GRACE CHURCH BULLETIN
March 4, 2008
God’s grace sustains us as we strive to know, love, and serve others in
our daily lives. Wherever you are on your faith journey, you are
welcome at Grace Episcopal Church.
Dear Members of the Parish,
It was a weekend full of Church this past weekend and grace-filled at every turn. Friday night we had
our Vestry Dinner, which included out-going members of the Vestry as well as the present Vestry. The
out-going members shared their thoughts and wisdom, especially with the newest members. There was
talk about how wonderful it was to deepen connections with folks that normally were only seen on
Sundays at worship and you greeted at the Peace. People spoke of being fed by serving on the Vestry
and the privilege of being a part of the inner workings of the Parish.
Saturday, the Vestry met for our annual Retreat which was held at St. Mary's, Lower Falls. Our
facilitator for the day was the Rev. John de Beer, the Priest-in-Charge at St. Mark's, Burlington. John
worked with us around the concept of vocation and calling. We were asked to look at our life's work and
to think about when we felt the most alive. He asked us what we were passionate about and what gifts
we bring to our daily work and our lives.
There was time for sharing in dyads and with the whole group. We all were moved by the depth of
sharing and I came away from the day feeling so blessed to be working with this wonderful group of
people who have agreed to serve all of us at Grace Church. Your Vestry is so committed to their call to
be spiritual leaders of this parish and they care about each one of you. They also care about the
buildings, the programs and the Staff. They are aware of their fiduciary responsibilities to this generation
and the generations to come.
As we noted near the end of our day, our faith community is so much more than a non-profit
organization. Our parish is a complex tapestry of our lives along with those who have gone before us
and those who are yet to come through the doors. There are many things that we hold in the balance
and with God's help, we will do our best to be the people we have been called to be. Your Vestry is
committed to working on communicating with every member of the parish by keeping you informed of
their work and by inviting you to share in the ministry of this parish.
Lenten Prayer Group
I will offer a Lenten Prayer Group from 7-8:30 PM in the Small Hall. We will be using the book, "Healing
in the Landscape of Prayer," by Avery Brooke. I will have some copies available for purchase. We will
meet on Sunday for the next two weeks. Please contact me if you are interested:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office.
The brochures for the Barbara C. Harris Summer Camp have arrived and are on the shelf in the
vestibule of the Parish House. I would like to highlight Choir Camp, which will be held August 3-9.
Children who are rising 4-12 graders are invited to a week of singing, playing drums, and all the
wonderful camp activities. We sing music from all around the world as well as traditional Church music.
The campers offer Evensong on Thursday night at the Episcopal Church in Peterborough, and their final
sung Morning Prayer on the last day of Camp. Please speak to Miriam for details. Scholarships are
Those In Service, March 9th
Altar Guild: Melissa Umbsen, Debra Katt-Lloyd, Becky Hammatt Bradley
Acolytes: Nate Sobeck, Alex Graf,
Mwambanga Mkaya, Mwamburi Mkaya
Lectors: Jim Volcker, Bessie Lyman
Lay Reader: Chris Samuels
Chalice Bearers: Scott Aquilina, Bessie Lyman
Counters: Butch Matthews, Margaret Umbsen
Hospitality: Danberg/Ficarelli, Fletcher/Arbuckle
Nursery: Kathy Gould
Palm Sunday, March 16th
Maundy Thursday, March 20th, 7:30 PM Service and Vigil
Good Friday, March 21st, Noon, Children’s Service, and 7:30 PM Service
Easter Sunday, 8:00 and 11:00 AM Festival Eucharist with Choir;
9:00-10:00 AM, Easter Breakfast
We ask your prayers for all those who serve our country and local communities,
especially Brendan Bowen, David DiCicco, Michael Gould, Sean Hoyt, Calvin
Johnson, Brad Leitch, and Darnell Lyman. We also ask your prayers for those
in need of healing: Jane Scott, Winston Best, Cindy Grogan, Merle Orren, Matt
Shea, Judy Borowicz, Barbara Stock, Cathryn Ross, Caleb Downs, Bruce MacDonald, George Lloyd,
Tim Clancy, Mateo Singer-Torres, Carol Garcia, Pam Jones, Richard Borowicz, Alison Sprague, Sally
McAlpine, Kate MacDonald, Blythe Brown, Mavis Chase-Sobers, Neila Gonsalves, Jane Shapiro, Kathy
Owen, Cali, Hardy, Sven, Liz Huntting, Priscilla Graf, Linda Sullivan, Barbara Karlin
Please call or email Susan Clancy to add someone to or update the Prayer List.
