The Messenger April 2014 News of the people and ministries of . . . 514 E. Argonne Dr. Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 821-1806 www.GraceKirkwood.org
Experience Holy Week & Easter
The Great 50 Days
From triumph… to tragedy… to joy… we invite you to experience all the emotions and traditions of Holy Week and Easter with us at Grace Church:
by the Rev. Jim Purdy, Assisting Priest
Palm Sunday Holy Eucharist, with blessing and distribution of palms at 8 and 10 a.m. Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday Choral Eucharist with foot washing and stripping of the Altar at 7 p.m. * nursery available
April 14, 15, 16 April 17
Prayer Vigil April 17 – 18 Sit and pray with Jesus in one-hour shifts, 8:15 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. Morning Prayer Service concludes our Prayer Vigil in the Chapel of the Apostles at 6:30 a.m.
Good Friday Good Friday Liturgy at Noon Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. (for children) and 7 p.m.
Holy Saturday Liturgy Prayers at 9:30 a.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Holy Eucharist and baptisms at 7:42 p.m. * nursery available ** please note: incense will be used in this service
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m. (Memorial Garden) Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. Easter Coffee Hour at 9 a.m. (no Christian Formation classes) Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m.
Momentous news… Mary Magdalene ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. (The Gospel according to John 20: 2-3) Momentous news for one isn’t necessarily momentous news for another. Signing MLB contracts: Seattle Mariners’ second baseman Robinson Cano signed a $240 million contract for ten years, and New York Yankees’ infielder Dean Anna signed for $500,000 for 2014. Big news for one isn’t necessarily big news for another. First century Jerusalem barely stirred on that morning we now call “Easter.” In fact, the news that Mary Magdalene spread had little impact beyond a small cluster of friends. What changed Jerusalem and spread to “the ends of the earth” was not the resurrection event itself. It was people talking about the event. It was Peter, standing up after the Day of Pentecost to tell his people what he had seen — a tomb empty of everything but God’s mystery. It was Paul, telling people in Asia Minor and beyond what happened to him on a dusty road near Damascus. It was a word, spreading from person to person. When other people saw the lives of believers changing and heard their story, they came to the tomb and saw for themselves. A word, passed from mouth to ear to mouth. * * * Story continues on page 2
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In this edition: April Calendar Highlights Confirmation Class Creation Care News Easter Outreach Offering Fr. Todd’s Sabbatical Good Friday Offering Grace Online Academy Grace on the Go Graduations Grocery Coupons Holy Week Reflection Lenten Evensong Lenten Soup Supper & Study Mission Trip Update Mother’s Day Food Drive Online Giving Parish Family News Prayer List Perpetual Grace Staff Contacts Standing Notices Stewardship News Sunday Morning Schedule Sunday Series: Mission & Trinity Taste of Webster-Kirkwood Vestry Highlights Women of Grace Youth Bowling Day
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Placed deep within each of us is a need to hear such word of mouth and to tell others. At a level that often catches us by surprise, we yearn for tangible signs of love, light, life — of God’s victory over hatred, darkness and death. When we see a glorious full moon or a spectacular sunrise, we turn to someone and say, “Wow! Look at THAT!” Think of the many times we begin a conversation by whispering, “Hey! Have you heard?” Some of what we pass along is trivial and ephemeral. Some of what we pass along is gossip. But, as Mary Magdalene showed, some word of mouth is actually word of heart, word of awe, word of life. This word of mouth touches deeply. It changes lives. * * * The longer I am privileged to live, the more I am convinced that we are created with a hunger to know our Creator. We are born with a hunger to know God. Every now and then, some thing satisfies that hunger, and we rush to tell other people. Even when they don’t respond with equivalent joy, we fulfill something in our selves when we catch a glimpse of God and say, “Look at THAT!” * * * Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” It’s not much of a story when we come right down to it, and that is, of course, the power of it. It doesn’t have the ring of great drama. It has the ring of truth. It speaks of life the way it is — the un-imaginable happens: God is still rolling stones away from the tombs that hold people in death; God is watering the desert, dropping manna and birds in the wilderness; grace, kindness, mercy, compassion, hope, among us, every day. Beauty transcends ugliness. Love overcomes hatred. Faith transforms fear. Life overcomes death, every day. God-given power breaks into our world. It changes it. It shapes it. Easter. It’s not much of a story. But it IS a story, a story that you and I can tell. And, sometimes, to tell it, we may choose to use words.
