|News for and about Grace Episcopal Church
||March 20, 2009|
See you Sunday for sure for some important announcements about the future of Grace Church. See article below for a little more info, and a February 14th article
for a little more.
|Important Congregational Meeting this Sunday
As you know, we were unable to pass a budget at our annual
meeting because we needed to have more discussions with the Diocese. This has occurred.
This Sunday, Vicar Ernestein Flemister will
talk about what we have learned, what actions she and the Mission Council are
taking, and talk about our future.
This is an important meeting and we hope that you will make
every effort to attend.
|Keep in Your Prayers ...
Please keep these people in your prayers for their
special needs: 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.
We extend our sympathy to Charlotte Battistone on
the death of her husband, Rudolph, on Tuesday, March 17. May the souls of the faithful rest in peace.
If you need pastoral care
or know of someone who does, please let the office know. This includes
information on illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and
prayers for special concerns. Too often,
we do not know until it is too late that something has happened. Please help us to serve you.
|Jim Dietz Apron Passes to Senior Warden
Senior Warden David Mukasa sported this "Have you hugged an Episcopalian today?" apron under his suit jacket Sunday. The apron, previously owned by Jim Dietz, was presented to David by Phillis Dietz on condition that he wear it to church, which he was obviuosly proud and happy to do.
|Rosa Brown-Autry Guest Celebrant & Preacher
The Reverend Rosa Autry was the celebrant and preacher at last Sunday's service in the Vicar's absence. Ms. Autry is the Hispanic Missioner for the Diocese and an Associate Priest at Church of Our Savior.
She is is pictured in conversation at the coffee hour following the service.
|Our Active Kids
The bountiful Coffee Hour refreshments following last Sunday's service--complements of Belinda and Roger Perna--drew an overflow crowd to the Parlor.
Several of our young people adjourned to the Great Hall after they'd gotten their snack, where they showed off some of their talents for the photographer.
There were sixteen children in Sunday School, all joining the congregation for Eucharist at the Offertory. Several people commented how great it was to see so many young people in church with the rest of the congregation.
Teacher Virginia Chapel said that the students were particularly
attentive during their lessons this Sunday. We really have to thank
Virginia for taking on this responsibility, and for the progress these young people have made.
|Buildings & Grounds Work Thursday Morning
We will have a large number of workers here Thursday to
help us both in the building and on the grounds.
If you can get away from 9 to noon to assist us
with supervising the men--or if you'd just like to show up and help out--just let Jim Edgy know asap (513-541-2415, firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Thank You ...
... Roger and Belinda Perna, for arranging to get another sofa for the
Parlor, one that a person can sit on, not sink into. Thanks to them for arranging this and also
for donating several table clothes for our social activities.
After 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
The donations may be made in memory or in honor of a loved one or simply to the
glory of God.
|Conflict in the Church: The Message of
This interactive workshop presents an overview of conflict
transformation suitable for churches who are currently experiencing conflict or
those who simply want to recognize and ease potentially destructive conflicts
that jeopardize mission and relationships.
Topics tp be discussed:
Date: March 22, 2009
The Nature and Role of
Conflict in the New Testament: Finding Renewal in Conflict
Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills
Place: St. Andrew's, Evanston.
Light refreshments will be served.
|Community Good Friday Services Scheduled for April 10 at Grace
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
|Safe Church Training Offered
Who needs to attend? The diocese requires Safe Church Training for:
* All Clergy
* All wardens
* All full time employees of
* 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
* 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.
See the Grace Calendar Page
for the most up-to-date listing of events at Grace and of possible interest to Grace people. Let us know at email@example.com
if we've missed anything.
Coming Special Events:
- Maundy Thursday Service, April 9, 7 pm.
- Community Good Friday Service at Grace, 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.
|Deanery Lenten Series
Next Tuesday, March 24 is the last of the Lenten Study Series hosted by clergy from the Cincinnati West Deanery of the
Diocese. It starts at 6:30 pm with a pot luck meal.
The session will be held at Ascension and Holy Trinity Church in
Wyoming. Click here for a map.
The Reverends David Halt, Bob Hufford, David Bailey, Rosa Autry Brown, Pat Merchant and our own Ernestein Flemister are leading the series.
& 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.