You may also complete the Sign-up Sheet in the Intercession Book in the Church office.
Grace Discussion Group
This week we had Barbara Abramowitz as our Grace Discussion Group leader. She spoke on
Quantum Physics and prayer where she was able to describe a type of prayer which unites the
individual with the greater forces of the universe which connects all things. It was a very
powerful way to envision the effects of prayer as being universal rather than individual. Barbara
lives in Newton and has a practice as a psychotherapist and life coach.
Next week Barbara will return and talk about Claiming Joy--being happy for no good reason.
There will be no GDG for the next two Sundays due to Palm Sunday and Easter.
This Sunday Derek Wong will join the choir, playing Oboe on the soprano part of
Bach’s “Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott,” a translation of the Latin creed into German.
During the Reformation Luther and his followers translated the Propers of the
Eucharist into the vernacular. These Propers we still sing today in our vernacular,
English. They are the following: Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Offertory, Sanctus and
Benedictus, Agnus Dei. In the orchestras accompanying cantatas in the Leipzig
churches in Bach’s day, a reed or brass instrument doubled the chorale melody in
order to enhance its prominence in the choral texture. Derek will fulfill that role with
us this Sunday.
Derek will then play the “Allegro moderato,” the first movement of the Concerto in C Minor by a
contemporary of Bach’s -- Benedetto Marcello -- at the Postlude. At the end of the service, please move
forward quietly to hear this wonderful musician in our midst.
Dear members of the Grace community,
This past Saturday, I, once again, had the pleasure of sharing with members of the Grace vestry. We
discussed "A Biblical Framework for Vocation and Call". We prayed Psalm 139 together and answered
questions like "when have you felt most alive and which verse of Psalm 139 connects most with your
past 10 years". To say the least, much meaningful and heartfelt discussion occurred. I was so touched
with the discussion that a poem was birthed.
Love God---the gifts, the support, the world...
I am a child of God.
She has blessed me with the ability to seek her.
to question the fanatic certain,
expose the untruths,
nurture the souls who feel disenfranchised, disrespected.
I rely on our God
to provide what I need, not necessarily what I want
to order my steps
to lead me into the light.
The world is expansive, overwhelming, yet finite.
We need, we must take notice
to cherish, to marvel, to give thanks!
Yvonne Gomez-Carrion MD, F.A.C.O.G.
March 9th, Daylight Savings Time Begins
Clocks “spring forward” one hour.
Evening Prayer has been discontinued due to scheduling conflicts
GRACE GREEN TIPS
Inspired by the leadership of Religious Witness for the Earth, the Social Action Committee provides
weekly recommendations for environmental preservation.
Tip 24: Take a greener shower. The average American takes a ten-minute shower,
utilizing 50 gallons of water! (And we are not even talking about teens, here!) This
amount of consumption is based on an average flow of 5 gallons per minute for
showerheads that were sold in the 1970s. Some older showerheads have water flows
of twice that. Newer low-flow showerheads have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute,
meaning that you save 25 gallons of water when taking a 10-minute shower (or 75 gallons if you have a
very old showerhead). If you take a 5-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead, you will be saving
37.5 gallons of water. That translates to over 13,000 gallons of water savings per year! But water
savings are only half the benefit. Shorter showers also mean less gas or oil used to heat your hot water.