Worship With Us! Sundays 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
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Open our minds and our understanding, O God, that we may see through the pictures and the language of our faith to its meaning and significance. Then, as we move through the troubled streets of life, O God, may our lives be lifted up to heights unknown, raised with your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.
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A place to meet God Lenten Evensong in the Style of Taizé Sunday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Through a blend of ritual, reverence, and simplicity… In the midst of community… In prayer for healing and wholeness for oneself, for others and the Church… And to be renewed.
Reflecting on Holy Week by the Rev. Doris Westfall, Associate Rector Holy Week is the last week of Lent and focuses our attention on Jerusalem and the final days of Jesus. We come together and be part of the community that gathered for his triumphal entry yelling, “Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord!” Just a few days later we will be part of the crowd who will deny him and ask for Barabbas to be spared rather than asking that our Savior be spared. We are every bit as responsible for the denying of Christ as Peter and every bit as responsible for the betrayal of Christ as Judas. When we deny this fact we start down a slippery slope of shifting responsibility onto others and of seeing ourselves in a self-serving light.
by Phillip Brunswick, Choir Master & Organist The worship tradition represented in this Evensong service began many years ago in the ecumenical French monastic community called Taizé. It is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, readings and music. The experience finds its true meaning in the active participation of all assembled by focusing and deepening our faith trough the power of prayer. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to participate as the Spirit moves them, whether that be in song, prayer, or quiet meditation. The liturgy that has been developed around the Taizé community is primarily for the worship of God, but it is also meant to quiet the soul. The quietness does not happen at once, but gradually during the worship. There is repetition in the words of the music, there are several periods of silence, and the readings are read slowly — all so that we may have a deep quiet grow in our hearts. Then we may be still and be at peace in the presence of God. Please join us for this peaceful and moving service.
Festival flowers and music offering Memorial gifts and gifts of thanksgiving enable us to adorn the church and provide guest musicians for our worship services throughout the year, but especially at Easter and Christmas. Contributions can be made yearround online through our website or special envelopes to receive your offering will also be available in the pew racks in the nave. Please use given names in whose memory or for whom the thanksgiving offering is made. A listing of the names of those memorialized and honored is distributed at Easter and also included in the Book of Loving Remembrance. Because of printing deadlines, please make your contributions by noon on Monday, April 14.
Choir Master Phillip Brunswick prays with children during last year’s Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.
But something more happens, too. When we deny our responsibility in these events, we down-play the immensity of God’s gift to us in the resurrected Christ. It is only in recognizing the enormity of our sin that we can truly experience the enormity of God’s grace. It is only in living the events of Holy Week that we can understand and truly live the joy of Easter. John Newton, a former slave ship owner turned abolitionist who wrote the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace,” was known to say, “I know only two things. The first is that I am a great sinner. The second is that I have a great Savior.” It is because of the first that we need to have the second. My wish for all of us is that the week preceding Easter will indeed by Holy and that in recognizing our part in the great story of salvation, in recognizing our great sinfulness, we can also recognize the great Savior that has been given to us in the risen Christ. I wish you blessings, Doris+
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Easter Offering supports Grace’s outreach ministries … for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.' (Matthew 25:35-36, 40) by Michele & Vince Nicosia, Outreach Committee Chairs Our Easter offering is designated this year for a variety of outreach ministries to “the least of these who are members of our family” – ministries to feed the hungry; provide housing, health care and counseling services for low-income families; services and educational programs for seniors; a summer camp for local youth and chaplains for youth in detention. The organizations that carry out these ministries which are supported by our Easter offering include: KirkCare Food Pantry; Trinity Hot Lunch Program; Episcopal Relief & Development; Magdalene House; Trinity Food Pantry; Grace Hill Health Centers; The Shepherd Center; SPROG summer program; and Episcopal City
Mission. You can learn more about these organizations and the outreach ministries supported by Grace Church on our website. Beginning Palm Sunday (April 13), through Holy Week and Easter week (to April 27), you will find special envelopes in the pew racks at Grace Church to receive your Easter Outreach offering. Please be generous. And as you gather with friends and family to celebrate Easter (April 20), remember to include in your prayers those who are alone, in need or in trouble. Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; bless these gifts to our use and us to your service, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Good Friday Offering supports Christians in the Middle East Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I thank God for the witness of the clergy and people of The Episcopal Church as the faith we share expands hope through the various ministries of our parishes and institutions. As you read this I hope you take to heart how important your role is in bringing God’s hope and peace to those whose lives you touch. The Church and the world are wrestling with many losses in terms of trust, hope and opportunity as the world continues to polarize along economic, political and religious lines. It is one thing to be comfortable at home musing over theoretical notions of transforming loss into new possibilities. It is quite something else to stand in solidarity with people who know loss at the deepest levels and who embrace that pain and loss yet do not descend into the abyss of hatred and resentment. I continue to be inspired by the Christians who are a small fraction of the population of most of the nations throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. This past May I had the privilege of participating in a conference held in Beirut, Lebanon, sponsored by the WCC and the Middle East Council of Churches, which focused on the serious challenges facing indigenous Christians throughout that region. Time and again in quiet conversation with Christian leaders and in public statements and presentations I
