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Issue 197, December 22
, 2012

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

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Sunday:  Baptisms, a Reception, and a Visit from Our Bishop 
This Sunday, Bishop Thomas Breidenthal comes to Grace Church to baptize seven new members of Christ's Church and to receive a new member of the Episcopal Church.

Specifically, we expect to baptize Tony Saylor, Tiffany Saylor, Elianah Mae Saylor, Cailyn Aryanna Saylor, Skyler Elaine Watson, Hayden Andrew Saylor and 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. Bishop Breidenthal has requested that the open plate offering on the Sunday of his visitation be sent to the Episcopal Visitation Fund, which, this year, supports the summer camping program at Procter Center. 
Grace Church Healing Ministry Grows and Spreads
As the old saying goes, "it only takes a spark to get a fire a going." And that is just what has happened with Grace, College Hill. In the summer of 2007, Grace started an experimental healing service that combined traditional Christian healing rites with African drumming and Reiki. The Rt. Rev. Thomas Breidenthal officiated at one of the early services.

The service became known as a "Celebration of Wholeness and Healing" and was scheduled on the second Wednesday of each month. Over the next two years, Grace, in conjunction with Episcopal Healing Ministries and Rhythms for Wellness, continued to refine the format for its monthly healing services. The services are geared to attracting seekers and people from various spiritual backgrounds. It is very open and allows a great deal of unstructured time for healing to occur. It does include one more-or-loss formal element:  Hawley Todd, executive director of Episcopal Healing Ministries, constructed a short liturgy utilizing elements from the Book of Occasional Services, and the Irish and New Zealand Books of Common Prayer.  

These services began attracting participants from a wide variety of spiritual communities and healing modalities in the Cincinnati area. As the word spread of a Christian church where people of all faiths and healing traditions were welcomed and honored, the numbers grew. Attendance at the Wednesday night celebration service rose into the 50s. Participants have come from as far away as Manhattan, New York, to check out the service and see if it is a template that could work in other localities.

Members of the Worship Committee at Grace were so excited with the success of the Wednesday night service that they requested development of a service that could become a principle worship service for a Sunday morning. That service is also known as a Celebration of Wholeness and Healing and is taken from the Irish Book of Common Prayer, and has a more traditional flavor than the Wednesday evening one. The Sunday healing service is now scheduled once a month on the Sunday morning that follows the second Wednesday of each month.

The Wednesday night service begins at 6 pm with African drumming led by Bob Laake of Rhythms for Wellness. There are frequently at least 10 drummers on any given Wednesday evening. The liturgy begins at 7 pm, then participants break into various healing stations in the sanctuary. The service seldom concludes prior to 10:30 pm. However one of the aspects that attracts seekers and the un-churched is that participants are free to come and go throughout the evening as their schedules and preferences dictate. For instance, University of Cincinnati students often come as late as 9 pm.

While drumming is the primary instrument utilized for the Wednesday evening service, hand bells played by John Thayer have become the instrument of choice during the healing time on Sunday mornings.



Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Various Unitarian communities first picked up the beat. And other denominations followed. In October, two churches implemented services based on the Celebrations of Wholeness and Healing developed at Grace Church. The first was St. Paul United Church of Christ in Cincinnati. The Rev. Michelle Torigian utilized sections of the Sunday morning healing liturgy to initiate Sunday morning healing services. The second was Calvary Lutheran Church in Louisville. The priest and several others from Calvary attended the Wednesday evening Celebration of Wholeness and Healing during the summer and early fall. Calvary now holds its Sunday evening drumming and healing on the third Sunday of the month. Currently the worship committee at a Presbyterian Church in Westlake, Ohio (outside Cleveland) is considering having the Sunday morning service for its primary service worship in April.

Article written by Hawley Todd and originally published in the December Interchange from the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Christmas Services
Christmas worship services are scheduled at Grace Church as follows:
  • Monday, December 24 at 7 pm, Christmas Eve, followed by a Christmas Eve gathering in the Small Assembly Room. 
  • Tuesday, December 25 at 11 am, Christmas Day.
  • Sunday, December 30 at 10 am, the Sixth day of Christmas

Come, celebrate Christ's birth at Grace Church!   

