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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Grace to Heed

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
7 December 2017

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

In Advent we prepare for the coming of the Lord.  This coming Sunday, the collect reminds us that a key element in preparation is repentance.  This is not, and has never been, a popular message.  We far prefer to hear something like “You’re doing great!  Keep it up!”, but the overarching message of all the prophets is that we are not being faithful to God in the ways that we have promised.  The prophets repeatedly tell the Chosen People two things:  (a) You are not doing what you said you would do (being faithful to the Lord as specified in the covenant); (b) You are not practicing justice.
Let’s “fast forward” to 2017 and consider how the prophetic message applies to us now.  As we know from the words of Jesus; mouth, He has come to fulfill the ancient law (Mtt. 5.17).  As we know from the words of the apostle Paul, Jesus is the end (as in fulfillment) of the Law (Rom. 10.4), and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8.1).  But this does not mean that Jesus is just some kind of holy “Get Out of Jail Free!” card in a game of cosmic Monopoly.  Jesus makes clear that we must live into our identity as sons and daughters of the Father, and that we do this through Him.  As we prepare for His coming we must, therefore, consider the ways in which we relate to God.  Is the relationship healthy?
In examining the health of our relationship with God we are blessed in at least two things.  The first is that any absence of health is subject to healing by the great physician of souls, Our Lord.  The second is that what a healthy relationship looks like is not hidden and not arbitrary.  We know what the indicators of health are.  How are to relate to God is specified both in the Ten Commandments and in the promises we each make in baptism.  These promises (found on pp. 304—5 in the prayer book) are prayers.  We pray about what we promise to do “with God’s help”.  And we begin how?  By promising to “persevere in resisting evil … [and, when we fail, to] repent and return to the Lord”. 
The prophetic message is alive and well in who we say we are.  May this message resonate especially in this season of expectation!

Don’t forget stewardship!  Plan on giving:  Pray now about the priorities God sets before you, and take the next step up in giving.  
  • Giving—offering to God—is not optional.  It is commanded by God that we offer Him our first fruits.  The biblical standard for giving is the tithe.  If you tithe you will never be poor!  The offering to God is pleasing to Him.
  • All things are God’s, not only because He creates them but because He redeems them.  The only thing that creatures can claim as their own is evil.
  • Stewardship extends to every aspect of life and work in the world.  Giving money to the Church is but one aspect of how we relate to our Creator.
  • The giving of alms means literally “to do acts of mercy” (Mtt. 6.2 in the original Greek).  A merciful heart is pleasing to God.
  • God commands His people to express their faith and love in active works of mercy (Jas. 2.15-17; 1 Jn. 3.17-18).
  • The alternative to giving always involves the words “me” and “mine”.  Substitute the word “God’s”!

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Bob and Anne Hanlon and Jessica Ambelang for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Ben Dobey and the choir for the festival of Lessons & Carols.
§  Scott Bailey for visiting as St. Nicholas, and Pat Ford Smith for organizing the visit.
§  Randie Barrows for maintenance.
§  The Altar Guild and The Guild of the Little Flower for the seasonal changes in church appointments.
§  Mary Snyder, Nicci and Chase Beeck, and Amy Berge for hospitality for the lessons and carols reception; all who provided food; cleanup by Jessica Ambelang, Julie Davidson, Jane Hanson and Elizabeth Schaffenburg.
And note the following thanksgiving received from The Salvation Army:  “Thank you [Nancy Yurk] for coordinating the bell ringing for the Grace Episcopal.  I am thrilled to announce that the ringers raised $541.39 while ringing at Festival Foods on Saturday, Dec. 2. That is enough money to provide an individual with 18 days of shelter, including three meals a day, case work and so much more.”

Furniture available!  The following items are available, free, from a parish family.  Items are lightly used, and anyone claiming an item will need to arrange transport.
  • king bed (mattress, box springs (2 twins) and frame
  • glass top round table - one unmatching chair
  • dresser 
  • wingback chair
  • wooden traditional rocking chair
  • white 4-shelf unit for a bathroom

Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!

Call for ContributionsIf you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.

Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited.  Please prayerfully consider a year end gift.

