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On being received into the church: “I made a true connection with the people of Grace”

By Jeanette Kania One of my favorite books is The Way of a Pilgrim. It was first published in the 19th century, and I would likely never have picked it up if I hadn’t read J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. I read both of these books at a time when I was trying to find …

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Vestry minutes – 3/21/2017

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Bill Smith, James Deaton, Karl Bastian, Kathryn Holl, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Carlton Kelly Scripture & Study: None for this meeting with the late start. Approve/Amend the Agenda: The …

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Welcome to the Resurrection

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Holy Week is the pivotal point of the church’s entire year. In a very real sense, without Holy Week there would be no liturgical year because there would be no church! That is another way of saying without Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his institution of the Eucharist, crucifixion and …

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Voice of the vestry: Open your heart to God’s presence

Your own ears will hear him.  Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 By Eddie Grim This last year has been very difficult for Grace. There has been deep pain. There is uncertainty as we search for a …

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Looking and seeing – How Jubilee House became a house of love

By Glenda Andrews There are two words in our English language that in the dictionary have pretty much the same meaning.    LOOKING and SEEING When we LOOK we see, but when we SEE it is with more depth, meaning, and intensity, which can turn into passion.  For example: a tree.  When we LOOK at a …

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Rector Search Committee update – March 2017

By MaryLee Pakieser and Sandy Seppala Gyr The Rector Search Committee continues on its journey to discern a new rector for Grace. As we reported, the Community Ministry Portfolio, which describes our parish and ministries for potential candidates, was posted on the clergy transition web site in December. Our posting will remain open until March 31. We elected to place an advertisement with Episcopal Digital Network, which reaches more …

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Vestry minutes – 2/21/2017

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: We reflected on the question: what brings you delight? Scripture …

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God planted a seed in my heart that was indestructible: a story of healing

By Barbara Klugh Although our Lenten series is about sexual abuse in the church, my childhood experience was much more common. One in five girls and one in ten-to-twenty boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. I was sexually abused by my maternal grandfather for seven years, beginning when I was three until he …

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Keeping up with your pledge

In a perfect world the projected income for the budget would come along in neat packages of 1/12th in January, 2/12ths in February, etc. But, like in our own lives, income and expenses ebb and flow throughout the year. To the extent that is possible, there are ways to keep your financial giving to Grace …

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Register now for the Bishop’s April workshops

The Rt Rev. Whayne Hougland, Bishop of the Western Diocese of Michigan, will host a workshop at Grace Church on Saturday, April 1. This annual gathering gives leaders in the Episcopal churches in the Traverse Deanery area a chance to connect, share thoughts and pray together. The Bishop’s presentation will be called “Adaptive Leadership in …

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Stephen Ministry offers care to people going through tough times

By Barbara Dancer Stephen Minister When was the last time someone really listened to you?  We’re talking about that undistracted, full attention kind of listening.  That is one of the ways that Stephen Ministers care for others. What is Stephen Ministry?  Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry within our congregation.  In collaboration with …

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Vestry seeks the wind of the Holy Spirit

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden Sometimes it is an image that grounds me and brings me grace. In late January, the week before the vestry retreat, Rosemary Hagan and I met to prepare and to pray.  During our prayer, as Rosemary spoke of the wind of the Holy Spirit, an unbidden image arose in my …

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