With Great Thanks we are announcing that August 4 will be Rev Celeste’s Last day with us. Grace has call her new priest, right now working all the paperwork out..as soon as it is all worked out we will be announcing …. There isn’t enough Thanks for Sharon and Heidi for their leadership of the search committee and everyone on the committee for their time and devotion to find us the right priest. THANK YOU ALL! Also would like to says thanks to the congregation for your input and tremendous patience during these long months . God has lead us to, I feel the best Priest to continue Grace’s mission and take us even further in the spreading of God’s love.. So more to come soon! Right now, continue to pray ….
Rev. Celeste dedicated the Little Free Library and we are up and running! Feel free to take a book or two! You may choose to read and return or pass on or donate a couple of books. If you have several books to donate, please let Sharon Monroe know as she is the library steward. The goal will be to not to over stuff the box, but leave a few books in several genres, geared towards various age groups. Grace Episcopal is in the perfect location, across from Merrill Park, for accessibility and visibility. There have already been several book exchanges so the community has found us and it will be a blessing to see how God works through this ministry! Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. You can view our library on the locator map on their website: https://littlefreelibrary.org/ourmap/
The vestry at Grace calls new Priest .The Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine grew up in New Providence, NJ, where she fell in love with God on the banks of the Passaic River and in the liturgy and community of the local Episcopal church. After studying history and religion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she joined the Julian Year, an Episcopal Service Corps program in Chicago, dedicated to living simply in intentional community and served as the volunteer manager at a homeless shelter and as a chaplain intern at Bishop Anderson House, an agency that provides pastoral care to medical centers and nursing homes in Cook County. While a student at Virginia Theological Seminary, she focused on preaching, theology, mission, and Christian formation, writing a master’s thesis on youth confirmation while assisting as seminarian at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, MD. She was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Chicago in July of 2016 and served as a hospital chaplain resident in surgical oncology and in-patient behavioral health at Providence Portland Medical Center and as Priest Associate at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. For the last two years, Kate has ministered in the Diocese of New Hampshire as the Curate of Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, focusing on Christian formation, pastoral care, and community outreach. In addition to the joy she finds in her ministry, Kate also has a great deal of fun while hiking, practicing Irish dance, and growing way too many tomatoes and is supported both in work and play by her fantastic husband Zac, the Vicar of St. Christopher’s in Hampstead. She is thrilled to serve with the people of Grace as their Rector, helping people of all ages claim their own discipleship, gathering together for worship, and proclaiming the Good News of God’s presence in our midst through caring for one another and in outreach in the community. In her time discerning with the Search Committee and Vestry, she has loved getting to know Grace as a community where each person is known by name, celebrated for their gifts, and supported in their ministry. The people of Grace are in her prayers and she and can’t wait until August 18 to meet everyone!
Rev. Celeste took a moment yesterday, just before the final hymn, to explain to the Grace Church kids that she would be leaving soon. It so perfectly encapsulated what she means to our Grace Family that she took a moment to say goodbye to them. ❤️
New Little Free Lending Library It has Happened!! Huge thank you to the Wheeler family for the building and installing.. and Sharon Monroe for your vision of a great community outreach… now Sharon-you get to fill it …..
Potluck dinner while Rev Celeste talks about how to keep the Sabbath…ALL welcome!
Our summer hours for service stay at 9:30am on Sundays and morning prayer still Tuesday at 8am…join us for one or both…
Bishop Rob with 27 Bishops that have gathered for the Ordination and Consecration of The Rev. Thomas Brown as the Tenth Bishop of Maine.