Grace Episcopal Church

Finding treasures in God’s good earth – Vacation Bible School

by Elizabeth Blondia For three mornings this past week, ten adults, seven middle schoolers, and 12 young participants from Grace Church met at Art and Linda Schubert’s beautiful farm in Leelanau County to search for and find Treasures in God’s Good Earth. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were blooming, the garden was flourishing, and …

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Voice of the Vestry: What is a Steward?

by Marian Vermeulen My earliest specific memory of encountering the word “steward” comes from my childhood, as my brother and I sat in our family living room with my parents, often in the glow of a fire that muttered cheerfully in the wood stove, and listened with rapt attention to my father, reading to us …

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Going forward: next steps

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas, Rector in the Interim Over three different days, folks from Grace met in small groups to discover and identify themes that capture the positive core of Grace, those elements that give life to Grace, parts of our past that we might desire to carry into our future.  The time began …

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Can you Adopt-A-Spot?

by Ann Hackett, Buildings & Grounds Coordinator Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.                            -Colossians 3:23-24 ESV  When I read this verse, I wonder how I am doing nurturing my …

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Voice of the Vestry: We don’t need a canoe

by Clare Andreasson, Senior Warden “What you need,” said my father, in a voice weighted with authority and experience, “is a canoe.” My husband and I and our two children were in the midst of a long season of changes for our young family which left us feeling fragmented, fearful, and disconnected from one another.  …

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Vacation Bible School at Grace July 17-18-19: Searching for treasures on God’s good earth

by Sue Kelly, Children & Youth Education Council Where can you find God this summer?  Our children and youth will be asked this question on our last day of church school, June 10.  Look for their responses in the centerpieces on the tables in the parish hall during our ice cream social coffee hour. One …

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Notes from the Rector in the Interim

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Thank you to everyone who participated in the gatherings, Going Forward: the Next Steps.  We had about 60 folks participate.  In July we will put together what came out of those meetings and focus on our next steps.  There is still time to participate in one final gathering if you …

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Mac and cheese and lemonade – you just made my day!

by Glenda Andrews, Jubilee House Coordinator These are the words the Jubilee House volunteers recently heard while at your Grace Episcopal Jubilee House. There has been news lately about Safe Harbor and the Safe Harbor volunteers staying open for extended hours during our cold spring.  This permanent facility has been a blessing for our city …

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Voice of the Vestry: CHANGE

by Eddie Grim We humans have a complex and varied relationship with change. It is a profound love and hate relationship. We celebrate the coming of spring while we grumble and complain about the accompanying rain. We smile in pride as our children grow to adulthood, but at the same time fear each new step …

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Faith in action: 2018 Eye Brigade mission to La Esperanza, Honduras

by Bob Foote, O.D. This mission was one of our best. A big thank you to the members of Grace Church that helped and prayed for us.  I want to especially thank Bill Pierce, Connie Riopelle, Penny Campo-Pierce and Sandy Foote. Trip planning for this trip began at the end of the 2017 trip. Tentative …

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Reshaping our Diocese to Increase Connections

by Rosemary Hagan, D. Min., North Region Chair If you are new to being an Episcopalian it might come as a surprise that our parish, Grace Church, does not “stand alone”. We are a member parish in a larger geographical region called a Diocese. We are also part of the greater Episcopal Church in this …

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Grace’s young iconographers

by Elizabeth Wolterink, Youth Group Leader How many of you played Lent Madness?  While we were all playing and learning about our spiritual forbearers, the High School Youth Group has been taking their saintly studies a step further.  During Lent, each student chose a saint and has been learning about them while creating an icon …

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