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Our Vicar Move
Ernestein will be moving into
her new home on Friday, July 20.
If there are any able bodied people who can help
unload the truck that afternoon, probably about 4:00 or 4:30
pm, call the office at 541-2415.
If there are any people who would like to
help her unpack, wash dishes, and do all the other things
necessary in getting a house to rights on Sunday afternoon,
July 22, please call the
Normal office hours for the
9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Visitations between 10:00 am and noon and 2:00 pm and 4:00
9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- Day off.
let the office know if you wish a visit or know someone who
may be scheduled at other times if
Work Day is set for Thursday, July 26
On Thursday, July 26, from 9 am to noon,
we will again have approximately 20 men who are
doing community service work at Grace. They can be a great
deal of help if supervised. All we need is four
more people to supervise them. Contact Jim Edgy
(513-541-2415, email@example.com) if you can help.
We also need volunteers to assist with providing
lunch. Last time,
the guys said it was the best lunch they had had in a long
time. Looks like
providing a good lunch makes them want to
The Sunday volunteer schedule through the end
of August is now on line, posted here.
for Ministry Informational Meetings Coming Soon
Church's two Education for Ministry groups will start up again
in September. This year, they will meet meet at the
church on Monday evenings and Friday mornings under the
leadership of mentor Hawley Todd.
for Ministry (EfM) provides a safe place for lay people to
refine their faith, articulate their faith and live their
faith through a structured group learning experience. EfM is
an extension course from the School of Theology of the
University of the South at Sewanee and is sponsored by the
Diocese of Southern Ohio.
invited to learn more about the Education for Ministry (EfM)
program by attending one of two introductory meetings.
Hawley and some current & former EfMers in one of two
information meetings at Grace Church on Sunday July 29 or
Sunday August 5 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. (If you plan to come
to one of the meetings, do let Hawley know.)
find out more about EfM, talk to EfM students Mary McLain,
Grace Staples, Jim Edgy, Carol Lyon or former mentor
Ken Lyon, or pick up a brochure from the table in the rear of
the church, or click here or call mentor
Hawley Todd at (513) 831-4365.
EfM does better than any other theological education program
is to equip people to integrate their faith with their real
life experiences in ways that make sense and bring meaning to
their lives. EfM graduates attest to being able to live more
full and abundant lives. Many discover (or rediscover) their
ministries in their daily life and work. Some find themselves
called to use their talents in new ways. In all cases, those
who complete the program have new confidence in their ability
to live their lives as theologically articulate
|Grace Plans Major Renovation
Church has applied to the Diocese for a loan to do some
major renovations. We should hear one way or the
other about the application by the end of August. If approved, here is a
summary of what is planned.
We will turn the 1957 wing into a commercial building,
renting the 1st floor as offices and operating a
Conference/Banquet Center on the 2nd floor, utilizing the
Great Hall. In
order to do that, the following must be done:
Replace the current boiler with efficient heating and
add air conditioning to both the 1st and 2nd
Replace all windows with energy efficient
Remodel the rest rooms; repair and update all
Update all electrical services.
Paint and redecorate as appropriate for the
Restore the original Grace Church building for the
church's use. To
do this, the following improvements are planned.
In the Sanctuary
Repair all leaks in roof.
Repair and paint all walls.
Add additional lighting.
To the Parish Building
Complete room under choir room as Parish
Add small kitchen to Parish Hall.
Add Handicapped assessable rest room.
Repaint and redecorate other spaces.
To the Exterior of the building.
Repaint all trim
Continue with landscaping project.
