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 and 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.

Priests and Deacons Assisting with Services
January 21st – The Rev. Joseph Dedde; Preacher – Rosaleen Nogle
January 28th – Bishop R. William Franklin’s Visit
February 4th – The Rev. Cathy Dempesy-Sims
February 11th – The Rev. Daniel Pinti
February 18th – The Rev. Daniel Pinti
February 25th – The Rev. Joseph Dedde
March 4th – The Rev. Joseph Dedde
March 11th – The Rev. Joseph Dedde

  Upcoming Events

Inquirer’s Class
Bishop Franklin is visiting St. John’s-Grace on Sunday January 28, 2018. Do you wish to be received or confirmed, when he visits? If you do, or have questions about the Episcopal Church, please speak to Ann Dutton. Classes will be offered January 13th and 20th, 9-11am.

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SJG Annual Spaghetti Dinner
"Get Ready for Spaghetti!"
Saturday February 3rd 


Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner is a fun evening of food, friends and a basket auction, as well as a great way to break up the "Winter Doldrums".
 
Why not fill a table with friends for an affordable and enjoyable evening out?

A pre-dinner social and theme basket preview starts at 5:30 p.m. The meal is served at one seating which starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. Dinner includes salad, bread, spaghetti (meatless sauce), meatballs on the side, beverages and dessert. Tickets are available from Colleen in the church office, at coffee hour after the morning services or at the door.  Cost is $13.00 for adults, $6.00 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. No take out orders are available.
 
For further information contact Peter Coates by voice or text at 335-1230 or by email at Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or 
Paul Lepo, Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

We look forward to seeing you in February!



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Kitty Kat Bingo is Back!!!
SJG - Parish Hall
Sunday February 11th - 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Prizes will be awarded - And they are amazing and fun!!!
You are Guaranteed to have a Good Time!!!
$2 ADMISSION PLUS $1 PER BOARD
Proceeds benefit Precious Paws Rescue, N. Tonawanda, NY
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity saving the lives of stray kittens and their moms.

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Ash Wednesday is February 14th

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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 Volunteer Opportunity 

Tracy and Deb are getting ready to start a new roster of volunteers for the 2018 FONP Food Pantry. Many of you have expressed a desire to become more involved at SJG from our
CAT Survey and this could be one of those opportunities for you.
Here is how it works:
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
Depending on the number of volunteers we have, your participation may only be needed quarterly. If you are interested, we  ask that you make a commitment to this ministry by your attendance. However, we all run into conflicting schedules, so it would be up to you to look for your replacement  from a roster of other participating volunteers. It is a wonderful and meaningful ministry, so if you feel this is something you would like to contribute your time to, please let Tracy or Deb know.  Thank you for your consideration.

Transition Team Meeting

Meets every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Choir Room.  

SJG Fish Fry (Dinner) Group

Our next gathering for dinner will be January 19th at Marco's on Niagara St. in Buffalo.  We meet at the restaurant at 6:30 pm sharp for dinner and some socialization. Call Marian Stelter the Wednesday before 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 Holy Resilience: The Bible's Traumatic Origins, by David M. Carr, Professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary. They meet 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.

Coming Soon to the McKinley Dipson Movie Theater!!!

As part of a limited release in "Select Cities", the feature film "TREW CALLING" will be screened for a week beginning on February 2nd, 2018. The movie is a comedy/drama filmed in Buffalo; in fact, one scene was shot in the Narthex of St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church on Colonial Circle. It has an "Oh, God"/"Bruce Almighty" type of plot, in which a quirky, disheartened woman tries to ignore a visit from the Almighty, but learns that to "encourage one another" is the secret to an awesome life. The film stars Orchard Park native Tracy B. Wilson. Longtime Buffalo Bisons fans remember her as the mime, "Loudmouth"! P.S. Watch the trailer today!

So Mark your Calendars!!!