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Pentecost Sunday: May 19
Please consider wearing red—an ancient Christian tradition—on Pentecost. We will celebrate the end of the Easter Season and the coming of the Holy Spirit with special music and liturgical theatre. Join us!

Director of Music Named!
Grace Episcopal Church has offered the position of Director of Music to Adam Reinwald, and he has accepted. Earlier in the spring, shortly after Larry Reynolds' retirement, the Search Committee (Max Athorn and Dave Larson, with Essie Commers and Robin Fischer joining in for interviews) and I drafted a job description and shared it widely. We received a number of highly qualified applicants whose gifts and skills would have been a blessing to our congregation. Three candidates stood out for their particularly relevant experiences and the committee interviewed them in May. Following these three rich conversations the committee focused on Adam Reinwald. Adam's engagement in the Twin Cities' choral community, his teaching experience, entrepreneurial leadership, organizational skills, and warm interpersonal style made him the committee's top choice. Dave Larson said, "We unanimously recommended that Susan do her own follow-up interview with Adam. We couldn't be more delighted with the outcome!"

In this role, Adam will support our musicians and the congregation as we practice the Way of Jesus together through music: working to shape our music ministries in alignment with our congregational mission; shaping our worship; hiring an accompanist; directing the choir, managing our music library, and partnering with community organizations to open our space for concerts and other arts opportunities. He will begin his work as our Director of Music the week of July 15. Learn more about Adam on our Leadership page.

Grace Repeats as a Climate Justice Congregation
Congratulations to us on being certified again this year as a Climate Justice Congregation! This award is in recognition of our steps, no matter how modest, to addressing climate justice in our homes, our church, and our neighborhood. Our commitment to recycling and composting is an example, as is our energy audit and installation of LED bulbs. We keep the storm drains at our intersection clear of debris, and continuously work to make our gardens and grounds welcoming to pollinators, as well as beautiful. Maybe solar energy is in our future--or yours? Check MN Interfaith Power & Light (https://www.mnipl.org/) for information.

Haiti Partnership Pledge Drive: Ended May 12
For those of you that have pledged – Mèsi! Thank you! If you haven't pledged yet, simply return your pledge card to the church office, place it in the offering plate, or send notice of your pledge amount to bookkeeper@GraceEpiscopalMpls.org.
You can also make your pledge online. All pledges can be paid incrementally throughout the year.

Wednesdays in May 2024
We’ll be gathering for dinner and programs for all ages on May 1, 8, 15, and 22. Joining in opportunities to learn and play together lets us practice being community around a table, just as Jesus ate with friends and strangers, saints and sinners. We've structured this series so that people of all ages have ways to plug in. See the details and register!

Spring Fundraiser Afternoon Tea: May 18
Please join us on Saturday, May 18, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the home of: Sandy Puckett for our Spring Fundraiser Afternoon Tea. Delicious homemade tea treats will be served including gluten free items. You will have a choice of a variety of teas from which to choose. All are welcome. Suggested donation of $50 for adults and $10 for children 8 and older. (If you want to attend and/or donate a different amount other than the suggested $50 donation, please contact office@graceepiscopalmpls.org to register.) Please purchase your tickets by May 17 online or send an email to office@graceepiscopalmpls.org. If you have questions, please talk to Sandy Puckett and Linda Lyman.

Library Circle Book Club Update
Our next book is High Conflict by Amanda Ripley. This is a great opportunity to read the book that’s being referenced at the Depolarization and Nonviolence Wednesdays in May, Depolarization. Next meeting Monday, June 24 at 6:30 PM. At our late summer meeting, we’ll be reading James by Percival Everett.

Photo: Prepping a costume for Pentecost.

Photo: Grace Episcopal's new Director of Music, Adam Reinwald

Health Reminders
We remind you of all that we learned during the course of the COVID pandemic.
• 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.

Fundraiser & International Taco Night: June 22
Save the Date – Calling all Volunteers!
On Saturday evening, June 22, we’ll be "traveling around the world" by sampling tasty tacos at Grace Episcopal Church! Plus, fellowship opportunities will abound during this fun-filled evening. Details will follow but please save the date NOW! Mark Fiddler and Louis Hoffman will be the chief engineers on our taco train. We need volunteers to: • Act as our taco chefs/jefes de cocina (6 people) • Set up (4 people) • Serve food and beverage (4 people) • Warm tacos and tortillas (1 – 2 people) • Clean up (4 people) This event promises to a success but needs help from chefs, sous chefs and wonderful volunteers. Please contact Mark Fiddler to learn more and sign up to help!  Use his contact info as found in your parish directory.

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. You can view the latest report here. 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.

Elder Profiles: Lenesa Leana
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, Lenesa Leana. 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, Anne Widtfelt, Lenesa Leana

Building Use
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!)

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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.

Community Forum
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.

Donations
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

Connect to Information

The Epistle
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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Vestry Corner
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.

Vestry Minutes
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 ]

Donors Area

General Giving

Individual giving is by FAR the source of funds that our community has. We maintain our worship space and grounds, pay our staff, purchase our supplies, and support charitable work.

Highlight Projects

Occasionally we highlight one of our programs. Please consider giving to these great causes.

Join Us!

Sunday Morning Worship
10AM

Taizé Prayer Service
7PM, first Friday of most months

Healing Prayer Service
7PM, second Tuesday of each month
Phone: 612-524-9180
Email: office@graceepiscopalmpls.org


Our parking lot is located on the NE corner of 46th & Bryant Ave.
Grace Episcopal Church
4557 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419