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It's Stewardship Campaign time again, and last week,
Father Bower reminded us that, unlike the widow in the
"widow's mite" story, very very few of us will
ever experience giving out of our poverty; virtually all
of us give out of our abundance.
It occurred to your editor that, like most of us, Grace
Church is rich, too! I thought about all the people who
contribute their best efforts to make Grace a living
community in a beautiful facility. If you'd like a
reminder of who and how many those people are, take a look
at the People
on our website.
One important gift that Grace Church has to offer is a
place where one's contribution is welcomed and valued.
Grace has opportunities we haven't even had time to think
about yet. If you'd like to be a bigger part of helping
Grace Church realize its potential, contact someone on the
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"This was an AWESOME night the creator has given us.
I can't believe the turnout that we had. It would seem
there is a shift in going to church. "This ain't your
Parent's" spirituality." Bob Laake and I feel
very blessed to have been placed in the right place at the
right time. It seems to be a revival of old time
"Please forward this to all who attended and thank
them for allowing us to be part of their blessings as we
receive much more than we all give!"
--From Reiki Master Kevin Driggers, about last night's
service. Kevin coordinates the Reiki at Grace's monthly
Celebration of Wholeness and Healing service.
A slightly more subdued Hawley Todd reports:
"The service tonight went very well. J White
and I talked afterwards and estimated we had at least 36
folks there. It may have been as high as the 40's.
I didn't count until I was done praying, and by then some
had left. Looking out at the congregation we had
more than most Sundays.
"There is a very good spirit at this service and I
thank you all for inviting me to participate.
"There is some movement to expand the service to
twice a month. I'd be up for it but we need to
listen and see where the Spirit is calling."
Celebration of Wholeness and Healing, aka "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.
On the second Wednesday of most months, we make space and
time to allow God to move in our midst as we celebrate God's
overwhelming love for each one of us.
The service includes a liturgy of healing prayers and
African drumming and culminates with opportunities for Reike
and the traditional laying-on-of-hands and anointing with
The drumming begins at 6:30 pm, the service begins at 7 pm.
Bob Laake (above) leads the drummers for this service. Learn
more about the power of healing drumming on
Bob Laake's Drum for Healing page
Bob Laake tells us that there is an "Open Drum for Fun
Circle" every Thursday from 7 to 9 pm at the Riverside
, 177 South Riverside Drive, Batavia, Ohio.
"Come on, Fall is here. Dust off the drums and get
out for a night of community drumming. No drum? Don't let
that stop you from coming, we always bring extras.
"Please remember others in our community in need with
a non perishable food item for the food pantry of The
Inter Faith Ministries."
Convention Highlights Reported
Mary McLain, Ray Betts and Florence Poyer reported Sunday
some highlights of last week's Diocesan Convention.
Blessing of Same-Sex
Mary McLain reported on Bishop Breidenthal's decision to
"move deliberately toward the implementation of a
policy that will permit and govern the blessings of
[same-sex] unions in Southern Ohio," and to "
...[lift] the prohibition on the blessing of same-sex
unions in this diocese, effective Easter 2010."
The announcement was contained in the Bishop's
to convention. Mary read aloud the part of the
address that pertains to same-sex unions, to prevent any
confusion that might arise from press reports. You can read
that text beginning at the bottom of page 8 of the Bishop's
Interestingly, the press didn't take note of the decision
until yesterday. Then, the Enquirer reported the decision in
that did little more than summarize the address.
The little Pomeroy Daily
did much better, in an article
that provided some good background information.
Relationship With Liberia to be Explored
Ray Betts reported that that Convention voted to "enter
into a year of discernment with the Episcopal Church of
Liberia to determine the nature of a companion relationship
between the two dioceses." Ray pointed out that even
though Vicar Ernestein has departed for Florida, we still
have relationships with people from Liberia.
No More Bottled Water
Florence Poyer reported that, in light of Convention's vote
to restrict the use of commercially bottled water, Grace
will begin using reusable cups to make water available.
You can read more about the Convention on the Southern Ohio website
Invites Grace to Participate in Common Ministry Development
The first part of a letter from Bishop Breidenthal:
"I would like to invite ... the people of Grace
Church, Cincinnati to participate in a program to develop
common ministry in your congregation and our diocese.
"We are inviting several congregations from different
geographic locations and of varying sizes to participate
in a two year pilot program to explore and deepen common
ministry. We have chosen your congregation because we
believe that you share a commitment to common ministry and
are willing to go deeper to develop new practices to
support the shared ministry of all.
"We believe that your congregation has particular
gifts that you can share with others and also a desire to
develop stronger ministries. We would like you to help us
establish some best practices and procedures to strengthen
and foster common ministry in our diocese."
You can read the full text of this letter and its two
attachments in the Common
Ministry section of the Grace Church online file
The Bishop has asked for a response by Thanksgiving. The
next regular Mission Council meeting is November 18 at 6 pm.
Council meetings are open to all interested parties.
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
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,
Malcolm Daniel, Jean Cavalieri, and Shelby Hager.
The Stewardship Campaign for 2010 pledges is underway.
Letters were mailed out the week of November 8 along with
the Estimated Giving Forms. Please prayerfully
consider your financial pledge for next year as we march
into the future with the resolve to continue to be a church
that is welcoming to all people as well as carry on our work
in helping those in need in our community.
