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News for and about Grace Episcopal Church
May 7, 2010
Our Values
In This Issue ...
Bogus Bible Q&A
Sunday: A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
Information About Healing Prayer
Keep in Your Prayers
Coming Events...
West Family Members Baptized
Altar Flowers
Fr. Derrick Fetz Discusses Common Ministry with Mission Council
Thanks from the Bowers.
Buildings & Grounds News
Sunday Service Schedule Posted
Organist Arrangements Finalized
Walk with Mothers of Homicide Victims Saturday
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Bogus Bible Q&A

Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?

A. Ruthless ....of course!
Dear Friend,

This Sunday's worship at 10 am will be something different and something special. It's a Celebration of Wholeness and Healing with special intention for Jim Edgy, who has meant so much to Grace over the past several years. Join us!
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Sunday: A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

This Sunday's 10 am service will be A Celebration of Wholeness and Healing with special intention for Jim Edgy. As Organist/Choirmaster and later Parish Administrator, Jim was instrumental in helping Grace Church remain alive and vital during some rough times.
The service is adapted from the 2004 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of Ireland, which is part of the Anglican Communion (see here for that service).

Hawley Todd, who has taken the lead in planning the service, reports,
I have talked with Jim at length about the service.  He is grateful for our support and love.  Jim hopes that it will be an opportunity for us all to grow into a deeper understanding of wholeness and healing.  When we offer our prayers for others, God is always present with that person. While we might be preoccupied with a "cure," God's presence and love and grace may be "at work" in other ways. Jim especially wants God's grace and strength to bless him for a quality of life as he moves forward.
Please join us this Sunday at Grace.  If you are unable to attend, simply by your intention and prayer, ask God to be present with Jim in whatever ways he most needs the Holy Spirit.
Jim will be unable to join us this Sunday but I will be seeing him in the near future to tell him about the service.

MUSE will be providing special music at this service and Bennyce Hamilton will be preaching.
Information About Healing Prayer

We have added two articles about healing prayer to the Grace Online File Cabinet. Both articles are by Hawley Todd. To see an article, click the appropriate link below.

To see all nine articles on the subject of healing, click here.

Mediating the Love of God outlines a prayer exercise for receiving God's love.

Healing Prayer Frequently Asked Questions is what the title says.
Keep in Your Prayers ...

Prayer RequestsJim Edgy, Pete Staples, John (Johnbear) Dunn, Jack Hart, Anjean Poyer, John   Thayer, Gigi Woode, Toussaint Thrower and family, Ray Harris, Marilyn White, Trevor VanWagenen, Ed Frye,  Karen VanWagenen, Elaine Hughes, Maureen Back, Eloise Pinto, Ruth Bertram, Robert Flemister, Judy & Walter Handy, Molly, Shelly Martin, Barbara Todd, Kim Martin, Robb Martin, Dean Bryeans, 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, Malcolm Daniel, Jean Cavalieri, Shelby Hager and family, Laura Chace, Erik, Alison, Nathanael and Alexis Handy, Mary Jo,  Belinda Hoerst, Steve, Tom, and Mary Ratliff. Father John Bower and his wife, Louise, Keith, Earl, Lisa Perry.
If you need pastoral care or know of someone who does, please call or email the office (513-541-2415, Please keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns. Help us to serve you.
Coming Events
Grace Church Calendar
  • Sunday, 5/9, 10 am: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing.
  • Wednesday, 5/12, 7 pm: Healing Service.
  • Sunday, 5/16 at 11:15 am: Gifts Workshop III.
  • Wednesday, 5/19 at 6:30 pm: Mission Council.
  • Thursday, 5/20 at 6:30 pm: Gifts Workshop III (repeat).
  • Thursday, 5/27 at 9 am: Parolee Work Day.
See the Grace Calendar Page for more information and more events.

We try to list every event at Grace in the online calendar to facilitate scheduling. If you know of any meeting that's not listed, please let us know at
West Family Members Baptized
Absalom Jones

Three members of the West family were baptized April 25. See more pictures of this happy occasion here.
Altar Flowers Beautify Worship

There are many beautiful flowers this time of year that can be used to decorate the altar.  If you would like to give flowers in honor of someone or in memory of someone the donation the donation is only $35. 

There is a sign-up sheet on the table by the Belmont door. Or you may call the church office to let the Flower Guild know which Sunday you would like flowers and to let the office know in whose honor or memory the flowers are being donated.

The flower fund is designed to be self-sufficient.  With your donation, we can continue to have lovely flowers on the altar.

