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March 28, 2008
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Dear Friend,
The Clergy, Mission Council and staff wish each of you a Joyous Easter!

We celebrate the Easter season until Pentecost on May 11.  There is a tradition that says that we should be at least as celebrative during this season as we were penitential during Lent--that anything we gave up for Lent, we need to do at least twice much during the Easter season.  Does that give you any ideas for your observance of a joyous Easter?

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In This Issue ...
"Got Questions?" Discussion Group Rescheduled for This Sunday
Vicar in Charlotte, NC, Sunday
Evening Prayer and Confession Service to Begin
Help Sponsor a Child at the Rafiki School in Africa
Grace Cook Book
Our Thanks To
Why Go to Church?
Plan to Participate and Support Integrity
More Thanks
"Got Questions?Discussion Group Rescheduled for This Sunday

Join us after the 10:00 am service this Sunday 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.  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 13. 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.

Vicar in Charlotte, NC, Sunday

The Vicar is preaching this Sunday at a conference of Liberian Episcopal Clergy USA (LECUSA) being held in Charlotte, NC. Her subject is "Answering the call of justice and walking humbly with God." 

Our Celebrant this Sunday will be The Reverend Ray Betts. The Vicar will return Tuesday.
Evening Prayer and Confession Service to Begin 

Beginning April 19 and each 3rd Saturday thereafter, there will be a quiet service of Evening Prayer, followed by the opportunity for people to give their confessions if they so desire. 

This will be a short, meditative service with no music or other embellishments--just a time to quietly sit and meditate, pray and give thanks to God for his goodness.  The service begins at 5:00 p.m.

Help Sponsor a Child at the Rafiki School in Africa

The cost of supporting a child at the Rafiki School is between $40 and $50 per month.  If you are willing to pledge toward this, please let Ernestein or Jim know.

Grace Cook Book

The Grace Cook Book is being revived.  Bring in your recipes.
Our Thanks To: 
  • Ruth Bertram for polishing the brass wall sconces in the Peace Chapel; 
  • Susan Dewbrey for taking time to fold all the bulletins for the extra Holy Week services as well as doing it each week; 
  • Bob Jones, our Sexton, who works hard to keep our building in good shape; 
  • The Choir who has excelled during a difficult time;
  • The Altar and Flower Guilds who always do an excellent job but spent much extra time at Easter;
  • Jim Edgy, who prepared bulletin after bulletin and generally helped keep things together;
  • All who supported our Easter services;
  • And especially to our Vicar, Ernestein C. Flemister, who prepared for and made our Holy Week a special one.
Why Go to Church?

A Churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

Thank God for our continuing to receive physical AND spiritual nourishment! 

 Plan to Participate and Support Integrity

Integrity is the Episcopal organization for gay and lesbian members and their families and friends.  In Cincinnati's Gay Pride Parade on June 15 we hope to have more than 100 marchers from our churches to demonstrate the Episcopal Church's love and acceptance for all people.  The Rev. Paula Jackson will be the parade marshal and Bishop Breidenthal is planning to attend the Mass on the Green following the parade.  More information will be available in the near future.

More Thanks

Grace Church expresses its appreciation to the Ministerium of College Hill for sponsoring the College Hill Good Friday Community Service and to all the churches and participants who supported it.  Participants included:

  • The Rev. Dan Weyand-Giese, First United Church of Christ
  • Timothy Ovia, Nouveau Chamber Youth Orchestra
  • The Rev. Joe Boone, Chaplain, Twin Towers Retirement Community
  • The Rev. Drew Smith, College Hill Presbyterian Church
  • Ron Whitt, Community Youth Worker, Christ's Community in College Hill
  • The Rev. Harold "Chappie" Chapman, Past Chair, Christ's Community in College Hill
  • Dr. Don Shegog, Hilltop United Methodist Church
  • Carolyn Lindsley, Hilltop United Methodist Church
  • The Rev. Roy Rogers, Second Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Ray Betts, Grace Episcopal Church
  • The Rev. Ernestein C. Flemister, Grace Episcopal Church
Coming Events
Sunday, March 30     First Session of "Got Questions"
                             follows 10:00 a.m. service.

Wednesday, April 2  Outreach Committee meeting. 6:00 p.m.

Saturday April 5       Hip Hop Service. 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 9   Healing Service with African Drumming, Reike and
                            Traditional Laying on of Hands.  6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 12   Mission Council Retreat

Sunday, April 13     "Got Questions" discussion group. Brunch meeting
                           following 10:00 a.m. service,
                           at the home of Bennyce Hamilton.

Wednesday April 16 Outreach Committee meeting. 10:00 a.m.

                            Mission Council Meeting. 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 19   Evening Prayer and Confession.  5:00 p.m.
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