Christmas Giveaway:  A Good Time Was Had by All


This year we recycled Christmas. A whole bunch of the good folks of College Hill contributed their good, though used, Christmas trees, lights, stockings, ornaments, and decorations of all sorts and gave them to other good folks in College Hill to brighten up their Christmas.


It occurred to us as we were getting ready to help the Christ's Community food pantry with Thanksgiving baskets that folks who relied on the pantry to meet their food needs might not have enough to buy Christmas trees or decorations either. Maybe there were enough people with trees in their attics or garages or basements they might be willing to part with or replace that we could all benefit by an exchange.


Now Grace Church is very small and even if everyone donated something we wouldn't have enough stuff to advertise. But we know people. So we put the word out and lo and behold people came! They said, "Thank you for doing this," as they gave us their stuff. (Now that felt nice!)  


Then, on Saturday a week ago,  we had The Big Bodacious Give Away Christmas Day. What fun that was! Families came and hauled away trees, bags of ornaments, annoying decorations that played annoying songs, stockings, and lights galore. They ate our popcorn and cookies, drank our drinks, and wished us a Merry Christmas.


And a good time was had by all....


See more pictures here in Grace photo albums on the Grace Church website.  


Thanks to Mary McLain for this article. 

Sunday School Faces, New & Old

We've had some new faces join the old ones in Sunday School recently. Here are a couple of pictures provided by Virginia Chapel.

 Thanks to ...
... Dan Pater, our organist for the rest of December, for doing double duty on his busy schedule as he dashes from church to church to substitute for our organist, Bill Jenne.

... Grace Staples for all the paperwork and preparation she did for Sunday's baptisms.

... Judy Handy and 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. 

... Don Wake and Bob Jones for making our facility look extra good for the upcoming special worship services.

... everyone who pitched in to create the reception Sunday for the baptized and the Bishop.

... Ruth Bertram, Roger Perna and Wanda Miller for all the work they did cleaning up the office files last week.  

... Rhonda Sharp, Hawley Todd, Grace Staples and Virginia Chapel for their contributions to this week's eGraceNotes and Grace Notes.  
Prayers and Thanksgivings


We give thanks for the life of Judith Ann King Jenne, who died Thursday afternoon. Please keep Bill and Judy in your prayers. 


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, 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
 Grace Church garnered three mentions in the December issue of the Interchange newsletter from the Diocese of Southern Ohio:
  • Hawley Todd's article about the growth and spread of Grace Church's healing services took up most of page 8, and is reprinted above  in this issue of eGraceNotes.  
  • Carol Lyon's reflection on Diocesan Convention is on page 6. You can read it there, or in the  November 17 eGraceNotes.
  • Finally, on page 5 is the announcement that  eGraceNotes swept the awards for best enewsletter in the Diocese.

Wonder what Iyengar Yoga is all about? Aaron Fleming tells us that he's offering free classes at Grace Church after the first of the year. These classes are suitable for all levels and abilities. No need to pre-register--just show up! 

  • Tues, Jan 8, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Thurs, Jan 10, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Sat, Jan 12, 1-2pm (Open House to follow from 2 to 4pm)

For more information, see collegehillyoga.com.  

Absalom Jones Altar Flowers
Flowers on the altar last Sunday were donated by Ken & Carol Lyon to honor their daughter Rita's birthday.

 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 23: Eucharist II: Bishop's Visitation
  • Celebrant: The Right Rev. Thomas Breidenthal
  • Keyboards: Dan Pater
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • 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: Dan Pater
  • Acolytes: Jamanuel Thrower, Toussaint Thrower
  • Advent Candle Liturgy: Wanda Miller
  • Healing Minister (lead): J White
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Tammy Robinson
  • 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: Dan Pater
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Carol Lyon
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer & Wanda Miller
  • Usher: Don Wake
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
Sunday, December 30: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Dan Pater
  • 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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