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Issue 182, August 31, 2012

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

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Thanks to ....
Altar Flowers
Bells, Bells, Bells..
Give Your Kitchen Utensils a Second Career in Grace Church's Kitchen
Queen City Rainbow Band...to Give Concert to Benefit Grace Church Sept. 15
Selected Short Subjects
Episcopal Night at the Cincinnati Reds Sept. 21.
Coming Attractions
Your Prayers are Asked
Worship Service Schedule & Participants
Our Values
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Thanks to ...

... John Thayer for taking the time to write up his experiences at the recent Handbell Musicians' convention in Cincinnati (see below).

Ollie Thrower for singing "Wade in the Water" last Sunday. You have a beautiful voice and did a good job.

... Bob Jones for coordinating the painting of the Great Hall this week. He helped the painters with their needs and gave them rides to and from church. Thanks also to anyone else who was involved in this endeavor.
Absalom JonesAltar Flowers

Last week's altar flowers were given in thanksgiving for her 30th wedding anniversary and for the 26th birthday of son Drew on August 28, by Sam Spade.

To donate altar flowers on the Sunday of your choosing, see the sign-up sheet in the church near the upper Belmont entrance. Or call the office. Or donate online here.   

Bells, Bells, Bells


From John Thayer:


The annual national convention of the Handbell Musicians of America came to the Cincinnati's Convention Center this past July. It drew lively, active, enthusiastic attendees, including this author, from all over the USA. At the invitation of the editor, I will describe some of the activities and my own impressions.


Handbell choirs abound in the USA, mostly connected with churches. Some large churches have two, three or more such choirs. Full choirs have eight or more members. Smaller ensembles (duets, trios, quartets, etc.) are less commonly found and soloists are rare. Amateur ringers usually belong to full choirs.


I participated in several seminars, and will discuss three:


Handbell Trees. Commonly called "belltrees", these are formed by linking handbell handles and playing the bells with mallets. The teacher demonstrated and discussed various ways of using belltrees, including playing melodies and/or accompaniments on groups of them. Afterwards, I spoke with the teacher and mentioned my use of C7-C8 [see footnote] belltrees as part of our Sunday Healing Services. She was very interested in this and commended my efforts.


Percussion, Mallets and Handbells. This class featured handbells as percussion instruments and showed how handbells might be combined with other percussion instruments(drums, tambourine, triangle, clave, etc.) to produce some exciting music. Some of this has already been done at Grace Church, and hopefully more will come in the future.


  Bass Bell Techniques. Bass bells are the largest and deepest-pitched handbells, usually B3 or lower, and are often made of aluminum (rather than bronze), which is lighter in weight and less expensive. Because of their size, these bells have their own unique challenges, and are the neglected handbells in many choirs. I had an opportunity to ring a G2 bell and examine a C2 bell (see right), which I'd never seen before.


Exhibit Center. I visited this center several times, buying items for use at Grace Church and/or looking over the exhibits. Among these were some "baby bells", with pitches up to C9-no larger than the tip of a finger! This Center always had enthusiastic shoppers or spectators present.


Recitals: Several recitals and concerts were presented. One of these featured two solo handbell ringers, occasionally joined by a pianist and/or a cellist. The ringers moved around the bell tables in graceful dancelike rhythms, playing their parts from memory. These players produced gorgeous tonal combinations and received a well-deserved standing ovation from the enthusiastic audience.


Bells at a Reds Game. The most talked-about handbell presentation occurred at Great American Ball Park! A volunteer choir comprised of 277 ringing and singing musicians led the National Anthem on the evening of Friday July 20, as the prelude to a Reds' baseball game. See and hear their performance here


All in all, the "Seminar" was a delightful and refreshing experience for this author, providing an opportunity for outside contact and reminding him how widespread and dynamic an activity handbell ringing has become. Relatively new in musical history, handbell skills and music have been continuously developing for several decades! Even after thirty years' experience, this author found that it is still possible to learn new things!!