Music this Week:          The Second Sunday of Advent
                                      Music Director:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                Chorale Partita on “Comfort, comfort ye my people”  
                                                                                                   Johann Pachelbel
Entrance      76      “On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry”                  Winchester New
Offertory      75      “There’s a voice in the wilderness crying”                  Ascension
Communion Motet   O Lord, how shall I meet you                            Johann Crueger
Communion 67       “Comfort, comfort ye my people”                               Psalm 42
Closing        73       “The King shall come when morning dawns”              Richmond
Postlude               Prelude in G Major                                                Enrico Bossi

Parish Notices:

§  Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra Presents Christmas Treasures, December 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Weill Center. Our holiday tradition is sure to delight all ages. The Orchestra is joined by the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus to present a musical sleigh ride with a perfect blend of traditional carols, sing-alongs, classical and pop favorites! Kevin McMahon, SSO Music Director & Conductor, Fabian Qamar, SSC Director. SheboyganSymphony.org  920-452-1985
§  Adult Christian Formation: On Sunday, December 10th, Jerry Molitor will continue a three week course on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
§  Youth and Children’s Choir: Youth and Children’s choir rehearsals for the Christmas Eve service are at 5:30-6:00pm beginning Wednesday December 6th, downstairs in the choir room. Additional rehearsals will take place on December 13th and 20th. The choir is open to 2nd graders through high school, and will sing for the 4pm service on Christmas Eve.
§  Christmas Pageant Rehearsals: We will continue holding rehearsals during Sunday School classes on Sunday and the 17th. Participation is open to youth of all ages. The Pageant will take place during the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass.  
§  Ugly Sweater Contest: Sunday at 11:45 a.m., the Sunday School children will host and judge their first annual ugly Christmas sweater contest in St. Nicholas Hall.  The winner will receive a coveted award and have their picture on display until the 2018 contest!
§  Christmas Flowers/Music:  If you would like to contribute to the Christmas flowers/music fund for memorial or thanksgiving, please fill out the form inserted in this bulletin and place it on the offering plate or return it to the office by December 18th.
§  Thank you from Carrye Jo Cony, Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army Sheboygan, to those who participated in bell ringing at Festival Foods on December 2nd. Grace Church raised $541.39! This is enough money to provide an individual with 18 days of shelter, including three meals a day, case work and so much more.
§  Cookware Fundraiser: Featuring cookware and kitchen essentials from Vollrath Corp. These are heavy duty items made to excellent quality standards. Grace Church will receive 20% of listed prices on all items ordered by Wednesday, December 13th.  Catalogues and order sheets can be found in the Narthex.
§  Christmas Joy: is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. in the church kitchen. At that time, we will assemble winter greens and flowers and bag cookies and then make deliveries. (There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.) We need helping hands. Can you bake, make a delivery and/or help arrange? Please join us for this fulfilling and fun ministry to our homebound and elderly. They will appreciate it.
Call Barb MacEwen (92-912-4505) if you have questions.
§  Important 2017 Pledges Information: Those that intend to receive a tax credit for their 2017 pledge must have their final payment to the office by Friday, December 29th for deposit.  Please plan accordingly, as the Office will be closed from the 26th to the 1st of January. Payments can also be dropped in the Church mailbox at the 7th Street Entrance.
§  Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible if you write your name on the envelope.

§  Grace Notes is here: http://gracechurchgracenotes.blogspot.com/.  You can sign up to receive the blog every Thursday
§  Grace Abounds: http://www.graceabounds.online Sermons, podcasts, the Bible Challenge
§  Like Grace Church on Facebook: @gracesheboygan
§  We Are on Itunes! Check out the new podcast!!!
§  Love INC Monthly Bulletin is now available online at:


