Jubilee Ministries

Grace hosts Safe Harbor Jan. 5-12; training this Sunday Dec. 2

by Donna Olendorf, coordinator for Grace Safe Harbor volunteers Fifteen years ago, one small church decided that no more homeless people would freeze to death in Traverse City. They opened their doors, nightly, to provide a warm, dry place for the homeless to sleep. Since then, Grace Church and 22 other churches have joined this …

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Mac and cheese and lemonade – you just made my day!

by Glenda Andrews, Jubilee House Coordinator These are the words the Jubilee House volunteers recently heard while at your Grace Episcopal Jubilee House. There has been news lately about Safe Harbor and the Safe Harbor volunteers staying open for extended hours during our cold spring.  This permanent facility has been a blessing for our city …

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Support our food pantry at local food drives

Did you know that our Grace Food Pantry benefits from local food drives? The more we volunteer the more food we receive, including fresh produce and bottled juice, both favorites with pantry clients.  Free food for the food pantry means giving out more and buying less, freeing up money for items like meat.  We have …

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Love your neighbor

I was pondering the commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” while it was being read in church recently.  I have known this my entire life, but what does it mean to me?  Love is a feeling, but feeling lovingly towards someone is not enough.  It doesn’t mean anything without some action involved in loving …

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Faith without works is dead

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, …

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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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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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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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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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How does your garden grow? Food Pantry gets fresh veggies from Schuberts’ farm

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation There was a time, not so very long ago, when gardens were as common as smart phones are today, and almost everyone grew their own vegetables. Those days are gone, even here in Traverse City where many people are still farmers.  For most of us, visiting …

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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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Jubilee Success

By Connie Riopelle Jubilee House Director Last year we realized that if the Church was having financial difficulty, we would need to do some fundraising to insure the continued operation of Jubilee House.  We did not think we should continue to expect funding from the parish while our members worked to support the Church.  A …

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