eGraceNotes from Grace Episcopal Church
News for and about Grace Episcopal Church
November 29, 2007
In This Issue ...
Hip Hop Mass
Christ Community Thanksgiving Service
Christmas Party at Grace
Christmas Shopping at Northgate Mall
Sharing Sunday
Body Recall and Yoga
The Spirit of Advent
2007 Everymember Canvass
Be a Christmas Eve Singer
Roger Perna Takes On a New Role
Giving Tree Reminder
Calling All Companies
Ten Thousand Villages Shopping Day
Christmas Flowers

Dear Friend,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I made out like a bandit on Black Christmas shopping is done!!  Save yourself some stress and get your Christmas shopping done early, it will be one less thing to worry about during this busy time of year and you can spend more time focusing on what Christmas is "really" about.
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Anita Triggs, editor

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T&D Dance TeamHip Hop Mass A Great Success! 
Grace Church hosted its first Hip Hop Mass on Saturday, November 17th and incorporating Hip Hop music in worship service proved inspirational for attendees.
Grace was blessed to have the Truth & Destiny Step Team and the Truth & Destiny Liturgical Dance Team as performers.  Their presence added a unique component to the service and both groups are eager to participate in future services.
The Hip Hop Mass is a new initiative aimed at creating a worship service that will present the Gospel in a way that transcends age, gender, race, religious affiliation, & socio-economic status. The service follows a traditional worship order, but incorporates hip hop music to reach individuals who may otherwise not receive the church's message. The goal is to reach out to young people & others using their language & highlight their culture & sensibilities to communicate the word of God.
There has been a great deal of dialogue surrounding the use of the word "Mass" as opposed to "Service".  My understanding is that Mass can be used beyond the traditional religious interpretation of the word.  In fact, if you look it up in the dictionary, one of the definitions that I find quite appropriate is "reaching or designed to reach a large number of people", which is exactly what we are trying to accomplish.
Starting in January 2008, the Hip Hop Mass will take place the first Saturday of every month at 5:30 pm.  Our hope is that each service will grow in attendance, so make sure you tell a friend, family member, or neighbor about this unique spiritual experience.
For more information, contact Anita Triggs at
Christ Community Thanksgiving Services Helps Many

Christ Community Thanksgiving ServiceOn November 20th Grace hosted a Thanksgiving Service in conjunction with Christ Community's annual food distribution program.  Hundreds filled Grace Church to share in a service that featured prayer, songs, and remarks from representatives of College Hill's local churches, specifically College Hill Presbyterian, Second Baptist Church, New Life Missionary Baptist Church, and First United Church of Christ.  It was truly inspirational to see every seat filled in the church.  I considered the experience a glimpse into Grace's future!


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 Edgy.  
Christmas PresentsChristmas Shopping Sunday Profitable!
The Northgate Mall Special Shopping Evening project at Grace Church netted over $200 for the Episcopal Community Services Foundation through sales and donations.  The ECSF funds community projects throughout the diocese such as food pantries, learning centers, etc.  Many thanks to all who made this mission project so successful.
Remember Sharing Sunday
Sharing Sunday 1st Sunday of Each Month.  Please bring items for the food pantry each month and help those in need.
Body Recall LogoBody Recall and Yoga Time Change
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Yoga, Tuesday - 6:00 p.m.
"Only $8.00 per session." See Laura Hall
The Spirit of Advent

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!  It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.  Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God.

Advent Bible study to be each Sunday after the 10:00 am service.  This will consider the 1st Chapter of Luke.  If you are interested, sign the sheet on the piano.
CookiesChristmas on the River
Christmas On the River, a program coordinated by Christ Church Cathedral provides small gifts, scarfs, and home baked cookies for the 10 man crew on 50 boats on the Ohio River.  They are asking for donations of home baked cookies, and hand knitted scarfs.  They will be packing these on Dec. 8.  If you wish to donate either, please let Jim Edgy know.  The Cathedral has provided cookie recipes if you are interested.
2007 Everymember Canvass
The 2007 Everymember Canvass to support the 2008 operation and mission of Grace Church surpassed its goal of $60,000.  Thanks to everyone who worked on and supported this important effort.
SingersBe a Christmas Eve Singer
The Grace Choir invites everyone who would like to sing Christmas Eve (and advent) to come to practice.  Currently, practices are Thursday evening at 7 PM and Sunday morning at 9 AM.
Roger Perna Takes On a New Role 
The Stewardship and Mission Committee is pleased to announce that Roger Perna has agreed to become the new co-chair with Grace Staples.
Christmas PresentsGiving Tree Reminder
Fifteen children from West College Hill will be receiving gifts from the Grace Church Giving Tree and we have "3" left.  The wrapped gifts are due back at the church by Dec. 9th.  Thank you to all the generous participants.
Calling All Companies
Grace Church has signed with a realtor to find someone to lease the 1957 wing.  A sign will be placed outside soon.  If you know of a company looking for space, let us know.
TTV LogoTen Thousand Villages Shopping Day to benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati.  Go shopping this holiday season and benefit two great causes!  On Sunday, December 2, from noon to 4pm, 20% of all purchases at Ten Thousand Villages will benefit IHNGC, a family homeless shelter. 
Find beautiful handicrafts from all over the world, or find a perfect gift for friends and family in a wide price range. Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization that provides fair income to Third World people by marketing their high quality handicrafts and telling their stories. Ten Thousand Villages is located at 2011 Madison Road in O'Bryonville.
Christmas Flowers
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 Sunday's Service.