From the Rector
I am VERY happy to announce that on Sunday, October 4th we will break our fast from physically receiving Holy Communion! It has been a long time since March and even though we have been blessed with the reception of communion by intention we are an incarnational people and receiving the actual Body and Blood of Jesus will be renewing!
In order to make the reception of Communion as safe as possible we will use the following directives issued by our Bishop:
- We will receive only the bread.
- We will receive standing at the bottom of the chancel steps rather than at the altar rail.
- The priest will place the bread in the communicant’s hand and he/she will only then remove their mask to consume it.
- We will practice social distancing as we approach the sacrament – 6 feet between people please!
The members of the Altar Guild will be given special instructions on safely preparing for our services as well.
I rejoice with you in this opportunity to worship in a deeper and richer manner.
Sunday, October 4th: Communion AND Organ
We will have one service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 4th. Along with being able to receive Holy Communion, it will be a special day as Nathaniel Powell will be back with us to play the organ – In fact, since we cannot sing he will be able to “show off” what the renewed instrument can offer with special pieces! Don’t miss this special event!
During October we will continue to have one service each week at 9:30 a.m. Watch your email for news about when we will start live streaming the service on YouTube or Facebook! We will continue to offer some form of online worship weekly for the foreseeable future. We miss everyone but also want you to be safe and to make decisions with which you are comfortable and only join us in person if you are comfortable!
Blessing of the Animals
The St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals will be held this year on Sunday, October 11th at 3 p.m. on the back lawn of the Church. Bring an animal friend and invite a human friend! Bring your lawn chair, too!
All Saints’ Day
This year we will celebrate All Saints day on November 1st! This is the fourth great Feast day that we will celebrate with special music and the remembrance of those who have gone before us and who continue to be a witness and support in our journey of faith.
Please use the included sheet to turn in names for the All Saints’ Day Prayer List.
Fridays at Noon
Each Friday at noon we gather on the front steps (or just inside the door depending on the weather) of Grace Church to offer prayers for all victims of the Corona Virus and for racial reconciliation and healing.
Stewardship: Connected in Grace
“Connected in Grace” is the theme for this year’s Every Member Canvas. Watch for more information as we celebrate the ways we are connected in God’s Grace and in the grace we experience in this parish family even in a time of disconnection in our world.
One of the projects will be the production of a collage of pictures of the people of Grace Church! So, get ready to take a selfie or send us your favorite picture of you in 2020!
Study and Formation
Brown Bag Lunches: Fellowship, Bible Study, and Prayer
The Friday Bible Study is starting up again! We will meet each week starting September 25th at 12:15 following the noonday Prayers on the Steps. You may bring your own lunch and we will meet in the Fellowship Hall practicing social distancing and wearing masks except to eat. The first study will be on Israel in Exile.
The Book Club is not meeting at this time. We will try to make a plan as to when we will get back together. Rita Glaser has posted a list of books for the book club so if you would like to look over that list and read one of those until we make a plan feel free to do so. Thanks for your understanding and we will meet again as soon as we feel it is safe.
Congrats to our Authors
Congratulations to our parish authors Willie Davis and Norman Jones!
Willie’s book entitled Olive Hill recently came out and is available at williedavisbooks.com. It is a historical novel about Olive Hill, Kentucky!
On Wednesday, October 7th at 7 p.m., we will host an evening with Willie to talk about the book. This evening will be limited to 25 people in the nave. Please call the Church to make a reservation.
Norman’s newest publication is entitled Provincializing the Bible. Watch for more information about a possible evening with Norman to hear more about his work!
Operation Christmas Child
Please drop off your filled boxes on Sundays or in the office so we can prepare them for shipping! We still have boxes in the office if you would like to pick one up to fill. All of your help and donations are much appreciated!
During a Pandemic? Yes!
This year more than ever is crucial as there are so many vulnerable families out there who don’t know how they will pay for or produce food in the months ahead.
You can participate in a CROP WALK in several ways:
- Walk the normal 3 mile route on Sunday, October 4th from 2-4 with your family or friends.
- Walk with a group from Grace Episcopal Church. We would like to try a different route this year….possibly on the bike path?! Father Joe will announce final place and time.
- DONATE to CROP. This year we are being encouraged but not required to sign up on-line and to have all your sponsors pay on-line. It is easy. Go to: crophungerwalk.org/mansfieldoh
You then have options to REGISTER or DONATE. To register, choose WALKER or TEAM. Our team is GRACE EPISCOPAL and you can choose that if you’d like to be a team member. If you simply want to register as a WALKER you can. By doing either of these options, you can proceed per instructions and post to Facebook to get friends and family to donate. If you simply want to donate, choose DONATE and you can fill in Team Name (Grace Episcopal) or my name (Margaret Ransom, Team Captain). It really is very easy and safe and either of these methods will get all monies applied to our team effort for CROP. If using a computer is not your thing, we have donation envelopes available at the church. Please consider joining us either by walking and/or donating to help in these difficult times. Thank you.
CROP WALK, Team Captain
Notes from the Pantry
September 23rd and 24th we served 350 households which would be about 500 by Bonnie’s count. We can expect the need to increase over the winter. Hopefully we are not done improving our distribution in pandemic. Fr Joe, Tony Herz and I have searched our area for a winter pantry location that would help us continue our drive through. We have looked at former bank, car dealership, or warehouse locations. If you have any ideas, please call one of us. Also, if anyone has a lead on a factory roller conveyor, we have imagined that a section of that could help us move boxes. Our new chest freezer on wheels is making all of us smile, and we will soon move our new dual fridge/freezer unit into the kitchen.
Again, I cannot thank volunteers enough. Some new people have found low-risk ways to slip in to action and our veterans led by Pat and Terri continue to adapt and keep us humming. Many of you have seen Andrew and Jacob’s reflections on the Grace YouTube channel, well worth viewing if you haven’t.
Soon we will make available some more interviews from Pantry volunteers. One highlight to me is how even Riley (though who of us is surprised) notices how confused we were when we converted to drive through, but how well it works now. God’s Grace again. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your work. Thank God for our mission.