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Saturday, July 19, 2014

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"A Center for Spirituality and Healing"

Did you notice that the motto near the top of eGraceNotes changed recently? We changed it to "A Center for Spirituality and Healing" to recognize the fact that Grace Church has become place where many organizations meet to promote spirituality and healing.

About three years ago, Grace Church established a goal of extending ourselves to bring spirituality and healing to ourselves and our neighbors. We also decided to make maximum use of our wonderful facility. We have succeeded beyond our wildest imaginations.  There are now over a dozen organizations at Grace, and all of them, in some way, bring spiritual growth and healing to their constituents. We have come to recognize these organizations as "partners" in a shared effort. 

Visit our "Center for Spirituality and Healing" webpage to see how our understanding of spirituality and healing has grown in recent years, and to see the many ways Grace and its partners are at work.
August 3, 1PM:  Grace Church and Next Dimension Family Worship Center to Worship Together


Plan to sleep in on August 3. Or take time to read your New York Times.  The two churches worshiping at Grace--Grace Church and Next Dimension Family Worship Center--are planning a combined worship service that Sunday at 1pm. We have chosen that time to to make it possible for Next Dimension members who work on Sunday mornings to attend.


The service--"A Celebration in Song and Scripture with Holy Communion"-- will consist 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.

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. 
The Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson Returns to Grace

We are happy to report that the Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson, who served as interim rector at Grace Church in 1988-89, has been added to the rotation of priests serving Grace on Sunday mornings. Following is her mini-biography (you can read bios of all officiants serving Grace here).

Anne has served as Deacon Vicar, Assistant, Interim Rector and Priest-in-Charge in a number of churches around Cincinnati since the early 1980s. She answers to Mother (Mtr.) Anne or Anne for those who don't care for titles.

At her last congregation, Anne began to grow vegetables for the local food pantry. She has continued this in her own yard and enjoys raising and giving away summer produce.


She lives in Indian Hill with her husband Gene, 2 cats and a neurotic dog, all of whom shed too much. Anne and Gene have twin daughters, Suzy and Rachel who are about to start their Junior Years in college.

The Rev. Susan Lehman to Celebrate Eucharist to Honor Ministry of All Women

It's been 40 years since women were first ordained in the Episcopal Church. To recognize this occasion, a Eucharist honoring the ministry of all women will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 29, at 5:45pm. The Rev. Susan Lehman, the first woman ordained in the Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, will preside; Christ Church Cathedral Dean Gail Greenwell will preach. A festive reception will follow.

The service and reception will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th Street at Sycamore. Parking is available nearby.

All are welcome. 
The Small Assembly Room is Getting a Fresh Look

Check out the Small Assembly Room the next time you're at Grace. Thanks to a donation of paint by Mary McLain and the work of Sexton Patrick Meade, it's getting a fresh new coat of paint. 

Mary tells us, "J & I have been talking about this for a year. We want to spruce up the place a bit and put some life in it in a modest (not costly) way. We also have plans for the kitchen but that requires less modesty." 


Organizing Sunday Visitations

The Pastoral Care Committee is organizing a system so that we can make home visitations each Sunday after church to those who are not able to attend service for one reason or another.  We are seeking volunteers to help us meet this goal.  We want to have enough people helping so that we can send out a group of three people each Sunday. You do not have to be a diocesan trained Eucharistic Visitor to be on a visitation team.  We expect each person would serve every four to six weeks and that it would take about 1-1/2 hours after church on the Sunday that you were scheduled.

Please consider taking on this service, as it will help keep the Grace family in touch with another and also allow us to do the Lord's work (Praise to the . . . God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves have received . . . 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Please contact Roger Perna (513-290-7309, pernas2@zoomtown.com ) so that he can put your name on the list to take part in this important service. 
Thanks ...

... to the people who lead Grace Church's Sunday worship:  The Reverends David Z. Howard, Robert Hufford, Susan Lehman and Anne Warrington-Wilson, and Healing Service leader Hawley Todd, TSSF. Each of these people goes well above the call of duty to make Grace Church's worship work for its people.

... to Grace Staples and Mary McLain for agreeing to co-chair the Annual Giving Campaign.

... to Roger Perna for watering the plants in the traffic island in front of the church.

... to Laurie LeClaire and Carol Lyon for weeding the Garth on a hot summer day.

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.
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.
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Be a Publisher: Publish Grace Notes. In a couple of hours a week, at home, you can create the the Grace Notes that we distribute on Sunday mornings and send to shut-ins, using material from the eGraceNotes that we emailed earlier in the week.  Contact Ken Lyon (513-382-6401, egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org) to find out more.

Let's Have a Digital Signboard. All the best places have a digital signboards that tell visitors what's happening in a visually attractive way.  If you have a flatscreen TV of any size to contribute, I'll contribute the electronics and programming needed to set up a display set inside the lower Belmont door. Contact Ken Lyon (513-382-6401, egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org).  

Found: A Playstation 2 has turned up in the church office.  Is it yours?  Contact Ken Lyon (513-382-6401, ken@lyonhouse.us).

The Church of England Says "Yes" to Women as Bishops.  Read all about it here.
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

ChiKung and TaiChi classes by Jackie Millay (513-405-1514, harmonicpulsewellness.com) 

  • Third annual Summer ChiFest on Saturday, August 2, from 10am to 2pm.

    Please join us for a fun Saturday workshop.  From 10am to noon, we will focus on the gently vigorous '5Animal Frolics'.  These were developed in the 2nd century for balancing the body systems in relation to 5 specific organ sets. From noon to 2:00pm, we'll be enjoy the fluid movements of the TaiChi form, 'Wu Chin'.  This means the 'Five Elements', as taught in the Chinese Cosmology. Full workshop $55/$50 if you preregister by July 31.  Just the morning or just the afternoon, $30/$25 if you preregister before July 31. 

  • Beginning/Intermediate level ChiKung classes five Fridays in August:  August 1 through 29 from 6:30 to 8pm. Learn about your VITAL LIFEFORCE (chi) energy through the ancient Chinese system of ChiKung. (Kung = cultivation/practice). Feel tranquility/relaxation.Learn to gather and store the Chi, open and balance the flow of energy through your meridians, coordinate mind/body/spirit, & much more. $50 for the series/$40 if you preregister by Wednesday, July 30.

  • Beginning/intermediate level TaiChi classes five Thursdays starting July 31, from 9:30 to 11:00 am. TaiChi, a form of ChiKung, is an ancient, movement meditation. The slow dance circulates the Chi (vital life force energy), in a relaxed, fluid manner throughout your entire system.  This releases "feel good" hormones, expanding you into joy.$50 for the series/$40 if you preregister by Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Free informational Yoga classes by Aaron Fleming (513-748-9375, collegehillyoga.com)  

Free informational yoga classes will be taught be Iyengar Yoga certified instructor Aaron Fleming. Aaron will give a short talk about Iyengar Yoga and the program offered at College Hill Yoga before teaching a sequence of poses. Free classes are appropriate for all levels. Please bring a yoga mat--or if you do not have one there are a limited number available to borrow. No need to register--just show up!

  • Tuesday, September 2 from 6:15 to 7:15pm AND from 7:30 to 8:30pm. 
  • Thursday, September 4 from 6:15 to 7:15pm AND from 7:30 to 8:30pm.   

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).


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