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|Founder of Global AIDS Ministry Comes to Grace
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.
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
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
You can read more about the
Marafiki Global AIDS Ministries here, and about
the Rafiki project here.
|A Thought on Stewardship|
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
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.
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.
Healing 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.
drumming will be followed by a period of silence,
followed by a traditional healing service.
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
- 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
Have we forgotten anyone? Let us know at eGraceNotes@gracecollegehill.org
|The Health & Wellness Committee on
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.
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
Prepared by Walter
S. Handy, Ph.D.
- 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.
|Genesis 5 Is
Coming for Grades 6-9|
Join with friends
from all over the Diocese for a weekend of adventure and
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.
- 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!
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.
Church to Host Yoga and Body Recall
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.
(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
(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
Call Grace Church at
513-542-2415 for information or to sign
|Two Education for Ministry Classes Come to Grace This
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
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.
more about EfM here
|Saint Michael & All Angels Needs Food Pantry
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
|Rite I Communion Service?|
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 Hour Schedule|
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
- October 7, Ruth Bertram, Jackie Lewis and Florence
- Oct 21 and thereafter are open, email email@example.com to
|Altar Flowers Schedule|
If you wish
to dedicate flowers on the altars, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Flowers
cost $35 per week.
- Sept 9, Charlotte Battistone in celebration of her 59th
- Sept 16, Ernestein C. Flemister in memory of family
- Sept 23, Maureen Back
- Sept 30, Jim and Phillis Dietz, in honor of their 33rd
- 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