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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Have you seen the Grace peace pole?

Grace Church has a Peace Pole.  Have you ever noticed it or stopped to look at it?  Perhaps not, since there are a number of peace poles around Traverse City.  It’s located just left of the main front door. The peace pole at Grace was a project begun by the EPF, specifically suggested by then …

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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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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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