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214 April 21, 2013

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All Invited to Integrity Cincinnati Meeting at Grace

A letter by Roger Perna, Senior Warden, Grace Church.


Dear Bishop Breidenthal,
Grace Church Cincinnati is proud to be able to host the initial meeting symbolizing the rebirth of Integrity Cincinnati. On Friday, April 26, at 7 PM, there will be a service, meeting, and social hour at Grace Episcopal Church.  Spearheaded by Brother Michael Childs, BSCD, this will hopefully be a beginning point for the Church  to support and be an advocate for the GBLT community. 


The evening will begin with a service of Holy Eucharist celebrated by the Rev. Tom Fehr.  All clergy are invited to concelebrate.  The service will be followed by a brief meeting and social hour in the church's Great Hall.  


The intention of Integrity Cincinnati is to fulfill the vision for the Church to thrive as a beacon of love, justice, and compassion, where all people are equally embraced and empowered.  We, the members of Grace Church Cincinnati, are thankful to be part of this effort.  

Let's Send Our Kids to Camp
Now is the time of year to begin thinking about sending our kids to Summer Camp at Procter Center. Many of you will remember that last summer we were able to raise enough money to send eight kids to camp, three from our own congregation and five from the College Hill neighborhood. 

The weekly camps for different age groups run from June 7 through August 8. We have set a goal to send a minimum of 12 kids to camp this summer. The cost of camp this summer is $240.00 per child. If you wish to help us accomplish this goal, please send or bring a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church, or click here and make a donation specifying Summer Camp.  


To learn more about the Procter Summer Camp program go to youth.diosohio.org and  click on Camp.   


Join us in giving our children a wonderful, spiritually meaningful experience at camp this summer. Please send or bring in your contribution to church at your earliest convenience.


Roger Perna, Senior Warden. 

Happening at Grace Today (Sunday) 

In addition to our usual worship services, two other events are happening today (Sunday) at Grace Church. 

The members of the New School Montessori Orchestra will be performing individually in recital at 4 pm. The performers are first through six grade students.
Admission is free. A goodwill donation to aid the Church's Outreach Programs would be appreciated.

Truth and Destiny Church's 10th Anniversary is being celebrated with a dinner at 4 pm in the Great Hall.  Members of Grace are welcome to join in this celebration.  Truth and Destiny is an inclusive UCC church that meets in Northside. They have previously used Grace Church facilities to present several seasonal plays. A few years back, Truth and Destiny partnered with Grace Church to present a series of Hip Hop services. You can read more about this church here:  truthdestinychurch.org.  

The Bible on Immigrants

Given the current national discussion about immigrants, I got to wondering what our Bible has to say about them. I looked up all occurrences of the word and its synonym "aliens" and was surprised to find about 40 places in our Bible that mention immigrants or aliens and how are to be treated.

Typical is Leviticus 19:34
: "The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God." 

You can read all the references in the Grace Church online file cabinet here: gracecollegehill.blogspot.com/2008/06/bible-on-immigrants.html

Ken Lyon
Thanks to ...

... Carol Lyon for leading the Friday Meditation Group meeting, and teaching seven of us a simple form of prayer involving writing a letter to God--and then letting God answer!

We received few "thank you's" this week, not, we're sure because there are no folks to thank, but because sometimes we forget to say "thank you." Send your "thank you's" to egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org. 

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.
Grace Church's eMail List

Want to be part of an "in" group at Grace Church? In this case, we're talking about an email group that we use to communicate items of interest that may not make it into eGraceNotes.  It's called GraceLeaders. Members include all Grace officeholders, worship service volunteers, leaders of groups using our facility, as well as others who have expressed an interest in being part of this email conversation. 

If you'd like to be included, email webmaster@gracecollegehill.org.  
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, Jordan and Brandie, Bill and Viola, Lee Hardy, Christine Hicks, Derek, Rhonda Sharp, The Partin Family, Mitchell, Bob , Jo Jo, Jared, Shirley L. Allen, Melissa, D.L., Merrilee Atkins, Carol Lyon, Maree White, Rita Lyon, Anna Keefer, Christine Zuniga, KiKi, The Coal Miners and their families who are being laid off, Virginia Chapel, Our President and Our Country, Sam Spade, Bill Jenne, Aaron Watson, Vance, Kathy Wills, East Price Hill and The Lauck Family, Don Wake, Patience, Emily Bellingham, Peggy Partin, Cleo Leach, Tracy Siemer, Ortha Meyers, Malachi Francis, Trish G. Russo, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Dumonstrong, Restoring Authentic Identity Attendees, AJ, Amanda Peery, JB, Angie and the Marshall Family, Monica Corvalan, Todd Carr, Amandita Sullivan, Horistine, Eugenia and Kenneth, Jeanne Mulholland, Helen, Pat Jones, Jaque, Lexi Woeste (Tony Saylor's daughter).  


