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May 30, 2008
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Dear Friend,
Summer means a change of pace for many of us...and for our church. Some things we've done all winter, we'll stop, as we engage in summertime activities.  You'll see signs of the change in the articles in this issue of eGraceNotes and on our calendar.
In This Issue ...
Congregational Meeting This Sunday...
Parish Cookouts Coming in July & August
"Bag Lady" Tells All
Hip-Hop Service Returns to Grace
Thank the Choir for a Great Season (Corrected)
Prayer Shawl Knitters Day
"Got Questions" Continues
No, We're Not For Sale
Congregational Meeting This Sunday 
There will be a congregational meeting this Sunday, June 1, during the 10:00 am service. The agenda will be to answer questions about a letter from the Vicar explaining our current status. Mission Council members will introduce themselves. A Time and Talent Survey (Worship + 2) will also be presented and explained.  
Parish Cookouts Coming in July & August 
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 neighbors.
Barbara Todd & Bags"Bag Lady" Tells All 
Barbara Todd recently volunteered to make cloth shopping bags for people if they'd make a donation to the Vicar's Discretionary Fund.  The response was literally overwhelming, as Barbara got more requests than she could honor. 
We asked her how this neat project came about.  Her answer: 
My initial thought on the bags quite literally popped into my head when Ernestein asked on "Earth Day" Sunday morning if anyone had any suggestions for helping our planet. 
My father, his seamstress and I used to make cloth bags for the sidewalk sales in O'Bryonville back in the early 1990s.  Upon his passing, I inherited his fabric samples, remnants and sewing machines.  My initial thought was just to do something to help Planet Earth that also would be a gift to my fellow parishioners.

The following Sunday, knowing that the Vicar's discretionary fund was strapped, I asked Hawley what he thought of the idea of asking people to contribute $5 or whatever they could, so that the bags would be accessible to everyone and the fund would benefit.

I'm not sure how many bags I have made.  I do know that I'm backlogged by eight.  As to the amount contributed, that I also do not know because I have asked people to give their donations directly to Ernestein.  Some, though, have told me they contributed more than $5, which is very nice.
Thanks again, Barbara, for your efforts to help the earth, your fellow congregants and the people who are served via the Discretionary Fund.  That's a "three-fer!"
Your editor wonders: Are there other things we could do for each other that would at the same time generate a little extra money for Grace?
Hip Hop PosterHip-Hop Service Returns to Grace
Saturday, June 7
After a brief excursion to St. Phillip's in Northside, the Hip-Hop Service returns to Grace Saturday, June 7, at 5:00 pm. 
If you haven't experienced this translation of our liturgy, now could be the time. 
The energy of the young people celebrating this liturgy is infectious! 
Prayer Shawl Knitters Day
Louise Bower writes:
Prayer Shawl Ministry"Comfort and Joy," the knitting ministry at Christ Church, Glendale,  invites all prayer shawl knitters in the area to a gathering on Saturday, June 28, at 10:00 am.
The morning will begin in the chapel with a short prayer service and meditation on knitting as prayer by the Rev. Deacon Top Borden. The event will continue with more quiet knitting and prayer. Anyone not wishing to continue the quiet can adjourn to Olivia House where we will have beverages and snacks and the opportunity to visit with other knitters. Brown bag lunch will follow at noon, with more time to share stories and talk about a ministry to military families that has recently come to our attention.
Please plan to come and share your stories. Please also bring pictures and samples of any unusual shawls you are knitting. Call Louise Bower (513-742-1729 or e-mail for reservations.
Got Questions?"Got Questions" Continues June 8
The "Got Questions" group resumes Sunday, June 8, in the parlor following the 10 am service. Deacon Gary Givler will lead the continuation of our discussion of "How does Jesus' death 2000 years ago atone for my sins?"  
Brunch will be served.
"Got Questions?" continues every 2nd and 4th Sunday, until we run out of questions. 
No, We're Not Up For Sale 
Office Space for LeaseSome people who have seen this sign next to Grace have gotten the impression that Grace is up for sale.  That's not the case. 
Grace's educational wing is underutilized so we're offering to lease it. Grace will remodel to meet the needs of the lessor(s). 
If you know of organizations that could benefit from use of this space, tell them about it. Leasing this space will help our budget--a lot.
See more information in the listing here.
Selected Coming Events 

  • Congregational Meeting: Sunday, June 1.
  • Outreach Committee: June 4 at 6:00 pm, continuing every 1st Wednesday.
  • "Got Questions" Discussion: June 8 following the 10:00am service, continuing every 2nd and 4th Sunday until we run out of questions.
  • Hip-Hop Service: June 7 at Grace Church at 5:00 pm, continuing every 1st Saturday.
  • Stewardship Committee: June 18 at 10:00 am, continuing every 3rd Wednesday.
  • Mission Council:  June 18 at 6:00 pm, continuing every 3rd Wednesday.
  • Parish Cookout:  Follows the 10:00 am service July 6 and August 3.
  • Drumming, Rieke and Healing: Begins again September 10 at 6:30 pm, continuing every 2nd Wednesday.
  • Evening Prayer & Confession: Begins again September 20 at 5:00 pm, continuing every 3rd Saturday.

There's more happening at Grace that can be listed above. See more at the Grace Church Calendar here.

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