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Grace notes April 2014

Easter 2012

OUR TEAM Stan McKinnon

Lora Walsh





Altar Guild Outreach Episcopal Peace Fellowship / G.A.P.P. Meals on Wheels Prayer Chain



Meredith Bergstrom Andy Bossler Ben Hill Rob Lambert Amanda Orcutt Debi Selby Curtis Smith Robert Smith Mike Moss, Treasurer Hope Johnstone, Clerk





Building & Grounds Christian Formation Community Life Finance Outreach Worship



Holy Eucharist, 9:00 A.M. Christian Formation (all ages), 10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist, 11:15 A.M. Holy Eucharist & Healing, 12:10 P.M. Yoga Morning Prayer at Studio, 7:00 A.M.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PREPARING FOR EASTER Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.

James 5:16a

Lent is described as a penitential season in The Book of Common Prayer beginning 40 days plus Sundays before Easter. A penitent is defined as a person who repents their sins or wrongdoings and seeks forgiveness from God. The season of Lent was originally a time to prepare new converts to the faith for baptism at the Easter vigil, but the church saw how beneficial their own preparation for Easter could be alongside the new believers and encouraged everyone to prepare themselves to reaffirm their baptismal vows with their new brothers and sisters in Christ. During our Eucharistic prayer there is a portion that says the following: You bid your faithful people cleanse their hearts, and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast; that, fervent in prayer and in works of mercy, and renewed by your Word and Sacraments, they may come to the fullness of grace which you have prepared for those who love you. BCP p. 379 The Paschal feast is a synonym for Easter, Christ being the Paschal (read Passover) lamb who was slain on our behalf. I encourage you to think about how this prayer can become part of your own preparation for Easter as you cleanse your hearts and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast. One important sacramental rite that the church offers is the Reconciliation of a Penitent (BCP p. 446). This is an optional rite for persons who wish to confess their sins to God in the presence of a priest and receive the assurance of pardon and the grace of absolution (BCP p. 861). If you are interested in this rite please contact me or Lora. Finally, the most important preparation is to participate in our Holy Week worship services beginning with Palm Sunday, April 13 and concluding with the Easter Vigil Saturday night at 8 pm, April 19. Being with Jesus as he washes his disciples feet at his last supper on Maunday Thursday and then the horror of the cross on Good Friday and the surprise of the empty tomb at the Easter Vigil enable us to experience the fullness of God’s grace in Jesus Christ our Lord. So cleanse your hearts and prepare with joy for the Paschal feast! Peace,


As I write this (on Monday, March 24), I am thinking about the five hymns we sang at the 11:00 service yesterday (two of them at 9:00) and how all five made direct or indirect reference to the Old Testament, psalm, and Gospel lessons appointed for Lent 3 in Year A. Our opening hymn, “Come, thou fount of every blessing,” alluded to the literal “fount of blessing” with which God blessed the Israelites when he commanded Moses to strike the rock at Horeb. That water was indeed a “stream of mercy,” representative of God’s innumerable, never-ending “streams of mercy” that “call for songs of loudest praise.” We were reminded of the day’s gospel – and the homily based on that – in the first communion hymn. Among the things that the Samaritan woman at the well “heard the voice of Jesus say” was “Behold, I freely give the living water; thirsty one, stoop down and drink, and live.” As we sang, we affirmed that we “[have drunk] of that life-giving stream,” and it quenched our thirst and revived our souls. The second communion hymn again borrowed from the Exodus passage: “Rock of ages, cleft for me…let the water…that flowed….” The sequence and closing hymns each had but one tangential reference to the rock at Horeb in the phrases “streams that flow” and “the crystal fountain whence the healing stream doth flow.” Water is among the most powerful images and metaphors in the Christian faith. Every time we hear the Prayer of Thanksgiving over the Water in the service of Holy Baptism, I am (we are) reminded of the “history” of water in both the Old and New Testaments. And on Lent 3 in Year A the image of water is right there in our face! On Sunday, did you observe any of these tie-ins between the lessons read to us and the hymns we sang? When I chose these hymns, I was aware, somewhat vaguely, of the reasons why my music selection resource offered these in the list of suggested hymns. Now, having written the preceding paragraphs, and having studied the texts more closely so that I might quote from them, I grasp the connections even more strongly. If we pay attention to what we sing, we might more frequently make these connections! They serve to make the Propers for the day more coherent. I am speaking of both those Propers that are appointed – we have no say in the matter – and the propers that are chosen by our clergy (in the homily) and the music staff (in the hymns and choral music). And I have not begun to address the deeper message of each hymn: the hymn writer used these and other scriptural images for what purpose? What does the text tell us? If what I have just stated resonates with you, how might you find tie-ins between the lessons and the hymns, and then the actual content in the hymn text? I will conclude this discussion next month with some concrete suggestions! Stay tuned!

