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does. This includes information about illness, hospital
stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for
special concerns. Please help us to serve you.
Florence Poyer passed along several "Christian
One-Liners," of which this is one:
Don't let your worries
get the best of you;
started out as a basket case.
We'll share others in future issues.
School Recognition & Awards Ceremony
Chapel sent us several pictures of the recent Sunday School
recognition and awards ceremony.
Our young people were recognized for both Sunday School and
See all the pictures here.
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.
... 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.
Carol Lyon suggests that the following West
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
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!
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,
Around the corner,
Or whistling down the river,
Come on, deliver
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!
It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Maybe tonight . . .
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
, or Jim
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
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
- Aug 23 Fr. Ray
- Aug 30 Lay group,
leading Morning Prayer
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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
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
- Read the minutes of Mission Council's informational
meeting with The Rev. Derrick Fetz here.
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
for more information.
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You can catch up with what's happening at the Diocesan
Wanda Miller writes,
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