Grace Episcopal Church
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Welcoming All into God's Peace Together
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 Grace e-news for
the week of

NOVEMBER 4

 
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HIGHLIGHTS: 
 
 
WE ARE THE
CEREAL and MILK church!
St. Luke's/St. Paul's and
St. John's Food Pantries
in Bridgeport urgently
need donations of
groceries but cereal
seems to go fast.
Please bring a box
or more of cereal
and shelf stable milk
to the main entrance
of the church
and we will deliver
your donation
 
 
The Rt. Rev.
Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D.
will be at Grace to visit
at a reception and
festive coffee hour at
11:30 a.m. and will be
at the 12:30 worship
service. He will meet
our Vestry following 
the service.
 
 
St. Luke's Steel Band
at the
First Church Congregational
Sunday, November 11
(SEE details in the GLOW)
 
 
Trumbull Interfaith
Council Annual
Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 18
at Holy Trinity 
Lutheran Church
(see details in the GLOW)
 
ADVENT &
CHRISTMAS 
SCHEDULE
INSIDE
THE GLOW!
 
and much more!
  
 
  
Grace 
Episcopal
Church
  
5958 Main St.
Trumbull CT
06611
 
Phone: 203-268-2809
 
Office hours:
Tuesday - Friday
12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
and by appointment
 
 
 

Clergy and Staff

 
 
 
The Rev. Dr. Paul Jacobson,  Missional Priest

 

 

Paul Jacobson has served the Church as a pastor, musician, educator, and writer for more than forty years. As a musician, he has served parishes in more than a half-dozen denominational traditions.

A native Midwesterner, he received a BA in Music (Organ Performance) at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. He was a George Marshall Fellow at The Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, studying with Grethe Krogh (organ) and Dan-Olof Stenlund (choral conducting). Dr. Jacobson earned dual Master’s degrees in Organ Performance and Religion through the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, where he studied organ with Gerre Hancock and Charles Krigbaum. He has taught at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul (MN), and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley (CA).

His PhD is from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, where his dissertation focused on liturgical history in the Early Middle Ages. He has served as the Minister of Music & Organist at Fairfield’s First Church Congregational since August 2016.

An ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church, he has served parishes in New Jersey and Connecticut. In June 2018, he was called to be the Missional Priest in Charge at Grace Episcopal Church in Trumbull. He is also a Chaplain at the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center.

 

 

The Rev. Nancy Gage, Deacon

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/clientimages/47651/nancy%20gage.jpgNancy moved to Connecticut from Massachusetts in 1962. She attended different churches in Fairfield County until finding St Paul’s On The Green in Norwalk in the 1970’s. She served as an acolyte and was active in various positions within the vestry for many years. It was at St Paul’s where she felt a persistent call to serve on a deeper level in the church and she sought to explore this call in the two-year MEEP (ministry education and exploration program). Upon completing MEEP she attended the two-year Deacon Training Program of the Episcopal Diocese of Ct.  Nancy was ordained a Deacon in September 2007 by Bishop Andrew Smith. She has served at two churches, where she has been involved in helping people become more aware of and involved in various programs assisting those who live with few resources, has served as Deacon in the Sunday liturgy, and has been instrumental in helping to grow ministries of healing. Nancy is a CT state licensed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and worked at Norwalk Hospital for over 21 years as such, retiring from the hospital in 2003. She completed training at the Westchester Institute for training in counseling and psychotherapy, and has attended many workshops since then in her field. She did her clinical pastoral education at Bridgeport Hospital. Nancy continues to work with people who have addiction problems.Nancy lives in Stratford Ct with her husband Dave, and great granddaughter Mikaella. Her interests are the piano, crocheting, gardening, and spending time with her family. 

 

Maryann Ameden, Parish Secretary  

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/clientimages/47651/009.jpgHi! Greetings from Church Central!

 

Funny thing about those initial job descriptions! I pictured a computer, a desk and a green mostly-living green plant. Who knew a secretary needed to come to work with a paint roller? How could I have expected to be checking booboos for the day care children and running trips to the dump ( courtesy of the Closet of the Month Club! ).  Our priest has enough ideas to rival Martha Stewart!

 

Our office has happily become a hub of activity.  With the doors opening and the phone ringing we are facilitating all kinds of community efforts as well our liturgical responsibilities, and we have become the center for parish communication/coordination of both liturgical and community events.

 

Freshly decorated offices and library, up-to-date computers, websites and a newsletter, and new fellowship groups have invited us to reach well beyond our church membership. Our administrative functions have also supported the hugely successful Recovery Eucharist every month and extended our priest’s ecumenical contacts bringing new, rewarding experiences to our church home.

 

Parish Secretary? I think I could run a cruise line now!

 

 

Karen Behar, Bookkeeper

  

/clientimages/47651/karenface3.pngKaren did her MBA in Accounting and Finance at Pace University. She has worked in accounting for large international companies and as a bookkeeper for small family owned businesses and more recently not-for-profits.  She has twenty years of experience that includes work on accounting systems migration, development of reports for man-agement decision-making and preparation of materials for Church Treasurers, Chief Ex-ecutive Officers, and external auditors. She, her husband and their sixteen year old son have lived in Norwalk for the past 20 years.