Welcome to St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church

Mission Statement
Our mission is to go out into the community and partner with our neighbors to work for justice for all.
Everyone is Welcome at Jesus' Table! 

We are a community who gathers in faith to walk together into the mystery and experience of love, grace, hope and healing. 

We invite you to join Us!!!  ___________________________________________________________________________

Worship Services  - Sunday each week - 8:30 am & 10:30 am

 (Use the front door of the church on Colonial Circle at Bidwell or the door on Lafayette Ave)
Come as you are, dress is casual or whatever you prefer.

8:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist (spoken)
10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist, Music, Congregational Singing

       

Happy Pride Month!!!!

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A Statement by The Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin on the Forced Separation of Children from their Parents

Children separated from their parents, tagged with numbers, herded onto vans and buses, transported to "detention centers."

Consider that scene. Taken from the only parent they have ever known. Branded with a number. Transported to large facilities where they are herded like cattle.

Children.

In America.

My friends, this is not a political issue, this is a moral issue.

As Episcopalians, as Christians, as people of faith we must stand up and speak out when we witness immoral, abhorrent, and ruthless behavior. These children are being taken from their parents in our name, the United States of America.

It is time we say "enough."

It is time I, as your Bishop, say "enough."

It is common for us, in the shadow of dreadful events in our world, to say that Jesus weeps.

But I don't think Jesus is weeping.

I think Jesus is shouting, "No!"

I think Jesus is furious, heart-sick and disgusted.

Furious that children are treated as pawns in a political fight.

Heart-sick at the terror these children are experiencing.

Disgust at us for allowing this to happen to children. Precious, innocent children.

What can we do? What must we do?

Obviously, we must pray. But we also must speak up.

Call your representatives. Call every single day. Demand that the children be returned to their parents immediately. Demand that our elected officials make this their first priority.

This "zero-tolerance" policy is wrong. It is immoral, unethical, cruel and it is not who we are as citizens of the USA.

This may be a political issue for the politicians, but for me, and I hope for you, it is much, much more.

It is a human issue. It is a dignity issue. It is a love issue. It is a Jesus issue.

Call your elected leaders. Pray for them, pray for us but above all else, pray and ACT for these precious children.

Remember that when the disciples wanted to remove the children Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." (Luke 18:16)

As we look forward to Independence Day weekend in two weeks, I offer you this Prayer for the Nation, which holds profound significance for me in light of this crisis:

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

May we all stir up our zeal for justice and use our liberty to rescue these children now.

In Christ,

Bishop Bill

Bishop Franklin is traveling to Capitol Hill Wednesday and Thursday of this week. He will preach on Thursday June 21 at an 8 am Morning Prayer service for Congress. He will then offer prayers at a Vigil on Capitol Hill scheduled for Thursday at 9 am. The Bishop will spend the rest of his time in Washington D.C. lobbying as many Members of Congress as possible. He is praying AND acting.

Presiding Bishop Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding

Video available here https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2018/05/19/video-text-presiding-bishops-royal-wedding-sermon/

May 19, 2018

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry preached at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Worldwide headlines heralded the May 19 wedding of the Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales - member of the English royal family and sixth in line for the throne - and Rachel Meghan Markle, an American actress.

The video is available here

See the entire written text in the tab: Our Journey and then A Message from the Leasdership of SJG 

Journey to Generosity

“Life is an opportunity and a journey-a journey of saying “yes” to the God who calls us beloved. Life is a journey to love, to welcome, and to invite; a journey to create peace and live generously,”
The 2018 pledge time has begun at St. John’s-Grace. Consider all the blessings you have received from God’s abundance and your hope and dreams for St. John’s-Grace.

Friends of Night People 

Our FONP Food Pantry for 2018 has begun.  Thank you to all who have 
volunteered to participate in this ministry.


When:               1st Tuesday of every month
Where:              FONP Facility at 394 Hudson St. Buffalo
Time:                 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Other:                Arrival time is 6:45 pm to help with set up
                          Parking is on the street – use the side door entrance
                          2 volunteers bag the food
                          2 volunteers assist the patrons with their food selection
Just because our roster is set, volunteers are always welcome.  If you are
interested in joining us, please feel free to contact Deb Vranich at
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Transition Team Meeting

Meets weekly in the WLR at 7:00 pm.  

SJG Fish Fry (Dinner) Group

Our group meets on a monthly basis. We pick local restaurants in the area to gather for dinner. Our next gathering will be May 18th.   We meet at the restaurant at 6:30 pm sharp for dinner and socialization. Call Marian Stelter, 886-1322, to make your reservation.

Monthly Spiritual Cafe

The Spiritual Cafe occurs on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 4:00 pm.  We celebrate the art of spirit and the spirit of art!  Next event is Saturday January 20th at 4:00 pm in the church.  

Our Book Discussion Group 

The group will be discussing the book Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences by psychologist Abraham Maslow. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of the month at 7:30 pm in the WLR (lower level).  All are welcome to join in the conversations.

So Mark your Calendars!!!