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218, May 20, 2013

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Jackie Tells Us a Story

Last issue, we asked folks to send in their stories about their experience of Grace Church.  Jackie Millay sent us this:  


Here's my happy tale of evolving involvement, growth, and connection with the Grace Episcopal community.
In April of 2010, I needed to take a medical leave from teaching. Slowly, I was able to attend the second Wednesday Healing/Drumming Ceremony.  As this became more of a habit, I grew in confidence with my healing abilities, made many new friends, and relaxed into the comforting welcome that came with being connected with the Grace Community.
Eventually, Hawley Todd asked me to be one of the Grace Leaders.  I marveled at the diverse openness of the Grace Leaders group as I looked into this offer from Hawley. I accepted that invitation, and even posted one of my first internet pictures!  This was a brave move for me. 

After this, I began 'playing around' with the idea of teaching a TaiChi/ChiKung class at Grace.  I asked Hawley what he thought.  Again, a welcome positive response was given. About nine months later, in August of 2012, I offered my first TaiChi/ChiKung workshop.  I've been happily offering classes at Grace since then.  Also, our small band of long-time 'TaiChi' players also found an 'open door' at Grace when we needed a space on Sundays during the colder months.
As I've recovered from a tragic dynamic in my personal family, through the kindnesses of the Grace community, I have loosened the 'heaviness' of that past.  I understand experientially, Christ's wonderful words,  "Behold, I make all things new." 
I feel the newness of the lighter, more joyful side of myself.  What could be better than that?
Great gratitude to the wide range of loving hearts that are a part of Grace Episcopal.
Jackie Millay


We encourage you to share your stories for publication here. Send 'em to egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org.


Wondering what to write about?  Here's an idea:  If you're relatively new to Grace, tell about why you came to Grace; if you've been around a while, tell about why you stay at Grace; if you went away and came back, well, tell that story.   


Ken Lyon, editor 

Prayer & Meditation Group Continues

The Prayer & Meditation group that started up in Lent continues to meet every Friday at 11am for an hour.  Laurie LeClaire sent us this description of the May 10 session.  

Six of us participated in a discussion of what "grace" means in our lives.

I opened with a short prayer and some readings about  "grace" and its definitions as well as reference to scriptures.

Gary Armstrong brought some powerful insights into the need to incorporate daily affirmations in our lives, the need to not prejudge another, the need to ask for forgiveness, and also to put the intention of love towards others. He discussed how everything is alive at the atomic level, bringing up a discussion of quantom physics.

Others shared how hard it is to rid themselves of hurt feelings even after they thought they had forgiven others. We discussed how important it 
was to start each day being thankful for three things in each of our lives and how that would set the intention for the day.

We all thanked Gary for his insights and closed by reading aloud the five verses  
of "Amazing Grace". 

I am grateful for the participation of all those present. We all seemed to have 
benefited  by setting aside the time on this rainy Friday in May.

In Christian fellowship, Laurie
Thanks to ...

... to Jackie Millay for sending in a story about her experience of Grace Church (in this issue).

.... Sam Spade for purchasing and donating tote bags for the Prayer Shawl knitters to carry their prayer shawls in while they are working on them. Anni made a perfect choice as the bags are exactly the right size for a prayer shawl.   She also made some wonderful little kits with extra's knitters will need to finish the final prayer shawl: Scissors, crochet hook, etc. These bags and kits are already coming in handy for many of the knitters.

... to J White for setting up another World Sound Concert Saturday and for keeping things on track. Thanks also to everyone who performed in the concert and everyone who assisted in any way preparing for it

... Judy Handy for the extra work she did this week in preparing the bulletin for Pentecost. It is thanks to her that we have the beautiful ivory paper to make the bulletin look more celebratory. We also thank her for coordinating the contributions of the extra people what made this Pentecost celebration special.

... John Thayer for playing handbells at the Pentecost service.

... Bob Laake for contributing his drumming to the Pentecost service.

... the Praise Dancers for their contribution to the Pentecost service.

... everyone who participated in speaking in different languages during Prayers of the People for Pentecost.

... Ken Lyon for fixing our email problems in the office. It appears that our computer may have been hacked, which wiped out our email account. Even though Ken and Carol were on vacation, Ken took the time from his vacation spot to work the problem remotely.
everyone from Grace Church and Life Renewal Church who assisted with the Community Dinner on May 8. They will all be providing the same service again Wednesday night.

... everyone who assisted with the Wednesday evening Healing Service on May 8, especially Hawley Todd for his preparation his liturgy, Bob Laake for once again leading the drumming, and Bob Jones and Don Wake for turning the back pews around to get the sanctuary ready for the Healing Service.

... Wanda Miller for making an excellent chili and spaghetti lunch for the Buildings and Grounds Meeting on Friday.  

...  Ruth Bertram and Roger Perna for their continued efforts to upgrade our books.

,... Jacque Johnson who has already contributed several prayer shawls just since our first prayer shawl meeting two short weeks ago. She wins the fastest crocheter award!

Send your "thank you's" to egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org. 

Even though everyone who does something special may not be recognized 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 without all of us working together.
Selected Short Subjects

We've updated the service volunteer schedule. Check it out below, or on the web here. If you'd like to participate in any role in our worship, to let Bill Jenne (williamjenne1@aol.com, 513-896-5451) know.
Prayers and Thanksgivings


Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving are offered by Rhonda Sharp for repeatedly bringing into my life over this past year people who helped me better understand some situations from my past. They helped me realize that it was not only right for me to rise above those situations, but that it was God who helped me do that. I also grew to understand that it was God who sent many messengers to me this past year to verify that I had made the right choice when separating myself from those situations. I'd also like to thank God that things went well in a medical appointment and to thank him as I know he will be walking with me over the next few weeks and months as I seek healing.


Prayers for healing are asked for Patty Rogers and the Rogers Family, 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, Verene and Katrina, 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, Jacque, Kasey McAdams, Johnny, Lexi Woeste, Emily and Caleb, Earl and Ann, Angie Evans , Vickie, Drew Gibson, JB (Jo).


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.
Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar on Mothers' Day were donated in loving memory of our mothers by Ken & Carol Lyon

The flowers on the altar on Pentecost Sunday were donated by Wanda Miller so we'd have flowers on the altar on this special Sunday.

To donate altar flowers on the Sunday of your choosing, see the sign-up sheet in the church near the upper Belmont entrance. Or call the office. Or donate online here.     

 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 service schedule as of today. 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. C
ontact Worship Team Leader Bill Jenne (williamjenne1@aol.com).   

The up-to-date schedule is available on our website (gracecollegehill.org).

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: Grace Staples
  • 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: TBA 

Sunday, June 2: Eucharist II

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

Sunday, June 9: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon, Don Wake
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: John Thayer
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Prayers of the People: Marie Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Ken Lyon, John Thayer
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Altar Guild: Jacqueline McCray
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

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
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Bells: John Thayer
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon, Don Wake
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Lector: Grace Staples
  • Prayers of the People:Judy Handy
  • Offering Counters: Bill Jenne, Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, June 23: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Don Wake
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • Prayers of the People: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna, Carol Lyon
  • Usher: Grace Staples
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, June 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Z. Howard
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: John Thayer
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Grace Staples
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Bill Jenne
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Absalom Jones From the Editor...

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