|News for and about Grace Episcopal Church|| June 23, 2010|
Your editor is thinking about how Common (Shared) Ministry might change what I do when I see something that needs doing. Under the old model, I might think, "Why doesn't x ("x" being the person responsible) do something about that? Or, if I didn't know who was responsible, I might email the wardens pointing out the problem/opportunity, perhaps even offering to help.
Now, under the Common (Shared) Ministry model, I might instead think, "What am I going to do about that?" and then figure out what appropriate action to take.
In short, Common (Shared) Ministry might mean taking some ownership when I see an opportunity/problem rather than waiting for someone else.
What an empowering thought!
You can read thoughtful article by Hawley Todd, "What is Common Ministry, anyway?" here
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|Bogus Bible Q & A
Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the
A. Pharaoh's daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
|Common Ministry Workshop Coming Thursday
A repeat of the "Grace Church--What's it to You?" workshop will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 6:30 pm in the Small Assembly Room. Our purpose is to discern what's important about Grace to its members and friends.
We scheduled this workshop for people who couldn't make it to the Sunday workshop on the 13th. At that workshop, we got many great answers to questions such as:
- Why did you come to Grace?
- Why did you remain at Grace?
Participants in our series of Common (Shared) Ministry workshops report that they like learning more about other Grace members and friends. These workshops are turning out to be a real community-builder. Future Common Ministry Events
The Diocese is sponsoring Common Ministry training at Procter Conference Center on July 10. We are 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.
|Gifts Survey Mailed Today
What are the gifts and/or skills God has given you? At the second Common (Shared) Ministry workshop, over 20 people answered that question with help from others. Attendee's answers were used to make up a consolidated list of over 20 possible gifts that members might possess.
Today, that list was mailed to all Grace members and friends believed to be active at Grace. All recipients are being asked to check off their gifts, add any that aren't listed, and return the completed list to the church.
Common Ministry Chair Carol Lyon says, "Even if you
have attended the workshop, please fill out the form. This will help us
total picture of the gifts and/or skills our members and friends. Let me assure you that we're not going to use these lists to harass you into doing jobs. We'll use your answers to create a better picture of Grace Church as a community."
If you don't get a letter in the next few days and you want to be included, go to the online Gifts Survey
, where you can either print it off and mail it in, or copy it into an email and send it to us electronically.
If you don't get a letter in the next few days, and you want to be sure to be included in the Grace Church Directory, let Ken Lyon know at email@example.com
See the Grace Calendar Page for more information and more events.
- Thursday, June 24, 9 am: Parolee work day.
- Thursday, June 24, 6:30 pm: Common (Shared) Ministry workshop.
- Sunday, July 4: Sharing Sunday--bring non-perishables for the Christ's Community food pantry.
- Saturday, July 10: Diocesan Common (Shared) Ministry meeting at Procter Conference Center.
- Sunday, July 11: Wilma Walker memorial gathering.
- Wednesday, July 14: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing with Prayers, Drums and Healers.
- Sunday, July 18: Reception for Florence and Bob Poyer following worship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Grace Conference Center Progress|
Tony Denbo writes,
I am happy to announce that the renovation on the Great Hall is in full swing. Painting has started on the side walls. The end wall
into the kitchen will be next. Within the next few weeks, we are looking at
having the wall sconces up. There are more items that need to be taken care of
in the Great hall, but once that is completed we will be having an open house
You'll be kept up to date when things get scheduled and events happen.
Take a look. It's looking better already!
| Grace Church Wins Spot in Energy Program
The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has informed Grace Church that our application has been approved for participation in the GCEA Summer 2010 Non-Profit Grant program. Participation will include an energy audit and expert advice on energy savings
as well as possible grant money to make our building more energy-efficient.
Mssrs Mukasa, Perna and Lyon and Ms McLain will
attend meetings and work on the grant
requirements to position us for possible grant dollars. All work that's part of this program must be completed by the end of this year.
|Christ's Community Summer Program Meeting at Grace
Grace Church is participating in this year's Christ's Community in College Hill summer program by hosting a class of 7th and 8th graders in the Small Assembly Room most every morning from June 15 to August 18.
|Keep in Your Prayers ...
Chuck Bowles, David Mukasa, Jim Edgy, John (Johnbear)
Dunn, Jack Hart, Anjean Poyer, John Thayer, Gigi Woode, Toussaint Thrower and
family, the Harris family, 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, Laura Chace, Erik, Alison,
Nathanael and Alexis Handy, Mary Jo, Belinda Hoerst, Steve, Tom, and Mary Ratliff. Father John Bower,
Keith, Earl, Eddie Hausfeld, Lisa Perry
and Tammy Robertson and Janet Henthorn.
If you need pastoral care or know of someone who does, please call or
email the office (513-541-2415, email@example.com). Please keep us
informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion,
and prayers for special concerns. Help us to serve you.
|Thanks to ...|
... all the members of Grace
for the gracious welcome we all got for Ralph Galloway's funeral service. Arrangements were simple, people were welcoming and helpful, the church looked
lovely and worked well. I was very pleased to see the people who
came--people who had known Ralph as Grace for far longer than I had. He
always considered himself a member of Grace and you helped give him a good
send-off. Thank you. Anne Warrington Wilson+
... Tony Denbo, Jeff Goddard and an unnamed landscaping friend for edging flower beds and other yard work that's keeping our face to the community looking good.
The cost to add air conditioning to the five new fuel-efficient furnaces in the education wing would be about $5000. The price is so low because much of the work to prepare for air conditioning was done when the furnaces were installed. There are no plans to install air conditioning in these spaces ... yet. Should there be? Let Senior Warden David Mukasa know.
We don't have an estimate on what it would cost to cool the church ... yet. Should we? Let Senior Warden David Mukasa know.
Diocesan Meeting on Common Ministry Coming July 10
We need as many Grace members as
possible to come with us to the Procter Center on Saturday, July 10, to attend
the Diocesan conference "Common Ministry Exploration." We will review
what we have accomplished in our journey toward Common Ministry and share with
others about "where do we go from here?"
The conference is
from 10 am to 3 pm. There is no charge and lunch is included.
The Procter Center is in London, Ohio, about 1 1/2 hours from
Grace. We will form car pools and be leaving Grace parking
lot around 8:15 am on that day. With many members attending, we will
generate many great ideas as we explore this shared ministry adventure. Contact Roger Perna (513-290-7309, firstname.lastname@example.org
and let him know that you are coming.
|The Parish of Grace Church, A History, 1866-1966 Now Online
You probably are aware of the fact that Grace Church has a long and interesting history dating from its founding in 1866 in the new settlement of College Hill.
Now you can read a history of our first hundred years in Laura Chace's booklet, The Parish of
Grace Church, A History, 1866-1966
, which is now online here
. In addition to about 60 pages of text, there are about 25 pictures from Grace's first hundred years.
Ms. Chace, a historian, was a long-time member of Grace Church who served as warden as her father did before her. A lifelong College Hill resident, she is now serves the Diocese as a deacon.
|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.
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 contact information and to download a list of fall clases in the
diocese, click here.