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Pork Fest: Saturday, September 10, 12-2:30pm!

2015 pork fest 083Seventh Annual Pork Fest returns to Merrill Park!

Grace Episcopal Church invites Concord residents to the 7th Annual Pork Fest fundraiser on Saturday, September 10 from 12-2:30pm at Merrill Park on Eastman Street. The neighborhood cookout will feature BBQ pork, hamburgers and hot dogs, games, bounce houses and a raffle.

While the event is free, donations will be accepted. All donations will support Grace Episcopal Church’s Take-a-Tote ministry to provide weekend meals to local public schoolchildren enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. Take-a-Tote currently supplies 50 tote bags of food each week to East Concord’s Mill Brook School. Each tote bag costs $10 to fill.

“Children who get free lunches can’t be served when school is out, on weekends and in the summer. This Pork Fest allows our Take-a-Tote program to serve a hidden need,” said Will Ashworth, a member of Grace Episcopal Church.

Want to know more about Take-a-Tote? Download their brochure.

Sunday School and Youth Group kickoff!

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On Sunday, September 11, come and register to take part in our growing and enthusiastic Sunday School program so that you children can know about God’s deep love for them. They will offer several programs for different age groups:

Family Worship beginning on Sunday, September 11 (then on 10/2 and 11/6). At 10am, all ages worship together with kid-friendly messages and music, using God’s Word, My Voice children’s Bible readings.

Sunday School Classes for grades pre-K and up begin on Sunday, September 18 at 9:50am and continue every Sunday.

Altar Servers (grades 3 and up) are a great way to learn more about prayer and worship in an interactive, hands-up way. Trainings are on 11/9 and 12/11 after the 10am worship service. Novices will learn the basics and experienced servers will be given more to explore.

Youth Group (grades 9-12) begins on Sunday, September 25 with leader Kate Ess. Youth will share ideas for upcoming events. Already scheduled programs include:

October 8 CROP Walk
November 4 Lock-in/retreat

Lee C. Reinheimer, Rest in Peace

“Lee C. Reinheimer, 80, of Pittsfield, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, after a brief illness.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall of Grace Episcopal Church in East Concord.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church.

The family requests that bright colors, especially purple, be worn as the ceremony will be a celebration of Lee’s life.”

Read the full obituary on the Concord Monitor.

Sermon for Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bible passage: Hebrews 11:29-12:2

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the beginning and the end of faith.”

Take a Tote

Thanks for continuing to bring in food items during the summer months. However, a reminder that we cannot accept packages containing peanuts, peanut butter, tree nuts. Recently we received boxes of Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey granola bars. The label states, “may contain peanut, almond and pecan ingredients.” Same goes for crackers filled with peanut butter. Please read food labels carefully so no child suffers a nut reaction.

Doris Dunbar: Rest in Peace

“Doris Munro Dunbar, 90, of New Hartford, Conn., formerly of Concord, died peacefully Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, after a long period of declining health. …

After her husband’s death, Doris devoted her time to the Episcopal Church. She managed the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire Media Center in conjunction with the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ. Doris was an active member of St. James Church in Greenfield, Mass., Church of the Epiphany in Newport, Grace Church in Concord, and finally, Trinity Church in Torrington, Conn.”

Read the full obituary on the Concord Monitor.

Sermon for Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bible passage: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Bulletin and Announcements: Download the PDF.

“If we accept faith in the Creator, then we accept the belief that we are foreigners, strangers, pilgrims and travelers, then we accept that this world is not our true home. Knowing that must change how we act and live in this world.”

Little Flock

Little Flock returns Wednesday September 14! This is a story-telling and art program for pre-K children and their parents. Our new time will be at 10:00am-11:30am:

10-10:45am     Welcome, Story, Crafts with parents
10:45am           Clean up
10:55-11:30     Songs and Music; Goodbye