Friday, October 13th, 2023
Greetings to Everyone at Grace Church –
The focus this week has been the conflict between Hamas and Israel and the rising potential of a humanitarian crisis. The situation is one of horror and devastation, and it is difficult to see what the outcome will be. Regardless of the outcome, our faith as Episcopalians requires us to ‘seek and serve Christ in all people and to respect the dignity of every human being’. That is, to acknowledge and see value in every human life and to work against the dehumanization of the Other.
Our Bishops have issued a Statement on Israel and Palestine that can be found here, and I, with others from Grace Church, plan to attend the Hebrew Center’s 5:30pm Community Service later this afternoon. Please feel free to join us.
Thank you to the Right Reverend Ian T. Douglas for providing information from the Office of Government Relations (which provides a vehicle to email our elected representatives) and access to The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Please visit any or all of these websites and/or the ones included at the end of our Bishops’ Statement to stay informed of the Episcopal Church’s response.
Covid-19: Please be aware that cases of covid are increasing. We encourage you to take appropriate safety precautions. Please note that masks are now encouraged at all our indoor services. Masks will be available for all services and meetings at Grace Church until further notice.
Sunday School will meet again this Sunday! All children are welcome and invited to join us, beginning with a 9:45 drop-off time in the Chapel. Any parent or parishioner interested in helping teach our children please see Susan Hoehn or Fr. Stephen.
Newsletter in a new format: The weekly newsletter is now also available on our website https://www.graceepiscopalmv.org/newsletters – please visit and share the weekly newsletter on your social media platforms!
MV CROP Hunger walk is this Sunday, October 15th: the CROP Hunger Walk is an annual tradition for Grace Church and a fundraiser to raise money for the needs of hungry people around the world and on Martha’s Vineyard. The idea is to walk the three miles from St. Augustine’s Church to the drawbridge and back, and invite others to sponsor your walk with a donation to “Crop Walk”. To register to walk and/or make a donation, either go online to https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2023/teams?event=marthasvineyard, scroll to the bottom of the page, find “Browse Existing Teams”, and click on Grace Church’s name; OR sign up at the Board in the Parish Hall.
Grace Church’s Alumni Homecoming Sunday is October 22nd! Please save the date to join us. If you haven’t been to Grace Church in a while, used to come to church here, were married here, had parents who got married here, went to Grace Church Pre-School, came here for a lobster roll, or have any other connection, we invite you back for an open house so that we can show you what we’re doing. If you’re a parishioner (= anyone within the parish boundaries: i.e., on Martha’s Vineyard or, thanks to our online services, anywhere in the world), and know someone who used to go here and now doesn’t, invite them to join you on the 22nd!
The schedule for the 22nd is as follows:
8:00am Said Eucharist
10:00am Choral Eucharist
11:30am-3:30pm Open House
4:00pm Evening Prayer
MV Poet Laureate book signing at Grace Church October 26th: Justen Ahren, the MV Poet Laureate, will be at Grace Church for a book signing on Thursday, October 26th from 5-6pm. All are welcome – Please post this on your social media platforms. Refreshments will be served.
Third time of asking for Halloween Candy: Every Halloween, Grace Church is visited by between 700 and 1,000 ghosts, vampires, dinosaurs, clowns, princesses; ghouls, goblins, and other creatures too terrifying to mention. If you would like to donate a bag or two of Halloween candy (bring it to church or drop it off during the week), that would be great – thank you!
Thank you all for your generosity and for your prayers for the Middle East.
Stay safe, and
God bless you,
The Reverend Stephen Harding, Rector