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Grace Hikers 2017 schedule

Schedule for Summer and Fall 2017 Hikers will meet at church parking lot at 9:00 am Lunch will follow hiking Will carpool from church to hiking and back to church Total time is usually 4 or 5 hours depending on location of trails     MAY 13                                      AUGUST 5 Pete’s Woods                                                       Seven Bridges GT …

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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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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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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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2017 vestry candidates announced

The nominating committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for election at our Annual Meeting on January 22, 2017. Candidates to serve for three-year terms on the vestry, our governing board, are Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Kathryn Holl, Bill Smith, and Jeff Wescott. We will elect three diocesan delegates to the annual convention. …

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Generations of Generosity – 2017 Stewardship Campaign

October 19, 2016 Dear People of Grace, I first saw the gold lettering on the arch in the sanctuary in 1973 when my husband and I walked through the doors of Grace as a young couple: ‘The Lord is in his holy temple let all the earth keep silence before him.” It was thought provoking …

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Annual Cookie Walk becomes Cookies for a Cause

Join us Dec. 10th Help us help others by attending the best holiday cookie and treat event in town! This is the place to find all the cookies, jams, and special treats that you need for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. We’ve changed the name of our event to better reflect our purpose and to help …

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Safe Harbor looks different at Grace this year

What is Safe Harbor? Dedicated to the preservation of the physical health and spiritual welfare of people experiencing homelessness, a primary goal of Safe Harbor is to offer food, shelter, and hope for guests  staying in a shelter. According to county-wide statistics, the average Safe Harbor guest is over the age of eighteen including 74% …

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Ministry through music here at Grace

By Katherine Will One of the keys to our worship as Episcopalians is the understanding that our liturgy functions on many levels of awareness. There is an intellectual component as we study Scripture. There is an emotional component as we express our love, sorrow, repentance, and all the other feelings that find their place in …

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We are called to serve

By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator We at Grace are a people called to serve and we do it with an assortment of gifts in a variety of ways.  One of those ways is by assisting in our liturgy each week, either as a Lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, an Acolyte, an Intercessor, or …

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