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.
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
- What is the definition of Common Ministry?
- What are some of the existing models of Common
- 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
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
If you have questions to add to the list, please tell
Chair Carol Lyon (513-542-2941, email@example.com
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.
for pictures of many of the people who came to honor the
Reverend Ernestein Flemister on her last day at Grace
Council Elects New Junior Warden & Mission Council
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
Worship Experience Coming August 30
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
to get yours.
in Your Prayers ...
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
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.
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
for the most up-to-date listing of events
at Grace and of possible interest to Grace people. Let
us know at email@example.com
if we've missed anything.
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
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.
... 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
... 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org,
A Safe Place to Ask the Difficult Questions
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
See Hawley Todd (email@example.com, 513-967-6581) if
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, firstname.lastname@example.org).
for Episcopal Church Women Coming September 12
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, email@example.com)
or Sr. Jacqueline Marie (513-771-5291, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Chorale Inaugural Concert
The Schubert Chorale inaugural concert will be held Sunday,
August 23 at 4 pm at St. Anne, West Chester, 6461
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 email@example.com
for more information.
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