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Issue 198, December 24, 2012

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

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Welcome to Christmas at Grace Church!
Welcome to Grace Church's worship services welcoming the coming of Christ Jesus into our world:
  • 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!   

Proud Mary


To welcome

the Christ child

we lay a red carpet

make wreaths,

Sing cherished hymns:

Emmanuel shall come,

to thee, O Israel. We






Divine: One of us.


He squalled,

suckled at her breast.

One day pulled up,

eyes wide to a world

of tents, shepherds and date palms.


In time, he crawled, explored,

reached out with chubby hands

discovering the glorious

wonders of His creation,


Near His first birthday -

those hesitant first steps,

holding Joseph's fingers,

sipping goat's milk

from an olive-wood cup


And, like all mothers, Mary,

marked each milestone,

beaming down upon

her beloved son.


Oblivious to the crown

of thorns that would

adorn our precious King.


Sam Spade

Christmas Flowers
Christmas flowers (which will remain for all Christmas services--that is, through December 30), were given by ....

... Leah Wilson and family in thanksgiving for her family,
... John Thayer in thanksgiving for his family,
... Phillis Dietz in memory of Jim Dietz,
... Wanda Miller in thanksgiving for the Grace Church family,
... Grace Staples in memory of Grace Church loved ones departed,
... Tammy Robertson to honor the Baby Jesus,
... the Memorial Fund in memory of Maureen Back and Beverly Ashton.
The QCRB has been rehearsing weekly at Grace Church for over ten years.  Grace is happy to include the band in our church family.

 Thanks to ...
... Bishop Breidenthal and Canon Ann Reed for coming to Grace on Sunday to baptize nine (!) new members of Christ's Church and to receive a new member of the Episcopal Church. 

... Dan Pater, our organist for many of our services in late December, for doing double duty on his busy schedule as he dashes from church to church, and to Carolyn Koehl, who is helping with our Christmas Day service.
... 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.
Prayers and Thanksgivings


We give thanks for the life of Judith Ann King Jenne. 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
Empower Your Weekend--Ease the Shift into 2013--With ChiKung/TaiChi. Jackie Millay is offering intermediate level ChiKung/TaiChi classes at Grace Church on Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 pm starting Friday, January 4 and ending Friday, February 1.

This series of 5 classes will expand and strengthen your connection with the 'Chi' (vital life force energy).  We are building on what we have started with.  Please join us in further enjoyment of your abundant Chi flow. The cost is $50.00 for the 5-class series ($40.00 if you preregister before Wednesday, January 2).   Contact Jackie at 513-405-1514 or socaja@yahoo.com.

Wonder what Iyengar Yoga is all about? Aaron Fleming is 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.  

 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).      

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: Carolyn Koehl
  • 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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