and about Grace Episcopal Church
Your editor and wife Carol worshipped at Holy Trinity
Anglican Episcopal Church in Oaxaca the past two Sundays. The
first Sunday, we were visitors; the second, your editor was
part of the service, delivering the homily. This church,
part of the Anglican Church of Mexico, is currently without a
priest, and divides Sunday worship responsibilities among the
15 or so lay people who attend on a Sunday-by-Sunday basis.
This includes responsibility for reading a modified Eucharist
service and distributing Communion elements previous blessed
by a priest. You can see some pictures of the church starting
Learn more and see what else
is happening at Grace at on the Grace Church
|Stewardship Campaign Moving Forward
As of November 3, 23 people have pledged to
give a total of $49,586 to Grace Church in 2009.
We are well on our way to exceeding last year's total of 41
pledges and $68,000.
We have identified 27
potential additional pledgers who pledged last year or are
regular Grace attendees, but who have not yet pledged this
year. When they join those who have already pledged, we will
demonstrate to the Diocese the we have a viable congregation
that is moving in a forward direction.
have not sent in your estimated giving yet, please do so as
soon as possible. If you have not yet received an estimated
giving form, or have mislaid yours, please let us know at
513-541-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
show that Grace is a church on the move into the future.
|Stir the Pot
Series Off to a Good Start
Our first event in the Stir the Pot series had
approximately 40 people in attendance, an excellent discussion
on how faith informs our practices in politics, and a
wonderful reception following.
are due to Belinda and Roger Perna, Mary McLain, Tammy
Robertson, and Lisa Perry. And our thanks goes to the
entire committee that worked on this event. Make sure
you plan to attend the next one on November 23. See below for
more about this interesting program.
|For the Bible Tells Me
So To Be Shown at Grace |
For the Bible Tells
Me So, a film discussing what the Bible really says about
homosexuality, will be shown at Grace Church on Sunday,
November 23, at 4:30 pm. The film will be followed by a
panel discussion and a light supper of soup and home made
The film is being co-sponsored by the Human Rights
Campaign, LGBTS Interfaith Clergy Network, and Integrity of Greater
Cincinnati. Child care will be provided. There
is no charge for the event although donations in support of
the series will be accepted.
This is the second in
Grace Church's series of films and discussions in a series
called "Stir the Pot", as it attempts to bring together people
on all sides of various serious issues that face
us. Future events concern the rise of Islam, the
environment, slavery, and aging.
For the Bible Tells Me So
traces the lives of several gay and lesbian persons, giving
their home backgrounds, the issues they faced in accepting and
being accepted as a gay/lesbian person by themselves, their
family, their church, and others. The comments of many
leading theologians and ministers on both sides of the debate
are informative and enlightening in assisting and promoting
understanding of the various ways people come to their beliefs
about this subject.
All are encouraged to see the
effective and provocative film.
|News of Former Parishioners |
Carroll writes to say, "I want to inform those who might
remember Charlie Rice, a former member of Grace Church and
assistant to Bishop Thompson, that he died October 17, 2008 @
9:30 pm. He suffered from multiple sclerosis. He
was buried from St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Ft. Thomas
We also understand that former Warden Deacon Laura
Chace is recovering at home from
|10,000 Villages Benefits IHN |
Looking for great
and unique holiday gifts? Want to help Cincinnati
homeless families and lift families from poverty around the
globe? Be sure to visit 10,000 Villages at 2011 Madison
Rd. (in the O'Bryonville neighborhood) on Sunday, December 7,
from noon to 4 pm. Twenty percent of all purchases made
during that time will benefit Interfaith
Hospitality Network if you mention IHN.
at 10,000 Villages are hand-made in 3rd world villages and
part of the proceeds return to them. Items range from
inexpensive and fun finger puppets to beautiful sculpture and
Grace Church is a supporting
congregation for IHN, which feeds, houses and provides social
services to homeless families throughout the year.
Please mark your calendar for this 3-fold gift shopping!
(For more information contact Grace Staples at 513-251-3538.)
|Give Your Unneeded Furniture a New Life
We have the following from New Life
"We serve families that have
overcome homelessness and/or fled an abusive situation.
We pick up gently used furniture from donors and deliver
directly to our families in need. We currently have 30
families on our waiting list that are in need of
furniture. If you have any items to donate to make their
apartments feel more like a home, please contact Holly at
513-582-9053 or Tim at 513-600-3286.
"You can also look at our website
what we accept and more to learn more. Many
thanks and our blessings to you and your