Commemoration of St. Michael and all Angels
Greetings to Everyone at Grace Church on this rainy Friday afternoon!
I hope that, wherever you are, you can take a moment for a cup of tea, pause what you’re doing, exhale, simply be in the moment of a rainy, gray, cooler Friday afternoon. The week’s activity is coming to a close, the weekend beckons, and this moment of being in-between to finish tasks, put things in order, and anticipate what is to come, is a moment that doesn’t present itself all that often…
Covid-19: I received emails from two clergy colleagues on the Cape this week. They wanted to let other parishes in our Deanery know that covid-19 was active in their area and saying that they have gone back to a “mask strongly encouraged” basis inside their buildings. We want to encourage all of you to remember that cases of covid are increasing and to take appropriate safety precautions. Masks will be available for all services and meetings at Grace Church until further notice.
Anne Doss’ Graveside service will take place tomorrow at 11am: Anne Doss, formerly of this Parish, will have her ashes interred tomorrow, September 30, in the Grace Church Memorial Garden, at 11am. All are invited.
Sunday School has started up again! All children are welcome and invited to join us, beginning with a 9:45 drop-off time in the Chapel.
Post-Communion laying-on of hands and healing will return on October 1st: Carolyn Eddy and Gloria Wong will offer the laying-on of hands after Communion at the 10am service this Sunday.
Neighborhood Convention starts October 3rd: The Martha’s Vineyard Neighborhood Convention is the oldest interdenominational group on the Island, founded November 13, 1894, as a “neighborly meeting” to promote better relationships among all the congregations. First meeting is Tuesday, October 3 at the First Congregational Church in West Tisbury at 11am. The program is “Welcoming Newer Island Clergy”, and you are asked to bring your own lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.
MV CROP Hunger walk is on 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 21st! 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 21st!
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.
First 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!
Construction: The concrete steps to the main church entrance on William Street were demolished by Island Concrete Systems (ICS) last Monday. A foundation was poured on Tuesday; today, the form for the walls of the new steps is ready for inspection. The main church doors are not in service at this time – please use the Woodlawn Avenue entrance until further notice.
Work on the Bell Tower roofs has begun, and Lyn Hovey’s representative should be coming soon for final measurements for the protective glazing over the stained glass windows.
Thank you all for your generosity in helping us get to this point!
Stay safe, and
God bless you,
The Reverend Stephen Harding, Rector