witnessed the pain of loss expressed with passion and grief by so many on account of political and social pressures and the cycles of violence which continue in Syria, Israel/ Palestine, and Egypt. While there was great sorrow expressed about loss, there was also great hope and expectation that peace and prosperity are possible. Is it possible? In human terms, some doubt and wonder. In divine terms, I join our sisters and brothers of the Christian churches in the Middle East and say, “Yes, not only possible, but inevitable because it is God who has the last word.” I encourage you and your congregation to join in supporting our sister and brother Anglicans throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering. I am deeply grateful for your solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Your support of the Good Friday Offering helps transform what is loss today into tomorrow’s possibility. I remain Your servant in Christ, The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church
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Reflections from the Holy Land by the Rev. Todd McDowell, Rector They say if you spend a week in the Holy Land, you want to write a book; if you spend a month, you think you could write an article; if you spend any more time than that, you're not sure what to write. And so it is with me. Volumes could not contain all that I hope to share with you, but in time my thoughts and reflections from the pilgrimage and my sabbatical will most certainly be known. Although this was my fourth pilgrimage to the Holy Land, this one was very different, very transformative. I’m sure it is due to the great gift of time — time to pray and reflect, to worship and time to be still and to be in God’s presence. In the weeks and months ahead I want to share with you my encounters with the “living stones” — God’s people who are drawn to and gather in the Land of the Holy One. Many of whom are Christians who have maintained the Christian presence in the Holy Land since the first Pentecost! My time away began with a two-week pilgrimage where I joined with 12 other pilgrims: Ruth and Jim Moore, Marty O’Leary, Becky Coulter., Christie Boyle, Betty Bowersox, Shelia Stanton, Becky and Dick Entenmann, Jane and Jeff Klieve and Sonja Freeman (aka: Mom). What a privilege and honor for me to walk along and share this journey with these incredible people. For them what we encountered was new, a new way to experience the gospel; and for me a new experience as well. We read the appropriate passages from scripture, sang a hymn, and prayed at each placed we visited. Each day we celebrated the Eucharist together in some of the most inspiring and holy of places: in the Shepherds’ Fields, where they witnessed the bright star of Bethlehem; along the shores of the Sea of Galilee; on the Mount of the Transfiguration; in the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking the city of Jerusalem; the place where Jesus was held for trial and Peter denied him three times; and at the Ecce Homo Arch at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. On our last day in Emmaus before some headed back home, we worshiped in the place where, after our Lord’s resurrection, he was “revealed in the breaking of the bread,” just as Christ had become known to us each day through Eucharist, scripture, song, prayer, and the geography of this Holy Land. We renewed our Baptismal Vows as we stepped into the River Jordan at the place where Christ was baptized.
other 12 were places I returned to — with time to sit, pray, contemplate, and worship God. With Ash Wednesday at the beginning of my sabbatical, I spent much time in the Basilica of the Agony (in the Garden of Gethsemane), and the Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu (meaning cock’s crow). What a powerful way to start Lent, contemplating that Maundy Thursday night when Jesus agonized in the garden and then was taken to the Chief Priest, commemorated at St. Peter’s in Gallicantu; to wait with our Lord, to reflect on that path, to more deeply understand the abandonment, denial, and betrayal of those closest, most trusted by him. I returned to the dark pit many feet below ground where it is believed Christ was lowered as he awaited his trial. I again read the 88th Psalm, which we had also done as a group: I am counted among those who go down to the Pit; I have become like one who has no strength. Never had I experienced the beginning of Lent in such a profound way. I found three places where music lifted my soul: St. Ann’s (Catholic), the Garden Tomb (Protestant), and Saint James’ Armenian Cathedral (Orthodox). All three were very different experiences, yet all three were made holy by the music heard there. I spent many hours in all three of these places. The place I visited most was the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the holiest site for Christians containing the chapels where Christ was crucified, died on the cross, and the tomb where on that first Easter morning he rose from the dead! What an incredible and mystical experience. I visited different times of the day. One Friday I followed the Franciscans as they lead a group at 3 p.m. through the 14 Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa and into the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. With scripture, prayer and music they make this journey every Friday. On several occasions I followed the Armenian Orthodox as they processed about the church and chanted their prayers. I did the same with the Copts, Syrian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, and Latins (Roman Catholics). The church is a place that is usually very crowded, but I found times when I was the only pilgrim standing on Golgotha. Throughout my sabbatical I worshiped every day (usually many times a day) often in languages I did not understand, but I always felt very present and a part of the worshiping community which I joined. Our own Saint George’s Cathedral was my base for the sabbatical. I had a two-story apartment in the bell tower for the month and it was also my place for worship in our Anglican tradition (although at times in Arabic).
