eGraceNotes from Grace Episcopal Church
News for and about Grace Episcopal Church October 10, 2007
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Dear Friend,

There has been a great deal of activity at Grace these past two weeks and there is more to come! 

Anita Triggs, editor

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Vote on Bylaws This Sunday

A brief parish meeting will be held in the sanctuary at the end of service to review and vote on the revised Grace Church By-laws.  By-laws need to be re-registered with the Secretary of State every 10 years and our present church size dictates some minor revisions.


Grace Church Celebrates Early Thanksgiving

Ignoring a record-breaking heat wave, Grace Episcopal Church celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday, October 7!
The occasion was the first return visit of the Rt. Rev. Kenneth Price to College Hill since he met with the desperate and nearly dissolving congregation nearly two years ago and helped them re-organize and re-energize.
This Sunday was a far different scene that was highlighted by a jubilant worship service, an expanded choir,  a strong message of congratulations and affirmation from Bishop Price, and a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings cooked and served to everyone present by several dedicated (and hot!) members.  But it was definitely Thanksgiving Day at Grace Church, despite the heat.
The Thanksgiving also took the form of offering plates heaped with signed "estimated offering" commitments for 2008.  The 140-year old congregation, which became a mission in 2007, was expressing its thanks to God for many helping hands from throughout the diocese over the past two years and its belief in the future of its mission in College Hill, an urban neighborhood.  Many of these helpers were named and applauded during the Bishop's sermon including emeritus rector, the Rev. Raymond Betts, interim clergy the Rev. David Howard and the Rev. John Bower, and Grace's energetic new vicar, the Rev. Ernestein Flemister.
The celebration and thanks continued during the Thanksgiving dinner when Bishop Price was presented with a VIP ribbon and  Parish Administrator, Jim Edgy, was singled out and presented with a certificate and gifts. Mr. Edgy, who is also the organist/choirmaster, is credited with beginning the rejuvenation in the time of the leadership vacuum by helping members develop a strategic plan and prepare grant requests to the diocese as well as a business plan for long-range self-sufficiency.
No wonder Thanksgiving came a bit early for this congregation.
Contributed by Grace Staples, Grace Episcopal Church
Photo by Kenneth Lyon, Grace Episcopal Church
The Reverend James Leo Visits Grace 
Grace welcomed The Rev. James Leo on Sunday, October 14 as our celebrant and guest preacher.  Fr. Leo is the former Dean of Christ Church Cathedral and is responsible for the outstanding renovation there.  Prior to that, he was the Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, France.  A coffee hour was hosted in the church following service in appreciation of Rev. Leo's visit.
It's Time to Drum Up Some Healing Again!!
Join us Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 pm for our Healing Service using African Drumming and Reiki as well as the traditional laying-on of hands.  The service will also feature a short meditation by Bishop Thomas Breidenthal of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.  Starting in November, Future Healing Services will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
Volunteers Needed!!! 
We need Ushers and help with the Healing Service.  If you can assist please contact Jim Edgy.
Calling All For Recall!!Body Recall Logo
Laura Hall, a member of Grace's Health and Wellness committee, will continue to lead Body Recall and Yoga classes.  The cost is $11 per session.
BODY 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.
The Episcopal Church Women's Annual Conference is Saturday, October 27 at Procter Conference Center.  Our Vicar will preach.  We would like to have several people there representing Grace Church.  The registration fee is $25.  If you can attend, please see Florence Poyer.
Hip Hop Mass Scheduled
Grace Church will host its first Hip Hop Mass on Saturday, November 17th at 5:00 pm.  The Hip Hop Mass is the marriage of Hip Hop Music and worship.  The service will feature students from Aiken High School as well as performing groups from other local churches.  The combination of music, poetry, and dance is guaranteed to awaken the soul.  More details coming soon!

St. Clare Church is having a Mardi Gras Party, Saturday, October 27 at 6:00pm.  For more information, call 513-541-2100.