eGraceNotes from Grace Episcopal Church
News for and about Grace Episcopal Church September 5, 2007
In This Issue ...
Founder of Global AIDS Ministry Comes to Grace
A Thought on Stewardship
Healing Service Offered to the Community
Showers of Blessings
The Health & Wellness Committee on Immunizations.
Genesis 5 Is Coming for Grades 6-9
Grace Church to Host Yoga and Body Recall Classes
Two Education for Ministry Classes Come to Grace This Fall
Saint Michael & All Angels Needs Food Pantry Supplies
Rite I Communion Service?
Coffee Hour Schedule.
Altar Flowers Schedule
The Vicar's Regular In-Office Schedule
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Founder of Global AIDS Ministry Comes to Grace September 16
The Rev. Dr. John Nganga from Kenya, Founder of the Rafiki Global AIDS Ministry,  will be our guest preacher on September 16. The Rafiki Global AIDS Ministry's primary mission is to assist children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Africa.

Rev. Nganga encountered his first AIDS patient in 1989 while a priest in charge of a parish in Kenya . The patient was a young lady in the final stages of AIDS, dying alone in an isolated room at a local hospital. What he saw when he walked into that room devastated him. He was confronted with the horrific deterioration of the human body in the final stages of the disease.

Later, Rev. Nganga secured a position in the United States where he earned a pair of Master Degrees and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Supervision from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

In 1994, he was granted the position of Resident Chaplain at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Soon after beginning work at Children's Hospital, Columbus, Rev. Nganga founded Marafiki Global AIDS Ministry, Inc. In 1996, with help from grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Faith in Action Program, Children's Hospital Foundation, The Columbus Foundation and the Family AIDS Clinic and Educational Services, Marafiki was able to establish a volunteer-based program that served Central Ohio families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

The overwhelming success of this program in Central Ohio prompted Rev. Nganga to begin the Rafiki program in Kenya, Africa.

You can read more about the Marafiki  Global AIDS Ministries here,  and about the Rafiki project here
A Thought on Stewardship

When we are baptized into the body of Christ, we commit to become His heart and hands and feet, guided by the Holy Spirit. 
Healing Service Offered to the Community

Grace Church is initiating a new Healing service Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 pm. This will be a unique service in that it will employ traditional and non-traditional healing methods.

The healing 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 hands.  

Drums for HealingHealing drummer Bob Laake will provide the drumming. 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. Bob discusses Sound Attunement Therapy and the power of healing drumming here.

The drumming  will be followed by a period of silence, followed by a traditional healing service.  

We feel that this will be an exciting combination that will provide a meaningful, prayerful, and effective healing for our church and community.  

For more information, contact the church (513-541-2415,
Showers of Blessings

We are all blessed everyday.  Have you stopped to realize how you are blessed?  Would you like to put a prayer of thanksgiving in the bulletin?  Would you like to add a note in e-Grace Notes about your blessing?  Perhaps how you feel blessed by the Grace Church family?  We'd like to hear from you.

While we're on the subject of blessings, here are some ways that Grace Church has been blessed recently.
  • By Grace Staples, Greta Kappes, and Susan Dewbrey, who worked in the office while Jim Edgy was on vacation.
  • By Karla Vogt, who contributed two prayer shawls that were dedicated in August.
  • By Charles Bowles, who has contributed his solo voice to our services during the Summer.
  • By Wanda Miller and Jim & Bruce Beisner, who hosted a refreshing Ice Cream Social after the service August 19.
Have we forgotten anyone?  Let us know at
The Health & Wellness Committee on Immunizations

The theme for August is Immunizations. Parishioners may recall that disease prevention is the key to public health.  Further, immunizations or vaccines prevent us from developing illnesses caused by infectious and potentially deadly diseases by helping prepare our bodies to fight these diseases. 

Health professionals agree that in order for these immunizations to have maximum benefit, they should be administered on a recommended schedule.  Your doctor and other health care providers are the best sources of information about which immunizations are best for you and/or your child and when the immunization should be administered.

