and about Grace Episcopal Church
This Sunday is extra-special: it's both Homecoming
Sunday and Mission Fair Sunday. See you there!
As always, check out the Calendar to see
what else is coming up at Grace.
|Sunday Is Homecoming AND Mission Fair Sunday
you know people who haven't attended in some time or have
moved away and perhaps would like to return for a day, please
invite them to join us at the 10 am service this Sunday,
Grace Church's Outreach Committee will present a
Mission Fair after the service.
present his or her favorite mission at the Grace Church
Mission Fair. Where do you volunteer? Would you like to
encourage others to volunteer with you? Contact Judy
Handy (513-681-5829, firstname.lastname@example.org
) or Grace Staples
) or the church office
) if you would
like to contribute a display of pictures and information in
addition to the Grace Church
|Learn More About What's Happening at
You can read Minutes of Mission
Council (Vestry) meetings on Grace's web site here
You can also see the schedule for service volunteers
on the web site here
|Altar Guild Meeting |
Poyer reminds Altar Guild members of a working luncheon
Saturday September 6 at 11:30 am. Lunch will be provided
by Chuck Bowles.
|Men's Spirituality Seminar |
Paul's Dayton, invites all interested men to a special seminar
on Sunday, October 5, 2008, from 12:45 to 3:45, led by Kent
Ira Groff: "Journeymen: Men's Issues and Spirituality".
Explore the problems and promise of men's spirituality
for everyday life and work. Drawing on the leader's book,
Journeymen: A Spiritual Guide
for Men and scriptures, you will gain insight and
practical methods of prayer and meditation to help with
stress, health and vocation. The leader's presentations will
include film clips, small group conversations, quiet times and
music to connect body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Groff is a
a spiritual companion for journeyers and leaders, a writer and
retreat leader living in Denver, CO. He leads seminars at
retreat centers and faith communities in the U.S. and abroad.
He describes his work as "one beggar showing other beggars
where to find bread." He is founding mentor of Oasis
Ministries, Camp Hill, Pa., and is an ordained Presbyterian
minister also active in the Episcopal Church. Kent is a
graduate of Penn State University, Princeton Theological
Seminary and Chicago Theological Seminary with a Doctorate in
There is no charge for this event, but
donations at the door will be gratefully and graciously
received. We do ask that you register in advance by calling
the church office at 937-293-1154 or by email to email@example.com. When you
register, please let us know if you are interested in coming
at noon and enjoying lunch!
|ECW Conference to be Held at Procter in October
Join Sister Paula Gonzalez, environmentalist;
Roxanne Qualls, Cincinnati City Council member; Patty Welty,
crafts leader and others at the annual Episcopal Church Women
conference as "Women Empowered and United to Save the
The conference will take place at Procter Camp
& Conference Center on Saturday, October 25 from 9 am to
4:30 pm. Registration fee for the conference is $25; deadline
for registration is October 20. You may register online or
download a registration form to mail in from the diocesan
website here. Make checks
payable to: "Episcopal Church Women Diocese of Southern Ohio",
and mail to: Ms. Milicent Eason, 2135 Schenley Drive, Columbus
43219. Attendees who require overnight accommodations are
responsible for making arrangements with the Procter
Conference Center staff. Contact: Robin Kimbler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: the Rev. Dcn. Irene Radcliff at email@example.com or 614.267.2145 or Ms.
Eason at 614.252.1916 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Education for Ministry Resumes
Grace's two Education for Ministry
(EfM) groups began meeting again in September. A total of 18
people (nine in each class) are studying Hebrew Scripture,
Christian Testament, Church History and Modern Theology with
mentor Hawley Todd.
Don't be mislead by the word
"ministry"--this is not a course for professional ministers,
it's about empowering people to discern the ministry in their
You can learn more about EfM here
|New Orleans Mission Trip
There will a mission trip to New Orleans to help
rebuild homes. We will be leaving after service on
Sunday December 14 and will be returning Friday, December
19. Let Ernestein know if you are
|Special Services Resume this Fall
The choir is again
rehearsing Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. Join
- Evening Prayer and Confession resumes in September.
- The Hip Hop Service resumes Saturday, October 4,
at 5:00 pm.
- The African Drumming, Reiki, Traditional Healing and
Reconciliation Service resumes Wednesday, September 10, at a
new starting time, 7:00 pm.
|Thoughts on Stewardship |
When we think
of generosity, we might look at the size of the gift or the
nobility of the cause. But Jesus measured generosity by a
radically new standard: the condition of the giver's heart.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
(Matthew 6:21). So, giving is more than an obligation for
followers of Christ; it is an exciting opportunity to lay up
treasure that will last for all eternity.
Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to
receive.' " (Acts 20:35b). Yet statistics show
that U.S. Christians give proportionately less than we did
during the Great Depression. Today, like no other time in
history, God has positioned His people with unprecedented
wealth and opportunity to glorify the risen Christ by
mirroring His generosity.
|James Hanisian Guest Preacher
We welcomed The Rev. James Hanisian as our guest
preacher on August 24.
Fr. Hanisian is the VP
for Development for the Episcopal Retirement Homes. He is also
the Chairman of the committee that recommends and allocates
funds from the Procter Fund, which has been very generous to
We appreciate his support of Grace