They call the Holy Land the “5th Gospel” because a pilgrimage there opens up and reveals God’s work among humankind through Jesus’ footsteps. The geography that surrounds one throughout this journey reveals new insights into the other four Gospels. One of our pilgrims said the Bible was twodimensional before this experience, and that this pilgrimage made the scriptures come alive and become three-dimensional. Our group will come together soon to offer an opportunity for all of you to share more deeply in our experience.
I have only touched the surface of so many incredible encounters, but I must save more for another time. In closing, I share with you a quote from the Talmud which has become a song that was used on several occasions at St. George’s:
The last month of my sabbatical had many blessings and many challenges. As I mentioned, the gift of time was such a blessing. Many of the places I had experienced on the pilgrimage with the
In Christ’s peace and love,
Ten measures of beauty gave God to the World: nine to Jerusalem and one to the remainder. Ten measures of sorrow gave God to the World: nine to Jerusalem and one to the remainder. Todd +
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Spring field trip for Women of Grace by Christie Boyle Sugar Creek Gardens, the beautiful garden shop on Woodlawn just south of Manchester, will host the April 22 Women of Grace field trip. The class begins at 1:45 p.m., followed by a tour of the garden. Seasonal plants and accessories will be for sale. Parking is available at the garden and on the vacant store lot across the street. Those who wish to gather for lunch should meet at 12:15 p.m. at St. Louis Bread Company (next door to Sugar Creek Gardens). Please sign up in Albright Hall. All are welcome!
Confirming our faith Eight middle school students continue their journey toward Confirmation through service projects, classes and a spring retreat.
Youth strike out for a cause Youth Bowling Day Sunday, April 6 1-3 p.m. Grace’s Youth Group is hosting a fun afternoon of bowling for all middle school and high school students from around the diocese at Epiphany Lanes in St. Louis. This unique venue is located at Epiphany Catholic Church, 3164 Ivanhoe Avenue. Parents are also welcome. Bowling is free for everyone who attends. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the site. Come just for fun or help us raise money for our Lenten Almsgiving project. Students are encouraged (but not required) to get sponsors to give them $5 for every strike and $2 for every spare they bowl at the event (one-time donations are also welcome). All the money raised will go to Episcopal Relief and Development. Sponsor sheets are available on the bulletin board in Albright Parish Hall.
The confirmands got a first-hand lesson in mission work as they cooked and served our monthly Trinity Hot Lunch March 9 (see picture).
RSVPs are encouraged, but not required. Please contact Janis Greenbaum in the church office or sign up in Albright Parish Hall. Please return your donations by April 13.
Our final “regular” class of the year will be Sunday, April 13 from 5 till 7 p.m.
Snow days force change of plans for youth mission trip
Our year-long program is capped off by a special Saturday retreat on May 3. The parish is invited to support our confirmation class by attending the service at Christ Church Cathedral Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. We’ll also have a reception for the group at Grace on Sunday, May 18 after the 10 a.m. worship service.
Graduating with Grace Is your family celebrating a high school or college graduation this spring? Please let us know so we can honor your graduate in our parish publications. Please send the following information to Janis Greenbaum in the church office no later than Tuesday, April 15 (email@example.com): ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒ ⇒
Student’s name School degree (for college graduates) parents’ names plans for next year (college, major, work, travel, etc.)
