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Master Planning Committee will merge with Stewardship Ministry

By Jeff Tibbits, with The Rev. Carlton Kelley Since the time our Grace Happens Here: A Guide to Our Ministries was printed and distributed to parish members back in September 2015, Grace’s Stewardship Ministry has lost half of its members and all of its leaders. Gone now are Barbara Klugh to a well-deserved retirement after …

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Voice of the vestry: Controversies, changes, and challenges

By Eddie Grim In the last several months we have been faced with controversies, changes and many challenges in the life of Grace Church. We didn’t ask for any of these, and few, if any of us, could have known that we would be facing them. But that is the way of life both individually …

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Voice of the vestry: The life of Grace is continuing…

“Live by what you believe, not by what you fear.”   — Bishop Deborah Kiesey By Chuck Wolterink Here is a brief update on some of the issues regarding the Rector search.  1) We held a special meeting to discuss the search for an interim Rector.  The Bishop has sent us dossiers on three candidates, which …

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Voice of the vestry: “Fear not”

 By Clare Andreasson Last year at this time our oldest child was in the second semester of his senior year of high school.  As a family we were up to our necks in one of the major transitions of our life together.  On an ordinary Saturday afternoon I found myself standing in the doorway of …

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Officers discerned at vestry retreat

The vestry enjoyed a prayerful retreat at the Augustine Center on Feb. 6 – 7, 2016. Under the guidance of Parish Administrator Ann Hackett, The Rev. Greg Brown, and Canon William Spaid, the group discerned new leaders and laid plans for the year ahead.  Named to office: Senior Warden – Donna Olendorf Junior Warden – …

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Voice of the vestry: Discipleship, pure and simple

By Mary Merrill Being a Christian is about discipleship, pure and simple.  As I approach completion of my three-year term on Grace’s vestry, I have been reflecting about my journey as a maturing disciple. I will never forget experiencing the Eucharist at my first vestry retreat.  Daniel asked that we serve one another.  I recall …

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Voice of the vestry: Embrace the end and the beginning

By Mike Mittelstaedt Brace yourselves, I think this issue of news from the vestry might not be as expected but by the end of this column I should be able to bring it all back around.  The distractions of a sweet squawking infant and the requests of a clever toddler to watch an unprecedented number …

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The dance of change

By Mike Cotter The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts When Daniel first communicated to the Vestry that it was his intention to leave Grace Church and return to Arizona as rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in …

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Let us celebrate – and give thanks!

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden As we prepare for our unified worship service in recognition of Daniel’s ministry on November 15 at 10 am, we have so much to celebrate. We celebrate Daniel’s ministry and the dedicated time he and his family–Amy, Rachel, Jolie, and Henri–have shared with us at Grace Church. Daniel leaves us …

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Serving on Grace’s Vestry

By John Strickler It’s amazing how quickly time slips by as we age. When I was a kid, the only thing that flew by was summer vacation. Now, seasons pass by like a week, and years like a season. So it has been with my service on Grace’s Vestry. When I agreed to stand for …

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Daniel is leaving

October 9, 2015 Dear People of Grace, It is with mixed emotion that we share the news that Daniel has accepted a new position as rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in Paradise Valley, Arizona, and will be leaving Grace Episcopal Church at the end of November. We are happy for his new calling, …

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Voice of the vestry: The business of church

By Nancy Flowers When I submitted my application as a candidate for the vestry two years ago, I ran on my business acumen. Having worked in the corporate world for over 20 years, I believed my background and business perspective could contribute positively to running a healthy church. I went in boldly falling back on …

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