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Issue 193, November 24
, 2012

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

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Turn Over a New Leaf 


Prior to the year 2000 (the millennial), an artist and former co-worker of mine, Carol Newsome, started a unique global project. She spent hundreds of hours painting a green leaf on 2000 small blocks of wood. On the back was a sticker with the inscription "You have just turned over a new leaf" together with a web address. The blocks were then placed in public spaces throughout the Cincinnati area. They were also distributed to friends and acquaintances of friends who "planted" them in many similar locations around the country and the world. Carol then made the website available to all who were interested and sat back to see what happened. I don't think even she envisioned the impact those leaves would have.


Hundreds of people e-mailed her about how the leaf they found had prompted them to change their attitudes and/or their lives and probably the lives of their families, as well.   It was interesting that many of them seemed to be at a turning point in their lives whether they had previously realized it or not. They just needed this incident to make a positive change.


I wonder if that's how people felt when they encountered Jesus or encounter Him today:  a totally unexpected moment encouraging change and embracing the love of God and their fellow men. We are here to remind people of that "new leaf" moment in God's kingdom. We can each turn over that leaf for ourselves, as well. When we are inclined to respond to someone with a sharp retort, we can turn it into a conciliatory moment. When someone is trying our patience, we can listen rather than rebuffing them. When a task presents itself, we can say "Here I am". Every day presents a new leaf.


Grace Staples, Outreach Team  

Absalom Jones Altar Flowers
Our altar flowers this week are donated in honor of the late John Kakande by David and Maria Mukasa.

Last week, our altar was decorated with cornucopiae filled with fruits of the season--a harvest-time thanksgiving.
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.    
 Thanks to ...

... Laurie LeClaire for accepting the responsibility of leading the Pastoral Care Team.

... to Ruth Bertram for agreeing to be Grace Church Treasurer.

...Bob Jones and Don Wake for all the work they did to help get ready for the memorial service for David Mukasa's father Saturday evening.

... Grace Staples for coming in to help with Sunday's bulletin. 

... Grace Staples, Carol Lyon, Rhonda Sharp, Mary McLain, Judy Handy, and Marjorie Shadd for their contributions to this week's eGraceNotes and Grace Notes. 
Recycle Your Artificial Christmas Trees Now!


This year you're finally going to get rid of that old tree taking up room in the attic or the basement!  Bring it to Grace Church on Saturday, December 1 or Saturday, December 8 between Noon and 3pm.  They will be stored and distributed free to clients of Christ Community in College Hill on December 15 from 10 to 3 while supplies last.    


Trees will be accepted in the lower hall near the Small Assembly Room.  Also, throw in some decorations you haven't used in years.  

Other churches in College Hill are joining in this effort and we're really excited.  Help us make it a real success.  We'd like to have a lot of trees to give away and not disappoint families.  Call Mary McLain 513-541-8509 or Grace Staples 513-251-3538 if you have questions or need a pickup although we would prefer to keep pickups to a minimum because of the cost of gasoline.

THANK YOU from the Outreach Team. 

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Judy Handy, Rev. Ernestein, Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, Ken Lyon, Carl, Jackie, 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, Denise, The Visbal Family, Rhonda, The Partin Family, The Sharp Family, The Marshall Family, The Bennett Family, Nadine Renee, Bob, Teresa and Kids, Jo Jo, Jared, Shirley L. Allen, Melissa, David, Theresa Buskirk Neabrey, Merrilee Atkins, Leroy, Carol Lyon, Maree White, Verene and Katrina, Tom, Gayle, Elaine Robinson, Rita Lyon, Maria Mukasa, Anna Keefer, Brenda Armbruster and her family, JB, Christine Zuniga, Tonya, Shonda's Father, Cornell Bryant, Pastor Rita and Family, Karen and Diane, KiKi, Sonia, The Coal Miners and their families who are being laid off, Virginia Chapel, Hurricane Sandy Victims, Bonnie Willenbrink, Kay, Our President and Our Country.


Prayers for "shut-ins," (members and friends who are often not able to attend) are asked for Nancy Hall, Janet Henthorn, Carl Relyea, Mary Jane Showers, Elizabeth Kelly, Jane Strohmeier, Naomi Koester, Elva Gscheidle, Jo Carroll, Anne Henneberg.


To add or subtract from this list, 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.
Pray for Peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has asked for all to "Pray for an end to the conflict, an end to violence and the atrocities, that the needs of the suffering may be supplied, and that peace may prevail."  In the bishop's words: "I can think of no better way for the Christian world to prepare for the Advent of the Prince of Peace, and I hope and pray that you will join me in praying during the week leading up to Advent."


We've included an extra intercessory prayer (and dismissal prayer) in this Sunday's bulletin. It's been placed on the last sheet to make it easier for folks to tear off and refer to during the week. We've repeated the prayer here:   


Almighty God, maker of all, enemy of none,

we pray to you for the people of Congo,

whose troubles are in your heart and ours,

whose hopes are set in your promises.

Stretch out your arm, your mighty hand,

and touch this wounded land.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing.


Touch those whose lives have been scarred by violence and death;

as they look on the cross of Christ, bring them from pain to joy.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing

Touch those who are guilty of greed and cruelty;

by your Spirit bring them through repentance to new life.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing.


