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Minding the Gap

Dear Grace Church, This week I had all the intention of writing about “Minding the Gap”. This is one of my favorite phrases from the underground transport system in London. It was required because over time though the rail guage sizes remained the same, the carriages...

Bishop Alan Office and Pub Hours!

Bishop Alan has Office Hours and Pub Hours! Office Hours – when he is on campus and happy to connect with you if you drop by – are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Pub Hours – when you can meet him in the basement of the Goose & Gander and share a pint...

Where two or three are gathered

Dear Grace Church, On Sunday morning I shared my secret dream of a perfect retirement – of enjoying regular evenings out at the local pub engaged in lively and meaningful conversation “just this side of tipsy”. Well, I have no such place set aside in Des Moines as yet...

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Minding the Gap

Dear Grace Church, This week I had all the intention of writing about “Minding the Gap”. This is one of my favorite phrases from the underground transport system in London. It was required because over time though the rail guage sizes remained the same, the carriages...

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Bishop Alan Office and Pub Hours!

Bishop Alan has Office Hours and Pub Hours! Office Hours – when he is on campus and happy to connect with you if you drop by – are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00 pm. Pub Hours – when you can meet him in the basement of the Goose & Gander and share a pint...

read more

Where two or three are gathered

Dear Grace Church, On Sunday morning I shared my secret dream of a perfect retirement – of enjoying regular evenings out at the local pub engaged in lively and meaningful conversation “just this side of tipsy”. Well, I have no such place set aside in Des Moines as yet...

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Sabbatical for Everyone

Dear Ones, As I head off on my four-month sabbatical, I am filled with peace and gratitude.  I’ve had a chance to reconnect with a lot of folks over the last few weeks, over the phone or text, in small groups, at the door of the sanctuary— it is just so good to see...

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Decoding Bishop Scarfe

At a staff meeting in Bishop Scarfe's previous diocese he passed around a chart that he had received in an email. "You all need to study this,'' he said, with a chuckle in his voice, ``Because it really is true" The Diocesan staff spent a good amount of time laughing...

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New Community Health Recommendations

Grace Episcopal, Saint Helena's Community Health Advisory Group (formerly the regathering task force) has met together to discuss the up-swing in local cases of COVID. After meeting together they have established the following recommendations for parishioners of...

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Rev. Amy Health Update

Dear Ones,I have almost recovered from COVID. Vince also contracted it; so far the children have not. I will finish my ten day isolation on Friday, April 29 and be fine to lead services the next few weeks.I have a couple learnings to share:—It is really everywhere...

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Spring Beautification

For those who have participated in semi-annual workdays in the past, you know what a blessing it is to serve your Grace Community in this way. Because of regathering restrictions, our Cleanup days have been postponed but we still have ongoing maintenance projects that...

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Holy Week is here!

Dear Ones, In Holy Week we walk with Jesus and his disciples through the events of the last days of his earthly life--the tenderness, the injustice, the agony, the apparent finality of death. Why do we face into these terrible events intentionally, remembering...

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Holy Week at a Glance

Maundy Thursday 7:00 PM Holy Eucharist and Foot-washing** Good Friday 12:00 PM Stations of the Cross/Viacrucis (Bilingual)12:30 PM Traditional Good Friday Service** 7:00 PM Taize Chant Service on the Labyrinth Holy Saturday 8:00 PM The Great Vigil of Easter /VIgilia...

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