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Vestry Minutes January 9, 2018

Grace Episcopal Church Vestry Minutes January 9, 2018 6:00 pm Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott, Bob Foote (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None    Clergy Present: Rev. Kathryn Costas Prayer and Check-in: The …

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Who am I now? What is God calling me to be?

By Donna Olendorf  Lent begins for me with the imposition of ashes at a quiet Wednesday service that leaves me feeling humbled and blessed. “Remember, Donna, that thou art dust and into dust thou shalt return,” says the priest as she dips her fingers in ashes to make the sign of the cross on my …

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Vestry retreat: We journey ahead in hope

By Clare Andreasson and James Deaton The vestry retreat this year was a time of reflection and visioning.  We valued the opportunity to get to know one another better, and we worked very hard. On Saturday, The Rev Mark Rutenbar and The Rev Kathryn Costas led us through a series of activities where we reflected …

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Discernment begins with Holy Conversations

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, it is also the first day of Lent. In the early church, the first Christians used this season as a time of penitence and fasting.  Today we too can set this as a time set aside to examine our own faith journeys and live into them in new ways.  We …

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Faith formation during Lent

By James Deaton Lent is early this year, beginning February 14. This season in the life of the church is purposefully introspective, a time to turn inward. How can we use these forty days to draw us deeper into relationship with God, and also grow closer to our sisters and brothers here at Grace? To …

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My journey on the vestry

By Sue Kelly The mother was putting her young son to bed for the evening.  As they were going through their usual bedtime routine, the boy suddenly took his two teddy bears, one in one hand, one in the other, and began to make them fight.  “Mommy, there is a war going on in my …

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Transition time

Transition ministry is a time of opportunity, a sacred time set aside to discern who we are and who God is calling us to become. We will take the time to engage the questions, share our thoughts, search our hearts and finish this process well rather than hurry to get to the other side. We …

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Vestry minutes – 12/19/2017

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott, Bob Foote (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: George Prewitt Staff Present: None   Clergy Present: Rev. Kathryn Costas Prayer and Check-in: Rev Costas opened with prayer. Scripture & Study: Rev. Costas read …

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Small hands and strong arms

By Linda Schubert Wordlessly, with grinning face and shuffling feet, the small hands of Elliot Mittelstaedt, presented me with $900.00.  That generous gift was the offering collected over three years by the church school children, who Elliot represented that July Sunday.  The children had chosen to designate their collection to the Jubilee Ministries Pantry Garden …

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January reflection: What is God seeking from us?

By Bill Smith Voice of the Vestry January is a difficult time for many of us. The bright lights, family time, and festivities of Christmas are replaced by the long, cold, and, at times, dark winter days. As a youngster growing up in Traverse City, I actually loved the snow and cold – playing outside …

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Vestry minutes – 11/14/2017

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott, Bob Foote (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None   Clergy Present: Rev. Kathryn Costas Prayer and Check-in: The vestry checked in with one another and shared prayer requests. Scripture …

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