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Calling and Naming

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
30 November 2017

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle.  In The Eastern Church he is knows as Andreas Protokletos, “Andrew the First-Called”, reflecting that at Jn. 1.40 Andrew is the first disciple named as called by Jesus.  Andrew and another disciple (not named, but obviously the author of the gospel, and so identified as John) are with John the Baptist.  When John the Baptist points to Jesus and cries out “Behold, the Lamb of God!” (Jn. 1.36) the disciples follow Jesus.  He asks them what they seek.  They ask Him where He is staying, and He says “Come and see” (Jn. 1.39).  They follow Jesus, and after staying with him Andrew then calls his own brother, Simon Peter, telling him “We have found the Messiah”, and brings Simon to Jesus.
Andrew is the prototype of our response as believers.  We become curious because our hearts are inclined to believe (and so we are “looking for answers”, and follow those like John the Baptist who point to answers).  Then how God comes to us is pointed out to us.  We are instructed in the faith by the Church saying, “Behold the Christ!”  We follow, seeking more answers, and in staying with Jesus we receive the ultimate answer—His presence—to the point where we can go to another and say “We have found the Messiah”, and lead another to Christ.
What St. Andrew exemplifies is that we are not just “looking for answers”.  We proclaim that we have found the answer, the truth.  We proclaim the identity of this truth—Jesus.  This means that in whatever way I have been myself called, and in whatever way I have encountered Jesus, there is somebody else in my life to whom I can say “We have found the Messiah.”  There is somebody else in my life who I can lead to Christ.
Notice another congruence:  Andrew’s feast immediately precedes the First Sunday of Advent, the season in which we are reminded that we are to watch, to expect the coming of God.  The inclination to believe is, in fact, a gift of the Holy Spirit.  God is at work at all times in the lives of humans.  God always reaches out.  And because God reaches out we yearn, we seek.  The image and likeness in which each one of us is created yearns for completeness in union with the Creator (even when we cannot name what it is that yearns, what it is that is restless).  It is when we know and can name what (Who!) we yearn for that we can enter into real relationship.  The what (Who) must be named, just as Andrew has proclaimed to himself the identity of Jesus as the Lamb of God, and just as Andrew proclaims to Simon Peter that Jesus is Messiah.  As we watch, as we await God’s coming, let’s name God to each other and to all who look for “answers”.  Let’s participate in the ultimate naming of reality:  I AM—Father, Son and Holy Ghost—Jesus; to God who knows me and calls me. 

Don’t forget stewardship!  Thank you, to those who have pledged!  In order to fully fund the ministries of Grace Episcopal Church, we need all members to participate.  If you do not intend to pledge, for economic reasons, then let us know. We’ll be able to plan more faithfully, and also better walk alongside you if you are facing particular difficulties.  We are each part of one Body. 
If you do not intend to pledge for non-economic reasons, then please share your reasoning with either the clergy or a member of Vestry.  We need to know what it is that we are not doing, or have done, that has caused you to question your participation.
Stewardship is not optional.  Jesus tells us that where our treasure is their will be or hearts (Mtt. 6.21; Lk. 12.34).  Notice the order?  It’s the opposite of what most of us remember from Scripture.  Jesus is making the point that where we choose to invest ourselves matters; it forms us.  Be formed by what you invest value in. 

Plan on giving:  Pray now about the priorities God sets before you, and take the next step up in giving.  
  • Giving—offering to God—is not optional.  It is commanded by God that we offer Him our first fruits.  The biblical standard for giving is the tithe.  If you tithe you will never be poor!  The offering to God is pleasing to Him.
  • All things are God’s, not only because He creates them but because He redeems them.  The only thing that creatures can claim as their own is evil.
  • Stewardship extends to every aspect of life and work in the world.  Giving money to the Church is but one aspect of how we relate to our Creator.
  • The giving of alms means literally “to do acts of mercy” (Mtt. 6.2 in the original Greek).  A merciful heart is pleasing to God.
  • God commands His people to express their faith and love in active works of mercy (Jas. 2.15-17; 1 Jn. 3.17-18).
  • The alternative to giving always involves the words “me” and “mine”.  Substitute the word “God’s”!

Pray!  Pray about your own giving, and pray about the health of the parish.  A suggested prayer is:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:  Almighty God, it is by your blessing that we enjoy the ability to give.  All things come of you, and of your own do we give to you.  So open our hearts and fill us with your Spirit, that we may be moved to give to advance the mission of your Church, to press on the kingdom.  So open the hearts of all in the parish that together we may discern your will and do it, to be the salt and light in the world that you call and equip us to be; this, I pray, by and through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Jerry and Linda Molitor for the Sunday coffee hour
§  Ben Dobey for gardening.
§  Randie Barrows for maintenance in the kitchen.

Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!

Call for ContributionsIf you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.

Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited.  Please prayerfully consider a year end gift.

