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January 12, 2014

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Maybe this year you've decided to try something new. Or maybe you have decided to go back to something you liked to do. Or maybe you feel God is calling you to do something different. Grace church has opportunities for you to fulfill these resolutions or calls.   


This week's  opportunity is to help with the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). In the following weeks other opportunities will be presented including the Community Dinner, the Parolee Community Service Program, Sunday services and design and sewing.




The Interfaith Hospitality Network provides homeless families emergency shelter and hospitality while working with them to alleviate the problems that cause homelessness and to help them find permanent housing. The College Hill churches host the families three or four times a year for one week. Grace is responsible one night out of each week.  


Grace's IHN leaders are wishing for the following volunteers:

  1. Someone is needed to set up for the dinner. It's not a lot of work but you will know you have made a difference.
  2. A dinner host or hostess is also needed. Chat and socialize with the guests and make new friends.
  3. And someone is needed to play with the kids. You can have fun!

On the job training is provided this Friday, January 17.


These opportunities only require a two hour commitment. If you are interested you can e-mail Mary McLain (maryemclain55@gmail.com).


From the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori:

My sisters and brothers in Christ,
As Haiti prepares to mark the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in 2010, I urge all Episcopalians to pray and give in solidarity with our largest and fastest-growing diocese. I ask for your generosity in a special offering on Sunday, January 12, 2014 to aid the Diocese of Haiti in rebuilding Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.
The Episcopal Church in Haiti for more than 150 years has taught, healed, and cared for Haitian people in body, mind, and spirit. Today the diocesan ministry includes more than 170 congregations and 250 schools, a dozen clinics and two hospitals, serving thousands of people across the nation every day. Yet the spiritual heart of the church's ministry centers on Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-au-Prince.
The cathedral building destroyed in the 2010 earthquake housed religious art that was a national treasure. The music school at the cathedral hosts the only philharmonic orchestra in the nation, as well as internationally noted choirs. The Haitian people give glory to God through many art forms, music, dance, and liturgy, which the cathedral continues to bless and celebrate. Rebuilding the cathedral offers hope not only to Episcopalians but to the nation as a whole - a sign that God is present, that God continues to create out of dust, and that God abides in the spirit of his people.
A Holiness Church bishop and missionary in Haiti speaks of the spiritual role this cathedral plays in the lives of all Haitians:
"As one who actually lives and ministers here in Haiti amongst the Haitian people, I can assure you that the Episcopal Church of Haiti is working closely with the people through education, medical missions, community development, and church ministry. Unfortunately some fail to understand that by having a central focal point where all can unite, pray, praise, and glorify God together is an important part of our culture here. Knowing that people outside of Haiti love us enough to make a sacrifice of this magnitude so that this part of our lives can be touched as well gives hope and encouragement beyond the daily provision of the things we need. Please don't feel that it is sinful to give something special to the poor. We know that we are poor and needy, we don't need to be reminded - we see it every day. What we do need is to know that we are loved above and beyond pity, and that we have something that we can be proud of that represents our faith in our God who loves us so much that He would inspire someone to do such a wonderful thing in His name and on our behalf in our midst!"
- Allan Chabot-Stahls, Bishop, Independent Holiness Church of Canada
I ask that you share your blessings with the Haitian people on January 12, and offer your gift in the spirit of the Diocese of Cuba immediately following the earthquake: "We give not out of our abundance, but out of our poverty." All we are and have is a gift, and it is in knowing our poverty that we become rich in spirit.

May God bless and strengthen our bonds, one to another, in the Body of Christ.
If you wish to contribute, you may sent your gift to Grace Church at the address below, or go online to the Grace Church Donations page here:  gracecollegehill.org/payments.shtml. Mark your gifts "Haiti."

Read more about the Cathedral in Haiti here:  episcopalchurch.org/page/haiti-more-cathedral.
College Hill to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day Next Sunday

College Hill's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration will be held next Sunday, January 19, at House of Joy Christian Ministries on Hamilton Avenue. The service begins at 5 pm. 

Special speakers, choirs, will make for a wonderful celebration. This event is sponsored by the College Hill Ministerium, an organization of clergy serving the College Hill area.


