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Dear Friend,

Sunday promises to be another special Sunday, with the baptism of several people into the fellowship of the Church. Be there to welcome them!

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In This Issue ...
Baptisms Sunday
Notes on Sunday's Reading
Keep in Your Prayers
Education for Ministry Resumes Soon
Our Best Kept Secret - EfM
Christian One-Liners
Spread the Good News of Grace at the College Hill Block Party
Thanks to ...
Coming Events...
Greetings from Hawley Todd at General Conventio
Grace Theme Song?
Bishop Breidenthal Calls Common Ministry Meeting September 19
Lay Preacher Training Available
Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese
Baptisms Sunday

Baptismal FontThis Sunday is extra special in that several candidates are scheduled to receive the sacrament of baptism and to be thus formally welcomed into the fellowship of the church. They are:
  • Charmiah Artea Hutchinson,
  • Charnae Armani Hutchinson,
  • Dujaun Lee Walker,
  • Charmundo Artez Hutchinson, Jr.,
  • Raekwon Dijajuan Valentine and
  • Rahsaan Dehjajuan Valentine.
During the rite, the candidates (and/or their sponsors speaking for them) will:
  • Renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God,
  • Renounce the evil powers of this world which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God,
  • Renounce all sinful desires that draw them from the love of God,
  • Turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as their Savior,
  • Put their whole trust in his grace and love, and
  • Promise to follow and obey him as their Lord.
All of those present Sunday will promise do all in their power to support these people in their life in Christ.

Then, all present will join with the candidates in affirming their baptismal vows in the words of the Apostles' Creed and in the following commitments:
  • With God's help, to continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers,
  • With God's help, to persevere in resisting evil, and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord, 
  • With God's help, to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ,
  • With God's help, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourself,
  • With God's help, to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
What a joyful occasion, on which we welcome so many to our community!
Notes on Sunday's Readings

You can see the readings for Sunday

Tomorrow's gospel reading follows the first mission of preaching and healing that Jesus sent the apostles out to do. They return and he takes them away for rest and reflection. Then they return to the crowds and Jesus has compassion on the people, who are like sheep without a shepherd. This image of Jesus as shepherd comes originally from David, the Shepherd King, and is a consistent image of God in the Old Testament.

In the first reading, the prophet Nathan brings God's promise to David that he who was taken from shepherding sheep will now be the shepherd of God's people. God promises that David's descendants will establish God's kingdom forever. Christians see this promise as having been fulfilled in Jesus.

In Sunday's reading from Ephesians we find a reflection of the Jewish-Christian joining of the personal and the social aspects of the life of God's People, extended now to the entire human family through the dying and rising of Christ.

We are called by God as individuals into a community of persons. Again and again in the sacred story the promise of God coming in person to care for the people is made. God will make all people into one flock, one community. In the liturgy, the tension between the personal and the communal is expressed and resolved. In Holy Communion, it is our selves that are offered, blessed, and broken, that we may be given as signs of Christ to the world.
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.
Education for Ministry Resumes Soon
EfM Students

Grace Church's two Education for Ministry groups will resume in September, under the leadership of Mentor Hawley Todd.

Education for Ministry (EfM) provides a safe place for lay people to refine their faith, articulate their faith and live their faith through a structured group learning experience. EfM is an extension course from the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee and is sponsored by the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

What EfM does better than any other theological education program is to equip people to integrate their faith with their real life experiences in ways that make sense and bring meaning to their lives. EfM graduates attest to being able to live more full and abundant lives. Many discover (or rediscover) their ministries in their daily life and work. Some find themselves called to use their talents in new ways. In all cases, those who complete the program have new confidence in their ability to live their lives as theologically articulate Christians.

Are you concerned you are too busy to have time for EfM?  Busy EfM-ers have found that the classes provide a real break in their schedules, leaving them rested and refreshed, ready to resume their active lives.

