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August 19, 2009
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In This Issue ...
Christian One-Liners
Common Ministry Meeting Today
Congregation Develops Common Ministry Questions
Big Turnout Bids Farewell to Vicar Ernestein Flemister
Mission Council Elects New Junior Warden & Mission Council Members
Special Worship Experience Coming August 30
Keep in Your Prayers
Coming Events...
Bishop Breidenthal Calls Common Ministry Meeting September 19
Thanks to ....
Work Day Help Needed
EfM: A Safe Place to Ask the Difficult Questions
We Need A Focal Point to Track What's Happening--Jim's It
Conference for Episcopal Church Women Coming September 12
Schubert Chorale Inaugural Concert
Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese
Christian One-Liners

When you get to your wit's end,
You'll find God lives there.  

Thanks to Florence Poyer, who supplied us with several of these. We'll share others in future issues.
Common Ministry Meeting Today (Wednesday)

Members of The Church of the Good Samaritan--who have been involved with Common Ministry for the past 8 to 10 months--will meet with the Common Ministry Committee and other interested Grace members today, August 19, at 4:00 pm at the church. They will discuss their experience and answer questions.  Members of Grace are urged to attend.
We will have light refreshments.  Please be part of this learning experience.
Congregation Develops Common Ministry Questions

Members of the congregation met after the 10 am service earlier this month to share their questions about Common Ministry.  Here is a summary of the questions that were asked.
  • What is the definition of Common Ministry?
  • What are some of the existing models of Common Ministry churches?
  • How do we create the correct list of functions needed to keep the congregation together?
  • How is the Common Ministry team formed?
  • Who's in charge and how are they elected?
  • How does the discernment process work?
  • How are priests raised from the congregation?
  • Can a congregation raise more than one priest?
  • Are there any age qualifications for priests?
  • Can the Bishop ordain a deacon to become a priest in a Common Ministry church?
  • What are the track records of other churches that have used Common Ministry?
  • Is Common Ministry just for poor churches?
  • What Diocesan support is available if we want to explore Common Ministry?
  • Is we become a Common Ministry church, will we ever hire professional clergy again?
  • Can a church grow in a Common Ministry model?
  • Will we be able to have Eucharist every Sunday?
  • During the interim period, how can we do weddings and funerals?
The Common Ministry Committee will get answers to these questions and share them with the congregation so that we can make an informed decision about Common Ministry later this year. 

If you have questions to add to the list, please tell Chair Carol Lyon (513-542-2941,
Ernestein FlemisterBig Turnout Bids Farewell to Vicar Ernestein Flemister

The crowd that came to Vicar Ernestein's farewell reception included friends from around the Diocese, people from the College Hill community, members of the Grace Church congregation, and others who have met her in her journey to this point in her life.

See here for pictures of many of the people who came to honor the Reverend Ernestein Flemister on her last day at Grace Church.

Mission Council Elects New Junior Warden & Mission Council Members

Mission Council has elected Mission Council member Carol Lyon to be Junior Warden until the 2010 Annual Meeting, replacing Charles Bowles, who resigned.

Mission Council also elected Hawley Todd and Ken Lyon to Mission Council until the 2010 Annual Meeting, replacing Bret Bernard, who resigned, and the elevated Carol Lyon.

You can see a current listing of Wardens, Mission Council members, as well as Committee & Guild members and other notables on the Grace Church People page.

Special Worship Experience Coming August 30

Rhoda Brumfield Postcard

Rhoda Brumfield will perform the Book of James at Grace as part of a lay-led 10 am Sunday Worship Service on August 30.

See a preview of her dramatic "Bible to Life" presentation of scripture and read the enthusiastic responses of those who have heard her here.