--Carol Lyon, Flower Guild
Fr. Derrick Fetz Discusses Common Ministry with Mission Council
Fr. Derrick Fetz came to the April 21 Mission Council meeting to discuss Grace's participation in the Diocese's exploration of Common Ministry. As reported in the meeting minutes,


Fr. Fetz invited those present to think and comment about the change they had seen in their lives and the church.  Then, how can we be faithful Christians in a society that no longer values the church?  He suggested returning to the tenets of the early church.  God sent Jesus.  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit sends us out into the world.

We may grieve the loss of some aspects of our church life but we have the opportunity to celebrate new things.  He added, "The church is the last place we want to change but every church in America needs to change.  Fifteen percent of any group of people can facilitate change. It may mean we have to prioritize Common Ministry workshops rather than attend or sponsor something else."
Next steps for Grace Church will be:
    1. Create a clear meaning, mission and purpose.
    2. Identify what makes Grace Church unique.
    3. What are our gifts - our collective soul?
    4. What are our connective communities?  Our passion outside?  Partnering groups?
    5. Create and train Mission and Formation team to make the pastoral connection with congregation and community.
    6. Create a Mission and Ministry action plan to give clear direction and not fragment our efforts and energy.
In answer to a question, he reiterated that the Mission Council would always be the authority in approving action and governing the ongoing operation of the church under the authority of the Bishop.  The Mission and Formation Team would be the planners and recruit the "doers" with the approval of Council.  Fr. Fetz will make himself available to make a presentation to the congregation at a future date.  In the meantime, anyone is welcome to e-mail him at
Thanks from the Bowers

Many thanks to all the Grace Church family for your love and prayers over the time of Fr. John's hospitalization. He has now been home for nearly two weeks and is doing well.

Please keep praying that he will continue to react well to the new medication and remain well. He'd better! He's booked almost solid from now through the end of the summer with Sunday supply work, including some Sundays at Grace Church.

Fr. John and Louise Bower
Buildings & Grounds News

Utility Costs Down Significantly.  Grace's utility bill for this heating season is down 28% vs. a year ago--$9,400 vs $13,000 for the same period a year ago. While some of the reduction is due to lower gas prices, most of it is due to the use of new high-efficiency furnaces in the education wing. 

This $3,500 savings doesn't give us more money to spend this year, the 2010 budget assumed that our utility bills would be lower by about this amount. The good news is that the predicted lower costs is actually happening.

Railing Repaired. The railing leading to the front doors, which was apparently run over by a vehicle just before Easter, has been repaired at a cost of $960, $460 of which was covered by insurance. We still need to put a final coat of paint on the new railing, and our other railings are showing some need for new paint as well. Volunteers?

New Lawnmower Needed.  We have an urgent need for a durable lawnmower. Senior Warden David Mukasa says, "I would like to have a collection to buy a mower rather than solicit a used one because although the donors are well intended, the lawnmowers have been a headache." Contributions will be gladly accepted.

Outside "Curb Appeal" Gets Attention. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous member, we have contracted with TruGreen to apply weedkiller and fertilizer to our lawns this Summer. The first application was made this week. Earlier, we contracted with Christ Community in College Hill's "Clean & Green" crew to come out to rake leaves and pick up limbs and trash. Even earlier, Tina Larkin and Raymond Ochar did some serious mulching, dividing, replanting and pruning in the garden beds near the lower Belmont door.  Just before Easter, Mary McLain planted some beautiful posies in the planters at our front door. Thanks to all who keep Grace Church lookin' good!
Sunday Service Schedule Posted

People have expessed interest in knowing what's coming, worship-wise, on future Sundays. We have augmented the Volunteer Schedule with all known information about what future services will be and who will be participating.  You can see the schedule here

If you know of changes or additions to this schedule, or if you have questions, please contact the office at or 513-541-2415.
Organist Arrangements Finalized

Jonathan Tan and Kenneth Blue have agreed to share the organist position and its salary. This agreement gives them scheduling flexibility while assuring Grace that we have organist support for all services that need it.
Walk with Mothers of Homicide Victims Saturday
Walk for Peace along side mothers who lost sons and daughters to homicide. Support them in their fight against violence in our community.

When:  Saturday, May 8, 2010 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
2 pm: Walk will begin at Southern Baptist Church, 3556 Reading Road Cincinnati, OH 45229.
3 pm: Walk will end at The Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3655 Harvey Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.
3:30 pm-4:30 pm: Refreshments, dialogue, prayer and support for Mothers at The Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 3655 Harvey Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45229.

Thanks to Marjorie Shadd for forwarding this information.
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