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Annual Giving for 2015 Looking Hopeful


The Grace Church Annual Giving Campaign committee is hopeful of a successful outcome after seeing returns so far.   The total of pledges and donations as of last Monday is $43,120 or about 2/3 of last year's pledges. We are especially appreciative of the many generous gifts from our friends near and far including cash contributions from many attending our community dinner on Oct. 8.  


It is crucially important for every member and friend, if possible, to make a pledge or gift to get us to an operative level at which we can seek additional funding from grantors. Many have increased their pledges this year. Please consider doing so as well. Our needs are great but the hearts of all those who love Grace Church are generous and hopeful.


Thank You! The 2015 Annual Giving Committee


No Pledge Form?  No Problem

If you're one of the unlucky few not to receive a pledge form, or if you've mislaid yours, you can get one to print and mail or email here.
Bring Canned Fruit for Thanksgiving Boxes by November 16

For 35 years, Christ's Community in College Hill has distributed Thanksgiving baskets to residents in need in the 45224 Zip Code. This year, the organization, an outreach group comprised of Christian churches of various denominations and races in College Hill, has seen a marked increase in demand for the baskets. Last year, it gave out 130 baskets; this year, it expects to fill at least 200 requests.

Grace Church has agreed to contribute 200 cans of fruit for the baskets.   Please help by bringing cans of fruit this week and next Sunday as College Hill churches join to fill Thanksgiving boxes for those in need.  (Cash or a check payable to Grace Episcopal Church and designated for the thanksgiving food box is also welcome!  Or give online here.) 

Food is being gathered Sundays Nov. 9 and 16 and the week in between.

Help is needed with sorting next Sunday, Nov. 16,  at 2 PM at Consolation Baptist Church at 1449 E. Marlowe Ave. and packing boxes on Monday at 6 PM same location.  

See Roger Perna or Grace Staples if you have questions.  
Selected Short Subjects

Know an Electrician Who'd Like to Help? We have an iffy circuit breaker that needs replacing. And, for the more adventurous, we have a short in the bell ringing actuator that keeps us from ringing our bell.  And even better, we could use some help putting up stage lighting in the Great Hall.  But the circuit breaker needs attention to keep all the lights on in the Great Hall reliably. Contact Ken Lyon (513-382-6401, ken@lyonhouse.us) if you or someone you know might like to help with any or all of these.  



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.



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.

 Coming Attractions

Mark Your Calendar


Queen City Rainbow Band will host a free dinner and concert at Grace Church on Monday, December 15. Details coming. 


A Special First Sunday of Advent Service on November 30.  We'll gather in the Grace Hall at a big u-shaped table, and the sermon time will be devoted to asking and getting answers to your "dumb questions" (things you always wanted to know, or wondered about, or just don't remember--you now get to ask).  We'll be snacking on foods typical of first-century meals (ollives, pita/flatbreat, hummus, cheeses, grapes, tomatoes & drinks).  The Rev. Ann Warrington Wilson will preside.  


Christmas Services on December 24 at 10pm and December 25 at 10 am. 


Christmas Lessons & Carols on the Sunday after Christmas (December 28) gives us a chance to sing all the great Christmas music.  


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).


Grace Church worship services and participants' assignments are shown here

Thanks ...


...   to the Grace Church folks who helped prepare the funeral service for Phillis Dietz last Saturday, especially Judy Handy, who put together the service order, and Mary McLain who printed and collated it, Wanda Miller, who prepared the altar and the communion elements and Carol Lyon, who arranged the altar flowers.  



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

This Sunday's altar flowers are given to honor family veterans by John Thayer.

The altar flowers last Sunday were given in memory of Phillis Dietz, by Ken & Carol Lyon.

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 of comfort and solace are asked

for Rhonda Sharp in the death this past week of her mother in law, Jan Sharp, with whom she has spent a great deal of time in comfort and prayer.

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.

Read more on the Cathedral website here.

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