ministry of the week

Ministry of the Week – Service Participants

By Joel Wegman This week we publish a few words about the Service Participant Ministry, which is not one, but really a collection of several different ministries for people to serve in different roles in conducting our three weekly worship services. Together with The Rev. Daniel and/or The Rev. Katherine, Lectors read from scripture, Intercessors …

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Centering Prayer at Grace Episcopal Church

By Joe and Marilyn Dressel Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God’s presence and action within. It furthers the development of contemplative prayer by quieting our faculties to …

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Ministry of the week – St. Theo Amity Guild (STAG)

STAG originated a few years ago when four men decided to provide a monthly meeting that would include fellowship, Evening Prayer, a meal, and the presentation of a special interest topic. It was also decided that they would participate and support the Jubilee House Food Pantry Ministry by providing help with the monthly grocery pick-up …

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Ministry of the week – Worship Planning Committee

By Katherine Will The Worship Planning Committee is a visioning group that meets according to the seasons of the church year. Their primary responsibility is to help lead God’s people into worship. The members of the committee discuss ways to make our worship services accessible and meaningful, and they help give feedback and suggestions to …

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Ministry of the Week – Bread for the World

“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 …

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Join the CROP Walk on October 12, 2014

By Ann Hackett 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 does effect …

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Giving Back to Africa’s Papa Kindomba will visit Grace on September 7

Dr. Jerry Kindomba is the Project Manager of Giving Back to Africa’s innovative educational program at Centre Salisa in the Mpasa community on the edge of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will be coming to Grace Church in Traverse City on Sunday, September 7, to visit the Church School. …

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Centering Prayer Community

The Centering Prayer Community at Grace Church meets each Wednesday from 11 am -12 noon in the meditation room on the Lower Level. The hour is divided into Centering Prayer (sitting in silence) and Lectio Divina, which is reading, reflecting, responding, and resting in God’s Word. Centering Prayer is a “wordless prayer,” it is emptying …

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Grace library divides the wheat from the chaff

Grace Church Library is located in the Parish Hall building, lower level, room LL2. In the recent past, Daniel has been very helpful in dividing the wheat from the chaff. We have a well-stocked library of readable, current topic books. In addition to new purchases, donations are welcome; they are screened for their content and …

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Website celebrates 2nd anniversary – 17,266 visits and counting

By Donna Olendorf Two years ago this month, Grace launched its rebranded website and, just over a year ago, replaced its hard copy newsletter with a Grace Notes blog (http://gracecopy.cloudaccess.host). Since then 9,430 visitors from as far away as Kenya, Australia, and Brazil have paid 17,266 visits to the website to enjoy its rich content …

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How does God fit into your life journey?

By Rosemary Hagan Spiritual Direction is a ministry that helps a person in his or her efforts towards becoming “a human being fully alive.” In our busy lives it is often difficult to hear the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual Direction can help one to be more attentive and responsive to the promptings …

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