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Vestry minutes – 8/15/2017

August 15, 2017 Feast Day of St. Mary the Virgin 6:00 pm Vestry Members: 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: Canon William Spaid Staff Present:  Ann Hackett, Parish Administrator Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley …

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Food Pantry—A Jubilee Ministry alleviating food insecurity

By Nancy Johnson Food Pantry Coordinator People in the Grand Traverse area are hungry, often very hungry. In fact, one out of four people in this region experience food insecurity. Food security, defined by the USDA, “means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” This means that …

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What will you share in our Grateful Harvest?

Dear Friends of Grace, As I write this, the heat of summer is hanging on with a vengeance, delaying the inevitable fall colors and welcome cool temperatures. The seasons are definitely in transition. In much the same way, Grace is also in a period of profound transition. We’re celebrating our 150th Anniversary; a monumental milestone, …

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Jubilee Ministry’s Community Lunch – Feeding Body and Soul

By Kate Wood Community Lunch Coordinator This is a simple, concrete ministry that fulfills the gospel call to feed and care for those in need. It also nourishes body and soul, feeding God’s people both in the giving and the receiving! As with many things at Grace Church, the idea of serving a free meal …

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Our times are in God’s hand

By James Deaton Junior Warden “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Part of my job description as a managing editor is to create publishing schedules, making sure they’re realistic given the project’s scope. I’m also responsible for monitoring progress and …

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Anniversary Open House will focus on history and outreach

[pdf-embedder url=”http://gracecopy.cloudaccess.host/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Oct.-14-15-Poster.pdf” title=”Oct. 14-15 Poster”] Grace Episcopal Church warmly welcomes the public to a slate of events scheduled for October 14-15, 2017, in celebration of their sesquicentennial. An open house will be held on Saturday from 2-4 pm, featuring docent-led historical tours of the church campus and a spotlight on outreach ministries. On Sunday, an …

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Full-time intentional interim will join Grace in October

By Clare Andreasson Sr. Warden The vestry is delighted to bring you the news that the Rev. Kathryn Costas has accepted a call to serve as full-time Intentional Interim Rector at Grace Church.  We finalized our covenant with her at our vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 19.  She will begin working with us the first …

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Garden provides resting ground for departed

By Linda Schubert St. Fiacre Garden Guild Grace Church’s Garden of Remembrance and Reflection echoes its message of Enter in Peace with perennial plantings in soft, calming colors. Entering through the vine covered archway, St Fiacre statuary (holding a bouquet in one hand and a spade in the other) beckons us to sit awhile in …

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Our strength grows with our youth: Register them for Church School

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation “The strength of our church grows with our youth,” wrote vestryman Bob Bursian in 1973, capturing the spirit of Christian Education that has been present at Grace Church since its very beginning. In fact, the roots of our Church School reach back to a time before …

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In the pulpit this fall…

The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term …

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Fear Not!

By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask” …

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The times they are a-changing

By Jeff Wescott As a “change-averse,” person, I am unnerved to think about the changes of the past few years.  Catherine recently had a mercifully brief encounter with cancer, which taught me what fear really meant.  Our youngest daughter has emerged from a cocoon of fear and self-loathing to educate others about the dangers of …

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