Issue 158, Saturday, March 3, 2012

A spiritual home where all are welcome; a healing place in a broken world.

In This Issue ...
The Rev. Anisa Willis at Grace Sunday
Contribute Now to Send Our Kids to Camp
Elizabeth Kelly Honored by Federated Women's Clubs
What the Wednesday Night Healing Service Means
Thanks ....
Coming Attractions
Prayer Requests
Selected Short Subjects
Exodus #9
Refresh Your Soul
Sunday Service Volunteers
Our Values
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The Rev. Anisa Willis at Grace Sunday

Absalom JonesThe Reverend Anisa Willis will will be our celebrant at the 10 am Eucharist  Sunday.  This will be her first visit to Grace Church.
Several members met with her  Thursday at the College Hill Coffee Shop for introductions.

Anisa (that's what she wishes to be called) lives in Fort Mitchell, KY, and is canonically resident in the Diocese of Lexington. However, she has been serving as a supply priest in this area, and most recently served as interim priest at St. James, Westwood.

Until she decided to devote more at-home time to the care of her children, she was quite active in her Diocese, serving as rector of Church of the Advent in Cynthiana, KY, as president of the Diocesan Standing Committee, and as General Convention delegate.
Contribute Now to Send Our Kids to Camp


Absalom Jones From Senior Warden Roger Perna:


One thing that makes Grace Church special is the way our members and friends rally to support worthwhile projects that we take on when we see a need. This spring and summer we have decided to focus on providing an opportunity for as many children as possible to experience a week at Procter Summer Camp, which is being offered at our diocesan Procter Center in London, Ohio, during June and July. The weekly sessions are determined by age groups and the cost is between $200 to $240 per camper.


We have identified eight young people from the Grace congregation whom we would like to assist in taking part in this faith-based experience that has the potential of influencing their lives in many positive ways. We have five school aged children and three young people who are graduating from high school this spring. We hope all of them will take part in the summer camp program.  


There are also many local children that have been identified through Christ's Community in College Hill who would benefit from the Procter Summer Camp program, and, if adequate funds are raised, we will work with CCCH director, Ralph Williams, to see that as many of these children as possible will be given the opportunity to attend camp.


If you would like to participate in helping these children have a summer camp experience, please send or bring a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church. Write "Procter Summer Camp" as a memo on your check. Or click here to donate online. Any amount is welcome. We have faith that many of you will respond, and that we will be able to give many children an opportunity to go to camp.  


Thank you for your consideration in this very important matter.


For more about summer camp at Procter, click here.  

Elizabeth Kelly Honored by Federated Women's Clubs

Elizabeth Kelly, long-time member of Grace Church and resident of Twin Towers, was recently recognized for her many years of service to the Federated Women's Clubs (part of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs). Turning 98 the day after the honor, Kelly was joined at the presentation by her three daughters Marlene, of Atlanta,
Yvonne, of California, Deborah, of Cincinnati. The Federated Women's Clubs help to organize programs for youth, seniors, and families and to make an effort to promote progress and positive change in their community and communities that surround them.

This article was lifted in its entirety from Legacy, a publication of the Life Enriching Communities Foundation. The picture is of the cover of the most recent issue.
What the Wednesday Night Healing Service Means

Asked what the Wednesday night Celebration of Wholeness and Healing means to her, Jackie Millay responded:


C = Camaraderie, community, connection


H = Healing, heartwarming, happiness

R=  Reiki, rhythm, real

I  =  Intelligence, Infinite, irrepressible

S=  Source, soul, spirit

T= Truth, tradition, totality


L=  Laughter, loving, light

O=  Oneness, offerings, omnipotent

V=  Value, vision, veracity

E=  Exciting evolving energy

The next Wednesday night healing service is coming up March 14. Drumming starts about 6:30 pm; the service proper starts about 7.  

Thank You Very MuchThanks ...


...to Marjorie Shadd for donating 10 linen purificators.  We expect to have them blessed for use this Sunday. (A purificator is the linen cloth used by the celebrant for wiping the chalice after each communicant has drunk from it.)

... to Rhonda Sharp for correcting, printing and collating last week's Grace Notes for inclusion in the Sunday bulletin while the editor was in California. 


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 eGraceNotes@GraceCollegeHill.org.  

 Coming Attractions


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 (office@gracecollegehill.org).


Note especially:    

  • Mission & Formation Team Leaders meet on March 7 at a new time, 4:30 pm, at the church.  
  • Sharing Sunday - 1st Sunday of each month - collection of goods/money for the College Hill Food Pantry  
  • Bible Study - Sundays, 9 AM, Parlor.
  • Snack 'n Chat - Every Sunday after service, Small Assembly Room.
  • Healing Service - 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7 pm, Grace Church sanctuary.
Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests

Please keep these people in your prayers for their special needs: Teresa, The Bennett Family, Rick, Rev. Ernestein, Chris, The Erik Handy Family, Madeena and Michael, Dee and Albertha, Missy
Paula's Family, Hadiya, Ruth, Doug, Angie and LaMont, The Fantetti Family, Rita, Nadine Renee, Bob, Elizabeth Kelly, The Darryl Handy Family, Jared, Scott, Susan, Marjorie, Rhonda Partin-Sharp, The Partin & Sharp Family, Jackie Millay's son
, Lee Hardy. 


Please remember these members and friends who are not often able to come to Grace in person: Mary Lou Bellows, Nancy Hall, Maureen Back, Carl Relyea, Mary Jane Showers, Jane Strohmeier, Naomi Koester, Elva Gscheidle, Mary Ratliff, Jo Carroll, Anne Henneberg.


Please contact the Church Office (513-541-2415, office@gracecollegehill.org) with the names of the persons you wish to remain in our prayers.  If you email, please place "Prayer Reqest" in the subject line.  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, office@gracecollegehill.org). Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns.
 Selected Short Subjects

Bible Study "Fun!" Roger Perna reports of last Sunday's 9 am Bible Study: "Today's Bible study went well. in attendance were Wanda, Toussaint, Ollie, and Jamanuel. We marveled at the Hemingway style of Mark--packing the baptism, temptation, and proclamation all into one paragraph! We also looked at Matthew and discussed the three tests Jesus endured. Other questions discussed: Why did Jesus think he needed to be baptised by John? Why was he tempted, and what the heck did he mean when he said "The kingdom of God is at hand?" We had fun!"  See you Sunday at 9 am for more interesting discussion.   


Children's Hospital Clothes Closet at Grace? Kristin Moore, Chaplin for Children's Hospital College Hill Campus, has expressed interest in using some of our space. Many of their "long term" patients are there so long that they grow out of their clothes and need new clothes. Due to budget cuts, they no longer have clothing allowances for the children in their care. Kristin is working on getting a collection of gently used clothes from several sources and she would like to house the "clothes closet" in our building. An advantage of using Grace Church is that the children can walk with their counselors from Children's to Grace.

Senior Warden Roger Perna sees this as an opportunity to take part in the mission of Children's Hospital by helping these children. He asked Kris why they could not get help from these children's families. Her answer was that most of these children have been severely neglected and abused, and that the families are usually not in the picture. Perhaps this may lead us into finding other ways to reach out to these children. It sounds like they could use a lot of help, and they are right in our backyard.

Mission Council has expressed its wish that this opportunity be pursued further to see what might be done.We will see how this develops.

Jenne Recital at Cathedral Basilica. Grace organist William Jenne has been invited to play in the "Bach's Birthday" Recital at the Cathedral Basilica on Madison Ave. in Covington, KY. Bill, Don Auberger and Gregory Schaffer will be playing music that has been inspired by Bach as well as Bach's compositions. The program will begin at 3 pm on Sunday, March 11. 


Seasonal Choir Members Sought. Bill Jenne is seeking choir members for our Lent, Palm Sunday and Easter Services. He would love to see all those, and more, who turned out for the Christmas Eve Mass. We will meet on Sunday mornings at 8:45 am starting March 11.