  Thanks to ...

... Carol Lyon for starting the series of Volunteer Wish List articles.

... Roger Perna and Anthony Canady for volunteering to be trained as acolytes. (If you'd like to be an acolyte, now's the time to say so. Tell Ken Lyon.)

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 is looking for a sexton/custodian. Primary responsibility is keeping our facilities clean and attractive for our many visitors. This part-time employee position pays $13.50/hour for 20 hours a week. Mail resume including three references to Grace Episcopal Church, 5501 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45224, attention Wanda Miller.


Community Garden?  A while back, Ken Lyon heard that someone at Grace was interested in the idea of starting up a community garden at Grace Church, so he asked around in College Hill and found some folks who would like to talk with someone at Grace about this. Unfortunately, he doesn't  remember who at Grace might be interested. If you're interested in this, please let Ken know (ken@lyonhouse.us, 513-382-6401).


Choir Room Now Devoted to Yoga and Tai-Chi/Chi-Kung Classes.  Aaron Fleming and Jackie Millay have moved their classes to the Choir Room on the second floor. Most of the things previously stored in that room have been moved elsewhere to make room for these classes.  


TaiChi/ChiKung News:   


The 2nd annual winterChiFest will be held at Grace on Saturday, February 1, from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  
Then, the next set of TaiChi/ChiKung classes run from Thursday, February 6/Friday, February 7 thru Thursday March 6/Friday March 7 at 9:30 to 11:00 am and 6:30 to 8 pm.

Contact Jackie Millay (socja@yahoo.com) for details or see her website: harmonicpulsewellness.com.


The next College Hill Yoga sessions run from  January 7 through April 17 (No class
April 1 or 3): 

    • Tuesdays, Beginner, 5:45-7:15pm
    • Tuesdays, Level 1/2, 7:30-9:00pm
    • Thursdays, Level 1, 5:45-7:15pm
    • Thursdays, Level 2, 7:30-9:00pm
A free yoga class is being given on Tuesday, January 7, from 5:45-7:15 pm. All are invited to attend and learn about the program. Contact Aaron Fleming (collegehillyoga.com, 513-748-9375) for information. 

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 College Hill Community Potluck is coming February 21 starting at 5:30pm.  It'll be held at the College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a great chance to meet residents of our neighborhood.
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 and all touched by cancer, Peter Harten, Cathleen, Lisa, Sunny, Judy and Freddy, David and Carol Rossman, Marissa Aleaander, Skip, AND, 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, Marilyn.


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.
Zumba Comes to Grace Starting January 20


Zumba classes start at Grace on Monday, January 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  The classes are intended for everybody and every fitness level.     


Kim and Tim Stegmaier are licensed fitness professionals who love sharing in the energy and community that is created in Zumba classes. The reason is simple: Every class feels like a party with music from all over the world. Come join us and you'll see what we mean. You don't even have to know how to dance. Just move your body and follow our lead. The first class is free.  Bring a water bottle! You may also want to bring a small towel.


Drop-in Rate: $7, Five-Class Pass: $30,
Ten-Class Pass: $50. 


For more information, see Kim N Tim Stegmaier on Facebook, or kstegmaier.zumba.com, or     tstegmaier.zumba.com.

 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

A new schedule of services for the first part of 2014 will be coming soon.

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 Ken Lyon (webmaster@gracecollegehill.org ) if you'd like to participate in any of these positions.  

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

Sunday, January 12: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Handbells: John Thayer
  • Acolyte: Ken Lyon
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Lector: Charlie Parker
  • Prayers of the People: Gwynne Gabbard
  • Offering Counters: John Thayer, Ken Lyon
  • Usher: Ruth Bertram
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, January 19: Eucharist II

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

Sunday, January 26: Eucharist II

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

Sunday, February 2: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, February 9: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Bob Hufford

Wednesday, February 12, 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, February 16: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, February 23: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Z. Howard

Sunday, March 2: Ante-Communion

  • Celebrant: Ken Lyon

Ash Wednesday, March 5: Eucharist II with Imposition of Ashes (time TBA)

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, March 9: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Wednesday, March 12, 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, March 16: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, March 23: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, March 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
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