinth Walk, Sunday, November 3: First Sunday walking the ancient practice of the Labyrinth from 3-6 p.m. in our Parish Hall. A short instruction is offered at 3 p.m.

J-Walkers and The Way of Love: Sunday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m.: The J-Walkers will meet in the Youth Room to explore the first session of “The Way of Love” as offered by our Presiding Bishop. Come join in and explore!

“Bread and Bible”: Thursdays in November (7, 14 and 21), from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us as we look at the Gospel of Matthew, which will become our “Gospel of the Year” on December 1. Who was Matthew? His gospel appears first in the New Testament…why? Was it the first gospel written?

Harvest and Holiday Craft Bazaar: Friday and Saturday, November 8/9 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Artwork and Artisan Wares, Vintage Treasures, Baked Goods and Delicious Soups. Come share the day with your friends!

Art Show Opening and Reception, Sunday, November 10 after the 10:00 a.m. Worship service: Jo Pomeroy will host an art show opening and reception while she tells us of how gratitude is a part of the art world. Come, hear Jo…and enjoy another wonderful art reception and show.

Open House at The Rectory, Sunday, November 10 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: The Hospitality Committee and our Interim Rector and her husband (Betty and Jim) are hosting an open house at the Rectory as a time for us to come together and enjoy getting to know one another better. Please do come…and invite someone to come with you!

Potluck Dinner to Celebrate! Sunday, November 17 after the church service. This day marks the day when we make our financial pledge to Grace Church for the work and ministry God is calling us to do. After our worship, we will gather as family to share a meal and give thanks. Join us!

The Bishop is Coming!: Sunday, November 24 is Christ the King Sunday being the last Sunday in our church’s liturgical year. This year we will have as our special guest, The Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, Bishop of the Diocese of Oregon, as our preacher and celebrant at the 10:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Eve, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.: Even as the busy preparations are being made for this lovely holiday, let us pause and give thanks to God in prayer, scripture and lovely Thanksgiving hymns. Come and give thanks.

December Activities:

Happy New Year, Sunday, December 1!: Yes, it is the New Year of our Liturgical year. Come join us at 10:00 a.m. as we light the first candle of our Advent Wreath and sing “Light One Candle for Hope.”

Labyrinth Walk, Sunday, December 1: First Sunday walking the ancient practice of the Labyrinth from 3-6 p.m. in our Parish Hall. A short instruction is offered at 3 p.m. Parish Hall. A short instruction is offered at 3 p.m.

Advent Retreat, Saturday, December 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Treat yourself to a time of meditation and reflection as our Interim Rector, Betty+, leads us through a journey with the “Angels: Messengers of God.” Lunch will be provided.

“Bread and Bible” on Thursday, December 12 and 19 from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and join Betty+ and others as we compare the two birth narratives of Jesus as found in Holy Scripture.

Lessons and Carols, Wednesday, December 18: Our Wednesday service this week will be the beautiful service of Lessons and Carols. The Grace Church Choir will be joined by the choir of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Please tell your friends about this wonderful opportunity to hear again the wonder of the season in words and music.

Christmas Eve services: On Christmas Eve, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus at two services: 4:30 p.m. is our Family service and then we gather at 10:30 p.m. for a Carol Sing followed by a festal Holy Eucharist at 11:00 p.m. Each of these is a lovely time to invite a friend, neighbor, colleague or family member to Grace Church.

Christmas Day service: On Christmas Day, we will gather at 10:00 a.m. for a quiet, reflective service about the ChristChild born.

January activities:

A special Labyrinth to start the New Year! Special gifts for the Warming Center! Epiphany Star begins this season of Light! Annual Meeting of Grace Church…plus a great many more opportunities to come together for worship, work and fellowship.