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Voice of the Vestry: CHANGE

by Eddie Grim We humans have a complex and varied relationship with change. It is a profound love and hate relationship. We celebrate the coming of spring while we grumble and complain about the accompanying rain. We smile in pride as our children grow to adulthood, but at the same time fear each new step …

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Faith in action: 2018 Eye Brigade mission to La Esperanza, Honduras

by Bob Foote, O.D. This mission was one of our best. A big thank you to the members of Grace Church that helped and prayed for us.  I want to especially thank Bill Pierce, Connie Riopelle, Penny Campo-Pierce and Sandy Foote. Trip planning for this trip began at the end of the 2017 trip. Tentative …

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Reshaping our Diocese to Increase Connections

by Rosemary Hagan, D. Min., North Region Chair If you are new to being an Episcopalian it might come as a surprise that our parish, Grace Church, does not “stand alone”. We are a member parish in a larger geographical region called a Diocese. We are also part of the greater Episcopal Church in this …

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Grace’s young iconographers

by Elizabeth Wolterink, Youth Group Leader How many of you played Lent Madness?  While we were all playing and learning about our spiritual forbearers, the High School Youth Group has been taking their saintly studies a step further.  During Lent, each student chose a saint and has been learning about them while creating an icon …

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Support our food pantry at local food drives

Did you know that our Grace Food Pantry benefits from local food drives? The more we volunteer the more food we receive, including fresh produce and bottled juice, both favorites with pantry clients.  Free food for the food pantry means giving out more and buying less, freeing up money for items like meat.  We have …

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Jesus Was A Freak-Loving Freak

This may not surprise some of you. I had an experience in my family some years ago that led me to this story.  You know how people can go quiet and either quit or slow communications? Often times, those on the other end start making up explanations for why the communication has changed pace? These …

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Mad about the saints!

by James Deaton As Holy Week approached, many Michiganders were concerned how a certain team from Ann Arbor would fare in a certain college basketball tournament. Here at Grace, our minds were set on higher things, heavenly realms, as we waited on pins and needles to see who would win Lent Madness. This online discipline—er, …

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Love your neighbor

I was pondering the commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” while it was being read in church recently.  I have known this my entire life, but what does it mean to me?  Love is a feeling, but feeling lovingly towards someone is not enough.  It doesn’t mean anything without some action involved in loving …

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Voice of the Vestry

by Glen MacPherson “It’s the Homeless Newspaper!  Only one dollar suggested donation, otherwise free.  Get your Homeless News, right here!” It’s a baritone incantation, more melody than carnival bark, beautiful in a way, a non-threatening siren.  George was peddling his publication as we stood in line for the State Theater.  Tracie procured us a copy …

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Children and Youth Council established and working on behalf of our young people

by Sue Kelly and Catherine Turnbull Grace has established a new Children and Youth Education Council as recommended by the vestry and rector to oversee the educational programs for children and youth at Grace. The council met for the first time on February 22 and established its simple yet profound mission: Serve God, love kids …

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Faith without works is dead

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, …

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Lenten seasons over the years

by Barb Dancer According to Wikipedia:  “In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days.”  Growing up Roman Catholic, in my house it was simpler: we gave up chocolate, or maybe all sweets, or …

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