In the text below, the Health and Wellness Committee offers some guideline reminders.  
  • Infants, preschoolers, and kindergartners (ages birth through 6 years) should receive the recommended series of vaccines for Hepatitis B (at birth), Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib), Inactivated Poliovirus (first at two months), Measles, Mumps and Rubella, and Vericella (first at one year).   Any of these vaccines that are not administered at the recommended age should be administered at any visit to the doctor when indicated and feasible.  
  • Elementary school children through high school adolescents may need to receive vaccines for Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis, Inactivated Poliovirus and Vericella particularly if they were not previously vaccinated.  Recommended vaccines for children and adolescents include vaccines for meningitis (one dose) and Human Papillomavirus (3 doses) as well as booster doses for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis at age 11-12 years.
  • Adults often believe that vaccines to prevent diseases are just for children.  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends booster shots for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis for those of us ages 19 through 64, Human Papillomavirus vaccines (3 doses) for women 19 - 49 years, and vaccines for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Vericella, Influenza, Pneumocaccal, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis, B and Meningococcal for all adults who either (a) lack documentation of vaccination or have no evidence of prior infection, or (b) have some other risk factor such as medical condition, occupation or lifestyle.  Again, it is always better to do whatever possible to prevent a disease than to have to treat it.
  • Should you have concerns or want additional information about the material presented above, please contact your local health care provider, public health department or someone on the Health and Wellness Ministry Committee.  This Committee is chaired by Mrs. Florence Poyer, R.N.
Prepared by Walter S. Handy, Ph.D.
Genesis 5: The Quest for EdenGenesis 5 Is Coming for Grades 6-9

Join with friends from all over the Diocese for a weekend of adventure and discovery.
  • Overcome the challenges of the Magi
  • Learn the Secrets of the Scribes of Alexandria
  • Find your way to Eden and discover the gifts given to those made in the image of God!
Genesis 5 is a Christian Formation event for 6-9 graders that partners mental and physical challenges with spiritual practices to teach foundational realities of Christianity.

It is an emotionally and physically safe environment where students are challenged to reach beyond their comfort zones and find renewed interest in their faith lives.

Genesis 5: The Quest for Eden will take place at St. Paul's Chillicothe on Sept 28-30. The cost is $30. For more information see here.
Grace Church to Host Yoga and Body Recall Classes

Laura Hall, a member of Grace's Health and Wellness committee, will be leading Yoga and Body Recall classes begining Wednesday, September 19.  The cost is $11 per session.  

Body Recall LogoBODY RECALL (Wednesdays at 10:00 am). 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!!!

YOGA (Wednesdays at 4:00 pm). Beginning gentle Hatha Yoga classes appropriate for everyone 10 years and older.  We will be practicing 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 class.

Call Grace Church at 513-542-2415 for information or to sign up.
Two Education for Ministry Classes Come to Grace This Fall

EFM LogoHawley Todd reports that Grace's Monday evening EfM class has 12 students (5 returning and 7 new) and the Friday morning class has 8 students (3 returning ang 5 new). These class sizes will make for great learning opportunities for the participants. 

Hawley, who has ten years of EfM mentoring experience elsewhere, volunteered to take over both classes from Ken Lyon, who retired from mentoring last spring after leading groups in his home for eight years.

Read more about EfM here.
Saint Michael & All Angels Needs Food Pantry Supplies

The Church of St. Michael and All Angels was broken into and vandalized recently and all the food stolen from their Food Pantry for the poor.  They need help in re-stocking the pantry.  If you can help with canned goods or monetary donations, please bring them to Grace Church or St. Michael's, whichever is easier.  Make checks to:  St. Michael and All Angels.  Thanks for your generosity.
Rite I Communion Service?

Several people have asked why we don't do Rite I from time to time.  The idea is maybe to do it the 4th Sunday of each month.  Let Vicar Ernestein know what you think before this decision is made.
Coffee on the GarthCoffee Hour Schedule

We have Coffee Hour following the 10:00 am service on the first and third Sundays of the month.
  • September 16, Potluck Lunch. All come and bring a dish. Hostesses: Mary McLain and Molly Russell.
  • October 7, Ruth Bertram, Jackie Lewis and Florence Poyer.
  • Oct 21 and thereafter are open, email to volunteer.
Altar FlowersAltar Flowers Schedule

If you wish to dedicate flowers on the altars, email Flowers cost $35 per week.

  • Sept 9, Charlotte Battistone in celebration of her 59th anniversary
  • Sept 16, Ernestein C. Flemister in memory of family
  • Sept 23, Maureen Back
  • Sept 30, Jim and Phillis Dietz, in honor of their 33rd wedding anniversary.
  • Oct 7, Roger and Belinda Perna
  • Oct. 14,Elizabeth Kelly in memory of family
  • Oct 21 and beyond are open.
The Vicar's Regular In-Office Schedule
Monday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday 1:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Friday, Day Off.
Please inform the office if you know someone who wants a visit. Appointments may be scheduled at other times as needed. Special events may change this.