Grace Episcopal Church
1 September 2016
The Music Committee have received applications for the position of Music Director, with applicants contacting us from six different states. In evaluating the applicants the committee will, of course, consider their musical gifts and qualifications, but the focus will be—as it must be in all that we do—what gifts in ministry are offered, and how does God intend to use these gifts?
I have written in the past about the beauty of holiness, and about how our identity as a parish gathered in the beauty of holiness includes how we will continue to seek to offer music in worship that offers God glory. But we cannot assume that just because we might experience beauty here that others will know about this and come to us. Beauty can only be experienced by others in how we take this beauty to them. To this end we are into our second year of outreach through our web ministries, Grace Abounds, but it is also our intention to work in 2017 to establish an outreach program based on the “Voice for Life” curriculum of The Royal School of Church Music, to establish a children’s’ and youth chorus which will participate in worship here.
We are not just trying to build a youth chorale! This is not about identifying children from families with musical resources, and recruiting them. This initiative will be focused on at-risk children, at-risk youth; those lacking in resources at home; those who will not, otherwise, be exposed to music and beauty and worship. In recruiting a Music Director we will, therefore, focus on his or her spiritual gifts in outreach and development. But, even if we succeed in finding a person with the necessary gifts in outreach and the necessary musical gifts, the program will need others to help. Please pray about how you may be called to be an adult who helps in supervising a children’s after-school program. This might involve just being present to “herd cats”. It might involve getting to know a child and family, to help with homework. It might involve preparing snacks.
Jesus tells us that what we need in ministry is … needs, those to whom the Good News of God in Christ Jesus must be proclaimed; with whom it must be shared. “Church” and the life of faith must be as much about what is outside of our doors as inside. Pray about how you can help in this outreach.
Grace abounds: Please thank:
§ Dale and Mary Massey, and the Boland/McIntosh family for the Sunday coffee hours.
§ Scott Gedemer and Karl Schaffenburg for lawn care.
§ Elizabeth Schaffenburg for janitorial help during Bill’s vacation.
§ Ben Dobey for a thorough cleanup of the columbarium court yard.
Call for Contributions: If 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.
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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18C)
Organist: Thomas Pibal
Cantor: Bernie Markevitch
Entrance Hymn 377 “All people that on earth do dwell,” Old 100th
Offertory Hymn 423 “Immortal, invisible, God only wise,” St. Denio
Communion Hymn 707 “Take my life and let it be,” Hollingside
Closing Hymn 473 “Lift high the cross,” Crucifer
§ Choir: Choir rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00 pm. All voices are welcome, but we especially need tenors and basses. You don’t need to be a trained singer, an opera star, or a Broadway sensation – you just need a desire to share the love of Christ through music! “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19
§ Mass in the Grass: Please join us on Sunday, September 11th for an outdoor Mass and All Church Picnic together with the parish of St. Peter, Sheboygan Falls and the parish of St. Paul, Plymouth. This event will take place at Deland Community Center, 901 Broughton Dr., Sheboygan, beginning with Mass at 10:00 a.m. with lunch following. There will be games and activities for our children’s enjoyment. Inviting guests is encouraged. There will be ONE MASS only that day. We are asking for donations of cookies/bars, potato chips, and monetary donations to defray the costs which will be shared amongst all three parishes. We are asking for volunteers for set-up and clean-up and two individuals to help in roasting the pigs the day before. Please sign up on the sheet on the Narthex table.
§ Sunday School registration: Yea, it’s almost time for Sunday School to begin – September 18th! The teachers have missed those familiar faces and are looking forward to some new ones, too. Look for the Sunday School table at Mass in the Grass, Sunday, September 11th. Registration paperwork, classroom lesson schedules, Christmas pageant practice schedules, Operation Christmas Child information and snack ideas will be on hand. See you for sign up! 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!
§ 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 at 452-9659 or e-mail Deacon Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the Narthex.
§ Deacon Michele Whitford: Will be traveling Sunday, September 4th through Wednesday, September 21st.
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