March 22, 2015 GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 3601 RUSSELL ROAD ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA 22305 Please Pray for Clergy and Staff Rector Assistant to the Rector Assistant for Parish Life and Family Ministries ` Head of Grace Episcopal School Director of Music Director of Parish Operations Office Administrator Children’s Chapel Coordinator Sexton Seminarian The Rev. Robert H. Malm [email protected] The Rev. Leslie N. Steffensen [email protected] The Rev. Elizabeth Locher [email protected] Chris Stegmaier Byrnes [email protected] Richard Newman, DMA [email protected] Jeffrey Aaron [email protected] Beth Wiggers [email protected] Ruth Young Pedro Hernández Chandler Whitman [email protected] Grace Church Vestry Executive Committee Senior Warden Lisa Medley Junior Warden Eric Waskowicz Treasurer Bill Eckel Register Mary Ann Ryan Member-at-Large Eric Bonetti Class of 2015 Eric Bonetti Lisa Medley Mary Ann Ryan Eric Waskowicz Jan Wolff Alternates: John Metz Class of 2016 Jeffrey Chiow Lina Dobbs Bill Eckel Bill Malone Easter Thompson Judy Willard To get in touch with us.... Grace Church’s clergy and staff are most easily accessible during normal office hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Phone: 703/549-1980 • Fax: 703/549-2832 E-mail: [email protected] On the web at www.gracealex.org Parishioners…...Mary, Michael, Liz, Sarah, Ed, Jimmy, Lois, Petrona, Virginia, Eugene, Joyce, Barbara, Neille, Dick, John, Andrea, Robert, Teresa, Julia, Jona, Ralph, Kathleen, Nora Lee, June, Barry Family and friends…...Tina, Debra, Traci, Carol, Matthew, Jake, Sherrel, Kevin, Kirk, Kristal, Anne, Ava, Amy, Fr. Jack, Peggy, Joanne, Harry, Susan, Lynn, Shellyn, Randy, Sandy, Kim, Holly, Robin, Rob, Pepper, Bentsen and family, Dylan, John, Susan, Rachel and Jonathan, Bob, Jim, Jack, Jeanette, Maria, John, Steven, Joan, Leonardo and Issa, Edith, Bryon, George, Libby, Bill, Cleo Requiescat in Pace….....Crystal Byorick; and the victims of wars in the Middle East and Ukraine Those serving in Afghanistan or Iraq and all others at risk, including Alex Ford, Andy Lopez, Dan Pattarini, and Jay Wise. Pray for healing for US troops wounded as casualties of war and their caregivers Others who are overseas serving the Church or our nation or studying, including Maggie Eckel; Heath and Katie Winkler and family; Chris and Maggie Corlett and family; Lit and Mary Carol Tazewell; Chris, Melissa and Michael Reed; Andrew Boyd and Audra Kreger; the Scudi family; Travis Thompson; and Ben Joyner Those in assisted living……….Shirley, Alma Deane, Dick, Jorge, Daisy, Frank, Joan, Cheryl, Robert Those traveling……….Cynthia, Rose, Ward and Barbara, Martha In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in Tanzania Class of 2017 John Boris Colby Gustafson Katie Madigan Leo Ribeiro Lorna Worley In the Diocese of Virginia: Our Bishops, Shannon, Susan and Ted; and the congregations and clergy of All Saints, Richmond; St. Peter’s, Richmond; Our Saviour, Charlottesville; Holy Cross, Dunn Loring; St. Dunstan’s, McLean In the parish: The Vestry and Executive Committee of Grace Church: Lisa Medley, Senior Warden; Eric Waskowicz, Junior Warden; Mary Ann Ryan, Register; Bill Eckel, Treasurer; and Eric Bonetti, Member-at-Large Those with birthdays 22 ....... Kathleen Arthur, Paige Medley, Liz Rugaber, Ethan Woodhead 23 ....... Mia Giacomo, Pat Hansen, Easter Thompson 26 ....... Lisa Doelp, Georgia Gillette, Christopher Pilcher, Kathy Zucca 27 ....... Simon Kupczyk 28 ....... Kirk Steffensen, Nicolas Zola March 22, 2015 Welcome to Grace Church! Today, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 7:30 am and 5:00 pm; and Choral Eucharist at 9:00 and 11:15 am in the church. We also celebrate la Santa Eucaristía at 9:00 am in the Auditorium on the third floor of Merrow Hall. Sunday, March 22 .................................................The Fifth Sunday in Lent 8:30 am ....... Library open (until 12:30 pm) 8:45 am ....... Childcare (2 years and under) until 12:30 pm — Nursery 8:50 am ....... Children’s Chapel (3 to 6 