Grace’s youth missioners will leave a day later than originally planned, thanks to Mother Nature’s relentless pounding this winter. The Kirkwood School District has extended its calendar through Monday, June 2 to make up for snow days. So instead of leaving Sunday, June 1, we will leave Monday, June 2 at 1 p.m. (finals end at noon). The rest of our trip remains the same -- we’ll drive to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and work with Habitat for Humanity for the week and return home Saturday, June 7. This year’s missioners include: Alex Davis, Christian Davis, Kelly Davis, Killian Malottke, Andrew McDowell, Will McDowell, Emmy Nixon, MK Peck, Sam Russell and Matthew Woodruff. Our adult chaperones are Mike Heyer, Jim Moore, Sabine McDowell, Skip Giessing and Janis Greenbaum. This is Grace’s 19th consecutive year of hosting a youth mission trip. As a reminder, all missioners need to register for the trip at http://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com/. Those under 18 need to turn in the parent permission form to Janis Greenbaum no later than April 15.
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Grace Online Academy: Making sense of the cross As Christians, we sometimes forget that our entire belief system is centered on a cross. This happens for a variety of reasons: the cross is fearsome, it is difficult to comprehend, it is threatening, and it can be muted or limited by our theories and theologies. Yet the cross is the pinnacle of God’s story of creation, love, forgiveness, and grace. Jesus’ death and resurrection are what animate our entire faith. But what exactly does the cross mean for our daily lives? In this course, David Lose invites us to set aside all our ideas and theories about the cross and instead to think of it as an experience. He asks, “What if the gospels aren’t just a record of the cross but an invitation to experience God?” As he reminds us, there’s a big difference between reading about something and actually doing it. When we begin to see the cross as an event in which we learn -- and constantly relearn -- the truth of the gospel, we can more clearly understand what we care called to do and how we are called to be. When we experience the cross we can see with Jesus’ eyes and feel with Jesus’ heart. Grace’s Online Academy offers free courses for our members to access through their home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. The classes take about one hour to complete; you can also break them into shorter sessions to complete at your convenience. To enroll, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace on the Go heads to Principia College
by Christie Boyle With our eyes firmly on spring, the next outing takes Grace on the Go to historic Elsah, Illinois for a bus tour of the beautiful campus of Principia College. We will carpool from Grace at 8:45 a.m. and meet the bus on campus for a 10 o’clock tour. Cost for bus is $15 per person (limit of 28), payable by April 16. Put payment in Principia tour envelope in Grace on the Go mailbox. Josephine’s Tea Room & Gifts in Godfrey is the site for lunch at 12:45 p.m.
Go crazy with Lenten Soup Supper & Study
Feed your body, mind and spirit with our Wednesday evening Lenten program. All are invited to join us April 2 and 9 for a simple soup and salad supper at 6 p.m., followed by a spirited discussion of what it takes to be a “crazy” follower of Jesus in today’s world. Each evening ends with a candlelight worship service in the sanctuary.
Sunday Series focuses on Mission and the Trinity Sunday, April 6 & 13: Our special Lenten Sunday Series continues in April with an exploration of the Five Marks of Mission. These guidelines were developed by the Anglican Consultative Council between 1984 and 1990 and act as a “checklist” for our church’s mission activities. Christian Formation Director Janis Greenbaum invites high school youth, parents and all adults to consider their role in carrying out these objectives: ~ TELL: To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom ~ TEACH: To teach, baptize and nurture new believers ~ TEND: To respond to human need by loving service ~ TRANSFORM: To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation ~ TREASURE: To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth Sunday, April 20: No Classes on Easter Sunday Sunday, April 27, May 4, 11: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the focus of our Easter season classes. Grace member Wes Proctor helps us understand the mystery of “three in one” and explore the Trinity’s role in our spiritual formation. Grace’s Sunday Series classes take place between worship services (9-10 a.m.) each Sunday morning during the school year. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in LaVielle Conference Room.
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Creation Care at Grace Composting coffee grounds:
by Sabine McDowell Get ready for the 4th annual Plant Sale at Grace: Growing food is a very special joy, starting from seed especially. Out of practically 'nothing' emerges new life when given the right opportunity. The harvest from our Gardens of Grace will serve the wider community and go to Circle of Concern food pantry. To fund the planting, amending of soil etc., we hold an annual plant sale fundraiser. Please consider getting your plants from Grace this year. Save the Date: Reserve your heirloom tomato, cucumber or basil plant in Albright Hall starting April 13 and 27. Delivery of your plants will be Sunday, May 4. Pesto Sale still going on... but we will take a break: We will not be making Pesto this year as the basil spaces will make room for more food to grow for the needy. Get some Pesto while you can! Only $5 per jar.
