and about Grace Episcopal Church
It's going to be a bit frigid this weekend, so here are
some tips to reduce your Duke Energy bill, Lord knows we need
all the help we can get!
Seal air leaks with caulking, weather stripping and
sheets of plastic on large areas. Air infiltration can account
for one-half of your heating costs in a leaky home.
Close and seal heat registers that attempt to heat a
cold, uninsulated garage, porch, or attic storage room.
Have a professional verify proper insulation levels in
walls and ceilings and check to be sure it meets current
standards or has not been damaged.
Keep all windows and
doors located near your thermostat closed tightly.
Keep heat sources such as lamps, away from the
Keep draperies and shades open on sunny days but close
them on cloudy days and at night.
Keep all heating outlets and return-air grills free
from obstructions, such as draperies, furniture or rugs. Clean
these vents regularly with a vacuum or broom.
|Annual Parish Meeting
The annual meeting for the Parish will be held on
February 3, with an alternate date for bad weather of February
10. Reports from each committee will be due in the
office on January 15.
This is a great opportunity to get an update on the
status Grace and don't worry...we will be done in plenty of
time for your Super Bowl Celebrations!
|Volunteers Needed ASAP!
We need volunteers to distribute Hip Hop Mass flyers to
area High Schools. The flyers need to be distributed by
Friday - January 25. Please contact Anita Triggs,
Communications Outreach Coordinator at 513-541-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
|A New Face at Grace - Gary Givler
Some of you may have been wondering about the new deacon
at Grace, so I thought a formal introduction was in
Gary is married to Susan Givler, a father of two boys and
grandfather to four. He is a fifteen year deacon who
formerly served at Children's Hospital Medical Center as a
volunteer night and weekend Chaplain for 11 years while posted
at Holy Trinity (Kenwood), and St. Phillips (Northside).
Gary is a 1970 graduate of George Williams College with a
Bachelor of the Arts in Social Science and holds a Master of
the Arts in Pastoral Counseling that he obtained in 2001 from
the Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary's Seminary. Also
in 2001, Gary completed a Clincial Internship in mental health
counseling with Catholic Social Services in Montgomery,
Ohio. He is a former employee of Cincinnati Insurance
Company in Fairfield, Ohio, where he served as Vice President
of Claims Operations. Gary also has some experience with
community foodbanks and crisis assistance ministry services
which might be of use in College Hill.
Permanent Deacons serve at the discretion of the Diocesan
and Bishop Price asked Gary to consider two potential parish
locations to continue his diaconal ministry. Grace was
first on his list. After meeting with the Rev. Flemister
and attending service for a few weeks, Gary felt like Grace
was a good fit and a place where he might make a contribution
to the parish community. Gary enjoys singing in the choir,
preaching and serving during the liturgy.
If you have not already, please welcome Gary to the Grace
community. It is wonderful to have you with
Flags will be flying again
Some of you may have noticed that the lovely flags have
been removed from the front of the church. No worries,
they will be up again soon. They took quite a beating a
few weeks ago in the storm, so we thought it best to remove
them to prevent permanent damage.
|Mission Council Spotlight - Florence
Florence is a child of God, wife, mother of 5 and a
Registered Nurse for 53 years. Florence retired from a
doctors office 10 years ago, but continues to help out
whenever she is needed. Florence has been active at
Grace since 1990. Her 5 children live out of town, so
she and her husband (Bob) have great places to
visit...Atlanta, Florida, and Iowa. She has lived
in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Lansing,
MI; however most of her life has been spent in
Cincinnati. Florence is a proud grandmother with 4
granddaughters, 4 grandsons, and 1 great grandson. She
loves knitting, baseball, and gardening. Florence sends
blessings to all at Grace.
In future eGracenotes I will spotlight a member of
the Mission Council, so enjoy their bios and get to know the
leadership of Grace who work very hard to keep the church
- Anita L. Triggs, Editor
|Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust
The MEIT Scholarship has been created for Black high
school graduates living in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, who
have been admitted to an accredited school or program of
advanced learning. Priority is given to those students
with the greatest economic need, as judged by the MEIT
PELL Grants: These federal funds are available to all
eligible students who are pursuing higher education. All MEIT
grant applicants must provide a copy of an approval or
disapproval letter for a PELL Grant. If an applicant is not
eligible for a PELL Grant, information verifying the family
income must accompany their application, i.e., current tax and
Grant Awards: MEIT grants are designed to leverage the
applicant's available school resources and ensure the
student's ability to attend school. Before consideration can
be given to a grant request, applicants are required to show
that the majority of the funds needed for school are
available. If there is a significant difference between what
is available to the student and what is needed, the
application is likely to be rejected.
1. Applicants must provide written
evidence, as requested, to confirm compliance with the above
statements. Subsequent yearly grants are not automatically
given. An new application must be filed each year.
2. Application must be typed and completed. Any omissions
must be explained in writing. Unexplained omissions will
result in the application being rejected. Click here to
download an application.
3. All figures must be legibly recorded and added and/or
subtracted correctly. Mathematical errors will result in the
application being rejected.
4. All required documentation must be attached to the
application. Documentation includes:
A. A signed copy of a current
income tax return
B. A written
statement from the academic institution verifying all school
costs listed in the application
A copy of your PELL Grant Award or rejection letter, if
5. The information should be believable. For example, an
application showing expenses that far exceed the income shown,
raises suspicions about the authenticity of the information
provided. If the above situation is determined, the
application will be rejected.
6. All grants are paid directly to the school by academic
quarter or semester, upon reciept of a billing statement from
7. If there are unusual extenuating circumstances that
you wish to share regarding an application, please attach an
8. Limited staff will not allow continuous debate about
any aspect of the application. All decisions by the MEIT Board
are final. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ask questions
before submitting their application. Questions should be
directed to Dr. Willis Holloway at 513.772.0828.
9. Timeline for submitting applications:
February 1 to June 1 of each year.
Contact Anita Triggs at 513-541-2415 or email@example.com
information and a copy of the application, or see scholarship
information and application
|Church Directories available soon!
Many have inquired about church directories and they are
presently being finalized. Our goal is to have them
completed by the end of this month to distribute during Sunday
|Grace Church Body Recall & Yoga
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Yoga, Tuesday - 6:00
Only $8.00 per session. See Laura
Feb 2 Hip Hop Mass 5:00
Feb 3 Annual Parish Meeting (Following
Feb 13 Healing