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Grace Notes

VOLUME 2, NUMBER 20, APRIL 10, 2011

IT'S ALMOST HOLY WEEK
We've heard have been pointing us to the culmination of this season and the primary celebration of the Church year. Lent is building to its climax. We are approaching Holy Week and Easter.

On the First Sunday in Lent we heard of Jesus' temptation—to be a king no different than the kings of this world—and his overcoming of this temptation. On the Second Sunday in Lent we heard about being born again—entering into a completely new and different life—by water and the Holy Spirit. On the Third Sunday in Lent we heard of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well and of life-giving water. Last week, on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, we heard of the movement from darkness to light. We hear in the gospel this week the story of the raising of Lazarus. On the eve of Jesus' passion Jesus comes face to face with his nemesis—death itself—and he wins life for his good friend, Lazarus.

All of this—the temptation to stay in the old life (which is death), the invitation to rebirth into a new life, lifegiving water, darkness to light, the conquering of death—points to the central liturgical celebration and truth of the Church—the Paschal Mystery.

Palm Sunday—The Sunday of the Passion, begins Holy Week. At the end of that week is the great three day liturgy that forms the center of our Prayer Book and the central celebration of life and of our lives as Church. Mark your calendars. Do everything you can to be here those three nights. Invite your friends. Prepare for that great celebration. Easter—new life—is coming.

--Father Rhodes

WAY OF THE CROSS... At 6 pm, Fridays, April 8 & 15, Grace Church will walk the Way of the Cross.

ADULT FORUM... The Adult Forum Sunday will take a look at Jubilee—God's great redistribution plan found in the Book of Leviticus—and how it relates to the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, and so, of the Church.

EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS... Envelopes are available in the narthex for Easter flower memorials. Please return to the church office no later than Sunday, April 17th. Checks may be made payable to Grace Church Altar Guild.

LENTEN SERIES... The Lenten Series concludes this Thursday evening at 6 pm. Evening Prayer will be followed by a time of contemplative prayer. Then a simple Lenten supper will be served with discussion about the everyday spiritual practices of Listening, Praising, Eating, Working, and Hoping.

WATCH AT THE ALTAR OF REPOSE... A sign up sheet is in the narthex for the watch through the night on Maundy Thursday, April 21 through Good Friday at noon.

FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS IN BERGEN COUNTY... Team Grace Westwood thanks all those who sponsored their efforts last Sunday at Bike Bergen and contributed towards the $3250 that was raised. The money will be split between Family Promise of Bergen County and Christ Church Community Development Corporation. The 2011 Team consisted of Andy Bisdale, Tom Bisdale, Jim Freeman, Tony Gannelli & Lesly Newton, Kate Landi, Pat Landi, Al Ramirez, John Schneider, Randy Scott, Andy & Cookie Smethurst, Beth Staples, and Cindy Waneck. Contributions are still being accepted.

WESTWOOD HERITAGE DAY... Grace Church will be participating in Westwood Heritage Day on Sunday May 22nd. This is a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS. Please talk to debbi about volunteering for set-up, clean-up, and/or manning the table for some period of time. WE ALSO NEED DONATIONS. Please bring new items we can sell at the table to raise money. You can bring your donations in at any time from now until May 21st and give them to Debbi. Any questions please email or call Debbi.

SAVE THE DATE... Saturday, April 16, is the traditional Grace Church spring clean up in the yards, altar guild preparation for Easter and Holy Week rehearsal. We need your help!

Grace Doves Softball... We are currently planning the 2011 PVCSL season and need to determine if there is sufficient interest to field a Grace Church team this year. The season will likely take place on 6 or 7 Sunday afternoons in May and June. While intended primarily for men and women 25 and above, we are allowed a number of younger players. If you would like to play, please speak with Tom Bisdale.

DONATE TO FOOD FOR FRIENDS... St. Paul's Community Development Corporation Food Pantry in Paterson especially welcomes high protein items, such as beans and canned meats. Alternatively checks may be drawn in favor of St. Paul's CDC and marked Food Pantry. Please send checks directly to St. Paul's at 451 Van Houten Street, Paterson, NJ 07501 Thank you.

Holy Week
at Grace Church

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday - April 17, 10:00 am
Mass with the Blessing of the Palms, Procession and
the Proclamation of the Passion Narrative

Maundy Thursday - April 21, 8:00 pm
The Mass of the Lord's Supper
with Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar
and Reservation of the Sacrament on the Altar of Repose

Good Friday - April 22, 8:00 pm
Proper Liturgy of Good Friday
with Veneration of the Cross
and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament

The Great Vigil of Easter - April 23, 8:00 pm
Lighting of the Great Fire, the Blessing of the Paschal Candle,
Holy Baptism (or the renewal of Baptismal vows) and
the First Holy Eucharist of Easter

Ministers of the Assembly

April 10April 17
MP Officiant and LEM (8 am)Andy SmethurstCharles Keil
Lay EucharisticLarry ToppinLeslie Bisdale
Ministers (10 am)Tom BisdaleTom Bisdale
LectorJohn MartinBill Hafemann
Intercessor (Prayers)Daisy ToppinLarry Toppin
Chief ServerKate LandiDebbi Geller
AcolytesRebecca BisdaleTyler Marshall
Emily ThomasDylan Marshall
ThuriferLeslie BisdaleBen Martin
UshersLarry ToppinJim Cloke
Daisy ToppinPat Landi
CountersJim FreemanCharles Keil
Aki OkunlolaCookie Smethurst
Altar GuildTheresa PeterDaisy Toppin
Billie EvansLeslie Bisdale
Coffee HourDaisy ToppinChris Scott
Theresa OkunlolaRandy Scott