Add exterior lighting for both decorative and security
Add handicapped ramps to both the Sanctuary and the
Create a Memorial Garden for those who would like to
have their ashes spread at Grace Church.
the loan is approved, the work is expected to begin in
September and be completed by the end of the year. Please keep this
project that is so important to the revitalization of Grace
Church in your prayers.
you have questions, ask any Mission Council member (see here for a
Wanda Miller sent us some nice pictures of this year's
Vacation Bible School.
for spending two days at the church supervising the hanging of
the banners and the repair of the roof. We still have more
roof work to do but hope that this will solve our leaking
problem. If you
didn't notice the banners on the front of the church, go take
for the continued excellent work he does in producing eGraceNotes. Ken also keep the
computers in working order as well as a myriad of others
tasks around the church, saving us much money.
for assistance in the office each week in folding and
stapling the bulletins.
Staples, Wanda Miller, Mary McLain, Molly Russell, Phillis
Dietz and Jackie Lewis, for
the reception to welcome Ernestein.
and Florence Poyer and Jim and Bruce Beisnerfor
the reception saying thank you to Fr.
& Prayer March in College Hill
A Praise and Prayer March for the well being
of College Hill is being held each Monday night, beginning at
6:00 pm. The
march is led by the Rev. Todd O'Neal, pastor of the House of
Joy. Participants walk
up and down Hamilton Avenue. If you wish to
participate, please meet in front of the House of Joy at 6:00
"Questions on the Porch" continues on
Sunday nights from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm through August 12. Join
Ken and Carol Lyon and other Grace members and friends on
Sunday evenings on their porch (or inside in the air
conditioning if it is too hot). They are one block east
of Grace at 1414 Hillcrest. This is a chance to ask questions
and share your experiences.
Sheila Jenkins-Morgan, coordinator for
Christian Formation (Education), has
Parish Health Ministry presents Our Journey of
This August, Episcopal
Retirement Homes' Parish Health Ministry will be sponsoring Our Journey of
Hope, a program designed to help parishioners learn
how to minister to cancer patients and their families.
Journey of Hope's
lay ministry training program is designed with the help of
patients, leading cancer experts and spiritual advisors. The
training is for anyone who wants to reach out to cancer
patients and their families.
Cincinnati, training will be from 9 a. to 5 pm Saturday, Aug.
25 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park.
training covers the following topics:
your seat at the training for just $20 per person. For more
information or to register, call 800-835-5768, ext.
Journey of Hope mission and vision
research showing the impact of spirituality on
- what it is and isn't
Treatment Centers of America's whole-person philosophy of
needs of cancer patients
to say, what not to say
and the cancer patient
anger and control issues
of cancer survivor
and don'ts of hospital visitation
care tips - meals, housecleaning, cards, hats, helping with
children, gifts of recreation or time away, fundraising,
Few Thoughts About Moses
Florence Poyer in behalf of the Health & Wellness
and the people were in the desert, but what was he going to do
They had to be fed, and feeding
two or three million people requires a lot of food. According
to the Quartermaster General in the Army, Moses would have to
have had 1500 tons of food each day. Do you know that to bring
that much food each day, two mile-long freight trains would be
required! Besides you must remember, they were out in the
desert, so they would have to have firewood to use in cooking
the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and a few more
freight trains, just for one day. And just think, they were
forty years in transit.
And Oh yes! They would have to
have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few
dishes, it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day and a
freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring
And then another thing! They
had to get across the Red Sea at night. Now, if they went on a
narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and
would require 35 days and nights to get through. So there had
to be a space in the Red Sea 3 miles wide so that they could
walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.
But then, there is another
problem: each time they camped at the end of the day, a
campground two-thirds the size of the state of Rhode Island
was required, or a total of 750 square miles long. Think of
it! This much space for camping.
Do you think Moses figured all
this out before he left Egypt? I think not!
You see, Moses believed in God.
God took care of these things for him.
Now do you think God has any
problem taking care of all your needs? I asked the Lord to
bless you As I prayed for you today. To guide you and protect
you as you go along your way. His love is always with you, His
promises are true, And when we give Him all our cares, You
know He will see us through. Our God is an Awesome God!!
So when the road you're
traveling on seems difficult at best, just remember I'm
praying and God will do the rest.