Touch those who wield power, of government, of arms, and of commerce:

give them a vision of Congo rebuilt, united, free and prosperous.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing.


Touch your church, troubled and tired, and give it new strength,

so that with Bible and hoe, prayer and medicine,

it can tell of your love and show your compassion.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing.


Touch our hearts too, renew our solidarity with our brothers and sisters,

and show us how we can support them in their difficulties.

Lord of heaven and earth: bring peace and healing.


Stretch out your arm, your mighty hand,

and touch the wounded land of Congo;

for Jesus' sake. Amen.


In calling for our prayers, Bishop Jefferts Schori said,


"Our fellow Anglicans in the Democratic Republic of Congo continue to experience violence and displacement.  Since April, there has been a significant rise in violence promulgated by a new rebel group, M23, and several existing ones.  The violence has caused the displacement of 320,000 within DR Congo, and 60,000 into Uganda and Rwanda. The work of the Anglican Church in Congo continues to be of the highest quality and responsiveness, rooted in the love of Christian for neighbor.  ... [However,] many thousands are living with fear and insecurity, hunger, sickness, and poverty, while they yearn to return home and live in peace."


Thanks to Judy Handy for this article. 

Christmas Presents for Teens

This year Christ's Community in College Hill will again coordinate a gift program for youngsters in need at Christmas.   The greatest gift request is for teens age l4-18.  Please check with teens you know to find out what young folks like.  Suggestions include ball caps, tee shirts,  perfumes, bath products, hair decorations. 


Please purchase items under $10 and leave them unwrapped in the Grace Church Office by December 9th. Marjorie Shadd will pick things up and get them to Christ's Community.  

If you don't like shop you can make a cash or check donation for Christ's Community

and give those to J.  White at a Grace service. Or make your donation via the donations page on our website.


Thanks to Marjorie Shadd for this article. 

Selected Short Subjects

Two People have accepted new responsibilities at Grace Church.   


Ruth Bertram (right) has agreed to be Treasurer.


 Laurie LeClaire (left) has agreed to lead the Pastoral Care Team.   













The Free Community Dinner at Grace Church is now scheduled twice a month, and is coming up this Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Everyone is invited to come, even if you can afford to feed yourself. Sit with someone you don't know and share your passion for Grace Church--or whatever.   


Next Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday, the day we collect non-perishables for the Christ's Community in College Hill Food Pantry. Pick up some things to donate when you go grocery shopping this week, and remember to bring 'em to church Sunday! 


The current issue of the Diocese's Youth Program Newsletter has lots of interesting news.  See it here.   


Grace Church has wifi, least least in places that aren't too far from the office. The password is gracesaves.  


Join the fun of College Hill's Annual Holiday on the Hill Parade on Saturday, December 1 at 11 am.

All churches in the College Hill Ministerium are invited  to come and march in the Parade...or just come to watch the fun.  Decorate kids strollers, wagons, bikes and cars for the season!  Carry a banner if you have one!  Enter your dog in the "Best Dressed Holi-Dog" contest. The parade begins at 11am at the College Hill Presbyterian Church parking lot and ends at North Bend Road. Immediately after the Parade, join us behind the College Hill Coffee Company for music, refreshments, recognition and awards.

The year 2013 will be  the bicentennial of the establishment of College Hill. After the holidays there will be information about how you can tell your story about College Hill

to be shared with the Community. Watch for the January eGraceNotes for details.


Grace's Donation Page is Working Again after taking a little vacation. Supporting Grace Church with your money is again just a few mouse clicks away, here: gracecollegehill.org/payments.shtml     

Who Writes eGraceNotes and Grace Notes?

It goes without saying that your editor feels pretty good about the awards that eGraceNotes received recently.  It was his passion for getting out the good news of what's happening at Grace Church that got this thing started six years ago and keeps it coming week after week. 

But take a look at this issue, or any previous issue. Very rarely is any article written by the editor--virtually all come from members and friends of Grace Church.

The Diocese was quite wise in awarding the "Best in Show" awards to Grace Church and not to the editor, because without all the good things that Grace's members and friends are doing, and their initiative to write about them, we wouldn't be able to publish each and every week.

Keep the good news coming--to egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org!

Ken Lyon
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 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 December, 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, December 2: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Kimberly Knight
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • Prayers of the People: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna & Bill Jenne
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Tammy Robertson & Lisa Perry
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: Carol Lyon

Sunday, December 9: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: John Thayer
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Jacqueline McCray
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: Maria Mukasa

Wednesday, December 12: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, December 16: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Healing Ministers: J White, Ray Betts, Tammy Robertson, Hawley Todd, Bill Jenne
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Litany of Healing: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna & Ken Lyon
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: Toussaint Thrower

Sunday, December 23: Eucharist II: Bishop's Visitation

  • Celebrant: The Right Rev. Thomas Breidenthal
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Mary McLain
  • Prayers of the People: Toussaint Thrower
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Carol Lyon
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: Virginia Chapel

Monday, December 24, 7 pm: Christmas Eve Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolytes: Jamanuel Thrower, Toussaint Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counter: Roger Perna & Bill Jenne
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller

Tuesday, December 25, 11am: Christmas Day Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Carol Lyon
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller

Sunday, December 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Toussaint Thrower
  • Prayers of the People: John Thayer
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna & Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: Grace Staples
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