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Your editor is looking forward to the latest in Grace's "Stir the Pot" Series Sunday afternoon. I expect we'll have an interesting discussion triggered by Mr. Gore's film.  See more below....

An Inconvenient TruthGrace's "Stir the Pot" Film & Discussion Series Presents "An Inconvenient Truth" This Sunday

"An Inconvenient Truth," will be the subject of the next of Grace Church's "Stir the Pot" series this Sunday, March 15 starting at 4:30 pm.   This series of thought-provoking movies, discussions and delicious soups has been well-received.  All are invited. There is no charge. 

This film offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, reset the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, allout effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change.

Come expecting some lively discussion.

Next in the "Stir the Pot" series is "Do Not Go Gently" on April 26, dealing with a film about the power of imagination and aging. What role does creativity play in the process of aging?  How important is imagination to the experience of being human?  What are the most inventive artists expressing at very old age? Filmmaker Melissa Godoy will lead the discussion.
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests Eloise 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.

Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

In the coming week at Grace:
  • Choir Practice, Sunday, March 15, 9 am.
  • Eucharist Rite II, Sunday, March 1, 10 am. Guest Celebrant and Preacher: The Reverend Rosa Autry. Coffee Hour follows the service. 
  • Stir the Pot Series: An Inconvenient Truth. Start Time: 4:30 PM. This month, Grace's continuing series of films and discussions features "An Inconvenient Truth," a film about one man's view of global warming. A light meal is included.  All are welcome to come and particiate. No charge. 
  • Mission Council Meeting, Wednesday, March 18,  6 pm.
  • Choir Practice, Thursday, March 19, 7 pm.
  • Mission Council Retreat, Saturday, March 21, 9 am to 3 pm.
Coming special events:
  • Maundy Thursday Service, April 9, 7 pm.
  • Community Good Friday Service, April 10, noon to 3 pm.
  • Stir the Pot Series: 
    • Do Not Go Gentle, Sunday, April 26. A film about the power of imagination and aging.  The filmmaker will be with us.
    • Traces of the Trade, Sunday, May 17. In this film A Story from the Deep North,  filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.  This event is being co-sponsored by Ascension and Holy Trinity Church, Wyoming.

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.
Easter Flowers

Altar FlowersAfter the quiet and meditative atmosphere of Lent, Easter breaks forth with a glorious celebration.  Part of that celebration is a visual feast of flowers. 

If you would like to be part of making this happen either sign up at church on Sunday or call the office at 5123-541-2415.  The high altar will have two arrangements and the communion table will have an arrangement in front of it. These arrangements may be supported with a suggested donation of $50 each.  The peace chapel will have two smaller arrangements for a suggested donation of $25 each.  And potted spring plants and Easter lilies will be surround the baptismal font.  The suggested donation is $10 each.

The donations may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one or simply to the glory of God.
Community Good Friday Services Scheduled for April 10

The College Hill Ministerium will again sponsor Community Good Friday Services on April 10 from noon to 3 pm, with several College Hill churches participating.  All are invited to attend all or part of the service.
Reflections on Psalms for Lent Offered at Twin Towers

In preparation for the Easter holiday, Russ and VJ Schuster will share reflections on some psalms.
Their presentation will be offered at 2 pm Thursday, March 26, in the Hader Room at Twin Towers.
It will feature slides from the Schusters' travels in the US and Europe over the past 50 years. Music and the reading of more than ten psalms will compliment the slides.
The cost to attend is $2 for Twin Towers residents or $3 for the general public.
For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 513-853-4100.
Who Are the Real Sodomites" at Church of Our Savior

Integrity Cincinnati is sponsoring a session entitled "Who Are the Real Sodomites" on March 22 between 3 and 6 pm at Church of Our Savior, Hollister Street, Mt. Auburn. The Rev. Dr. Paula Jackson will lead this by discussing what the Sodom story in the Bible really means when it is set in the context of the time it occurred and what it means about our lives today.  If you would like to attend this stimulating and exciting discussion, see Jim Edgy for more details.
Safe Church Training Offered

Who needs to attend?  The diocese requires Safe Church Training for:

    * All Clergy
    * All wardens
    * All full time employees of the church
    * All volunteers who regularly work with or around children or youth
    * All volunteers licensed by the Bishop as Eucharistic Visitors
    * All volunteers who begin new programs involving children or youth
The Diocese strongly encourages Safe Church Training for:
    * Vestry or mission council members and congregational officers
    * All volunteers who give any kind of pastoral care
    * Those who contract their services to the diocese or congregations
    * All volunteers who occasionally work with or around children or youth
When are the next workshops offered?

March 21, 2009 Holy Spirit
April 24, 2009   Redeemer
June 27, 2009   All Saints
How can I register?

Fill out the online registration or contact Geraldine McDaniel at the Diocesan House, 513-421-0311. Cost for training is $15, which you can mail along with registration or pay online.  If several people want to attend the same workshop, let Jim Edgy know and he will do a group registration for you.
Answering the Prophetic Call in Prayer and Proclamation
Walter BrueggemannJoin renowned theologian Dr. Walter Brueggemann on March 20-21 for a special conference, "Answering the Prophetic Call in Prayer and Proclamation." Sponsored by the diocese's Social Justice Network and Public Policy Committee and Faith in Life, the conference will explore the struggle of proclaiming the prophetic word through prayer and preaching.
The conference will be held at the Procter Camp & Conference Center, beginning with dinner and a focus on prophetic prayer on Friday, March 20. The all-day workshop on Saturday will offer discussion with Brueggemann and hands-on practice in the art of prophetic preaching. Costs vary, depending upon overnight stay.

See more information and register for this event.
Stewardship & Development Conference
The Stewardship and Development Commission will sponsor its annual conference at Procter Camp & Conference Center on March 28.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio. Five workshops will be offered: Stewardship 101; A review of published stewardship programs; Stewardship as a Spiritual Journey; Planned Giving/Legacy Stewardship; and How to raise resources in tough economic times. The program will end about 3 p.m. Cost is $15, with a maximum of $60 per congregation.

See more information or register.
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