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Issue 196, December 16
, 2012

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A Prayer for the Murdered Schoolchildren
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend those who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Acknowledge, Lord, the innocent lambs of your own flock. Receive them into the glorious and everliving company of the saints of light. Gracious God, hold in your loving embrace the families, who today are enveloped in unimaginable grief. We ask all this through you Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen
Grace Church Dressed up for Advent

The Advent season has its own pace and its own look. Here, the front of Grace Church has Advent wreaths and planters featuring Red Twig Dogwood, Magnolia leaves and evergreen branches.

At Christmas, we'll get a whole new look, both inside and out.
"Grace Mountain" Razed

  That earthen mountain that's been growing weeds next to Grace's parking lot is finally gone, thanks to the efforts of several members.

See before, during and after pictures here.

Pictured are Don Wake, Bob Jones and Ken Lyon, using David Mukasa's Bobcat to move some earth.
 Thanks to ...
... Grace Staples for all the paperwork and preparation she did for the baptisms next Sunday.

... Wanda Miller for donating the paint for the first floor women's bathroom renovation.

... everyone who helped with or donated to the Christmas decoration give-away. We're sure you made Christmas a lot brighter for a lot of people.

... everyone who helped with the Community Dinner planning, advertising, preparation and clean-up last Wednesday. You brightened the day for each person who attended.

... Carol Lyon for the Advent arrangements in the flower pots near the front entrance.
... to everyone who helped with last Wednesday's Healing Service. Most especially, Hawley Todd for leading the service and Bob Laake for leading the drumming.
... everyone on The Bulletin Team for their hard work. December is the hardest month with extra bulletins. Every one on the team worked together to prepare the extra bulletins AND cover for each other for vacations, holiday time with family, etc. Yet, every year they all work together so well to make sure that everything gets done.

... some unnamed "magic bunnies" who fixed the hallway light inside the lower Belmont entrance, and who wired lights in room 5 (the room under the choir room).

... David Mukasa, Don Wake, Bob Smith and Ken Lyon for spending most of Friday razing the mountain next to our parking lot, and to Wanda Miller for providing a wonderful chili lunch. 

... Rhonda Sharp for her contributions to this week's eGraceNotes and Grace Notes.
Absalom Jones Altar Flowers
Altar flowers this week donated by Ken & Carol Lyon to honor their daugter Rita's birthday.

Last week's altar flowers were given in honor and memory of Rhonda Sharp's mother, Cloma Partin, who died on December 8, 2004 (1934-2004).
Sign Up Now for Christmas Flowers

Welcome the Christ child this Christmas with beautiful flowers on the altar and poinsettias around the baptismal font. If you would like to help donate flowers please sign the Christmas Flower Sheet by the Belmont door or donate online on Grace's website. Please sign up as early as possible so we can get the best selection of flowers. Thank you.


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.    
Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers of praise and thanksgiving are offered by Rhonda Sharp for a doctor's appointment last week that went better than expected. Rhonda thanks everyone for their continued prayers. She also thanks God for this good news as well as for his loving presence with me as I sat in the waiting room dealing with fear.  


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, Marrilee Atkins, Leroy, Carol Lyon, Maree White, Verene and Katrina, Tom, Gayle, Elaine Robinson, Rita Lyon, Anna Keefer, Brenda Armbruster and her family, JB, Christine Zuniga, Tonya, Shonda and her Mother, Cornell Bryant, Pastor Rita and Family, Karen and Diane, KiKi, Sonia, The Coal Miners and their family's who are being laid off, Virginia Chapel, Hurricane Sandy Victims, Bonnie Willenbrink, Kay, Our President and Our Country, Judith , Peter Hawkins, Doug Jones, Katrina Gamble, Donna, Sam Spade, Judy Jenne, Bill Jenne, and Aaron Watson.


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.
Selected Short Subjects

Hospice of Cincinnati, Western Hills, is seeking volunteers to provide care and companionship for patients in our Western Hills inpatient care center (located on the 5th floor of the Mercy Hospital Western Hills) as well as home care settings and long term care facilities.  A special training is scheduled for Saturday, January 26th at the Mercy Western Hills Hospital 6th Floor Auditorium located at 3131 Queen City Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio  45238.  Pre-registration is required by January 7th.  If you can help, please contact Judy Russell, Volunteer Services (513-246-9168,   judy_russell@trihealth.com) as soon as possible.


Next Sunday:  Baptisms, Receptions, and a Visit from Our Bishop

 Next Sunday, Bishop Thomas Breidenthal will be on hand to baptize new members of Christ's Church and to receive. Specifically, we expect to baptise Tony Saylor, Tiffany Saylor, Elianah Mae Saylor, Cailyn Aryanna Saylor, Skyler Elaine Watson, Hayden Andrew Saylor, GemriYah Yael Jones, and we expect to receive Don Wake into the Episcopal Church. A gala reception for the newly baptized and received will follow in the Great Hall.

Special Offering for Bishop's Visit. When Bishop Breidenthal visits our congregation on December 23rd, he has requested that the open plate offering be sent to the Episcopal Visitation Fund, which supports the summer camping program at Procter Center.  Please make an effort to be generous with this offering. You may write a check for this purpose, payable to the Diocese of Southern Ohio.  Also, if you are unable to attend the service, you may mail a check to the church.  
 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 16: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Advent Candle Liturgy: Rhonda Sharp
  • 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
  • Advent Candle Liturgy: Grace Staples
  • 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
  • Advent Candle Liturgy: Rhonda Sharp
  • 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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