Music this Week:          The First Sunday of Advent
                                      Music Director:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                Meditation on ‘Ad te levavi’
                             (Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul)            Geoffrey Vintner
Entrance      58      Lo! He comes, with clouds descending,”                  St. Thomas
Offertory      61      “Sleepers awake! A voice astounds us,”                   Wachet auf
Communion Motet   O Dayspring                                               R. Benjamin Dobey
Communion 615     “Thy kingdom come!” on bended knee”                     St. Flavian
Closing        66       “Come thou long expected Jesus,”                              Stuttgart
Postlude               Chorale Prelude on Sleepers, Wake!                         J. S. Bach

Parish Notices:
§  Adult Christian Formation: This coming Sunday, December 3rd Jerry Molitor will begin a three week course on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
§  St Nicholas’ Visitation: This coming Sunday St. Nicholas will visit Grace Church at the 10:15 service. We invite all children to come and receive a treat.
§  Advent Lessons and Carols: On this coming Sunday a festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be offered at Grace Episcopal Church, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The festival prepares us for the coming of the Messiah by following the scriptural record through nine lessons, each followed by a seasonal carol offered by choir and congregation. The choir will also offer seasonal anthems, and music will include Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey on organ. The service is followed immediately by a High Tea reception.
§  Youth and Children’s Choir: Youth and Children’s choir rehearsals for the Christmas Eve service are at 5:30-6:00pm beginning Wednesday December 6th, downstairs in the choir room. Additional rehearsals will be on December 13th and 20th. The choir is open to 2nd graders through high school, and will sing for the 4pm service on Christmas Eve. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.
§  Christmas Pageant Rehearsals: Beginning on Sunday we will be holding rehearsals during Sunday School classes and on December 10th and 17th. Participation is open to youth of all ages. The Pageant will take place during the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass.  
§  Ugly Sweater Contest: Sunday, December 10th at 11:45 a.m. the Sunday School children will host and judge their first annual ugly Christmas sweater contest in St. Nicholas Hall! The rules are simple: wear your holiday tackiest, all in the spirit of laughter and fun. Don your “ugliest” Christmas sweaters, t-shirts, ties, suits and hats. The winner will receive a coveted award and have their picture on display until the 2018 contest. 
§  Salvation Army Adopt a Family Gift tags: Thank you who signed up with a Gift Tag. Please return the gifts to Grace Church by 5:00 p.m. December 5th. If you have any questions please call Nancy Yurk at 453-9948.
§  CHRISTMAS JOY: is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 21 at 11:00 AM in the church kitchen. At that time we will assemble winter greens and flowers and bag cookies and then make deliveries. (There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex.) We need helping hands. Can you bake, make a delivery and/or help arrange? Please join us for this fulfilling and fun ministry to our homebound and elderly. They will appreciate it. Call Barb MacEwen (920.912.4505) if you have questions.
§  Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible if you write your name on the envelope.
§  Missionaries in Croatia: Aaron and Winnie Horvat continue to impact lives in Croatia. Please pick up a copy of their latest newsletter, available on the table in the Narthex, and remember to continue to keep them in your prayers, especially the prayer requests listed in their newsletter.
§  Grace Notes is here: http://gracechurchgracenotes.blogspot.com/.  You can sign up to receive the blog every Thursday
§  Grace Abounds: http://www.graceabounds.online Sermons, podcasts, the Bible Challenge
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Reverent Silence

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
23 November 2017

On this Thanksgiving Day each of us may call to mind not only what I have to be thankful for but also what we are blessed with, we as a people gathered in community.  The gathering, the community is itself a blessing.  In all human gatherings there are, however, also issues of boundaries, and I want to address one.
Silence is golden.  So goes an old song.  And, as phrased by more than one contemplative, “Silence is God’s first language”.  In our modern world it is difficult to cultivate silence.  Silence is threatening to many who are used to being surrounded by some kind of background noise, even if the noise is not intended as entertainment.  But consider that if you remove the light pollution in the night sky by going to a remote area you can see many, many stars you would never otherwise see.  The night sky become alive in a different way.  The same is true of a soundscape.  When we remove the distractions of background noise we can pay better attention to what might really matter in our aural environment.
Silence is something we need to be more intentional about here at Grace Episcopal Church, before and after the Mass.  There is quite a lot of noise in the narthex, and even in the back of the nave, before and after each service begins.  The good thing about this noise is that it reflects social ministry and hospitality.  So don’t go around “shushing” people who are being welcoming!  But realize, as well, that there are people in the church who need quiet in order to better prepare themselves for worship.  They may sit quietly in order to better talk to God, or in order to better listen to the musical offering.
As a general rule:  Before worship, be quiet and talk to God.  During worship, be quiet and listen to God, as you raise your voice in prayer.  After worship, be quiet in the church, but then be as boisterous as you want in the fellowship hall.

