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Baptisms Scheduled for Sunday, August 10

Grace Church's Sunday morning worship on August 10 will include the sacrament of holy baptism.  At this point, we are planning to baptize two children during this service. 

If you would like to be baptized, or you have children you would like to have baptized, please inform Senior Warden Carol Lyon (513-382-6401, SeniorWarden@GraceCollegeHill.org) so that appropriate instruction can be arranged. 

To learn more about baptism, read on ....

Following is information about baptism from the Glossary page on the Grace website. The underlined words link to other FAQs or Glossary entries.
Baptism is the sacrament by which we are made full members of Christ's body, the church. Baptism with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by whomever it is administered, is an act of God, and transcends denominational boundaries. Thus, baptism need not--in fact, should not--be repeated.

In the Episcopal Church, baptisms are typically done at a service of public worship by an ordained person, but may be done at any time by anyone in an emergency.  Baptism, being an act of God, may be conferred on infants. For another statement, see the Baptism FAQ.  Also, see Confirmation.

The following is from the order for baptism in the Book of Common Prayer.

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.


Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life. Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.


Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge
and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

The following is from the catechism in the Book of Common Prayer.
Q.     What is Holy Baptism?
A.     Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God.

Q.     What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
A.     The outward and visible sign in Baptism is water, in which the person is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Q.     What is the inward and spiritual grace in Baptism?
A.     The inward and spiritual grace in Baptism is union with Christ in his death and resurrection, birth into God's family the Church, forgiveness of sins, and new life in
the Holy Spirit.

Q.     What is required of us at Baptism?
A.     It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Q.     Why then are infants baptized?
A.     Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant, membership in Christ, and redemption by God.

Q.     How are the promises for infants made and carried out?
A.     Promises are made for them by their parents and sponsors, who guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him.
Sacramental Moments

A sacrament is when something holy happens. It is transparent time, time you can see through to something deep inside time.


Generally speaking, Protestants have two official sacraments (the Lord's Supper, Baptism) and Roman Catholics have these two plus five others (Confirmation, Penance, Extreme Unction, Ordination, and Matrimony). [Episcopalians have "two great sacraments" and five "other sacramental rites."]   


At such milestone moments as seeing a baby baptized or being baptized yourself, confessing your sins, getting married, dying, you are apt to catch a glimpse of the almost unbearable preciousness and mystery of life.


Needless to say, church isn't the only place where the holy happens. Sacramental moments can occur at any moment, at any place, and to anybody. Watching something get born. Making love. A walk on the beach. Somebody coming to see you when you're sick. A meal with people you love. Looking into a stranger's eyes and finding out they are not a stranger's.


If we weren't blind as bats, we might see that life itself is sacramental.


- Originally published in Wishful Thinking and later in Beyond Words.

From Frederick Buechner's Quote of the Day blog.   
Combined Worship Planned with Next Dimension Family Worship Center


The two churches worshiping at Grace--Grace Church and Next Dimension Family Worship Center--are planning a combined worship service. The service--"A Celebration in Song and Scripture with Holy Communion"-- will consist of a series of songs, scripture readings and psalms, followed by Holy Communion and a meal. We expect this to be an upbeat service which will allow members of both churches to get to know each other better.


The service will be Sunday, August 3, at 1 pm. The time was chosen to make it possible for members of the Next Dimension congregation who work on Sunday mornings to attend.

Opportunity to Contribute: Publish Grace Notes

Every week, your eGraceNotes editor massages the content of the eGraceNotes enewsletter to create Grace Notes, which is printed and distributed at the 10 am Sunday worship service and is sent to shut-ins.  He's thinking that there's an opportunity here for someone else to do this, which would free him up for other responsibilities at Grace. 

Preparing Grace Notes requires experience with Microsoft Word. It can be done at home on Friday or Saturday.  With experience, it takes an hour or two.

Contact Ken Lyon (egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org, 513-382-6401) to learn more.
 Selected Short Subjects


On the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church, Christ Church Cathedral will celebrate the ministry of all women with a Eucharist on Tuesday, July 29, at 5:45 p.m. The Rev. Susan Lehman, the first woman ordained in the Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, will preside; Dean Gail Greenwell will preach. A festive reception will follow.
All are welcome.   


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."


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.  

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.
Thanks ...

Take a moment to notice what others are doing. Thank them in person, and then send your "thank you's" to 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.
 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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