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Issue 145 September 30, 2011 

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Special Joint Worship and "Blessed Grill" at 11 am on October 9
Congregational Meeting Saturday, October 8
Grace Turns Out to Host Homeless Families
Thanks to ....
Prayer Requests
Coming Events
Diocesan "Best Practices" Workshop Coming October 15--Let's Go!.
News Shorts
Keeping in Touch.
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Dear Friend,
I thought this would be a quick issue to put together, being as how the last issue was not so long ago, but when I got into it, I found it wasn't as fast a job as I had thought--too much is happening at Grace!  What a wonderful problem to have! 

Take your time & enjoy!



Special Joint Worship and "Blessed Grill" at 11 am on October 9


Sunday worship on October 9 will be a joint service of The Life Renewal Discipleship Church and Grace Church, starting at 11 am on the Garth. The co-celebrants for the worship service will be The Rev. Rita Bryant and The Rev. Robert Hufford.


Following this service, a "Blessed Grill" luncheon for the community will be held in the parking lot area adjacent to the church building.


Please join us for this time of sharing and fun!


Congregants of both churches have developed a worship plan incorporating shared prayer and music from the two traditions, illustrating the commonality of our faith. The Rev. Bryant will preach on the Gospel according to Matthew: 22, 1-14.


All present will be invited to take part in Holy Communion and prayers for healing and wholeness.


If the weather makes it necessary, the service will be moved indoors to the sanctuary and the Blessed Grill to the Great Hall. 


A final reminder: if you come at 10 on October 9, you'll be an hour early!  


Thanks to Judy Handy and Marjorie Shadd for this article.

Congregational Meeting Saturday, October 8 at 9 am

Grace Mission Council and Grace Mission and Formation Team have called a Congregational Meeting for Saturday, October 8 from 9 am to noon. This meeting is to assess how our Common Ministry is working (or not) and all parishioners' comments are welcome and needed. A follow-up meeting will be held on Saturday, October 29, to set new priorities (if needed) and benchmarks and goals to measure how we are succeeding.


Grace Turns Out to Host Homeless Families

We must have had a record number of Grace Church IHN volunteers last Friday evening to host our four families at College Hill UCC Church. 

The evening went very well with the guests arriving about 6 PM.  They were served a meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, green salad, fruit salad, carrot sticks,  applesauce, fresh monkey bread and fresh cupcakes and beverages.  Some were enjoying dinner and conversation so much that they were a little slow in getting up to make their lunches which put the cleanup crew somewhat late in their work.  Thanks to Marjorie Shadd, Virginia Chapel, David and Maria Mukasa, Roger Perna, Grace Staples and Mary McLain for preparing the meal and Mary, Grace and Mary Beth Summer for serving and cleanup along with UCC's Linda and Susan. 

The Nolan family, including Madeena and Mike, son
David Nolan and daughter-in-law  Tammy Reilly and children Max and Gwendolyn, turned out to provide three hours of activities for all the children including "madlibs", coloring and board and action games, puzzles, musical chairs and a movie.  With the many active boys and girls we had, ages 9 and under, it took every one of them to keep everyone engaged and happy.  (We'll make sure not to run out of balloons again!)  And did you know that Dawn and a scrubbee will remove red marker from a white table?

After delivering his mashed potatoes, Roger Perna returned at bedtime to serve as overnight host with pastor Dan Weyand-Giese.  We are also very grateful to Coordinators Susan Ley and Linda Krebs of First UCC for their ever-present support and dishwashing!

Some of our guests are beginning to show signs of depression over their situation and we urge you all to keep them in your daily prayers.

Grace's next hosting is October 14th at College Hill Presbyterian.

Blessings on you all for your faithfulness!

Grace Staples

We received the following from the Rev. Dan Weyand-Geise of First UCC.


On behalf of First UCC, "Thank you!!" You were outstanding last night for IHN. The families are doing really well this week. Two of them are close to getting housing, while a third is on the right track. The fourth family is having a rough time, but remains hopeful. The woman who was feeling "depressed" actually is just physically sick. She told me this morning that she actually felt better today with a good night's rest. I attribute her better health to some good, old fashion Anglican angels and some terrific meatloaf. It again has been a great week for the College Hill churches involved in this ministry. You have been there much longer than the rest of us. Thanks for your example and support.

Thank You Very MuchThanks to ...
  • ...  the member who donated money for a new African-American flag for the front of our church. It'll be up soon.
  • ... the record number of members and friends who helped host homeless families at IHN recently (see article elsewhere in this issue).  
  • ... Madeena Nolan, Rhonda Sharp, Albertha and Dee Howard for volunteering to handle the creation of our Sunday Bulletins. 
We're sure that we've left out many of the people who deserve our thanks. Let us know who we've missed by clicking

PPrayer Requestslease keep these people in your prayers for their special needs:   

Jonathan S., Noah, Chico & Ponda, Lauren, the Daniel family, the Cavalieri family, Virginia Chapel's family, Anne, Darryl, Caleb & Joshua, Brian, Kim & Robb, Erik, Alison, Alexis & Nathanael, Marie, Irene Bryeans, Dean Bryeans, Diane, Maxwell & family, Barbara, Beverly, Bob and Rita, Alice, Christine, the Hagedorn family, Nathaniel, Zachary, Bonnie, Kristine, Judy J., Marci, Susan, Pat J., Rehan, Dee, Kim H, Mary S., Margaret K., and Beth Tracy.  


