A Center for Spirituality and Healing.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
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|Mo-Tones Return to Grace For Free Dinner and Concert MONDAY!|
These folks are really good! See a sample here
. Bring your friends for a 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.
|Even More Grace Love Notes|
For the past three weeks, we've shared some love notes about Grace Church (see here and here and here). Here are more.
Candace Moxley writes ...
I love the feeling at Grace, walking in is like coming home. Being able to participate with all the good works at Grace is truly a blessing.
From Laurie LeClaire ...
I love the diversity in ages, races, personal life experiences and the devotion to serve our community. People here strive to emulate Christ's message of love, caring and forgiveness for all as evidenced by our humble members' earnest attempts to refresh and enliven our worship service, outreach dinners, Reiki drumming circles, and usefulness as a place for growth.
Thank you Grace church for combining past practices with willingness to search for ways to offer a sense of renewal to truly create Grace in the turbulence of life.
Here's a note from Charmain redwood...
The reiki and drumming [at the Wednesday night healing service] are one of the highlights of my month in Cincinnati. I have received so much healing and blessing from such am amazing and dedicated group if souls. Truly this is a healing ministry as it is meant to be.
From Anni Macht Gibson...
What do I love about Grace? It's the perfect mix of predictable Episcopal security mixed with the wild adventure of "360 degree" diversity.
Grace has diversity of culture, of ethnicity, nationality, sexual preference, ages, denominations (Pastor Will and Prophetess Michelle) and it goes on . . .
And did I mention that the Holy Spirit hangs out in every nook and cranny of Grace Church? From the Narthex to the Great Hall to the kitchens to the Parlor and Small Assembly Room.
No other church I've been to on Sunday morning had to gently tell me it was, perhaps, time to go at 2pm! They call it Snack & CHAT for a reason!
Also, Grace's "5 Star" Outreach Programs: Parolees and Community Dinner. So gratifying to participate in these fantastic efforts.
But the very best is Wednesday Night Drumming and Healing. It's unique--simply unavailable anywhere else. I fell in love with the service. Bob Laake who leads the drumming is such a nice man--so positive and kind. I find drumming to be a rhythmic accompaniment to meditative prayer with drumming taking me deeper into meditation. There is no time limit for healing with any given person--if we are at the altar rail in deep discernment and prayer and laying on hands--and we are there for 6 or 8 minutes--there is no pressure to move on. God has given me the Grace to be witness to profound experiences of healing there. Plus I always get so much out of Hawley's homilies.From Rhonda Sharp ...
The thing that keeps me coming back is not just the Wednesday night drumming and healing service but also Hawley Todd as the lead healing minister. I find the healing service to be a place of positive energy and acceptance and divine love, and I find that Hawley leads in a way that ensures that the healing environment is always a safe and divinely guided experience. And, I find that many of the regular members of the group offer the same.
I volunteer as the Office Coordinator and I continue to be involved with Grace Church due to the office volunteers, the bulletin team and those who work closely with those two teams, such as the Lyon family. I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from these people, which has allowed me to be there for my family during some difficult family situations.
Every organization has problems from time to time, but there have been so many people at Grace Church who have shown me the love and support that is the backbone of holding it all together and keeping Grace Church moving forward.And here's a note from Tina Todd about the Wednesday night healing service...
I had such a blessed evening at the drum circle held at Grace Church! It was an event of love, light, open acceptance, magic, expression, adventure, healing, and of course, grace!
Join us the second Wednesday of every month! Kicks off at 7pm with a short homily by my best friend and father, Hawley Todd.
Come one, come all and hear your call.
|Selected Short Subjects|
A lady called the office Friday and asked if we could help her get some clothes. She is a size 16-18 and needs a winter coat most desperately. She said she has gloves but could also use a hat and a scarf. Those are her most desperate needs. But, she said she needs all clothes so if anyone has any jeans, skirts, sweaters in those sizes that they can donate to her she said she would be most grateful. If you can help, bring clothes to the office and the office volunteers will make sure she gets them.
Get the Book of Common Prayer on your smart phone. Apple owners check the App Store, Android users check Google Play. Look for electronic Common Prayer. It's by Church Publishing Incorporated.
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 here. If you know someone who could help us, please tell him or her about this position.
| Mark Your Calendar |
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 513-541-2415).
Grace Church worship services and participants' assignments are shown here.
|Thanks ... |
... to Rhonda Sharp for catching a big error in this Sunday's bulletin before she printed it.
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 (email@example.com), so they can be recognized.
Trinity Institute Comes to Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral will present the 2015 Trinity Institute, Creating the Common Good: A Practical Conference for Economic Equality, January 22-24. The conference, held in New York, will be streamed at the cathedral. It is open to both clergy and laypersons. There is no charge, but registration is required. Full details can be found here or you may contact Kathy Noe at 513.842.2051.
Your editor has attended three of these Institutes, once in person and twice via downlink. It's always been top-notch. Check it out!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or donate online at gracecollegehill.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, Gene Wilson, Pauline the dessert queen, David Malis, Earl Sharp.
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, email@example.com) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org). Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns.