Yes, Our Name has Changed
If you're surprised to see the Grace Episcopal banners up around our building, rest assured that we're still the same folks as when we operated under the name Sts Luke & James. We haven't switched denominations or changed our mission. We're continuing on our journey of "practicing the way of Jesus" but we wanted to make it clear to everyone that the consolidation of St Luke's Episcopal and St James Episcopal had truly created a new unity that is indeed greater than the sum of its parts. Join us!
Sign up: Lenten Bible Study with St. Andrew’s
Wednesdays, Feb 21-March 27, 6pm - 7pm on Zoom
Reading key stories from the Gospel of Luke together, we’ll be attending to the ways Jesus’ ministry invites us deeper into the life of God. Since this is an opportunity to deepen relationship with each other and with our friends from St. Andrew’s, we ask folks to register with the intent to attend as much as possible. Missing one or two isn’t a crisis, if needed.
Larry Reynolds' Retirement
On Sunday, February 11 Larry Reynolds began his retirement. He'll continue as a parishioner at Grace, so there's still time to drop him a card or make a donation as we allow him to step away from over 50 years of ministry.
We’ll be putting together a binder of written tributes for Larry; all are welcome to bring cards or notes if you’d like to share your appreciation or fond memories with him. You can also send cards to the church in advance and we will be sure they are included in the binder.
If you’d like to contribute to a retirement gift for Larry, you could send a check with a card to the office or a GoFundMe has also been set up. Click here for the GoFundMe site.
We filmed Larry's send-off. You may view it at your convenience.
Our Annual Meeting was held on January 28. During the meeting we reviewed our finances, made changes to our bylaws, elected new Vestry members, and approved our new name, Grace Episcopal Church. View the video of the meeting, the agenda and reports, the resolutions, and the bylaw changes.
Haiti Partnership: Annual Report 2023
The Haiti Committee is pleased to share its Annual Report for 2023 which includes a review of various activities, financial support, a glimpse into current life in Haiti, and myriad photos. Click here to view online. Paper copies are available on the Haiti bulletin board at church.
Lift Every Voice – For Peace in the Holy Land
Join with others in our parish as we find our voices for peace in the Holy Land. In prayer. Each and every day, we’re praying that the killing in the Holy Land stop. In petition to those in authority. We’re raising our voices to elected officials: The killing in the Holy Land must stop. All the hostages must be released. Humanitarian aid must flow freely into Gaza. Use the power of your elected position to find solutions for peace. Click here for contact information for elected officials: phone, snail mail, text, Twitter, Facebook and email.
Bring your Contributions to the Food Box on Sundays
Want to be good news? Our Food Box, next to the Little Free Library on 46th St, is a resource that many of our neighbors rely on for nutrition. The need has grown so great that the box can be full to bursting, and empty by the day's end. You can make it a habit to bring something with you every Sunday. Notice the baskets by both entrances to the church. We will be collecting food items for our food box in what we hope is a more visible way, to encourage our whole congregation to participate in this ministry.
Photo: Epiphany dinner, January 5
Photo: Larry Reynolds retirement gathering, February 11
The federal COVID-19 PHE declaration ended on May 11, 2023. Nevertheless, we will continue to monitor conditions that affect our parishioners' health. Our COVID-preparedness team will continue to meet.
• Masks are very welcome, but not required. • You will be invited to come forward for Communion. • You may receive from the chalice if you choose. • We ask that all who are eligible be vaccinated. • Stay home and watch the service on our livestream anytime you are not feeling well, have any cold, flu, or COVID symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID.
At-home Worship: We present recordings of our worship services on our YouTube channel. Typically, the edited service is available by late afternoon on Sundays, but since this is volunteer-driven work, the recording is sometimes published later in the week. Look for our worship service archive on our YouTube channel.
Elder Profiles: Sandy Puckett
We continue our recently-launched practice of telling the stories of our parish members aged 75 or older. This week we feature the Elder Profile of Grace Episcopal member, Sandy Puckett. You may also pick up a printed copy at the ushers’ tables, on Sunday. And watch for more profiles of the elders of Sts. Luke & James in weeks to come.
