and about Grace Episcopal Church
This will be the last eGracenotes before Christmas, so I
wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to
seeing you at the Christmas Party!
Grace Christmas Party - Saturday, December 22
Featuring a concert by the Rainbow Band beginning at 7
pm, followed by a four course candle-lit dinner at 8:15, and
dancing. The Dinner will be $10.00 in advance, $15 at
the door (if seats are available). You may bring your
own wine. If you wish to attend, please sign up on the
sheet on the Piano. RSVP deadline is Tuesday - December
18. Contact 513.541.2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for event details and to
|Grace Church Body Recall & Yoga
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Yoga, Tuesday - 6:00
Only $8.00 per session. See Laura
The remaining three candles of Advent may be associated
with different aspects of the Advent story in different
churches, or even in different years. Usually they are
organized around characters or themes as a way to unfold the
story and direct attention to the celebrations and worship in
the season. So, the sequence for the remaining three Sundays
might be Bethlehem, Shepherds, Angels. Or Peace, Love, Joy. Or
John the Baptist, the Magi, Mary. Or the Annunciation,
Proclamation, Fulfillment. Whatever sequence is used, the
Scripture readings, prayers, lighting of the candles, the
participation of worshipers in the service, all are geared to
telling the story of redemption through God's grace in the
|A Christmas note from a Former Member
Just a quick note to the Reverend Flemister and the rest
of the Grace Family. My name is Guv Mitchell and from
1996-2002 I was a member, at Grace Church. I had the
honour to serve both as Treasurer, and as Senior Warden, a job
transfer sent me to Maryland. As I look at your pictures (on
the web site), I see so many warm friends, and I simply
wish to extend a Merry Christmas to everyone at Grace. (Please
send him a note at email@example.com)
The flower guild wants to make the church just as
beautiful this Christmas as it was last. 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.
The Vicar would like to conduct a retreat for each
organization within the Grace community. Therefore,
please talk with her about a possible date. She would
like for the first retreats to be with:
-The Altar and Flower Guilds
|Grace Church Health & Wellness Commitee Offering,
The liturgical themes for December are repentance,
preparation, anticipation and hope. The Committee Offerings
for the month will focus on self-regulation, as a form of
preparation, and optimism, as a component of hope. Whether the
health topic is immunization, diabetes prevention, stress
management, fitness or food safety, if you believe that you
can take appropriate action to prevent or to solve a problem,
then you are more likely to do so. Such a belief in one's
adaptive abilities to effect a change in a situation is not an
illusion or an unrealistic sense of optimism. Such beliefs are
based on experience. A good self-regulatory strategy combined
with strong experience-based beliefs in that strategy for
achieving a healthy lifestyle together with being optimistic
that the plan will work are the three key elements of any
preparation. Your Rector and/or health practitioner are
the best sources of information about how to get and stay
prepared for a healthy life.
Self-Regulation: Health promotion literature is replete
with research supporting the importance of self-regulation in
living a healthy lifestyle. Adopting behaviors
consistent with a healthy lifestyle and refraining from
health-threatening behaviors is difficult. Temptations
abound to forgo that brisk walk after dinner and instead to
kick-back in front of the T.V. and watch Monday Night
Football. Experts say that the likelihood that we will
adopt a health-promoting behavior (such as physical exercise)
or change a detrimental habit (such as quitting smoking) rests
on three sets of beliefs: (a) the belief that my
"unhealthful behaviors" are putting me at risk ("My risk of
developing heart disease because of my sedentary lifestyle is
above average"), (b) the belief that adopting behavioral
change would reduce the risk ("If I begin and maintain an
exercise program, I will reduce my risk"), and perhaps most
importantly for this discussion (c) the belief that I am
capable of adopting a health-promoting behavior or refraining
from a risky habit.
Self-Regulatory (Goal Setting) Strategies- most experts
agree that goal setting is an integral part of
self-regulation. Key strategies for successful self-regulation
are as follows:
· Establish goals for desired
· Subdivide long-term
goals into short-term subgoals.
· View the goals as
reasonable and commit to attempt to attain them. Provide
verbal encouragement (e.g., "You can do this.") to yourself to
help in staying motivated to accomplish their goals.
Encourage others to provide similar verbal encouragements to
· Monitor your own progress toward goal
achievement. Keep written records.
strategies for coping with difficulties (e.g., set-backs and
plateaus). Don't be afraid to re-evaluate goals and/or
· Periodically reevaluate your own
capabilities. The perception of progress will often strengthen
your belief in your own efficacy. This is critical for
continued motivation and self-regulation.
Should you have
concerns or want additional information about the material
presented above, please contact your local mental health care
provider, public health department, the Rector, or someone on
the Grace Church Health and Wellness Ministry Committee.
This Committee is chaired by Mrs. Florence Poyer, R.N.
Prepared by: Walter S. Handy, Ph.D.
Church Health and Wellness Ministry Committee
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.
- Dec 16 Blood Pressure testing at Coffee
- Dec 18 Christmas Service and Distribution
of Food Baskets by Christ's Community in College Hill.
19 Mission Council 6:00 p.m.
24 Christmas Eve Service 10:00
- Dec 25 Christmas Day
Service 8:00 a.m.
- Jan 5 Hip Hop
Mass 5:00 p.m.
- Jan 9 African Drumming,
Reiki, Traditional Healing Service 6:30