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Issue 166, April 27, 2012

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

In This Issue ...
Celebration of Wholeness and Healing Sunday
Grace Bid Goodbye to Chuck Bowles Sunday
Altar Flowers
Thanks ....
Short Subjects
Coming Attractions
Responsible Disposal of Pills--Part of Christian Stewardship
Prayer Requests
Sunday Service Volunteers
Our Values
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Celebration of Wholeness and Healing Sunday
There will be another Celebration of Wholeness and Healing at Grace Episcopal this Sunday April 29.  The service begins at 10 am and is taken from the Irish Book of Common Prayer.

This is a more "traditional" style of service than our 2nd Wednesday of the month healing/drumming service. The nice thing is that God shows up and blesses us either way! And who knows what fun God has in store for us!

Officiant Hawley Todd's topic for Sunday (unless guided to do something else) is "Why hold a healing service?" so it might be a good service for those new to healing.

About this service:


Healing is the process of becoming the person God created us to be. Wholeness and healing happen as we invite God's presence into our lives. Prayers for healing are simply putting oneself in an attitude and position where one is open to receive God deeper into one's life.  


Healing is holistic. It involves the body, emotions, mind, and spirit of a person. And not only that, it involves all of one's relationships with others and creation. With that understanding of healing, we can see that Eucharist is also a healing service. Both services focus on healing the wounds that separate us from God, from each other, and that exist within ourselves.


Thus, coming to the rail for healing prayers in this service has much the same function as coming for the elements in the Eucharistic service. 

Grace Bid Goodbye to Chuck Bowles Sunday

Chuck Bowles was honored Sunday just as movers were filling vans in preparation for his and partner Harold's move to pursue their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in Atlanta. Chuck had been an active member of Grace for about 20 years, and had contributed in a number of areas.

During the worship service, Chuck was blessed and had hands laid on by most of the members of the congregation.

Following the service, a "rainbow" reception was held featuring gifts and great food. 

To see more pictures of Chuck & Harold, of the flowers, the gifts, and the folks who were there to wish them Godspeed, go to
Altar Flowers


Altar flowers last Sunday were given by Belinda and Roger Perna to honor all that Chuck Bowles has meant to us over the years he has been at Grace Church, and to wish Godspeed to Chuck and Harold as they move to Atlanta.


See the sign-up sheet in the church near the upper Belmont entrance to donate flowers on the Sunday of your choosing. Or call the office. 


Thank You Very MuchThanks ...


...  to the many loving friends who participated in the wonderful farewell for Chuck Bowles last Sunday. If you didn't stay you missed a great party! The clever card and gifts were engineered by Mary McLain. Set-up and clean-up by Wanda Miller and Ruth Bertram. Buns and Decorated Fruit Cake - Wanda Miller. "Tons" of mouth-watering ribs and chicken from David and Maria Mukasa. Baked beans - J. White, Slaw - Judy Handy, Cheesy Potato Bake - Tammy Robertson and Lisa Perry, Appetizers and coffee - Ruth Bertram, wine and beverages - Grace Staples. Thanks to Roger and Belinda Perna for the stunning rainbow floral arrangement and to Ken Lyon and Walter Handy for taking photos of it all, and to Wanda Miller who provided the beautiful cake. If we've missed anyone, let us know and we'll credit them next week. 


... to our wonderful Grace volunteers for another successful evening sheltering and feeding homeless families on April 20 through the Interfaith Hospitality Network here in College Hill. Mary McLain made delicious meat loaf which was gobbled up, Grace Staples made real mashed potatoes and green salad, Virginia Chapel her scrumptious green beans, David Mukasa brought yeast rolls and Judy Handy supplied pudding cakes. Mike and Madeena Nolan helped as table hosts and also spent 2 1/2 hours in activities with 7 children (6 under 5 yrs. of age). Roger Perna stayed overnight to keep the families safe and help serve them a hot breakfast the next morning with the help of First UCC volunteers.

... to an anonymous donor who made it possible to have floor molding installed in the upstairs hallway. This really improved the look of the place. 


Think about the others who should thanked.  Then send an email to eGraceNotes@GraceCollegeHill.org
Absalom JonesShort Subjects

Yoga classes of all levels will begin at Grace Church, under the direction of yoga master Arron Fleming, beginning May 22. As an introduction, Aaron is offering FREE YOGA SESSIONS on Tuesday, May 15th and again on Thursday, May 17th. Both sessions are from 6:30-7:30 pm in our Great Hall. Come out and find out what it is all about at these free sessions. More information is available at www.collegehillyoga.com.