This is the perfect service to which to bring your friends and neighbors. Belinda Perna made up some cards (see above) that you can give or mail to anyone you'd like to know about this special opportunity to visit Grace Church. Contact Belinda (513-542-8464, to get yours.
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests Ray Harris, Marilyn White, Trevor Van Wagenen, Anna Hamilton, Ed Frye, Jo Carroll, Karen Van Wagenen, Grace Staples, Elaine Hughes, Maureen Back, Eloise Pinto, Ruth Bertram, Robert Flemister; 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.
Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

September 19: Common Ministry Meeting at Procter

Officiants in the coming months:
  • August 23: Fr. Ray Betts
  • August 30: Lay group leads Morning Prayer; Rhoda Brumfield dramatizes the Book of James.
  • Sept 6: Fr. John Bower
  • Sept 13: Deacon Gary Givler
  • Sept 20: Fr. John Bower
  • Sept 27: Deacon Gary Givler
  • Oct 4: Supply Priest
  • Oct 11: Fr. John Bower
  • Oct 18: Deacon Gary Givler
  • Oct 25: Fr. John Bower
  • The Hip Hop Service will restart in October.
  • Drumming, Reiki, and Healing will restart in October.
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

It's not too late to sign up for a meeting in which Bishop Briedenthal will share his ideas and hear questions about Common Ministry with interested parties--of which Grace Church is certainly one.

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.

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.
Thank You Very MuchThanks to ....
... The Common Ministry Team for the coffee hour and  discussion after last August 2's service.

... All who made the reception for Ernestein such a great event.

... Ken Lyon for preaching August 2.

... John Thayer, Florence Poyer, Grace Staples, Maria Mukasa, Judy Handy, Tammy Robertson, Roger and Belinda Perna, and all who represented Grace Church at the College Hill Block Party.

... Belinda and Roger Perna for doing the coffee hour last Sunday.
Work Day Help Needed

Parolees will be at Grace again for a work day on Thursday, August 27, from 9 am to noon.  This is not only an important work and socialization opportunity that Grace can provide these men, it also gets some needed work done around our buildings and grounds.

If you can help in supervising a group of men or with the lunch, please let the office know (, 513-541-2415). 
EfM: A Safe Place to Ask the Difficult Questions

EFM LogoDo you need a safe place to ask difficult questions about your faith?  Consider taking the EFM course this year.  There are two session, Monday evenings, 7 to 9:30 and Friday morning, 9 to 11:30. Classes start in September. 

You will not be sorry you joined. 

Read more about EfM in a previous eGraceNotes article.

See Hawley Todd (, 513-967-6581) if interested.
Our Focal Point for Keeping Track of What's Happening--Jim Edgy

A reminder:  Please keep the office informed of your Grace Church activities and the people who are involved in them.  Vicar Ernestein funneled much of the information to Jim Edgy so he could advertise and recognize people in the bulletin.  Now you will need to do it directly.  Thanks for your help.

Contact Jim at the Grace Church office (541-2415,
Conference for Episcopal Church Women Coming September 12

Calling All Episcopal Churchwomen! The annual ECW Conference will be held on Saturday, September 12, at Procter Conference Center from 9 am to 4 pm. The theme for this year's conference is "Certainty in Uncertain Times," and the keynote speaker will be the Rev. Ruth Paulus. There will be presentations on four special ministries in the diocese and an oportunity to share ministries.
You can register for the conference here.

For more information contact Vivian Templin (513-853-2392, or Sr. Jacqueline Marie (513-771-5291,

From e-Connections.
Schubert Chorale Inaugural Concert 

The Schubert Chorale inaugural concert will be held Sunday, August 23 at 4 pm at St. Anne, West Chester, 6461 Tylersville Rd.
The Schubert Chorale is a new summer choir for adults and high school singers, conducted by Dr. Randall Wolfe, faculty member at Sinclair Community College.

The program will include Schubert's Mass in G, African folk music, a spiritual, an early American hymn with audience participation, and the Finale from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The concert will be followed by a Schubertiade, with a Schubert Café of coffee and pastries, and the opportunity to learn to dance to Schubert's waltzes!
Tickets for the concert, including the Schubertiade, are $9 at the door. E-mail for more information.

From e-Connections.
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.  To subscribe, click here.

You can catch up with what's happening at the Diocesan web site.
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