eGraceNotes from Grace Episcopal Church

News for and about Grace Episcopal Church May 8, 2007
In This Issue ...
Coffee on the Garth a Treat
Another Grounds Work Day
Nancy Bauer Dies
Bishop Breidenthal to be Installed
Bishop Breidenthal to Preach
Grace Artwork on Display at Cathedral
Photo Directory Progresses
Two Flower Beds Adopted.
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
GLBT Leader from Nigeria to speak
New IRS Regulations Re Non-Cash Gifts
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 Coffee on the Garth--What a Treat!
Coffee on the Garth
On Sunday, we enjoyed coffee hour outside on the Garth, thanks to Jim and Bruce Beisner. They not only provided the food and drinks, they completely redecorated the space with flowers, plants, banners and even a water feature!

In the picture, Jim Dietz congratulates Bruce and Jim on their good work. 

To see more pictures of Grace members and friends engaging in animated conversation on the Garth, click
Another Grounds Work Day Coming Up
Work Day 2007Grace members and friends will again gather Saturday morning, May 12, from 9:00 am to noon, to continue to spruce up the grounds around Grace.

Lunch will be provided, but do let us know you are coming by calling 513-541-2415 or emailing

To see pictures of previous grounds work days, click
here and here.
Nancy Bauer Nancy Bauer Dies

Long-time Grace member Nancy Brown Bauer died late last month at age 100. Although she was well known in the city and community for her work in dance, your editor knew her as a member of the Grace Church Bridge group, where she played a very sharp game of bridge for many years.

See the Enquirer obituary here.

Christ Church Cathedral Bishop Breidenthal to be Installed Saturday at Christ Church Cathedral

The service to install our new bishop Thomas Breidenthal at Christ Church Cathedral is Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 pm. Everyone attending the installation service is invited to wear red, "the festival color." No tickets are required.

If you would like a ride, contact Ken Lyon, (, 513-542-2941).

See more information on the Cathedral web site here.

Bishop Breidenthal Bishop Breidenthal to Preach on Ascension Day

The Cincinnati West Deanery will host a joint celebration of the Feast of the Ascension at Ascension and Holy Trinity Church, Wyoming, beginning at 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 17.  The celebrant and preacher will be our new Bishop, the Rt Rev Thomas Breidenthal.

Each congregation is asked to bring something for the refreshment table.  If you plan to attend and can take something, please let Jim Edgy know at

See the Ascension and Holy Trinity web site, which includes directions, here.

Christus Rex Grace Artwork on Display at Cathedral

As part of the bishop's installation at Christ Church Cathedral, select churches of the Diocese will display artwork that characterizes their congregation. 

Grace's contribution will be a series of works by former rector Ray Betts depicting the Christus Rex in our Peace Chapel. The art will be on display at the installation and through June 15.
Elizabeth Kelly Photo Directory Progresses

We are making good progress towards publishing our new Grace photo directory of members and friends, but we still don't have everyone's pictures and survey sheets. Ken Lyon and Greta Kappes are working very hard to make this a useful directory.  Please have Ken take your picture and fill out and return a survey to Greta.

The directory not just for our members.  It is for the larger Grace Church family.  If you attend or participate in any way, we want you to be in the directory.

To see the pictures we've taken so far, click here. If you'd like to have your picture retaken, we'll be happy to take more after the next few 10:00 am service. As you can probably notice, this is a learning process for your photographer. 

Wanda Miller Gardening Two Flower Beds Adopted

Did you happen to see Wanda Miller gardening at Grace last Saturday? She has adopted the bed along the walk from the parking lot to the lower Belmont Entrance. 

You may see Jim Edgy out there as well.  He has adopted and created a new bed
to grow flowers to be used on the altar on the Hamilton Avenue side of the playground.
Conversation over food.Coffee Hour Hosts Needed

The coffee hour following the 10:00 am service provides an important way for newcomers to meet the people of Grace, as well as for current members and friends to keep in touch.  This spring and summer, we will have coffee hour on first and third Sundays. In the fall, we will have coffee hour every Sunday.

We would like people to sign up to host our coffee.  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. You don't have to do it all; you can get some friends to help out. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board by the upper Belmont Door, or simply email

The current schedule is as follows:

  • May 6, Jim and Bruce Beisner
  • May 20, Jim and Bruce Beisner
  • June 3, Bob and Florence Poyer
  • June 17, Nancy Hargrave and Kelly Lain
  • July 1, Needed
  • July15, Needed
Davis Mac-Iyalla GLBT Leader from Nigeria to speak in Columbus

GLBT Leader of Changing Attitude-Nigeria, Davis Mac-Iyalla, will speak at St. Stephen's, Columbus on May 21 at 7:00 pm.

The Anglican Church of Nigeria has pressured the Nigerian government to pass the most sweeping anti-gay bill in the world, aimed at silencing Mac-Iyalla, director of Changing Attitude-Nigeria, a support group for Gay and Lesbian Anglicans.

Mac-Iyalla has been falsely arrested, beaten and held for days. He's received death threats and been forced to flee his home.

In June, as part of his US tour, Mac-Iyalla will also address the Episcopal Church's Executive Council on the situation in the Church of Nigeria, and will appear in New York, Chicago, four cities in Ohio and the San Francisco Bay Area.

For more information about the event at St. Stephen's, contact the church at 614-294-3749.
IRS Logo New IRS Regulations Re Non-Cash Gifts
The IRS has issued a new regulation concerning non-cash gifts.  If you purchase something and give it to Grace Church, you must have an acknowledgement from Grace Church naming the item and the amount you paid for the item.  Otherwise, you will not be able to deduct it from your taxes.  So if you purchase something, please bring the receipt to the office. We will make a copy of it and enter it into your giving record so that you will be safe when the tax man calls.
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