News for and about Grace Episcopal Church August 24, 2006

In this issue ...

Bishop's Funeral Marks the End of an Era

Demographics Meeting Postponed


Our Thanks Go to ...

Bibles Needed For IHN

Ride Needed

There's Still Time to Sign up for EfM

News of a Former Parishioner

Bulletin Announcement Deadline

Grace Church Web Site

There's a College Hill eNewsletter, Too


  • Bishop's Funeral Marks the End of an Era
  • Bishop Thompson

    Services celebrating the life of the Rt. Rev. Herbert Thompson Jr. (1933-2006) will be held this week at Christ Church Cathedral.

    A visitation for the public will be held in the Cathedral’s Centennial Chapel on Friday, August 25, from noon to 5:00pm.

    The funeral will be held at the Cathedral on Saturday, August 26, at 11:00am. Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold will celebrate, with Bishop Kenneth Price Jr. serving as con-celebrant. The Rev. Canon Jim Hanisian will preach.

    Doors will open at 9:00am. Overflow seating will be available in the Cathedral undercroft with a live video feed.

    A reception follows the service at the PNC Bank building at 5th & Main.

    The PNC Bank parking garage is opening especially for the day and is offering a discounted $1 parking rate. The garage entrance is on Main Street between 4th and 5th streets.

    In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the designated memorial funds:

    • The Thompson Memorial Campership Fund, 412 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    • The W.E.B. DuBois Academy, 1812 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214, Attn: Diane Ebbs
    • General Theological Seminary, 175 Ninth Ave., New York, New York 10011, Attn: Bruce Smith
    • Camp DeWolfe, Diocese of Long Island, c/o Bishop's Office, 36 Cathedral Ave. P.O. Box 510, Garden City, NY 11530

    The Diocese has established a website for you to share your memories of Bishop Thompson and to celebrate his life. Some of these may be used for a special tribute issue of Interchange that will be published later this month. Visit the site here.

    Please keep Herb, Owen, Kyrie and Christian and all of Bishop Thompson's family in your prayers.

    The above information was taken from from e- News Connections, the electronic eNewsletter of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

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  • Demographics Meeting Postponed
  • The August 26 demographics training has been postponed because of the Bishop's funeral. A new date will be announced as soon as we can establish one with the Rev. Ann Warrington Wilson.

  • Thanksgivings
  • Join us in giving thanks for good health reports given to Mary Beth Summer, Fr. David Howard, and Anne and Joshua Handy.

  • Our Thanks Go to ...
    • ...the Altar Guild. The following note was received this week from Janet Henthorn. “Thanks to you special people for remembering me with a most beautiful bouquet of altar flowers. It was impressive and still looks good a week later. I’m ever grateful. P.S. I can’t ever remember receiving one before. What a treat!”
    • ... every parishioner who has completed the Parishioners Information form We have received many from you and are appreciative for your help. If you haven't completed yours yet, please send it in. If you don't have a form, please call the office at 513- 541-2415 or print the form here.
    • ... Greta Kappes for offering hostas from your garden for our landscaping project.

  • Bibles Needed For IHN
  • If you have an extra Bible you would like to donate to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, please tell Grace Staples (513- 251-3538,

  • Ride Needed
  • A parishioner who lives in Finneytown needs a ride to church on Sundays. If you would be willing to provide it, please call Jim Edgy at the church office, 513-542- 2941.

  • There's Still Time to Sign up for EfM
  • EFM Logo

    Education for Ministry seminars start up again the week of Labor Day. Contact Ken Lyon (513-542- 2941, if you are interested in this faith- and life- enhancing small group seminar.

    More information here ...
  • News of a Former Parishioner
  • Shirley Allen

    The following news is from Shirley Allen, a former parishioner now living in Las Vegas, New Mexico, who wrote to thank us for her subscription to eGraceNotes.

    "I have become very active in the life of St. Paul's Peace, a combined Episcopal Lutheran congregation here in Las Vegas. I'm the secretary, on the vestry, in the choir and so on. I also serve on the Secretariat for the Diocese of the Rio Grande and we are working valiantly to get the Cursillo movement active again in New Mexico.

    "Our congregation is very small, about half Lutheran and half Episcopalian. We alternate Sunday Services, which still annoys me, but mildly. The Lutherans have appropriated some of our hymns and messed them up. In my infancy, I was baptized--thanks to my Norwegian mother--in a Lutheran church, so I suppose I have come home again.

    "The closest EfM is in Albuquerque, which is 2 hours away, not very logistically viable for an old lady.

    "I suppose you could add that I work part time at New Mexico Highlands University as test administrator, supervising GED, ACT, LSAT and whatever else comes up. I love when my GED guys keep trying and finally pass.

    "My perfect children continue to do amazing things. They visit me from time to time and I visit them when I can. Kevin, the oldest, who lives an hour away, has five children."

    Shirley Lou

    You can email Shirley here.

  • Bulletin Announcement Deadline
  • Please send all announcements for the Bulletin Insert to the church office, email them to or call 513-541-2415 by Tuesday of each week.

  • Grace Church Web Site
  • If you haven’t done so, check out our new site at It contains minutes from Vestry meetings, Sunday Volunteer Schedules and lots of other interesting information.

    Check it out here ...
  • There's a College Hill eNewsletter, Too
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