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.
World Sound Healing Day Followup


Here are extracts from a message we received from Audrey Causilla. You may remember that Grace Church recently hosted Cincinnati's World Sound Healing Day.   


Along with Spring bursting forth, there are some exciting music events coming up! Thank you to everyone who has come and made World Sound Healing Day and local kirtans so fantastic.  For those who like to plan ahead, below are some dates to look forward to.    


For those who went to World Sound Healing Day, the May 18th concert will be our first follow-up event, under our Cincinnati name--Global Heart of Sound. You are welcome to join that open group on Facebook to get the latest updates on Cincinnati Sound Healing. facebook.com/groups/144563585722636/    


May 3, 6PM, Vegan Dinner and Singing Bowls and Flute Performance at Essencha Tea House, 3212 Madison Rd., with Ron Esposito & Janice T. Sunflower.


May 11, 8PM, Kirtan with Sevika at Clifton at World Peace Yoga, 268 Ludlow Avenue, with Jim Feist, Audrey Causilla. facebook.com/events/251176305017228


May 18, 7PM, Global Heart of Sound Concert at Grace Church with Ron Esposito, Janice T. Sunflower, Roxana Imam, Randy Brewer, Audrey Causilla, Devin Brooks, Baoku Moses.    facebook.com/events/144282675751539


May 19, 2PM, Yoga Takeover of Cincinnati Downtown at Washington Park with The Peace.   facebook.com/events/325043984262463/


Please join us in all the music, celebration, community and heart-connection!  
Friends of the Groom Hosts Summer Opportunities for Children at St. Thomas


Curtains Up Summer Theater Camp for students ages 9 to 18 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, June 10-14 from 9am to 3pm.   Experience the fun of taking a script from page to stage in a week. We'll be casting, rehearsing, and staging a one-act play to be performed on the last day of the session. Along the way participants will learn essential acting skills, participate in theater games and exercises and hands-on improv and ensemble work. This year we once again have a "technical theater track" for those who want to stay until 5:00 PM to learn about building sets and making props--and to help create them for the show. Cost: $175 for actors. For participants who wish to stay until 5:00 PM for the Technical Theater Track, add $50. To register or for more information, contact: Friends of the Groom at (513) 831-2859 or Email: fog@fuse.net. 


Rescue in the Night--St. Thomas Vacation Bible School with Friends of the Groom  

August 5-9 from 9:00 AM to noon for Ages 5 through 14, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. A courageous hero, a powerful king, dastardly villains, and a chorus of street-wise lions! Come join Friends of the Groom Theater Company as we explore the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den and other stories from the Bible with a week of theater activities, art projects, music, team building exercises, and fast paced-fun. At the end of the week, grades 1-8 will perform selections from the musical Rescue in the Night: The Story of Daniel in the Lion's Den by Tom Long and Allen Pote. (Friday morning at 11:00 AM). Donation of $35.00 per child or $70.00 for family of 3 or more children (Scholarships available.) To register your child, contact the church office for a registration form (513) 831-2052 or check the St. Thomas website at stthomasepiscopal.org. Registration Deadline is July 22. Tel: (513) 831-2859, Email: fog@fuse.net.  


Thanks to Hawley Todd for this information. 

Christ Church Cathedral Hosts Summer in the City Camps

Kids are invited to a music camp and/or an art camp at the Cathedral this summer. Details are on the cathedral website, christchurchcincinnati.org/content.jsp?articleId=355. Each camp is one week, scholarships are available, and kids come from from all over. We hope to see some kids from families related to Grace Church! These weeks are opportunities to explore our spiritual selves through the arts, and many participants find them very special experiences.

Thanks to Holly Pratt for this information.
 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 as of today. 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. 

Sunday, April 21: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Judy Handy
  • Offering Counters: Ken Lyon, John Thayer
  • Usher: Don Wake
  • Altar Guild: Jacqueline McCray
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, April 28: Ante-Communion

  • Officiant: Ken Lyon
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: John Thayer
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Bill Jenne & Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, May 5: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: John Thayer
  • Lector: Tony Saylor
  • Prayers of the People: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna, Carol Lyon
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Tammy Robertson & Lisa Perry
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

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
  • Acolyte: John Thayer
  • Healing Ministers: All
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Prayers of the People: Leah Wilson
  • Offering Counters: Wanda Miller, Ken Lyon
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, May 19: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: Judy Handy
  • Prayers of the People: Tony Saylor
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Bill Jenne
  • Usher: Ruth Bertram
  • Altar Guild: Jacquelyn McCray
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, May 26: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Z. Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: Leah Wilson
  • Prayers of the People: John Thayer
  • Offering Counters: Ruth Bertram, Roger Perna
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

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 Z. Howard
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