John Thayer


Footnote : Pitches of individual handbells are arranged by octaves. Each octave begins at C and ascends by half-steps to the next higher C. The specific octave is designated by a numerical subscript. By general agreement, Middle C (on the line between the staves) is designated C5; it is followed by C#5, D5, etc up to B5, which is followed by C6. Right below C5 comes B4 , followed by A#4 etc. down to C4. Handbell sets are sold by octaves; the set at Grace Church is a five-octave set, starting at C3 and going to C8. (61 bells!) 

Give Your Kitchen Utensils a Second Career in Grace Church's Kitchen

Dear Grace Family & Friends:

Many of us have "retired" from cooking large meals every day. Now, let's "retire" our pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils by giving them a "second career" in Grace's Great Hall kitchen.  They will be used to prepare food for the Community Dinners, as well as the Snack 'n Chat that follows every Sunday Service, the Parolee lunches, cooking classes... and the list goes on.

Specifically, we can use the following:
  • Stew/stock pots, 10 qt.
  • Sauce pans with covers, 2, 3, 4 & 8 qt.
  • 12" skillet with cover
  •  6" or 8" non-stick skillet
  • two 9" inch round cake pans
  • 9" square cake pan
  • 9"x12" baking pan
  • 9"x5" loaf pan 
  • Heavy duty roasting pan
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Mesh strainer
  • Colanders 
  • Mixing bowls of various sizes
  • Wooden spoons of various sizes
  • Heatproof rubber spatula set
  • Cooling racks
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • two 12 cup muffin tins
  • Knives:
    • 10" chef knife
    • 9" to 12" serrated
    • 3" to 4" paring
  • Forks for meat in varying sizes
  • Cutting boards
  • Sturdy can opener

Miscellaneous Wish List

  • Swivel bladed vegetable peeler
  • Grater with various size holes
  • Kitchen timer
  • Corkscrew
  • Whisks
  • Shears
  • Food processor
  • Dish towels
  • Dishwashing liquid

This is a list of the basic needs for our Great Hall Kitchen. All these items will be appreciated and used in the service of our community in Jesus' name.


Much love, peace & blessings, J White, Pastor Rita Bryant and Robbon.  

Queen City Rainbow Band to Give Concert to Benefit Grace Church Sept. 15

The Queen City Rainbow Band continues celebrating our 10th Anniversary as we feature our Mo-Tones Big Band performing a benefit concert at Grace Episcopal Church.  For many years, Grace Church has opened their doors to us to allow for rehearsal space and a storage facility with little in return.  So, to thank them for their graciousness and in an attempt to help with some building updates and maintenance, the Mo-Tones Big Band presents an "Indoor Bandstand Concert!"

When:  Saturday, September 15th. Doors open at 6:30pm; Concert at 7pm
Where: Grace Episcopal Church
Cost:  $10/person


Tickets include 1 Free Bag of Popcorn and a chance to receive two tickets to the Mo-Tones' Jazz Brunch on Sunday, December 30th!


The Mo-Tones Big Band, under the direction of Andy Garitson, will play your favorite tunes from the early days of Glenn Miller all the way to the hit television series "Family Guy".  Promising to leave room for dancing, you''re sure to enjoy this wonderful evening of LIVE ENTERTAINMENT as we bring back our very good friend, and vocalist, Sherry McCamley!

Get your tickets from J White, or contact the office (office@gracecollegehill.org, 513-541-2415) to reserve your places.
Selected Short Subjects

Jackie Millay reports, "I'm happy to share how nicely the Friday night ChiKung/TaiChi classes are going.  I feel the beautiful students are learning, experiencing, and loving more, not only the amazingly giving and constant state of Infinite Source, but the great and infinite number of energetic treasures within themselves. 
We are engaging  in fun discoveries to easily de-stress, tap in and into joy, and open to buoyant bliss.  It that sounds interesting to you, please look into the last 2 classes, August 31 and September 7, and/or begin the new 5-class series on Friday, September 28 from 6:30 to 8PM. Feel free to call me with any questions at 513-541-4900.

