and about Grace Episcopal Church
I had thought that about one eGraceNotes a month
would be enough to cover what's happening at Grace. But
I was wrong. Lately, it's taken about one issue a week
to keep up with the news of Grace.
|The Flags Are Back!
Don't they look great?
|Vicar's Open House
You are invited to attend an Open House at the Vicar's
home on This Sunday May 25, from 1 to 5 pm. See her
address in Sunday's bulletin, or contact the office
|"Got Questions" Continues This
Questions" group resumes this Sunday in the parlor following
the 10 am service. We will be discussing "How does Jesus'
death 2000 years ago atone for my
Because the Vicar will be serving food at her open house
immediately following "Got Questions," we will not be having
our usual "Got Questions" brunch. However, for those
whose stomachs need a little something, we will have some
snacks to tide you over to lunch.
|Stewardship Moment: Time and Talent
Although the main thrust of the Stewardship Committee at
Grace is to help us honor God's goodness to us by managing our
monetary resources to keep the Church operating in a
self-sufficient manner, it is also important for us to use the
time and talents that God has blessed us with to
- maintain our own faith and to
- contribute to the greater Community where we live.
God wants us to be like the trustworthy servants in the
parable to the talents (Matthew 25;14-30) and invest our
talents in a way that will reap a harvest that will further
With that in mind, the Stewardship Committee is
developing a Time and Talent Survey/Commitment form which will
be distributed to the congregation at or before
the June 1 congregational meeting.
We are calling our concept Worship +
2. We are asking everyone to
commit to join us in worship as often as they are able,
and also to commit to participate in at least two church
activities to enhance their faith and to serve the greater
community outside of Grace Church. For examle, a Bible
study or discussion group would enhance our own faith and
participating in one of our many outreach programs would help
you serve the community. Many activities could
accomplish both goals at the same time. Some examples of
this would be assisting in a healing service or taking on our
prayer concerns list.
Please prayerfully consider what God wants you
to do with the precious time he has given you and with the
many gifts you have received from him. Let us remember
that "in Christ, we who are many form one body, . . . we have
many gifts, including prophesying, serving, teaching,
encouraging, leading, and showing mercy." (Romans
12:5-8) Let's all use our individual gifts to create a
better world and continue to build the body of Christ.
|More About the Time & Talent
Your Stewardship Committee is conducting a Time and
Talent Survey as part of our
effort entitled Worship + 2. The
survey will be e-mailed to those with computers before the
June 1 Congregational Meeting and will
be distributed to others at the
We ask that each of you complete this survey and
seriously consider commiting to three things:
- Worship with us on a regular basis.
- Become involved in one volunteer activity that benefits
- Become involved in one volunteer activity that benefits
your spiritual, social, mental, physical
|Wonderful Ladies Luncheon Served
Men served the ladies at the Ladies Luncheon following
the 10 am service last Sunday. You can see some
pictures of the event here
Hearty thanks are due especially to Belinda
Perna(pictured) and Roger Perna who co-chaired the event, and
also to the many who assisted:
- Saturday Preparation: Mary McLain, Grace Staples,
Judy Handy, Wanda Miller, Susan Givler, Ernestein Flemister,
Bob Poyer, Chuck Bowles and especially to Ruth Bertram for
doing such an excellent job of cleaning the refrigerator.
- Food Preperation: Susan Givler, Judy Handy, Ruth
Bertram, Wanda Miller, Bob and Florence Poyer, Belinda
and Roger Perna, Mary McLain, Grace Staples, and Charles
- Serving and Cleaning up: Gary and Susan Givler,
Chris Neely, Roger Perna, David Mukasa, Bob Poyer, Chuck
Bowles, Jim Deitz, Ray Betts, Hawley Todd, Belinda
Perna, Dominick Mukasa and Ken Lyon.
|Thank the Choir for a Great Season
Last Sunday, the Grace Church Choir completed a great
season of music. We appreciate their hard work to
enhance our services. Members of the
- Sopranos: Belinda Perna, Molly Russell and Grace
- Altos: Judy Handy, Albertha Howard and Medeena Nolan.
- Tenors: Charles Bowles, Bob Poyer and Barbara Todd.
- Basses: Gary Givler, Roger Perna and John Thayer.
And, of course, special thanks are due to
Organist/Choirmaster Jim Edgy, who ensures that our music all
comes together each and every
|Grace's Education for Ministry Classes Graduate
Church congratulates Claire Darley, Stacy Park, and Charleston
Wang on completing the four-year EfM (Education for Ministry)
curriculum. This Sunday, Hawley Todd (their Mentor)
will present their diplomas at Christ Church Cathedral.
Roger Perna is also in this class so he and Belinda will also
be at the Cathedral. They all will be back with us next
Grace Church hosts two Education for Ministry
classes. Education for Ministry (EfM) is for anyone who
is looking for a a safe place to explore and refine their
faith. In this group learning experience, participants learn
to better articulate their faith and to see new ways to live
their faith. You can read more about EfM here
|Another Prayer Shawl Blessed Sunday
Sunday's service, Grace Staples presented a Prayer Shawl to be
blessed before being given to a person in need of the
comfort that the shawl provides.
This shawl is just one of dozens that have been knitted
by members and friends of Grace over the past several
You can read more about the Prayer Shawl Ministry here
. To learn more about this ministry at
Grace, see Florence Poyer.
|Parish Cookouts Coming in July &
The first Sundays of July and August, we will hold a
parish cookout in the Garth. Plan to stay and enjoy a
hamburger, hot dog, etc, and have fellowship with your church
|Sunday Morning Assignments Now
Sunday morning volunteer assignments through June are now
on the Grace web site here
- Vicar's Open House: Sunday, May 25, 1 to 5pm.
- "Got Questions" Discussion: May 25 following the 10:00am
service, and every 2nd and 4th Sunday.
Congregational Meeting: Sunday, June 1.
Outreach Committee: June 4 and every 1st Wednesday at
Hip-Hop Service: June 7 at St. Phillip's, Northside,
and every 1st Saturday at 5:00pm.
- Stewardship Committee: June 18 and every 3rd Wednesday
- Mission Council: June 18 and every 3rd Wednesday
- Evening Prayer & Confession: June 21 and every 3rd
Saturday at 5:00pm.
- Drumming, Rieke and Healing: Begins again in