You can learn more about EfM by calling mentor Hawley Todd at (513) 967-6581, or by talking with current and former EfM students Mary McLain, Grace Staples, Jim Edgy, Carol Lyon, Roger Perna or Ken Lyon.

Read more about EfM in the next article, and in Everything You Always Wanted to Know About EfM.

EFM LogoOur Best Kept Secret - EfM

Have you ever had a desire to know who God is?  Have you ever wondered what is in the Bible and how it came to be?  Would you like to have Jesus as part of your daily life and decision making?  Do you enjoy exploring different perspectives and coming to your own conclusions?  Do you long to talk with other people who are asking these questions?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then please read on! 
For the past nine months, 21 participants from 11 parishes in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky have met at Grace to be involved in an extensive study of scripture and their Christian faith.  This study is known as EfM, Education for Ministry.  We have met weekly and investigated many of the most fundamental issues in our lives.  It has been an exciting time of growth, challenge, and spiritual exploration as each of us has come to realize what we truly believe about God and the world in which we live.  If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your understanding of scripture and theology, then EFM is for you!

Each EfM class involves three separate elements.  The majority of our time is devoted to learning about God and the various ways faithful people have encountered Him in their lives.  Secondly, each session includes prayer and worship in order to provide opportunities for participants to directly focus on the immediacy of God's presence.   Finally, each class sets aside time for fellowship and the sharing of a "common snack."

EfM is a program of theological education from the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee).  It is designed to provide seminary education for parishioners in order to prepare them for whatever their ministry might be.   While EfM is a four-year course of study (Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Church History, and Theological Issues), each participant commits to one year at a time.  There are no tests or papers to write and one does not need any prior knowledge or training. 

There will be two classes offered at Grace this coming school year, a Monday evening class from 7:00 - 9:30 pm and a Friday morning class from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.   Classes will begin in September and conclude the end of May.

Hawley Todd TSSF is the mentor for these groups. He was trained in the Anglican tradition at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, taught World Religions at McMaster University and has been an EfM mentor since 1996.  He has been an Assistant Formation Director for the Third Order of the Society of St. Francis and was the Director of Christian Formation at St. Thomas Episcopal Church from 1990 - 2006.  He is a trained spiritual director and has led retreats and missions in the United States and Canada.  He is currently Foundation Director for the Episcopal Healing Ministry Foundation.

Now is the time to consider joining a class.  Deadline for registration is the end of July.  Classes fill up early so if you are interested in becoming a participant, please contact Hawley Todd TSSF at or 513-967-6581.
Christian One-Liners

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

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited
Until you try to sit in their pews.  

We'll share others in future issues.
Absalom JonesSpread the Good News of Grace at the College Hill Block Party

Volunteers are needed to staff the Grace Church table at the College Hill Block Party August 4 through 7 from 6:15 to 9:15 pm. If you are able to assist, please see Judy Handy.  See more pictures of previous table-hosters here.

Thank You Very Much Thanks to ...

... Belinda and Roger Perna for continuing the painting of the hall near the lower Belmont Door and other work to improve our building and grounds.

... All our volunteers who do so much to keep Grace Church lively, clean, and active.
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.
Greetings from Hawley Todd at General Convention

Peace and all good to you all.  Currently I am in Anaheim, CA, at General Convention. It has been a very fruitful time so far.

As Grace moves forward, please know that you have my support and willingness to help in all ways.

Let us pray for healing for all of us as we grieve the lose of our dear friend Ernestein.

Yet we are the body of Christ.  My take on Common Ministry is that it recovers the "grace" of the early church where functions were done by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and through the gifts that God gave to each member of the body.  We have nothing to fear but getting stuck in what we think should be done.

God is so good and will do His part as we try to do our parts.

Much love, Hawley

PS:  Here at General Convention, I met a nice person who had been at Grace for many years. Jane Cobb Milner sends greetings to Grace Church from General Convention and remembers fondly the hospitality of the parish.
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 . . .

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 provides 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.
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