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Alas, Grace Church continues to have bills to pay!
Please remember to continue to provide your generous financial support of Grace Church as you normally would. Your pledges can be paid by check though the mail (819 Madison Street, Syracuse, 13210), or online. Electronic payments can be made through PayPal or Venmo, to
Grace Church is open for …  
12-Step and other support groups can continue to meet. Please practice all recommended public health practices, and know that we cannot clean all doorknobs, surfaces or switch plates in between each group.  

The Food Pantry WILL provide pre-packed bags of food for people to take home on March 19 at its regular hours, 9:00-11:30, and plans are being made for the following weeks. We will keep you posted about how to find emergency supplies of food.

This is in the tradition of Blessed David Pendleton Oakerhater, who served his congregation in Oklahoma in times of struggle and hardship. He is remembered as a warrior and a chief, because he always fed his people, and he always put himself last. May we honor his memory by keeping that spirit alive.

COVID-19 Precautions: Spread the Word, not the virus

“Be present, O merciful God, … so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life …”   The changes happen so quickly these days. Within the past week, we have had to stop services of public worship and cancel events. Schools are closed, the elderly and those with frail medical conditions are staying home, the rest of us wonder if we can find enough toilet paper at the grocery store to get through the week!

Please know that even if we can’t meet face to face and hand to hand in church, we still are Grace Church. We can still pray for each other and the world. We can — and should — reach out to our friends and neighbors by phone or email. We can still keep community. We can still love and care.  

“… may rest in your eternal changelessness …”

What else can you do? Go to the website of the Diocese of Central New York for Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe’s message and information about church resources. We can’t GO to church but we can visit some beautiful ones, with good music and preaching, on line, on Sundays and weekdays:

Washington Cathedral, in Washington, DC
Trinity Church, New York, Broadway at Wall Street
Trinity Church, Boston, at Copley Square

Now may be a good time to reacquaint ourselves with the treasures in our own Book of Common Prayer. I began with a prayer from the service of Compline, and I want to end with another. We know in a crisis just how much we depend on so many others: nurses and doctors and caregivers in nursing homes. Truck drivers and dairy farmers and grocery store clerks. Journalists and county executives and mayors. Now is the time to thank them — and if you are one of them, I want to thank you.  

“O God, your unfailing providence sustains the world we live in and the life we live: Watch over those, both night and day, who work while others sleep, and grant that we may never forget that our common life depends upon each other’s toil; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  

Please let us know if this virus affects you in your daily life, either if you are ill or need help, even with daily tasks like shopping or errands. We can find a way. We will be in touch. — Jackie Schmitt, priest-in-charge.