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May 2, 2009
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Dear Friend,

What! Another eGraceNotes so soon? Yes, we thought it important to let you know of the Building Bridges dinner & discussion on Tuesday, and to pass along some other news of possible interest as well.

Help keep Grace's members & friends informed by passing your news along to the editor.

In This Issue ...
"Building Bridges" Comes to Grace Tuesday; All Are Invited
Worship Committee Formed
Golf, Anyone?
A Letter of Thanks to Grace
Sunday's "Sharing Sunday" Contributions to Christ's Community Food Pantry
Coming Events
Keep in Your Prayers
Walk for Hunger
Worship Leader Training
Jubilate: Dimensions in Liturgy and Music
Safe Church Training
"Building Bridges" Comes to Grace Tuesday;
All Are Invited

Vicar Ernestein encourages all members and friends of Grace to attend the "Buiding Bridges" dinner and discussion this Tuesday, May 5, at 6 pm at Grace.

The College Hill Ministerium, an association of College Hill pastors, and Christ's Community in College Hill are sponsoring "Building Bridges," a series of dinners to bring neighborhood people together. Each table of eight has its own facilitator to help direct conversations about racial and other issues facing College Hill to help neighbors understand each other in the spirit of Christ.

Adults are encouraged to bring teens 13 and up. There is no charge. Reserve your seats at 513-541-5676, extension 122, or email Janis McLemore at
Worship Committee Formed
Mission Council meeting minutes report that a Worship Committee has been formed to plan the details of worship services and to coordinate and communicate with organist, choir, altar guild, flower guild, healing volunteers, lectors, prayer readers, ushers, deacon, priests, worship leaders, etc.

Members of the Worship Committee include: Bennyce Hamilton (chair), John Thayer, Tammy Robertson, Lisa Perry, J. White, and Judy Handy.
GolfGolf, Anyone?

Gary Givler wants to know if there are others at Grace who are interested getting together for some kind of golf outing.  He assures us that skill level is not important. 

Contact Gary ( if you're at all interested.

A Letter of Thanks to Grace

This email just in from Jeffrey Martin:

I would like to thank Grace Church for being a part of my life as I moved my parents to Mexico. It has been a difficult process and Grace Church was a wonderful island of peace in the stormy process.
We are all well and in Tepoztlán Mexico. We arrived through Mexico City two days ago with much worry with the flu situation, but all seems to be well.
May God bless all of you and guide you all in this odd and uncertain 
Kind regards to all the parish and Mother Ernestine,
Sunday's "Sharing Sunday" Contributions to Christ's Community Food Pantry

Food Pantry OfferingMany thanks to all who contributed non-perishables  on Sunday for  the food pantry at Christ's Community in College Hill.

The first Sunday of every month is "Sharing Sunday."

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:
  • Building Bridges. Tuesday, May 5, 6 pm, at Grace. See above article for more.
  • Stir the Pot Series:
  • 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.
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests
Maureen Back, 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.

Please let us know if you need pastoral care or know of someone who does. This includes information about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns. Please help us to serve you.
Free Store Hunger WalkWalk for Hunger

A Hunger Walk to benefit the Free Store is coming May 25. Anyone interested in joining a group of walkers from Grace Church should contact Vicar Ernestein.  The entry fee is $20 with a T shirt, $15 without a T shirt if you register prior to May 12.  After that, the price goes up $5.
Worship Leader Training 

A diocesan workshop for training and continuing education of Worship Leaders is being offered on Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at St. James, Zanesville. If you are interested in leading worship at Grace Church, you should attend this training. Ken Lyon is among those who are attending; contact him about sharing a ride.

The purpose of this training is to equip lay persons to plan and officiate at major liturgies in their congregations when a priest is not available.  This workshop will provide the necessary training to be licensed as a Worship Leader with the recommendation of the priest or Rector. Instruction in the use of the prayer book and liturgies of the church will be offered. Morning Prayer, funerals and wedding planning will be discussed. Teaching on choosing hymns and suggested resources for music will be presented. The day will conclude with an instructed Eucharist.

The cost of the workshop is $10 which includes lunch. Register and pay online by May 10. Checks may also be mailed to Kay Sturm at the Bishop's Center, 125 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215. For more information, contact Kay Sturm at 800-582-1712 ext 136 or
Jubilate: Dimensions in Liturgy and Music

Belinda Perna brings this workshop to our attention, saying, "This opportunity, along with the Worship Leader Training, will enhance our efforts to lead Grace Church into the future as a strong member of the Body of Christ. We need to have as many Gracers as possible take advantage of these opportunities. I pray that we have a dozen or more people from Grace at each of these events."

David HurdThis workshop, held at Procter Conference Center on Saturday, May 9, from 10 am to 4 pm, will be led by Dr. David Hurd, Professor of Church Music and Organist, The General Theological Seminary and Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Apostles, New York City.

In a lecture/demonstration format, Dr. Hurd will explore "psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" as categories and context for the church's song though the ages and in our own time.  He will also discuss the impact of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and 1982 Hymnal on worship norms in the Episcopal Church, and the continuing unfolding of liturgical forms and musical settings with their opportunities and challenges.  The day will conclude with a sung Eucharist including music both old and new.

Register here.
Safe Church Training

Many of us are required to take this training for the prevention of sexual misconduct and child abuse.  Ken Lyon will attend the session in June at All Saints in Pleasant Ridge.  If anyone wishes to go with him, let us know.

The diocese requires Safe Church Training for:

    * All clergy
    * All wardens
    * All full time employees of the church
    * All who regularly work with or around children or youth
    * All licensed by the Bishop as Eucharistic Visitors
    * All who have the authority to begin new programs which involve children or youth
The Diocese strongly encourages Safe Church Training for:
    * Vestry or mission council members and congregational officers
    * All who give any kind of pastoral care
    * All who contract their services to the diocese or congregations
    * All who occasionally work with or around children or youth
Workshops offered in the Cincinnati area:

     * June 27, 2009   All Saints, Pleasant Ridge, Cincinnati.
Fill out the online registration  or contact Geraldine McDaniel at the Diocesan House. Phone: 513-421-0311. Cost for training is $15, which you can mail along with registration or pay online. 
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