|From the Vicar |
After being with you for nearly
two months, I’m getting a feel for the Grace Church
I am enjoying my time here, and am very thankful for
the ministry my friend Fr. David Howard accomplished
here. The ministries of the Revs. Ray Betts and Anne
Warrington Wilson have also been invaluable. I stand in
awe of the commitment of the members of the Mission
Council and others--in particular of the unstinting
efforts of Jim Edgy. I am very appreciative of the
support and good will shown by Bishop Price, Canons
Mycoff and Zust, and of Roger Speer.
This congregation--in spite of all that has occurred
to try to frustrate the witness of God’s Grace working
in College Hill--is truly a community on the move.
I am here as an interim Vicar. In this case,
"interim" does not mean "temporary;" it means
"transitional." Grace Church is in the process of
transitioning from a past ministry to a new expression
of ministry. Therefore, certain things are supposed to
be taking place in this interim (or transitional)
These "Developmental Tasks of the Interim Period"
guidance of the Holy Spirit, mindful of the Grace of
God, you and I are now in a time of facilitating these
developmental tasks. I have the utmost confidence that
we will accomplish them.
- Coming to terms with the history of this
congregation and its relationship with previous
- Discovering the congregation’s special identity,
what it dreams of being and doing apart from previous
- Dealing with the shifts in leadership that
naturally evolve in times of transition, allowing new
leaders to come to the fore constructively;
- Renewing and reworking relationships with the
diocese, so that each may be a more effective resourse
and support to the other;
- Building commitment to the leadership of the new
Vicar in order to be prepared to move into the future
with openness to new possiblities.
See you in church!
Peace and love, Fr. John
|Grace Members & Friends Exceed
Every Member Canvass Goal |
In early November, the Every Member Canvass Committee
set "40/40" as their goal for the Canvass. Forty pledges
and $40 thousand sounded pretty optimistic then.
Now, thanks to the generosity of the members and
friends of Grace Church, that goal has been exceeded.
The Committee reports that we have 41 pledges totaling
$57,086 in support of Grace's 2007 budget.
Church thanks the canvassers who made this drive such a
success: Grace Staples, Mary McLain, Elizabeth Kelly,
Phillis Dietz, Wanda Miller, Bob and Florence Poyer,
David Mukasa and Jim Edgy.
|Nominations Solicited |
Grace Staples has agreed to chair the nominating
committee for candidates for Mission Council, Delegates
to the Convention, etc., to be elected at our Annual
Meeting in early 2007. If you are interested in any of
these positions, please let her know. We pray that you
|Help Support Our Christmas Family.
In place of our traditional Christmas Giving Tree
this year, we asked Christ's Community in College Hill
to select one family for us to assist with gifts for
Christmas. The family consists of a hard-working single
father with two daughters and a baby grandson.
A Christmas bag containing cards with family member's
ages and sizes is located near the front left side of
the nave. We are figuring one clothing and one toy or
fun gift per child. If you want to contribute a gift,
take a card and sign the list beside the bag with the
number on the card you took. If you did not indicate
last Sunday that you would like to participate, you can
still take a card.
The family's one big gift will be a DVD player to
provide family entertainment in the evening. If you
would prefer to contribute toward that, do not take a
card, just sign "DVD" beside your name on the list.
Checks can be made out to Grace Episcopal Church and
noted "Christmas Family DVD." All gifts should be
wrapped and tagged with the card and delivered back to
the church by Sunday, December 17.
Thank you for making this a wonderful Christmas for
|Liturgical Calendars Now Available
Grace Church 2007 Calendars, the "Churchman's Ordo
Calendar" showing the seasons of the church year and
special days, along with their colors, are available in
the rear of the church. Take one home. We thank John
Hodapp Sons for providing these.
|Healing Ministry Rationale
Every Sunday, Laying on of Hands for Healing is
offered to anyone who wishes in the Peace Chapel during
the regular service. This is part of Grace Church's
The Healing Ministry Committee has prepared a short
document giving the rationale for this important
|Full-Time Christian Formation
Coordinator Sought |
Grace Church is seeking a full time Director of
Christian Formation. If you know anyone who may be
interested, please have them contact us.
|Christmas Service Schedule
The schedule for Christmas services is as
On Sunday, December 24, we will have our
regular service at 10:00am, and our Christmas eve
service at 7:00pm.
On Monday, December 25, we
will have our Christmas Day service at 10:00am.
|Interested in a Prayer or Bible
Study Group? |
Fr. Bower would like to begin a Prayer and/or Bible
Study Group. If you are interested, please let him know
and tell him the time that would be best for you. Or,
call and leave a message in the office at 513-541-2415,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
|Christmas Day Dinners to be Served
Christmas Day dinners will be served at the College
Hill Presbyterian Church between the hours of 1:30pm.
and 4:30pm on Christmas Day. All are invited. Volunteers
and food are needed. For more information on ways you
can be involved, call Karen Lane at 541-5676, Ext. 167
or Marie Nieman at 681-1256.
The Feast of Love provides love and free hot meals of
ham or turkey on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
All are welcome—the lonely, poor, homeless, wealthy,
singles, and families. We want each guest to experience
respect and love. There is always someone available to
talk. Guests receive their meals on china and share a
table and a fine meal with others. Volunteers also
deliver these holiday meals to shut-ins around the