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|Buildings & Grounds Work Day:
One Done, Another Scheduled |
Last Saturday, an energetic group of volunteers
turned out on a sunny spring day to further improve the
looks of the grounds surrounding our beautiful church.
You can see pictures here.
If you missed your chance last week, you have another
chance to participate. On Saturday, May 12, folks will
again gather to improve the face Grace presents to the
world, starting at 9:00 am. As before, lunch will be
|Grace Attendance Shows Encouraging
Upward Trend |
Fr. Bower reports an encouraging upward trend in Holy
Week attendance figures at Grace.
Palm Sunday attendance rose from 40 in 2006 to 52 in
2007. Maundy Thursday attendance held even. Good Friday
went from 53 for an evening service to 70 for the
Service. The new Easter
Vigil drew 63 people and people came for more on
Easter Sunday, with attendance at that service rising
from 53 to 80. After all that, we even saw increased
"low Sunday" numbers the first Sunday after Easter, with
attendance rising from 31 to 50.
|Names of Those Baptized, Confirmed
& Received at Easter Vigil |
These people entered a new stage in their life in
Christ on Easter Eve:
- Baptized: Kelly Lain, Georgia and Savannah
- Confirmed: Kelley Lain, Nancy Hargraves, Allen
Reed, Steve Reynolds.
- Received: Jim Beisner and Patricia Wanner.
|Diocese Welcomes Bishop Breidenthal
The Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal will be consecrated
the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Southern Ohio in a
ceremony at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, on
Saturday, April 28. The consecration service will be
streamed live via the Internet. The webcast will begin
at 10:30 am and continue through the service. Look for
the link and for more information here.
On Saturday, May 12, Bishop Breidenthal will be
installed at Christ Church Cathedral downtown. In
addition to the installation, the Cathedral is planning
some special events for the weekend of the installation.
For the schedule, click here.
The Cathedral will also be exhibiting works of art
from throughout the diocese. Each congregation is
welcome to submit a work of art of any medium. The
exhibit will be on display through June 15. For more
information, contact Canon Anne Wrider.
No one initially nominated Thomas Breidenthal as
bishop of Southern Ohio. In fact, what first captured
the attention of the Nominating Committee was that his
profile on the clergy database matched the strengths and
needs of Southern Ohio's bishop search profile. He told
a clergy gathering earlier this year that he was
intrigued by the questions the Nominating Committee
asked in its first letter. As he set to answering them,
he began a journey of discernment that led to his
election in November as the IX Bishop of Southern Ohio.
A teacher, scholar, author and priest, Bishop-elect
Breidenthal brings a passion for collaborative ministry.
He has scheduled listening sessions in each deanery of
the diocese to hear what is working and what is not. He
established an ad hoc committee to review and consider
with him the policies and priorities of the diocese. He
has met with several diocesan leaders and interest
groups as a way to learn about Southern Ohio and to
develop patterns of working together to answer the
question: "What is God calling us to do in this time and
Before the consecration, the Bishop-elect will spend
two days in retreat in New Jersey as a way to prepare
himself spiritually for his servant ministry as Bishop
in Southern Ohio. He asks each of us to hold up the
Diocese of Southern Ohio in prayer and to remember that
the consecration service is not only a time of joy and
celebration but also an opportunity for everyone to
recommit to preaching and serving Christ in Southern
Ohio and beyond.
|Diocesan Council Reduces Grace's
From a letter from The Rev. Thomas Van Brunt:
"I am pleased to tell you that the Diocesan Council
approved your request for a reduction in the Mission
Share for 2007 for Grace Church. Your Mission Share for
2007 has been reduced from $29,204 to $6,400.
"Those of us who met with you on 22 February were
highly impressed with your presentation. There is
clearly a new wind blowing through Grace Church. The
Diocesan Council wants to encourage the members of Grace
in the new work you are doing and encourage you to make
this holy facility functional again."
"We pray that Grace Church may again be a healthy
mission outpost of the Diocese."
|Picture Taking Continues
For the past two Sundays, we have been taking
pictures after the 10:00 am service for a new
congregational directory of members and friends. We will
continue to take pictures for the next several Sundays.
Come and be pictured!
You can see the proofs of the pictures we've taken to
If you don't like your picture, we'll be happy to take
more until we get one you like. This is a learning
process for all of us.
|You Can Enhance Worship With
The flowers on the altar not only enhance our worship
experience, they are a gift to and from the glory of
God. If you would like to be a part of this joyful
ministry, you can. Here's how:
Be part of the flower guild that creates the
arrangements each week. No experience is necessary. It
is hand-on learning. You will find it easy and
rewarding. Currently, there are five members, Susan
Dewbrey, Carol Lyon, Wanda Miller, Molly Russell and
Patrica Wanner. We could use at least three more. If you
are interested, talk to Carol Lyon at church or call or
email her (513-542-2941, email@example.com).
|Food Pantry Items Needed
Please share your bounty by bringing non-perishable
food items to church each Sunday. These will be passed
on to the food pantries in College Hill (Christ
Community) and Northside (CAIN). Place items on pew
against back wall.
|Adopt a Flower Bed |
We are looking for individuals who wish to adopt
various flower beds around the church.
This will entail purchasing the annuals that are to
be planted in according with the planning scheme
developed for the church grounds, planting them
(assistance with this can be had if you wish), watering
and dead heading them throughout the summer.
you wish to add perennials, fall, or spring flowers, you
are welcome to volunteer for this as well..
We are also in the process of developing a cutting
bed to provide flowers for the Altars during the summer.
Assistance here would also be appreciated.
are interested, please see Molly Russell or Jim Edgy.