Congratulations to equestrienne Madeena Nolan who recently won two blue ribbons at the Winton Woods Horse Show. Madeena has only been riding a couple of years and was on a horse she had never ridden before!          

 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).


Here's the schedule as we know it through Sunday a week.   


Friday, April 27

5:00pm Ballet Class

Saturday, April 28
10:00am Altar & Flower Guilds
12:00pm Ballet Class
4:00pm Uganda School
Sunday, April 29
9:00am Adult Bible Study
10:00am Sunday Worship
10:00am Sunday School for Young People
1:30pm Life Renewal Fellowship
Monday, April 30
9:00am Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow OAA Testing
7:00pm Education for Ministry
Tuesday, May 1
9:00am Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow OAA Testing
7:00pm NA: Narcotics Anonymous
Wednesday, May 2
9:00am Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow OAA Testing
7:00pm QCRB: Queen City Rainbow Band Rehearsal
Thursday, May 3
9:00am Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow OAA Testing
7:00pm Life Renewal Fellowship
Friday, May 4
9:00am Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow OAA Testing
5:00pm Ballet Class
Saturday, May 5
10:00am Altar & Flower Guilds
12:00pm Ballet Class
Sunday, May 6
 Food Pantry Sunday
9:00am Adult Bible Study
10:00am Sunday Worship
10:00am Sunday School for Young People
1:30pm Life Renewal Fellowship

Responsible Disposal of Pills--Part of Christian Stewardship

We all know that flushing pills down the toilet is harmful to our drinking water, but we're often baffled as to just what to do with them. This Saturday, April 28, 10 AM - 2 PM, pills, Rx liquids, etc. will be accepted at the following nearby locations.
  • Kroger's at Spring Grove Village - 477 Kenard Avenue
  • Kroger's Westwood - 2310 Ferguson Rd.
  • Colerain Township Police Dept. - 4200 Springdale Road
  • Evendale Police Dept. - 10500 Reading Rd.
  • Springdale Police Dept. - 12105 Lawnview Ave.

If you miss this opportunity, you can mix them with cat litter or wet coffee grounds in a plastic bag, and dispose in trash.

Other "Save Our Island Home" tips include :
  • using CFL light bulbs. (Duke Energy customers order free at 1-800-943-7585.)
  • walk , bus or bike to a destination instead of driving, if possible
  • bus or carpool to work, church or meetings 
  • recycle paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, cans and plastic bags at your curb or a nearby collection bin
  • watch newspapers or check online for recycling of electronics and other hazardous products
Note: Hazardous Household wastes will be accepted April 21 - Nov. 3, 2012, Tuesdays 2-6 PM, Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM, at Evironmental Enterprises, Inc., 4600 Spring Grove Ave. (south through the traffic light at the end of Winton Rd. and into the driveway.) Questions? Call 946-7766 or visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org

Join in! It's fun, saves money and our planet!

Thanks to the Grace Church Stewardship Committee for this article.
Prayer Requests
Prayer Requests


Please keep these people in your prayers for their special needs: Rev. Ernestein, The Erik Handy Family, The Darryl Handy Family, Albertha, Dee, The Burlew Family, The Fantetti Family, Harry Shafer, Viola and Bill, Ethan, Paul and Ashley, Angie and Johnny, Joshua, Amber, Chris, Debbie, Chris and Charlie, Alex, Judy Handy, Derek, Dave, Cindy, Denise, Rick, Rhonda, The Partin Family, The Sharp Family, Angie and LaMont, Tonya, Mitchell, Rita, Nadine Renee, Bob, Teresa and Kids, Jo Jo, Jared, Shirley L. Allen, Connor Gamble, Melissa.



  • We give thanks for the life of Irene Bryeans, Carol Lyon's mother, who died Sunday, April 22.
  • Judy Handy gives thanks that her son Darryl made it back safely from his mission trip in Honduras.
  • Rhonda Sharp gives thanks that, through prayers, Rick was able to find a great job.
  • An unnamed person gives thanks that a medical resource they had worried would be taken away has been renewed indefinitely--thanks be to God.

Please remember these members and friends who are not often able to attend:  Mary Lou Bellows, Nancy Hall, Maureen Back, Janet Henthorn, Carl Relyea, Mary Jane Showers, Elizabeth Kelly, 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 to be included on this list.  If you email, please place "Prayer Request" in the subject line.  Please also indicate whether the name of the prayer recipient is to be listed in the bulletin.


Names remain on the list for about a month. Please let us know if people should be put back on the list.   


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.
Worship Service Volunteers

Here is the worship volunteer schedule through the end of April. The whole schedule is available on our website
(http://gracecollegehill.blogspot.com/search/label/Service 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).      

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