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December 13, 2007
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Dear Friend,
 
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!
 
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In This Issue ...
Grace Christmas Party
Body Recall & Yoga
Advent Wreath
A Christmas note from a Former Member
Christmas Flowers
Parish Retreats
Grace Church Health & Wellness Commitee Offering
Grace Choir
Rainbow Band
 
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 gechurch@fuse.net for event details and to RSVP.
Body Recall LogoGrace Church Body Recall & Yoga Classes
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Yoga, Tuesday - 6:00 p.m.
Only $8.00 per session. See Laura
 
Advent Wreath
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 Incarnation.
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 guvmitchell@verizon.net)
 
Peace+Zest,
Guv Mitchell
 
Christmas FlowerChristmas Flowers
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.
Parish Retreats
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 Mission Council
 -The Altar and Flower Guilds
 -The Choir
Contact Ernestein at ernesteinf@yahoo.com or 513.541.2415
Grace Church Health & Wellness Commitee Offering, December 07
 
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 self-regulatory outcomes. 
 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 you.
 Monitor your own progress toward goal achievement.  Keep written records.
 Develop strategies for coping with difficulties (e.g., set-backs and plateaus).  Don't be afraid to re-evaluate goals and/or timelines.
 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.
Member, Grace Church Health and Wellness Ministry Committee
 
SingersGrace Choir
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.
Upcoming Events
  • Dec 16  Blood Pressure testing at Coffee Hour
  • Dec 18  Christmas Service and Distribution of Food Baskets by Christ's Community in College Hill.
  • Dec 19  Mission Council 6:00 p.m.
  • Dec 24  Christmas Eve Service  10:00 p.m.
  • 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 p.m.
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