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Ernestein's Tenure Extended
Mission Council is very happy to announce that Vicar
Ernestein's stay with us as Vicar has been extended for one
month through the end of July.
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on Tomorrow's Readings
You can see the readings for Sunday here.
We will be hearing four readings, from Wisdom, Lamentations,
The Letter to the Corinthians and the Gospel of Mark.
Tomorrow's liturgy directs our attention to God's care for
the poor and less fortunate. In the Gospel reading we hear
the account of Jesus' raising the young daughter of the
Jewish official, Jairus. Mark inserts within this story the
healing of a woman who had suffered hemorrhages for twelve
years. The girl and the woman, by the custom of their times,
were both regarded as of little value. But Jesus' compassion
extends to them as it does to all people.
In the second reading, from Lamentations, we are assured
that whatever ill befalls us, God's love for we will never
fails. God, we are told, does not willingly afflict or
In the Wisdom of Solomon we learn that death has no part in
God, nor does it belong in this world. We are in God's image
and intended for a righteous and eternal existence.
Paul calls on the Corinthians to emulate the generosity of
other churches in giving to a collection to aid less
fortunate Christians. Jesus, Paul reminds us, became poor
for us so that we might become rich; that is, he became
human so that our humanity might be raised into the life of
God. Thus, for the sake of others, we follow Jesus' example
and share our own material goods.
We gather in Eucharist as the People of God, called to be
the means by which God makes known the divine compassion for
all people. It is the poor and neglected in society for whom
God is especially concerned as Jesus demonstrated in healing
the sick. We are called and given to the world to minister
in God's name.
Week's Blessed Grille a Blessed Event!
was standing room only at last week's Blessed Grille
following Sunday's service.
Adults & kids enjoyed grilled metts, hamburgers and hot
dogs, accompanied by side dishes brought by members of the
While the adults ate and conversed on the Garth, the
young people got into swim suits and had a great time on a
John Bower Returns to Grace
We are happy to report that Fr. John Bower has agreed to
be with us at least two Sundays of the month for the near
future. The tentative schedule of worship leaders
for August is:
- Aug 2
Fr. John Bower
- Aug 9
Deacon Gary Givler
- Aug 16 Fr. John
- Aug 23 Fr. Ray
- Aug 30 Grace's Lay
Liturgists, leading Morning Prayer
to Belinda and Roger Perna, and to all those who worked to
make our Grill last Sunday such a success.
... to Godfrey Mukasa (no relation to David) and his crew
for doing an excellent job in completing the rework of our
heating system in the 1957 wing. Not only did they
do an excellent job, but they were courteous, always
cleaned up at the end of the day and they saved Grace
Church a considerable amount of money. If anyone in
the parish needs a heating person, please consider using
Godfrey and thus say thank you for their assistance.
... to sexton Bob Jones and the parolees who worked so
diligently, removing all the pews, stripping the floor
under them, and waxing to begin the improvement of our
sanctuary floors. The aisles and other areas will be
done soon and the pews will then be rebolted to the
floor. In the mean time, please have patience with
... to Roger and Belinda Perna for their help in
supervising the guys on Thursday and to Belinda, Roger,
and Mary McLain for the great lunch they prepared.
... to Ken Lyon and Roger Perna who removed and are
repairing the doors near the Garth on the Hamilton side of
... to Belinda and Roger Perna, David Mukasa, Phillis
Dietz and others who have given financial and other
assistance to make possible the painting of our
sanctuary. And especially to Belinda who spent most
of one week on the ladder painting the Peace Chapel.
Thanks to them and to all others who have helped to so
greatly improve the appearance of our Sanctuary.
... the choir from Jim Edgy, who thanks them for their
dedication and hard work in striving to enrich our worship
service. Most church choirs represent 7 to 10% of
the average congregational attendance at the Sunday
service. Our choir generally represents
approximately 25%. We are truly blessed to have so
many people who are willing to use their time and talents
on our behalf. And I want to personally say how much
I appreciate them. Thanks also to John Thayer and
Lisa Perry for their contributions on the bells. To
this mix, now that we have enough people in our Sunday
School to form a children's choir, next year will see the
children singing for us on a regular basis. So
please extend your personal thanks to our choir today and
encourage our youth for tomorrow.
