and about Grace Episcopal Church
It's Summer, but that doesn't mean that life at
Grace has slowed very much--it's just different from
the rest of the year. Check out the calendar
to see what's happening.
Blessed Grill Follows Holy Meal
On the first Sunday in July, Grace held the first of two
Blessed Grills on the Garth following the 10 am service.
Members & friends enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, potato
salad and other summertime grill-out fixin's.
The next Blessed Grill will follow the August 3
service. After the Holy meal, come and be fed with
hamburgers, hot dogs and conversation. Bring a dish to share
if you like.
Marches with Episcopalians in 2008 Pride Alive Parade
On Sunday June
15 about 70 Episcopalians--from Grace, Calvary, Our
Savior, St. Stephen, Ascension and Holy Trinity, Redeemer, St.
Timothy and All Saints--marched behind the Rev. Paula Jackson,
one of the Grand Marshalls, in the Gay Pride Parade.
Oh what a sight that was! Our shirts were all
the brilliant colors of the rainbow, emblazoned with the
words, "The Episcopal Church Welcomes YOU." Our flags were
gigantic swashes of color and we twirled huge multicolored
umbrellas and chanted, "God loves you and there's nothing you
can do about it!" Mother Paula swung her thurible
the crowd. Bob Poyer and others handed out prayer cards along
I was amazed at the reception we
received. First there were crowds all along the route
waving at us, especially in Clifton and enormous ones in
Northside. They responded positively to our message with
cheers and smiles all the way.
end of the route at the park in Northside, we had a tent where
people could enter a raffle to have a dinner with Bishop
Breidenthal and his wife, Margaret. About 200 people
filled out cards for the dinner or to get more information
about the Episcopal Church or Integrity.
This was a wonderful, exciting, and effective evangelical
outreach to the GLBT communities and I feel sure it will bear
fruit in the future.
The lower picture shows Ray Betts & Mary McLain in
their parade T-shirts. For more pictures, click here
Thanks to Mary McLain for this
|Vicar's Immigration Journey Featured in Diocesan
Sunday before Independence Day, our Vicar applied
the Gospel's imperative to be welcoming to the experience of
immigrants to this country. She spoke movingly of her
own 28-year journey to citizenship, which was granted just
Ms. Flemister's story is featured in Interchange, the
Newsletter of the Diocese of Southern Ohio. You can read
the whole story here
She didn't mention it, but the Old Testament is
adamant and quite specific about how immigrants should be
treated. Typical of the more than 30 verses that deal
with immigrants (also known as aliens, strangers or
sojourners, depending on the translation) is the following:
Leviticus 19:34: The alien living with you must be
treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself,
for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.
to see all
the verses dealing with
Jim Dietz writes:
We scheduled a Saturday in June for the removal
of the huge dead tree overlooking the church's parking lot on
the back left corner. A large limb had already fallen
from the tree close to the parking lot and it was evident that
the tree had to be removed.
The tree removal crew arrived around 2:00 PM Saturday as
expected. I was surprised at how young the five men
were. It turned out that the crew was very competent and
worked very quickly. The young leader did all the
climbing and dangerous work and he accomplished this using
just a ladder and no other climbing equipment. When the
ladder was not high enough, the young man climbed the trunk
and limbs like a monkey. He wore gym shoes and no other
special climbing equipment other than a rope.
Once the saw cuts were made at the bottom of the huge
tree, the only surprise was the way the large upper limbs
failed during the first attempt to pull the tree over.
The second try with the rope secured on the remaining upper
branches was successful and the tree fell with a
There was a smaller dead tree near the driveway at the
back of the parking lot that was also removed very
easily. the crew also did some other trimming for
The final stage was the cutting of all limbs and
branches into firewood size and the cleanup of the leaves and
small branches. When the crew left the work area, it was
remarkably clean and in order. They were to be
|Stewardship Moment: Time and Talent Survey
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. However, 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 his kingdom.
With that in mind, the
Stewardship Committee developed a Time and Talent
Survey/Commitment form which was distributed to the
congregation at a June 1 meeting. As of July 14, 43
people have responded to the survey, and we are compiling a
list of "willing hands" to help us further the work of the
Our concept is what we are calling Worship +
2. We want 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.
Many of the activities could accomplish both goals at the same
time. Some examples of this would be to assist in a
healing service or taking on our prayer concerns list. A Bible
study or discussion group would enhance our own faith and our
many outreach programs would help you serve the
community. Please enter into a prayerful attitude as you
consider what God wants you to do with precious time he has
given you and with the many gifts you have received from
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.
Thanks to Belinda Perna for this
|Say "Good-bye" to Roger Speer Sunday July
Sunday, July 20, Roger Speer will be with us to say good
bye. He has accepted a position as the Youth Director
for the Episcopal Diocese of
the Virgin Islands
. Plan to be here to express your
thanks to Roger for all he has done for Grace Church.
Roger was instrumental in helping Grace get back on its
feet a couple of years ago, spending much time with us at the
same time as he was Youth Director for the Diocese.
Rumor has it that people are already scheduling times to
visit Roger in his new digs this winter.
|Now's the time to Consider Education for
Church's two Education for Ministry groups will start up again
in September. The groups meet at the church on Monday
evenings or Friday mornings under the leadership of
experienced mentor Hawley Todd.
Education for Ministry (EfM) provides a safe place for
lay people to refine their faith, articulate their faith and
live their faith through a structured group learning
experience. EfM is an extension course from the School of
Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee and is
sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio.
Registration in this four-year program is for one year at
a time, in advance. To register, contact mentor Hawley
513-9667-6581) before August 1.
To find out more about EfM, click here
Hawley or talk to EfM graduates Mary McLain, Grace
Staples, Jim Edgy, Carol Lyon or former mentor Ken
What EfM does better than any other theological education
program is to equip people to integrate their faith with their
real life experiences in ways that make sense and bring
meaning to their lives. EfM graduates attest to being able to
live more full and abundant lives. Many discover (or
rediscover) their ministries in their daily life and work.
Some find themselves called to use their talents in new ways.
In all cases, those who complete the program have new
confidence in their ability to live their lives as