|A Message from Rev. Bob
Hello Grace and St Peter’s,
On Tuesday evening, our vestry and a few others had an enlightening and fruitful conversation with Bishop Ian based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s letter from the Birmingham Jail. Among other things, Bishop Ian exhorted us to continue our good work towards the dismantling of repressive societal structures and systems that distort the imago Dei, the image of God, in our neighbors and in ourselves, and reminded us of the BCP catechism’s declaration that “the mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (BCP p. 855).
Taking Bishop Ian’s words to heart and continuing efforts that we have already begun, we will be welcoming Melissa Atterberry-Jones, the founder and director of The Village community center for youth, to our racial justice conversation on Monday evening, February 22, at 7:15PM (7PM for casual conversation). Please join us to learn about the mission of The Village and to consider ways that we can help.
Along similar lines, we will again be making a contribution to the Hamden Black History Month Committee’s scholarship fund. Last year, we supported two Reverend Pauli Murray college scholarships (named in honor of our Episcopal parish), one for $1000 and one for $500, to deserving Hamden High School graduates. This year, we hope to do at least as well. Dinner for a Dollar and my Discretionary Fund will each contribute $500. We hope to raise $500 or more from the parish to add to that. For those of you who may have found my “give up/give to, two-for-one Lenten challenge” idea from Wednesday’s sermon compelling, this would be a great place to donate your no-more-chocolate-no-more-coffee-less-time-on-facebook dollars!
I wish you all a blessed beginning to your Lenten journey. Please join us on Sunday morning for worship with Bishop Ian.
Meanwhile, enjoy the snow!
Faith Study and Jesus' Kingship of Kinship
Through the book Manna and Mercy, the Faith Study Group has been discussing God's generous, loving plan for God's people. During the Jesus' Kingship of Kinship meetings, in conversation with local community leaders, we will think about how we can put God's plan into practice in the modern world. The schedule is below, details for each week, and zoom information forthcoming!
February 22nd -- Jesus' Kingship of Kinship.
Guest Speaker, Melissa Atterberry Jones, Director of The Village Community Center for Youth
February 23rd -- Faith Study
March 1st -- Jesus' Kingship of Kinship
Guest Speaker, Alden Woodcock, Director of Emerge CT (partner of Swords to Plowshares)
March 4th --Faith Study
March 15th -- Jesus' Kingship of Kinship
Guest Speaker, Rabbi Emeritus Herb Brockman, Congregation Mishkan Israel
March 23rd --Faith Study
Lenten Study Facilitated by Aldon Hynes
Becoming a Trauma Informed Beloved Community
Martin Luther King, Jr. invites us to become a Beloved Community, a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. Trauma, and especially racialized trauma, gets in the way. This Lenten Study group will explore what the beloved community is, what trauma is, what racialized trauma is, and how we can work on becoming a trauma-informed beloved community.
The Lenten Study will take place during the six Thursday evenings of Lent, beginning on February 18th, from 7 – 8 p.m. on Zoom. While this study group is being hosted by GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Hartford, members of other faith communities and anti-racist groups have been invited to attend.
Elsie Awarded Fellowship
Congratulations to Elsie, a recipient of the Carnegie African Diaspera Fellowship.
Dinner for a Dollar
Sue O'Connell has been busy in the kitchen, coordinating dinners for the past two weeks. On February 5th, a meal of glazed ham, warm German potato salad, mixed veggies and dinner rolls were served. This Friday, ziti with meatballs, garden salad and garlic bread completed the dinner. Valentine's cake was served for dessert.
We pray for our ministries at Arden House and Whitney Manor. We pray for our Friday night dinner ministry. We pray for the ministry of Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the families they serve. We pray for our own parish of Grace and St. Peter's.
We pray for those in need of healing:
Andy, Frank, Sharon, Dan, Glenn, Peter, Mary, Mac, Alice, Bernadette, Marge, Sandi, Micki, Matthew, Peter, Nancy, Judy, John, Chukky, Elsie, Joan, Annabelle, Charles, Fiona, Marion, Dan, Debbie, Ellen, Nicole, Cassie, Phillip, Anthony, Mary-Anne, Margaret, Gwennie, Christy, James, Pat L., Ed, Alicia, Sean, Diane, Debbie, Esther, Candice, and Verna. We hold in our hearts all those who mourn.
Joining the Episcopal Church of Connecticut in the cycle of prayer, we pray for: St. Timothy’s, Fairfield; Trinity/St. Michael’s, Fairfield; and St. James’, Farmington. We also pray for all parish-based mission partnerships; ECCT‐wide mission partnership networks; and the Companions in Mission Network.