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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Awareness

   Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
22 September 2016

I had a physical yesterday.  Everything is fine, but in reflecting on my health as I approach the end of my sixth decade, I am struck by how much more I notice about my own physical presence.  It’s not that my knees hurt (sometimes they do!); it’s that I am aware of them.  I am aware of my knees when I walk or bend or squat, in ways that were never a part of my younger years, when the functioning of my knees was such as to be unnoticed in fluidity.  We do wear out, but until a part reaches a certain level of wear, we just don’t give it any thought.
Which brings us to the life of the Body of Christ, the Church.  We are reminded by St. Paul that we are one Body with many members, each member having specific gifts that may be offered in specific ways (Rom. 12.; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4).  When these gifts are offered, wear can result in the giver.  However, unlike how a machine wears or our physical bodies do, when there is wear in the giver renewal is available by and through the Holy Spirit.  But what does this renewal look like?  How do we facilitate this renewal?
In the discussions attendant on the visits of the Commission of Congregational Vitality this past Spring we were able to identify and name the bless├Ęd reality that the 80:20 rule really does not apply at Grace.  The number/proportion of parishioners involved in some kind of ministry is quite high.  There is turnover and renewal, and service in particular ministries for particular seasons.  But is this always automatic, seamless, fluid to the point of being unnoticed except by the individuals involved?  Perhaps we need to be more aware of the members of the Body (the way I am aware of my knees); we need to notice how they function, so that if signs of wear are present we can take steps to foster both strength and renewal.
A good place to start in awareness is in thanksgiving.  In this blog each week we offer thanks to those who have served in some special way over the prior week.  But these thanksgivings do not call out those who serve week-in, week-out, like acolytes, lectors, choristers, teachers, ushers, volunteers in the community, prayer warriors.  Let’s start, therefore, to not only be more aware but more proactive in how we offer thanks.  Let’s do this two ways:  (1) On any given day when you are at the parish, thank someone you observe in ministry.  Thank them for their service, their giving of self, and when you do, reflect on how you are called to serve.  (2) Call the office, send an email, etc. to specifically identify those whose service outside of the normal round needs to be recognized with thanksgivings in the weekly blog.  And add a third way:  Thank God that He send His Spirit to all whom He calls to serve.  Thank Him that He calls and equips you.

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Bobbie May for giving the kitchen an additional commercial grade cleaning.
§  Ellen Aparicio for the Sunday coffee hour.
§  Pat Ford Smith for help in the office.

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.

Energy Conservation!  Please treat Grace as your home.  If you turn something on, turn it off!  Don’t assume anyone else will lock or turn off.  Our utility bill was $300 above normal last month!

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.
Special appeal:  Later this Fall we will have a grounds cleanup day that will include ground cover and shrubbery trimming.  We are, however, overdue for major reshaping of shrubbery, and the arbor vitae which flank the church entrance are out-of-control.  Quotations for shrub reshaping and removal/replacement of the arbor vitae run into the thousands of dollars.  Major work will not be a 2016 initiative, but we are appealing for your donations now, to build a fund for work in the Spring of 2017.  Keep Grace beautiful!  Give “Something Extra”.
Update:  Our acolyte who was injured at Mass in the Grass is making a good recovery.  Many thanks for prayers!
The Processional Cross will be restored.  This will begin next Monday, and while the cross is out for repair (which will take some months) we will have a loaner.  For those who are responding to our appeal for help in defraying costs, please know that a parishioner has offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations for this project, up to a very generous limit.  If you wish to help, please us a “Something Extra for Grace” envelope and mark “Processional Cross” on the envelope or in a check memo. line.

Music this Week:          The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21C)
                                      Organist:  Ben Dobey. 

