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Service Volunteers Schedule ...
... for November is posted here
Have you turned your clocks back an hour yet? It'll
help you a lot to be on time for things....
Looking for a place where your contribution will be
welcomed and valued? Look no further than Grace
Church. We have opportunities we haven't even had time to
think about yet. If you'd like to be a part of helping
Grace Church realize its potential, give us a call at
513-542-2941 or email us at email@example.com
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We're called to be witnesses,
Not lawyers or judges.
Florence Poyer supplied us with several of these. We'll
share others in future issues.
in Your Prayers ...
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.
Jim 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; Dean
Bryeans, Mary Hall, Chris; Irene Bryeans; Joshua, Caleb,
Anne, and Darryl Handy; Marcus Flemister; Kim Herrmann, Al
Berghausen; Mary Lou Bellows; Jackie Lewis, Mike and
family, Chris and family, Doug Matthews and family.
Service "Blessed by the Lord"
The Grace Church Healing Service resumed on October 14, and
will continue on Wednesday, November 11 at 7 pm, and on the
second Sunday of every month thereafter.
The day after the October service, we received the following
from Hawley Todd, who is the liturgist for the service:
"The healing service last evening was truly
blessed by the Lord. I counted at least 26 folks and
there may have been a couple of extra. The group was
fluid with people coming and going throughout the
"At the beginning of my homily, I did an invocation
of the Holy Spirit. I am not sure how good the
homily was but the seekers and drummers liked it.
What I do know is that the Holy Spirit did come in an
extremely powerful way. It was amazing."
"Ray Betts, J White, and I prayed with many. It was
wonderful to spend more time in prayer with each person
than we are able to do on Sunday mornings. It is a
humbling experience to be with others as the Lord
ministers to them!"
"Thank you all for helping to make this service
Healing Service with African Drumming and Reiki 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.
Bob Laake leads the drummers for this service. Learn more
about the power of healing drumming on
Bob Laake's Drum for Healing page
for the Future of Grace Church
Eucharistic Visitors to Take Communion to Home- or
has a trained corps of Lay Eucharistic visitors who are
eager to bring communion to anyone who can't be with us
Florence Poyer has agreed to schedule Lay Eucharist
Visitors to take communion to shut-ins and those in the
If you or anyone you know would like such a visit
please let us know. Just contact the office
) and we
will relay the message to Florence.
Meets Diocesan Commission on Congregational Life
Five members of Grace Church traveled to Procter Conference
Center on October 21 to explain our request for a grant of
$20,000. (COCL is charged with encouraging,
supporting, evaluating, and seeking opportunities for
development and growth of all fellowships, missions, and
parishes of the diocese.) The five attending were: Wardens
David Mukasa and Carol Lyon, Treasurer Roger Perna, Mission
Council Member Hawley Todd and former member of Diocesan
Council Mary McLain.
The members of the commission, which included Bishop Price,
had already reviewed our written request. This was their
opportunity to ask any additional questions or to ask
clarifying questions. Questions ranged from "What did
you say in the car you were going to tell the COCL?" to
"With such a large facility, what have you thought
about to ease the financial burden of the building."
All of our answers seemed favorably received. The commission
urged us to "think outside the box" in making
Grace church a viable congregation. They seemed
especially interested in us developing a closer relationship
with St. Philips, Northside.
The awarding of grants will take place some time after the
upcoming diocesan convention.
Thanks to Carol Lyon for
List for Thanksgiving Baskets for Christ's Community
Please help Christ's Community in College Hill feed needy
families this Thanksgiving season by purchasing the
following food items and bringing them to church by November
15 (This amount represents food for a family of 4 and can be
purchased for about $15).
1 CAN EACH OF PEAS, CORN, CRANBERRY SAUCE, YAMS
2 CANS EACH OF GREEN BEANS, BAKED BEANS, FRUIT
3 CANS OF SOUP
2 BOXES OF STUFFING MIX
3 BOXES OF NOODLES OR PASTA
1 BOX OF CAKE MIX.
If you prefer, you can donate $15 (cash or check) and we
will shop for you. An additional $10 donation will help
purchase turkeys for these families. Please make checks
payable to Christ's Community in College Hill.
PLEASE BRING FOOD OR MONEY TO CHURCH BY NOVEMBER 15. Call
513-542-8464 if you need us to come to your home to pick up
your food or check.
Thank you from the Grace Church Outreach Committee.
Thanks to Roger Perna for
& Grounds Committee Being Formed
At the request of the Junior Warden, Ken Lyon is forming a
Building & Grounds Committee. Roger Perna and J White
have volunteered to join the committee; others are being
invited to join. The committee will coordinate a range of
building- and grounds-related activities:
- Building & grounds maintenance, to keep our
facility attractive ("curb appeal, anyone?),
prevent loss and damage and ensure the safety of
- Reduce ongoing costs if at all possible.
- Find new uses for our space, income-producing if
- Coordinate use of the building.
If you're interested in any of the above, whether or not
you want to be on the committee, do let Ken know
... The Flag and Drill Team, under the direction of Tony
Denbo, who practice here at Grace Church, for graciously
and generously sponsoring our coffee hour tomorrow
... The Revs Kimberly Knight and John Bower for
officiating at recent Sunday services and in November.
... Jonathan Tan and Ken Blue for providing organ music
for recent Sunday services.
... Our office volunteers, and especially Grace Staples,
who are learning all the in's & out's of daily life at
If you know of others who deserve our thanks, do let us
know at eGraceNotes@gracecollegehill.org
Grace Church Support Needy Neighbors through the Episcopal
Community Services Foundation
Community Services Foundation was created in 1991 to aid
Episcopal congregations in this diocese to tackle local
poverty by assessing project requests and raising funds to
support these works. In September, ECSF received grant
requests totaling $166,850 from 40 churches in the diocese
for 46 ministries--a 15% increase from last year. Each
project, such as food pantries, hot lunch programs,
shelters, tutoring school children, life skills for adults,
etc., is often leveraged by working with other churches or
agencies in the community to gain additional resources and
stretch the dollars further. Last year, ECSF grantees
aided almost 60,000 people in need in our community and
Of the 42 churches applying this year, 12 have fewer than 50
worshippers on Sunday and 60% have an average Sunday
attendance under 100. Obviously, they need support
from fellow congregations to carry out their mission.
Grace Church leadership has committed to being a donor for
2010. Why do this, when we are struggling
financially? Because it is an example of our outreach
to those who have even less than we do. And it will
not be from our budget but from individual donors who step
up to the need. If you wish to join in this effort,
please make your check to "Grace Episcopal Church"
with notation "For ECSF." Thank you so much.
Amazing Rendition of "Amazing Grace"
Wanda Miller forwarded us an amazing rendition of
"Amazing Grace" sung in the Coliseum in Rome.
You can watch and hear it here
If you'd like more "Amazing Grace," pick up a DVD
any Sunday that contains a slide show of life at Grace
accompanied by 22 different artist's versions of Amazing
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