voice of the vestry

Grace marks its 150th anniversary: Let the celebration begin!

By James Deaton Junior Warden “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you” (2 Timothy 1:14, CEV). This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of our parish. What a marvelous milestone! This sacred place means so much to so many …

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In our love of animals we catch a glimpse of what God wishes for us

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26 By Marian Vermeulen I have a slight …

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Voice of the vestry: Turn off the fan

By Maria DiStefano-Post Noise is ever constant, ever present, and ever persistent. Nothing makes me aware of noise more than when white noise, such as a fan, gets turned off. I take a deep breath and become aware of how agitated I have become.  If you are anything like me, most days, that is how …

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Voice of the vestry: Open your heart to God’s presence

Your own ears will hear him.  Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 By Eddie Grim This last year has been very difficult for Grace. There has been deep pain. There is uncertainty as we search for a …

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Vestry seeks the wind of the Holy Spirit

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden Sometimes it is an image that grounds me and brings me grace. In late January, the week before the vestry retreat, Rosemary Hagan and I met to prepare and to pray.  During our prayer, as Rosemary spoke of the wind of the Holy Spirit, an unbidden image arose in my …

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Voice of the vestry: understanding what God provides to make his people whole

By Anne Montgomery It all started a year ago with the invitation to run for the vestry.   It has been a tumultuous year for the church and my family.   On the high road, for my family we had a wonderful reunion around our son’s wedding. The Lord blesses us with a new daughter-in-law and a …

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Stewardship update

By Helen Hankins, Clare Andreasson, and Marian Vermeulen The uncertainty inherent in times of transition opens doors for us to wait in hope and to grow in faith.   It also invites us to listen attentively to one another, and to listen together for the ways that God is speaking to us and through us. These …

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Voice of the vestry: I find my restart button at church

By Maria DiStefano-Post Drive the kids to school, leave work to buy swim tights, go back to work, make dinner, take Turbo, our dog, to the veterinarian, (insert all the other daily home chores) and just when I think my day is through, it’s not: I have to go to the store at 10pm because …

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Find a place to escape with God

By Marian Vermeulen A bright October sun warmed Stanley and I as we headed down the driveway, bound for the trails. I was driven out here to escape the world. Shortly before I had ventured onto Facebook to indulge in one of my weaknesses (window shopping on Horses  for Sale in Michigan groups) and was …

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Keep your heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God

By Sue Kelly Growing up, my family moved about every five years for my dad’s job as an electrical engineer with General Electric.  My parents were from Michigan but we lived in Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New York.  Sometimes the moves were an adventure but as I became a teenager, they became more traumatic.  (Think …

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How can we embrace each other when we have different views?

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation Even though I talked to parishioners when I was Senior Warden, my perspective is different now.  As a staff member organizing fall registration for Christian Education, I am spending a lot more time on the phone, chatting with parents, teachers, and volunteers–and often getting an earful …

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Grace creates clear policy for reporting sexual harassment

By Helen Hankins and Donna Olendorf After months of hard work and research, Grace Church has completed its own standard operating policy and procedure (SOPP) for reporting sexual misconduct. The guidelines, called Reporting Suspected Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harrassment, have been posted on the website and the Parish Hall bulletin board. Grace created …

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