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We Give Thanks for the Life of Phillis Dietz


Phillis Dietz, long-time member of Grace Church, died on October 23 at the age of 89. Her funeral will be at Grace Church on Saturday, November 1, at 12:30pm. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.  Visitation is at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6041 Hamilton Avenue from 10am to noon.


Phillis was born December 20, 1924, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia and grew up there. She married Harold Van Wagenen in 1946, emigrated to the U.S. as an Army war bride in 1947, and moved to Cincinnati in 1948, where she and Harold raised their family. In 1974 she married the love of her life, Jim Dietz, who predeceased her in 2009.


Although Phillis eventually became an American citizen, she remained at heart an "Aussie", close to her large extended family there, cherishing her visits "home", and enthusiastically championing all things Australian.


Phillis was a long time member of Grace Episcopal Church in College Hill, where she served in various capacities. She was also a member of the Cincinnati Women's Club, where she sang soprano in their Choral Group. She had a life-long love of music--from the childhood piano lessons that big sister Lorrie "treated" her to, to season tickets to the Cincinnati Symphony, to singing birthday greetings to all of her loved ones every year.


Phillis was also an avid and skilled bridge player, maintained a beautiful garden for decades, and played a competitive (and often ruthless) game of dominoes. She loved poetry, and could quote long passages from poems learned as a child. 


She was the mother of David (Susan), Brian, Trevor (Karen), and Laura (Markus); stepmother to Joany (Patrick) and Harriet; grandmother of seven: Jennifer, Elisabeth (Terrance), John, Brittany, Justin, Stefan, Nina, Michael (Jessica), and Scott (Dasia); and great-grandmother of Hannah, Abigail, Major, and Cooper.

Join Us for a Special Jammin' at Grace Friday, October 31



Distribute your treats to your Halloween visitors, and then head on over to Grace for a spacial version of the monthly Jammin' at Grace.    

Selected Short Subjects

Elizabeth Kelly celebrated her 101st birthday at Snack 'n Chat last Sunday. Elizabeth was in great spirits as usual, and we enjoyed cake and other goodies brought by members of the congregation.



Grace Church has received a promise of financial support for the enlivening of our worship through music. Dean Greenwell of Christ Church Cathedral pledged $9,500, to be added to Grace Church's annual budget of $6,500 to provide for a music director, guest musicians and music purchases. The Cathedral's grant is contingent on our hiring the person to lead this program. 



Election Day is Tuesday.  Get all the info about the candidates and issues for your location at Vote411.org.



We have received a new Diocese of Southern Ohio Youth eNewsletter that contains news of several upcoming events of interest to our young people.  Email egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org and I'll send you a copy.  



The Grace Church office was broken into overnight of Sunday, September 19. Other than making a big mess and some broken windows, little of value was taken, other than the personal laptop of our Senior Warden.  Sunday receipts of cash and checks had already been deposited but it now appears that  some sealed returned 2015 campaign pledge envelopes/ donations were stolen from the campaign mailbox where they were awaiting recording.  If you turned in or mailed your pledge form, check or cash donation in such an envelope between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19, please check with Grace Staples (gracenpete@cs.com, 51-251-3538)  to see if it has been received.  Fortunately, we have plenty of blank forms so you can fill out another.   We're sorry for the inconvenience and hope that that they did not contain cash or checks.     



The Rev. Bill Riker, who served Grace Church as rector in the 1980's, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on November 23.  You're invited to attend a special Sunday service at Christ Episcopal Church in South Amboy, New Jersey. You can send him a note at williamriker1@juno.com.



Christ Church Cathedral's Taft Lecture Series proudly presents New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner and author Nicholas Kristof at Christ Church Cathedral on Monday, November 17, 6:30 pm for a speaking engagement, followed by a reception and book signing. Tickets are free by emailing your request to taftlecture@cccath.org. Limit 4 per person. Seating is limited.



The beautiful Fauré Requiem will be offered by the Chancel Choir of Ascension and Holy Trinity, Wyoming at a special All Saints Sunday evening service on Sunday, November 2 at 5 pm. All are welcome to join us for this prayerful service of remembrance. Eucharist will be celebrated in honor of all the saints, past, present, and yet to come. Ascension and Holy Trinity is located at 334 Burns Avenue in Wyoming.  



Like Bagpipes? On Sunday, November 16th, at 4pm, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Thomas, KY, will host their annual Kirkin' O' the Tartans Service. This event will include a parade, Pipe & Drum Corp, Blessing of the Tartans, Highland Dancers and Traditional Scottish Food. The Church is located at the corner of South Ft. Thomas Ave, and Chalfonte Place.

Read more on the Cathedral website here.

Editor's note: This will be an event well worth attending.  Register soon!

Thanks ...


...   to those who helped recover from the recent office breakin: Grace Staples for cleaning up the papers that had been strewn around, Roger Perna for boarding up the back door windows, Patrick Meade for installing new windows.   


If you want to thank anyone in the congregation for something they did week (leading the meditation in the Friday Prayer and Meditation group, going above and beyond on a routine responsibility, donating food or cooking for the Community Dinner, etc.) then please send that thank you to Ken Lyon (eGraceNotes@gracecollegehill.org) or the office (office@gracecollegehill.org), so they can be recognized.
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.
Prayer Retreat Opportunity with Bishop Frank Griswold


Christ Church, Glendale is excited to host the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Frank W. Griswold, for a special retreat weekend November 7-9. The focus of his visit will be the many types of and occasions for prayer, and how prayer deepens both our personal companionship with Christ, and also animates, strengthens, and guides our common ministries.  


There will be a dinner with a keynote address from Bishop Griswold on Friday evening (6:30 to 8 pm), and a day long prayer workshop on Saturday (9 am to 3 pm).


A limited number of tickets are available for this event on a first come, first serve basis. Cost for tickets is $30 per person to help cover the cost of meals. You can reserve your place by contacting Joe Snavely at joe.snavely@christchurchglendale.org. 

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Prayers for healing are asked for Rev. Ernestein, Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, (Sarah and Joe Rogers - Patty's parents), Carl, Jackie, Robb Martin, Kim Martin, Melissa, Jordan and Brandie, Lee Hardy, Rhonda Sharp, The Partin Family, D.L., Maree White, Robert and Kathleen Keefer and Anna Keefer, Virginia Chapel and Family, Our President and Our Country, Anni Gibson, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Johnny, Peter Harten, Laura Hubrich, Peter Hawkins, Judy Handy, Madeena Nolan, Gwynne and Naomi Gabbard, Marla, Mae Armstead, Jan Sharp, James McNab, Bev Olinger, Paul, Katharine Thayer, Grace Moore, Stella Parker, Jim and Nancy Vath, Darryl Handy, Father Hufford, Father Ray Betts and Mary McLain, Ken Lyon, Cyndi Miller.   


Prayers are asked for members often not able to come to church: Elizabeth Kelly, Janet Henthorn, Naomi Koester, Elva Gscheidle, Jo Carroll, Anne Henneberg, 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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