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News for and about Grace Episcopal Church
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Our Values
In This Issue ...
Common Ministry Update
A New Prayer Has Been Added
This Issue's Quote
Coming Events...
Keep in Your Prayers
Thanks to ....
Former Warden Ralph Galloway Dies
Grace Celebrates Pentecost
Father Bower's Health Restored
Education for Ministry Fall Classes Now Forming
Grace Supports Rescheduling Future Pride Parade
Gotta Spare Rocker?
May Church Directory Available
Altar Flowers
Rainbow Band to Play at Memorial Day Observance
Read Any Good Books Lately?
Diocese Offers Leadership Training
Sunday Service Schedule Posted
Report on the Grace Church Music Program Available
Free Episcopal Stickers Available
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Common Ministry Update--First Phase Ends, Next Phase Begins

The "Passions" workshop on May 20 was the last workshop in the first series of Common Ministry workshops at Grace. In this series of workshops, we identified the gifts of the people who were most influential in our lives, then went on to identify our own gifts and the issues we're most passionate about.

Participants report that they not only valued learning more about themselves, they especially appreciated learning more about other Grace members and friends. These workshops are turning out to be a community-building opportunity.

What's Next?

We now begin to identify the gifts and passions of Grace Church as a community.  Our first workshop on this subject will be held after church on June 13 and will be repeated on Thursday, June 24, at 6:30 pm. We haven't come up with just the right title for this workshop yet, but "What's Grace Church to You?" has been suggested.

The Diocese is sponsoring Common Ministry training for Grace leaders and potential leaders at Procter Conference Center on July 10. We will be encouraging as many members of Grace as possible to attend this training, so more than just a few can take part in discerning Grace's future.

In August, on the 22nd following worship and again on the 26th at 6:30 pm, we have scheduled a Community workshop to learn more about the communities we serve.
A New Prayer Has Been Added

Alert eyes will note that a new prayer, written by the Common Ministry committee, has been added to our Sunday worship:
Almighty God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with us at Grace Church as we seek a new way of being, Common Ministry.  We feel anxious about what this might look like.  Look kindly upon us as we discern this new way.  Guide us in Your way.  Help us to discern Your hope and purpose for us.  In Jesus' name, we pray.  Amen
This Issue's Quote

"Faith is the ability not to panic."

Thanks to Wanda Miller for this great quote.
Coming Events
Grace Church Calendar
  • Wednesday, June 9, 7 pm: Healing Service--Celebration of Wholeness and Healing with Prayers, Drumming, Laying on of Hands & Reike.
  • Sunday, June 13, following worship: Grace Gifts workshop.
  • Thursday, June 24, 9 am: Parolee work day.
  • Thursday, June 24, 6:30 pm: Grace Gifts workshop.
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
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 Van Wagenen, Ed Frye, Karen Van Wagenen, 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 and Tammy Robertson.

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.
Thank You Very MuchThanks to ...
... all the people who turned out Thursday morning to work with the parolees to cut brush and otherwise clean up the parking lot area. It looks a lot better now thanks to you-all. Tony Denbo provided vigorous leadership. Other volunteers included Brian Gish, Ken Lyon, Roger Perna, Bob Jones, David Mukasa, Wanda Miller, Florence Poyer, Grace Staples and Eddie Hausfeld. 

The next parolee work day will be June 24. Join us!
Absalom JonesFormer Warden Ralph Galloway Dies

A memorial service for long time Grace Church member Ralph Galloway was held at Grace Saturday.  Mr. Galloway died earlier in the week. Formerly a College Hill resident, he had been living at Evergreen Retirement Community in recent years.

Former Warden Galloway returned to Grace for a visit just a year ago at Pentecost. 
Grace Celebrates Pentecost

Last Sunday, May 23rd, we observed the Day of Pentecost.  This is when we celebrate the Lord's gift of the Holy Spirit as the birthday of the church.  It was upon receiving this gift that the Apostles were able to go out into the world to preach, heal and baptize in the name of Jesus.
According to Acts 2:1-4:
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each of them.  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 
At Grace Church then, we celebrated in several ways:  Many wore red to remind us of the tongues of flame. The Prayers of the People were read in several different languages. We had balloons, joyous music (including bells and drumming) and even a birthday cake! 

Thanks to Judy Handy for this article.
Father Bower's Health Restored

Father John Bower wrote on Monday, May 24:
The Cardioversion procedure I had this morning was indeed successful in restoring my heart to normal (sinus) rhythm. The doctor told Louise that this was true in 99% of the cases, but that some people did revert to atrial fibrillation. I will be kept on Coumadin for a few more weeks - until we get back from our time in Michigan next month. The whole experience has been very interesting, but not one I care to repeat. Thank you for your prayers and concern.