Late service moves to 11:15 a.m.! Our late service will move to 11:15 a.m. starting Sunday, April 6th. The new schedule will allow for choir members to attend Christian Formation and EYC, as well as facilitate a 30 minute coffee time before the late service begins. *

9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Children’s Chapel – followed by coffee hour

10:00 a.m. Christian Formation At Grace House  Godly Play & EYC Jr. from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Parents - please drop off and pick up at Grace House)

 EYC from 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. In the Parish Hall  Christian Formation for Adults 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Choir will leave at 10:45 a.m. to prepare for worship

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship 11:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist & Children’s Chapel – followed by coffee hour

5:00 p.m. Lenten Evening Prayers – Through April 13th. Childcare provided.

*Nursery care is available for all events; please sign in by the Nursery room before leaving your children on the playground.

Baby Shower Thank you to all who participated in the Baby Shower for The Walsh’s, Chaney’s, and Dromi’s. We are excited to welcome these little girls to our Grace Church family!

April 6th at 12:00 p.m. A student and young adult lunch will be held on Sunday, April 6th, following the late service. The gathering is centered on college students and young adults at Grace, although "young adult" is open to self-definition; no ID's will be checked at the door. Please let Lora ( know that you're coming so we can get a rough head count.

Preparing for summer program… This summer we look forward to continuing our No Kid Hungry summer meals program. There will be a brief informative meeting on Sunday, April 6th, immediately following the late service. All volunteers and those interested are asked to attend. For more information, please contact Patty Gambill at or 479-220-8171.

April 11-12, Camp Mitchell... Mark your calendars for the first ever Grace Church Parish Retreat at Camp Mitchell on the afternoon of April 11th to Saturday evening April 12th. Sign-up sheet available in the Parish Hall; Adults - $60, Children - no charge with sleeping bags, otherwise $20 Friday, April 11th 4:00 p.m.

Arrival begins

6:30 p.m.

Dinner (served until 7:00 p.m.)*

7:30 p.m.

Orientation and Evening Worship, childcare provided

8:30 p.m.

Social Time & S’mores in Grace Lodge Saturday, April 12th

7:30 a.m.

Yoga Morning Prayer, childcare provided

8:30 a.m.


10:00 a.m.

Morning Session, childcare provided

11:30 a.m.

Free Time

12:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m.

Games, farm tour by Doug & Jenny Knight

3:30 p.m.

Closing Worship, childcare provided

* Gluten Free and Vegetarian options available upon request, please contact Bay in the office as soon as possible.

Sign-Up‌ The sign-up sheet for Easter Lilies and Altar Flowers is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall. Lilies and Altar Flowers are $30. More than one person can sign up for each Sunday.

LENTEN PRAYERS | Concluding April 13th, 5:00 p.m.

Lenten Evening Prayer conclude Palm Sunday, April 13th, at 5:00 p.m.

PALM SUNDAY | April 13th, 9:00 and 11:15 a.m.

Join us as we begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday on April 13th at 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. as we recall Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and Passion on the cross.

WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK | April 16th, 12:10 p.m. Our regular Wednesday Holy Eucharist and Healing service will meet at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th. MAUNDY THURSDAY | April 17th, 7:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist & Foot Washing Maundy Thursday begins the Triduum, the three days before Easter, with Holy Eucharist and Foot Washing on April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Childcare will be provided.

The Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday are great times for baptisms. If you or your children are interested in being baptized, please see Stan.

GOOD FRIDAY | April 18th  Prayer and Reflection Hours from 12:00-3:00 p.m.  Good Friday Service at 6:00 p.m. Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. Grace will offer prayer and reflection time in the nave on Good Friday from 12:003:00 p.m. to acknowledge this day of fasting and self-denial. Continuing later in the day we will have our Good Friday Service, 6:00 p.m. Childcare will be provided.

THE GREAT VIGIL OF EASTER & POTLUCK CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST | April 19th, 8:00 p.m. Welcome in the Easter Season with our Easter Vigil Champagne Breakfast, on Saturday, April 19th. The Easter Vigil Service begins at 8:00 p.m., with the Potluck Champagne Breakfast immediately following. If you would like to volunteer to bring a dish, please contact Laurie McKinnon at 479-238-3259. Childcare will be provided.