Entrance Hymn  477      “All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine”        Engleberg
Offertory Hymn   583    “O holy city, seen of John”  Morning Song
Communion Motet        “Dear Lord and Father”  C. Hubert H, Parry
Closing Hymn 438         “Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord”   Woodlands

Parish Notices

§  Adult Christian Formation: Begins on Sunday, September 25th  at 9:00 a.m. A six-week course, The Christian Worldview Through the Artists’ Eyes, will be taught by Christi Jentz, a professional artist, illuminator and inconographer resident at St. Josaphat’s Basilica in Milwaukee. The first class explored the contrast between a Christian worldview and the secular, followed by a brief overview of Christian artistic expression from Early Christian times to the present day.
§  Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals: Next Saturday at 9:00 a.m., October 1st, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis (transferred). Following mass there will be the Blessing of the Animals.
§  Sunday School Snacks: One activity that is a favorite of the children is sharing in a snack together and serving each other in the Name of Christ. If you are able, we would so appreciate donated snacks and juice boxes.  Snack ideas include crackers, applesauce, fruit snacks, popcorn or any other non-perishable item you think they might like. String cheese, fresh fruit and veggies are also welcome, just alert Ms. Nicci or M. Andrea if you placed something in the refrigerator and we'll be sure to use them. Thank you!
§  “Here I Am” Circle of Light Process: Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  “Here I Am” is a six-month long process of meeting with other seekers and a facilitator to listen and discern God’s calling in your life. Perhaps God is calling you to a ministry in your neighborhood, at work, in the wider community or in your church. This small group meets every 2-3 weeks. The first two sessions are on Sunday, September 25th and Sunday, October 16th 3-5 p.m. at All Saints, 100 N. Drew St. Appleton.  To participate both sessions must be attended. For more information, you may email Mother Jane Johnson at mthrjane@gmail.com or rector@intercessionsp.org.
§  Catechumenate will begin: Catechumenate is a nine-month course in the basics of the Faith and its practice. It is a period of training and instruction in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life. It includes the Sacrament of Baptism, if you are not already baptized, and culminates in Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. The Catechumenate will meet on an evening each week starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class will begin in late September and will continue until May when Bishop Matthew Gunter makes his annual visitation. The study is led by Deacon Michele Whitford, the Parish Catechist. If you would like to be a part of this exciting study and fellowship or would like more information, please call the office 452-9659 or e -mail Deacon Michele at mwhitford@gracesheboygan.com. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  26th Annual Coats for Kids: is a community service campaign that over the last 25 years the community has donated 20,000 coats to those in need. Area residents are asked to donate clean coats in good repair. We accept coats of all sizes for people of all ages, with the need being greatest for children’s coats. These coats will be distributed to Sheboygan county residents who would otherwise go without. Drop off location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12 St. Sheboygan, Tuesday, September 6th – Wednesday, October 19th, Monday–Friday 8:30am–4:00 pm.
§  Distribution Location: Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave. Sheboygan, Friday, October 21st, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
§  The Art of Neighboring: On October 3rd, Love INC invites you to an evening of Celebration, Inspiration and Transformation with Dave Runyon, co-author of the book The Art of Neighboring. The evening will begin with worship and praise for all God has been doing and will continue to do for our Neighbors-In-Need. Dave Runyon will share insight from his book to inspire and challenge us all to see how God’s Love can change you, your Church, and your neighborhood. Discussion will follow along with prayer focused on transformation in our lives, our Churches, and ultimately our neighborhoods. This event will take place on October 3rd, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at City Church, 2313 N. 31st Street, Sheboygan. To register go to: http://loveincsheboygancounty.org/
Walsingham Pilgrimage Music and Flowers: The Walsingham Pilgrimage is just around the corner and preparations are being made. Music will include the Gaudete Brass again this year. As you are able, please donate so we can once again offer beautiful music that has become so much a part of the pilgrimage and the flowers that add so much to the beauty of holiness. Please make your check out to Grace Church with Walsingham music or flowers or both in the memo. Reservations are required for lunch at a cost of $20 per person and will be served at noon on Saturday. Please make your reservations by using the sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex or by calling Grace office at 452-9659.
§  Our Lady of Walsingham Pilgrimage
§  Friday, October 14, 2016
Quiet Day of Prayer and Meditation.
12:00pm Service for Noonday and Meditation
3:00pm Service of Prayer and Meditation
5:00pm Holy Rosary
6:00pm Solemn Evensong and Meditation
The Meditations will be led by The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Holtzen, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at Nashotah House
Musical offering by the combined choirs of Nashotah House Seminary and the parish.
§  Saturday, October 15, 2016
Pilgrimage
10:30 am Solemn Pontifical Mass with procession of Our Lady
Celebrant is The Right Reverend Matthew A. Gunter, Eighth Bishop of Fond du Lac.
The preacher is The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Holtzen, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at Nashotah House.
Choral and organ music will include Dr. R. Benjamin Dobey Organist
and the Gaudete Brass Quintet of Chicago.
12:00 pm Harvest Lunch. The cost is $20.00.
Please make reservations by October 7, 2016.
2:00pm Anointing with Walsingham water and Healing Prayer,
musical offering, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
To register and for more information: (920) 452-9659 office@gracesheboygan.com www.gracesheboygan.com
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Being Jesus' Arms

