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Celebration in Song and Scripture
Holy Communion


Sunday should be a joyous occasion as Grace Episcopal Church and Next Dimension Family Worship Center get together for an exciting worship service of song and Holy Communion.


Pastor Will Hagans, Jr, and the Rev. Susan Lehman will lead the service.   















After the service,  we want to have an abundant Snack 'n Chat.  Please plan to bring something to share. We're looking forward to good food, good service and good fellowship.


Does it go without saying that this joint service replaces the regular Sunday worship services of Grace and Next Dimension this Sunday only?    

The Rev. Susan Lehman Honored at 40th Anniversary of Women's Ordination

Several Grace Church members attended a special Eucharist and Reception at the Cathedral Tuesday on the anniversary of the first ordination of women 40 years ago. 

In 1977, Ms. Lehman was the first woman priest ordained in Cincinnati. At the reception following the service, she was presented with an apron embroidered with "A Waitress at the Table of the Lord" made by Mary McLain. The words are from her mini-biography, which can be found here on Grace Church's website.

Susan has been serving Grace Church since early 2012 as one of four clergy who celebrate Eucharist with us on Sunday. She has gone above and beyond the call of duty by helping plan Grace Church's future.

Thanks to Merrilee Atkins for the photo.
Grace Hosts the Homeless

  What a successful Interfaith Hospitality Network hosting evening Grace Church had at College Hill Presbyterian Church last Friday night! Our guests were four wonderful families of five adults and eight children. All were cheerful and helpful which reflects the leadership of the CHPC IHN director, Eileen Boyle.  


We began with everyone joining a circle and stating what they were thankful for that day.


A delicious home-made meat loaf dinner with mashed potatoes, green beans, salads and cupcakes was prepared by Mary McLain, Roger and Belinda Perna, Virginia Chapel, Grace Staples and Maria Mukasa.   Our guests and volunteers ate every morsel going back for second and third helpings! Including volunteers, I figure we fed about 22 people.


Table hosts included Eileen Boyle, Grace Staples, Camille Boykins, David and Mathias Mukasa and our newest volunteers, Charlene Miller and Bruce Harris. After guests had packed lunches, all but Grace Staples headed downstairs to engage the children in activities. It was the best night we've had so far. When Grace went down after helping to clean up the dining room and food containers, she saw Charlene cuddling a two year old who was loving every bit of it, Camille playing the puppet monster to delighted squeals, and several children making balloon animals and hats after Bruce's tutelage and with his hand-pumped air compressor. One middle school age lad was glad to have Mathias join him in playing video games. Camille and David made popcorn for all and, later, Camille led a group in a game of Twister provided by Charlene.


At 8:30, we were glad to see Grace's Jackie McCray arrive along with Pastor Smith's family from CHPC to take over the overnight duties. (We didn't know their whole family was coming, but with all these children, we never have too many volunteers.)


Thanks to all our old and new helpers. We hope to see you all on September 19 to do it again! (I'll be in touch with a reminder.)


Interfaith Hospitality Network in College Hill is a collaborative effort of several College Hill churches.  


Thanks to Grace Staples for this good news. 

Thanks ...

... once again to our Ohio State parolees who did a great

job this month with cleaning the church and trimming outside.   Steve, a long-time friend of Grace Chuch, also came to adjust the stair climber chairs and to add a safer foot rest which he made. Thanks also to Patrick Meade and Roger Perna for supervising the work and Mary McLain and Grace Staples for providing a home-made lunch to all including the bus driver.

... to Sexton Patrick Meade, for continuing to find time to paint.  Recently, we reported that he'd repainted the Small Assembly Room.  Now, he's completely repainted the lower hallway.  Sure looks better!

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.
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like ...

In last Sunday's Gospel, Jesus used several metaphors to describe what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. Among them were:
  • A mustard seed,
  • Yeast,
  • Hidden treasure,
  • A pearl of great value,
  • A net full of fish. 

During her sermon, the Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson handed out index cards and asked everyone to complete the sentence, "For me, the Kingdom of Heaven is like..."  Several people responded with insightful and revealing images.   


Then, this week, Charlie Parker send us an article by Richard L. Floyd called "Glimpses of the Kingdom," which contained the following:


I pray for God's kingdom to come every time I worship, but I don't expect to see it fully realized in my lifetime. I could be wrong. But I do believe in it, and sometimes there have been incandescent moments in history and in my own life where I have caught glimpses of it. How would I describe these?
"The kingdom of heaven is like . . ."
  • Marian Anderson singing and Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking in front of the Lincoln Memorial
  • Pope John Paul II forgiving the man who tried to assassinate him
  • The Berlin Wall coming down
  • The end of apartheid in South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • The beginning of peace in Northern Ireland
  • The baptism of my children and the ordination of my daughter
  • Sitting at table with my extended family around a roast leg of lamb on Easter Sunday
  • Receiving the bread and the cup in the presence of the Risen Christ
  • Singing "Come, thou font of every blessing" with our congregation
My list is not exhaustive, but suggestive. Where do you catch glimpses of the kingdom?

Prayer: Holy One, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Altar Flowers

The flowers for Sunday's combined service are donated by Grace Staples in loving memory of her mother, Alberta Nowell.

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, Kathryn Thayer, Grace Moore.


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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