Welcome to St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church
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 - Sundays - Holy Communion
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
CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2018
DECEMBER 22ND - SATURDAY - 10:00 AM - GREENING OF THE CHURCH
DECEMBER 22ND - SATURDAY - 1:00 PM - CHILDRENS MANGER SERVICE AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS - PARISH HALL
DECEMBER 23RD - FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT - 8:30 AM AND 10:30 AM SERVICES
DECEMBER 24TH - MONDAY - 7:00 PM AND 11:00 PM - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
DECEMBER 25TH - TUESDAY - 10:00 AM - CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE
DECEMBER 30TH - SUNDAY - 8:30 AM - HOLY COMMUNION - 10:30 AM - LESSONS AND CAROLS WITH HOLY COMMUNION
A Thanksgiving Message from Father Jon
Thanksgiving is here and it’s already snowing! Imagine how relieved our ancestors must have been to have the crops harvested before the dead of winter. “We will live another day … our children may live another year.” Praise God!
Thanksgiving is a good time to marvel at the glory of God’s creation. I love the apples of the Fall Harvest. Think of apple pie, apple sauce, apple cider, bushels of apples stored for the winter. Did you know that one apple tree can live as long as 200 years? In one year, a good apple tree can produce 440lbs of apples. That means that in its lifetime, one apple tree can produce 88,000lbs of apples! So go out and plant 4 or 5 apple seeds and that’s a lot of apples! Praise God for the marvels of creation.
Just as a cold and dark winter is approaching, the world around is cold and dark. Just turn on the news. I have on my mind another mass shooting – this time at a hospital in Chicago. A friend of mine is back in jail. Thousands of hungry, helpless refugees are at our borders seeking help, seeking life … and they are being met with razor wire and assault rifles. It gets me down.
In the Thanksgiving Gospel reading from Matthew 6, Jesus says: “… and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." The kingdom of God is not heaven when we die. The kingdom of God is God’s reign on earth as it is in heaven. And the kingdom of God breaks into our earthly reality in the person of Jesus. Every time we plant the seed of love through an act of kindness, the kingdom of God grows and dispels death and darkness. Throw coins in the noisy collection for Friends of Night People. Feed the poor. Lay hands on the sick. Hug your neighbor and say, ‘Peace be with you.” Haircuts for the homeless. Oh, how I love St John’s-Grace! We dispel the darkness in Jesus’ name. We can count how many apples grow on a tree. We can’t count the way love multiplies in the kingdom of God. Plant and apple seed to feed the body and plant the seed of love to feed the soul.
Eternal God, you crown the year with your goodness and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season: grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Elmwood Village Farmers' Market, Indoor Edition
Each Saturday morning from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon a number of the Farmers, Food Producers, and Artisans will be "Indoors" at St. John's Grace Episcopal Church located at 51 Colonial Circle. Its a great opportunity to pick up some Holiday gifts or just come in and chat with your neighbors. We have refreshments and the church has a Treasure Sale with lots of fun items for sale to benefit the church. We hope to see you each week from now until December 29th.
Please Join Us for Dinner
Sunday, December 9th 12:00-2:00pm in the St John’s-Grace Parish Hall.
We are very excited to announce this new community outreach initiative at SJG. FEED – Food, Education, Environment, Dining Network is a non-profit start-up in Buffalo which tackles the problem of wasted food by providing PAYF – Pay as You Feel Dinners. Please support this important initiative by joining us for dinner. There is no set price – simply pay in cash as you feel. Menu will be available on the day of the meal. If you would like to volunteer, or for more information, contact Payam Mohseni - or Fr Jon Lavelle –
Friends of Night People
Our FONP Food Pantry for 2018 is well under way. 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
SJG Fish Fry (Dinner) Group
Our group meets on a Friday selected during the month. We pick local restaurants in the area to gather. We meet at the restaurant at 6:30 pm sharp for dinner and socialization. If you would like to join us, please call Marian Stelter, at 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 December 16th at 4:00 pm in the church.
Our Book Discussion Group
Book Group will Discuss Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History
The St. John’s-Grace Book Discussion Group will begin conversations on a new book on November 4th. The book is Yann Martel's Life of Pi. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16 year old Piscine Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter.
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings of the month at 7:30 pm in the WLR (lower level). A few chapters are discussed at each meeting.
So Mark your Calendars!!!