Please pray for all on our prayer lists and the following members and supporters who are not always able to attend services:  M. Back, M. Bellows, J. Carroll, E. Gescheidle, N. Hall, A. Henneberg, J. Henthorn, E. Kelly, N. Koester, C. Phethean, E. Pinto, M. Ratliff, C. Relyea, MJ Showers, and J. Strohmeier.   


Pray for the repose of the soul of Peter Hall (son of Elfriede and Clayton Hall).


Requests for prayers may be called in to the church cell phone: 513-763-9520. Please also indicate whether the name of the prayer recipient is to be listed in the bulletin.           


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


The online Grace Church Calendar lists most everything we know about that's happening at Grace Church. If something's not listed, or if you see errors, please tell the office (

Diocesan "Best Practices" Workshop Coming October 15--Let's Go!

As a mission church, Grace Church is required to attend the Best Practices Conference on October 15 at Procter Conference Center.  The Conference is free for those who register before October 7 and $15 thereafter.  This will be a good opportunity for many of us to get acquainted with our new Canon, Jack Koepke, who will probably be our contact person with the diocese. 

Read more about the workshop and see how to register here.

October is a very busy month for us with the Congregational Meeting, the Joint Service and Cookout, Missio Conference as well as our IHN hosting.  It would be helpful if some people could sign up for the October 15 conference who are not involved with the IHN hosting the night before. 

Roger Perna and Hawley Todd have said they will attend. Let Roger know if you plan to attend so a ride pool can be arranged.
News Shorts
  • Can you hear me now? We are greatly in need of someone to answer the phone in the office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays 10 AM to Noon.  Call Grace Staples 251-3538 or Roger Perna, Sr. Warden, if you can help. 
  • Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 7 pm. Each week, we study the upcoming Sunday's lessons and think about what we'd talk about if we were preaching. What a great preparation for Sunday!
  • The Worship Service Volunteer Schedule through the end of the year has been posted here. If you're listed and can't serve on your appointed date, please find a replacement and let the webmaster know. If you'd like to be added to the rotation in any area, please contact Worship Team Leader Judy Handy 513-681-5829,   
  • Softer seats, anyone? Junior Warden Wanda Miller has found a great deal on cushioned chairs to replace some of our old metal folding chairs. She's hoping that perhaps each family could purchase two chairs, but of course, would appreciate any donation. The cost is $19.97 each + tax = $21.27 - two chairs would be $42.32 at Sams' Club. If you are interested (even if you don't have a membership) please speak with Wanda. Thanks very much!  
  • Flowers on the altar beautify our worship and can memorialize or honor important people in our lives. You can sign up to give altar flowers here, or on a signup sheet near the upper Belmont entrance, or you can let the office know your wishes. $35 is the usual cost of flowers.
  •  Christmas crafts will be on sale Saturday, November 19, 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM at College Hill Presbyterian Church.
  • Future Grace Mission Council meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5 pm. The meeting will end by 6:30 pm. All are welcome.   
  •  This fall there is a good workshop taking place  on several Saturdays.  It is entitled "Your Muslim Neighbors 101."  It's an informal venue for education and dialogue, an opportunity for non-Muslims to sit and talk with Muslims.  It is being held at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center on Clifton Avenue, on Saturday October 15, November 19, and December 12, from 11 am to 1 pm.  See more info here. Check their calendar page for more info about the workshop and registration info.
  • A Choral Evensong service honoring the late Very Rev. James Diamond will be held at Christ Church Cathedral this Sunday at 5 pm.    
  • September's Wednesday evening Celebration of Wholeness and Healing marked the beginning of the fifth year of his unique healing service. You can read an adaptation of the press release announcing its start here
  • We've updated the Grace Center page with better pictures .  Soon, we'll have some outside signage that lets more people know that our space is available for all kinds of events.  

Keeping in Touch

Grace Church members and friends have several ways to keep in touch. 
  • The fact you're reading this means that you already know about one way: eGraceNotes. If you know of others who might like to receive this, use the "Forward this eGraceNotes" link below.
  • For members, friends and the general public, we have a Facebook Page. This is a place for informal chat about our experiences at Grace. We encourage you to visit the page and to "like" it, which will get you news of Grace on in your news feed. If you're not already a Facebook member, or have concerns about what might happen if you became a member, we've written a signup guide here to take you through the process.
  • We also have a "GraceLeaders" mailing list of people involved in making Grace happen. We use it on a day-to-day basis to keep folks informed. Any member of this list can post and all members see all posts. If you'd like to be on this list, click here and tell the webmaster.
  • Grace's online calendar lists what we know about events, whether they are Grace events or things going on in our building.  
  • We have a couple of old-fashioned ways, too. The Sunday bulletin has announcements, and announcements are made verbally at Sunday Worship. All you have to do to get the news this way is be present! 
My Sister's Kitchen Comes to Grace Saturday October 8

My Sister's Kitchen will serve the first of what is expected to be a series of freshly prepared lunchtime meals at Grace Church on Saturday, October 8, from 11 am until the food is gone. The menu for the day consists of:
  • An 8 oz. cup of Savory Vegetarian Soup with crackers ($3.75)
  • Hearty Beef Stew with corn muffin ($3.75)
  • 12 oz cup of sweet or unsweet iced tea ($.75)
My Sister's Kitchen plans to provide a delicious and nutritious homemade meal to the church and the surrounding community at a cost that is affordable. They expect to provide lunchtime meals at least weekly and dinners and baked goods at a later date.

You can place an order by calling My Sister's Kitchen at 513-546-5526.

My Sister's Kitchen will be paying Grace Church for the use of the kitchen. J White is the contact person at Grace. The sisters are Robbin Camp, Jackie Meade, Gwen Perkins and Marcella Dunigan.
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