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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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Martin Luther King Service Sunday at 7pm
at First UCC in College Hill

The Rev. Aaron Greenlea will be the featured speaker at College Hill's Martin Luther King Service this Sunday, January 18, at 7pm at First United Church of Christ, 5808 Glenview Avenue in College Hill.   Mr. Greenlea is one of the finest ministers and long-time civil rights activists still around. He was a friend of many of the civil rights leaders, including Shuttleworth, King, Young, etc.  He is still in active ministry in Fairmount. 


The MLK chorale will provide music and will be joined by other singers from the College Hill area. See article below on how you can still join this choir.  


This annual event is sponsored by the College Hill Ministerium, consisting of clergy from local churches.  

SoulCollage Workshop Coming to Grace January 23-24
SoulCollage is a creative process that combines creativity, spirituality and psychology. It is a gentle and playful way of exploring one's life journey. In SoulCollage, one can experience personal healing and growth by recognizing and honoring the different aspects (light and shadow) of the authentic self. Through a simple process of cutting and pasting images from magazines, participants create cards that will help them access their inner wisdom, quiet their ;thinking mind, allowing intuition and the work of the Spirit to have a voice.
Carol Lyon has attended this workshop and reports that it was a time of peace and complete detachment from the pressures of her daily life. The leader, Fabricia Duell, is very well-organized and creates a stress-free space where participants can focus on their spiritual growth. ;
The workshop will be held at Grace Church on Friday, January 23 from 6 to 9pm (Introduction and contemplative exercises) and Saturday, January 24, from 9am to 3pm (Studio time with in depth card readings). Cost is $60.
See artspiritualconnection.com/soulcollagereg.html for more information or to register.
Over 2000 Meals Served in 2015 at the Community Dinner
J White announced Sunday that over 2000 meals were served in 2015 at the Community Dinner.  

The free Community Dinner is served every Wednesday from 5 to 7pm by

  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • Good News Baptist Church
  • Next Dimension Family Worship Center
  • Trans-Saints Ministry of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

With financial support from

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • The Episcopal Community Services Foundation
  • and offerings from members and friends of Grace Church.  

This week, we give thanks to Anthony Dickerson, the proprietor of Goodies House of Slab in Mt Healthy, who not only has donated many a tray of green beans and potatoes to our dinner throughout the year but also blessed us by cooking ribs, chicken and macaroni n' cheese for our New Years Eve feast. As God has blessed him with the ability to cook, he has blessed us with the fruits of his labor! Please consider Anthony for your catering needs, you won't be disappointed.  That's Goodies, 7440 Hamilton Ave, Mt Healthy 45231, 513-264-1631. If you see him, thank him. 

Who is Welcome at Grace Church?

All are welcome at Grace Church. 


Yes, all: the righteous, the unrighteous, the sober, the alcoholic, the unchurched, the churched, conservatives, liberals, the tattooed, the young, the old, clean, unclean, smart, mentally disabled, athletic, the bumbler.  You get the picture.  You can safely invite your neighbor, friend,or even a relative. Whatever their circumstance, they will be welcome at Grace.


If they have never been to church or it was a loooong time ago, you might have to explain a little about the liturgy which requires more than just sitting.  Sit with them so you can help them participate in church aerobics.


Invite them to Snack 'n Chat. Introduce them to people. See what questions they have.  Answer what you can.   Maybe they will come again, maybe not. At least they will know there is one church where they are always welcome.


--Carol Lyon, Senior Warden

Altar Flowers

The flowers on the high altar on January 4 were given by Laurie LeClaire to honor her son, Jeffrey, who is now in Russia. 


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

Selected Short Subjects

It's not too late to sing with the College Hill Mass Choir at Sunday's Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  The choir, led by College Hill's own Bishop Todd O'Neal of the House of Joy Ministries, will practice this Saturday at noon at the First United Church of Christ on 5808 Glenview Avenue in College Hill. All are invited to participate in this fun, fulfilling, community celebration!  Any questions feel free to contact Bishop O'Neal at 513-541-4600.




Lent will be here in just a little over a month.  I view it as a time to step back and review where we are on our Christian journey. The Church Publishing company

has just issued the Lenten books they have available.  Some of the books look intriguing, for example Christ Walk, a 40-day spiritual fitness program or Practical Christianity, or a Grown-up Lent--when giving up chocolate isn't enough.  I urge you to go to their website churchpublishing.org and check out all they have available.   One of these books may make your Lent spiritually refreshing.  --Carol Lyon




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.

 Mark Your Calendar 

SoulCollage is coming to Grace Church on January 23 and 24. SoulCollage is a creative process that combines creativity, spirituality and psychology. It is a gentle and playful way of exploring one's life journey. Learn more or register here


Free Community Dinner every Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm.  All are invited to share in food and fellowship. 


Celebration of Wholeness and Healing every 2nd Wednesday at 7pm. Always a GREAT mix of healing energies. Reiki, Crystals, Healing Touch, chit chat, friends, a talk by Hawley Todd and drumming led by Bob Laake. Come for healing and/or to share your healing love and joy with the community.


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).


See Grace Church worship services and participants' assignments here

Thanks ...


... to the many people who contributed to making our worship special during the Christmas season.   


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.
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 McNabb Nickname:  Cousin, 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, David Malis, Earl Sharp, Jo Carroll. 


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.
Attend the Trinity Institute at Our Cathedral
You're invited to attend Trinity Institute (TI2015), an annual conference that takes place in New York City--but you can attend at  Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati. We will bring all the elements of the NYC conference to you via webcast.


This year's conference takes on the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality. TI2015 speakers have real-world experience making change happen. They will provide us with hopeful, practical tools we can use to make a positive economic impact.
To register for TI2015 at Christ Church Cathedral, download a registration form at www.christchurchcincinnati.ogr/2015TI or call Kathy Noe at 513.842.2051.
WHERE: Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati.
COST: No registration fee. Parking and lunch on your own.
CONTACT: For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia at mzacharia@cccath.org or 513.842.2054

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TRINITY INSTITUTE'S NATIONAL THEOLOGICAL CONFERENCE, including speaker bios, schedule, videos and more, visit www.ti2015.org

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