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Voice of the vestry: “What do I do with the quiet?”

By Michael Mittelstaedt The planets aligned for a brief moment this Saturday afternoon, shifting the usual overlap of events into a sweet coincidence, where by God’s grace – BOTH. THE. BOYS. ARE. NAPPING! What do I do with the quiet? The time? I start with panic, the collision of the things I could do with …

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150 years of contemplating the common and the divine

By Ellen Schrader One of the intriguing elements of Episcopal worship is that the common can be divine, and the divine can be common.  How can that be?  Perhaps it is the everyday aspect of some of the symbols we use each week to commemorate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We become habituated …

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Voice of the vestry: Season of Paradox

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden Fall is a season of paradox.  We gather in the harvest of a season of beauty and bounty.  We look back in gratitude for all that we have been given.  And we let go.  Leaves change from green to gold.  They fall from the trees.  The plants that have provided …

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Vestry minutes – 10/17/2017

Oct 17, 2017 6:00 pm Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (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. …

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Grace will host Safe Harbor Dec.  2 – Dec.  9

  New homeless shelter now open The building has changed, but the mission remains the same.  Every year from November through April Safe Harbor offers shelter—a warm, safe place to sleep and a hot meal— to the homeless during the coldest months of the year. Staffed by a coalition of more than twenty local churches, …

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Grace Pilgrimage – a tradition since 1998

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation From the earliest days of the Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimage a part of their faith. And, in 1998, having adopted a curriculum that holds pilgrimage as its central feature, Grace youth also embraced this tradition, traveling to distant lands in search of God …

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ECW has been committed to service for over 150 years

By Ellen Schrader Two weeks ago I set out to write a brief piece about the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and its history at Grace.  An odd feeling came over me as I held the notebook of the first secretary of what was then called the Women’s Auxiliary, dated Nov. 14, 1895.  I was handling …

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Voice of the Vestry: Fall is a time to awaken to God’s creation

By Kathryn Holl It was two am when I felt a nudge from our puppy Leo to go outside. I wanted to sleep yet I felt his eyes staring at me.  Quietly I walked to the door, not to awaken the household, and stepped outside with him.   He walked square to the middle of the …

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Vestry minutes – 9/19/2017

Sept 19, 2017 6:00 pm Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None   Clergy Present: None Prayer and Check-in: The vestry checked in with one another by sharing …

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Jubilee House – Built on God’s Love

By Glenda Andrews Jubilee House Director Jubilee – just the word brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face. When you put this word alongside Bible references where debts are forgiven, you start to understand what Jubilee Ministries are all about here at Grace. In 2004 our sanctuary was too small, so …

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