Previous Elder Profiles:
Barb Buehl, Tony Morley, Char Carlson, Al Carlson, Bonnie Carleen, Maxine Richmond, Bobbie Kaufmann, Sara & David Sommer, Marie Radomsky, Jim & JoAnn Grilley, Sarah Sivright, Urve Daigle, Judy Diffley, Joe Ordos, Ruth Anne Olson, Joanna Reeves, Janis & Roger Martin, Fran Doring, Jinny Bouvette, John Wagner & Susan Newman, Jim & Barb Alexander, Cliff & Kathy Robinson, Katie Mytty, Sandy Puckett,
Our church building is used for much more than just Sunday morning worship. Most of our lower level houses a child care that is open every weekday. We host several community groups too. Take a look at an example of a typical week's activities. (Note: the events in the sample are typical, but may change slightly each week. Be sure to contact our office whenever you plan to conduct any event at church!)
First Friday Taizé: 7PM Monthly (No Taizé in July, August or January)
Our Taizé service has returned to the nave (main worship space) and has also returned to its previous time, 7PM. This is a half-hour service of quiet reflection with modern chants (reiterated worship songs). Masks are welcome, but optional, for in-person worship, but you may also join the service via our live-stream on Facebook.
Yes, Community Forum. The Community Forum is for everyone! Immediately following our services we'll gather to discuss a variety of topics where our faith and the community intersect. The planning group intentionally leaves some open Sundays, mostly so that the incredibly rich and important coffee hours that we spend – really, truly hours! – after the Sunday liturgy might continue to be available with no precluding or intervening events.
Our existence as a faith community depends upon direct donations from our participants. Your contributions preserve our worship space, pay the staff that are engaged in worship, outreach, and justice initiatives, and directly support projects in our community. Many of our parishioners have found it easiest to set up electronic funds transfers (EFT) by contacting our office. However, we welcome donations via credit card using the links in the Donations section below.
Photo: Bishop Loya presents Rev. Susan Daughtry to the parish
We publish a newsletter that will help you get to know us, our people, our passions, and our opportunities for engagement. Please take a look at one of our recent editions.
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By Mary McKelvey, Senior Warden What a vibrant month it has been in our church community! It was clearly seen in our All Saints and All Souls service, where we celebrated the entire continuum of life and emotion. We honored our past, with those who have gone before us; our present, with our full attendance of all ages; and our future, as we baptized two of our newest members. We also have come to an important point in our discernment process of a permanent name. We have said it aloud in church and, God willing and people consenting, will vote to adopt the name of Grace Episcopal Church at our annual meeting in January 2024.
Several of us were uplifted by the historic presence of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in Minnesota at our ECMN annual convention. While all these Events (with a capital E) are happening, the vestry also took time to reflect on the ways Bishop Michael Curry has called on us to become a new kind of church. Bishop Curry has shared five ways of becoming a re-formed church. Click here for a PDF. One way that really seemed to resonate with our vestry at our latest meeting was the following: “Unite around the practice of a rule of life in small, gathered communities. These kinds of groups—small circles of people who support each other in following Jesus with intention and accountability— are necessary for cultivating Christ-centered life.” Whether you are a recent or long-time member of our Episcopal Community, we invite all to become more intentional about this process of being part of small, gathered communities that overlap and change to support each other in following Jesus, bringing us closer to a rule of life with purpose and love to each other and our neighbors. Advent is a busy time for the church and the vestry is no exception. We will be making 2024 budget decisions based on our pledges, getting ready for roll-out of a permanent name, gathering nominations for new vestry members, and writing up recaps for the annual report. Please reach out with ideas and concerns – mkmckelvey44@ gmail.com.
If you would you like to make a report to the Vestry, you can use this form. If you’d like your report to be seen in our upcoming wardens and vestry meetings, your submission must be received by the first of the month.
Our Vestry meets monthly to represent the parish in matters of worship, education, service, community life, and business. Meeting minutes are posted here AFTER they have been approved at the following month's meeting.
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Annual Meeting Reports
Here's an archive of our recent Annual Reports
2023 Written Reports and Agenda: [ PDF ]
2022 Written Reports and Agenda: [ PDF ]
2021 Written Reports and Agenda: [ PDF ]
2020 Written Reports and Agenda: [ PDF ]
Annual Meeting Video (2023 program year): [ YouTube ]