For an average gas powered hot water tank, ten-minute showers for one person utilize over 1,000
pounds of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions per year. Therefore, shorter showers also mean a significantly
reduced C02 footprint. A five-minute shower would also save $50-100 per year in energy costs,
depending on what kind of system you use. An excellent source of information about this is
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light. Their website at www.MIPandL.org includes a calculator to
determine how much water, C02, energy and money you would save with shorter showers, and low-flow
showerheads, based on your current system. The site also includes various options for low-flow
showerheads. More information for all kinds of energy saving products is provided at
Submitted by David Adams
Upcoming Social Action Opportunities
Join the Social Action Committee on Sunday, March 30 at 5:30 PM to learn how to knit dolls for The
Grandmother’s Project. Nancy Sharby has been joining others in making dolls for Ugandan children who
have lost their parents to AIDS and are now cared for by their grandmothers. This is for all levels but
designed for beginners who have no skills. We hope to have a mix of youth (approx. age 10 & up) and
adults join us for a class and then out for pizza.
Summer is coming and we will again help with the Bishop’s BSAFE Camp program in Dorchester. We
are looking at serving lunches and reading to campers the week of July 28 or August 4. You are
welcome to help prepare lunch on one day, or come, serve and read as often as you are able. Please
let us know which week you are available and sign up to help!!
Contact Lisa Tieszen about the above opportunities: 617-964-3525 or email@example.com.
A History Minute
(#22 in a series)
In November, 1959 two quite different events occurred: Tom Lehman began
his 22 years as Rector #11; and the long-awaited results of the Diocesan Survey
arrived, complete with the Bishop's suggestions for the future of Grace Church. Forty-
one year old Rev. Thomas Henry Lehman had grown up in Winthrop, graduating
from Boston University with a major in Business Administration. During four years in
the Army Air Corps, Captain Lehman served as an Instrument Flight instructor. In
1953, Rev. Lehman graduated from ETS (now EDS), then served as rector on
Martha's Vineyard (9 AM every Sunday at Grace Church, Vineyard Haven where he
lived with his family in the rectory, and St. Andrew's, Edgartown at 10:30!) until
coming to Newton. "My new work [at Grace Church, Newton] will be predicated on the
findings of the Diocesan Survey. I can't imagine any one tool that could be of greater
use to a brand new parson...since these ideas are the compilation of the thoughtful
consideration and experience of a great many people who know, love and appreciate
this parish in all its rich history and increasing diversity" wrote the new rector.
The Diocesan Survey noted that "Grace Church is one of the strong, established parishes of the Diocese. It
has problems and weaknesses, resources and strengths which are not evident on the surface. Among its
problems and weaknesses are the following: The decreasing numbers of Episcopalians in its neighborhood; The
slow but steady decrease in its membership as shown in the Survey; The rising age level of the community...a
decrease in families, and an increase in single, elderly people; The growing transiency of the population of
Newton; The steadily increasing cost of upkeep of an expensive plant; The somewhat low percentage of the adult
congregation, both men and women, active in the societies; [While church space is utilized by many community
groups meeting at the church] and while this represents a generous offer of hospitality...it represents community-
mindedness on the part of Grace Church parishioners only in so far as they are active in these groups.... There is
real evidence of the parish's strength and resources: The plant, while not new and expensive in upkeep, is an
extremely fine plant, one which in beauty, permanence, space and solidity would be almost irreplacable today;
Financial resources have made it possible to have a top-level staff...Lay leadership is strong, dedicated and thinks
beyond the parish; The educational level is very high (52% college)...Initiative and administrative ability are far
greater than in most parishes; There is a good core of family life, and children enough to make a splendid Church
School; The past history of the parish which has had rectors of stature, who were outward looking, community
minded and also held responsibilities in the Diocese, has given Grace Church a fine tradition of service; Although
the parish's endowment income is large there has always been a fine response from its present members as well
as the generous repeated overpayments on its missionary quota [of the Diocese] and its assistance to St.
