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206 February 23, 2013

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Lenten Spirituality Program at Grace: 
Drawing Closer to Jesus

Sam Spade is happy to announce the details of Grace Church's Lenten Program: Drawing Closer to Jesus. A one hour session will be held each Friday from 11 am to Noon through March 22 in the Parlor.
The schedule for the sessions is detailed below: 
On Friday, March 21, the program was Draw Closer to Jesus Using Anglican Prayer Beads. Sam Spade shared a brief history of prayer beads throughout history and various cultures and led the group through several different types of prayers that can be used with the beads. Since we know that a number of parishioners were unable to attend, Anni would be happy to repeat this presentation at another time--perhaps after Snack and Chat, or one Saturday, or on a Wednesday evening. Let her know if you're interested (gracefullsunangel@gmail.com). 
March 1:    Draw Closer to Jesus Watching an Award Winning Short Film. Jesus was a Commie was written and performed by Actor Matthew Modine, (Full Metal Jacket). Screening (10 minutes) will be followed by prayer and discussion led by Sam Spade   Jesus was a Commie has won Best Short Film at the Traverse City Film Festival (2011), The Spokane Film Festival (2012) and The Out of the Box Film Festival (2012).  
March 8: Drawing Closer to Jesus with Hildegard von Bingen, Week 1.  Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th Century abbess who founded a Benedictine order and is known for her herbal remedies, her music and her meditations.  Carol Lyon will lead us in Centering Prayer meditations from the writings of Hildegard.
March 15: Drawing Closer to Jesus with St. Hildegard von Bingen, Week 2.  Carol Lyon will lead us in  a second week of Centering Prayer based on the Meditations of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
March 22:   Drawing Closer to Jesus Via The Way of the Cross.  Led by Judy Handy.
If there is a problem because of weather, the leader will sent an email out to Grace Leaders by 9:30 am of the morning of the session.
Annual Meeting News

At last Sunday's Annual Meeting of Grace Church, members and friends got together after worship to have a nice luncheon, hear a summary of the Annual Reports and elect people to various offices. 

Annual Reports: All areas of Grace Church submitted reports of their work during 2012. The Senior Warden's report is an especially good summary of the year at Grace Church. See the reports here: gracecollegehill.blogspot.com/search/label/Annual%20Report

Elections: All of those nominated prior to the meeting were elected, but our democratic process did result in some unexpected results--all good.   Perhaps the best news of the day was the election of people who had not previously been elected to positions at Grace: Ruth Bertram, Rhonda Sharp, Laurie LeClaire and Sam Spade. They join those re-elected to their positions as well as those already serving multi-year terms.

You can see the current makeup of people serving Grace Church here:  gracecollegehill.org/people.shtml   

You  can see their pictures in the Grace Church Photo Album here:  picasaweb.google.com/105358243887696716088
Wardens: As expected, Roger Perna and Wanda Miller were elected for another 1-year term as Senior and Junior Wardens, respectively. This will be their last year in these offices.
Mission Council: As expected, Hawley Todd was elected for a 1-year term to Mission Council, and John Thayer, Ruth Bertram and Sam Spade for 3-year terms. Bill Jenne was nominated from the floor and was elected to serve an unfilled 2-year term.
Mission & Formation Team Leaders: As expected, Laurie LeCLaire was elected to serve a three-year term as Pastoral Care Co-Leader, Rhonda Sharp to serve a three-year term as Newcomer Ministry & Congregational Life Co-Leader, J White to the additional position of Outreach Team Leader, and Hawley Todd to serve a one-year term as Healing Ministry Team Leader.
The Nominating Committee had made no nomination for the position of
Convener of the Mission and Formation Team. At the meeting, David Mukasa and Ken Lyon were asked to serve, and agreed to serve as co-conveners until a convener or conveners can be found. The task of filling this position now falls to Mission Council.
Convention Delegates. As expected, Maria Mukasa and Ken Lyon were elected as Convention Alternates.  
Thanks to ...

... Don Wake and Bob Jones for stripping and refinishing the floor in the SAR.

... everyone who was involved in planning or preparation for the World Sound Healing Day.  Special thanks to J White who coordinated all of this with the musicians.  And, of course, special thanks to the musicians.

