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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Dear Friend,

The excitement of the Bishop's January 2 visit with its baptisms, confirmations, receptions and commissionings is over now. Last Sunday's worship led by Fr. Hufford was a peaceful contrast, your editor thought. 

Over the next five days, we'll have two healing services at Grace.

Tonight (Wednesday) we have our regular monthly Celebration of Wholeness Healing with several modes of healing all accompanied by drumming led by Bob Laake. There are plenty of drums to go around, to give everyone who wants a chance to join in.


's worship is also a Celebration of Wholeness and Healing in a more traditional form. You can read a short sermon explaining the relationship of this service to our usual Sunday morning Eucharist here.



 One important gift that Grace Church offers is that it is a place where one's contribution is welcomed and valued. If you'd like to be a bigger part of helping Grace Church realize its potential, contact someone on the People Page in an area of interest to you, or contact us at 513-542-2941 or



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Healing Service Tonight (Wednesday)

Please join us tonight at Grace Church for another blessed evening of love, drumming, and healing.

Drumming starts around 6:30. There is a short liturgy around 7:00 and then everyone offers their gifts to touch and bless one another. All are welcome.

Join us whenever you can. People come and go as their schedules allow throughout the evening. We typically end a little after 10.

This week we will hold World Peace as a special intention. So even if you can not join us, please pray for peace and harmony for all!

Bring your drums and/or any instruments you desire. Come and join us!

Blessings and love fill your heart and mind!

Thanks to Hawley Todd for this article.

See more pictures of previous services here.
Comments on the Bishop's Visitation

Junior Warden Wanda Miller wrote Bishop Breidenthal:


Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yesterday certainly was a special service for us. The people from Grace who were baptized felt the service was special and meaningful to them. Hawley Todd and our Worship Committee did a stellar job of putting the service together with your guidance. Thank you also for remembering Jim Edgy. 

The brunch following brought us even closer. I am glad that you were happy with not having a head table. You truly are, as your stool says, "a Bishop of the people."

We appreciated your words to us at the Mission Council gathering in the parlor. I especially took away the advice that our "family" group not become impenatrable.

We truly appreciated your visit. It was a very special day for us.

Bishop Breidenthal responded:

Thanks so much, Wanda. It was uplifting to be at Grace. I know you are all struggling against tremendous odds, but the Holy Spirit was clearly among you yesterday, and I am so grateful for your verve and openness to the future.

In the picture, the Bishop receives Tammy Robertson into the Episcopal Church. See more pictures here. See previous articles providing more information here

Service Participant Schedule Posted

We have posted a new service participant schedule here that covers services through the end of January. Please check to see that you'll be able to serve when scheduled.

If you can't serve on your appointed day, please find a replacement from the list of worship resources at the bottom of the schedule, and let webmaster Ken Lyon know at or 513-542-2941.

If you see any errors in the list of worship resources, please let Ken know. He's new at this scheduling business.
Thanks to ...

... John Bower who did three services back to back on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the following Sunday while running to other churches where his various family members were participating.

... Bob Jones who fretted and fussed because he was afraid the snow would block the stairs and walks and that the floors would be dirty. He kept everything looking good.

... those who gave and those who arranged the flowers. 

... the choir who practiced and practiced and to our volunteer choir members.

... the worship committee who put out bulletin after bulletin.

... Marjorie shadd, who sent out cards to our neighbors inviting them to join us.

... the people who spend much of their New Year's Day preparing for the Bishop's visitation.
Prayer Requests
Prayer RequestsPlease keep these people in your prayers: 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

Grace Picture Directory Available


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

Hawley Todd to Conduct Healing Workshop at National Convention

Hawley ToddHawley Todd's proposal for a workshop at the national conference of the Episcopal Health Ministries has been accepted. The conference will be held in Burlingame, California, this May 19 -21.  

Hawley's topic is:  An Oasis of Healing: Healing Touch. He describes the workshop as follows: 

Healing Ministries in churches are expanding beyond traditional healing services and parish nurse programs.  This workshop will delineate how a parish may position itself as a center for healing and wholeness.  It will use examples and models from programs that have been developed in Roman Catholic and Episcopal settings to shown how the Healing Touch Program can become a cornerstone in this endeavor.


Objective 1: To encourage participants to explore ways to create healing centers in local churches that move beyond healing services and current parish nurse programs.


Objective 2: To provide templates and step by step guidelines for how one might create an oasis of healing in one's church.


Says Hawley, "God works in marvelous and mysterious ways."

Annual Reports Due by Month End

Our Annual Meeting will be February 13, 2011. All items to be included in the Annual Report should be turned in to the office no later than noon January 31, 2011. Please give suggestions or questions to the editor, John Thayer.
Anti-Racism Training Offered; Required for All Leaders and Teachers


The Diocese of Southern Ohio's Anti-Racism Task Force invites you to Anti-Racism training on Saturday, February 5 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Procter Center. Cost is $10 for lunch and materials. This training meets the requirements for elected and appointed lay and clergy leadership.

For additional information, please contact Debby Stokes at 614.933.8715 or

You may register on-line at the diocesan website here.

Ken Lyon will be attending and will be happy to provide transportation.
Trinity Institute Available in Cincinnati

The theme of the 2011 Trinity Institute will be Reading Scripture Through Other Eyes. The institute starts Wednesday evening, January 19, and continues through Friday, January 21.

Your editor has attended several Trinity Institutes and has found each of them to be mind-expanding. The speakers are excellent--world class.

 For more information about the conference, see here

 The Institute itself is held in New York, however, you can attend in Cincinnati by webcast at Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park.  For information about the Cincinnati gathering, contact the Rev. Charlie Brumbaugh at or 513.321.6700, ext. 205.

Liberian trip: Applications sought

The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal and the members of the diocesan Liberian Discernment Committee (part of the National and World Mission Commission) invite interested individuals to apply to be delegates for a trip this spring to Liberia.

To get more information and/or to apply, see here.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 15.
Grace Church's Facebook Page Adds to Our Internet Presence
Sixty-five people now "like" the new Grace Church Facebook page. We use our Facebook page to talk about Grace Church on an ongoing basis.

Anyone can share on our page. We encourage you to share your comments or questions about Grace. As things happen at Grace, or as you have thoughts about Grace, post 'em for all to see!

Click the link below to get to Grace's Facebook page. Then click the "like" button so that you're registered as a fan of Grace Church.
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