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February 7, 2009
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Dear Friend,

The Annual Meeting last Sunday provided an opportunity for Grace to elect members to positions of responsibility, to recognize contributions by members and friends, to hear reports on the state of Grace and to see the budget that Mission Council is developing for 2009. And to savor some great food brought by the membership.

You can see meeting pictures here.

You can read the reports that were presented here. Take your time with them, there's a lot of good information there.

In those reports, you'll read good news about the important role that Grace plays in the community and for its members and friends.  On the other hand, you'll see an as-yet not completed budget that is over $50,000 out of balance. Mission Council is working to find a way to get the budget to balance. A meeting with diocesan officials is scheduled to see what options are available.

Congratulations to our new Wardens, Mission Council Members, and Convention Delegates

The following were elected at last Sunday's Annual Meeting (clicking their link will take you to their picture):

Senior Warden: David Mukasa
Junior Warden: Charles Bowles, Jr.

Mission Council 3 year term: Bret Bernard and Justine Matovu
Mission Council 2 year term: Bennyce Hamilton, joining Wanda Miller and Belinda Perna, who are serving unexpired terms.
Mission Council 1 year term: Jackie Lewis and Carol Lyon

Convention Delegates: Mary McLain and Florence Poyer
Convention Delegate Alternate: David Mukasa

Our Thanks to the retiring members for their dedicated work.
John Thayer, Senior Warden
David Mukasa, Junior Warden
Mary McLain, Florence Poyer and Ruth Bertram, Mission Council Members.

Meet Your Mission Council Members

Charles BowlesCharles Bowles, Jr. was elected Junior Warden last Sunday. Charles tells us:

I have lived in Cincinnati all of my life.  My family was raised in the Lutheran Church.  My mother chose that church because they believed in "teaching rather than preaching."  I moved to College Hill after the death of my father to purchase a two family home so that my mother would not live alone, and settled on Belmont Avenue. Now, I have lived in College Hill more than 20 years. 

I decided to leave the Lutheran Church and chose Grace Church because it was close to my home...that was the best decision I have ever made!
I work in workforce development for Arbor Education and Training and am the Deputy Director of the Super Jobs Center in the city. 

Bennyce HamiltonBennyce Hamilton was elected to Mission Council last Sunday. 

Bennyce has been a member of Grace Church for about ten years. She was recently confirmed by Bishop Briedenthal. She is a lay reader and ushers on occasion. She will be helping out with Sunday School.

In her spare time Bennyce enjoys basketball, reading, and singing.  She is a member of MUSE Cincinnati's Women's Choir and has been for the past eight seasons.

Recently, Bennyce completed her Doctorate in Education at the University of Cincinnati. She is a firefighter for the City of Cincinnati and teaches English to high school seniors at Scarlet Oaks Vocational Center.

We'll have more mini-biographies in future eGraceNotes.
Coming Events at Grace

Grace Church Calendar

In the coming week at Grace:
  • Hip Hop Service today (Saturday) at 5 pm.
  • Choir Practice, Sunday, February 8, 9 am.
  • Morning Prayer and Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, February 8, 10 am. Prayer Book class follows the service.
  • Community Healing Service with Drumming, Reiki, Traditional Healing and Reconciliation, Wednesday, February 11, 7 pm.
  • Choir Practice, Thursday, February 12, 7 pm.
Coming special events:
  • Absalom Jones Service, at Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday, February 15, 4 pm.

  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, February 24, 6 pm.
  • Stir the Pot Series: 
    • The Freedom Files, Sunday, February 22. Highlights vital civil liberties issues.
    • An Inconvenient Truth, Sunday, March 15. A film about one man's view of global warming.
    • Do Not Go Gentle, Sunday, April 26. A film about the power of imagination and aging.  The filmmaker will be with us.
See the Grace Church Calendar for more complete and uptodate information on meetings and services at at Grace.  Let us know if we've missed anything.
  • To those who helped with the Stir the Pot series on Constantine's Sword.  It was a very stimulating session.  We hope more people will take advantage of this excellent series.  We especially thank Mary McLain and Ray Betts for their leadership in this event.
  • To those who assisted with the luncheon after Susan Dewbrey's memorial service.  We are most appreciative.
  • To all who brought food last Sunday for the Christ's Community food pantry.