... to everyone who agreed to be elected to an office for Grace Episcopal Church and for agreeing to serve the church community.

... everyone who was involved in planning or preparation for the Annual Meeting last Sunday.

Laurie LeClaire and The Pastoral Care Team for coordinating Pastoral  Care outreach with the office volunteers to make sure every pastoral care need gets met.

... Sam Spade for dedicating her time at the last minute to attend a meeting with Freedom Ohio on Thursday.

... Roger Perna for attending a meeting with our copier provider on Thursday and thanks to MoM Office Equipment for working with us to resolve some ongoing office equipment problems.

... Rhonda Sharp for remembering the folks who should be thanked, and providing most of this list every week.
World Sound Healing Day Came to Grace Last Week

World Sound Healing Day drew between 130 and 175 people to Grace Church last Tuesday.  All pews were filled, folding chairs filled the empty spaces in the church and there was standing room only.

Some attendees were heard to say that they want to come back and make Grace Church their home. 

Laurie LeClaire reports:
"I enjoyed the evening sitting next to my son Jeffrey, who is home briefly from teaching in Russia. We all sang "eee, ahhh, ehhh,,ouuoo, ohhh, etc " while tuning our chakras with Esposito's crystal bowl intro. The performing artists were excellent, especially the native American flutist, 2 pianista, and the African drummer. Tears of release and joy flowed happily from many of the participants including me. We ended the concert with an audience participation sing-along holding hands to "Let there be peace on Earth."  Overall it was refreshing. The sanctuary at Grace has wonderful acoustics for musical performances.
J White, the Grace Church contact for this event, reports that the leaders of the event say they feel welcome at Grace. They have been invited to make Grace their base for World Sound Healing, as part of Grace's goal to make Grace Church a place/destination for spiritual expression and healing.

You can read more about World Sound Healing Day here: worldsoundhealingday.org.
 Selected Short Subjects


Family Needs Help. Rhonda Sharp writes, "I am helping a family of four children where the husband just left and the mom is trying to get back on her feet. She will be moving into Section 8 Housing in March or April and will stay there until she finishes college, and she desperately needs furniture. If anyone has any of the following in storage that you can donate or know of a place where she can get them cheap or free, will you please let me know:

  • Full size bed, without mattresses. 
  • 1 set of bunk beds, without mattresses.
  • Name of a place where we can get mattresses cheap.
  • Coffee table and end tables
  • Kitchen table and chairs, small to medium size.
  • One bookshelf for her kids' books.
  • Television stand.
  • Television.
Thanks so much to anyone who can help.  If you are able to help me, call me at 886-1556 and we will work out how to arrange getting the stuff to her."

FAQs and Glossary. Former Interim Rector Anne Warrington Wilson writes, "I have been poking around your website and think the Glossary and FAQ sections are really wonderful and attractive to surfers.  May I have your permission to use them on St. Mary Magdalene's site?"  You can see what's she's talking about here: gracecollegehill.org/http://gracecollegehill.blogspot.com/2014/05/faqs.html  and here: gracecollegehill.org/glossary.shtml.

Jackie Millay writes: Feel the Force of Calm-Be Peace.  This series of five classes will teach more of an awareness of our inner energy pathways. This can lead to a deep, abiding connection with a peaceful flow of tranquility, resilience, and more vibrant health. Please join us in further enjoyment of your abundant Chi (vital lifeforce energy). Class is offered Fridays from Feb. 22 through March 22 from 6:30 to 8PM. Cost is $50 for the series, $40 if registered by Weds., Feb. 20. Instructor: Jackie Millay, 513-541-4900

Grace Church's Facebook page now has 165 "likes." If you're a Facebook user, you can "like" our page at facebook.com/gracecollegehill.