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
15 September 2016

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  So said Franklin D. Roosevelt in his first inaugural address, to a country mired in economic depression.  We can recall these words, and add to them the far deeper words of the Apostle John, “perfect love casts out fear” (1 Jn. 4.18), when we consider our own questions about the Church in the public square.  This issue surfaced in the run-up to Mass in the Grass.  One parishioner expressed concern that celebrating the Holy Eucharist in public “might make us a target,” and when an acolyte fell during the service another expressed an initial fear that he had been shot!  This is, of course, a commentary on the state of our society more than it is a commentary on faith, but let’s examine how faith intersects with fears like this.
Recent data indicate that 43% of Americans now self-identify as those not having any religious affiliation.  If we consider, as well, that many Americans who self-identify as Christians are not active in any worshiping community, the reality is apparent that practicing Christians are a minority in this country.  The great (and easy) temptation is, therefore, to withdraw, to just group with like-thinking people.  And yet Jesus, speaking to people facing actual persecution, says “go”.  John, speaking to those facing actual persecution reminds that perfect love—abiding with God—casts out all fear, for if God is for us, who can be against us?
Many can and will be against us in how we proclaim the Good News of God in Christ Jesus.  But in the eternal present of God’s presence and blessing, their opposition, whatever its form, or their more common indifference or even contempt, amounts to exactly nothing as compared to God’s plan and reign.
Each of is in baptism “sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked as Christ’s own for ever”.  Far from being tempted to withdraw, let us “press on the kingdom,” knowing that when we share our faith God is using us to plant seed in the hearts of those who do not know Him.  We serve a Lord whose sign is not a circle—something which encloses—but the Cross, that which reaches outward.  In the words of a prayer for mission from Morning Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace:  So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name.  Amen.
God uses each one of us as these arms!

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Bobbie May for giving the kitchen a commercial grade cleaning.
§  Elizabeth Schaffenburg for service in pastoral care.
Mass in the Grass:  What a success this was!  There are many people to thank, and I’m bound to miss some, but we can start by giving a big “thank you” to Bryan Stenz, who headed the planning and execution committee.  I personally witnessed Bryan, together with Paul Aparicio, Randie Barrows, and Nick Whitford loading and transporting a van load of material late on Saturday evening, and after the celebration on Sunday.  (Thank you, as well, to Dcn. Mike Burg and Advantage Prototype Systems, Inc. for the loan of the van.)  Others worked hard in set-up and hospitality, including Mary Snyder and Tom Wright and Traci Revis.  Many people supplied savories, and Bernie Markevitch prepared salads.  Please let us know who else helped:  in providing food, in roasting the pig, in setup and cleanup.  We’ll add them next week.  We thank, as well, our partners at St. Paul’s, Plymouth, and St. Peter’s Falls, and all the guests who joined us in celebration.
Addendum:  Here’s a more complete list of those who helped with Mass in the Grass:
Pig Roasting: Ed Clabots, Bryan Stenz, Paul Aparicio, St. Paul's parishioners, St. Peter's Parishioners
Corn: St. Paul's parishioners
Side Salads: Bernie
Baked Goods and Chips: Grace parishioners, St. Paul's parishioners, St. Peter's parishioners
Buns and drinks: St. Peter's Parishioners
Setup: Randy Barrows, John Davis, Jim Gardner, Scott Gedemer, Tom Wright, Mary Snyder, Scott Fabiano, Paul Aparicio, Bryan Stenz, Nick Whitford, Ellen Aparicio, St. Paul's parishioners, St. Peter's Parishioners
Music: Nick Whitford, St. Peter's Parishioners
Ushers:  Ed Clabots, Scott Gedemer
Lector: Katy Larson
Crucifer: Thomas Sanders
Kids games: Pat Ford Smith
Sunday School Registration: Nicci Beck
Clean-up: Art and Nancy Imig, Paul Aparicio, Bryan Stenz, Nick Whitford, Scott Fabiano, Randy Barrows, Leslie Kohler, Pat Ford Smith, St. Paul's parishioners, St. Peter's Parishioners



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.

