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March 20, 2020

From your Senior Warden:

Dear Members and Friends of Grace Church,
 
I am very happy to tell you that Audio Architects have repaired the telephone listening service. Beginning this Sunday, March 22, you may access the system two ways.
 
You may call this number:  534-444-4880
         (Note that this is different from the number we  formerly used)
 
Or, you may stream from:  http://graceepiscopal.listentochurch.com
 
We will be restricting attendance at our services for the foreseeable future.  There will be two people in the church to conduct morning prayer, a leader and a congregant. The remaining members may listen via the phone service.
 
I hope to “see” you on the phone on Sunday.  As we continue our journey through this period  of concern, let’s think of ways to sustain our community through virtual modes.
 
May the Lord bless us all and keep us safe.
 Paul
March 16, 2020
From Senior Warden, Paul Chase:
Dear Members of Grace Church,
Following a discussion with the Standing and Executive Committees of the Diocese, Bishop Lambert decided it would be wise to suspend regular church services for the last two weeks of Lent. I agree that this was the right thing to do given the current circumstances.  Instead, he asks that each congregation conduct services (either Eucharist or Morning Prayer) in the church with only two people, the leader and one other, so that there is continued worship in the church. I have discussed this with Father Bauer, who was to conduct the service Sunday, and we agreed that we would do Morning Prayer.  I will recruit a reader and a congregant.
I expect that our church listening service will be back in service on Friday.  If so, we will stream the Sunday service.  There will be a new telephone number, which I will distribute when I learn what it is on Friday.  The streaming service will easily accommodate all Grace Church members who wish to participate.
The Bishop also asked that the congregations set up groups of five to share phone numbers and get together in conference calsl to discuss the readings for the day and to share in a sense of our church community.  We have about 25 regular attendees, so I am looking for five or six volunteers who can set up these conference calls after the streamed service.  They might also check in on the other group members occasionally between services.  Please let me know if you are willing to serve in this small-group coordinating role.
On March 30 the Executive and Standing Committees will meet again to discuss how these procedures are working and, most importantly, to discuss how to proceed with Palm Sunday and Holy Week. 
If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know.
We are in uncharted waters here, and prayer and mutual concern will be required to navigate them.
Paul Chase

Senior Warden

Welcome to the website of Grace Episcopal Church.  We’re glad you found us!  Grace Church is currently the only Episcopal Church in Barron County, WI.

We are a church family who gathers for worship and then listens and responds to each other.  We are small enough to be personable, but large enough to offer ways to grow in faith and to serve the community.

Our many ministries and outreach programs help to share the grace that God has
showered upon our lives.

Our facilities are fully accessible, and we worship in air conditioned comfort in the summer months.  We hope that you will visit in person.

                                                     What We Believe

We Episcopalians believe in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As constituent members of the Anglican Communion in the United States, we are descendants of and partners with the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and are part of the third largest group of Christians in the world.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.