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208, March 10, 2013

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Jewelry Offered

At today's Snack 'n Chat, Sam Spade offers some of her hand-made jewelry for sale, with 100% of the proceeds going to Grace Church. 
Grace's Lenten Spirituality Program Continues

Grace Church's Lenten Program--Drawing Closer to Jesus--continues the next two Fridays  from 11 am to Noon in the Parlor at Grace Church.
Coming Friday,March 15: Drawing Closer to Jesus with St. Hildegard von Bingen.  Carol Lyon will lead us in a meditation based on the Meditations of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
Coming 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.
About the Hildegard of Bingen Meditations 


Friday, eight people gathered for the Lenten Meditation to learn a bit about one of the great religious figures in history, Hildegard of Bingen, and to silently meditate on her vision of God as light.


Hildegard was an abbess, writer, theologian, composer, healer and adviser to popes and kings in the 12th Century.


In her writing, Hildegard quoted God's revelation to her:  


"But I, who am without beginning, am the fire by which all the stars are enkindled. I am the light that covers the dark places so they cannot grasp the light. Therefore, light does not mingle with the dark places and therefore the darkness does not come to the light."


The eight of us silently meditated on the Light in our lives. At the end of the meditation one of the participants said, "just for moment I felt myself being lifted by the Light, just for a moment." Another participant said, "Boy, I wish I would do this all the time." And another said, "The idea of true Light shining made me smile." All agreed we need time to sit silently more often to listen for the Light of our lives.


Next Friday at 11 am we will continue our meditations with Hildegard. You are invited to join us.


Thanks to Carol Lyon for this article.

Anglican Rosary Workshop Today (Sunday)
Sam Spade offers a repeat of the Anglican Rosary Workshop today, Sunday, March 10 from Noon to 1 pm in the Parlor.  


For those who do not have their own set of Anglican prayer beads, Anni will offer some for sale at Snack & Chat following our Sunday worship.  


During the workshop, Anni will share a brief history of prayer beads throughout history and various cultures and will then lead the group through several different types of prayers that can be used with the beads.


Wanda Miller attended this workshop earlier and wrote, "Today I had a wonderful experience with Anni learning about using Anglican beads for praying. I learned that the beads (Anglican rosary) help one stay focused while praying, meditating, communicating with God."


Anni is making Turkey chili and corn muffin for workshop attendees, or feel free to pack a lunch if you like.

Hope This Gets to You in Time
Thanks to ...

... Judy Handy, Sam Spade, and Carol Lyon for putting together Grace's Lenten spirituality program this year. 

... Sam Spade for her ministry at Grace Church, from the Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson.

... Rhonda Sharp for organizing the Restoring Authentic Identity Workshop Saturday, and to J. White, Mission Council, Don Wake and Bob Jones and everyone else from Grace Church who helped. Special thanks to Linde Grace White for attending with her book and Sharon Byrnes for leading a yoga relaxation during the sessions, and to the people from Connections who prepared and served food and helped with set-up and clean-up.

Even though everyone who does something special might not get special recognition each week (although we do try), we are aware of how hard members of this congregation work together to keep this church going.  Most of the work done in this church is by volunteers, so thank you to every one in this congregation for keeping our dream of Grace Church alive by your consistent contributions.  None of us could do it unless all of us were working together like we are.
 Selected Short Subjects


Phillis Dietz is recovering from a broken femur that she experienced while visiting Australia.  Her daughter Laura writes: 
"Since we don't know where and when she will be going to Tasmania, I don't know where to tell people to send cards. The best would be to email  svanwage@comcast.net.


Mom is amazing. Her surgery went very well. They gave her an epidural (vs anesthesia) making her recovery easier. She was sitting in a chair the day after the surgery and yesterday took 10 steps with a walker. She's out of intensive care and in a regular hospital room. My brother & sister-in-law met with the doctor, but I haven't been given the 411 on her prognosis.


More to come.


Again thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Cheers, Laura Hubrich"



This is a five class series, Thursday, April 4 through Thursday, May 2, 9:30 to 11 am.  We will start learning WU CHIN, which means the  5 Elements.  After that, we'll move into the 3 sections of the Yang style long form.



This is a five class ChiKung/TaiChi series, Friday, April 5 through Friday, May 3, 6:30 to 8 pm. ChiKung is the practice of cultivating Chi (vital life force energy) through regular skill (Kung) routines.   


Both classes are at Grace Episcopal Church. Each class is $50 for the series.  There is a preregistration discount.  Instructor: Jackie Millay, 513-541-4900, harmonicpulsewellness.com.

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Christine Hicks, Derek, Rhonda Sharp, The Partin Family, Mitchell, Bob , Jo Jo, Jared, Melissa, David , 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 families 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, Lauck Family, Don Wake, Patience, Emily Bellingham, Peggy Partin, Cleo Leach, Tracy Siemer, Erna, Ortha Meyers, Malachi Francis, Trish G. Russo, Albertha Howard, DeConte Howard, Aidan, Dumonstrong, AJ, Carl, and all the attendees at Saturday's Restoring Authentic Identity Workshop.


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.
Believe in Life

From Tom Ehrich's blog on life and faith. You can subscribe here:  morningwalkmedia.com.   


On the same day North Korea threatened a preemptive nuclear attack on the US, I had other concerns: snow starting to fall on Manhattan, dinner with a friend, investment strategy after a record Dow high, web site design, completing slides for a church leaders' retreat, and of course the strenuous doings at Downton Abbey.


Those concerns would vanish into irrelevance if nuclear missiles did start flying. North Korean would vanish, too, as would any prospect of peace.


What else can we do, though, but live the day we have before us? I remember visiting towns along the Mediterranean. If enemy ships appeared offshore, the day changed. Otherwise, they made shoes, harvested grapes and olives, attended mass, taught their children, and walked along the harbor gazing out to the sea that was their source of food, home to dragons, and avenue of attack.


Today's ally could be tomorrow's enemy. Today's lovemaking could be tomorrow's death in childbirth. Anything can go wrong. But life can't be lived in fear of the wrong. The boldness of living is to live even as evil powers threaten war and life itself promises difficulty.


Faith isn't about guarantees. Faith says the loved one is worth holding even if she is torn away tomorrow. Faith says learn to plant olives even if destruction pends, because the day of needing food will come.


Faith says believe in life, even as death hovers. Faith says believe in God, even as darkness seems to be winning.

Islam and Christianity--A Deeper Exploration--at Transfiguration
 Coming Attractions

The online Grace Church Calendar lists most everything we know about that's happening at Grace Church. Here's a snapshot of about 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 June 2013, as of today. We will complete the schedule of participants in the near future. 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).   

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. 

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: TBA
  • 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: TBA
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: TBA
  • 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

Thursday, March 28, 7:30 PM: Maundy Thursday

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Friday, March 28, Noon to 3PM: Community Good Friday Service

  • Several Preachers, including:
    • Ken Lyon, Grace Church

Sunday, March 31: Easter Day, Eucharist II

  • Celebrants: The Revs. Bob Hufford and David Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Bill Jenne
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon
  • 10am Sunday School: TBA

Sunday, April 7: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard

Wednesday, April 10, 7pm: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, April 14: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, April 21: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, April 28: Ante-Communion

  • Officiant: Ken Lyon

Sunday, May 5: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Wednesday, May 8, 7pm: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, May 12: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, May 19: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, May 26: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard

Sunday, June 2: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, June 9: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Wednesday, June 12, 7pm: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, June 16: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, June 23: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, June 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard
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