Grace Episcopal Church

Vestry minutes – 6/20/2017

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott(Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another. Scripture …

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How does your garden grow? Food Pantry gets fresh veggies from Schuberts’ farm

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation There was a time, not so very long ago, when gardens were as common as smart phones are today, and almost everyone grew their own vegetables. Those days are gone, even here in Traverse City where many people are still farmers.  For most of us, visiting …

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Special vestry meeting minutes – 7/5/2017

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott(Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Ken Andrews Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Clare opened with a prayer. Ann gave an overview of the issues with the church plumbing. The …

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Engaging the Word: 7/16/17 (The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 25:19-34; Palm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This week we learn about Isaac and Rebekah’s twins, the psalmist revels in the word of God, Paul tells us the law is powerless because of Jesus Christ, and Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower. Genesis 25:19-34: Last …

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Summer is a time to celebrate each day

As another Cherry Festival draws to a close, I’m again reminded of the fleeting nature of summertime here in Northern Michigan. The festival itself lasts a mere eight days; a speck of time when over 600,000 people draw together to enjoy as much living and celebrating as they can. While I often avoid the throngs …

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As Christians, we are called…

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Interim Rector Many of you were quite happy that I preached the sermon I preached on June 25 which called into question the propriety of the Senate’s health care bill.  Some of you were not.  I want to take this opportunity to explain more fully why I preached that sermon. …

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Worship is not a spectator sport

By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship As I sat in a pew recently for worship, I had a thought about the difference between attending worship and attending a sporting event or other type of entertainment.  We treasure tickets on the fifty yard line or at center court, so that we can be close …

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Engaging the Word: 6/25/17 (The Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 21:8-21; Palm 86:1-10, 16-17; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Abraham casts out Hagar and Ishmael, Paul explains how we are united to Christ through our baptism, and Jesus warns the apostles of the challenges of discipleship. Genesis 21:8-21: In this week’s reading, we …

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Centering prayer moves us beyond conversation to communion with Christ

By Marilyn Dressel Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which we consent to rest in God’s presence.  It is a wordless prayer that moves us beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.  The gospel story of Mary and Martha, (Luke 10:38-42) teaches us that silence and action, prayer and work are two …

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Engaging the Word: 6/18/17 (The Second Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7; Palm 116:1, 10-17; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. We are in the season after Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time, in which we focus on the mission of the church and how to live as faithful disciples day by day, week by week. For …

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Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy …

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