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Dear Friend,
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!
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Anita Triggs, editor
In This Issue ...
The Many Faces at Grace
Reconciliation: Moving Forward Together
A Thought on Stewardship
Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in Cincinnati
Mission Council Spotlight - Molly Russell
Mission Council Rocks!
March Healing Service
New "Got Questions?" Discussion Group
Interfaith Hospitality Network Young Professionals Service Events
The Youth Ministry at CCCH
Volunteers Needed
Body Recall & Yoga
Grace Collage Reduced
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 reconciliation.
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
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
I 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 bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Good-bye".
To know when you have enough is to be rich.
Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher

Alvin Ailey2 

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
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 community.
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 Church.
Healing Service2March 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 meetings. 
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 subsequent meetings.

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 Lyon
Interfaith Hospitality Network Young Professionals Service Events

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 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
Contributed by Ron Whitt
Volunteer Needed

We still have vacancies on the Flower and Coffee Hour schedules.  If you can assist please contact Jim Edgy at 513-541-2415 or  Thank you to all who have volunteered to date.
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
Upcoming Events
Mar 9      "Got Questions?" Discussion Group 11:30 a.m.

Mar 12     Healing Service 6:30 p.m.

Mar 19     Mission Council 6:00 p.m.
Mar 20     Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m.
Mar 21     Community Easter Service
              (Co-sponsored by College Hill Ministerium) 12:00 p.m.
Mar 22     Easter Vigil - St. James Church 8:00 p.m.
Apr 5       Hip Hop Service 5:00 p.m.