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September 18, 2009
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Sunday Volunteer Schedule Posted

The Sunday volunteer schedule through most of October is posted here.  Please let the office know if you cannot perform as scheduled.

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In This Issue ...
Sunday Volunteer Schedule Posted
Christian One-Liners
Meet at Grace Before 8 am Tomorrow (Saturday)...for...Common Ministry Meeting
Grace's Common Ministry Questions
What's Right About Grace Church
Keep in Your Prayers
Hip-Hop Worship & Praise Service Resumes
Coming Events...
Thanks to ....
Work Day Help Needed
Notes on Sunday's Readings
Christmas Dinner Planning Starts Now
Free Tickets to Get Motivated Seminar in Louisville
Biblical Materials Requested
Congratulations to ...
The Choir is Back!
How to Respond to Visitors Asking for Help
We Need A Focal Point to Track What's Happening--Jim's It
Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese
Prayer Power Workshop on the Labyrinth
Christian One-Liners

People are funny; they want
the front of the bus,
the middle of the road,
and the back of the church.

Thanks to Florence Poyer, who supplied us with several of these. We'll share others in future issues.
Meet at Grace Before 8 am Tomorrow (Saturday)  for Common Ministry Meeting at Procter Conference Center

Members and friends of Grace will meet at the church tomorrow before 8 am to car pool to Procter Conference Center for a meeting in which Bishop Briedenthal will share his ideas and hear questions about Common Ministry.

Grace's Common Ministry Committee (Carol Lyon, Ken Lyon, Justine Matovu, Wanda Miller, Roger and Belinda Perna) believes that the more people from Grace who attend this meeting, the better prepared the congregation will be to make a decision about Common Ministry at Grace.

The meeting will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Directions to Procter may be found here. Allow at least an hour and a half to get there.

For more information on Common Ministry ...
  • Read the list of questions below, and add your own.
  • 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.
Grace's Common Ministry Questions

Members of the congregation met after the 10 am service in August 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,
What's Right About Grace Church

These are urgent times at Grace Church. As we focus on meeting the challenges of the present and immediate future, we can get overly concerned about the things that we're not doing. At a recent Growth Committee meeting, we discussed the tremendous number of things that we have accomplished in the past three years and we talked about how good it would be to point this out to people so they could talk about it with their friends.
Let's change the discussion from what we are not doing to the many good things that we are doing. We have a lot to crow about. Spread the word. Then we will begin to see even more things happen.
                                                                                                Jim Edgy

