Summer Toiletry Drive
The Lehigh Conference of Churches is coordinating a summer Toiletry Drive to distribute items to persons in need, though the Pathways program. Current supplies are low for personal care items not covered by supplemental benefits, including shampoo and body wash (full size), diapers, baby wipes, deodorant, toilet paper, feminine care products, razors and shaving cream, and toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Grace Food Pantry “Thanksgiving in July” – Sunday, July 23
For many years, Church of the Mediator has been collecting non-perishable items for the Grace Food Pantry. They do this in a collection basket every week and host a special drive, “Thanksgiving in July,” every summer. This year, we have an opportunity for a special connection with our covenant parish. Jeff Kemmerer, Grace vestry member and representative on the food pantry board, will be sharing in Mediator’s 9 a.m. worship service next Sunday. Representatives from Mediator will leave after the food collection is blessed, bringing at least a portion of it to Grace for our 10 a.m. service. On that day, Earlaine Klingler – a Grace Food Pantry board member who is also on the vestry of Mediator – will offer a lay witness at Grace. We’re sharing a common prayer in our worship services, as well. There is a basket at Grace for collection of non-perishable food items and your contributions are encouraged. You may also choose to make a financial gift, making a check to Grace Episcopal Church and indicate “food pantry” in the memo line or indicate so on an envelope for cash contributions.
Puerto Rican parade – begins at noon on Sunday, July 30
The annual Allentown Puerto Rican Parade and Festival takes place in the Grace neighborhood and plans are underway to help celebrate this event. The parade is set to begin at noon, one block from the church (at 5th and Hamilton), and continue north on 5th to Jordan Park, for an afternoon festival. Contact the church if you’d like to help offer hospitality during the parade.
Stories of Grace – after worship Sunday, August 6
We continue our “story work,” using a process to help unearth, contemplate, and work with the personal stories that shape our faith and action, and to see ways these stories can help express our witness to God’s transformative work. This include practice with “conversation partners,” something we enjoy at Grace! We will look at the ways this work can be directed toward the issues that matter to each of us – whether housing, health care, refugees, food insecurity, addiction, or other aspects of our common life. The techniques that will be shared should be useful whether you seek to gain clarity to communicate the causes you care about, want to speak passionately on issues, and/or be a more effective advocate.
Worship Leader Training – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, August 12
A worship leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation. This diocesan training is a pre-requisite for licensing by the bishop. At Grace, a lay-led service is offered on the second Sunday of each month.
Rainbow Scholarship Benefit Concert – 5 p.m. Sunday, August 13
Make plans to come to Grace for a pre-Pride concert, featuring songs of love and inclusion, to benefit the Rainbow Scholarship Fund – awarding scholarships through Lehigh Valley Pride in the Park.
Pride in the Park – Sunday, August 20
Save the date for the annual Pride festivities at Cedar Beach Park, including a pre-Pride, outdoor worship service and picnic.
Diocesan Convention – September 29-30
The 146th convention of the Diocese of Bethlehem will be held at the Carbondale Grand Hotel and Convention Center. Check the diocesan website to stay apprised of details regarding participation, regional pre-convention meetings, and local convention arrangements.
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