|New Services Mark Start of New
Season at Grace |
New or renewed services marked the start of a
celebrative Easter season at Grace as well as a new
stage in Grace Church's history. In addition to the
traditional Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday services
Grace hosted a re-instituted College
Hill Community Good Friday Service and a full-blown
Vigil with three other Episcopal congregations.
|College Hill Community Good Friday
On Good Friday, Grace hosted the College Hill
Community Good Friday Service from noon to 3:00 pm. The
service was sponsored by the College Hill Ministerium,
and was organized by the Rev. Ray Betts, former Grace
Structured around the seven last words of Christ, it
re instituted a long-time College Hill tradition after a
15+ year hiatus, and featured preaching by seven local
|Four Congregations Celebrate the
Great Vigil of Easter at Grace |
On Easter Eve, the first "full blown" Easter Vigil in
memory was celebrated at Grace by four neighboring
With the help of clergy and laity from St. James, St.
Phillips St. Stephens and Grace, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin
Omosebi baptized, confirmed and received members into
the Church. The combined choirs of St. James and Grace
led the congregation in singing the great Easter hymns
and contributed two exuberant anthems.
The Great Vigil of Easter presents a great drama of
our salvation, starting in darkness and proceeding into
light. It includes readings and prayers reminding us of
God's saving acts as recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures
and the Christian Testament and culminates in the first
Eucharist of Easter.
|Come Work the Grounds Saturday
A work day for our grounds will be held this
Saturday, April 14. starting at 9:00 am. (Rain date is
Saturday April 21) Work will include raking, spreading
mulch, planting, cleaning winter debris, and other
Please bring any tools you have and mark them with
your identity before coming. Lunch will be provided. If
you can, eMail email@example.com
so we know how many to prepare for.
|Get Your Tickets to the Bishop's
Grace Church Will be given 15 tickets to the service
of consecration of Bishop-elect Breidenthal on April 28
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First come, first served.
|Pictures to be Taken for Members
We are putting together a new directory of members
and friends--with photos!. Beginning the Sunday after
Easter, we will schedule up to 10 photos per Sunday
until all pictures are taken.
|Mission Council Actions
The minutes of March 21 Mission Council meeting are
posted on the bulletin board by the upper Belmont door.
The following action items were approved:
- Creating a business plan for renting the 1957 wing
so that an application can be sent to the Diocese.
- Placing flags above the front door to advertise
the diversity and welcoming nature of our
- Expanding the coffee hours to include both the 1st
and 3rd Sundays in the month.
|Newcomer's Class Meets
Newcomer’s classes now meet the third Sunday of each
month after the 10:00 am service. All are welcome,
including current members who may want to refresh their
knowledge of the church or learn more about what is
happening at Grace.
|Sign Up to Host Coffee Hours
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
May 6, Jim and Bruce Beisner
May 20 is available.
June 3, Bob and Florence Poyer
June 17 is available.
Sign up on the bulletin board by the upper Belmont
Door or email email@example.com.
|Millennium Development Goals
Millennium Development Goals have been endorsed and
adopted by the Episcopal Church at two successive
General Conventions (2003 and 2006).
can work toward the fulfillment of these goals by being
proactive wherever possible in their implementation and
by giving 0.7% of our income annually to assist in the
areas of our interest.
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women.
- Reduce child mortality.
- Improve maternal health.
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
- Ensure environmental stability.
- A global partnership for development.
At Baptism, and whenever
we renew our Baptismal vows, we promise to "strive for
justice and peace." Sharing this witness with the
leaders of our governments and communities is one way in
which Christians can live out out the vocation that
Isaiah and Jesus commended to us (" ...proclaim good
news to the poor ... proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed
go free, and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor").