St. John's - Grace Episcopal Church
An inclusive community walking a journey in faith.

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. 

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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

       

A Statement from Bishop Franklin on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Western New York,

We have news today of another heartbreaking shooting, this one at a synagogue in Pittsburgh where a gunman shouted an anti-Semitic slogan before opening fire. A number of people were killed and others wounded. 

We are people who believe that a light shines in the darkness, and that the darkness does not overcome it. But this does not mean that we do not name darkness when we see it, and our country is in a dark time. 

Mass shootings and acts of terror, which happen in our country with sickening frequency, outrage and threaten every one of us. But we must be honest with ourselves. Religious minorities, people of color, LGBTQ people, and others who are marginalized live under particular threat, and the realization that they live in such danger exacts an ongoing psychic toll. Today, I ask you to pray for those in our diocese, our community and our country who live under particular threat. I ask you to pray especially for our Jewish friends and the Jewish community here in Western New York who are feeling today's violence with particular force.

Religious bigotry is by no means unique to the United States. But no other country makes it so easy for a hate-fueled individual to get his hands on weapons such as the AR-15 that was among the arsenal of the gunman at Tree of Life Synagogue today. This is a time to mourn the dead, to pray for and to comfort their survivors and to perform the acts of mercy of which we are capable. But even as we mourn the dead, we must mobilize to work for the common sense reform of the overly permissive gun laws which have such a devastating effect on our country.

Let us be models of love, patience and strength, but let us do our part in spreading light against the darkness.

Yours in Christ,
+R. William Franklin

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Fun, fellowship, and food was enjoyed by all at our First Annual Roast Pork Dinner!   Folks enjoyed a hearty serving of roast pork, sweet-and-sour cabbage, potatoes, and pumpkin spice cake.  Please be sure to join us at St John's Grace for our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 2nd.  Thank you to our organizer and cooks extraordinaire Peter Coates, Mary-Joy Buscemi, Janet Dolce – and all of the volunteers - for serving up a festive fall evening!  Thank you to Price-Rite and The Lexington Co-Op for donations.  

 

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Annual Pet Blessing                  

We had a great time on October 6th

 

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3rd Annual Bisons Baseball Excursion

As always, it was an amazing event getting to be with and getting to know our new friends from Jericho Road/Vive. 

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 Deb Vranich at
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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 September 15th 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 August 5th. The book is Reza Aslan’s God: A Human History. In his Introduction,the author describes his book as “an appeal to stop foisting our human compulsions on the divine,” and seeks “the key to a more mature, more peaceful, more primalform of spirituality.”

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!!!