Grace Notes

July 19, 2019

An excerpt from The Summers Day, Mary Oliver:

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

As the heat blisters, the humid sky hazes, and the cicadas hum in the trees, we know we are about half-way through summer. We might fill the long days with outings and travel, but the summer heat has a way of slowing things down, or making them feel slower. It is a perfect time, then, to pay attention.

In the poem above, Mary Oliver suggests that attentiveness (she is watching a grasshopper in a field) is a form of prayer, being present in the details of the moment is to be fully alive. It is, in itself, a purpose and vocation. What else is there to do?

Choose a moment this week … at least one … to pay attention, even to the tiniest summer detail. Make this your prayer. Make this your life’s work, as if everything depended on it. And see what happens…


Rev. Jenni

This Weekend, Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21


July 21

Simply Summer Bible Study with the Rev. Jenni

8:45am - 9:15 am Sundays in the Parish Hall Parlor

During the summer months, the Rev. Jenni will lead a brief time for reflection and prayer between the services with one of the week’s Scripture readings. No homework, prep, or prerequisites - just “come as you are,” before or after worship, for some summer Sabbath renewal.

This Week, Monday July 22 - Friday July 26


July 22

Vestry Meeting

7:00 pm in the Parish Hall Library


July 26

St. Paul’s Food Basket 

7:30 am at

St. Pauls, 422 Market Street, Camden

Our volunteers meet on the 4th Friday of each month at St. Paul’s to bag and distribute groceries for neighbors in need. In addition to this monthly help, we are always grateful for food donations, which can be dropped off in the bins outside of the office in the parish house, or monetary donations designated for this important ministry. Please contact Denise Sikorski at (609) 670-6074 for more information or to learn more about how you can help.

You Need to Know!

Rev. Jenni on Vacation

While Rev. Jenni is on Vacation, please contact Deacon Jim with any pastoral needs at (856) 669-4565. As always, you may call the office at (856) 429-0007 with any other questions or concerns.

“Plunge” into faithful stewardship

If you have made a 2019 pledge in support of Grace Church – thank you! As your routines and patterns might change in the summer, or as you travel out of town, please remember to continue your commitment. You can send in your gifts by mail, or even give online (

If you are new to the community, or if you have not yet made a commitment for 2019, it’s not too late. We are only half way through our year, and this is a perfect time to “plunge” in! Pledge cards are available at the table in the back of the church or by contacting the parish office. If you would like to explore more about how your giving supports the community, mission and ministry of Grace, how to grow                                                                                                in generosity, or how to get started. Please contact Rev. Jenni for conversation (856-433-2149)

Looking Ahead!

Kids Alley Cafe Backpack Collection

Items can be dropped off to the donation bin in the Parish Hall during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm or Sunday mornings.

You can donate either a filled backpack and/or school supplies. A list of supplies can be found in the back of the church and in the Parish Hall.  

August 19 - 24

Grace Church Choir Camp

Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 24

1 pm - 4 pm each day

$30.00 per child

Register today at

Flyers are available in the church and parish house. Please share with your friends, family and neighbors.

September 14

Grace Church goes to the Phillies!

7:05 pm game start at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Come and watch the Phillies take on the Boston Red Socks. Tickets are $50.00 per person and located in section 103. $10.00 for each ticket will go to church kitchen renovations and improvements. See John Poliero or call him at (856) 429-5766 if you would like to buy tickets.

September 21

Grace Church Art Auction!

6 pm - 9 pm in the Grace Performance Hall

$25.00 per person, this is a 21+ event.

This fundraiser will be used to support Grace Church’s multiple outreach programs. More details will be coming soon, please save the date for a fun and creative events and be sure to invite your family, friends, and neighbors.

September 24

Want to see the Downton Abbey movie?  We're planning a trip on Tuesday, Sept. 24.  If interested see Gretchen Poliero or give her a call at 856-429-5766. 


Grace Thrift Shop Volunteers!

Thank you to all of the volunteers who made the 2018-19 Thrift Shop season a great success. Under the leadership of Ellen Berntson, our many volunteers run the shop each weekend, sort through the TONS of donations, price, display and renew the merchandise and SELL!  Thanks also to those who spent some extra hours running the boutique sale during last week’s Haddonfield Craft Show and manned the extended shop hours. You all deserve the short respite while we await the reopening of the shop in September.

Serving at Worship this Weekend

Saturday, July 20





The Rev. Robert Legnani

James Gowland

Nicholas Youngstein

Sunday, July 21

8 am


1st Reading:

2nd Reading:

Chalice & Prayers:




The Rev. Robert Legnani

Barbara Linn

Nora Bollinger

Barbara Linn

Mark Brill

Bill Ratcliffe

Nancy Young

Sunday, July 21

9:30 am


1st Reading:

2nd Reading:

Chalice & Prayers:




Torch Bearer:


The Rev. Robert Legnani

Michelle Baker

Brandon Hamilton

DeSha Viola

Jane Leichner

Dan Watts

Max Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Karen Marshall, Phil McAuley, Bethann Flagg, Allison Weil