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245, December 22, 2013

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Advent is Ending--Christ is Coming!

Sunday is the last Sunday of Advent. Our four weeks of anticipation of the coming of Christ into the world--and into our lives--are almost over. 

Four advent candles are lit this Sunday, leaving just one more--the Christ Candle--to be lit on Christmas.
See You at Grace this Christmas?
Christmas begins Tuesday at Grace Church, with a Christmas Eve service at 7:30 pm. Our second Christmas worship service will be held on Wednesday--Christmas Day--at 11 am.  

Christmas continues through the 12 days of Christmas, ending January 6.  Grace will continue to celebrate Christmas on the two Sundays in the Christmas season--December 29 and January 5 at 10 am.
Christmas Greetings from Our Bishop
Altar Flowers     

The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given in loving memory of Judy Jenne by Bill Jenne.


The flowers on the altar last Sunday were given in remembrance of Cloma Partin's heavenly birthday--she went to be with Our Lord on December 8--by her daughter, Rhonda Sharp.  


 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 $35. 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.

  Thanks to ...

... Judy Handy for the extra work she did to get worship bulletins for the holidays done in addition to our regular bulletins. And, thanks to the bulletin team for working together to get them printed.

... Ken Lyon for implementing Wanda Miller's Grace Christmas Card idea. Grace Staples says she loved sending them to members who may not be able to get to Grace for Christmas.

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

Grace Church will host the free Community Dinner this coming Wednesday--Christmas Day--from 5 to 7 pm. Come for some good food and conversation. 

Mark the date:  Grace Church Annual Meeting is coming Sunday, February 23, 2014, following Sunday worship.  We will summarize the 2013 church year, and hold elections for 2014 parish leadership positions.

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral downtown will present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 22 at 5pm. 

Christ Church Cathedral will present the 74th Annual Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival on Saturday, January 4, at 5 pm and Sunday, January 5 at 2:30 and 5 pm. You may be able to get tickets by calling 513-621-BOAR. 

220 people have "liked" Grace's Facebook page, meaning that they see all posts made to our page. See what they're seeing at facebook.com/gracecollegehill. And post your own comments for all to see.  Spread the word!
Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Rev. Ernestein, 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 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, 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, Gwynne and Naomi Gabbard.


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.
 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.
 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).

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

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: TBA
  • 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 Bob Hufford
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Ken Lyon
  • Lector: John Thayer
  • 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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