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Issue 186, September 29, 2012

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

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... those who worked so hard to prepare Grace Church to have its picture taken Monday.  Among them are our Junior Warden Wanda Miller, who rode herd on the rest of us and did lots of work herself, our Sexton Bob Jones who went above and beyond the call of duty, beyond his regular hours and days, working with the paid contractors (Bob MacNeal, who patched lots of plaster, Vince, who, repainted, and who with Bob, stripped and waxed the floor), Don Wake and Ruth Bertram, who were on hand most of the final few days, Grace Staples and her son Jeff, Carol & Ken Lyon.  Wanda says, "Only God knows how this came together. I confess that I did invoke His help on Saturday, both for the Sunday service and the photo shoot, and He was with us!

... Mary McLain, Ruth Bertram Grace Staples, Bob Jones and Don Wake, who helped supervise the parolees on Thursday, and provided breakfast and lunch. 

... The Mo-Tunes contingent of the Rainbow Band, and J and others who helped make the benefit concert a great success.

... to the several people who have pitched in to get ready for the Everyone Loves Raymond art show this weekend.

... to J White for her effort in getting several new Grace Center rentals on the calendar this month.
We Clean Up Pretty Good!

The Google photographer has come and gone, and, due lots of HARD work by some of our folks, the church was even more beautiful than it usually is for the Google photo shoot this past Monday.

We can now see the results of the shoot on a vi
rtual tour of Grace church on the Grace's Google Places page. Take a look at our gorgeous church, reflecting some of the things that were done in the past two weeks, and in some cases, in just the three days preceding the shoot!

For a virtual tour starting inside, click here (and wait a moment). For a tour starting at the front door, click here (and wait a moment).

It may take a bit to become accustomed to how a virtual tour works. If you click on the picture, you'll move forward. If you drag your cursor up & down you'll look up & down. If you drag it to one side, you'll turn in that direction. You can tour all the way to the front of the church, and if you turn around, you can go all the way out the front door.

For some pictures taken by Ken Lyon the day of the shoot, click here.
Thanksgiving Moment by Ken Lyon

Senior Warden Roger Perna asked Ken Lyon to share a Thanksgiving Moment at last Sunday's service  as part of Grace Church's Annual Pledge Drive. Here's approximately what he said.


I'm so happy that we are calling what we're doing this year a pledge drive instead of using the word "stewardship." Stewardship is about so much more than simply giving to the church. God has given our life and everything in it, and we are to be responsible stewards of everything in our life. We're to spend our 100-odd waking hours a week and all our money and our other resources as responsible citizens of God's creation.


This year, we're being asked to think of our annual giving as a thanksgiving offering. That's easy for me, because I thank God for Grace Church. I've learned some very important things at Grace that have contributed to my growth as a person.

  • When I came here in the early 70's, I quickly learned that I could be a member of this church and still be free to think for myself--to work out what I believed without coercion. All that was required was that I participate in the liturgy, which I soon came to love. That freedom has allowed me to study many things and to grow in my understanding--and faith--at my own pace.
  • Later, I learned that I could have a priest and leader who was a woman. My head may have understood the idea, but my gut didn't, until I had personally experienced Anne Warrington Wilson, a priest who had as much or more, uh, substance, than many men.
  • Later, I learned that I could have a priest and leader who was black--and a rather edgy one at that. My head may have understood, but my gut was uncomfortable at the thought, until I had actual experience of Fr. Wayland Melton.
  • Even later, I learned that I could have a priest and leader who was gay--with partner. Again, my head thought it understood, but my gut was uneasy, until I experienced Reid Farrell.

And so it is that when I review Grace Church's values, they are more than words to me--they have become part of who I am--thanks to my life here at Grace Church. Thus I thank God for Grace Church.


It is out of this sense of thanksgiving that Carol and I, as stewards of our time and money, contribute a part of our resources to Grace Church. We are better for having Grace Church in our lives and we want it to be here so that others can have similar growth experiences.

