voice of the vestry

Voice of the vestry: the privilege of outreach

By Mike Cotter In addition to serving on our Vestry for the past two years, I’ve also been pleased to volunteer in the church office every Thursday afternoon for over five years. Assisting Ann and Erika carry out various behind the scenes tasks that help Grace Church continue to be a model faith community has …

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Voice of the vestry: Taking care of each other

By Denny Meyers Numerous times God says “love one another as I have loved you.” At Grace we seem to do a good job of this whether you are talking about Jubilee House, the Jubilee House Food Pantry, Pastoral Care, the Healing Team, preparing a meal, sharing a meal, studying and praying together, etc. I …

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Voice of the Vestry: “We are all priests”

By Helen Hankins When Bill and I became members of Grace Church several years ago, we were impressed by the amount of outreach we saw occurring. What we did not immediately see or appreciate was the amount of study that Grace offered. As a “cradle” Episcopalian/Anglican, I have never been a member of a church …

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Voice of the Vestry: Beacons of faith

By Mary Merrill Two of Grace’s dearly loved parishioners recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows. If you were present for this worship service, you know how touching the ceremony was. Frank and Joyce Faustman were wed on June 29th, 1944, while the world was at war. The timing of this …

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Voice of the Vestry: Sharing our love

By John Strickler Several weeks after his passing, Nan and I continue to grieve the death of Grace parishioner Bill Hankins. I know many of you do as well. The strange thing is that we’ve never known Bill and Helen well, or at least not intimately. Although we lived not 10 miles from each other …

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Voice of the Vestry: We blossom with new life

By Dixie Stephen As I ponder the writing of this month’s Voice of Vestry, a rain storm, complete with thunder and lightning, is carrying forth. I am reminded of the significance of renewal. We have “weathered” a difficult winter and a spring that has struggled to break through the throes of the past six months. …

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Voice of the Vestry: the curmudgeon contingent

As Bishop Whayne Hougland might say, “What’s up, y’all?” I don’t know about you, but for me it’s been a long, cold, difficult winter, and combined with a variety of bothersome ailments, things breaking around the house, and my unreliable internet connection, it has made me even more depressed and frazzled than usual. I remember …

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Food Pantry is moving to the brown garage

By Donna Olendorf The idea is simple. Move the Food Pantry out of Jubilee House and into the detached brown garage adjacent to the church on the Boardman Avenue rental property. And it’s a good idea, too. There will be more space for cars, more room for food, and a much-needed separation between families seeking …

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Blessed by Daniel’s leadership – but not reliant

By Steve Wade Senior Warden It is customary within the Episcopal Church for a rector of a parish to be given a sabbatical every few years. This time away from daily duties is intended to allow for a dedicated time of study and spiritual renewal. In the coming year, after five years of ministry at …

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Voice of the vestry: How will you give back to your community?

By Barb Johnson Now that I am finishing my term, I was asked to write about why I joined vestry. I had volunteered as a Sunday school teacher when the boys were little and then as a youth group leader after the boys had been through the J2A youth program. I felt this was the …

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Voice of the Vestry: What matters now?

By Kerry Nelson As part of our monthly Vestry meeting we spend 15-30 minutes on study. This could be reading this week’s scriptures followed by discussion or Daniel reading a passage from the latest book he is studying and asking a pointed question. No matter what the topic, the ensuing conversation is thought provoking and …

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