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Grace Pilgrimage – a tradition since 1998

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation From the earliest days of the Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimage a part of their faith. And, in 1998, having adopted a curriculum that holds pilgrimage as its central feature, Grace youth also embraced this tradition, traveling to distant lands in search of God …

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ECW has been committed to service for over 150 years

By Ellen Schrader Two weeks ago I set out to write a brief piece about the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and its history at Grace.  An odd feeling came over me as I held the notebook of the first secretary of what was then called the Women’s Auxiliary, dated Nov. 14, 1895.  I was handling …

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Voice of the Vestry: Fall is a time to awaken to God’s creation

By Kathryn Holl It was two am when I felt a nudge from our puppy Leo to go outside. I wanted to sleep yet I felt his eyes staring at me.  Quietly I walked to the door, not to awaken the household, and stepped outside with him.   He walked square to the middle of the …

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Vestry minutes – 9/19/2017

Sept 19, 2017 6:00 pm 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: None Prayer and Check-in: The vestry checked in with one another by sharing …

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Jubilee House – Built on God’s Love

By Glenda Andrews Jubilee House Director Jubilee – just the word brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face. When you put this word alongside Bible references where debts are forgiven, you start to understand what Jubilee Ministries are all about here at Grace. In 2004 our sanctuary was too small, so …

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Vestry minutes – 8/15/2017

August 15, 2017 Feast Day of St. Mary the Virgin 6:00 pm Vestry Members: 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: Canon William Spaid Staff Present:  Ann Hackett, Parish Administrator Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley …

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Food Pantry—A Jubilee Ministry alleviating food insecurity

By Nancy Johnson Food Pantry Coordinator People in the Grand Traverse area are hungry, often very hungry. In fact, one out of four people in this region experience food insecurity. Food security, defined by the USDA, “means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” This means that …

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What will you share in our Grateful Harvest?

Dear Friends of Grace, As I write this, the heat of summer is hanging on with a vengeance, delaying the inevitable fall colors and welcome cool temperatures. The seasons are definitely in transition. In much the same way, Grace is also in a period of profound transition. We’re celebrating our 150th Anniversary; a monumental milestone, …

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Jubilee Ministry’s Community Lunch – Feeding Body and Soul

By Kate Wood Community Lunch Coordinator This is a simple, concrete ministry that fulfills the gospel call to feed and care for those in need. It also nourishes body and soul, feeding God’s people both in the giving and the receiving! As with many things at Grace Church, the idea of serving a free meal …

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Our times are in God’s hand

By James Deaton Junior Warden “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Part of my job description as a managing editor is to create publishing schedules, making sure they’re realistic given the project’s scope. I’m also responsible for monitoring progress and …

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Anniversary Open House will focus on history and outreach

[pdf-embedder url=”http://gracecopy.cloudaccess.host/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Oct.-14-15-Poster.pdf” title=”Oct. 14-15 Poster”] Grace Episcopal Church warmly welcomes the public to a slate of events scheduled for October 14-15, 2017, in celebration of their sesquicentennial. An open house will be held on Saturday from 2-4 pm, featuring docent-led historical tours of the church campus and a spotlight on outreach ministries. On Sunday, an …

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Full-time intentional interim will join Grace in October

By Clare Andreasson Sr. Warden The vestry is delighted to bring you the news that the Rev. Kathryn Costas has accepted a call to serve as full-time Intentional Interim Rector at Grace Church.  We finalized our covenant with her at our vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 19.  She will begin working with us the first …

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