Even in these uncertain economic times, we, as a
congregation, have been able to keep up with our pledged
amounts for this year. This shows us that we are a
strong force in our faithfulness to do the Lord's work in
College Hill and beyond. Please return your Estimated
Giving Form to church by November 29, either by bringing it
to church or by mailing it in to us. God bless you,
and we hope to see you in church very soon.
Thanks to Treasurer Roger
Perna for this article.
PS: If you didn't get your letter, or have lost it,
please let us know at 513-541-2415 or email@example.com,
and we'll send one right out!
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
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.
God Himself doesn't propose to judge people 'til they're
So why should you?
Florence Poyer supplied us with several of these. We'll
share others in future issues.
... Wanda Miller and Ruth Bertram, who will host our
coffee hour Sunday. .
... The Revs Kimberly Knight and John Bower for
officiating at our Sunday services.
... Hawley Todd, J White, Bob Laake, Kevin Drigger
and the others who are helping the Spirit set the Healing
service on fire.
... Jonathan Tan and Ken Blue for providing organ music
for our Sunday services.
... Our weekly office helpers: Mary Mclain, Wanda Miller,
Roger Perna, Florence Poyer, Grace Staples and Hawley
If you know of others who deserve our thanks, do let us
know at eGraceNotes@gracecollegehill.org
Church Appears in an Internet TV Series
Church appears in a new internet-based TV series by
award-wining director e.E. Charlton-Trujillo.
Grace's nave is used as a setting for a scene in Fallen,
which consists series of short episodes shot locally to
demonstrate a concept for a possible full-blown TV series.
To see Grace in the movies, go to the Fallen
, click episodes, and play episode 5.
You can read more about this series in a Cincinnati.com
Plans for Christmas
The Choir is beginning rehearsals for the Christmas Eve
Service which will be celebrated at 7 pm. Even if
you can't sing every Sunday, we would be glad to have you
join us for practice and on Christmas Eve. We need
you! Please see any member of the choir for
rehearsal dates and times.
on This Sunday's Readings
As we draw to the close of the church year, the liturgy
directs us toward the close of history. This
"eschatological" emphasis (from the Greek
eschaton, meaning "last things") is a
central--though not always a popular--part of the Christian
You can read Sunday's lessons here
Sunday's Gospel is a portion of Jesus' discourse on the
final consummation in Mark's Gospel.
The reading from the First Book of Samuel brings us back
where we began in our reading through the David history.
Here we have the miraculous birth of Samuel who would become
the great prophet who anointed David as king.
The reading from Hebrews announces that the death and
resurrection of Jesus has redeemed all of God's people.
Therefore, as our way of being prepared for the End, the
author urges us to remain faithful to the work God has done
in our baptism by continuing to share in the life, worship,
and ministry of the people of God.
Our liturgy is not only a remembering, so that the acts of
God in the past become a present reality; it is also a
looking forward to the consummation so that we have a
foretaste of its grace now. Thus, the Eucharist is always a
participation in the dying and rising of Jesus, and a
participation in the kingdom that is to come.
"View From the Pew" Requested
Please share your thoughts regarding worship at Grace:
What you particularly like, what you might prefer less of,
favorite hymns, etc.
When you're in church, you can use one of the yellow index
cards we have placed in the pews; then place it in the bin
on the back table or give to the usher. Or send an email
with "Attention Worship Committee" somewhere in
We appreciate your input.
From the Worship
Invited to the Reverend Ernestein Flemister's Installation
Your Prayers and
Presence are requested for
The Celebration of a
The institution of
The Reverend Ernestein
As second Rector of
St. James House of
Prayer Episcopal Church
The Right Reverend
Dabney T. Smith
Bishop of the Diocese
of Southwest Florida
Sunday, November 29.
2009 at Four O'Clock
Clergy : Red
James House of Prayer
2708 N. Central Ave.,
Tampa, FL 33602
Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center
5108 Eisenhower Blvd.,
Tampa, FL 33634
Those planning to attend the installation in Tampa are
requested to RSVP no later than Thursday, November 19, to
Day of Remembrance Service
The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Service will take
place this year on Friday, November 20 at 7:30 pm at the New
Spirit Metropolitan Community Church, 4033 Hamilton Ave in
Northside. The program includes a service of musical
selections and reflections from the community, ending with a
candlelight vigil to pay respect to those needlessly killed
by hate crimes against the transgender community.
Representative Denise Driehaus is the guest speaker.
The event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and
New Spirit MCC.
Balance in Life through the Practice of Prayer" Offered
The Rev. Elise Feyerherm will present "Finding Balance
in Life through the Practice of Prayer" on Sunday,
November 22, from 3 to 5 pm at Procter Camp & Conference
Feyerherm will lead participants in establishing their own
framework for organizing and developing a focused
prayer practice. She will help participants understand that
the spiritual life of regular, structured prayer is
rooted in Genesis I where God brings order out of chaos
Feyerherm is an instructor at Bexley Hall Seminary where she
is responsible for Anglican Formation. Feyerherm also
teaches in the Diocese's School for Ministry and leads
The event is sponsored by DioS Companions, which was
established in the diocese to offer regular events, retreats
or seminars to develop and form the spiritual life of
There is no charge. Reservations are encouraged by e-mailing