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|Grace Church Beautiful for
Grace Church was beautiful for Christmas services
this year. The new communion table location reveals the
high altar in a way that hasn't been seen in a while,
making for some great perspectives.
|Grace Continues Christmas Giving
A family consisting of a hard-working single father,
two daughters and a baby grandson had presents under
their tree this Christmas, thanks to Grace members and
friends who contributed a gift or gave money towards a
A special thanks goes to Grace Staples, who asked
Christ's Community in College Hill to select a family
for us to assist with gifts for Christmas and then
presented us with the opportunity to contribute to a
|Many Hands Pitch in to Install New
Communion Table |
The new communion table was ready as planned for
Christmas, thanks to the efforts of several members and
friends. Special thanks go to Jim Edgy, here seen
polishing one of the communion railings.
Thanks also to Louise Bower, here seen sewing the new
frontal for the communion table.
And, have you noticed the glistening floors? That's
due to to sexton Bob Jones' energetic polishing over the
past several weeks.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make Grace Church
beautiful for Christmas.
|Christian Formation Coordinator
Joins Staff |
At its December meeting, Mission Council approved the
addition of Ms. Sheila Jenkins Morgan to the parish
staff as Christian Formation Coordinator. Ms. Morgan
will begin working part time on January 5. She will work
mostly in the evenings until June, when it is
anticipated she will become full time.
This position is made possible by diocesan grants,
and represents part of the diocesan interest in the
developing ministry at Grace Church.
Sheila Morgan is a member of St. Simon of Cyrene
Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights and has extensive
experience in youth work and Christian Education. She is
also manager of a Head Start facility downtown.
Sheila will be working to involve students at
Aiken High School, making contacts to attract young
adults to the life of the Church, and directing our own
internal Sunday School and Christian Education
activities. She will also be working with other churches
in the area to participate in interchurch ministries to
youth and young adults.
We are excited about this opportunity to increase the
exposure of Grace Church in the community and to
contribute to ministry among the diverse peoples of the
College Hill community.
You can email Ms. Jenkins-Morgan at email@example.com.
|Steve Reynolds Baptised
On December 17, Jim Edgy and Patricia Wanner
presented Steve Reynolds for the sacrament of Holy
Baptism. After the congregation pledged to support him
in his new life in Christ, Steve was baptized into the
household of God by Fr. John Bower.
This was Grace's first baptism in many months.
|Baptismal Font Greets the World
A traditional location for a baptismal font is near
the entrance to the church, symbolizing people's
entrance into the life of the church family. Having the
large wooden font near our front door makes for a
|Pledging Continues to Exceed
Pledges for the support of Grace Church in 2007 now
total over $58,000 from 41 members and friends.
If you have not yet made a pledge of support to Grace
for 2007, you should know that it is never too late to
make a pledge. And it's easy. Simply tell the office
how much you expect to contribute in 2007 and whether or
not you want pledge envelopes. Or pick up a pledge card
on the table at the back of the church, fill it out and
put it in the offering plate.
No pledge is too small; what's important is knowing
that we're all together in our commitment to support
|Mission Council Minutes Posted
If you'd like to be in the know about what's
happening at Grace, one way to get the straight scoop is
to read the minutes of the Mission Council Meetings.
December's meeting minutes are posted here.
You can see minutes for previous meeting by clicking on
"Minutes" under "Subject Index" on the left side of that
page. There's also a complete index on the News page of
the Grace Church web site here.