EASTER SUNDAY | April 20th  Holy Eucharist Services at 9:00 & 11:15 a.m.  Easter Egg Hunt, Reception and Family Photos, 10:00 a.m. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt & Reception will follow the 9:00 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, April 20th, in lieu of Christian Formation. All children are invited to bring a friend and join in the Easter egg hunt beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will also have our photographers on hand to take photos (Individual, Couple, Families, Kids). Join us as we celebrate the resurrection!

EASTER EGGS | Treat filled egg needed We are collecting treat filled eggs to be hidden before the hunt. Please drop off donated eggs to the office no later than April 17th. Contact the church office for more information 479-524-8782.

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University class at Grace concluded on March 18th with a bang. This small group of four families paid off $7,500 in debt and saved $3,000 during the nine week period. Congratulations!

Shrove Tuesday funds Grace Episcopal Church and the Siloam Community raised $826.57 in support of The Genesis House during the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 4th. These funds support their efforts to aid and assist the homeless in our community. Thank you for your contribution! Meredith Bergstrom of Grace Episcopal Church presents the donation check to Gary Baird and team at The Genesis House.ď‚Ž

SMOG (Spirited Men of Grace), April 25th at 7:30 p.m.... SMOG will meet Friday, April 25th, from 7:30-9:00 the home of Todd Simmons. Please bring a beverage and/or snack of your choice to share, and a suggested donation of $10 for the guest of honor and join the "Spirited" Men of Grace for a time of fellowship and conversation!

April 25–27, at Camp Mitchell Time for J.O.Y. is a weekend of renewal and support designed for young women living stress-filled lives. The purpose of the retreat is to provide experiences which affirm and encourage young women in their spiritual journey. This year, the retreat will be held April 25– 27, at Camp Mitchell. The cost is $170. Visit the ECW website for more information and to download a registration form. women's events for communication, Time for Joy.

April 26th… The Vineyard (formerly Fine Wine Women of Grace), will meet on Saturday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for the women of Grace to meet once a month and share drinks, eats, and laughter! Please bring a beverage and/or snack to share. Location to be announced soon!

To lead worship on April 27th… 4/26: The Grace Children’s Choir School (GCCS) will have Choir Camp on Saturday, Apr. 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Grace Church. 4/27: GCCS will lead worship on Sunday, Apr. 27th at the 9:00 a.m. service. Choristers please arrive by 8:15 a.m. to warm-up and prepare.

Upcoming Gatherings.... Cottage Groups have recently begun All are welcome to oin us as we cover Bren Brown's book Daring Greatly. Books are for sale for $15 (cash, credit cards and checks accepted). Snacks are welcomed but not required.  April 27, 6:00 p.m. | Last Sunday of the Month Cottage Group at The McKinnon's  April 29, 6:30 | Last Tuesday of the Month Cottage Group at The McKinnon's  April 30, 7:00 p.m. | Benjamin Cottage Group at Kurt Wubbena's home

Thank you! A huge THANK YOU to Marcia Wheeler for serving on Altar Guild. She polished silver, set the altar, cleaned linens, ordered supplies, and served on Altar Guild for the last 20 years. We thank you for your commitment and efforts Marcia! If anyone is interested in joining our Altar Guild team, please contact the church office.

Time & Talent: Summer What are your preferences for serving in a ministry role in May and into the summer? Please email or call the office at 479-524-8782 with your preferences and availability so that we may accommodate you.

Seth Long… Seth will be traveling with John Brown University's (JBU) Cathedral Choir as part of the JBU International Mission Program. For more information about this trip, please click here (or request a printed copy in the church office). Jonathan Larson… Jon will be traveling to London this Summer to intern with World Harvest Mission's. For more information about this trip, please click here (or request a printed copy in the church office).

Gunnar Schaffer… Gunnar will be student leading a trip with Dr. Waldron of JBU to Cambodia to implement an aquaponics system to advance their agricultural practices and to create a small business model. Fundraising goal is $2,000.

April 27th ‌. We would like to recognize all the 2014 graduates on Sunday, April 26th







office or call 479-524-8782 to let us know if you or someone in your family is graduating so that we can include your name in the bulletin.

April 27th at 12:45 p.m. Vestry will meet on Sunday, April 27th, at 12:45 p.m. at Grace House.

Additional details will be available closer to each date July 2014 Summer Potluck & BBQ Aug. 17, 2014 Rally Day Potluck



Ezekiel 37:1-14 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45 Psalm 130

Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6 Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43 John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

A PRIL 13 TH The Liturgy of the Palms

Matthew 21:1-11 Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The Liturgy of the Word

Isaiah 50:4-9a Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 26:14- 27:66 or Matthew 27-11-54 Psalm 31:9-16

A PRIL 27 TH Acts 2:14a,22-32 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 Psalm 16

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