and about Grace Episcopal Church
In light of the fact that Thanksgiving is just around the
corner, I thought the following Stewardship Quote quite
appropriate..."We make a living by what we get. We make
a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
|Hip Hop Mass This Saturday!
Grace Church will host its first Hip Hop
Mass on Saturday, November 17th at 5:00 pm. The Hip Hop
Mass is the marraige 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!
|133rd Convention of the Southern Ohio
On November 9-10,
2007, the Diocese of Southern Ohio began its 133rd Convention
in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first convention of our
new bishop, The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal. The
theme of the convention was "Listen to what the Spirit is
saying to the churches." It called on us to actively
listen to God and to each other. Bishop Breidenthal in
his address focused on issues of formation, mission,
evangelism, interfaith-relationships, and transparency and how
they inform our actions as Christians.
I particularly enjoyed the bible study and
break out groups. The bible study was conducted at each
table and had eight participants. The breakout or
"small" group consisted of approximately fifty members.
We were given four questions to discuss which centered on
issues of formation, communication, leadership and
connectedness within and between congregations in the
diocese. These new activities helped me to get
acquainted with members of the diocese in a way that has not
happened before. Sharing and exchanging ideas allowed us
to listen, be open and vulnerable to each other.
During the business session, six resolutions
were passed, R07-1-R07-6. (Full text of resolutions can
se read on the DSO.org website) Key resolutions were R07-4
which endorsed the formation of the Ohio Interfaith Power and
Light, to educate, encourage parishioners to respond in
faith-based ways to climate change and its consequences.
R07-5 which passed by a very narrow margin of one vote
encourages congregations to outreach programs to help and
assist pregnant women. R07-6 calls on the Bishop to
establish an ad hoc committee to conduct a serious study of
just, reasonable and environmentally sustainably economic
development throughout the diocese, with special attention to
communities of color, Appalachia, and other vulnerable
communities which bear the brunt of our abuse of God's good
earth. The resolution on immigration failed. Due
to a procedural loophole, the convention voted not to consider
the resolution calling on the Episcopal Church to withdraw
from property lawsuits.
I thought the convention was on point and
very relevant for the DSO and the wider church. I hope
that we will make a commitment individually and collectively
to follow-up on our formation and connectedness.
Submitted by: Vicar Ernestein
|Food Distribution for Christ
This week, Grace Church is the host church
for the distribution of food for Christ Community in College
Hill. There will be a worship service on Tuesday,
followed by the distribution of
|Christmas Party at
Grace - Save the Date!
Grace Church's Christmas
party for the parish will be held on Saturday, Dec 22.
This will include a concert by the Rainbow Band beginning at 7
pm, followed by a four course candle lit dinner at 8:15, and
dancing. There will be a small charge for the dinner and
you can bring your own wine if you care to. Put this
down on your calendar and plan to join us. If you wish
to help with the planning, see Belinda or Roger Perna or Jim
Integrity, the Episcopal organization for
gay and lesbians, will sponsor a talk, Monday, November 19th,
at the Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park. The Rev.
Paula M. Jackson, Rector, Church of our Savior in Mt.
Auburn, will discuss more of the 'proof texts' from the
Bible. This will be a potluck dinner in the Great Hall
starting at 6:30pm with Paula speaking 7-9pm. Anyone
interested in attending see Jim Beisner or Jim
|Ariel Miller visits Grace
Ariel Miller, Executive Director of the
Episcopal Community Services Foundation (ECSF) delivered a
sermon this past Sunday communicating the power of giving and
the impact that ECSF grants have on churches in need. In
a recent email, Ariel shared the following story
about an ECSF grant recipient.
"A mother and young child came to St. Paul's
Church of Chillicothe looking for help to pay for fuel oil and
a deposit to get electricity for their new home. The family
had recently moved to the area, the father was beginning a new
job, and the mother had sustained a fairly serious injury.
With two children, the family was approaching a cold winter
with no heat or electricity. They were turned away by other
local outreach ministries which had run out of funds. With one
contribution from the ECSF-aided Good Faith Fund the family
was able to pay the deposit and avoid the consequences of a
winter without heat or electricity."
Additionally, Ariel announced that
Clergy joyfully challenge
A group of 33 priests and deacons
have joined the Bishops in a collective pledge to match up to
$20,000 of donations to ECSF made by laypeople between now and
Dec. 31. All the proceeds will go into grants requested by
local Episcopal churches for community ministry in Southern
Ohio in 2008. Laypeople, give early to double the good done by
your donation! Checks can be sent to ECSF at 412 Sycamore, or
you can contribute online at
|A Real Deal!
Do your Christmas Shopping Sunday night at
Northgate Mall by buying a $5 wristband at Grace Church.
The wristlet entitles you to shop from 6 - 9 PM Sunday.
Many special offers will be available. Grace Church gets
to keep the entire $5 and will apply it this year to its
donation to the Episcopal Community Services Foundation.
Wristlets will be available this Sunday morning on the
piano. Place your cash or check to Grace Episcopal
Church in the basket and take your purchased
wristlet(s). Brochures about the ECSF projects that will
benefit will be available.
If you are planning to shop for our
"Giving Tree Children", the tree tags are available on Sunday
so pick your child after the service and you can shop for the
gifts Sunday night with no
|Remember Sharing Sunday
Sharing Sunday 1st Sunday of Each
Month. Please bring items for the food pantry each month
and help those in
The flower guild want to
make the church just as beautiful this Christmas as it was
last year. There are opportunities to provide flowers
for various locations in the church and the donation for each
is different. If you wish to help provide flowers for
Christmas, please see the sign up sheet on the piano during
|Body Recall and Yoga Time
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday - 6:00 p.m.
"Only $8.00 per session." See Laura