"Taking these factors all together, it would seem that attention should be given...to discovering names of new
families or individuals moving to Newton and working them as quickly as possible into the life of the parish...this
will be increasingly important as the transient nature of the community grows. The participation of members of
Grace Church in community affairs is the best way of making friends, among whom are sure to be
members of other churches who have lapsed and are looking for a new church home....The real growth of
this parish will be in proportion to its continued growth in depth and its service to the community, and the Church
beyond its own walls. Grace Church has the resource to produce a distinctive ministry, a distinctive program...it
can experiment, conduct pilot projects and set standards and objectives for the Diocese....To accomplish these
purposes it might be valuable to consider the "Commission System" used at Trinity Church, Concord....Parish
Commissions on Christian Education, Missions, Evangelism, Finance and Worship, might do much to develop
and use the splendid resources which [Grace Church] has....Grace Church has meant much in the life of this
Diocese, and much in the city of Newton....May its strong leadership, both clerical and lay, use the same energy,
resources, and wisdom in meeting new conditions which it has shown in the past. May its fine tradition continue."
How did Grace Church and Rev. Tom Lehman meet the societal changes of the 1960's and '70's? We will learn
more in the next "History Minute".
YOUTH & SUNDAY SCHOOL
Thank you to all who worked with Youth and Sunday School Students on March 2:
Kathy Gould, Nursery; Melissa Umbsen, Godly Play;
Amy Hickey with Erin Hickey, Mary Arbuckle, Firelight 1;
David Barbrow and Julia Talcott, Firelight 2; Scott Aquilina and Elaine Whiteside, Rite-13;
Betsy Whitehead, Newer members of J2A; Jennifer Reed, J2A Confirmation Class.
This was an unusually well-attended Sunday
with a total of 34 students present in their classes!
Class meeting times and places, March 9, The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Nursery Care by Kathy Gould is available from 9:45 A.M.
10:00 AM Arts & Crafts Pre-K and up Stage, Large Hall
Junior Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
Rite 13 Grades 6-8 Conference Room
J2A All Members Miriam’s Office
10:45 AM Godly Play Pre-K and K Godly Play Rooms
Children’s Chapel Grades 1-5 Chapel
11:00 AM Firelight 1 Grades 1-3 Chapel
Firelight 2 Grades 4,5 Conference Room
Godly Play and Firelight Classes (Pre-K--Gr. 5)
enter the church service approx 11:45 a.m., at the Greeting of Peace
Rite-13 and J2A Members attend the 11 A.M. Service.
For Safety, children leaving church during the service
should always be accompanied by an adult.
March 9, 2008 [Daylight Saving Time begins],The Fifth Sunday in Lent:
Godly Play (pre-K,K) and Children’s Chapel (Grades 1-5) at 10:45 A.M
March 16, 2008, Palm Sunday:
All classes gather in the Large Hall before the 11 A.M. Church Service begins for
the Liturgy of the Palms. Godly Play (Pre-K, K), Firelight 1 (Grades 1-3) and
Firelight 2 (Grades 4,5) Students join the procession into the church, and then
return to their classes.
*March 20, 2008, Maundy Thursday:
Elementary Age Students bake the bread for the Eucharist, and attend the 7:30
*March 21, 2008, Good Friday:
Elementary Age Students attend the Noon Good Friday Service, designed by the
March 23, 2008, Easter Day:
All classes attend the 11 a.m. Church Service.
Sunday School Greeters give Alleluia Cards to the congregation.
March 30, 2008, The Second Sunday of Easter:
Godly Play (pre-K,K) and Children’s Chapel (Grades 1-5) at 10:45 A.M
March 9, 2008 [Daylight Saving Time begins], the Fifth Sunday in Lent:
Class meets at 10 A.M. in the Conference Room.
March 16, 2008, Palm Sunday:
Students gather in the Large Hall before the 11 A.M. Church Service for the
Liturgy of the Palms, and join in the procession into the church.
*March 20, 2008, Maundy Thursday:
Students attend the 7:30 PM Service in the Church.
*March 21, 2008, Good Friday: 10:00 A.M. “Dress Rehearsal” for Noon Service.
