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Friday, December 24, 2010

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Christmas at Grace

Grace Church people have made our church even more beautiful this week for Christmas. The church will be lit with candelabra and aisle candles and decorated with arrays of poinsettias. There's even a new coat of wax on the floor!

Grace's Christmas Eve Service is tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm. We'll have special Christmas music and we'll  sing Christmas hymns and carols, ending with Silent Night. All are welcome to participate!

Christmas Day Service is Saturday morning at 9:00 am. This will be a quiet service. Again, all are welcome!

Our celebration of Christmas continues with 10:00 am Sunday services on December 26 and January 2.

The January 2 service, besides being our last celebration of Christmas, will also feature Bishop Breidenthal baptizing, confirming and receiving members. A luncheon will follow that service. Here's our chance to meet our bishop--and for him to meet us.

Thanks to ...

... Fr. John Bower for celebrating all the services of this weekend.

... Jonathan Tan, our organist Christmas Eve and Sunday.

... additional choir members, Mary Beth Summer, Lisa Perry , Tammy Robertson, Tina Larkin, Madeena Nolan and Toussaint Thrower.

... those who gave the flowers to beautify the church for our Christmas services:

  • On the High Altar:  John Thayer in memory of his grandparents, George A. and May H. Matile.
  • In the Peace Chapel:  Tammy Robertson and Lisa Perry in thanksgiving for Our Savior.
  • The Poinsettias:  Phillis Dietz in memory of Jim Dietz and Jennifer VanWagenen, Grace Staples in thanksgiving for all the Grace Church Saints here and in heaven, Jane Strohmeier in thanksgiving for her family, Maureen Back, Mary McLain, Marjorie Shadd and Wanda Miller.
Prayer Requests
Prayer RequestsAl Berghausen, Dean Bryeans, Irene Bryeans, Malcolm Daniel, Jean Cavalieri & family, Tony, Phillis Dietz, Erik, Alison, Alexis & Nathanael Handy, Joshua, Caleb, Anne & Darryl Handy, Judy & Walter Handy, Polly Hager Family, Kim Hermann and family, Marjorie and Faisal , Elizabeth Kelly, Carol Lyon, Kim Martin, Robb Martin, Shelly Martin, John Kakande Mukasa, Madeena Nolan, Pete Staples, Steve, Barbara Todd, Toussaint Thrower & family, Karen Van Wagenen, Joseph Black, Mukasa family, Matovu family, Angie and family, the Edgy family and Tina Larkin.

You may use the Prayer Request Book at the rear of the nave to have persons included in the Sunday bulletin Prayer List and for prayers this week, or you can tell the office (513-541-2415, Make sure you have the person's permission to list him or her.

Pastoral Care

If you need pastoral care or know of someone who does, please call or email the office (513-541-2415, Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns.
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