|News for and about Grace Episcopal Church|| August 21, 2010|
The rains will be over and the weather will be great for tomorrow's outdoor service and picnic. It'll be partly sunny and 78 degrees at 10 am. Just right for worship and picnicing on the Garth!
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|Worship & Cookout on the Garth Tomorrow
Our 10 am service of Holy Eucharist tomorrow will be outside on the Garth, followed by a "Blessed Grill" cookout.
|Thanks to ...|
... all the people who are working to make Sunday's outdoor service and picnic a success: Judy Handy, Jeff Goddard, Tony Denbo, Ray Betts, Grace Staples, Marjorie Shadd, Anna Black, David Mukasa, Yvonne Black, Ruth Bertram, Marie White, Maria Mukasa, Roger Perna, Bob Jones, J White, Wanda Miller, Tammy Robinson, Dominick Mukasa, Fr. John Bower, Ken Blue, and others.
|Bogus Bible Q & A
Q. Which servant of God was the most flagrant
lawbreaker in the Bible?
A. Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
|Keep in Your Prayers ...
Phillis Dietz, Jim Edgy, John (Johnbear) Dunn,
Jack Hart, Anjean Poyer, 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, Judy & Walter Handy, Molly, Shelly Martin, Barbara Todd, Kim
Martin, Robb Martin, Dean Bryeans, Chris, Irene Bryeans, Joshua, Caleb, Anne, and Darryl Handy, Kim Herrmann, Al
Berghausen, Mike and family, Chris and
family, Malcolm Daniel, Jean Cavalieri, Erik, Alison, Nathanael and Alexis Handy, Mary Jo, Belinda Hoerst, Steve, Tom, and Mary
Ratliff, Earl, Eddie Hausfeld, Chuck
Bowles, Jackie Lewis, Pete Staples, the Polly Hager family, Elizabeth Kelly,
Shelley and Bill.
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.
See the Grace Calendar Page for more information and more events.
- Sunday, August 22, 10am: Blessed Grille: Outdoor worship and cookout on the Garth.
- Thursday, August 26, 9am to noon: Work day & lunch.
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.
|We Start to Level the Mound on Thursday's Work Day
Thursday Morning, starting at 9 am, we'll start serious work on leveling that ugly mound next to the parking lot.
We'll chain-saw the brush on and around that mound. Then we'll throw all the brush and downed wood on the property into mulch for our planting beds. We've rented a biiiiiiiig chipper for that purpose. This will be noisy and exciting.
Lunch will follow at about noon.
In coming weeks we'll be using a bobcat supplied by David Mukasa to actually level that mound, and it'll finally be gone.
We''ll be killing three birds with one stone Thursday: Taking another step to beautify Grace Church; creating mulch for our planting beds; and giving parolees an opportunity to do community service.
All are free to join us for the fun and the free lunch.
|Common Ministry Surveys Needed to Plan Grace's Future
We have again mailed Common Ministry surveys to all known members and friends whose surveys have not made their way back to us.
It is important that every member or friend of Grace return the survey. Answers to the questionnaires will help us better
understand who we are as a community and what God is calling us to be.
If you didn't get a letter or have mislaid it, see the three surveys here
. Print them off and mail them in, or copy them into emails and send them to me at email@example.com
If you got a letter, but do not consider yourself a member or friend/supporter
of Grace Church, please let me know that so we can stop sending you members
& friends mailings.
Carol Lyon, 513-542-2941, firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Bishop is Coming! The Bishop is Coming!
Bishop Breidenthal himself is scheduled to visit Grace Church on Sunday, January 2, a great way to start off the new year. Mark your calendars so you don't miss meeting this interesting man.
|Sunday Service Leaders and Volunteers
If you would like to participate in our Sunday worship in one of the following roles, please let the office know. People who do these things often report that they receive far more than they give.
- Altar Guild
- Flower Guild
- Chalice Bearer
- Prayers of the People
- Offering Counter
- Healing Minister
|Flowers for the Altars
If you would like to donate flowers to enhance the beauty of our worship, please
sign the Flower Donation Sheet on the table by the Belmont Door or call the
office with the name(s) of those you wish to honor or remember. Normal donation is $35. There is a special flower
box for smaller donations that can be combined to provide a Sunday
|Education for Ministry Continues at Grace
Mentor Hawley Todd tells us that four new students have enrolled in Grace's two Education for Ministry classes, which resume in the fall. Three signed up for the Monday evening class, making a total of ten students. One third-year student signed up for the Friday morning class, making for a class comprised of six fourth-year students.