years) — St. Nicholas Room 10:00 am ....... Liturgy Moment: The Triduum — Nave 10:15 am Adult Forum: The Triduum (continued) — St. John Room 10:15 am ....... Inquirers’ Class: Easter Narratives — St. Mark Room 10:15 am ....... Sunday School for Children and Youth — Classrooms as posted 12:15 pm ....... Liturgy Moment: The Triduum — Nave Monday, March 23 .................. The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary (tr.) 8:30 am ....... GES Spring Vacation Club (until 5:00 pm) each day through Friday — Classrooms, Auditorium 9:30 am ....... Prepare and serve Brown Bag lunches each day through Friday — Kitchen, then Meade Memorial Church 1:00 pm ....... Food Pantry open (until 3:00 PM) 6:30 pm ....... Education for Ministry (EFM) — Library 6:30 pm ....... Holy Eucharist — Nave 7:15 pm ....... Simple Supper (Vestry) — Auditorium 7:15 pm ....... J2A Confirmation Class (until 8:45 pm) — St. Luke Room 7:45 pm ....... Children’s Lenten Program — St. John Room 7:45 pm ....... Adult Lenten Series tonight in cooperation with the Alexandria Episcopal Lenten Series: Sharing Jesus outside our walls (The Rev. David Gortner)— Auditorium Tuesday, March 24 Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador and the Martyrs of El Salvador, 1980 10:45 am ....... Church Staff meeting — St. Mark Room 1:00 pm ....... Food Pantry open (until 3:00 pm) 3:30 pm ....... Boys and Girls Choir (until 4:30 pm) — St. Cecilia Room 4:00 pm ....... Bulletin Insert deadline 5:45 pm ....... Confessions (until 6:15 pm) — Nave 6:30 pm ....... Holy Eucharist (with Prayers for Healing) — Nave Wednesday, March 25....................... Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent 7:00 am ....... Holy Eucharist — Nave 8:30 am ....... VBS Planners (until 12:00 noon) — Library 7:00 pm ....... AA District 1 — St. Luke Room 8:00 pm ....... AA & Al-Anon — Auditorium and St. Luke Room Thursday, March 26 ............................. Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent 12:15 pm ....... Holy Eucharist — Nave 3:30 pm ....... Boys and Girls Choir (until 4:30 pm) — St. Cecilia Room 6:45 pm ....... Handbell Choir — St. Cecilia Room 7:30 pm ....... Adult Choir — St. Cecilia Room Friday, March 27 .................................... Charles Henry Brent, Bishop, 1929 11:30 am ....... Confessions (until 12:00 noon) — Nave 12:15 pm ....... Stations of the Cross and Holy Eucharist — Nave 5:00 pm ....... Boys and Girls Choir (until 6:00 pm) — St. Cecilia Room 6:30 pm ....... Food Pantry (until 7:30 pm) 8:30 pm ....... AA — Auditorium Saturday, March 28 ....................................................................................... 9:00 am ....... Altar Guild (until 11:00 am) — Sacristy, Chancel and Nave 9:00 am ....... Altar Guild Palm Breaking (until 12:00 noon) — Auditorium March 22, 2015 Notices Liturgy Moment: The Triduum This morning, following the 9:00 and 11:15 am services, we will continue our series of “Liturgy Moments” in the church nave immediately following the organ postlude. Mother Elizabeth will speak about Holy Week and especially the sacred three days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. All ages are welcome! Christian Formation Hour Programs for all ages take place during the education hour, 10:15 - 11:00 am during the academic year. • Sunday School for children and youth: The classroom name or number for each age group is posted near the elevator in Merrow Hall. • Adult Forum: The Triduum (continued): After the 10 am Liturgy Moment presentation, you are invited to continue the conversation with Mother Elizabeth in the St. John Room on the third floor of Merrow Hall. • Inquirers’ Class: Easter Narratives: Join Father Malm in the St. Mark Room on the second floor of Merrow Hall to reflect on the Easter stories found in the Gospels. The Inquirers’ classes are open to all those interested in learning more about the Christian faith and Grace Church. Easter Flower Donations — Deadline extended until tomorrow at 9 AM The deadline for inclusion in the Easter Flower booklet has been extended until 9:00 am TOMORROW. To