Energy Conservation!  Please treat Grace as your home.  If you turn something on, turn it off!  Don’t assume anyone else will lock or turn off.  Our utility bill was $300 above normal last month!

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.
Special appeal:  Later this Fall we will have a grounds cleanup day that will include ground cover and shrubbery trimming.  We are, however, overdue for major reshaping of shrubbery, and the arbor vitae which flank the church entrance are out-of-control.  Quotations for shrub reshaping and removal/replacement of the arbor vitae run into the thousands of dollars.  Major work will not be a 2016 initiative, but we are appealing for your donations now, to build a fund for work in the Spring of 2017.  Keep Grace beautiful!  Give “Something Extra”.
Update:  Our acolyte who was injured at Mass in the Grass is making a good recovery.  Many thanks for prayers!
The Processional Cross will be restored.  This will begin next Monday, and while the cross is out for repair (which will take some months) we will have a loaner.  For those who are responding to our appeal for help in defraying costs, please know that a parishioner has offered to match, dollar-for-dollar, all donations for this project, up to a very generous limit.  If you wish to help, please us a “Something Extra for Grace” envelope and mark “Processional Cross” on the envelope or in a check memo. line.

Music this Week:          The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20C)
                                      Organist:  Ben Dobey.  The choir resumes service this
                                      Sunday!

Entrance Hymn  518      “Christ is made the sure foundation”   Westminster Abbey
Offertory Anthem         “From the Rising of the Sun,”             F.A. Fore Ouseley;
                                                                                               Malachi 1:11
Communion Motet        “O Taste and See”                            R. Vaughan Williams
Communion Hymn 475 “God Himself is with us,”                                         Tysk
Closing Hymn 559         “Lead us, heavenly Father, Lead us,”        Dulce Carmen

Parish Notices

§  Parents!  Please prevent your children from playing in/with the wheel chairs.  Two have now required repair.
§  Rector’s Forum: At 9:00 a.m., on Sunday, September 18th, there will be a Rector’s Forum on the music program going forward.
§  Sunday School: begins Sunday, September 18th!
o   3-k through 1st Grade with Mrs. Andrea (Aparicio), Ms. MaryAnn (Portz) and Mrs. Danielle (Whitford)
o   2nd through 5th Grade with Mrs. Nicci (Beeck)
o   6th-12th with Mr. Nick (Whitford)
o   The teachers have missed those familiar faces and are looking forward to some new ones, too.
§  Sunday School Snacks: One activity that is a favorite of the children is sharing in a snack together and serving each other in the Name of Christ. If you are able, we would so appreciate donated snacks and juice boxes.  Snack ideas include crackers, applesauce, fruit snacks, popcorn or any other non-perishable item you think they might like. String cheese, fresh fruit and veggies are also welcome, just alert Mrs. Nicci or Mrs. Andrea if you placed something in the refrigerator and we'll be sure to use them. Thank you!
§  Family Game Night: will take place Friday night, September 23rd, 6-8 pm in St. Nicholas Hall.

§  Youth Group: will meet Sunday, September 18th in St Nicholas Hall, 5-7 p.m.
§  Cursillo Ultreya: This is a reunion of those who have attended Cursillo, but anyone is welcome to attend. Sunday, September 18th at St. Mark’s, Waupaca, 2-5 p.m. for fellowship, food and sharing stories of faith. Attendees are asked to bring snacks to share. Address is 415 South Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981
§  Adult Christian Formation: Begins on September 25th at 9:00 a.m.  A six-week course, The Christian Worldview Through the Artists’ Eyes, will be taught by Christi Jentz, a professional artist, illuminator and iconographer resident at St. Josaphat’s Basilica in Milwaukee. The first class will explore the contrast between a Christian worldview and the secular, followed by a brief overview of Christian artistic expression from Early Christian times to the present day.
§  “Here I Am” Circle of Light Process: Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  “Here I Am” is a six-month long process of meeting with other seekers and a facilitator to listen and discern God’s calling in your life. Perhaps God is calling you to a ministry in your neighborhood, at work, in the wider community or in your church. This small group meets every 2-3 weeks. The first session begins on Sunday, September 25th, 3-5 p.m. at All Saints, 100 N. Drew St. Appleton. For more information, you may email Mother Jane Johnson at mthrjane@gmail.com 
§  Catechumenate will begin: Catechumenate is a nine-month course in the basics of the Faith and its practice. It is a period of training and instruction in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life. It includes the Sacrament of Baptism, if you are not already baptized, and culminates in Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. The Catechumenate will meet on an evening each week starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class will begin in late September and will continue until May when Bishop Matthew Gunter makes his annual visitation. The study is led by Deacon Michele Whitford, the Parish Catechist. If you would like to be a part of this exciting study and fellowship or would like more information, please call the office 452-9659 or e -mail Deacon Michele at mwhitford@gracesheboygan.com. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  Deacon Michele Whitford: is traveling Sunday, September 4th through Wednesday, September 21st.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Saying "Yes" in Sacrificial Service

