Guest Speaker Khadijo Abdulkadir at Grace Syracuse this Sunday

Photo courtesy of syracuse.com / Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

 

This Sunday, April 2nd, we we welcome Somalian Refugee, Khadijo Abdulkadir as a guest speaker at our Service at Grace Syracuse.

Khadijo is a former refugee from the largest refugee camp in Dhadhaab, Kenya. She has spent the last 4 years helping rese lement agencies, such as Interfaith Works, as well as refugees and immigrants self-empowerment (RISE). Recently, she has helped create Women’s Empowerment Group which works to empower women refugees in central New York. Women’s Empowerment Group has taught women refuges the skills needed to acquire and retain jobs, earn promotions, assume leadership positions in community organizations, and advocate on behalf of other refugees.

Plan to join us and learn more about Khadiho’s important work and how you might help support women refugees in our community.

Grace Welcomes A New Office Administrator!

We would like to welcome our newest staff member Judy Albert who recently joined Grace to assist in our administrative duties. Judy comes to Grace with an administrative assistant background in the education field, has extensive church volunteer hours behind her and very strong people skills.

Judy has been married to her husband Jerry for 35 years and together they have two children, Laura who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and Andrew who lives in Philadelphia, PA. Judy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and powerwalking.

Please introduce yourself to Judy as she will be here at Grace on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am—2:00 pm in her new office outside of the rector’s office. Please extend a warm welcome to our newest Judy!

Grace Church Working with Matthew 25 Farm

Rick Rarick, manager at Matthew 25 Farm, speaks at Grace Church on March 19, 2017

Matthew 25 Farm is a not-for-profit, volunteer based organization that grows produce and gives it to the needy in CNY. Clients in our food pantry benefit from the hard work and generosity of Elizabeth Esmark, administrator, Rick Rarick, manager and volunteers from around CNY who support the mission and ministry of the farm.

If you are in need of a Lenten discipline which will engage you beyond the Lenten season, a commitment to the good work of Matthew 25 Farm may be just for you!

 
 

Matthew 25 Farm 2017 Growing Season

Members of Grace Church working at Matthew 25 Farm in 2016

Matthew 25 Farm officially opens on Monday, May 1st. However, the eagerly awaited first volunteer opportunity is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th beginning at 10:00 am at the Tully Farm. Volunteers will be helping to plant apple trees, raspberry bushes, building a trellis and putting wood chips around all the trees. Sign-up in the parish hall, dig out your muck boots and plan to join us as we help in a small way to make a big difference in our community.

There are a lot of new and exciting things happening at Matthew 25:

* A new internship program with Syracuse University;
* A new fundraising committee — Matthew 25 is looking for committee members. Would you consider being a member?
* A new “adopt/sponsor a crop” or “adopt/sponsor the hoop house” program;
* A new “create a basket” fundraising program—to help with much needed fundraising, individuals/groups may commit to putting together a basket that will be raffled off later in the year.

The good people at Matthew 25 Farm are grateful for your prayers and looking forward to spring and seeing YOU on the farm!