Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation, is one of the principle feasts of the Episcopal Church (BCP, 15-16), although it may be quite unfamiliar to many in the parish. The Feast itself celebrates the moment when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple forty days after his birth, an ancient custom for newborn Jewish children. In our liturgical year, we celebrate the Feast on February 2 each year (forty days after Christmas). The term “Candlemas” came to be associated with the Feast because of its observance at the end of the Epiphany Season, the season of Christ’s Light coming into the world. Thus, we have the “Mass of the Candles, Candlemas.” Candlemas is a beautiful celebration, and observing it with a choral evensong is deeply meaningful with its link with the prophets Simeon and Anna. These two elders had been promised the chance to see the Christ child, and they were present when Jesus was brought in. Simeon’s response to this encounter became a critical part of the evensong service itself, the Nunc dimittis: “Lord, now let Thy servant depart in peace, for my eyes have seen Thy salvation…”
Join us on Sunday, February 8 at 5:00 PM for a Choral Evensong for Candlemas. All are welcome.
Daughters of the King
Grace Daughters of the King will meet in the Parish Hall after the 10:45 service on Sunday, February 8 and in the Conference Room of The Grace Center at 10:30 AM Wednesday, February 11. You may attend either time. Many of our members are doing some or all of our Community of Hope International training. What is God calling us to be? Can we through prayer and service see how God wants each of us to become? I hope when we come together as Daughters we can extend these thoughts. All women of the parish are invited. Bring any writings, Bible verses, our DOK Spiritual Journey workbooks we used last year and share where you are in your journey.
GWAG February 11: #eatprayconnect
Or maybe we should say #EatPrayBreathe… Following dinner, join us for a focus on wellness for all ages as Emilie Cook of Yoga with Emilie leads us in gentle Yoga. Emilie will delve into the therapeutic aspects of Yoga with a little humor thrown in. So plan to get comfortable (chair or floor), take a deep breath & relax. Don’t forget to breathe! more GWAG details and reservation link
Lunch with Amy-Jill Levine
Wednesday, February 11 is the deadline to make a reseration for the luncheon with Amy-Jill Levine at Grace Church on Sunday, February 15, at 12:30 PM. Professor Levine will engage in a question and answer session with attendees. The luncheon, open only to EMW Lectures event ticket holders and Grace Church parishioners, will cost $10.00. Contact Isabel Smiley Lewis to make a reservation. Payment may be made by mail or in person by check payable to Grace Episcopal Church with “A-J Levine Lunch” in the memo line. Payment can also be made in cash or check at the luncheon.
Grace adults gather each month in the Youth Room to watch and discuss movies old and new addressing a wide variety of subjects. A very casual occasion, participants often bring a little food and drink to share. We always have a good time and lively discussion—join us at 7:00 PM on Friday, February 13.
Ladies Night Out
Contact Melanie for information about our February 28 Ladies Night Out!
Join a Foyer Group
Twice a year, all Grace Church members are invited to participate in a Foyer Group. Foyer Groups consist of small groups of adults who meet in one another’s homes for a meal and fellowship over the course of approximately six months. Not only is participation in Foyers fun, but it also facilitates deeper relationships among Grace Church members. Newcomers are especially encouraged to sign up! Spring groups are now forming. If you are interested in joining, please sign up at the information table in the Greeting Area at church or submit the online form by Monday, February 16.