Piano, Organ or Voice Lessons Now at Grace. Bill Jenne is also starting a Private Music Studio at Grace. Anyone interested in Piano, Organ or Voice lessons should contact him at 513-896-5451 (home) or 513-405-6639 (cell). In the past Bill has maintained a studio of 40 to 50 students, many of whom have gone on to become creditable as well as professional musicians . Grace members and friends receive a discount.   


Parolee Article Published in Interchange. The parolee community service article by Mary McLain published recently in eGraceNotes (see here) has just been published in Interchange, the publication of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.  You can see it online here.  It's on page 19.        


Connection Re-made. Rhonda Sharp reports an interesting by-product of being listed online as a member of Grace Church. She says, "It brought me back in touch with an old friend from high school.  She contacted me at the church this morning.  She had been looking for me for many years."  


Benedictine Spirituality for the FrazzledSt. Paul's, Dayton will offer a Day of Reflection with the Rev. Dr. Jane Tomaine on Saturday, March 17.  Tomaine, author of St. Benedict's Toolbox, will speak at the church on Saturday on the topic of "Benedictine Spirituality for the Frazzled." The morning and afternoon sessions will address ways that the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine tradition can help us today as we seek to manage the stresses of work, family, and everyday life. St. Paul's is located at 33 West Dixon Avenue in Dayton. The church's website, which includes contact information and a map, is www.stpauls-dayton.org/  For more information, contact Lois Smith, Parish Administrator at  lois@stpauls-dayton.org. 


Boychoir at Our Cathedral. This Sunday, March 4, at 5:00 pm, the Cincinnati Boychoir will join with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir in singing a service of choral evensong that includes Bach Cantata 111. The themes of turning from evil and learning to trust God's will are particularly appropriate for Lent. The Collegium Cincinnati orchestra will accompany the choirs.  A reception will follow the service.


Guitar Concert at Redeemer. The Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park, invites all to a Music in the Chapel concert on Sunday, March 11 at 3 pm. Local guitarist Robert Brown will perform solo works from the English Renaissance and Latin American music from Mexico, Paraguay, and Venezuela.  Chapel concerts are free and open to the public. If you would like more information, please contact the parish office at 513.321.6700.


Grace Center Gets Use. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow will be using Grace Church as a location for testing for several mornings during late April and early May. Grace offers use of our facility to individuals and organizations as part of our outreach to the community and as a way to raise funds.   
Exodus #9 - March 30-April 1, 2012
Exodus Logo


Exodus is a retreat program for youth in grades 9-12. This retreat is designed, created, and implemented by high school students from across our diocese. Each retreat is different in design and staff.


Exodus 9 will be held at the Procter Center March 30 - April 1, 2012. Erik Nelson, from St. Timothy's in Anderson Township is the Design Team Leader. The theme for Exodus 9 is "nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God" based on Romans 8:30-39.

Cost is $35, scholarships are available upon request.  Click here to Register: Exodus 9 Registration

Refresh Your Soul

Worship Service Volunteers

Here is the worship volunteer schedule.

If you're scheduled and can't make it, find a substitute and let Ken Lyon (webmaster@gracecollegehill.org, 513-542-2941) know so the schedule can be updated. 

Sunday Service Volunteers are needed in all volunteer positions. We will provide training as needed. We are a Common Ministry Parish - everyone is encouraged to serve. Contact Judy Handy (jhandy23@cinci.rr.com, 513-681-5829).     


March 4: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Anisa Willis
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Roger Perna
  • Prayers of the People: Chuck Bowles
  • Offering Counter: John Thayer
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Chuck Bowles, Jackie McCray
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • Sunday School: Maria Mukasa

March 11: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Litany of Healing: Carol Lyon
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Chuck Bowles, Maureen Back
  • Flower Guild: Chuck Bowles
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • Sunday School: Virginia Chapel

March 18: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: Fr. David Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Carol Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counter: John Thayer
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Lisa Perry, Tammy Robertson
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • Sunday School: Roger Perna

March 25: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: Fr. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • Prayers of the People: Ken Lyon
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon, Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • Sunday School: Maria Mukasa
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