In late September, a professional photographer will be coming to Grace Church to take pictures for our Google Places page.  These are a special kind of picture that allow people to take a virtual tour of our church.  We're putting together a list of things needed to spruce up the front of the church and the nave, so we look our best. To see what such a tour looks like, check out St James' Google Places Page.

Grace Church's Education for Ministry class is starting up again in September, under the leadership of Mentor Hawley Todd. Nine students will be participating, from Grace and other Greater Cincinnati Churches. 

You can see  You can now see 
Christ Church Cathedral's brochure of music offerings for the entire 2012-2013 program year here. The brochure includes listings of all Music Live at Lunch performances, special concerts, services of Choral Evensong, Christmas offerings, organ recitals and more.

Food Pantry Sunday is this Sunday.
Remember to bring non-perishable groceries for the College Hill Food Pantry to the 10 am worship service the first Sunday of every month.

Choir will be starting up soon
. Contact Bill Jenne (
williamjenne1@aol.com) for more information.

Episcopal Night at the Cincinnati Reds Sept. 21

Join your fellow Episcopalians for a great night out at the ballpark and raise funds for a young adult mission trip by attending the third annual Episcopal Night at the Reds Game on Friday, September 21.
The Cincinnati Reds will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ballpark at 7:10 p.m. We have a block of 100 tickets in Section 536 available; cost is $10 each. The deadline to order tickets is Sept. 1.


Get tickets at diosohio.wufoo.com/forms/2012-episcopal-night-at-the-reds-game/


For more information contact Maggie Foster, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries at ayouth@diosohio.org.
 Coming Attractions

The online Grace Church Calendar lists most everything we know about that's happening at Grace Church. Here's a snapshot of a week's worth of the online calendar as of today.  If something's not listed, or if you see errors, please tell the office (office@gracecollegehill.org, 513-541-2415).


Your Prayers are Asked
Prayer Requests


Please keep these people in your prayers for their special needs:  Judy Handy, Rev. Ernestein, Albertha, DeConte (Dee), Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, Ken Lyon, Carl, Robb Martin, Kim Martin, Melissa, Tara, Paul, The Erik Handy Family, The Darryl Handy Family, The Burlew Family, The Fantetti Family, Harry Shafer, Viola and Bill and Johnny, Lee Hardy, Christine Hicks, Debbie, Chris and Charlie, Derek, Dave, Cindy, Denise, Rick, Rhonda, The Partin Family, The Sharp Family, Angie and LaMont, Tonya, Mitchell, Nadine Renee, Bob, Teresa and Kids, Jo Jo, Jared, Shirley L. Allen, Melissa, David , Theresa Buskirk Neabrey, Patience , Marrilee Atkins, Leroy, Carol Lyon, Karen and Diana, , Maree White, Verene and Katrina, Tom, Tim Nagel, Tim Nagel, Jr., Steve, Mike, Estil and Cloma, Gayle, Elaine Robinson, Earl Sharp, Rita Lyon, Maria, KC Smith's sisters, Anna Keefer, Brenda Armbruster and her family, JB, Maria Mukasa, Christine Zuniga, Mona.


We give thanks for the life of Mary Lou (Mrs. Guy) Bellows who passed away recently at Llanfair Retirement Community.


"Shut-ins." Please remember these members and friends who are often not able to attend:  Nancy Hall, 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 Schedule & Participants

Here is the worship schedule through the end of September, as of today.  The up-to-date schedule is available on our website (gracecollegehill.org).

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 Participants 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).      


Sunday, September 2: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Toussaint Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Prayers of the People: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Offering Counter: John Thayer
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Tammy Robertson & Lisa Perry
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, September 9: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Lector: Mary McLain
  • Litany of Healing: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Wednesday, September 12: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, September 16: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Toussaint Thrower
  • Offering Counter: John Thayer
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Jacquelyn McCray
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, September 23: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Kimberly Knight
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: John Thayer
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Toussaint Thrower
  • Prayers of the People:
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, September 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Grace Staples
  • Offering Counter: John Thayer
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

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