Interested in EfM? You can see more information here
. And, although time is short for these classes that start in September, we're sure that Hawley can find a way to fit you in.
|Finance/Stewardship Meeting Called |
Treasurer Roger Perna invites all Grace
Leaders and other interested persons to attend this year's first
Finance/Stewardship Committee meeting on Tuesday, August
24th at 6:00 pm. We will discuss, among other things, our 2011 Stewardship
Roger says, "I am going to propose that we conduct the "New
Consecrattion Sunday" stewardship program which involves no home visits or
phone calls to solicit pledges. Instead, the emphasis is on inviting all
members to be present on "Consecration Sunday" where the pledging
process is led by a guest leader. The service is followed by a catered
luncheon where we celebrate all that God has done for us and our Church. Want to learn more? Come to the August 24th meeting.
Questions? Contact Roger (513-290-7309, email@example.com).
Play bridge? If so, think about joining the Grace Church Bridge Group. For many years, members of Grace Church and others have been getting together on the third Friday of each month from September to May to snack and play Bridge. At the end of the year, the highest-scoring pair may win as much as $25!
The first meeting of the 2010-2011 playing year will be a pot luck dinner at Hammond North at 7 pm on September 17. This is an organizational meeting so no bridge will be played.
Call Phillis Dietz at 513-541-8793 if you're interested.
|Episcopal Night at the Reds Game
Join other members of the Diocese of Southern Ohio on Friday, September 10, for Episcopal Night at Great American Ballpark when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Pittsburgh
Pirates. We have reserved a
block of $22 mezzanine level tickets that will be available for
purchase for just $15 each. All proceeds will benefit young adult
mission. Game time is 7:10 pm, and the Reds are celebrating German
Heritage night at the ballpark as well.
To order tickets, click here
or contact Julie Murray at Diocesan House (firstname.lastname@example.org
, 800.582.1712 ext. 110). Deadline to order tickets is Sept. 2.
|Course Offerings from the School For Ministry
The School for Ministry is a program for adult formation offered
jointly by the Episcopal Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio. The
courses, part of the academic training provided for persons in diaconate
formation, are now being made available for others who would like
to deepen their faith and learning.
Classes for the fall semester (August through January) will be at Procter Camp and Conference
Introduction to the New Testament : the Gospels and
Acts of the Apostles will be offered from 11 am to
noon, and from 1 to 2 pm with a break for lunch by the Rev. Michael Kreutzer,
a Biblical scholar and Rector of St. Mark, Dayton.
Introduction to Pastoral Care will be offered from
2:15 to 4:15 pm by the Rev. William Doubleday, Interim Dean and
Professor of Pastoral Theology at Bexley Hall, Columbus.
Classes will be held on Saturdays, August 28, October 2, November
6, December 4 and January 8. The cost is $50 per course. Lunches are $10
each or $50 for the semester. Both courses and lunches are available for
$150. Books are an additional cost and are to acquired by the student. Courses
can be taken for credit or audit.
Workshop on Fundraising for Local Churches|
Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal invites members of the diocese
to participate in a workshop on September 11 on effective fundraising and
development techniques designed to strength your local congregation.
techniques will be applicable to all churches, from small or struggling to
large congregations. The cost is $15 per person, which includes morning
refreshments and a box lunch.
The Fundraising for Local Churches program will be offered
from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Christ Church, 409 E. High Street, Springfield.
Bishop Breidenthal will offer a brief presentation, relating fundraising to
common ministry. Topics for the day include:
Register online at www.stewardship.diosohio.org or contact Jim Edgy
(email@example.com, 513.702.6916) or Pat
Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org, 513.553.3738).
- Why people give;
- Planning and conducting
capital campaigns and special appeals;
- organizing and implementing a successful
annual giving appeal;
- receiving and promoting bequests;
- and available service
and support for local churches from the Episcopal Church Foundation.