Rite-13 Students lead the Noon Good Friday Service.
March 23, 2008, Easter Day:
Students attend the 11 A.M. Service.
March 30, 2008, The Second Sunday of Easter:
Class meets at 10 A.M. in the Conference Room
March 9, 2009 [Daylight Saving Time begins]:
Class meets in Miriam’s Office at 10 A.M. Sharp. Liz Steinhauser, our Seminarian
Intern, will work with the class this morning. This class is for all members of J2A
including those in the confirmation class. This is not one of the scheduled
March 16, Palm Sunday:
Confirmation Class section meets in Miriam’s Office at 10 A.M. Sharp. There is no
meeting at 10 planned for the newer members of J2A. Just before the 11 A.M.
Service all the J2A students gather in the Large Hall with the congregation for the
Liturgy of the Palms, and join the procession into the church.
*March 20, 2008, Maundy Thursday:
Students attend the 7:30 P.M. Service in the Church. Students are encouraged to
sign up for the vigil which takes place in the chapel after the Service. One-hour
time slots are available in the evening, and on Friday Morning.
*March 21, 2008, Good Friday:
Students attend either the Noon Service, or the 7:30 P.M. Service.
March 23, 2008, Easter Day: Students attend the 11 A.M. Service.
March 30, The Second Sunday of Easter:
Confirmation Class section meets in Miriam’s Office at 10 A.M. Sharp.
Newer Members of J2A section meet in the chapel at 10:A.M. Sharp.
Sunday School Helpers and Teachers are needed!
If you can serve as helper or teacher for at least one Sunday this year,
please get in touch with Ed Pease. Call the church at 617-244-3221,
extension 14, or Ed at home 508-668-5055, or email to
ANOTHER ONE OF THE FABULOUS “WHAT’S” SERIES BEGINS TODAY!
(You remember the last series called “What‘s a Bishop”? Yes? No? Maybe?)
This series is called “What’s Incarnation”? Who doesn’t want to know about that?
So here’s quick working definition:
Incarnation is a being who lives in a body—in our case, a human body.
The dream of God is to unite all people to God, so that all of the big problems of being human will
be overcome: separateness from God and each other (and loneliness), weakness and
powerlessness, illness, and death, to name a few of the really big ones.
The Christian tradition is that God has come to live among us in a human body. That’s Jesus
Christ, who is truly God living in human flesh.
The work of Jesus Christ is to unite all people with God and each other in Christ.
The mission of the Church is to do the same. Operationally this is done by Baptism. The effect of
Baptism is to unite a person to God by grafting that person onto the life of Christ. When you’re
baptized, you are attached to Christ permanently, indelibly. So now, the things that you once
lacked-- connection, power, health, and the ability to live forever (even though you die)-- you have!
You’ve got it all!
This brings up the interesting question of how you could become un-grafted once you are baptized.
It would be impossible, though by constantly trying you could make that connection to God very
frayed and thin—more about all of this later on in a future column talking about the Ascension!
And another related question is, do you have to be baptized in order for this connection between
you and God to be made? The seminary I attended has been nicknamed “Heresy Hall”, and I am
fond of telling what I consider to be the Gospel according to Ed, so take what I say next with a
grain of salt: I would say that the answer to this question is “not necessarily”—we don’t know all
of the ways that God has of making connection to people. One thing I can say is that if you are
baptized, then this connection is definitely made.
So, this brings us to the next interesting question, and the main point of today’s essay: “Why did
Jesus get baptized”? I came across an answer to this question in a sermon by The Rev. Mark
Bozutti-Jones. (I found the sermon on the Episcopal Life website, and there you can view it as a
video in its entirety and it’s worth the effort!). He was preaching at St. Paul’s Chapel, located
right at Ground Zero in New York City.
Today’s main point about Incarnation: Bozutti-Jones says that one reason why Jesus came to be
baptized—by John the Baptist, you will recall, was that with John’s baptism of repentance, God
(incarnate in human flesh) is asking our forgiveness for all of the things that we hold against God,
such as serious illness, or the death of a loved one. Many of us have the need to forgive God; God
is guilty in the hearts and minds of many human beings. “Look at your life,” Bozutti-Jones says.