Grace Creation Care Ministry's Warren Davis encourages everyone to compost the coffee grounds in our kitchen. The grounds are collected in a tall plastic container with a red lid. Anyone with a compost heap at home is encouraged to take these and enrich their soil. Please do not throw the coffee grounds out. This is another effort of our stewardship towards protecting God's planet. Welcoming a new Creation Care Ministry member: Debby Caby will be helping with starting seeds indoors that we will use for our fundraiser in May. She is an experienced gardener and is looking forward to making the Gardens of Grace even better. We are excited about her expertise as she was spearheading the gardens at St. Matthews! Want to get your hands dirty in our gardens of Grace? Join us for a garden prep day, to be announced soon. Contact Sabine McDowell at email@example.com or 314-306 5923 for more information.
Year-round stewardship by Dick Entenmann, Stewardship Committee co-chair We are finishing up our first quarter of 2014 and your Year-Round Stewardship Committee is completing the yearly Pledge Campaign with our thank-you phone calls. Our 192 pledges have exceeded expectations and the generous commitments will help the ministries here at Grace grow during 2014.We are very grateful to the response to our messages of the past several years. As you can see from our logo for this year, our stewardship Journey of Faith has captured the theme of God's Abundance Transforming Lives. That is exactly what is happening as a result of your generous giving. Lives are being transformed both within the Grace community and in the outside larger community as well. As stated in previous Messenger articles, "God calls on us to share our abundance with others" and " with your pledge I am sure good works will bear fruit and grow in Keep up to date on all the news at Grace Episcopal Church at GraceKirkwood.org
the knowledge of God in 2014." I would like to add some thoughts from the noted spiritual director, Henri Nouwen… our ministry should be communal. Your pledge supports our ministries and Nouwen's belief is that "we don't minister to; we minister with and among others." This, to me, says that we all need to try and be involved with our ministries as well as support them financially. Community is the most important ingredient in ministry. According to Nouwen, we can cultivate a ministry community through our gratitude and compassion. There is that word again - gratitude. Nouwen states "gratitude basically means to receive the gifts of God and others — to say thank you. Your pledge to Grace is saying just that… thank you to God. Your Year-Round Stewardship Committee thanks you for your generous giving. It means a great deal to the communal ministries at Grace.
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Perpetual Grace looks to future
Mother’s Day Food Drive
by Ron Ryan, Planned Giving & Gifts Committee co-chair There is old Greek Proverb to the effect “A society grows great when people plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” Thanks to members before us, our current endowment provides us with $75,000 each year to support our ministry and outreach programs. We encourage everyone to include Grace Church in your estate plan – any size – to the glory of God.
by Christie Boyle
Becoming a Perpetual Grace supporter is easy – simply return our one-page “Declaration of Intent” form, acknowledging that you have remembered the Grace Legacy Fund in your will/estate. Supporters will be recognized on an attractive plaque - with distinction for founding supporters - perpetually recognizing your support. We will also have a social event each fall to celebrate new Perpetual Grace supporters.
Empty grocery bags will be available after each service on April 27 and May 4 and should be filled and returned by Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11.
Do you want to leave a legacy gift to our parish, but do not have a will? If so, an attorney member of our parish will donate his services, preparing a simple will for you at no cost. For more information and/or helpful advice, contact our Planned Giving & Gifts Committee co-chairs: Ron Ryan at 909-1000 or Larry Reimelt at 960-9905. Brochures and the Declaration of Intent form can be located in the hallway entrance to Albright Hall. Please Remember Grace by becoming a founding supporter of Perpetual Grace! Simply return your “Declaration of Intent” form by August 31, 2014!
Food pantries continue to experience record-high demand for their services. Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to honor or remember your mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter, sister, godmother, friend, boss, and/or employee by donating a bag of groceries, a Shop ’n Save card or a check to Kirk Care.
Please return your form(s) no later than Tuesday, May 6, so the names of those honored with your donations may be listed in the bulletin on Mother’s Day. Food drive information, suggested donations and a form to honor or memorialize your special person(s) will be stapled to each bag. Your donation will be blessed as a part of the Mother’s Day offering. Please join Women of Grace and Grace’s Kirk Care board representatives in this annual event to honor your mother or other special person and also those in need on Mother’s Day. We will mail a card to each loved one in whose honor a donation is given, telling her of your gift. You are cordially invited to the 11th Annual
Taste of Webster-Kirkwood Proceeds to support the SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF WEBSTER-KIRKWOOD, a 501(c)3 interfaith volunteer organiza/on that provides programs and services for older adults.
by Chris Mars, Financial Administrator During the Easter season, it is encouraging to see both new and familiar faces at our worship services. Throughout the year, many of you already support the congregation with your time, talent and financial contributions but greater participation is always welcome. We encourage you to look into our electronic giving program. It takes just a few minutes to setup a recurring giving plan. Visit the church website and locate the donation link or complete a paper authorization form.
