and about Grace Episcopal Church
Sorry for the delay folks! It's been a hectic week
filled with many meetings that have taken away from my time to
work on the newsletter...such is life, right?
Anyway, have a great weekend and I'll see you all at the
Hip Hop Service and Annual Meeting!
|Annual Parish Meeting This Sunday!
The annual meeting for the Parish will be held this
Sunday - February 3, immediately following the service.
An alternate date for bad weather of February 10.
In Preparation for the Annual Meeting, we are going to
discuss several things to assist in reviewing the past
year. Last spring, when Fr. John was here, a
number of discussions took place about the future direction of
our Parish. Many ideas were broached, but the dominate
idea that developed was Grace Church as a laboratory for
developing different ways that people can form their
relationship with God. As a result of this, we have
developed our Hip Hop Mass (which now attracts more people
than our 10:00 a.m. service), our African Drumming, Reiki,
Traditional Healing Service (which draws as many people as our
10:00 a.m. service), and other plans that are being discussed
or organized. These services give us an exciting
opportunity to attract new people to Grace Church.
Please keep these, and the plans yet to be materialized in
Thanks to those who have agreed to share a dish for the
Annual Meeting lunch.
Mary McLain - Main Dish
Ruth Bertram - Vegetable
Madeena Nolan - Main Dish
Belinda & Roger Perna - Main Dish
Phillis Deitz - Salad
Susan Givler - Dessert
Greta Kappas - Dessert
Judy Handy - Beverages
Wanda Miller - Salad
Florence Poyer - Main Dish
|Hip Hop Service Saturday February 2 - 5:00
Grace welcomes the community to join us for another
installment of our highly popular Hip Hop Service. The
Hip Hop Service 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 will follow a traditional
worship order, but incorporate hip hop to reach individuals
who may otherwise not receive the God'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. The Hip Hop Mass takes
place the 1st Saturday of every month.
Immediately following this Saturday's service Grace will
host a reception that will allow all attendees an opportunity
|Mission Council Spotlight - David
David was born in Mukono, Uganda to Mr. John Kakande
Mukasa and the late Mrs. Ruth Namutumi Kakande
Mukasa. He was raised in the Anglican Church as a
Protestant in a family of eleven children, five girls and six
boys. He attended primary and secondary schools in Uganda
plus two years of higher education and migrated to the
U.S.A in 1981 during the darkest years of his beloved
native country, Uganda. David went to school at
what is now Cincinnati State University for a two year course
in Construction Engineering. David was employed by
different organizations until 1996 when he
started his own Construction business, K M Network
Construction, Inc. In 2000, he
married his beloved wife Maria; they have four
children, David Jr., Dominick, Mathias and precious Mariah.
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
|It's Time to Drum Up Some Healing!
Join us Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. for
our Healing Service using African Drumming and Reiki as well
as the traditional laying-on of hands. The service will
feature a short meditation by our own Hawley Todd.
Future Healing Services will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of
|Book of Common Prayer
Having the service printed out for us each Sunday makes
it easier for all of us to follow the service. This is
especially true of
visitors. However, it also denies us the joy of
handling and learning what is in the Book of Common
Prayer. Therefore, we are
going to add a segment to our service each Sunday where
you will be instructed to take the Prayer Book and follow
Hopefully, this will keep you in touch with a wonderful
book that has helped to define Episcopalians for
Contributed by Ken Lyon
|Interfaith Discussion Group
Starting Sunday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m., Grace will
begin an interfaith discussion group surrounding the book,
"The Faith Club". The Faith Club is a memoir of
spiritual reflections in three voices that will make readers
feel as if they are eavesdropping on the authors' private
conversations, provocative discussions, and often
controversial opinions and conclusions. The authors wrestle
with the issues of anti-Semitism, prejudice against Muslims,
and preconceptions of Christians at a time when
fundamentalists dominate the public face of Christianity. They
write beautifully and affectingly of their families, their
losses and grief, their fears and hopes for themselves and
their loved ones. And as the authors reveal their deepest
beliefs, readers watch the blossoming of a profound interfaith
friendship and the birth of a new way of relating to
others. In a final chapter, they provide detailed advice
on how to start a faith club: the questions to ask, the books
to read, and most important, the open-minded attitude to
maintain in order to come through the experience with an
enriched personal faith and understanding of others.
RSVP's to Mary McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org
are appreciated, but
not required - Books available for those in need. Future
discussions will take place on February 24 and March 2 at 1:00
|Great Volunteers at Grace
Thanks to all the volunteers who make our church services
function. Without your dedicated service, we would not
have the smooth flowing and worshipful services that we all
enjoy. Everyone, Please express your appreciation to our
Altar and Flower Guilds, Acolytes, Choir, Ushers, Chalice
Bearers, Counters, Lectors, and those who pray the Prayers of
the People, and those involved in our Healing ministry.
If anyone would like to assist in any of these areas, please
let Ernestein or the office know.
|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 Service)
Feb 13 Healing Service 6:30 p.m.
Feb 17 The Faith Club Book
Discussion 1:00 p.m.
Feb 20 Mission Council Meeting 6:00
Feb 24 The Faith Club Book
Discussion 1:00 p.m.
Mar 2 The Faith Club
Book Discussion 1:00