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October 10, 2009
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In This Issue ...
Christian One-Liners
Jim Edgy Leaves Grace Church
Deacon Gary Givler Leaves Grace Church
Church Office & Staffing Gets (Re)Organized
What Direction Do You Want Grace Church to Take?
Grace Church Explores Common Ministry
Keep in Your Prayers
Coming Events...
Christmas Dinner Planning Starts Now
Grace Church Helps to Serve Homeless Families Through IHN
Ernestein Flemister Contact Information
Biblical Materials Requested
Keep in Touch with What's Happening in the Diocese
Christian One-Liners

Quit griping about your church;
If it was perfect, you couldn't belong.

Florence Poyer supplied us with several of these. We'll share others in future issues.
Administrator/Choirmaster/Organist Jim Edgy Leaves Grace Church
Jim EdgyFollowing doctor's orders, Grace's long-time Administrator, Choirmaster and Organist Jim Edgy resigned his positions as of October 9. 
In a bulletin announcement, Jim wrote: 
"Dear Friends,

"Thank you for the privilege of knowing and working with you for the past ten years.  And especially to the choir, I express my appreciation. 
"I wish you every success as you continue your important work here at Grace Church.
Jim Edgy"
When asked where he would be worshipping, Jim said that it would be unfair for a new organist and choir director to have the old one sitting in the congregation so, for the time being, he will be worshipping at Christ Church Cathedral where his church membership is.
Deacon Gary Givler Leaves Grace Church 
Susan & Gary GivlerDeacon Gary Givler's last day at Grace Church was Sunday, October 27. In a letter to Senior Warden Mukasa, Deacon Givler said in part,
"After prayerful consideration of the continuing value of my presence at Grace Church I have ... received permission [from Canon Johanssen] to to move on to other work in the diocese. As I leave I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to have served the people of Grace Church and for the gifts that I have received through my interactions with them. Many are dear to me and I will carry them in my heart to the next place that I go in my walk with God." 
Susan Givler has resigned her position as member of the Altar Guild and has left Grace Church as well.
Church Office & Staffing Gets (Re)Organized

Grace Staples reports:

We have firmed up the temporary office volunteer schedule until Mission Council decides what it wants to do about office positions. 

October Office Volunteer Schedule

Monday mornings: Roger and/or Belinda Perna
Tuesday mornings: Grace Staples
Wednesday mornings: Florence Poyer
Thursday mornings: Roger and/or Belinda Perna
Friday afternoons: Hawley Todd

Substitutes:  Mary McLain, Wanda Miller (Weds.), Ruth Bertram (in future).

An office volunteer organizational meeting will be held Monday, October at 3 PM in the office. All interested in volunteering are warmly invited to attend.

In addition to staffing the office, we need help in documenting (or in locating the documentation about) how things work at Grace.
What Direction Do You Want Grace Church to Take?

Members of Mission Council will meet with Canon John Johanssen on October 14th to discuss Grace's plans for the future. The Rev. Canon Johanssen oversees congregational development. He works with churches that are thriving as well as those in crisis. Canon Johanssen also oversees deployment--that is the calling process for priests and congregations-- as well as evangelism, stewardship and development.
On October 21, representatives of Mission Council will meet with the Diocesan Commission on Congregational Life. COCL is charged with encouraging, supporting, evaluating, and seeking opportunities for development and growth of all fellowships, missions, and parishes of the diocese.

Senior Warden David Mukasa wants to hear from you about what direction you want Grace Church to take. Let him know at 513-353-0813 or
Grace Church Explores Common Ministry

On Saturday, September 19, thirteen members of Grace Church attended the Diocesan meeting on Common Ministry at the Procter Center. 

One of the workshops, entitled "Exploring Common Ministry," was presented by Fr. Derrick Fetz, who is the priest at St. Mary Magdalene in Maineville and also the Common Ministry mentor for The Church of the Good Samaritan in Amelia.  Fr. Derrick described Common Ministry as rewinding back to the organizational patterns of the early church, similar to the way it is outlined in the Book of Acts, where leaders were chosen out of the Christian community according to the gifts that have been given to them by the Holy Spirit. 
Today, congregations that want to explore the possibility of using a Common Ministry model are mentored through a "discernment""process that includes prayer, study of scripture, and reflection to collectively reach a consensus regarding the spiritual gifts of the members of the group and to accept particular tasks based on the consensus.
Presently, we at Grace are deciding whether or not we want to pursue the exploration of Common Ministry.
Thanks to Roger Perna for this article.
Keep in Your Prayers ...

Prayer RequestsJim Edgy, John Thayer, Gigi Woode, Toussaint Thrower and family, Ray Harris; Marilyn White; Trevor Van Wagenen; Anna Hamilton, Ed Frye, Jo Carroll, Karen Van Wagenen, 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.
Coming Events

Grace Church Calendar

  • The Healing Service with African Drumming and Reiki restarts October 14 at 7 pm. This will be the 1st service of the new season.  Come join us for this new season kick off! This  is a service that employs both traditional and non-traditional healing methods: African Drumming and Reiki, plus the traditional healing prayer  and laying on of hands. The service is based on the concept of release of tension through African drumming, restoration of peace through quietness and solitude, and prayer for continued health through the laying on of hands.

See the Grace Calendar Page for the most up-to-date listing of events at Grace.  Let us know at if we've missed anything.
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 us 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.
Grace Church Helps to Serve Homeless Families Through IHN

IHN Logo Interfaith Hospitality Network of Cincinnati is alive and well and can use volunteers. This past week, 26 people were housed and served by the network with many calls coming in every day from more families seeking shelter.  Families are pre-screened and come from many walks of life.

As many of you know, Grace Church hosted homeless families through the Interfaith Hospitality Network for 15 years until early 2006 when our shrinking volunteer pool made it no longer feasible.  At that time, through the help of our former member and deacon, the Rev. Laura Chace, Christ Church Glendale assumed the host role and Grace Church became a supporting congregation supplying overnight volunteers for one evening six weeks a year at Christ Church Glendale.  

Plans are now underway for the College Hill churches to once again host IHN here in our own neighborhood.  This is good news as it will expand the capacity in Cincinnati and be more convenient to local volunteers.

IHN is a unique response to homelessness.  It combines volunteers from the religious community with full-time professionals to reintegrate families into the community. 
  • Case Managers at the IHN Day Center help families find and maintain permanent housing.
  • During the day, vans transport families to appointments, interviews and day care.
  • An IHN Bus transports families back and forth between the congregations and the Day Center.
  • The Day Center in Lower Price Hill serves as a home base providing adult education classes, parenting classes, a kitchen, laundry facilities, showers, free telephones, a mailing address, computer facilities, and a children's playroom.
  • School-age children attend school and receive after-school tutoring through Project Connect.
IHN guest families say that what will stick out most in their minds about their host congregation is:
  • "The niceness to the kids."
  • "How sweet and loving they were with all of the children."
  • "The congregation. They were all concerned about our housing situation."
If you would like to know more about this aspect of Grace Episcopal Church mission efforts, call Mary McLain at 513-541-8509 or Grace Staples at 513-251-3538.
Ernestein Flemister Contact Information

St. James House of Prayer (Episcopal)
2708 N. Central Ave.
Tampa , FL  33602-1602
(813) 223-6090
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 is appreciated as well.
See Judy Handy (513-681-582, for more information.
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You can catch up with what's happening at the Diocesan web site.
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