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July 11, 2009
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In This Issue ...
Keep in Your Prayers
Christian One-Liners
Sunday School Recognition & Awards Ceremony
Notes on Sunday's Reading
Thanks to ...
Grace Theme Song?
Coming Events...
Bishop Breidenthal Calls Common Ministry Meeting September 19
Lay Preacher Training Available
Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese
Free Kittens!
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests Anna Hamilton, Ed Frye, Jo Carroll, Karen Van Wagenen, Grace Staples, Elaine Hughes, Maureen Back, Eloise Pinto, Ruth Bertram, Robert Flemister, 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.
Christian One-Liners

Florence Poyer passed along several "Christian One-Liners," of which this is one: 

Don't let your worries get the best of you;
Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. 

We'll share others in future issues.
Sunday School Recognition & Awards Ceremony

Sunday School Awards CeremonyVirginia Chapel sent us several pictures of the recent Sunday School recognition and awards ceremony.

Our young people were recognized for both Sunday School and School/Community activities.

See all the pictures here.
 Notes on Sunday's Readings

This Sunday, as we do every second Sunday of the month, we will be doing Morning Prayer as the Service of the Word, preceding the Eucharist. Come ready to chant!

You can see the readings for Sunday here

Our Gospel reading is the account of the death of John the Baptist. This well-known story was remembered by the followers of Jesus and John. After this, Jesus' ministry moves ahead with even more urgency, causing rumors that Jesus was John raised from the dead.

Amos, like John, confronted the king of his time because of his disregard for God's law. Like John, Amos' message was rejected by the rulers. He confronts the priest at the King's temple. Amos' uncompromising criticism of disloyalty toward God earns him the royal chaplain's wrath, who contemptuously calls him a prophet, a seer (a vocation not highly esteemed in those days). He denies that he is a prophet. He is a simple man given a message from God, which he must deliver.

Sunday, we begin reading through the Letter to the Ephesians. The beginning portion summarizes the writer's theology of Christ and of our relationship with Christ in the Holy Spirit.

We gather as a people united in God. We, like John and Jesus, are sent into the world with the message of judgment and salvation. We too are called into the ministry of Christ with people in every age and time. Our gathering here is our time to remember who and whose we are and, in that remembering, to be filled once again with the life of Christ. Thus, we go forth proclaiming in our words and our lives the Good News of salvation.
Thank You Very Much Thanks to ...

... Mary McLain and Belinda Perna for providing lunch for the Ministerium on Tuesday.
... Roger and Belinda Perna for assisting with the cleaning of the great hall while Bob Jones is on Vacation.
... Ken Lyon, Roger Perna and Mary McLain for the first of the red doors.  They are on the Hamilton Ave Side.  Take a look and let us know what you think.

... All our volunteers who do so much to keep Grace Church lively, clean, and active.
Grace Theme Song?

Carol Lyon suggests that the following West Side Story lyrics are appropriate as the theme song for the transition Grace Church is undergoing.

You can see and hear the original exciting version of Something's Coming here.

Could be!
Who knows?
There's something due any day;
I will know right away,
Soon as it shows.
It may come cannonballing down through the sky,
Gleam in its eye,
Bright as a rose!

Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Under a tree.
I got a feeling there's a miracle due,
Gonna come true,
Coming to me!

Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!

With a click, with a shock,
Phone'll jingle, door'll knock,
Open the latch!
Something's coming, don't know when, but it's soon;
Catch the moon,
One-handed catch!

Around the corner,
Or whistling down the river,
Come on, deliver
To me!
Will it be? Yes, it will.
Maybe just by holding still,
It'll be there!

Come on, something, come on in, don't be shy,
Meet a guy,
Pull up a chair!
The air is humming,
And something great is coming!
Who knows?
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Maybe tonight . . .

Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

Mark your calendars and plan to be with us to say farewell to Ernestein on Thursday, July 30, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  Please invite others who do not regularly attend Grace Church but who might want to say good by to Ernestein at the reception.  Anyone interested in assisting with the event please see Mary McLain, Belinda Perna, or Jim Edgy.

Training for those wishing to become Eucharistic Ministers and/or Visitors will be held July 28 from 10 am to 1 pm.  If you are interested in taking this training, lpease let Ernestein and Jim know. Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice at Eucharist; Eucharistic Visitors take communion to shut-ins following the Sunday service.

On Sunday, August 2, Ken Lyon will make a presentation on Common Ministry.  Please plan to attend both the service and the discussion following the service. Light lunch will be served.

Officiants in August:
  • Aug 2         Fr. John Bower
  • Aug 9         Deacon Gary Givler
  • Aug 16       Fr. John Bower
  • Aug 23       Fr. Ray Betts
  • Aug 30       Lay group, leading Morning Prayer
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.
Bishop 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, Roger and Belinda Perna) know your interest and we will register you. There is no cost to attend.

For more information on Common Ministry ...
  • Read the the Bishop's invitation to the September 19 meeting here.
  • Read the minutes of Mission Council's informational meeting with The Rev. Derrick Fetz here.
Preacher Training Starts in the Fall

The Diocese of Southern Ohio through the School for Ministry offers 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.

Click here for more information.
It's Easy to Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese

The Diocese has its own eNewsletter called e-Connections that provices regular updates on Diocesan matters.  Lately, we've been seeing regular reflections from our Bishops on what's happening at the National Convention of the Episcopal Church.  To subscribe, click here.

You can catch up with what's happening at the Diocesan web site.
Wanda's KittensFree Kittens!
Wanda Miller writes,

"These kittens are 7 weeks old today and getting to be more than I can take care of.  They live in a box and need homes.  The shelters are FULL, so that is not an option. 
"They were born of a stray mother that I fed though the winter and then she gave birth to these four on My 17th. I found them just before I left for church.  They are active cute kittens, fun to watch, but I cannot keep them.  I have to find them homes soon or take them to the SPCA because they are wandering futher out and I am afraid for their safety.  I think I will have "Mommy" spayed and let her continue to be an outside cat.
"Hopefully, someone would like a kitten.  They are litter trained and eat kitten chow and drink water on their own.  I do not know their gender. 
"Call me at 513-542-7892  I will deliver!"
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