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, The Erik Handy Family, The Darryl Handy Family, The Burlew Family, Jordan and Brandie, Bill and Viola, Lee Hardy, Christine Hicks, Derek, Rhonda, The Partin Family, Mitchell, Bob, Jo Jo, Jared, Shirley L. Allen, Melissa, D.L., Marrilee Atkins, Carol Lyon, Maree White, Verene and Katrina, Tom, Rita Lyon, Anna Keefer, Christine Zuniga, Cornell Bryant, Pastor Rita and Family, Karen and Diane, KiKi, The Coal Miners and their family's who are being laid off, Virginia Chapel, Our President and Our Country, Judith , Peter Hawkins, Doug Jones, Katrina Gamble, Donna, Sam Spade, Bill Jenne, Aaron Watson, Vance, Kathy Wills, Thom Shumann, East Price Hill and The Lauck Family, Don Wake, Patience, Emily Bellingham, Peggy Partin, Cleo Leach, Tracy Siemer, Erna, Ortha Meyers, Malachi Francis, Trish G. Russo, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Aidan, Dumonstrong.


Prayers for "shut-ins," (members and friends who are often not able to attend) are asked for Nancy Hall, Janet Henthorn, 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.
Oneness Blessing Coming to Grace Every Tuesday

Oneness Blessing College Hill began meeting weekly at Grace Church last Tuesday at 7 pm. There is no charge, though a donation is welcome to cover costs. You can come early for conversation and community at 6:30. This experiential event lasts for roughly 1-1/2 hours. You don't need to bring anything, chairs and blankets are provided. We hope to be blessed by your presence!


The Oneness Blessing is a dogma-free, subtle energy transmission for the purpose of personal growth, enhanced meditation and a on-going quieting of the mind. Some people that experience the Oneness Blessing report strong spiritual experiences, positive changes in their lives, and becoming immersed in in a field of ease and joy that follows them into their daily life.


The Oneness Blessing facilitates deeper connection to your personal spiritual path and religious beliefs. In fact many of the world's major religious leaders, including The Dali Lama approve of the process.


See the Oneness Blessing College Hill Meetup page here. You can read more about Oneness here: onenessuniversity.org.   Questions? Contact Matt Ziegler (mattzman@yahoo.com). 

The Flowers on the Altar ...

... last week were given by Rhonda Sharp memory of her Mother, Cloma Partin, whose birthday would have been this coming Saturday, February 23.

You can donate money for altar flowers to adorn our worship, to glorify God, and to honor whomever you might want to specify.  The suggested donation is $35 for one Sunday.  You may sign up on the flower sheet by the Belmont door, or call the church office.  Or you can donate online here.
Restoring Authentic Identity Coming to Grace Church
For more information, see connectionssp.org. Rhonda Sharp is the Grace Church contact for this event.
Looking for Those Who Want a Pastoral Care Visit

From Laurie LeClaire, co-leader, Pastoral Care Team:

I am requesting your help in locating those who would benefit from our Pastoral Care ministry.


We have a number of Lay Eucharistic Visitors willing to make home visits, offer prayers and/or make phone calls to those who request it. If you or someone you know has a need for this special ministry, please contact the church office (513-541-2415, office@gracecollegehill.org) and leave a message. Your message will be passed to David Mukasa and me so that we can coordinate the efforts in a timely manner. 

Also if you have any suggestions or are interested in being a part of this team ministry, you may do the same or speak to one of us after church any Sunday.
 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 March 2013, 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 Worship Team Leader Bill Jenne(williamjenne1@aol.com).       

Sunday, February 24: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Handbells: John Thayer
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: TBA
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • Prayers of the People: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna & Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Roger Perna
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA

Sunday, March 3: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: Judy Handy
  • Offering Counters: Wanda Miller, John Thayer
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Tammy Robertson & Lisa Perry
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA

Sunday, March 10: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Prayers of the People: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Bill Jenne, Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: Ruth Bertram
  • Altar Guild: Jacquelyn McCray
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA

Wednesday, March 13, 7pm: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, March 17: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Handbells: John Thayer
  • Acolyte: Toussaint Thrower
  • Healing Ministers: J White, Hawley Todd, Ray Betts, Tammy Robertson, Bill Jenne, Laurie LeClaire, Gwynne Gabbard, Sam Spade
  • Lector: Mary McLain
  • Litany of Healing: Ken Lyon
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna, Ken Lyon
  • Usher: Don Wake
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA

Sunday, March 24, Palm/Passion Sunday: Eucharist II

  • Celebrants: The Right Rev. Kenneth Price, The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Jamanuel Thrower
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Toussaint Thrower
  • Offering Counters: Carol Lyon, Wanda Miller
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA
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