WHEN: Sunday, April 27 Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Restaurants serve from 6-8 p.m. Shh… We’re having a great “Silent” Auc/on! WHERE: Kirkwood Community Center 111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122 Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 at the door See Grace member Dick Entenmann or visit shepherdscenter-wk.org
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Episcopal City Mission Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. Lenten Soup Supper & Study, 6 p.m. Evening Worship, 7:30 p.m. Endowment Fund Trustees meeting, 7 p.m. Intro to Centering Prayer, 8:30 a.m. Passion Readings Rehearsal, 11:30 a.m. Youth Bowling Day, 1 p.m. Lenten Evensong, 5 p.m. Paseo con Cristo St. Thomas Church Event, 6 p.m. Vestry Meeting, 7 p.m. Bridge Players Group, 10 a.m. Lenten Soup Supper & Study, 6 p.m. Evening Worship, 7:30 p.m. Contemplative Outreach: Silent Saturday, 9 a.m. Palm Sunday Gardens of Grace Plant Sale Trinity Hot Lunch, 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. Youth Confirmation Class, 5 p.m. Monday of Holy Week Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m. Holy Ground Women’s Spirituality, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday of Holy Week Newsletter Deadline Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m. KirkCare Board meeting, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday of Holy Week Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m. Festival Flowers & Music Offering deadline, Noon Maundy Thursday St. Thomas Bishop’s Committee, 10 a.m. Choral Eucharist, 7 p.m. Overnight Prayer Watch begins, 8:15 p.m. Good Friday Morning Prayer, 6:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross, 11:30 a.m. Good Friday Liturgy, Noon Stations of the Cross for Children, 4 p.m. Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m. Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Liturgy, 9:30 a.m. Great Vigil of Easter, 7:42 p.m. Easter Day Sunrise Service, 6:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist at 8 & 10 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m. Parish Office closed for Easter Holiday COH - Circle of Care, 6 p.m. Women of Grace, Noon Church School Committee, 11:20 a.m.
Weekly Events Sundays: ⇒ Holy Eucharist, 8 & 10 a.m. ⇒ Sunday Adult Series, 9 a.m. ⇒ Church School for children & youth, 9:45 a.m. ⇒ Gloria Deo Handbell Choir, 11:20 a.m.
Tuesdays: ⇒ Holy Eucharist, 9:30 a.m. ⇒ Women’s Study Group, 10 a.m.
Wednesdays: ⇒ Men’s Breakfast, 8 a.m. ⇒ Morning Prayer, 9:30 a.m. ⇒ Staff Meeting, 10 a.m. ⇒ St. Dunstan Handbell Choir, 4:30 p.m. ⇒ St. Patrick Training Choir, 4:30 p.m. ⇒ All Saints’ Handbell Choir, 7 p.m.
Thursdays: ⇒ Men’s Coffee Hour, 7:30 a.m. ⇒ Meditation Group, 10:15 a.m. ⇒ St. Nicholas & St. Cecelia’s Choirs, 4:30 p.m. ⇒ Choir of Men, Women & Teens, 7 p.m.
Saturdays: ⇒ Altar Guild, 9:30 a.m.
Attention Shoppers: Grace Church will sell you grocery coupons/gift cards for your favorite grocery store at NO EXTRA COST to you. Grace Church receives up to 5% of your purchases and it costs you NOTHING! All proceeds from grocery coupons/gift cards and Escrip cards go to Grace's operational fund. Last year, Grace church earned $2,000 from this simple fundraiser. If everyone participated, imagine the gift of giving that would come back to Grace! Cards are available each Sunday in our parish hall. Any questions, please call Julie Grossman 314.965.2966
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News from the parish family
Vestry highlights: March 11
Our sympathy is extended to Barry and Barbara Bell and the Bell Family on the February 19 death of Barry’s mother, Rebecca Bell, in Nashville, TN. Rebecca was 89 years old. A memorial service will be held in Springfield, MO in early June.
by Sue Nixon, Secretary
We are saddened by news of the death of former Grace member Jyll Harbison on March 6. Our sympathy also goes to Barbara Berry, whose daughter-in-law Liza Berry died March 21. A funeral is being held in St. Paul, MN on March 30. The sympathy of the parish is extended to John and Kitty Sugrue and their family on the recent death of John’s sister, Mary Beth. May they rest in peace, and light perpetual shine upon them.
