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Friday, December 31, 2010

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In This Issue ...
Members to be Baptized, Confirmed or Received Sunday
Mission & Formation Team Leaders to Be Commissioned Sunday
Christmas Season at Grace
Prayer Requests
Coming Events
A Baptism Question & Answer.
Grace Picture Directory Available
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Members to be Baptized, Confirmed or Received Sunday

We will celebrate the Baptism and Confirmation of:
  • Robert W. Jones, Jr.
  • Belinda Sue Hoerst
  • Gregory Edward Jones
We will celebrate the Confirmation of:
  • Lisa Lorraine Perry
  • Thomas John McClain Jose
  • Kelli Dawn Bell
We will celebrate the Reception of:
  • Tammy Ann Robertson
  • Jonathan Felix Berger
Grace's Glossary page has some words about the meaning of Baptism, Confirmation and Reception.
 Mission & Formation Team Leaders to Be Commissioned Sunday
  • Carol Lyon
  • Hawley Todd
  • Judy Handy
  • Marjorie Shadd-Ismail
  • Mary McLain
  • Grace Staples
  • Johnnye' White
  • Ken Lyon
  • Roger Perna
These are the people who lead the teams responsible for the programs of Grace Church: Worship, Pastoral Care, Outreach, Newcomer Ministry & Parish Life and Christian Formation (Education).
Dear Friend,

Sunday is the second and last Sunday of the Christmas season--our last chance this liturgical year celebrate Christmas. 

It's also a special Sunday in that our bishop, the Right Reverend Thomas E. Breidenthal, has picked Grace Church to be the site of his first Episcopal Visitation of 2011. In addition to baptizing, confirming, receiving and commissioning members, he'll be preaching, celebrating Eucharist and joining us for brunch following the worship service. 

If his 2009 visitation is any indication, this will prove to be an interesting and energizing meeting.  (You can get an idea from the pictures of the 2009 visitation here.) 

Also visiting Sunday will be the Interim Dean of Christ Church Cathedral (our cathedral), The Very Reverend Ronald N. DelBene.

See you Sunday!


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Christmas Season at Grace


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

The January 2 service, besides being our last celebration of Christmas, also features Bishop Breidenthal baptizing, confirming and receiving members as well as commissioning leaders of the Mission & Formation Teams.

A brunch will follow the service. This is our opportunity to meet our bishop--and for him to meet us.
Prayer Requests
Prayer RequestsPlease keep these people in your prayers for their special needs: Al 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.
Coming Events

To see what's coming up at Grace, click here.

If you see errors or omissions, please email
A Baptism Question & Answer


We recently received an interesting question about baptism in our office email:


If I was previously baptized but it wasn't by an ordained minister, would that be considered a valid baptism? My wife baptized me this year in a lake after she led me to Christ.

A little study allowed your editor to respond thus:


I'm Ken Lyon, a member of Grace Church. I've been asked to answer your question. First of all, let me congratulate you on becoming a Christian.

The Episcopal Church recognizes as valid any baptism administered with water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Once baptized, always baptized, so there's no such thing as being baptized twice. If a person isn't sure about his or her baptism, then a conditional baptism can be done, saying, "If you are not already baptized, then I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

The Episcopal Church believes that becoming a Christian means becoming a member of a Christian community. In the Episcopal Church, baptism is normally done during a regular worship service so the congregation can welcome the newly baptized person into the community.

There is nothing that a baptized person needs to do to become a member of the Episcopal Church (other than to ask that his or her name be put on the register, and to participate). However, if a person wants a more formal recognition of his or her decision to join the church and community, the rite of Confirmation is available.

Does this answer your question? If you have other questions, just ask. You can check out our website for lots of information about Grace Church. Our FAQs and Glossary pages might be of particular interest.

Grace Picture Directory Available

The current version of the Grace picture directory is available on tables near the entrances to the nave. If you'd like your copy emailed to you, email

Please let the office know of any changes or corrections.
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