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March 16, 2014

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Praying for Grace During Lent

This year, The Grace Prayer and Meditation Group decided to make Praying for Grace its focus for Lent and wrote the beautiful prayer below to use to this end. One of the first results of their prayers was to discern that they should not be the ONLY ones at Grace praying for Grace.  


The Pray for Grace Committee asks everyone associated with Grace to pray daily, then quietly wait and listen for God's answers--and jot these down and place them in the purple shoe boxes provided for this purpose around the church.  As a reminder--there are Pray for Grace magnets and 3x5 cards next to the purple boxes. Take some home!


Pray for Grace Prayer  


O God, you have placed us as your light on the hill.  We're at a crossroads. We ask you for a clearer view of your vision for us, so that we may do your will. We pray through the awakening Spirit in us. Amen.


During the Sunday Service last week, Carol Lyon reported on her experience with "Praying for Grace."  She said that the praying part was easy, but the listening part was more difficult.  She said that she needed more practice with that and would work on it some more.   


Carol also reported that there had already been several 3x5 cards deposited in the boxes and that this was very encouraging. She is posting the results on the bulletin board near the Lower Belmont door as promised.  She also thanked everyone who encouraged us to keep up the effort!


Each week a different member of the Pray for Grace Committee will be speaking during the service.  This week is my turn and I will be sharing my experience with Praying for Grace.  I look forward to speaking about how Grace Happens Here.


Sam Spade
Altar Flowers

The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given in loving memory of my mother, Helaine, and my sister, Christine,
by John Thayer.

The flowers on the altar last Sunday were given in loving memory of Mathias Kyanjo and Ruth Kakande by David and Maria Mukasa.


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.

  Thanks to ...
... Robbin Camp (pictured right), who has cooked for virtually every Community Dinner since we began them over a year ago.  She comes on Tuesday to prepare food in advance, and again on Wednesday to continue to prepare the food that everyone enjoys.

... to all from the "White ladies," J and Marie White, for all your prayesr, thoughts and energy to help with Marie's continued recovery, healing and return home in good and independent health.  You can write or visit Marie at Heritage Springs, Room 1304, 7235 Heritage Springs Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069-6526.

... the people who made the Summit breakfast possible on short notice: Pauline Lutmer, Roger Perna, Ruth Bertram, J. White and Larry Hill.

... everyone who helped make the yoga workshop successful last weekend.

... Candace Moxley for coming in on Friday to put together the Sunday bulletins.

... everyone who helped with ECOT Testing this week.

... Larry Hill, our temp sexton, for handling the extra responsibilities he had as sexton this week due to the yoga workshop and the ECOT Testing. He had a lot more work to do, and he handled it wonderfully.

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


New Life Furniture Provides Furniture to People in Need

New Life Furniture is the only furniture bank in the greater Cincinnati area. They depend on donations to serve folks coming out of homelessness with whole-house furniture. They need lamps, end tables, coffee tables, sofas, living room chairs, end tables, nightstands, bedroom furniture, kitchen table and chairs, and more. They will pick up your gently used furniture and deliver directly to our brothers and sisters living in poverty. They ask for a $20 gas donation if you are able, to help offsite gas costs. Please check them out at nlfurniture.org or call 513-313-0530.


Mission Council Meets Monday

Mission Council meets Monday in the Parlor, starting at 5pm.; All are welcome to attend and see the how the sausage is made.


"Outer Office" and "Inner Office"

In the absence of a rector, we're now calling the former rector's office the "Inner Office." The room where the office volunteers do their thing is now the "Outer Office."


Spirituality and Healing Center at Grace

We've created a new web page that lists the many programs now offered at what we're calling the Spirituality and Healing Center at Grace. Take a look gracecollegehill.org/spiritualityhealing.shtml. You'll be surprised at how much is happening through our many partnerships.


The Free Community Dinner is Now Served Every Wednesday

Starting this month, the free Community Dinner is now being served at Grace every Wednesday starting at 5pm. Last Wednesday was the first time we did a meal on the first Wednesday, and we served about 40 people. Do come and join in the meal and the fellowship, even if you can afford to pay elsewhere.  


Life Renewal Discipleship Church is Now Next Dimension Family Worship Center

The Life Renewal Discipleship Church has reorganized as Next Dimension Family Worship Center, under the leadership of Pastor Will Hagans, Jr. The group will continue to share the Grace Church facility. See their new Facebook page.

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Rev. Ernestein, Patty Rogers, 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, 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, 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, Marla, Mae Armstead, The Garland Family--Teresa, Debbie and Jay, Maree White, Viola, Irma, Debbie and the Shafer Family, Sherry Ridgeway, Susanne, Gwynne, Jayna, Jill, Jan Sharp. 


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.
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 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 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, March 23: Eucharist II
  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Acolyte:  Ken Lyon
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: Wanda Miller
  • Lector: Roger Perna
  • Prayers of the People: Tammy Robertson
  • Offering Counters: Ruth Bertram, Roger Perna
  • Usher: Ruth Bertram
  • Altar Guild: Wanda Miller
  • Flower Guild: Wanda Miller
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, March 30: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman
  • Keyboards: Bill Jenne
  • Crucifer:  Mathias Mukasa
  • Server: Mariah Mukasa
  • Gospel Bearer: Mariah Mukasa
  • Healing Ministers (leads): J White & Hawley Todd
  • Chalice: John Thayer
  • Lector: Maria Mukasa
  • Offering Counters: Carol Lyon, John Thayer
  • Usher: Phyllis Mukasa
  • Altar Guild: Carol Lyon
  • Flower Guild: Carol Lyon
  • 9am Adult Bible Study: Ken Lyon

Sunday, April 6: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard

Thursday, April 17, Maundy Thursday: Eucharist II, 7 pm

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Friday, April 18, Good Friday Liturgy:  7 pm

  • The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, April 20, Easter Sunday: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, April 27: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard

Sunday, May 4: Eucharist II

  • The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, May 11: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, May 18: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, May 25: Eucharist II

  • The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, June 1: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, June 8, Pentecost: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. Susan Lehman

Sunday, June 15: Celebration of Wholeness and Healing

  • Officiant: Hawley Todd, TSSF

Sunday, June 22: Eucharist II

  • The Rev. Bob Hufford

Sunday, June 29: Eucharist II

  • Celebrant: The Rev. David Howard
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