ministry of the week

Reverence: Joy and Respect

By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship Worship in an Episcopal church is unlike most activities we encounter in our everyday life. While a participatory activity, there is a different sense of inspiration and spirituality than we might encounter at a baseball or football game. Our liturgy is designed to help us encounter God …

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Jubilee House gives hope to the homeless

Connie Riopelle Interim Director, Jubilee House He was about 50, a little gray, a little bald, walking with a slouch, wearing a large backpack and windbreaker, and he was dirty when he entered Jubilee House.   He very meekly said he couldn’t pay anything but had been told to go to Jubilee House for help.  After …

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Ministry of the week: Bread for the World helps end hunger

“Bread for the World is a collective Christian Voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live…Bread for the World works in a bipartisan way through …

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Ministry of the week: Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was organized by two graduates, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo,  from Hartford Seminary in 1998. However the Grace Prayer Shawl Ministry was founded by Julie in 2003, with six to eight ladies until we grew to 20 members! The love of knitting and crocheting has been combined into a prayerful ministry …

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Ministry of the week: CROP Hunger Walk

By Ann Hackett Part I I can walk. And I can talk. That’s all that needs to be done for the CROP Hunger Walk. These two simple actions alone on my part seem to make little difference in alleviating world hunger or hunger in northern Michigan. But these two actions multiplied by hundreds of others …

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Ministry of the week: Centering Prayer

By Marilyn Dressel Psalm 48, “Be still then, and know that I am God.” Psalm 62, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; from Him comes my salvation.” Centering Prayer holds a space available to God as a free gift of our love.  It is a time of surrendering our hearts to Jesus.  The …

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Ministry of the week: Serving on the vestry

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden Being a vestry member is a way to offer your unique God-given gifts to the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church. This 12-member board meets monthly and is responsible for church property, financial oversight, and human resource responsibilities. Vestry work is always done in partnership with the rector, but our authority …

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Ministry of the week: Women’s Book Club

The Women’s Book Club at Grace is an intimate group that accommodates members according to their schedules and interest in book selections from month to month. We average about 7 readers a month, so there is always room for someone else! This “welcoming ministry” is a place to indulge your love of books with other …

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Ministry of the week: Daughters of the King

By Ellen Schrader Commonly referred to as DOK, this international religious order for women was founded in New York in 1885 and includes women from the Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic traditions. We are under the oversight of the Episcopal Church USA. Each Daughter makes a lifetime vow to live by a Rule …

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Ministry of the Week – Grace Hikers (Strollers)

For several years a group of Grace parishioners has been getting together on Saturdays in the spring through fall to hike the many beautiful trails in the Grand Traverse region. The group averages 10 to 15 people, and some of our favorite hikes have been to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire Bluffs, Boardman River, and …

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Website strives to reflect the life of Grace

By Donna Olendorf Few things reflect the pace of modern life more accurately than a website. And what a lot has changed since we rebranded www.gracetc.org back in the spring of 2012. Sermons are now videotaped and posted almost weekly thanks to Mackinac Video Productions, and we have also posted a rolling calendar of daily …

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Ministry of the week – Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a team of men and women whose purpose is to prepare all things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist in our sanctuary. This includes setting and clearing the needed elements for each worship service – linens, candles, bread and wine, chalices, etc. – as well as the care and maintenance …

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