It was a pleasure to have Father Bower back to celebrate Pentecost with us last Sunday.
Education for Ministry Fall Classes Now Forming

Education for Ministry is a program of theological education for lay people offered by extension from the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. It has been offered in southern Ohio since the 1970s and at Grace Church for over 10 years. The enrollment deadline is late July, so act now!

Hawley Todd mentors two EfM groups at Grace; one meets Monday evenings, the other on Friday mornings.
EFM combines the traditional functions of fellowship group and Bible study with a method of theological reflection designed to tap into our creative, metaphorical and mythical ways of thinking, to help us make conscious connections between our faith traditions and the "post-religious" world we find ourselves in today. A group of six to twelve participants, led by a trained mentor, meets weekly for 36 three hour meetings in the course of a year. The course is a four year program but participants commit to one year at a time.
EfM features:
  • Small Seminar groups of from 6 to 12 students
  • Trained mentor(s) and thought-provoking texts
  • Theological reflection practiced regularly
  • Prayer and worship in a Community of study
For complete information about EfM, click here.
For contact information and to download a list of fall clases in the diocese, click here.
Grace Supports Rescheduling Future Pride Parades

Mission Council sent the following letter to the Gay Chamber of Commerce, who has picked up responsibility for scheduling the annual Cincinnati Pride Festival and Parade. 
It has come to our attention that the Cincinnati Pride parade on Sunday morning, July 4, 2010, has been scheduled in such a way to exclude virtually all churches and Sunday morning worshipers. Grace Church has participated in previous parades and would like to participate in future ones as well. We would appreciate it if a way could be found to schedule future Pride parades so that they don't conflict with Sunday morning worship.
Sincerely yours, The Wardens and Mission Council of Grace Church.
Gotta Spare Rocker?

Virginia Chapel wonders if anyone has a rocking chair of some sort to donate to our nursery/preschool room. 
May Church Directory Available

We've published another issue of the Grace Directory. You can pick up your copy in the church.  If you'd like a copy mailed to you, please contact the office (513-541-2415,

We plan to issue yet another update in the near future, so do let us know of any changes that should be made.
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
Rainbow Band to Play at Memorial Day Observance

The Queen City Rainbow Band, which practices weekly at Grace, will provide music at Wesleyan Cemetery in Northside for a Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 31, at 1 pm.
The observance is sponsored by the Northside-College Hill Kiwanis. Wesleyan Cemetery is the final resting place of veterans who date back as far as the Civil War, according to Jan Holland, club president. In addition to the performance by the Rainbow Band, the event will feature a lighting ceremony, a MIA/POW service and speakers.

"It's a nice, comforting event," said Holland, who encourages parents to bring their children to the service. "So many young kids don't understand what our forefathers went through in order that we might have what we have now. They found for what we have and who we are."

The cemetery is located at 4003 Colerain Avenue.
O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
Read Any Good Books Lately?   

Would you like to share it with someone else?  A student has asked us to join her drive to collect books to be donated to schools, women's shelters, hospitals, homeless shelters, etc.  The drive ends June 20.  A marked box will be available near the sign-up table at the front of the nave.
Diocese Offers Leadership Training

The purpose of the Southern Ohio Lay Leadership Initiative is to train lay leaders for effective service in congregations, the Diocese, the local community, and ecumenical agencies. Click here for more information on SOLLI.
SOLLI applications are due in early June. You can download an application or complete one online.

Who should consider SOLLI?

Members of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio who...

...are 18 years of age or older.
...want to learn how to become effective leaders in congregations, on vestries and Bishop's committees, and on diocesan committees and commissions.
...want to acquire the background information to facilitate responsible decision making in the church.
...want their volunteer commitments and leadership to be grounded in scripture, prayer, and the Anglican tradition of lay ministry.
...feel called to offer themselves in leadership.
...want to represent the Anglican position helpfully in ecumenical and interfaith cooperative efforts.
...want increasingly to understand and exercise the ministry which is theirs as baptized Christians in our Episcopal Church.

SOLLI is a two-year program. Each year includes three two-night weekends. During these times, SOLLI focuses on leadership, learning goals, and commitment to form a mutually responsible learning community. Our life and work together is shaped by scripture, prayer, and reflection.
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.
Report on the Grace Church Music Program Available

John Thayer has written a report on the state of music at Grace Church. The report presents a good picture of our music program's past, its current status, and makes recommendations for future beneficial changes.

You can read the report here. John would appreciate hearing your comments.
Free Episcopal Stickers Available

Show your colors! We have acquired a supply of Episcopal Church stickers for any and all to put on their car, their window, their door, or wherever.  They are free for the taking on tables near the entrances to the church. 
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