Our List of Successes at Grace Church

  • We instituted Coffee Hours following Sunday Worship at least two times per month and often more.
  • We held several Blessed Grills following Sunday Worship.
  • Choir has grown to the largest number of people since we quit having a paid choir, singing a wide range of music from the Anglican tradition from the 15th - 21st Centuries.
  • We have more Sunday volunteers than ever, serving on the Altar and Flower Guilds, and as ushers, lay readers, chalice bearers, and other functions to make our services more meaningful.
  • We began the monthly African Drumming, Reiki, and traditional Healing service.
  • We continued the Sunday healing service during the Eucharist.
  • We began the monthly Hip Hop Service.
  • We sponsored several Rainbow Band concerts
  • We began holding a parish Christmas Dinner.
  • We held a Spring Luncheon in honor of Mothers.
  • Healing
    • We visited the sick and the shut-in and took them Communion.
    • We served those who grieved from loss of a close one or for other reasons.
  • We hosted special receptions for several events.
  • Sunday School has grown from 3 children to 17 children.
  • We held 10 "Stir the Pot" sessions of stimulating discussions about controversial issues.
  • We held several "Ask Questions" sessions where people could discuss troublesome topics about their faith.
  • We continued our two Education for Ministry classes for 20 people from all over Greater Cincinnati, graduating four students last year.
  • We trained 7 Lay Eucharistic Ministers to distribute elements during Worship Services.
  • We trained 4 Lay Eucharistic Visitors to take Communion to shut-ins following Worship Services.
  • Five people receiving training as Worship Leaders.
  • We enrolled one person in the Diocese's Lay Preacher training program.
  • 12 members took Safe Church training.
  • We donated regularly and generously to the Christ's Community in College Hill food bank
  • We participate in Interfaith Hospitality Network with Christ Church, Glendale and are working with 5 local churches to begin one in College Hill.
  • We provide mentors for several school children to assist with their studies.
  • We participated in the College Hill Block Parties for the past two years.
  • We participated in the College Hill Pumpkin Patch festival for the past 3 years.
  • We have been active in the College Hill Ministerium and the College Hill Summit
  • We continued the Christmas Giving Tree, providing 20 young people with clothing gifts last year.
  • We continued the parolee project where they assist us and we support them on a personal, spiritual, and personal basis.
  • We provide space for another church's services and activities.       
  • We provide meeting space for several community groups on a regular basis, including
    • Narcotics Anonymous,
    • The Rainbow Band,
    • The Flag Drill team,
    • Three theatre groups,
    • A Bible study group,
    • The Uganda School, and
    • Several other groups that do one time events, including weddings and funerals for non-members.
Building and Grounds
  • We repaired the plumbing in the rest rooms
  • We repaired the plaster and repainted the Sanctuary
  • We repaired the plaster and repainted the hallways
  • We increased the lighting level in the Sanctuary
  • We totally improved the heating in the 1957 wing
  • We installed better furniture in the parlor
  • We created and furnished a seating area in the Great Hall.
  • We continued to improve the appearance of the grounds around the church
  • We began the Red Door project
  • We improved day to day maintenance of our building and grounds
  • We replaced portions of the roof
  • We installed flags over front door which has brought us several new members.
  • We began renovation of the meeting room under the choir room.
  • We redid the lower Belmont entrance to make it more inviting for the many groups that use our facilities
  • We have baptized, confirmed and accepted new members through transfer.
  • We created and distributed Grace Post Cards and a Grace Slide Show on CD and DVD.
  • We maintained our attractive web site, which attracts over 100 visitors per week, and continued to publish eGraceNotes to over 100 subscribers
  • We have enjoyed a generous level of support from both our parishioners and from the Diocese. Although it is still a struggle, we have finished the past 3 years with a small excess of income over expenses.     
While doing all of the above:
  • We have built a committed congregation of actively involved people of all ages, colors, orientations and national origins.
Keep in Your Prayers ... 

Prayer Requests David Mukasa, John Thayer, Gigi Woode, Toussaint Thrower and family, 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 & Walter 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, Mike and family, Chris and family.

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.
Hip Hop PosterHip-Hop Worship & Praise Service Resumes

The Hip-Hop Service resumes at Grace on Saturday, October 3, at 5 pm, and continues on the first Saturday of every month.

Come and join us as we sing God's praises through scripture, poetry, testimonies, and all kinds of music: hip-hop, rap, gospel, Christian contemporary. Refreshments follow the service.

Why are we doing this?  Because we are told to "Sing our hearts out for the Lord!"(Colossians 3:16) 

Hip Hop Service

Thanks to Roger Perna for this announcement.

Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

Saturday, September 19: Common Ministry Meeting at Procter

Officiants in the coming months:
  • Oct 4: The Rev. Kimberly Knight
  • Oct 11: Fr. John Bower
  • Oct 18: Deacon Gary Givler
  • Oct 25: Fr. John Bower
  • Save the date: October 9 for movie night for children.
  • The Hip Hop Service restarts Saturday, October 3, at 5 pm.
  • 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.
Thank You Very MuchThanks to ....
... Father Clifford Atkinson for celebrating last Sunday, and to the Reverends Betts, Bower and Givler for celebrating past and future services).

... Grace Staples, Mary, McLain, and Belinda and Roger Perna for being in the office during Jim's vacation.

... Belinda and Roger Perna, Mary McLain, Grace Staples, and Bob Jones  for their help with the parolee work day supervision and meal in August.  Please notice the flower beds by the Garth and on that side of the building.

... Rhoda Brunfield for her dramatic and engaging reading of the Letter of James at the lay-led Sunday service in late August. Also to the Worship Committee and our recently trained and licensed worship leaders, Ken Lyon, Wanda Miller, Belinda Perna, Roger Perna and Hawley Todd.

