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|Grace Packed for 10 am Service in
A 10:00 am service at Grace was packed full of
hands-in-the-air worshipers in February when Grace
Church hosted the Diocese of Southern Ohio's Exodus
Weekend the weekend of the 17th.
Over 80 high school age youth from around the Diocese
spent Friday and Saturday night in the church. Grace
volunteers prepared and served breakfast on Saturday and
Sunday morning and parents of the participating youth
cooked a spaghetti dinner for the youth and members of
the Grace congregation Saturday night.
Run by a group of high school students with an adult
mentor, Exodus focused on the students' personal
relationship with Christ, and dealt with how to maintain
faith in a faithless world. Through a series of
discussions accompanied by traditional and contemporary
Christian activities, ideas were formulated and voiced.
In addition to their more spiritual activities,
participants started the process of renovating a room
for the Grace congregation to use for coffee hours and
other social activities.
The weekend culminated in an enthusiastic service on
Sunday morning. One hundred and fifty people packed into
Grace for a service put on by the youth with Grace Vicar
Rev. John Bower serving as celebrant. Highlights
included a short but concise sermon by Exodus youth
leader Zack Cornelisson and a closing musical number
that brought an "old time revival" feeling to the
hallowed sanctuary and nave of Grace Church.
Article contributed by Allen Reed.
|New Worship Services at Grace for
This year's plans for Easter include two services
that have not occurred at Grace for quite some time.
The Rev. Ray Betts is convening a group of at least
seven churches from the College Hill Ministerium to
reinstitute the Good Friday Community Service. If
past services are any indication, these services will be
well attended by members of the community and will
present a wonderful variety of worship experience.
The Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated
on Easter Eve at 7:00 pm. This is a service that some
consider to be the peak liturgical experience of the
Christian year. At least four Episcopal churches will
combine to create this event: Grace, St.
James and St. Phillips. Bishop Benjamin Omosebi will
Holy Week services are scheduled as follows:
- April 1: Palm Sunday 10:00 am, Liturgy of the
Palms, Passion narrative and Holy Eucharist.
- April 5: Maundy Thursday 7:00 pm, Holy Eucharist
with foot washing and stripping of the altar.
- April 6 Good Friday, 12:00 Noon to at least 2:00
pm, Community Service with local churches.
- April 7: Easter Even, 7:00 pm, Easter Vigil with
lighting of the new fire, baptisms, confirmations and
first Eucharist of Easter with neighboring Episcopal
- April 8: Easter Day, 10:00 am, Festive Holy
|You Can Help Our Sign Tell Our
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for the outside sign board.
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|Bishop and Laity to Gather
On Saturday, March 31, Bishop-elect Breidenthal will
host a day long conference of lay leaders at Procter
Camp and Conference Center from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The
cost is only $10 per person.
This conference is based in the Bishop-elect’s belief
in "the priesthood of all believers . . . that we are
all called to represent Christ to the world." He
stresses that this is for all people, even those who do
not identify themselves as a "lay leader." If you want
to go, sign the sheet on the bulletin board near the
upper Belmont entrance and either put a check marked
"lay conference" in the collection plate or give your
money to Jim Edgy.
In the morning, Dr. Breidenthal will offer a
presentation on "The Authority of Individual Believers,"
and Bishop Price will report about the House of Bishops
meeting and offer reflections on the actions of the
Primates meeting in Tanzania. Several workshops will be
offered in the afternoon.
|See Scenes from the 2007 Annual
Your editor has posted a selection of pictures from
the 2007 Annual Meeting. See yourself and/or your fellow
|Sign up to Attend Bishop's
Grace will have 15 tickets to the service of
consecration of Bishop-elect Breidenthal on April 28 at
the Mershon Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State
University in Columbus. If you wish to attend, please
sign up on the sheet by the upper Belmont door, or email
First come, first served.
|Pictures to be Taken for a Members
We would like to put together a members directory
with photos. Beginning the Sunday after Easter, we will
schedule up to 10 photos per Sunday until all pictures
are taken. Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin
board by the upper Belmont entrance.
|Altar Flower Sponsors Needed
Our volunteers are doing a great job under the
direction of Carol Lyon but we must still pay for the
flowers. If you wish to memorialize or honor a person or
event sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board by the
upper Belmont Door.
|Responses to the Primates Meeting
in Dar es Salaam |
You've certainly heard all kinds of things about the
meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion in Dar
es Salaam. Here are some sources of perhaps better
- Bishop-elect Tom Breidenthal has written a
response to the meeting of the Primates of the
Anglican Communion in Dar es Salaam. . Click here
to download the letter.
- The responses of our new Presiding Bishop of the
Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts
Schori, can be found here.
- Finally, you can read the actual communiqué coming
out of the Primate's meeting, and learn what this
meeting is all about here.
|Sign Up to Host Coffee Hours
Greeting one another and newcomers after service over
coffee is one important way to build community. We would
like for people to sign up to host our coffee hours on
the first Sunday in each month. Responsibilities include
making coffee, arranging for some things to eat and
beverages for non-coffee drinkers, welcoming people at
the coffee hour, and clean up following. There is a sign
up sheet on the bulletin board by the upper Belmont
Door. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
with some dates you'd be available to take
responsibility for and we'll get back to you.
|Tract Racks Back! |
A fresh supply of printed tracts have been placed in
the racks in the rear of the church and inside the upper
Belmont door. Please check them out for short readings
to inform you and to share with others.
|College Hill Summit to Focus on
Building Relationships |
Mary McLain, Grace's representative at the monthly
College Hill Summit meeting reports: "The Summit is an
organization of College Hill leaders. Each year we focus
on one or two things we think are important to our
community. Last year we looked at what we could do to
foster a healthy business district and youth and young
adults. Many good things came of that.
"This year, the Summit will focus on:
We are talking about what success in this area
looks like and what can be do to help it happen."
- Breaking down barriers between residents: racial,
- Building relationships and celebrating diversity.
What do you think Grace Church could do to contribute
to this focus? Give Mary McLain your ideas
|Enquirer's Class Meets After
An Enquirer’s Class meets each Sunday after the 10:00
am service. All are welcome, even life long
Episcopalians who may want to refresh their knowledge of
|Bring Food Pantry Items to Church
You can share your bounty by bringing non-perishable
food items to church each Sunday. These will be passed
on to Christ's Community in College Hill and Churches
Active in Northside for use in their food pantries.
Place items on the pew against back wall.