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243, December 8, 2013

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Cincinnati Flow Arts & Drum Circle Tribe Now Meeting Monthly at Grace
The Cincinnati Flow Arts & Drum Circle Tribe meets outdoors during warmer weather, but when the weather turned colder, they looked for a place to meet indoors, and ended up coming to Grace Center. Two Grace Church regulars attended the last two meetings of the Tribe.  Here are their descriptions of what they experienced.

From Hawley Todd:
Last night I had the opportunity to join the Mt Echo Flow Tribe at their monthly celebration. I went last month as well. it was such a blessing to be there! During the winter months it is being held at Grace Church in the Great Hall on the last Saturday of each month.
I am very impressed with how God is moving within this group. It was wonderful to see young children running around Grace and families celebrating together.  The majority of folks were in their 20's and 30's. There were some in their 40 and early 50's. I was definitely an old timer.
The group shared a potluck meal together, had a mural for creating community artwork (which will be raffled off to raise canned food donations for the Drop Inn Center), had drummers, and lots of hooping & dancing. It was a real celebration.
For many of us, the high point of the evening was a sacred circle gathering to invite God, the Divine, to come and bless and sanctify the community.  In particular, those who needed a special blessing or healing gathered in the center of the circle. People like myself who desired to offer healing prayer gathered around those in the center. The whole community held hands and made a huge circle around us all. Kimberly Spivey invoked the Divine and the group chanted Om--a Sanskrit term that I identify with the Logos in the Gospel of John.  God was so present--it was a moment when the heavens opened and love showered upon us all.
Those of us in the Grace Community are fortunate to have so many opportunities to experience God in our midst.  I am so thankful that the Flow Community has "graced" us with their presence!
From J White:

I too was there!  The energy was uplifting and Holy Spirit was throughout Grace.  


As I reached the top of the stairs to the Great Hall, I was greeted by "Hi Miss J!" There stood several of the children I met last month. Although I am an 'old timer', I treated as an "old friend" by all in the tribe.


The tribe members work together to make sure that all feel welcome, free and safe to experience the Good Lord's (God's)  love and healing powers.  They are a wonderful group of young people that are respectful the space and Grace. They always leave it better than it was.


I hope the Flow Tribe will return to Grace every fall and winter. 


You can learn more about this group at their Facebook page here: facebook.com/groups/CFADCT

Flowers for Christmas   

 Welcome the Christ child this Christmas with beautiful flowers on the altar and poinsettias around the baptismal font. If you would like to help donate flowers please sign the Christmas Flower Sheet by the Belmont door, or email Carol Lyon at spikelyon@gmail.com. Also, if you could sign as early as possible so we can get the best selection of flowers.  


You can donate a bouquet of flowers on the altar on any Sunday in honor of or in memory of anyone. The suggested donation is only $35. Virtually all the Sundays between new and December are available. Just sign on the flower sheet by the door or call the church office or email spikelyon@gmail.com or donate online at  gracecollegehill.org 

Grace Christmas Cards Now Available

Christmas Cards are now available at Grace Church.  We've made up packets of six different Grace Church scenes which people may want to send this year. The text inside reads "Grace to you at Christmas."  The suggested donation is $5 for a packet of six cards and envelopes.  Packets are available at the Snack 'n Chat following Sunday worship. 

Thanks to Wanda Miller for making this happen.
Selected Short Subjects  

The regular Wednesday night Celebration of Wholeness and Healing (the Healing Service) comes again this week, starting at 7pm.  All are welcome to come and participate as the Spirit leads.

Wednesday is also the first of December's free Community Dinners, starting at 5pm and ending at about 7pm. All are invited to enjoy a nice dinner and conversation. 

We've received Christmas Greetings from former members Chuck Bowles (now in Atlanta, GA) and Jonathan Tan (now in Sydney, Australia). They both said they are doing well and hope the same from us.

Removing snow
from our parking lot with shovels and snow blowers is rather taxing on the volunteers.  If you know of someone with a plow who could clear our parking lot when it snows, please call Roger Perna (pernas2@zoomtown.com, 513-290-7309).
Thanks to ...

... Paul Fogerty, Roger and Belinda Perna and Ken Lyon for clearing the snow from our walks, steps and parking lot Saturday. 

... Wanda Miller or starting the effort and to everyone who has assisted in cleaning up the office. It looks much better.

Tell us when you know someone should be thanked for their contribution. Email 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.
 Person Sought to Provide Child Care During Sunday Worship

  We are seeking a person to provide child care during Sunday worship. If you know of someone with the skills to care for a few infants and very young children, please contact J White (513-532-9362, mizwone@gmail.com). This will be a paid position.

We realize that there may be Sundays when there are no children to care for, however we believe that it's very important that this service be provided for those parents who want it.
Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Rev. Ernestein, Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, (Sarah and Joe Rogers - Patty's parents), 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 Jones and Family., D.L., Merrilee Atkins, Maree White, Verene and Katrina, Anna Keefer, The Coal Miners and their families who are being laid off, Virginia Chapel, Our President and Our Country, Sam Spade, Bill Jenne, Kathy Wills, East Price Hill and The Lauck Family, Don Wake, Patience and her family, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Amandita Sullivan, Horistine, Eugenia and Kenneth, Jacque, Johnny, Lexi Woeste, Emily and Caleb, Earl and Ann, Drew Gibson, JB (Jo), John, Alan Weinrich's Family, all people touched by cancer., Peter Harten, Cathleen, Lisa, Sunny, Judy and Freddy, David and Carol Rossman, Marissa Aleaander, Skip, Jane Strohmeier, Phillis Dietz, The Thrower Family, Anthony, Pastor Rita and Deacon Cornell Bryant and Family, Vincent Leu, Naomi and Gwynne Gabbard, Jim, Steve, Cloma and Estil, John Thayer, David, Jessica Veach, Jay Garland and Family, Mike Webster, Nick Lisi, Callie, Hattie and Ann, Judy Handy, Cyndi Miller, Laura Hubrick (Phillis Dietz' daughter), Madeena Nolan.


Prayers are asked for members often not able to come to church:  Elizabeth Kelly, Janet Henthorn, Mary Jane Showers, Naomi Koester, Elva Gscheidle, Jo Carroll, Anne Henneberg, Phillis Dietz. 


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.
 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) if you'd like to participate in any of these positions.  

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

Wednesday, December 11, 7pm: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing
  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Lead Drummers:    Bob Laake, Rich Spirit
  • Ministers of Healing:     Hawley Todd TSSF, J White, Gwynne Gabbard, Amy Wehr, Sam Spade, Bill Jenne, Colleen Kerns, Fran Malone, Jackie Millay, Matt Peffly, Sherri Elmore, Tammy Robertson, Teri Dettone, Tina Todd, Laurie LeClaire

Sunday, December 15: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Lector: Ken Lyon
  • Litany of Healing: Ken Lyon
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Ken Lyon
  • Usher: Mary McLain
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Handbells: John Thayer
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, December 22: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mathias Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Grace Staples
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Prayers of the People: Mary McLain
  • Offering Counters: Roger Perna, Carol Lyon
  • Usher: Wanda Miller
  • Altar Guild: Jacquelyn McCray
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, 7:30 pm: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Don Wake
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: John Thayer
  • Lector: Tammy Robertson
  • Prayers of the People: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Bill Jenne, Ruth Bertram
  • Usher: David Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon, Wanda Miller, Jacqueline McCray

Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day, 11am: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne 
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Chalice: Carol Lyon
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • Prayers of the People: Grace Staples
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Ken Lyon
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller

Sunday, December 29: Eucharist II

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