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Issue 184, September 15, 2012

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This Week's "Thanksgiving Moment" by Roger Perna
This week is the official beginning of our Annual Pledge Drive. Your pledge fuels the "engine" that drives Grace Church and keeps it moving forward to accomplish the work of the Lord. Our pledge drive will culminate on Sunday, October 28, when we will have a special dedication service followed by a Celebration Luncheon. Please save that date because we want the entire Grace family to be in attendance on that day.


The theme of our pledge drive is for us to look upon our annual giving as a thanksgiving offering to God, reflecting our gratitude for all that he has done for us; which is everything! Instead of feeling obligated to give to our church, we hope that we can develop the attitude that we are praising God with our gifts.


Unfortunately, some may try to keep their pledge low enough so that it will not impair their chosen lifestyle, but not so low that they will feel guilty. This may not be considered a Biblical or Christian interpretation of how to determine our level of giving.


A series of questions have been suggested that can be used as a guideline for determining whether or not we are pledging in the spirit of thanksgiving. These questions are meant to be progressive. If you can answer a particular question affirmatively, then you are ready to move on and consider the next question.


Question #1 Do you believe that God has created you and cares how you live your life?


Question # 2 Do you believe that God cares for all people-the poor and the rich, the free and the oppressed, the sick and the well, the powerful and the powerless?


Question # 3 Do you believe that God sent Jesus to live and die among us to show us what love is through his words and example?


Question # 4 Do you believe that God expects us to respond to such great love in thankful and loving service?


Question # 5 Will you determine your level of giving as an appropriate response to the amount of love that God has shown towards you?


Thank you for considering these questions, and please plan to be with us on October 28th for Celebration Sunday. 

Why Buildings Collapse and Blood Flows Like a River
The following is by Charleston (CK) Wang, a graduate of Grace Church's EfM seminar, member of Christ Church Cathedral, and a Silverton attorney practicing Immigration and Nationality Law.



I once heard an angry American say that he hates Muslims because all Muslims are terrorists out to attack America. Even now, Muslims are attacking Americans in anger because all Americans are blasphemers of Islam. Both are guilty of the fallacy of dicto simplicitor, that is of sweeping generalization.   Here lies the common ground for dialogue and better understanding in order to overcome this oft lethal but common fallacy.


Many people in the United States cannot understand the reverence accorded by Muslims for the Prophet of Islam. People not of the United States often are hard pressed to understand that individual speech is just that--an opinion of that one person and not that of his or her country. This is indeed a huge logical divide but not one that cannot be bridged. By small steps it can be and should be crossed.


To add to the misery, there are folks out there who understand these twin fallacies only too well, but are out to use them to foster an endless cycle of hate and violence. Because of the lack of dialogue, these provocateurs often are successful and have much reason to congratulate themselves on their duplicity.   And the buildings continue to collapse and the blood flows like a river. Dialogue to overcome the twin fallacies is ever more urgent.

Presentation: Isamophobia and Racism in this Election Year
When: Wednesday September 19, 2012 - Registration and light snack at 6:30pm

Where: Xavier's Cintas Center Banquet  Room 1

Description: Designed to help people identify Islamophobia and racism during this election year and become empowered to stand up to and counteract these forces going forward.

Sponsors: XU Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, XU Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice, Council for American Islamic Relations-Cincinnati Chapter, Franciscans Network, Cincinnati NAACP, Transfiguration Spirituality Center, BRIDGES for a Just Community, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center

Volunteers Needed to Lead Children's Sunday School

Virginia Chapel tells us that she's looking for people who would be willing to lead children's Sunday School on a rotating basis.  Sunday School is quite important to the growth of our young people and to the ability of our church to attract and keep people with children.  To find out more, contact Virginia at virginia.chapel@fuse.net or (513) 522-5893. 
Thanks to ...

... everyone who helped set up for the big band concert Saturday night.

... the folks who made the Sanctuary a clean and usable space for our Healing service Wednesday evening. It was
a wonderful night and the spirit was great!  Thanks for those whom worked hard to make it possible and made Grace church presentable.

... those who worked/provided the Community dinner last Wednesday evening. It was delicious and it seemed everyone in attendance was enjoying themselves and the great food.
Absalom JonesAltar Flowers

Last week's altar flowers were given by Charlotte Battistone in honor of her and her late husband's 64th wedding anniversary.

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.    
Prayers ...

... for healing:  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, Tim, all of the people at American embassies who have lost their lives and their families and all of the people who are still in danger or in fear. 


... of Praise & Thanksgiving  (Let us know what you're thankful for at office@gracecollegehill.org). 


... for "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.
A. Raymond Betts Art Show Coming to Grace
 Pastor Rita and Deacon Bryant Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Ministry

Pastor Rita and Deacon Cornell Bryant of the Life Renewal Discipleship Church, which worships at Grace Church on Sunday afternoons, are holding a fifth year celebration of their ministry. 


You are invited to attend a special Appreciation Celebration on Saturday, October 6th, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Smoke Q Restaurant 275 Pictoria Drive, Springdale, Ohio. Pastor Rita does not receive a salary therefore we asked you to join us in our efforts in "thanking" Pastor and Deacon Bryant for their sacrificial dedication, spiritual teaching, guidance and wise counsel. Please RSVP to: Sister Joann Tolbert, (513) 851-8824.


Celebration Worship Services will be held:

  • Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 4:00pm, Rev. Damon Lynch, Jr., of New Jerusalem Baptist, guest minister, and  
  • Sunday, October 7th, 2012 at 2:30pm, Dr. Wanda Stallings, Pastor of the New Birth Christian Church, Starkville Mississippi, guest minister.
 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).


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 16: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Mary McLain
  • 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
  • Nursery: Belinda Perna
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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