Grace Episcopal Church
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Grace Notes
8 September 2016

Tomorrow is the Feast of Constance and Her Companions, the Martyrs of Memphis (d. 1878), who died in caring for victims of the yellow fever epidemic which killed one third of the population of Memphis, Tennessee.  The story of the plague is related by Molly Caldwell Crosby in her 2007 book, The American Plague.  Those responsible for medical care were principally religious from Memphis and Boston, including physicians ordained as priests.  The cathedral in Memphis served as the main hospital for fever victims, and the beautiful high altar at the cathedral is a memorial to the nuns who there perished as nurses.  The grave of the martyr priests is inscribed, “Greater Love Hath No Man”. 
Saints are not just ancient and distant.  Saints are around us today, and the example we see in Constance and her companions is that being Christ-centered means that the Cross is always a part of following our Lord; dying to self is always a part of new birth in new creation.  This is a reality that testifies both against the culture (in which self-focus is very much reinforced) and against the message of those churches which preach a “prosperity gospel,” in which the message is focused on how God wants to bless us (which is true), and how this will be manifested in material blessings (which, while possible, is not because of God’s giving of Himself), and about how God wants to bless you “this way” (pick:  usually some variation of worldly success) if you follow this program, and buy the preacher’s book (which is certainly false). 
When Jesus calls us to follow Him, this is to the cross.  We participate in the redemption of the world through the giving of self, of Christ in us as His Body.  This may involve suffering; it certainly involves giving of self.  In professing to follow Jesus we must each ask him/herself:  How is Jesus calling me to give of myself?  Is this in sacrificial service (which need not be dramatic)?  It can in as simple as regularly visiting a shut-in, but it will involve saying “no” to another option I might have.  Is this call to give to be lived out in the ministry of a “prayer warrior,” who  intercedes for others, others who most often won’t know that you are praying for them?  Is this call to be lived in your faithfulness in gathering for worship?  Is this call to be answered in material giving, saying “no” to buying something for myself in order that I may give to support the ministry of the Church?
Rarely will sacrificial giving be as public and complete as that of Constance and her companions.  Rarely will any be called to such martyrdom, but may we pray that if we are ever so called, we may be open to the grace to all who turn to God!

Grace aboundsPlease thank: 
§  Kevan and Traci Revis, Jennifer Pawlus and Grace Zangara for the Sunday coffee hours.
§  Hospitality (Jean Fisher funeral reception):  Cooking and set-up = Barb MacEwen, Bernie Markevitch, Mary Snyder; Cleanup = Fr. John Ambelang, Pat Ford Smith, Bobbie May, Pat Sather, Mary Snyder.

Thank you:  Ed and I want to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and notes of sympathy at the recent illness and death of my mother, Jean Fisher.  Although she was a member of the parish for the five years that she lived in Sheboygan, she was a shut in, so most of you never met her.  A special thanks to anyone who helped with her funeral and lunch last Saturday. I am not sure I know the names of all the helpers, and i don't want to leave anyone out.  I am very thankful to Ben Dobey for playing for the service, and Bernie Markevitch for doing the flowers and the lunch.   Barb McEwen baked brownies for the luncheon using mom's recipe, and she and Mary Snyder and several more luncheon helpers made it all very special.  We heard from several people that this was the best funeral lunch they had ever eaten.  (Not from members of Grace, since they are used to Bernie's menus!)    Thanks also to the altar guild, and to Deacon Michele and to Ellen for the planning and bulletins.  And thanks to everyone who came. Her family is not large and my cousins are geographically spread out.  When you are 94, and have moved to your daughter's city, you don't have many available friends. It was so nice to  have so many at church.                                                                                          —Mary & Ed

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.

