|Sunday's Annual Meeting to Feature
Memories, Hopes, Opinions--and Food!
This past year--Grace Church’s 140th--has been
unique, and the year to come promises to be crucial for
our ongoing development.
During our annual meeting following the 10:00 am
service on January 28, we will share our memories of the
past year, our hopes for future years, and our opinions
and suggestions on what needs to be done. We will also
elect wardens, mission council members and delegates to
And we will enjoy a great pot-luck dinner! If your
name begins with A through G, we suggest you bring rolls
or vegetables, if H through M, a salad, if N through S,
a main dish, if T through Z, a dessert. In any case
bring yourself and a friend.
|Welcome Sheila Jenkins-Morgan
We welcome Sheila Jenkins-Morgan as Grace's new
Director of Christian Formation. Mrs. Morgan began on
January 5 in a part time capacity until her contract as
the Director of a Head Start program is completed in
May, at which time she become a full time employee.
Mrs. Morgan is a long-time member of St Simon of
Cyrene. There, she restarted their Sunday School
program, growing it from 5 children to 30. She also
developed praise dancing as the main attraction for
young people and has taken her group to perform for the
General Convention as well as the Union of Black
Episcopalians. She is the leader for the annual weekly
summer bible school at St. Simon and is familiar with
the Hip Hop Mass.
We look forward to her joining the Grace community,
along with her two daughters, aged 14 and 9.
|Grace Pews for Sale |
We have some extra pews that we feel sure will never
be needed. We want to give first choice to anyone who
has been associated with Grace Church. The Pews will
sell for $100 to $150 each, depending upon condition.
The purchaser will be responsible for moving the pews.
If interested, or if you know someone who may be
interested, please contact the office (513-541-2415, firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Grace to Host High School Youth
Program in February |
Exodus 4, the Grace of Healing, is coming to Grace
the weekend of February 16 to 18. The Exodus movement is
for high school students. It's focused more on
empowerment and education than emotional highs and lack
Run by a group of high school students who are paired
with an adult mentor, Exodus focuses on how to maintain
faith in a faithless world. Scripture lessons from
Jesus' teaching to his Disciples on the Mount will be
paired with student issues to translate Jesus' teaching
into contemporary language. During discussions and
traditional and contemporary Christian activities, ideas
are formulated and voiced.
The event culminates in transforming ideas into
action--for instance, an evening of dinner, worship, and
fellowship that is designed and implemented by the
Exodus participants for the host congregation's
community. The cost is $30
|Help Needed With Exodus 4 Meals
The Exodus program of the youth of the diocese will
be held at Grace the weekend of February 16-18. We will
need volunteers to assist with 3 meals (breakfast,
lunch, dinner) on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
There will be approximately 60 youth in attendance.
If you will be able to help, please let Jim Edgy know
|Help Arrange Flowers |
Enjoy God's creation this year by helping arrange the
altar flowers. No experience is necessary. You will
learn by doing.
Four people have already signed up. If you are
interested, please contact Carol Lyon (513-542-2941, email@example.com).
|Study Shows Why Congregations Grow
Accoding to the Episcopal News Service, a plan to
recruit and incorporate newcomers, clarity of mission
and ministry, contemporary worship, involvement of
children in worship, geographic location, a website and
the absence of conflict are key factors in why some
congregations in America are growing.
The latest national survey of U.S. faith communities,
sponsored by the Cooperative Congregational Studies
Partnership (CCSP), found that wanting to grow is not
enough. Congregations that grow must plan for growth.
"Congregations that developed a plan to recruit members
in the last year were much more likely to grow than
congregations that had not," according to C. Kirk
Hadaway, Director of Research at the Episcopal Church
Center in New York.
|A Note from a Former Parishioner
Shirley Allen, former parishioner now living in New
Mexico writes, "I am so impressed by the ways that the
Place of Grace, which I love so dearly, keeps on keepin'
on. The people there, whom I found to be such dedicated
Christians, are still doing God's work, and making a
difference in so many lives, including mine, by their
It surely is nice to hear from Shirley!
|About Grace's Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry was started at Grace by the
Episcopal Church Women about three years ago. As it
happens, We learned about prayer shawls from Louise
Bower, our interim vicar's wife.
The shawl ministry gives a shawl to anyone in need of
prayer, for comfort, healing, grief or on a happy
occasion like the birth of a baby. We have about five
knitters in our group and to date our group has knit 50
When hurricane Katrina hit I saw that Tom Raper RV
was sending RV's south. I contacted them about putting a
prayer shawl in each RV. Then I sent an urgent SOS to
all parish nurses to get enough shawls to send; we had
just five days to do it. We were able to get 37 shawls
for the 45 RV's that went to new Orleans.
Prayer shawls are always given, never bought.
Donations are accepted toward buying yarn.
We have not limited our shawls to just Grace
parishioners. I know of several that have been sent to
Texas, Iraq, New Orleans and Mississippi.
Article contributed by Florence Poyer.