Do you wonder what is in the Book of Common Prayer

BCPJoin the Vicar following the Services this Sunday and on February 22 to review and/or learn about this great book.

Is this really the prayer book that Jesus used?  Or would have used had he known English? Come and find out why anybody would say such a thing.
Office Volunteers Needed February 23 through March 6

Jim Edgy will be on vacation. If you can volunteer to cover phones from 10 to 12 each day, please sign up on the sheet on the piano or email
Lent is Coming

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper February 24 at 6 pm. Enjoy pancakes, sausages, orange juice, milk, coffee & tea. Donations go to Grace.

A Lenten Series hosted by the clergy of our deanery on March 3rd,10th,17th,and 24th.  The series will be held at Ascension and Holy Trinity.  Classes will be led by the Reverends David Halt, Bob Hufford, David Bailey, Rosa Autry Brown, Pat Merchant and Ernestein C. Flemister.       
A Weekend of Renewal for Caregivers Coming in March

Episcopal Retirement Homes' Parish Health Ministry will hold its 2009 Refresh Your Soul conference March 6-7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati (5901 Pfeiffer Road). This year's theme is "Staying Afloat- Preserving the Capacity to Care." The weekend of renewal will feature keynote presenters Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN. and The Rev. Dcn. Joanna Seibert, MD.

Jane Hamilton has been a professional and family caregiver, learning first-hand the challenges of giving care. Her work has taken her from a clinical nursing practice, to consulting and is now a much sought after dynamic, national speaker.

Dr. Seibert is a professor of Radiology and Pediatrics at Children's Hospital and University of Arkansas Medical School and a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas. She has presented numerous retreats and is the author of the book, Healing Presence.

The conference will offer a variety of breakout sessions addressing topics such as healing prayer, recognizing God's Plan, and healthy meals with today's hectic schedule.

For more information, call Ellen Schneider at 800-835-4545 or visit
Pastoral Care

Please let us know if you or anyone you know is in need pastoral care. This includes information on illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns. Don't assume that someone else has told us; too often, we do not know until it is too late that something has happened. 

Help us to serve you.
Festival Choral Eucharist to Honor Absalom Jones Next Sunday

Absalom Jones Service

Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer RequestsEloise Pinto, Ruth Bertram, Joyce Markham; Mrs. Matthews; Judy Handy, Shelly Martin, Barbara Todd; Kim Martin, Robb Martin; Florence and Bob Poyer; Dean Bryeans, Mary Hall, Chris; Irene Bryeans; Joshua, Caleb, Anne, and Darryl Handy; Marcus Flemister; Kim Herrmann, Al Berghausen; Teri; Mary Lou Bellows; Jackie Lewis. The families of Jim Dietz and Susan Dewbrey.
Sunday Service Volunteers List Updated

The Sunday Service volunteers list for February has been updated and may be seen on the web.
Faith in Life Lecture on Spiritual Discernment

Mark A. McIntosh, Ph.DThe Diocesan Faith in Life program is pleased to announce that the Rev. Mark A. McIntosh, Ph.D. will join the Diocese of Southern Ohio as a 2009 Hobson Lecturer.

His presentation will be a two-part talk on "Discerning God's Delight: A Theological Life of Spiritual Discernment" including "Distinguishing the Spirits" and "Discerning God's Will." The talks endeavor to open our life as a Christian people to the mystery of God's life in which we exist and to find the deep truths of our callings.

McIntosh holds degrees in history and in theology from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. He is the author of several books and teaches and researches at the intersection of Christian spirituality and theology

The lectures will be held from 10 am. to 3 pm. on February 28 in Schenk Chapel at Trinity Lutheran / Bexley Hall Seminaries in Columbus, 2199 East Main St. (A large parking lot is available on the south side of the seminary). There will be time after each lecture for questions and answers. Although lunch is not provided, several restaurants are nearby.
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