... to Belinda and Roger Perna and Wanda Miller for
painting and redecorating the lower Belmont Entrance.
... to Belinda and Roger for new chairs in the parlor.
... to Carol Lyon, Wanda Miller, and Belinda Perna for
inviting former members of Grace and hosting the reception
for them on Pentecost Sunday.
... and to all our volunteers who do so much to keep Grace
Church lively, clean, and active.
The Hip-Hop Service and the Community Healing Servce with
drumming and Rieke will restart in the fall.
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Grace Investigates Common Ministry
In the spring, Mission Council grappled with the looming
budget deficit, and after much agonizing, voted a budget
that meant we would no longer have a full time priest.
Several ideas surfaced to deal with this situation, one of
which was to move to a way of operating called Common
In Common Ministry churches, congregation members perform
all ministries of the local church, including roles
traditionally assigned to priests called from outside the
A committee was formed to learn more about Common Ministry
and to help the congregation decide if it wants Common
Ministry at Grace. Members of the committee are: Carol Lyon,
Wanda Miller, Justine Matouv and Ken Lyon.
You will be hearing much more about this in the coming
Breidenthal Calls Common Ministry Meeting September 19
In a recent letter to interested parties, Bishop Breidenthal
says "...our diocese is embarked on an exploration of
what Common Ministry means and might mean for Southern
Ohio....The first and most pressing phase of this
exploration has to do with congregational life: how should
clergy be trained and deployed? What role might lay
leadership teams play in pastoral care and oversight of
local congregations ..."
He continues "These are long term questions, but they
are also present and urgent challenges. I have some concrete
answers to these questions that I would like to share but I
also want to hear from clergy and lay people in key
leadership positions who have wisdom to offer, unique
perspectives to share and an immediate stake in how we
answer these questions."
The meeting will be held on Saturday, September 19 at
Procter Conference Center from 10 am to 3 pm. The more
people from Grace who can attend, the better prepared we
will be to make a decision about Common Ministry for Grace.
Mark your calendars now and let one of the members of the
Common Ministry team (Carol Lyon, Ken Lyon, Justine Matovu,
Wanda Miller) know your interest and we will register you.
There is no cost to attend.
Come with Bells On
Some of the musical variety in our services is provided by
this duo, the Grace Church Bell Choir, consisting of Lisa
Perry and John Thayer.
Service Volunteer Schedule
The schedule for Sunday Service Volunteers has been posted here.
know if you cannot serve at your scheduled time.
Entrance Made More Welcoming
Have you seen our new look at the Belmont entrance? When a
few of our members realized that this is the first and
perhaps only view that hundreds of Grace visitors have
every week, they decided to make it a lot more
Take a look next time you're at Grace!
Inventory to be Taken
We have been asked by our insurance company to prepare a
complete inventory of all things in the church, including
furnishing, vestments and altar supplies, kitchen
equipment, etc. Obviously, this is a big job.
We will ask the various committees to complete the
inventory for their area, i.e. altar guild, Sunday,
school, etc., but we will need even more help. If
you can assist with this, we will be appreciative.
Visitor Training Scheduled
If you would like to assist in visiting the sick and shut-in
and in taking them Communion please plan to get Eucharistic
Training for those wishing to become Eucharistic Ministers
and/or Visitors will be held July 28, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Ernestein or Jim
Edgy know if you are interested.
Soloist Bennyce Hamilton
Last Sunday's congregation was again blessed with an
offertory solo by Bennyce Hamilton.
Preacher Training Available
The Diocese of Southern Ohio through the School for
Ministry will continue to offer training for lay
persons to be licensed to preach. The training
program is a three-year program that meets monthly at the
Procter Camp & Conference Center for three hours on
Saturdays 10 times per year. The program includes worship,
Bible study, theological reflection and the practice of
writing, delivering and evaluating sermons.
for more information.
Natural Mandala Comes to First UCC in College Hill
the rest of the summer, The
will be in the sanctuary of the First
United Church of Christ. The mandala is an ancient
visual prayer/meditative art form that crosses religious and
Pastor Dan Weyand-Geise says, "The Natural Mandala's
presence at First UCC provides a unique opportunity for the
people of College Hill to use the mandala for personal
meditation and prayer."
Read more about it in an article
in this week's College Hill eNewsletter