and about Grace Episcopal Church
There is lots going on in the next few weeks, so make
sure you check out the upcoming events section. Come out
and enjoy the great activities!
The Many Faces at Grace
In the upcoming week, the new Grace Church Directory will
be circulated to our members and friends. Thanks to Ken
Lyon, the directory will feature pictures of Grace members and
friends. We truly appreciate appreciate all members and
friends of Grace.
|Reconciliation: Moving Forward Together
Three congregations in Cincinnati -- The Church of the
Redeemer, Hyde Park, St. Simon of Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, and
St. Andrew, Evanston, will host the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle
for a two-day event on March 8 and 9. The theme is racial
Dr. Battle, the Provost and Canon Theologian of the
Cathedral Center of St. Paul in Los Angeles, is a well- known
writer, speaker and retreat leader. His global ministry
focuses on Christian Non-Violence, Spirituality and African
Church Studies. His recent book, The Church Enslaved: A
Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation (co-authored with Tony
Campolo), will serve as the template for the two-day event.
A workshop presented by Dr. Battle entitled "Repeating
the Miracle of Reconciliation in South Africa," will be held
at St. Simon of Cyrene on Saturday, March 8, from 2 to 5 p.m.
This gathering will provide us with opportunities for deep,
faith-centered dialogue that allow us to explore the issues of
racial division in the context of a call to unity and
reconciliation. A supper hosted by St. Simon of Cyrene and St.
Andrew's will conclude the day. To register for this workshop,
call the Church of the Redeemer at 513.321.6700 or fill out
the online form at http://www.redeemer-cincy.org/article60524.htm
On Sunday, March 9 at 5 p.m., Dr. Battle will be the
guest preacher at Redeemer at a festive Eucharist with special
music shaped by the three partner parishes, which will serve
as a celebration of reconciliation for the whole community. A
reception will be held in Dr. Battle's honor after the
service. Grace members are encouraged to attend.
|A Thought on Stewardship: The Theology of Enough
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright
wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you
enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you
enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the
To know when you have enough is to be
Lao Tzu, Chinese
Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in Cincinnati
The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre will be performing in
Cincinnati at the Aronoff on April 28-29, 2008 at 8:00
p.m. Grace has the privilege of being able to offer a
group rate of $36 per ticket.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from the now
fabled performance in March 1958, at the 92nd Street Young
Men's Hebrew Association in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a
group of young African-American modern dancers, that
performance changed forever the perception of American dance.
Today, led by Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, AAADT has
gone on to perform for an estimated 21 million people in 48
states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two
historic residencies in South Africa. The company has earned a
reputation as one of the most acclaimed international
ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of
the African-American cultural experience and the preservation
and enrichment of the American modern dance. To purchase
tickets or for more information contact Jim Edgy at
513-541-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Mission Council Spotlight - Molly Russell
Molly moved to the Cincinnati area from Columbus, Ohio in
2005. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.A.
in Spanish language and culture; Molly also studied sociology
and business. Now, Molly works as a court runner in downtown
Cincinnati. She has been active in the Diocesan Youth Ministry
program since 1995, participating in high school youth
retreats, diocesan conventions and the summer camping program.
Molly came to Grace in the spring of 2006 and has found it to
be a warm, friendly church
|Mission Council Rocks!
Congratulations and "Thanks" to our new Parish
Leadership. To the Wardens, John Thayer and David
Mukasa, and to our new Mission Council Members, Jim Beisner,
Wanda Miller, and Belinda Perna. And thanks to our
entire Mission Council, and especially to Jim Deitz, who
retired as treasurer and member of Mission Council, for all
the excellent work they do for Grace
|March Healing Service
Join us Wednesday, March 12th at 6:30 p.m. for our
Healing Service using African Drumming and Reiki as well as
the traditional laying-on of hands. Reiki is a Japanese
technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also
promotes healing. The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words
- Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki
which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually
"spiritually guided life force energy."
Future Healing Services will be held on the 2nd Wednesday
of every month.
|New "Got Questions?" Discussion Group
Please join us after the 10:00 am service this Sunday -
March 9th in the parlor for the start-up of a new "Got
Questions?" discussion group. At this formative meeting,
everyone will contribute their faith questions. These
questions will then provide the content for subsequent
This new group is the continuation of the lively "Faith
Club" book discussion group that met for the past three
Sundays. During these discussions, it quickly became
clear that there is much to be gained through an open and
honest discussion of issues of faith among people with
differing backgrounds. Those present came to see that
Grace has more than enough diversity among its members and
friends to support a real growth experience for us as
individuals and as a church.
Most of us have questions about our faith that continue
to nag us. Come to the parlor after church Sunday and
contribute them to the list of questions to be dealt with in
The first "real" meeting of the new group will
convene over brunch at the home of Bennyce Hamilton after
church on Sunday, April 13th. Current thinking is that
subsequent meetings will take place on 2nd and 4th Sundays
over brunch in other folks' homes.
Finally, thanks to Mary McLain for organizing the "Faith
Club" discussions which led to the development of this
exciting new discussion series.
Contributed by Ken
|Interfaith Hospitality Network Young Professionals
Calling all 21-45 year olds! IHN's YP group is
sponsoring craft activities with IHN kids and parents at the
IHN Day Center in Lower Price Hill. If you are interested in
volunteering with us on Sat., March 15th (St. Patrick's Day
Activities), please RSVP to Ann at IHN by emailing email@example.com or calling 471-1100.
|The Youth Ministry at CCCH
Christ Community in College Hill will host weekly youth
activities at the Rock Cafe in College Hill on Wednesday
evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. This initiative is
designed to give youth an opportunity to interact with their
peers and engage in purposeful dialogue in a safe
environment. Food will be provided and all College Hill
youth are welcome.
For more information contact Ron Whitt, CCCH Mentor &
Youth Worker at 443-554-6385 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by Ron
We still have vacancies on the Flower and
Coffee Hour schedules. If you can assist please contact
Jim Edgy at 513-541-2415 or email@example.com. Thank you to all
who have volunteered to date.
|Grace Church Body Recall & Yoga
Body Recall, Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Yoga, Tuesday - 6:00
Only $8.00 per session. See Laura
Mar 9 "Got Questions?"
Discussion Group 11:30 a.m.
Mar 12 Healing
Service 6:30 p.m.
Mar 19 Mission Council 6:00
Mar 20 Maundy Thursday Service
Mar 21 Community Easter Service
(Co-sponsored by College Hill Ministerium) 12:00
Mar 22 Easter Vigil - St. James
Church 8:00 p.m.
Apr 5 Hip Hop Service