Diane Warhover will serve as an Endowment Fund trustee. The confirmands cooked and served the March Trinity Hot Lunch. The nominating committee of the Diocese of Missouri is looking for nominees to fill positions on the Standing Committee, Diocesan Council, Cathedral Chapter, and the Disciplinary Board. Please e-mail the committee at DioceseMoNominations@gmail.com with the nominee’s name and contact information. The reredos from St. Matthew’s Church was given to an artist who removed it from the church at no charge. The next step in the St. Matthew’s property sale is to have “living room” discussions about the property development with residents, and then public hearings will be held.
Names cycle through our prayer list a month at a time. By the 25th of each month, please inform Angela Breeher in the parish office (821-1806, ext. 10) if continued prayers are requested for the following month or to add new names.
Junior Warden Phil Morrow attended the 2014 Diocesan leadership conference, and encourages all vestry members and other interested people to attend this yearly conference, which takes place on the first Saturday in March.
Parish intercessory prayer list
Mo. Doris and Janis Greenbaum attended the 2014 Conference of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in Atlanta February 26 through March 1.
Remember in your prayers for health and strength our brothers and sisters at Grace:
Llew Heigham Sydney Ludbrook Jim McKee Audrey Moller Connie Nix
Emilie Brandhorst Neil Buckles Ginger Dokos Ed Fliss Ellen Friedla
. . . and remember also our friends and family:
Johnnie Nelson Doris Thorn James W. Davis Joy Mayer Emery Washington
Mary Merriweather’s brother Doris Westfall’s Godmother Warren Davis’ father Friend of Claire Pyne Diocesan Priest, retired from All Saints’, St. Louis
Standing notices The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is administered four times each year in Grace Church: ♦ The Great Vigil of Easter (April 19, 2014) ♦ The Day of Pentecost (June 8, 2014) ♦ All Saints’ Sunday (Nov. 2, 2014) ♦ The First Sunday after Epiphany / Baptism of Our Lord (Jan. 11, 2015) To arrange for a baptism or marriage or to report a death or a hospitalization please contact Fr. Todd McDowell or Mo. Doris Westfall in the church office.
Doris Schaefer has taken over the job of “pantry shopper,” keeping the Grace Church pantry stocked, from Bets Salisbury. The Soup and Supper Lenten learning will take place on Wednesday evenings during Lent. Four people have signed up for Eucharistic Minister training on March 22. Pledge Income for February 2014 was $33,864, which was $7,989, or 19% below the budgeted amount of $41,853. YTD Pledge Income was $97,437, or $14,560 below budget. Total Revenues for February were $51,422, which was $8,729 below budget. Excess Pledge Income was below budget by $2,000, Prior Year Revenue was below budget by $4,543, and Other Income was over budget by $4,702. YTD Total Revenues were $126,659, which was $15,335 below budget. Total Expenses for February were $58,751, which was $230 below budget. YTD expenses were $109,522, which is $8,845 under the budgeted amount of $118,367. Net Revenue for the month was ($7,330), which was $8,500 less than the budgeted amount of $1,170. Net Revenue YTD was $17,137 or $6,490 below the budgeted amount of $23,627. Our current cash reserves would cover an estimated 1.33 months of the 2014 budgeted expenses.
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Contact the church office at 314-821-1806 The Rev. Todd McDowell, Rector, ext. 14 firstname.lastname@example.org The Rev. Doris Westfall, Associate Rector, ext. 12 email@example.com The Rev. James Purdy, Assisting Priest The Rev. Virginia Bennett, Assisting Priest 314-821-1806 Phillip Brunswick, Organist & Choir Master, ext. 21 firstname.lastname@example.org Ella Heigham, Handbell Choir, ext. 36 email@example.com Angela Breeher, Parish Administrator, ext. 10 firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Mars, Financial Administrator, ext. 11 email@example.com Janis Greenbaum, Director of Christian Formation & Communications, ext. 19 firstname.lastname@example.org
8:00 a.m. Worship service, followed by Coffee Hour in Albright Parish Hall 9:00 a.m. Adult Formation in LaVielle Conf. Room Childcare/childrenâ€™s activity in the Nursery 9:45 a.m. Church School in Lower Level Classrooms overlaps with our 10 a.m. worship service (students join families in church at the Peace) 10:00 a.m. Worship service, followed by Coffee Hour in Albright Parish Hall