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Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Thanks ...

... to Ken Lyon for always making a great read for us!

... to Anthony Canady for keeping God's Kids fed.

... to J White for making sure many things go well and for Being.

... to Rhonda Sharp and Candace Moxley for watching over everything.

... to Hawley Todd for saying "yes" so that I may stand there and pray for God's Kids with him.

... to the team of folks who work with these to make it all happen so smoothly.

... to Gwynne Gabbard for remembering to thank these folks. 

...to EVERYONE who contributed to Sunday's Snack and Chat from J White. There was plenty for us all! Hopefully, we can continue this trend. Remember to bring your favors or that new recipe you've been wanting to try. A few suggestions (for those who asked): cheese,seasonal fruit, breads, cookies, pastries, tuna, chicken, egg or other salads, lemonade, ice. Just let Anthony, myself or the office know what you are bringing!  OR JUST SURPRISE & DELIGHT US ALL! 

 ... to Candace Moxley from Rhonda Sharp. Candy came to church on the Fourth of July Friday morning for our Prayer and Meditation group, then came into the office and helped.

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.
FAQ's About Communion

 Our Frequently Asked Questions page on our website has several answers that have to do with Communion/Eucharist/The Lord's Supper in the Episcopal Church. If you're new to Grace, or if you'd like a refresher, read on ... 

If you have comments or additional questions, tell Ken Lyon (webmaster@gracecollegehill.org, 513-382-6401).

Why do you have Communion every Sunday? Doesn't that cheapen it?We have Eucharist (Communion, the Lord's Supper) almost every Sunday in celebration of Christ's resurrection on the first day of the week.  This practice dates from the first century, and originated in the meals to which Jesus invited all sorts and conditions of people.  God's saving act reconciling the world to himself is so important and yet so hard to internalize that it bears repeating.
Do you really say the same words every Sunday?  Where does spontaneity come in?There are variations, but we do pretty much follow the script in the Book of Common Prayer during our public worship. Having a script allows everyone, clergy and laity, to learn their parts and to participate, and participation not only makes for great worship, it expresses the meaning of being part of a Christian community  The texts used have developed over a period of 2000 years and are deep enough and subtle enough to be inspirational over a lifetime of use. 
Can I take Communion?Yes! Not only are you welcome, you are invited! It is the Lord's table, and He invites you to it.
Do you really drink wine at Communion?Yes we drink wine and eat bread at Communion.  If either presents a problem for you, it is ok to take just the other.
How do I receive Communion?

When you kneel or stand at the altar rail, you will be offered a wafer of consecrated bread and a sip of consecrated wine from the common cup (chalice).

The usual way to receive the bread is to place your one hand in the other, palms up, and then extend your open palms toward the server. To receive the wine from the chalice, it is helpful if you guide the chalice from the base of it to your lips.

If you prefer to dip the wafer into the wine, you may dip it yourself or you may hand it to the chalice bearer to dip into the wine.

Or you may choose not to receive the wine.

If you do not wish to receive communion, you are still invited to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing from the priest. Please indicate this by folding your arms across your chest.

Isn't sipping wine from a common cup unsanitary?Those who have studied the question tell us that this practice is no more dangerous than the usual contact with other people, such as shaking hands. We know of no instance where disease has been spread through use of the common cup. If you are uncomfortable with this practice, you may take bread only at Communion.
 Selected Short Subjects


Mary McLain attended the first of three congregational meetings at Christ Church Cathedral last Sunday, to learn more about their Third Century Vision. Mary reports, "
We attended, found their process stimulating and informative, and hope the next one which is about mission and outreach, might identify some common goals that we could pursue together or in complimentary ways."

Phillis Dietz called to say that she is feeling so much better after getting the news that her daughter, Laura Hubrich, is cancer free following her surgery.  Phillis said she told Laura that  many people were praying for her and she is grateful for all of them.  She also said, "Miracles do happen...even the doctors thought so."

The Worship Team is planning a joint worship service on August 3 with the Next Dimension Family Worship Center, the church that shares our space. The joint service with Next Dimension's predecessor church in 2010 was very enjoyable; we're looking forward to worshiping with Pastor Hagans' church.   


Ushers are often the first person that newcomers to Grace's worship service meet. You can be that person that helps folks feel welcomed.  Call Ken Lyon (webmaster@gracecollegehill.org, 513-382-6401) to volunteer your services.  

Let's Send More Kids to Camp

God has blessed us with contributions from many of our members and friends to send kids to Procter Camp this summer.  Four additional children have recently been identified from  Christ's Community in College Hill that would benefit from attending camp.  These four additions would bring our total of kids going to camp to 11.  So far we have raised $1,955 in our Procter Camp Fund.  The cost to send 1 camper is $260; the cost to send 11 campers is $2,860.  This means that we are $905 short of our goal to send 11 children.  We appeal to you to add to our Procter Camp Fund by bringing or mailing a check to church in any amount that you feel you could afford.  Make the check payable to Grace Episcopal Church and write "Procter Camp Fund" in the memo portion of the check.  The church address is 5501 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45224. Or make a donation online here.

Roger Perna
Altar 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. 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.
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, Viola and Irma, Lee Hardy, Rhonda Sharp, The Partin Family, D.L., Merrilee Atkins, Maree White, Anna Keefer, Virginia Chapel and Family, Our President and Our Country, Anni Gibson, Bill Jenne, Don Wake, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Johnny, Peter Harten, Phillis Dietz, Peter Hawkins, Judy Handy, Laura Hubrich (Phillis Dietz' daughter), Madeena Nolan, Gwynne and Naomi Gabbard, Marla, Mae Armstead, The Garland Family - Teresa, Debbie and Jay, Sherry Ridgeway, Jayna, Jan Sharp, James McNabb, Bev Olinger, David McManus, Kathy Casebolt's family and friends, Ruth Bertram, Paul.


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, Raymond Betts.  


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

See the online Grace Church Calendar lists most everything we know about that's happening at Grace Church. If something's not listed, or if you see errors, please tell the office (office@gracecollegehill.org, 513-541-2415).


See a list of Grace Church worship services and participants' assignments here

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