and about Grace Episcopal Church
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
"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.
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
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.
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
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
- and for every one else who helped to make it a great
See you next year!
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
|Jim Beisner Resigns as Treasurer; Roger Perna appointed
We 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
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
We will miss both Jim and Bruce and
again thank them for the many contributions they have
made to Grace Church.
We are delighted
that Roger Perna has agreed to become our Treasurer.
We 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
|Coffee Hour Hosts/Hostesses Provide Important Welcome
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org