Commemoration of Alfred, King of the Saxons[i]
Greetings To Everyone at Grace Church on this beautiful day –
Please continue to keep both the Palestinians and the Israelis in your prayers, together with the leaders of the nations, that there be an end to this conflict and a just and lasting peace in the Middle East.
There seems to be quite a lot going on, starting with this afternoon’s 5:00 Poetry Reading and Book Signing by Justin Ahren, the Poet Laureate for the Vineyard. The Reading will be in the Parish Hall later this afternoon and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be offered as well.
As you can see in the above photo, Cotuit Solar installed solar panels on the roof of the Parish Hall earlier this week. This is huge! The next step is for Eversource to review their work, install a new meter, give us Permission to Operate (PTO), and turn our new system on. The timing is expected to take two to three weeks before our new system is operational. This means that, once it is on, our Church, Parish Hall, and Offices will be primarily powered by the sun. We’ll still be attached to the grid, but our use and expense should be less than it is now.
Speaking of energy efficiency, there is a way you can become more energy efficient at home as well: Thanks to Abby Bates and the work of the Interfaith Climate Action Group, representatives of Vineyard Power came to the Group’s meeting this week. The takeaway is that if you request an energy audit of your home (which is free) through Mass Save, you may be eligible for
To sign up for a no-cost Home Energy Assessment, call 508 504-9508 or visit www.masssave.com/vineyard. The advantage of going through Vineyard Power is that they use Vineyard Contractors to do the work. Stay local!
Diocesan Convention is Tomorrow and Saturday – stay tuned for a report on Sunday. If you want to watch the proceedings, including the Diocesan Eucharist, you can join the livestream of the Saturday sessions via the diocesan YouTube channel ("Live" tab) at:
Click here for the Holy Eucharist service booklet.
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Sunday School will meet again this Sunday, starting with a 9:45 drop off…
Thank you to everyone who helped make last Sunday’s Homecoming Alumni Reunion such a success! Thank you to everyone who brought food to share – it was delicious! Thank you to the unsung heroes: all who set up and those who cleaned up – the essentials that get overlooked.
Last time of asking for Halloween candy! We have six full bags of Halloween candy – thank you! Seven bags would be even better, and you can drop it off at Church or at the Parish Hall. We will distribute candy in front of the Church (on William Street) from approximately 4:30 until 8:30 or until we run out of candy. Anyone who would like to help, please meet us there; some level of costume is preferred…
Looking into November:
Teri Culletto will offer a bread-making workshop and book signing at 9:00am on Saturday, November 4 in the Parish Kitchen; please email Heather Raveling at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
On the same day, November 4, the Vestry will be at a retreat from 11am-2pm.
Sunday, November 5, is the Sunday after All Saints’. This is the Sunday we pay particular attention to the Intercommunion between the living and the dead, and we will read the names of those who have died over the past year at both services. Also, it being the first Sunday of the month, Carolyn Eddy and Gloria Wong will offer prayers for healing immediately after Communion as part of the service. All are welcome to join us.
Thank you for your help in making Grace Church a vibrant community and for the gift of your life in ours.
God bless you, and God keep you safe,
The Reverend Stephen Harding