and about Grace Episcopal Church
|Get Your Pressure Checked|
Health & Wellness Ministry will be doing blood pressure
screening August 19 following the 10:00 am
|Fire Up for Christian
You are invited to a one-day Workshop on Christian
Education (aka Christian Formation) sponsored by the
Diocese on August 25. Bishop Breidenthal will be the
We want to make sure that our web site provides accurate
information to the world. This month, please check our
Contact Us (aka The People
of Grace) page
and let us know what additions or
corrections that we should make.
Click the "Email the
webmaster" link at the bottom of any page to report
corrections or additions.
|Large Print Bulletins ...|
... are now
available. Just ask an usher for
|Office Manager Takes a Break
Jim Edgy is on vacation from August 11 through 22.
Thanks to Grace Staples, Susan Dewbrey, and Greta Kappes for
covering the phones while Jim Edgy is away.
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|Flags Welcome All People
The new Flags
over our front door spell "welcome" to all people. The
flags represent the United States, Uganda, the Episcopal
Church, the Rainbow Banner and African-Americans. We
plan to obtain a Liberian flag as well as other appropriate
flags so that they can be rotated to reflect the composition
of our congregation.
According to flag protocol,
when flags are displayed in a straight line as these are, the
American flag is always to the left, followed by other
national flags, and then by organizational flags.
Therefore, Grace Church is displaying these flags according to
the rules established for a respectful display.
|Health & Wellness Ministry Comes to Life
The Health and Wellness Ministry has reformed with
some new faces that bring new commitment to our Ministry at
Grace Church. The Health and Wellness members are:
Florence Poyer, Lead; Susan Dewbrey, Anne Henneberg, Laura
Hall, Kelly Lane, Greta Kappes and Walter Handy.
Health and Wellness Ministry will resume taking blood
pressures on a monthly basis. We are looking into doing
diabetic screening. There will be a monthly health theme
with tidbits in the bulletin. We are also looking into
exercise for Seniors and a health fair.
anyone in the congegation wants information on services
available to seniors or about diseases or needs help in any
way, please call one of the members or the Church office.
|Health & Wellness Message of the Month:
Disease prevention is the key to public health.
We are constantly concerned about our own health and the
health and safety of our children. We try to take
prudent steps to protect ourselves and our families. For
instance, we use seatbelts for ourselves and our children when
traveling in motor vehicles.
vaccines also prevent us from developing illnesses caused by
infectious and potentially deadly diseases by helping prepare
our bodies to fight these diseases.
kindergarten and elementary school children's health records
are often checked to assure that incoming children have
received the proper childhood immunizations (e.g., diphtheria,
Pertussis and Chick pox). Children with incomplete
immunizations may be excluded from attending school until
their immunizations are up to date.
Similarly, each fall, senior citizens are encouraged
to obtain flu vaccinations. Again, each of these
vaccines helps to prepare our bodies to fight these diseases.
Vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and
protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated
individuals. It is always better to do whatever possible
to prevent a disease than to have to treat it.
you have concerns or want additional information about the
material presented above, please contact your local health
care provider or public health department. You may also
choose to contact anyone on the Health and Wellness Ministry
| Opportunities to Contribute
- Teachers for our Sunday School beginning in
September. Please see the Vicar, Hawley Todd, or Molly
Russell for more information.
- Volunteers for planning our Emergent Service for young
adults. Please see, call, or e-mail the Vicar.
- Tutors for Pleasant Hill Academy. Even if
you only have one half hour per week when you could be
available, the children and staff need you. See Judy
|"Our Family is Growing" Poster in Lower Hall
Have you seen the neat "Our
Family is Growing" poster on the bulletin board just inside
the lower Belmont door?
It was created by Jackie Lewis
and features pictures of many of our members.
|Parolees Come to Grace|
On July 26,
Parole Officer Nancy Rhinnock brought several parolees to
Grace to help beautify our grounds. New Vicar Ernestein
Flemister was on hand to pitch in. If you haven't seen
what they have done, walk around after church and take a
The parolees were joined by Phyllis
Schoenberger of the College Hill Forum Quality of Life Team,
by other parole officers who are interested in getting their
charges involved in this kind of program, and by Grace
members Ernestein Flemister, Carol Lyon and Bob Jones,
who supervised the Parolees' work.
A special thank you
goes to Terry Lindsey who has given us 50 hours of hard work
in the past two weeks.
Also, thanks to Mary McLain who
provided lunch and to Susan Dewbrey, Judy Handy and
Florence Poyer who helped serve it.
And thanks to Jim
Edgy for donating 12 ever-blooming hydrangeas for our
We still need to fill a few spots with
some larger plants. If you have an oak leaf hydrangea,
some of the smaller viburnam, or other such plants, please let
See more pictures here.
|Another Grounds Work Day Coming August 23
On August 23 from 9:00 am to Noon, we will again have
parolees who are getting in their public service hours.
