Soup Dinner & Game Night; Mission Trip to Haiti; New Email Address, and more!
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Soup Dinner & Game Night

Friday, March 2, 6-9pm

Plan to join us for a family-friendly evening of dinner and games! We'll be meeting in the Lodge to warm up with a soup dinner and top it off with a variety of games!

Not only is this a wonderful time of fellowship with our Grace Church family, but it is also an ideal opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family! To that effort, we have provided a post-card sized invitation to distribute to those you'd like to invite. We also have created a Facebook event that you may invite others to. And finally, if you'd like to invite others electronically through your own email, you can email Katy Trygstad to get a picture file (jpg) or pdf file of the postcard invitation that you may send out.

Did you forget to sign up on Sunday to let us know you're coming and what you'd like to bring?! (You can do so right now right here!) And don't forget to bring your own (BYO) games!!

Grace Teams to Haiti

December Trip Report & Looking Ahead at March Trip!

I (Rich Kennedy) made another trip to Haiti December 2-9, 2017, to assist in the work of Jean Paul at Reformation Hope. I traveled with Robin and Joan Lambert, who visited the work at Baptist Haiti Mission where their son Andrew has become Field Director. They and Andrew were able to visit Reformation Hope for a day to see the work of Reformation Hope and explore potential collaboration.

As a family physician, I was able to deliver much needed meds and supplies to the Clinique Médicale de la Réforme health center and see patients. Thanks to the Monday Night Growth Group for donating $100 worth of “Dial-a-Diopter” adjustable glasses! I also helped the lab add new tests to their chemistry analyzer and brought several much needed laptops. The Académie Théologique de la Réforme seminary was starting its master levels program, and I was able to help set up laptops for communications, a cloud space for common resources, and even resources for learning Greek. I met with Jacky and Ancelotti (pictured below) about needs they had for the New Joy House orphanage. They now have a small computer lab and reliable internet connection, and we brainstormed how this could allow more support from afar to the kids of the orphanage.


On December 24, Grace Church had a special offering that generously gave $2099 to provide some needs of the orphanage. We were delighted to be able to sponsor a Christmas Meal for the kids, (who almost always eat rice and beans) see photo below. They got a special meal and celebration at the mission’s restaurant, American Style Chicken, featuring their specialty chicken dish (Jean Paul’s recipe).  They were not able to orchestrate the ice cream, and we hope we can make it happen for Easter when we are there.  We purchased and sent a requested video-ready computer loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro and external hard drive and sent them with another team. Jacky, the director of the orphanage, will use them to put together videos of the kid’s choir and the orphanage. We will be purchasing a printer for the computer lab and will take it with us on our upcoming trip. We hope to purchase some artwork for the orphanage dining room when we are there.

With the orphanage’s computer lab and increased reliability of the internet, we have had the idea to connect Grace children with the children at the orphanage. Our hope is for both our children and youth and the children and youth of the orphanage to have a greater understanding of God’s kingdom and to see more of the work that he is doing in lives throughout the world—to know that there are similar joys and challenges that disciples of Jesus face in any culture, and to also learn how different cultures and nations have particular joys and challenges. So far we have some kids (Mia Adams, Isaac Allen, Katarina Allen, and Kyle Sahmel) who have sent emails to hopefully become pen pals with some of the kids there. The directors of the orphanage will be appropriately matching the children based on age and gender. We are looking forward to promoting and facilitating this when we are there in 4 weeks! If your child is interested, please email me!


Our upcoming trip will be March 28-April 4. The team members so far are David Allen, Joshua and Léa Hossack Bouillon, and myself. David will be focusing his attention primarily at the orphanage to help older kids learn computer skills, as well as assisting in meeting any other needs that may arise. Joshua and Léa’s fluent French will be a great asset and their musical talents will help us connect with and support the musical programs of the orphanage. The 50-60 person Presbyterian Children’s Choir (pictured below) is a huge point of pride of the orphanage, and they want to expand the music program of the orphanage and orphanage school. I will be helping at the clinic and seeing patients, as well as providing support for any needs that may arise. All of us will be able to connect with kids through teaching computer skills, etc.

Although we are about one month out from the trip departure date, it would not be impossible for another member to join. Anyone with medical skills could easily find a place to serve, as well as anyone who loves kids and could support the kids of the orphanage—it is a much needed ministry. Please let me know if you are interested. Also, if you are interested, but won’t be able to make it this trip, please talk with me, as we will be planning another trip!

Over the next month, we will be collecting items for the clinic and the orphanage to take with us on our trip. For an almost complete list, please click here. There are items ranging from over the counter medicine and vitamins to recreational items for the orphanage (like basketballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs).

Please join us in prayer as we prepare to go and while we are there!

~ Rich Kennedy

Church Business

New Email Address

Katy Trygstad, our Ministry Support and Communications staff, will be getting a new email address! You may now reach her at

The email address will still be active, and for the time being, will be automatically forwarded to both Katy Trygstad and Kate Gray, our office administrator.

As a brief reminder, here are the things you might want to email Katy Trygstad about:
  • If a ministry team is planning an event and wants promotional materials (postcards to hand out, event created on Facebook, promotion on the website, signs for outside, advertising, etc.)
  • If you have information for the website (Sunday School class changes, new events or activities for ministries, changes in Growth Group topics, etc.)
  • If you need help finding someone to substitute/switch serving dates with for a ministry that you serve on
  • Submitting GraceNotes articles, photos, news, and classifieds
  • If a ministry team needs a schedule generated
Here are the things you might want to email Kate Gray about (you can still reach her at
  • Bulletin announcements
  • "Who's Serving" section of the Bulletin: Changes or Switches in Ministry Team serving (for example, Scripture Reader, Greeter, Coffee Hour, Communion Preparation, Nursery, Children's Worship)
  • Requests to use the Grace Church Facilities, including the main building or Lodge (for ministry team meetings, events, etc.)
  • If your contact information for the directory has changed
You may notice that some things you'll need to let both Kate and Katy know about--and that's just fine! Just include both of our email addresses in on your email and we'll make sure things run as smoothly as possible! (Also, if you're not sure who to email, you can email one or both of us, and we'll make sure the right person gets the information).
~ Katy Trygstad
News & Classifieds
  • There are a few additional Lost & Found items that are photographed below. As a reminder, all Lost & Found items not claimed by March 5 will be donated.
  • Would you like to help the Nursing Home Ministry with the Shawls & Lap Afghans, but you need yarn? Please call Kathy Weese as she has received yarn donations that needs help to become a lap afghan or shawl. The next donation pick up is March 11.
  • Marriage: What Did You Expect? A streaming event with Dr. Paul David Tripp coming Friday, March 23, from 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday, March 24, from 9am-12pm. We'll have a catered dessert Friday night, continental breakfast and childcare (for children ages 12 and under) on Saturday morning (no childcare Friday night). Cost is $15/individual and $25/couple. Register online here!
  • New City Fellowship Beechwood is looking for someone to assist in providing security during their worship service. Needed time is 12:45-2:45pm. Duties include sitting in the security office at the door and unlocking it for latecomers once the service has started, watching monitors, and doing an occasional round in the hallways. Compensation is $30 per Sunday. If interested, contact NCFB here.
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