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Garden provides resting ground for departed

By Linda Schubert St. Fiacre Garden Guild Grace Church’s Garden of Remembrance and Reflection echoes its message of Enter in Peace with perennial plantings in soft, calming colors. Entering through the vine covered archway, St Fiacre statuary (holding a bouquet in one hand and a spade in the other) beckons us to sit awhile in …

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Our strength grows with our youth: Register them for Church School

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation “The strength of our church grows with our youth,” wrote vestryman Bob Bursian in 1973, capturing the spirit of Christian Education that has been present at Grace Church since its very beginning. In fact, the roots of our Church School reach back to a time before …

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In the pulpit this fall…

The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term …

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Fear Not!

By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask” …

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The times they are a-changing

By Jeff Wescott As a “change-averse,” person, I am unnerved to think about the changes of the past few years.  Catherine recently had a mercifully brief encounter with cancer, which taught me what fear really meant.  Our youngest daughter has emerged from a cocoon of fear and self-loathing to educate others about the dangers of …

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Looking ahead

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden As we prepare to say good-bye to Carlton, with gratitude for his faithful service to our parish, we are also looking ahead.   Apart from a few weekends this fall, we have supply clergy for all of our services through Christmas, and we are working on filling those gaps as well. …

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Vestry minutes – 7/18/2017

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:  Ann Hackett, Parish Administrator Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley is out of town. Prayer and Check-in: Clare opened with prayer …

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What is the Grace Church Foundation?

By the Grace Church Foundation Board Perhaps you’ve heard our Foundation mentioned from time to time, but you aren’t aware of its purpose or what role it plays in our life at Grace. In 1995, parishioner Bluma Magher made a financial provision for Grace in her will with the stipulation that it be seed money …

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Voice of the vestry: Be joyful and let your light shine

By Jeff Tibbits Every day is the day to portray a message of hope, love, and joy at Grace. HOPE –it’s a powerful word. Some of you may know this word as an acronym: Hold On; Pray Expectantly.  So what does the Bible tell us about hope? Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persevere …

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Episcopal Youth Event draws Grace teens to Oklahoma City

By Brittney Collins Stepping off the plane into Oklahoma City, I wasn’t quite sure how a week of Episcopal Youth Even (EYE17)t would affect me. I definitely expected to have some fun, though I never imagined that there would be times where I couldn’t breathe because I was laughing so hard. I expected to feel …

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Engaging the Word: 7/23/17 (The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we have the story of Jacob’s dream, Paul continues to contrast living according to the flesh or in the Spirit, and Jesus teaches the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Genesis …

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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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