Don’t forget stewardship!  Thank you, to those who have pledged!  In order to fully fund the ministries of Grace Episcopal Church, we need all members to participate.  If you do not intend to pledge, for economic reasons, then let us know. We’ll be able to plan more faithfully, and also better walk alongside you if you are facing particular difficulties.  We are each part of one Body. 
If you do not intend to pledge for non-economic reasons, then please share your reasoning with either the clergy or a member of Vestry.  We need to know what it is that we are not doing, or have done, that has caused you to question your participation.
Stewardship is not optional.  Jesus tells us that where our treasure is their will be or hearts (Mtt. 6.21; Lk. 12.34).  Notice the order?  It’s the opposite of what most of us remember from Scripture.  Jesus is making the point that where we choose to invest ourselves matters; it forms us.  Be formed by what you invest value in. 

Plan on giving:  Pray now about the priorities God sets before you, and take the next step up in giving.  
  • Giving—offering to God—is not optional.  It is commanded by God that we offer Him our first fruits.  The biblical standard for giving is the tithe.  If you tithe you will never be poor!  The offering to God is pleasing to Him.
  • All things are God’s, not only because He creates them but because He redeems them.  The only thing that creatures can claim as their own is evil.
  • Stewardship extends to every aspect of life and work in the world.  Giving money to the Church is but one aspect of how we relate to our Creator.
  • The giving of alms means literally “to do acts of mercy” (Mtt. 6.2 in the original Greek).  A merciful heart is pleasing to God.
  • God commands His people to express their faith and love in active works of mercy (Jas. 2.15-17; 1 Jn. 3.17-18).
  • The alternative to giving always involves the words “me” and “mine”.  Substitute the word “God’s”!

Pray!  Pray about your own giving, and pray about the health of the parish.  A suggested prayer is:

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit:  Almighty God, it is by your blessing that we enjoy the ability to give.  All things come of you, and of your own do we give to you.  So open our hearts and fill us with your Spirit, that we may be moved to give to advance the mission of your Church, to press on the kingdom.  So open the hearts of all in the parish that together we may discern your will and do it, to be the salt and light in the world that you call and equip us to be; this, I pray, by and through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Nicci Beeck and Bryan Stenz for the Sunday coffee hour following the 8 a.m. service.
§  Please than the following for the coffee hour following the 10:15 a.m. service, at which we enjoyed a reception in celebration of the baptism of Lochlan Whitford:  Jerry and Linda Molitor, Nick and Jenny Whitford, Bryan Stenz (hosts); Andrea Aparicio and Julie Davidson (cleanup).
§  Ben Dobey for gardening.
§  Bobbie May for janitorial help.

Special “Thank You’ s” :  A supply of Thank You note cards can be found on the table at the back of church nave.  When someone in the parish does something special, take the time to write them a personal note.  Also, from time to time, think about who you might want to thank for ongoing service, and let them know you have noticed!

Call for ContributionsIf you have a spiritual reflection to share, or want to point your fellow worshipers toward a resource, submit your contributions to Fr. Karl (by email) by Wednesday in the week of publication.

Don’t forget “Something Extra for Grace”:  Supplemental giving envelopes can be found in pews.  If you want to give something extra, please use an envelope to ensure that you are credited.  Please prayerfully consider a year end gift.

