Kevin Antonio’s Ordination to the Deaconate – Saturday March 7, 2020
In the Episcopal Church, those called to ordination as a priest, must first be ordained as a deacon. The ministry of deacons is a “bridge ministry” and servant ministry between the church and the world. Grace’s Associate Rector for Families, Youth and Children, Kevin Antonio Smallwood, will be ordained to the deaconate in his sponsoring diocese, the Diocese of Western Massachusetts on Saturday, March 7, 2020. Please hold Kevin Antonio in your prayers as the time for his ordination approaches. After serving as a deacon for six months, K.A. will be ordained as a priest. Throughout it all, he will continue his ministry here at Grace Church. 
This Sunday – March 8, 2020
The Season of Lent
Historically a time of preparation for baptism in the ancient church, Lent is a time of special devotion, a season when we are reminded of our own mortality and encouraged to seek forgiveness. It is a season of prayer, self-examination and repentance, and here at Grace, we will have several ways for people to explore their faith and deepen their connection with God. 
Adult Forum – Ordination:A Look Behind the Collar
From the time of the New Testament, there have been specific, different ministries within the church; scripture gives us a sense of what these early ministries looked like. By the 2nd or 3rd century, official distinctions in ministry had been defined into different orders of laity and ordained (deacons, priests, and bishops). Our very own Kevin Antonio will be ordained to the diaconate on March 7. So, what does this mean? Join Rev. Amanda this Sunday for a look behind the collar and learn more about the ordination process in the Episcopal Church. Adult Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Undercroft.  
Lenten Book Group
Parishioners in the Wade in the Water email list have selected How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi for this year’s focus of study and reflection, as we strive to Become the Beloved Community. Join us in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 am service for light lunch refreshments and engaging discussion. We will focus on the Introduction and Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America–but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. The second session of the Book Group will meet on March 15.
Next Week
Sense-ational Lent ClassWednesday, March 11
Traditionally, Lent is a season of self-denial in the hope that our relationship with God will benefit. The Sense-ational Lent course invites you to focus not on denial of the senses, but rather on heightening the senses to become more in touch with God. Wednesdays in Lent, Rev. Amanda will emphasize one of the five senses and explore it through the lens of the Holy Week scriptures. See how highlighting the sense of sound can provide new insights to Palm Sunday. Explore how your sense of taste can open up new meanings of the Last Supper. This class meets in the Chapel from 7:00-8:15 p.m. March 4, 11, 25 and April 1. Contact Rev. Amanda for more information. 
Next SundayMarch 15
Adult Forum: Coronavirus & Church
The CDC indicates that the risk of coronavirus is moderate, but it is important for all of us to take precautionary measures. As centers of community, churches, must take certain precautions and enact best congregational practices in order to promote health and wellbeing. Join Rev. Rich, Grace’s Interim Rector, and parishioner Matt Hardwick, microbiologist, during Adult Forum on March 15 for a conversation about coronavirus and the church. Rev. Rich will discuss best practices as communicated by Bp. Mariann and the Diocese of Washington, especially regarding conduct during the exchange of the peace and communion. Matt will provide information and address concerns from a scientific perspective. Adult Forum begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Undercroft on March 15.
Celebratory Coffee HourHonoring Kevin Antonio
Kevin Antonio will be ordained to the diaconate on Saturday, March 7 in his sponsoring diocese of Western Massachusetts. He will serve at Grace for the first time as a deacon on Sunday, March 15. Please join us for a celebratory coffee hour after the 10:30 a.m. service next Sunday as we rejoice with K.A. in his newly ordained ministry.
Upcoming
Seeing the Face of God in Each Other March 14 & 21
Seeing the Face of God is a free, two-day workshop that provides an opportunity for people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to explore the history of institutional discrimination in our society. The next workshop will occur from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on March 14 and 21 – two consecutive Saturdays – at Grace, Silver Spring (map). Participants must attend both Saturdays to receive a certificate and/or fulfill canonical requirements for anti-racism training in the Episcopal Church. Learn more and register.
Introduction to theEpiscopal ChurchSundays in April
Rev. Amanda is teaching a class on the history, faith and worship of the Episcopal Church, including its theology, spirituality, work and ministry. Anyone who would like to learn more about the Episcopal Church is invited to attend the classes, which will take place in Grace House on Sundays in April (with the exception of Easter Sunday) from 12 noon to 1 pm. This class will also prepare adults to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, if they so choose, at the National Cathedral at the diocesan service on Saturday, May 9. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Amanda.  
Rector Search Committee Update

The Rector Search Committee was commissioned on Sunday, February 16th, and has been meeting since then. Currently, committee members have been contacting parish leaders in order to gather information specific to the various ministries and programs here at Grace. The Committee will also convene two parish-wide meetings: March 22 at 9:15 a.m. and March 29 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service. Please come to one or both as you are able. In addition, the committee is looking for volunteers to submit materials for use on the Grace Church website. If you can volunteer to help compose updates or take photographs, please contact Mike Bader.
The Pennyworth Shop
The mission of the Pennyworth Shop, a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church, is to actively serve the Silver Spring community and surrounding area by selling clothing and other items at a reasonable cost; to provide an outlet for the community to dispose of usable items through reuse and recycling; and to afford volunteers the opportunity to contribute their time and labor to the benefit of our community. Money generated from sales provides financial support for other Grace Episcopal Church ministries and for local, national and international community organizations.
Grace Episcopal Day School
Emphasizing the Episcopal values of inclusivity and service to others, Grace Episcopal Day School offers a well-rounded, academically challenging, and nurturing environment for children in the most important years of childhood: ages 3 (Preschool) through 11 (Grade 5). We invite Grace Church families to learn more about our school and our unified mission by contacting the Director of Admission, Karen O’Connor-Floman, at karen@geds.org or 240-292-5237.