When you see people who should be thanked, tell us
Work Day Help Needed

Parolees will be at Grace again for a work day on Thursday, September 24, 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). 
Notes on Sunday's Readings

(See Sunday's readings here.)

In Sunday's Gospel reading Jesus again predicts his death and resurrection. The disciples fail to understand and dispute among themselves which of them is the most important. Jesus tells them that the highest status in his kingdom is reserved for those who serve. This is a call to pattern our lives on his life in self-giving love.

Again our first reading is from the Wisdom writings. Most biblical descriptions of righteous living describe a righteous man. Today's passage describes righteousness in the life of a woman. Like all of God's righteous people, she is noted for her faithfulness to God and for her good works for the poor.

Again we read from the Epistle of James. After describing the characteristics of those who are at peace with God, the author states that strife, jealousy, and estrangement are the products of allying ourselves with the world rather than with God. This passage bears some similarity with the message from the first reading.

When the Church gathers to worship, it acts out its allegiance to God and its service to the world. In the action of the liturgy we express our service to each other. That liturgical action is the pattern for our daily living as God's friends and as fellow servants with Christ to all people. The liturgy, then, is extended beyond the doors of the church building into all of life.
Christmas Dinner Planning Starts Now

We would like to have our 3rd annual Christmas Dinner this year.  If you are willing to help with this, please let Jim Edgy know (, 513-541-2415).  We will have a planning meeting soon and need to know who to invite and count on for this event.  There will be three committees this year: 
  1. Set up and decorations;
  2. Food and serving;
  3. Clean up. 
Please help if you can.  We need you to make this happen.
Free Tickets to Get Motivated Seminar in Louisville
We have been offered four free tickets to Get Motivated, a conference on Church to Community relationships in Louisville on September 29 from 8 am to 4:30 pm.  Speakers will be Colin Powell, Laura Bush, The Rev Dr. Robert Schuller, Zig Zigler, Terry Bradshaw, and others.  See more information here.

If you are interested in attending, see Jim Edgy.
Biblical Materials Requested
The Community of Christ the Redeemer at North Central Correctional Institution is asking for donations of religious materials, e.g. used Forward Day by Day and other devotionals, Bibles, Bible studies (English and Spanish; no audio cassettes). Typing and writing paper appreciated as well. See Judy Handy (, 513-681-5829) for more information.
Congratulations to ...

... Bishop Kenneth Price who has been appointed as the Interim Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburg.  He will continue with limited assistance in Ohio during the approximately 3 years that he will be in Pittsburg. You can read more about this from Bishop Price here.
... The Reverend Ernestein Flemister who has accepted the position and begun serving as Rector of St James House of Prayer, Tampa, Florida. Ernestein's installation as Rector of St James will be on Sunday, Nov. 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The church has offered housing with its parishioners if anyone wants to attend.
Grace Church ChoirThe Choir is Back!

The choir was back and in good voice last Sunday. 

Choir Practice is every Thursday night from 7 to 8 pm and Sunday morning from 9 to 9:50 am.  All are welcome so please join us.  We are especially in need of sopranos and tenors.

How to Respond to Visitors Asking for Help

Sometimes, we are visited by people who are looking for help. As Christians, we want to respond, but sometimes we don't know what the appropriate response is. 

Mission Council has discussed this with Deacon Gary Givler and has concluded that visitors looking for help can always be referred to Deacon Givler.
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,
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.
Prayer Power Workshop on the Labyrinth
LabyrinthA Prayer Power workshop on the labyrinth is set for Christ Church, Glendale, for Sunday, Sept. 27, with Susan MacKellar, facilitator.  The event will include a lunch at 1 pm, followed by the workshop, which will include information and experience using the labyrinth.
"Basically, the labyrinth is a meditation tool, a way of getting in touch with God,"  says MacKellar.  "Labyrinths have been around for thousands of years. They've existed in every culture, all over the world. Native americans called theirs the medicine wheel," she adds.
Labyrinths come in all sizes.  The Christ Church, Glendale group hopes to have three available for use on Sept. 27, including inside, one on the lawn and one in the parking lot.
There is no charge for participating in the workshop, but registration is important, since lunch will be served. Registration information is available at 513-771-1544 or
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