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March 20, 2009
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Dear Friend,

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.
In This Issue ...
Important Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Keep in Your Prayers
Jim Dietz Apron Passes to Senior Warden
Rosa Brown-Autry Guest Celebrant & Preacher
Our Active Kids
Buildings & Grounds Work Thursday
Thank You
Easter Flowers
Conflict in the Church: The Message of Reconciliation
Community Good Friday Services
Safe Church Training Offered
Coming Events
Deanery Lenten Series
Stewardship & Development Conference
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests 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.
David Mukasa in Dietz ApronJim 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-AutryRosa 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.

Active Kids
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. 

Active Kids

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.

Active Kids

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.
Work Day July 2007Buildings & 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,
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.
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.
Conflict in the Church: The Message of Reconciliation

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:
  • The Nature and Role of Conflict
  • Conflict in the New Testament: Finding Renewal in Conflict
  • Interpersonal Peacemaking Skills
Date: March 22, 2009
Time: 1:00-3:30
Place:  St. Andrew's, Evanston.

Light refreshments will be served.
Community Good Friday Services Scheduled for April 10 at Grace

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.
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.
Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

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 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.
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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