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October 5, 2008
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Dear Friend,

Our kids put on quite a little ad hoc entertainment at last Sunday's Parish Picnic.  There's a pointer to some pictures in the article below.

As always, check out the Calendar to see what else is coming up at Grace.

A Stewardship Moment:
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow

"Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow!" Known by many of us as the "Doxology," this is perhaps the most frequently used piece of music in public worship today. Many churches sing it every Sunday. The words are so familiar that here at Grace we don't even print the lyrics in our Sunday Bulletin. However, most of us sing it loudly each time that we are asked to do so.

This is actually the last verse of a longer hymn, "Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun," written by Thomas Ken, in 1674, for his students at Winchester College. It does not say "Praise God from whom some Blessings Flow," but we are reminded that all of our blessings come from the Lord. Psalm 100 (King James Version) tells us that "it is He that has made us and not we ourselves."

When do we sing this hymn? We sing it as we present our offerings at the Altar each Sunday. We thank and praise God by giving back some of the abundance that we have received from him. During the same part of the service, we also recall Paul's message to us in Ephesians to "walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us . . . "

Let us remember to pay homage to our Lord as we thank him and praise him for all our blessings. Every time we sing "Praise God from whom all Blessings Flow," let us pay attention to the message that is being given to us.

Roger Perna contributed this article.

You can see several reflections on the subject of stewardship on our website here.
Parish Picnic Gets Surprise Entertainment from Our Kids

Kids Entertain at Picnic

Last Sunday's Parish Picnic was going along great, and then our young people stepped it up a notch by staging some ad hoc entertainment.  You can see more pictures in the Grace Photo Album here

In addition to thanking our kids, we thank everyone else who assisted with the Parish Picnic:
  • Especially to Belinda and Roger Perna who took the lead in every aspect of the picnic;
  • To David Mukasa and Roger Perna, our expert grillers (the ribs were especially good!);
  • to those who provided food and drink:  Bill Barnard and Durand Carroll, Lisa Perry and Tammy Robertson, Johnnye White, Phillis Dietz, David Mukasa. Belinda and Roger Perna, Wanda Miller, Florence and Bob Poyer, Mary McLain, Virginia Chapel, Tiffany Valentine, Susan Givler, Jackie Lewis, Madeena Nolan, Ken Lyon;
  • to Ken Lyon for the slide show of activities at Grace Church;
  • and for every one else who helped to make it a great picnic.
See you next year! 

In the meantime, remembering that the church family that eats together, stays together, we'll again meet over food at a pot-luck luncheon on Sunday, October 19, following the service.
Jim Beisner Resigns as Treasurer; Roger Perna appointed Treasurer

Bruce & Jim BeisnerWe want to thank Jim Beisner (pictured right) who has been our Treasurer.  He has worked very hard on our behalf, spending countless hours, but has decided that he can better serve in another church. 
We also want to thank him and Bruce Beisner for their many other contributions:  Who can forget the wonderful coffee hour they hosted in the Garth with all the colorful panels; or their assistance at the Christmas dinner and at the many other special events they assisted with; and their help with the grounds on work days.  Additionally, they have assisted several of our members individually, by helping to move one member, and by assisting with other needs. 

We will miss both Jim and Bruce and again thank them for the many contributions they have made to Grace Church.

Roger PernaWe are delighted that Roger Perna has agreed to become our Treasurer. 
Florence PoyerWe are also delighted that Florence Poyer has agreed to assist with data entry into the accounting system. 
Both of these people have been active in so many aspects of our parish that it is no surprise that they have again stepped up to help us out.  Again, our thanks and deepest appreciation to them.
Coffee Hour Hosts/Hostesses Provide Important Welcome to Grace

Coffee on the GarthThe Coffee Hour following services on the first and third Sundays of each month provides a valuable opportunity to welcome newcomers as well as to converse with members and friends. 

Hosts and hostesses are needed for October 19, November 2, November 16, December 7 and December 21.  You can sign up on the sheet on the piano near the Belmont door, or contact the office (513-541-2415,
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