Energy Conservation!  It has become almost a daily occurrence to find a light or air conditioning unit running in empty/unoccupied space, or a thermostat set to run the unit without stop, or a door left unlocked.  Please treat Grace as your home.  If you turn it on, turn it off!  Don’t assume anyone else will lock or turn off.  Our utility bill was $300 above normal last month!

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.
Special appeal:  Later this Fall we will have a grounds cleanup day that will include ground cover and shrubbery trimming.  We are, however, overdue for major reshaping of shrubbery, and the arbor vitae which flank the church entrance are out-of-control.  Quotations for shrub reshaping and removal/replacement of the arbor vitae run into the thousands of dollars.  Major work will not be a 2016 initiative, but we are appealing for your donations now, to build a fund for work in the Spring of 2017.  Keep Grace beautiful!  Give “Something Extra”.

Music this Week:          The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19C)
                                      “Mass in the Grass”:  Joint service with St. Paul’s,
                                       Plymouth and St. Peter’s, Sheboygan Falls

Entrance Hymn  8         “Morning has broken,”                                      Bunessan
Offertory Hymn             “Seek Ye First,”  Karen Lafferty
Communion Motet        “Amazing Grace,” (My Chains are Gone)
Communion Hymn 488 “By thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,”               Slane
Closing Hymn 376         “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee”                      Hymn to Joy

Parish Notices

§  Mass on Monday, September 12th: will begin at 5:30 p.m. instead of 12:10 p.m.
§  Deacon School: will begin Saturday, September 17th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.  This first class in September will cover the church in America in colonial times and the origins of Anglo-Catholicism.
§  Sunday School registration: Classes begin September 18th. Please look for the Sunday School table at Mass In The Grass with registration paperwork, classroom lesson schedules, and snack ideas. Grace offers classes for children of all ages at 9 am on Sundays:
    • 3-k through 1st Grade with Mrs. Andrea (Aparicio), Ms. MaryAnn (Portz) and Mrs. Danielle (Whitford)
    • 2nd through 5th Grade with Mrs. Nicci (Beeck)
    • 6th-12th with Mr. Nick (Whitford)
    • If you don’t have children to register, how about your grandkids? How about your neighbors’ kids or grandkids? Help us teach the little children how much Jesus loves them, by bringing them to Grace’s Sunday School beginning September 18th!
§  Sunday School Snacks: It's that time of year again! A time for learning and Christian formation with our littles in Sunday School.  One activity that is a favorite of the children is sharing in a snack together and serving each other in the Name of Christ.  If you are able, we would so appreciate donated snacks and juice boxes.  Snack ideas include crackers, applesauce, fruit snacks, popcorn or any other non-perishable item you think they might like.  String cheese, fresh fruit and veggies are also welcome, just alert Ms Nicci or Ms Andrea if you placed something in the refrigerator and we'll be sure to use them. Thank you!
§  Youth Group: will meet Sunday, September 18th, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
§  Catechumenate will begin: Catechumenate is a nine-month course in the basics of the Faith and its practice. It is a period of training and instruction in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life. It includes the Sacrament of Baptism, if you are not already baptized, and culminates in Confirmation, Reception, or Renewal of Baptismal Vows. The Catechumenate will meet on an evening each week starting at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The class will begin in late September and will continue until May when Bishop Matthew Gunter makes his annual visitation. The study is led by Deacon Michele Whitford, the Parish Catechist. If you would like to be a part of this exciting study and fellowship or would like more information, please call the office 452-9659 or e -mail Deacon Michele at mwhitford@gracesheboygan.com. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§  “Here I Am” Circle of Light:  Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  “Here I Am” is a six-month long process of meeting with other seekers and a facilitator to listen and discern God’s calling in your life.  Perhaps God is calling you to a ministry in your neighborhood, at work, in the wider community or in your church. This small group meets every 2-3 weeks for a couple of hours. The first session begins on Sunday, September 25th, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at All Saints, 100 N. Drew St., Appleton. For more information you may email Mother Jane Johnson at mthrjane@gmail.com.
§  Deacon Michele Whitford: is traveling Sunday, September 4th through Wednesday, September 21st.
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