"Everyone Loves Raymond" Art Show Coming to Grace Sunday
Selected Short Subjects
Dispose of Your Old Prescription Drugs Safely Saturday. Help keep our environment and our streets safe from prescription drugs. Grace Church members (and neighbors) can drop off old prescription drugs in their original containers Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 AM - 2 PM.  Sites near you are:
  • the Queen City Kroger parking lot (Kenard between Clifton and Mitchell),
  • the Forest Park Police Dept.,
  • or the fuel station area of the Ferguson Rd. Kroger near Western Hills High School.   
Contributed by Grace Staples


Upcoming Events at Procter Conference Center.     

  • October 13th,  2pm-10pm. BooFest 2012.  Come to Procter Center for a frighteningly good time at BooFest Halloween Festival 2012 for a day of food, fun and music! Check it out online on the Procter Home Page or contact Christine Tokarz (christinetokarz@gmail.com, 903.267.6372).
  • November 2nd,  5pm. Bishop Price Retirement Celebration.  Come celebrate the ministry of Bishop Kenneth Price at Procter Center.  An evening of food, music and fun.  Contact Richelle Thompson for details (rthompson@diosohio.org ).
  • December 28-30th. Winter Family Camp. A great way to relax after the hustle and bustle of the Holidays. Activities and fun for all ages, including the annual polar Bear Plunge!  Check it out online on the Procter Home Page or contact Christine Tokarz (christinetokarz@gmail.com, 903.267.6372)

Changes to the worship volunteer schedule. We've already made changes to the schedule that takes us through the end of 2012. Check it out and let Ken Lyon (webmaster@gracecollegehill.org) know of any more mistakes or changes.  If you can't serve at a time you've been listed, use the volunteer list at the bottom of the schedule to find a replacement, please. The article below lists the schedule through the end of October. The website has the whole schedule. Click here or go to the Grace website and click on Worship Service Participant Schedule link on the left side of the page.  


Hawley Todd and Roger Perna are exploring having Confirmation Classes this year. If you're interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church or in being confirmed the next time the bishop visits, contact Hawley or Roger.  


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.    


You can take an Introduction to the Old Testament course offered by Yale University from the comfort of your own home--for free. Yale has made several of their course offerings available to the public via the internet.  See here for more information. 

Absalom JonesAltar Flowers

This week's altar flowers are donated to honor Ray Betts on the occasion of the Everyone Loves Raymond art show.

Last week's altar flowers were given by David and Maria Mukasa, especially for Monday's photo shoot.
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 who have already lost their lives and their families and all of the people who are still in danger or in fear at the American Embassies, Tonya, Shonda Golden's father, Deacon Cornell Bryant.      


... of thanks for the lives of: 

  • Mary Ratliff, long time Grace Church member, who died at Twin Towers September 14.
  • Bev Ashton, long time member of the Grace Church bridge group, who has directed that any memorial gifts be directed to Grace Church. 

... of Praise & Thanksgiving:

  • for the safe return of Sam Spade's daughter, Sarah-Margaret Gibson to Florence, Italy, on 9/22 for her final year of study as a fine artist in the techniques of Classical Realism at the Florence Academy of Art (sarahmargaretgibson.com ).   

... 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, 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.
 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 October, as of today.  The up-to-date schedule through the end of the year 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 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
Sunday, October 7: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: Judy Handy
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna, Ken Lyon
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Tammy Robertson & Lisa Perry
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
Wednesday, October 10: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
Sunday, October 14: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers: J White, Ray Betts, Tammy Robertson, Hawley Todd, Bill Jenne
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Litany of Healing: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Carol Lyon
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
Sunday, October 21: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Mary McLain
  • Prayers of the People: Toussaint Thrower
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna & Wanda Miller
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Jacqueline McCray
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Roger Perna
Sunday, October 28: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Bill Jenne
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Roger Perna
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