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Final Group of Children Off to Procter Camp


On Monday, July 21, we took our final group of children for a week at Procter Summer Camp in London, Ohio.  This was a group of four 6th and 7th graders from the College Hill community.  The College Hill Presbyterian Church was kind enough to  let us use one of  their vans to transport the kids. The van was driven by Ralph Williams, director of Christ's Community in College Hill.

We are thankful to the Lord for providing us with the means to send a total of nine children to Procter Camp this summer. In June we sent two children we met at our community Dinner to 4th and 5th grade camp.  Later were able to send two of our members, Mariah and Mathias Mukasa, and one of their friends from Bethany School to Creative Arts Camp.

We want to thank all the Grace Church members and friends who graciously contributed to our Procter Camp fund to make this effort possible and to change the lives of these children who were able to spend a week of fun in a Christian environment.


Thanks to Roger Perna for this article. 

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.


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
this 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.

If you want to ride pool, come to Grace Church a little before 5pm Tuesday.
Thanks ...

... to the congregation from Gwynne Gabbard, for

your prayers for her daughter, Mae Armstead. Mae is dealing with a medical situation that they feel turned out better than it might otherwise have turned out without prayer, so she wanted me to thank everyone for praying. She did emphasize however that this does not mean Mae no longer needs prayers. She asked that we continue to pray for her as she faces the challenges of her recovery.

... to Roger Perna for being the force behind sending nine kids to Procter Camp this summer.

... to Mary McLain for donating the paint for the Small Assembly Room. 

... to J White, for all the work she does with our many partners at Grace Church.  We jokingly say that we need to put in a bed for her so she doesn't have to waste time going home.

... to Ruth Bertram for the many hours she puts in keeping our books. This behind-the-scenes job can be an invisible one, so thank her when you see her.

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.
Marriage Equality Week

On Wednesday, August 6, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is set to review a same-sex marriage case from each of the four states in its geographic area -- Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee -- and will consider all four of them before the same three-judge panel. It is expected to be an historic moment in the movement for marriage equality.


In preparation for this historic ruling, Christ Church Cathedral will host an interfaith worship service on Sunday, August 3, at 3 pm. The service will include faith leaders of various religious traditions praying that God's call for justice and equality be known by all. 


On Tuesday, August 5, at 5:30 p.m., Equality Ohio and Why Marriage Matters will hold a rally at Lytle Park in support for marriage equality.


On Wednesday, August 6, at noon, as the court case is being heard, there will be a march from the Cincinnati Federal Courthouse, 100 East Fifth Street, ending at Fountain Square where there will be guest speakers featured.   


Taken from the Cathedral Weekly from Christ Church Cathedral. 

Diocesan Youth Programs for 2014-2015

If any of these look interesting, see the Diocesan Youth Newsletter for more information. 


September 6            Youth Worker Day at Procter (for those who work w/ youth) 

September 13 - 14    Cathedral Youth Event 2014 - Christ Church Cathedral    

September 27           Bass Fishing Tournament - Procter Center   

October 4 - 5           East Regional Youth Event - All Saints Portsmouth, grades 6-12  

November 14 - 15     Diocesan Convention Chillicothe

December 19 - 20     Young Adult Retreat - Procter  

December 26 - 28     Winter Family Camp - Procter 

March 7 - 8             Dayton Regional Event - St. George's Dayton, grades 6-12 

April 10 - 12            Genesis/Exodus Style Retreat - Procter, grades 6-12, name TBD 

June 25 - July 3       Episcopal General Convention Salt Lake City, Utah     



These are the events that are scheduled now. There's more to come! 

 Selected Short Subjects

Much of the downstairs hallway has gotten a fresh coat of paint, thanks to the efforts of our sexton, Patrick Meade.

 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).
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, Ruth, Mae Armstead. 


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

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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