Anyone who can volunteer to supervise a group, please let us
Also, we will prepare lunch for
them. If you would be willing to help Jim Edgy prepare
the meal on Wednesday Aug 22, please let us know. We
will set a time that is convenient to those who will help.
|Choir Rehearsal Begins Sunday August 25 at 9:00 am
had several new people express an interest in joining our
choir for this year, including our Vicar, so there is a chance
that we can have a choir rather than a trio, quartet, or
sextet. This is a very exciting prospect!
you are at all interested, please plan to be here that Sunday.
We will begin rehearsing and will discuss potential rehearsal
times and other organizational details.
bonus, all choir member and potential choir member will be
invited to former restauranteur Jim Edgy's home for dinner in
Please prayerfully consider
joining the choir and making this a part of your ministry for
the new school year. If you have questions, please see
|New Healing Service Planned
Grace Church is
initiating a new healing service beginning Wednesday,
September 12 at 6.30 pm. This will be a unique service
in that it will employ non-traditional healing methods along
with our traditional laying on of hands.
service is based on the concept of
- release of tension through African drumming,
- restoration of peace through quietness and solitude, and
- prayer for continued health through the laying on of
The tradition of African drumming
believes that with a constant repletion of rhythm over a
period of time (in our case 30 minutes) the mind and body will
relax and release its tension. This will be followed by
a period of silence, followed by the traditional healing
We feel that this will be an exciting
combination that will provide a meaningful, prayerful, and
effective healing service for our church and community.
Please tell anyone whom you feel will be
Grace is seeking a part time
employee for Communications/Outreach.
traditional communication responsibilities such as press
releases, liaison with print and media sources, and with other
traditional and non-traditional sources to get the word out
about Grace Church and its mission, programs, and
Outreach entails working with
organizations in the College Hill area to spread the word
about the mission, programs, and activities of Grace Church,
College Hill; finding creative ways of advertising the
non-traditional services (such as the Hip Hop Mass, Drumming
Healing Service, and other Emergent Services) in the
community; and looking for ways to encourage children to
attend Sunday school, the traditional worship service and
other activities at the parish.
See the job description
know anyone who might be interested, please have them contact
|Yoga and Body Recall Classes Start in September at
Laura Hall, a member of our Health and Wellness
committee, will be leading Yoga and Body Recall classes
begining in September. The going rate for such classes
is $11 per session, however, for all active with Grace
Church, the charge will be only $8. If interested,
please see Laura Hall or the Vicar.
Here is what
Beginning gentle Hatha
Yoga classes appropriate for everyone 10 years and
older. We will be practing pranayama (breath control),
asana (movements) and mudra (gestures). Please wear
comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat if you have one. A
few yoga mats will be available for purchase in
Body recall is a
different approach to movement and exercise. It is a
safe and gentle movement class designed by Dorothy Chrisman of
Berea College in Kentucky. It was originally developed to
assist the "living longer" population to regain or call back
the vitality and flexibility of the body. However, it is
appropriate for all ages. You will not be tired, sweaty or
exhausted from the classes. It is FUN with FELLOWSHIP! You may
need to DO it to BELIEVE it!!!
|Grace Church Serves the Homeless via Interfaith
Grace Church's involvement in serving the homeless
via the Interfaith Hospitality
is alive and well and can use volunteers. In
August, we served a pretty full house of six families
consisting of 19 people. In 2006, 108 families
comprising 359 people were served by IHN in
As many of you
know, Grace Church hosted homeless families through the
Interfaith Hospitality Network for 15 years. In early
2006 the shrinking volunteer pool made it no longer feasible
for Grace to provide all the resources needed to host homeless
families for a week every two months. Through the help
of our former member and deacon, the Rev. Laura Chace, Christ Church Glendale
assumed the host role and Grace Church became a supporting
congregation. In that role, Grace supplies volunteers at
the Christ Church Glendale location.
IHN is a
unique response to homelessness. It combines volunteers
from the religious community with full-time professionals to
reintegrate families into the community. Here's how IHN
- Host congregations provide three meals a day, private
sleeping spaces and volunteers to create a "home away from
home" for the families from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- Support congregations assist the Host congregations by
providing donated meals and volunteers to serve dinner,
clean up, do activities with children or stay overnight.
- Case Managers at the IHN Day Center help families find
and maintain permanent housing.
- Day Vans transport families to appointments, interviews
and day care.
- An IHN Bus transports families back and forth between
the congregations and the Day Center.
- The Day Center in Lower Price Hill serves as a home base
providing adult education classes, parenting classes, a
kitchen, laundry facilities, showers, free telephones, a
mailing address, computer facilities, and a children's
- School-age children attend school and receive
after-school tutoring through Project Connect.
you would like to know more about this aspect of Grace
Episcopal Church mission efforts, call Mary McLain at (513)
541-8509 or Grace Staples at (513) 251-3538.