Music this Week:          The Last Sunday after Pentecost (Christ the King)
                                       Organist:  R. Benjamin Dobey

Prelude                  Benedictus                                       Siegfried Karg-Elert
Entrance      544    “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun”      Duke Street
Offertory      460    “Alleluia! sing to Jesus”                        Hyfrydol
Communion Motet   King of glory, King of peace               David Charles Walker
Communion 383     “Fairest Lord Jesus”                           St. Elizabeth
Closing        494     “Crown him with many crowns”            Diademata
Postlude               Trumpet Tune in D                             David N. Johnson

Parish Notices:
§  Adult Christian Formation: has been cancelled for Sunday, November 19th due to the holidays. On Sunday, December 3rd Jerry Molitor will begin a three week course on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.
§  Holiday Parade: On Sunday, November 19th, Grace Church will be selling cocoa and coffee, brownies, apple crisp and hotdogs, before and during the Holiday Parade which starts at 5:00 p.m. The money raised goes to outreach projects both near and far. Please come by the front of the church and enjoy a warm treat as you enjoy the parade, be sure to bring your friends!
§  St Nicholas’ Visitation: St. Nicholas will visit Grace Church next Sunday, December 3rd at the 10:15 service. We invite all children to come and receive a treat.
§  Advent Lessons and Carols: Next Sunday, December 3rd, a festival of Advent Lessons and Carols will be offered at Grace Episcopal Church, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The festival prepares us for the coming of the Messiah by following the scriptural record through nine lessons, each followed by a seasonal carol offered by choir and congregation. The choir will also offer seasonal anthems, and music will include Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey on organ. The service is followed immediately by a High Tea reception. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex for sweets and savories.
§  Tripartite Emmaus Meal: Will take place Saturday, December 2nd at the Salvation Army. We will need 10 volunteers from Grace: 2 people for Set-Up 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 8 people to serve dressed in holiday colored clothing 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. Then the servers eat together and do clean up. Bakers are also needed – for holiday desserts, cookies, cakes, bars, cupcakes – 6 plates/trays from Grace Church to be dropped off on the Saturday in the basement of the Salvation Army by 10:00 a.m. Please sign up on the sheets in the Narthex by Monday November 27th.
§  Youth and Children’s Choir: Youth and Children’s choir rehearsals for the Christmas Eve service are at 5:30-6:00pm beginning Wednesday December 6th, downstairs in the choir room. Additional rehearsals will be on December 13th and 20th. The choir is open to 2nd graders through high school, and will sing for the 4pm service on Christmas Eve. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex.
§  Christmas Pageant Rehearsals: will be held during Sunday School classes on December 3rd, 10th and 17th. Participation is open to youth of all ages. The Pageant will take place during the 4:00pm Christmas Eve Mass.  
§  Ugly Sweater Contest: Sunday, December 10th at 11:45 a.m. we will hold an ugly sweater contest in St. Nicholas Hall which will be judged by our Sunday School children. More details coming next week.
§  Salvation Army Adopt a Family Gift tags: We have the tree up, and all the name tags on it, for the Salvation Army Family gifts. Many gift tags are still remaining and we ask you to please take a name or two and follow the instructions on the table next to the tree. Please return the unwrapped gifts to Grace Church by December 8th. If you have any questions please call Nancy Yurk at 453-9948.
§  Ordination of Paul Aparicio,  Isaiah Brokenleg, and Bobbie Kraft: At 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 16th, at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Fond-du Lac, God willing and the people consenting, the Right Reverend Matthew Gunter, Eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac shall ordain Paul, Isaiah and Bobbie to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
§  Salvation Army Toy Shoppe: We are looking for volunteers from Grace Church to:
§  December 14th: Greet parents/guardians and assist with distribution of toys and gifts for local families. 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
§  December 18th: Organize and sort toy donations by age, gender and size. 10:00 – noon.
§  December 20th : Shop for each member of a family using lists provided by the parents.  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
§  Sign up sheets with time slots are on the table in the Narthex.
§  Something Extra for Grace: Envelopes are available in the pews if you are moved to give an extra gift, beyond your pledge or regular plate donation, toward the life of the church. Gifts are tax deductible if you write your name on the envelope.
§  Missionaries in Croatia: Aaron and Winnie Horvat continue to impact lives in Croatia. Please pick up a copy of their latest newsletter, available on the table in the Narthex, and remember to continue to keep them in your prayers, especially the prayer requests listed in their newsletter.
§  Grace Notes is here: http://gracechurchgracenotes.blogspot.com/.  You can sign up to receive the blog every Thursday
§  Grace Abounds: http://www.graceabounds.online Sermons, podcasts, the Bible Challenge
§  Like Grace Church on Facebook: @gracesheboygan
§  We Are on Itunes! Check out the new podcast!!!
§  Love INC Monthly Bulletin is now available online at: