Pork Fest: Sunday, August 16, 12-2:30pm

Merrill Park, Eastman Street, Concord, NH

Sunday Worship will be at 9am this day!

FREE cookout: pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and brownies

Special Guests and Events: balladeer Jim Barnes, Krazy Kids bounce houses, Touch-a-Truck, National Guard games, Raffles

Donations support Grace Episcopal Church’s Take-a-Tote program to feed hungry children at the Mill Brook School.

Download the poster here: Pork Fest poster 2015.

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Thanks to property workers

We would like to thank the following people that volunteered their time to help stain the church or supply lunch for the workers:

Mike Corbett
Jay Handee
Jason Wells
Kathleen Belliveau
Audrey Rose
Adam Czarkowski

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers the front of our church looks much better!

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PEO Game Day

An afternoon of card and board games in the Parish Hall, Thursday, August 13, 1-4 p.m., hosted by P.E.O. Chapter B. Refreshments are provided and there will be door prizes! Speak with Christine Sokol, Barbara Geissinger or Barbara Ashworth for ticket information. Proceeds help support women’s educational scholarships available through this Philanthropic Educational Organization.

Letter from the Rector

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dear Saints of God,

Last Tuesday, July 14, Randy Makee gave me a letter of resignation as Grace Episcopal Church’s Senior Warden. His letter explained that he and his family cannot remain involved in our parish’s ministries due to differences with the direction of The Episcopal Church as a denomination.

I have accepted his resignation. Randy and I talked one-on-one for an hour and he came and spoke to the Vestry on Thursday, July 26. He was clear with me that:

  • this decision was very difficult for his family,
  • this decision does not imply lack of confidence or upset with Grace Church or its ministries,
  • his family will deeply miss seeing you all frequently and
  • his family will honor their commitments to volunteer for Pork Fest, so you can see them there.

In return, the Vestry and I were clear that, while we are sad for their departure, we are grateful for the energy and enthusiasm for ministry they they have brought to us.

The Vestry has reviewed the parish bylaws to appoint a new Senior Warden to complete Randy Makee’s term until its end in January. Although the Vestry has no August meeting, they will take this action at their September 17 meeting and the parish will be kept informed as that day approaches.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns. If you have no questions or concerns, please keep this parish and the Makee family in your prayers during this time that we walk apart yet remain ever hopeful for Christ’s ministry of reconciliation.

Yours by grace,
Fr. Jason Wells

Mind, Body & Tea event: July 26, 4:00pm

rev-becca-stevens-150x150Sunday July 26 at 4:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church
100 Chapel Street, Portsmouth

Register online here.

From her new book, The Way of Tea and Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage From its Violent Past, Stevens will offer insights into the roots of oppression and how we can help heal this deep brokenness.

This is a unique opportunity to discover how the dynamic founder of the Magdalene Program, Thistle Farms, and Chaplain of Vanderbilt University’s experiences and transformational stories of oppression affect the growing movement of women’s freedom and our own spiritual lives.

Stevens will explore how tea is connected to love, justice, and healing in the world. The afternoon’s participants will experience how the sharing of tea helps us dream of justice for women globally while proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change.

Rev. Becca Stevens is a nationally acclaimed speaker having been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, ABC, and The New York Times. She is the author of 9 books, been recognized by the White House, is a 2011 Champion of Change to End Domestic Violence, and was awarded the TJ Martell, Lifetime Humanitarian Award, 2015.

The Magdalene program is a residential community for women, survivors of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, prostitution, & trafficking. Thistle Farms is a self-supporting program, which employs nearly 50

Magdalene residents to help survivors gain skills, work experience, and earn an income with a line of natural body care products, a paper and sewing studio, the Thistle Stop Café, and the Shared Trade initiative linking 14 women’s social enterprises around the globe.

Thistle Farms/Magdalene offers monthly educational workshops and has welcomed over 1,200 people from over 100 cities in the last two years interested in learning about their social enterprise and residential program. Currently Thistle Farms works with women’s cooperatives in Rwanda, Ecuador, Kenya and Ghana.

Thistle Farms products will be available to purchase at the event and tax-deductible donations are appreciated to help fund the Magdalene/Thistle Farms that operates without government funding.