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September 4, 2008
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Dear Friend,

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

Homecoming. If 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, September 7.

Mission Fair. Grace Church's Outreach Committee will present a Mission Fair after the service. 

Anyone can 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, or Grace Staples (513-251-3538, or the church office (513-541-2415, if you would like to contribute a display of pictures and information in addition to the Grace Church projects.
Learn More About What's Happening at Grace

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

Florence 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

St. 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 Religion.

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 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 Planet".

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

Contact: the Rev. Dcn. Irene Radcliff at or 614.267.2145 or Ms. Eason at 614.252.1916 or

Education for Ministry Resumes

EFM LogoGrace'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 own lives.

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 interested.
Special Services Resume this Fall
  • 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.
The choir is again rehearsing Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm.  Join them!
Thoughts on Stewardship
Hands with pearl
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.

"The Lord 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 HanisianJames 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 Grace Church. 

We appreciate his support of Grace Church.
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