“We have felt the misery and pain of life, we feel anger against God, we feel the need to forgive
God. The incarnation takes on more meaning because God joins the line of sinners.”
Here ends the first of the series of articles on “What’s Incarnation?”
Ed Pease, Assistant for Christian Education, 508-668-5055, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7-9: "Toward Resurrection," Province I Conference on Stewardship, Evangelism and Congregational Development,
Doubletree Hotel, Westborough.
March 8: Ecclesia Ministries' "Keys to the Kingdom" conference on welcoming newly housed neighbors into communities,
Church on the Hill, Boston, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
March 8: Winter Creativity Workshop, Bethany House of Prayer, Arlington, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
March 14: Lenten Quiet Evening, Spiritual Life Center, Trinity Church, Wrentham, 6 p.m.
March 15: "Sharing Jesus," diocesan spring learning event with guest speaker Marcus Borg, Boston University, 9 AM – 1 PM
(more information below)
"Sharing Jesus: Talking the Talk" - Spring Learning Event with Marcus J. Borg
The diocesan community and interested visitors are invited to the 2008 Spring Learning Event,
which will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2008,
at Sherman Union at Boston University
The special guest speaker will be Marcus J. Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and
Culture at Oregon State University. Often cited as one of the leading historical Jesus scholars of his
generation, Borg is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Jesus: A New Vision and
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.
This event is an occasion for reflection and refreshment in community with others who have a desire
to listen, learn and explore together themes of deepening personal Christian belief and ways to speak
about Jesus and faith in public life and local settings.
There is no charge for this event. However, we will be taking donations for the St. Andrew's Church
housing project in Ramallah, the West Bank. As preparation for the event, we recommend reading
some of Borg's work. Suggested titles, available from the Massachusetts Bible Society (1-800-445-4018,
20% off for churches),
www.episcopalbookstore.org, www.episcopalbookstore.com, www.powells.com, www.amazon.com:
For more information on these events please visit http://www.diomass.org/news_events/calendar/diocesan
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Information Meeting, Newton City Hall, War Memorial Room
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The Arc of History Bends Toward Justice:
The Civil Rights Struggle Then as Now, as Seen from Boston
Lenten Program at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Thursdays at 12:15 P.M. in Sproat Hall
hosted by Bp. Barbara C. Harris
People who were there during the intense days of America’s
Civil Rights Movement tell their stories...
Mar. 6 Jean McGuire (Director of the METCO Program)
Mar. 10 John Lewis (U.S. Congressman and former Freedom Rider)
(Special Monday Program at 1:00 PM)
Mar. 13 Howard Zinn (Historian, Author, and Activist)
Join them for lunch and discussion. Open to Everyone!
St. Paul’s Cathedral
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Across from the Park Street T
For more information call
617-482-5800 x221 or
Congressman John Lewis Author Howard Zinn
COOPERATIVE METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES (CMM):
Effective interfaith social action since 1966
Building transformative partnerships for a just, peaceful society
Join us for the following events, volunteer to help, bring a group, make a donation! For more information, visit
our website at www.coopmet.org, or email Alexander Levering Kern, Executive Director,
at email@example.com or call him at 617-455-5323
March 5, 7:00 p.m.
"Constantine's Sword" documentary film screening & conversation with author James Carroll, Morse Auditorium,
Boston University, Boston, MA
April 6, 9:00 a.m.
Day of Interfaith Youth Service, Interfaith Youth Initiative (I-FYI), Boston, MA
Interfaith Youth Initiative (I-FYI) Summer Institute
Saturday July 12- Sunday July 20
Theme: "Be the Change You Wish to See in the World"
IFYI is seeking young leaders ages 15-18, college students and seminarians to serve as staff. Call or email Alex
Kern at 617-455-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info, or see www.coopmet.org for applications and details.