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Sunday, December 6, 2014
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Another Grace Love Note

For the past two weeks, we've shared some love notes about Grace Notes (see here and here). Here's another one From Hawley Todd.

I love Grace Church because the people of Grace seek actively to manifest the values of Grace  (see left).  


I have led the Wednesday night healing & drumming service for many years.  It is a perfect example of how Grace is nourished by people from a wide array of cultural backgrounds and religious approaches.


Wednesday evenings also have the weekly community dinner. It is a perfect example of how Grace shares with those who are in need.

 Most of all I love the fact that anyone who wants to be considered a member of Grace Church is a member! Grace Church is an inclusive parish made up of a wide diversity of people who come to its various activities such as the community dinners and/or attend its various worship opportunities! Grace Church is not a typical church which derives its identity from what happens on Sunday mornings.  Indeed it is a 24/7 Church whose doors are open to all people!!!!!


This is why I love Grace!!!!

What do you love about Grace?  Add your note by sending them to the editor at egracenotes@gracecollegehill.org
2015 Annual Giving...THANKS!

We give thanks at the end of a long Annual Giving campaign for all of those who participated and are supporting the ministries at Grace Church.

While a few more donations may come in and are welcome,  our tally as of the first week of December is 29 pledges and donations for a total of $54,860.
This does not include the grants we have been awarded by the diocese and Christ Church Cathedral.  We are indeed grateful to all these members, friends and partners for their belief in the work of Grace Church.  And we look forward to the year to come.

The Annual Giving Committee

Mo-Tones Return to Grace For Free Dinner and Concert
The last time the Mo-Tones played at Grace Church, we had lots of fun (see pix here). Bring your friends for another great time. The dinner and concert are free, as a thanks to Grace for use of the facility for weekly practices.  If you wish, you'll be able to make a donation to benefit Grace Church's partner outreach programs.  
 Mark Your Calendar 

The Regular 2nd Wednesday Healing Service is coming December 10 at 7pm. Come for the free Community Dinner starting at 5pm, stay for an evening of drumming and healing.


Queen City Rainbow Band will host a free dinner and concert at Grace Church on Monday, December 15. See article above for details. 


Christmas Eve Services will be December 24 at 7pm (note change from previously announced time).


Christmas Day Services will be December 25 at 10am. 


Christmas Lessons & Carols on the Sunday after Christmas (December 28) will give us a chance to sing lots of 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 Hawley Todd for sharing his love note about Grace this week. 


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.
Christmas Flowers

Welcome the Christ child this Christmas with beautiful flowers on the altar and poinsettias around the baptismal font.


If you would like to help donate flowers please sign the Christmas Flower Sheet by the Belmont door or call the church office or email spikelyon@gmail.com or donate online at gracecollegehill.org.

You Can Help IHN's Families This Holiday Season


Grace Staples writes, "Since we no longer have our "giving tree" at Grace Church, I thought perhaps some might be interested a way to help our homeless families at Christmas through Interfaith Hospitality Network."  


Last year, Santa's generosity (and his sack of toys) overflowed.  Six-year-old Tajon couldn't help himself and dug right in.  Generous sponsors helped Santa bring the excitement of the holidays to IHN's families, and everything they were experiencing - instability, uncertainty, even fear - faded away, if briefly.


No one ever expects to be homeless, least of all during the holidays.  A time when everyone should be warm and full of hope is, for some Tri-State families, turned on its head.  Instead, mom is worried for where they'll sleep.  Dad is trying to hold everyone together.  Kids are scared and confused.  

IHN is here to help get them back on their feet, but Santa needs your help again this year to bring them smiles.  If you're interested in helping a family, here is a way you can help.

Sunday, December 7 is IHN Day at Ten Thousand Villages Cincinnati!


Ten Thousand Villages is making it easy for you to find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones, while helping IHN at the same time.  Simply visit the store on December 7, mention IHN when you check out, and 15% of your sale will benefit IHN!  How easy is that?  


Ten Thousand Villages in Cincinnati is one of a network of nonprofit fair trade retailers in the US and Canada. The store features handcrafted gift items, personal accessories and home d├ęcor from artisans in over 35 countries in developing regions in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. As the world's oldest fair trade organization, Ten Thousand Villages has worked for over 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their beautiful, unique handmade crafts.


2011 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208, Open 10am-5pm

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Rhonda Sharp asks all to pray for her father-in-law, Earl Sharp, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Dayton Thursday morning.


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, Gene Wilson, Pauline the dessert queen, David Malis.


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.
Selected Short Subjects

See the most recent Diocesan Youth newsletter here. It's got news of an upcoming winter Family camp as well as an upcoming youth event at the Cathedral.  Check it out!



From Jackie Millay:  I'm excited to offer a wonderful new set of five-class series at Grace.  

5 Thursdays ~ Jan. 8 - Feb. 5: ChiKung/TaiChi: 9:30-11:00AM

5 Fridays    ~  Jan. 2 - Jan. 30; ChiKung; 6:30-8:00PM

Contact Jackie at 513-405-1514.



Grace Church Seeks Music Leader.  We are seeking a musician who will help build up our Sunday morning congregation by leading us in a variety of inspiring worship music. Read all about it hereIf you know someone who could help us, please tell him or her about this position.

Absalom Jones From the Editor...

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