contribute to the Easter flowers, please send an email message to [email protected], submit a flower form online at www.gracealex.org, or fill out one of the pink donation forms found in the tract rack or on the credenza in the Commons. Please note “Easter flowers” on your check’s memo line. Please do NOT put your message on your check. Today, you may leave your check and/or form in the Sacristy or give them to one of the clergy. Please do NOT put either the form or check in the collection bag. Thank you for participating in making Grace Church beautiful for Easter. Questions? Please contact Lisa Doelp at 703-239-1302 or [email protected] This Week at Grace Monday Night Lenten Series — March 23 Our Monday Night Lenten Series concludes tomorrow, Monday, March 23, with a program in cooperation with the Alexandria Episcopal Lenten Series here at Grace. The program begins with Holy Eucharist at 6:30 pm and a simple supper at 7:00 pm (this week prepared by the Vestry). Please note that this program for adults and a movie program for children begin at 7:30 pm this week. Tomorrow evening, the Rev. Dr. David Gortner, Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at VTS, will talk with us about Leaving a Legacy of Faith: Sharing Jesus outside our walls. Commemoration of the Martyrs of El Salvador — Tuesday March 24th is the commemoration date for the Martyrs of El Salvador. Please join us in marking the faith and witness of the men and women who died for the Gospel and for the love of the Salvadoran people at the Tuesday night Holy Eucharist at 6:30 pm. Contact Mother Steffensen for further information. Weekday observances in Lent — Tuesday and Friday • Confessions: Parishioners are invited to take advantage of “walk-in” opportunities for the Rite of Reconciliation, or private confession, this week on Tuesday, March 24, from 5:45 to 6:15 pm and Friday, March 27, from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon. • Stations of the Cross: The 12:15 pm liturgy this Friday begins with the Stations of the Cross. Next Sunday — March 29, Palm Sunday Palm / Passion Sunday Liturgies All of next Sunday’s liturgies will include the distribution of palms and the reading of the Passion Gospel of St. Mark. The 9:00 and 11:15 am choral liturgies will begin outside, weather permitting. At 9:00 am, we will walk by the side of the church, through the parking lot, up Russell Road and back into the church. At 11:15 am, we will process directly into the church from the circle driveway. Formation Hour — 10:15 to 11:00 am • No Classes: There are no classes Palm Sunday or Easter Day. Classes for all ages will resume on Sunday, April 12. • Palm Sunday Intergenerational Activity: Next Sunday, in place of Sunday School or an Adult Forum, we will have an Intergenerational Event in Merrow Hall Auditorium from 10:15 to 11:00 am. Among the many activities that will be available, you can learn to make a cross from a palm frond, sign cards for fellow parishioners away at Easter, and support the Sunday School students raising funds for a donkey and plow through Episcopal Relief and Development! ! • Sign Cards: On your way to the Auditorium for the intergenerational event (or after the 7:30 and 11:15 am services) next Sunday, please stop by the St. John Room to sign Easter cards for those being confirmed at the Great Vigil; and for our students (college and boarding school), parishioners serving and working overseas, and others on our prayer list. • Help support our Sunday School service project! As you attend the intergenerational Palm Sunday event next week stop by one of the Sunday School tables to have a cup of hot chocolate, play pin the tail on the donkey and buy some shares in a plow. A donation will be asked to help fund a donkey, plow and cart through Episcopal Relief and Development. Our goal is $450.00. Rehearsals for Good Friday meditations next Sunday Easter Thompson will meet in the Nave with the individuals who are offering meditations during the Good Friday Stations of the Cross for a brief rehearsal at 12:45 pm (after the 11:15 am liturgy). Other Notices ESL: A ministry opportunity for our neighbors! Grace Episcopal Church will be starting an English as a Second Language (ESL) course in April. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings, April 14 – June 9. If you have a friend who might want to be a student, please contact Mother Steffensen by email at [email protected] From the Library Three new library books: The Divine Comedy by Dante, The Pilgrim’s Progress in Modern English by Bunyan and The Karamazov Brothers by Dostoevsky. With these books, we have 24 of the 25 recommended for Christians by J. Roller. Does anyone have any books of poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins to donate to the library? He is the 25th and last book needed to complete the series. Mark Your Calendar Good Friday Children’s Holy Week Service — April 3 During Holy Week there will be a special service at 5 pm on Good Friday designed specifically for children and their families. Together we will walk through the events of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday through Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane to the Way of the Cross. Take some time to experience the mysteries of Holy Week and prepare for the joy of Easter! Children are also welcome at all Grace Church services. Agape Feast following the Great Vigil of Easter — April 4 Your Grace Church fellowship committee invites you to join in the celebration feast (the agape) that follows the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday evening (it's Saturday, April 4!). Watch for our sign-up poster near the parking lot doors; it will offer many ways to help with the production of this glorious party in honor of the holiest event of the Church year! Get out your best finger food recipes and sign up to assist in other ways as well. Questions? Contact Jeffery Chiow or Gary Carter. Check our Facebook page for updates and suggestions of delicious and easy-to-make finger foods! Easter Egg hunt – April 5 Youth from our Journey to Adulthood (J2A) class will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt for children to celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Day! Weather permitting, the hunt will take place at 10:15 am on the playing field behind the church. Invite your friends to join us! We have postcards available to give to friends and neighbors inviting them to Grace Church for Easter. PYM 6th-7th Grade Shrine Mont Weekend — April 17-19 The Diocese of Virginia is hosting its annual 6-7th grade retreat weekend at Shrine Mont this April, and Grace Church will be sending a group. Please contact Mother Elizabeth ([email protected]) if you are interested in going as a youth or adult chaperone. Registration is $150 per student and scholarships are available. J2A Silent and Live Auction — May 2 J2A will be hosting a Silent and Live Auction on Saturday, May 2, to raise funds for their pilgrimage this summer. How you can help: • Attend the auction and bid on exciting items. • Donate items to bid on for the auction (donation forms are available on the credenza in the Commons across from the parish office and at www.gracealex.org). • Tell your friends. For answers to questions or more information about the auction, contact Lisa Medley at [email protected] Vacation Bible School: June 28 – July 2! This year, Vacation Bible School will start on a Sunday night, and then run mornings, Monday through Thursday. A full-day option will also be available. Our dates and times are Sunday, June 28 (5 to 7 pm) and Monday to Thursday, June 29-July 2 (9 am to noon). Registration will open in a month, but if you are interested in volunteering to help in some way, you can contact Mother Elizabeth Locher at [email protected] at any time. Help at Grace and Beyond Brown Bag Lunch Reminder! — March 23 – March 27 If you were unable to bring your sandwiches today, please let Linda Waskowicz know by e-mail ([email protected]) or telephone what day you will be putting them in the Merrow Hall freezer. Thank you to all for your outreach.
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