The River Grand weekly service is on Wednesdays at 11am. The first Wednesday of the month is a Eucharist service. The other Wednesdays are Morning Prayer. The address of River Grand is 355 River Road and their phone number is 999-5333 and they can be called for directions.All are welcome..
In April of 2009, Christ Episcopal Church began celebrating a Service of Morning Prayer at River Grand senior citizen’s housing complex. Sam Dickinson, a member of the pastoral care member of the church and resident of River Grand, approached the Shared Ministry team to see if they would be willing to begin an ecumenical prayer service to the resident of his apartment complex. After talking it over it was decided that we would do this on a trial basis. The service has continued since then the first week of May 2009.
Our service begins at 11:00 each Wednesday. The first Wednesday of the months we have started a service of Holy Eucharist. The other Wednesdays of the month are a service of Morning Prayer. We have held one memorial service. We had a special Easter service that included several members of the parish.
We have had members of Christ Church including Rev. Rhonda Ruder, Colleen Nardone, Marianne Morlan, Rev. Jeannie Rasmussen, Rev. Jill Schubert and Rev. Paula Gillman leading this service that is well attending by an average of 15 people a week.
The folks that attend this service are of various denominations. We worship together and teach each other about God’s love. All are welcome to join us at this worship service. You will find a accepting and loving community that rejoice in the knowledge that we are all God’s children.
Article from Herald Review, Grand Rapids, MN
Cleaning out, giving forward
By Britta Arendt
Grand Rapids Herald-Review
Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
When is a sale not a sale? And, when is having less, gaining more? Answers to these questions can be found at the Christ Episcopal Church Barter Sale, on Saturday, May 10.
For the second consecutive year, the church congregation has organized such an event to clean out closets and help the broader community as well. Unlike the usual rummage sales the church has held in the past, the barter sale invites people to shop in exchange for the promise of a good deed. No money is traded. Instead, the church gains the hope of serving as a catalyst in the promotion of “practicing random acts of kindness and senseless deeds of beauty.”
As church members Sally Cummings and Kim Heise explained, the idea for the sale came from Trinity Episcopal Church in Hermantown. “It just jumped out at us – and we decided we needed to do this,” said Cummings.
“We wondered how it would work, or be received by our congregation and from the public too,” added Heise. “We had our rummage sales before and made about $300 or $400.”
During Christ Episcopal’s first time hosting such an event, last year, tables were set out covered with donated, used clothes, boxes of old toys from the church nursery, bins of old movies, books and much, much more. As the “shoppers” entered the church with pocketbooks and change purses in hand – much to their surprise – they were told they would not be spending any of their hard-earned cash. Rather, they would need to think of a good deed they could do for someone else and write it down on a recipe card. Names were not required to accompany the promise of good deeds.
“It was so energizing to see the faces of the people as they came in and we told them no money would be exchanged,” said Heise. “Some people stopped in their tracks.”
While it was the intent that people take only what they needed, still the thought that some would take advantage of the free merchandise lingered, said Heise. But this also provided a lesson in not placing judgment.
“It took me 10 years to get my husband to get rid of all his John Wayne movies and when I saw a couple take the majority of them, my first reaction was, ‘maybe someone else would want some too,’” said Heise who explained that the couple proceeded to tell her they were huge fans of westerns and did not have cable television. “My heart just melted and change happened within me – I had to remember not to judge others; we don’t know everyone’s needs. It can also become a challenge not to become attached to our things.”
Others heartwarming stories were born that day too such as the mother grateful to find school clothes for her children and the couple planning to have their first baby who were very thankful to find a crib.
“The hope is this can become discipline for our congregation to clean out our lives and give freely to people,” said Heise.
More than 150 recipe cards with good deeds were collected at last year’s barter sale. Some of the deeds promised held the possibility of reconciling two estranged friends, brightening an elderly neighbor’s day, putting a smile on a small child’s face or beautifying the end of a driveway with wildflowers.
Written by old and young alike, the cards were brought up with the church offering to be blessed the following day and a few were read before the congregation.
“Hopefully, this will be catchy – the spirit of giving; trying to be a blessing to someone else,” said Cummings. “It’s like that saying, ‘You may be the only Bible that some people read.’”
“We have to remember that we will be known for our actions, rather than our words,” added Heise. “We are so blessed but sometimes we forget that there are people right here in our community in need of our charity, our friendship or just an ear to listen.”
Christ Episcopal’s Barter Sale opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. this Saturday. For more information or for directions to the church, call the church at 326-6279.