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Centering prayer moves us beyond conversation to communion with Christ

By Marilyn Dressel Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which we consent to rest in God’s presence.  It is a wordless prayer that moves us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  The gospel story of Mary and Martha, (Luke 10:38-42) teaches us that silence and action, prayer and work are two …

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Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy …

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Grace marks its 150th anniversary: Let the celebration begin!

By James Deaton Junior Warden “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you” (2 Timothy 1:14, CEV). This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of our parish. What a marvelous milestone! This sacred place means so much to so many …

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Vestry minutes – 5/16/2017

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:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another. …

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In our love of animals we catch a glimpse of what God wishes for us

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26 By Marian Vermeulen I have a slight …

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PoWeR Book Bags brings new reading ministry to Grace

Dear Grace Episcopal Church Members, Thank you very much for graciously allowing us to serve children and families with you at your food pantry. We are grateful that you’ve welcomed us into your world! While you are feeding the children’s bodies, our hope is to also feed their minds. We are PoWeR! Book Bags, a …

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Youth Group serves the hungry in Chicago

The Grace Youth Group took the train to Chicago for an Urban Adventure on 5/19/17.  They visited a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic Center, navigated their way to museums, and ended with Sunday mass and an outreach activity at St. James Cathedral, where they served 140 hungry people a hearty good brunch. This gallery is …

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Reflections on eye mission to Honduras

By Penny Campo-Pierce, Dr. Bob Foote, & Sandy Foote This year’s clinic saw 880 patients served by 23 volunteers, including ten doctors. In five clinic days, we made medical referrals for 125 people, sent one man to the hospital for immediate surgery on a torn retina, and arranged for a ten-year-old girl to have cataract …

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Immigration crackdown: Exchange student denied entry into U.S.

By Cyriaque Gilbert, as told to Donna Olendorf I am a 14-year-old exchange student, visiting the Blondia family from France. There are six children in my family, and it has become a tradition for us to come to Traverse City as teenagers. Two of my brothers have already been here, one in 2012 and one …

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As our love grows, we are willing to take risks for God’s kingdom

My dear sisters and brothers of Grace, I started my sojourn among you almost one year ago. This time has been challenging and joyful.  I came here not knowing quite what to expect and found a congregation full of God’s love and a willingness to trust that love into the unknown future. Your lives, both …

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Vestry minutes – 4/18/2017

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:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with a prayer and we checked in with one …

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Voice of the vestry: Turn off the fan

By Maria DiStefano-Post Noise is ever constant, ever present, and ever persistent. Nothing makes me aware of noise more than when white noise, such as a fan, gets turned off. I take a deep breath and become aware of how agitated I have become.  If you are anything like me, most days, that is how …

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