Month: August 2014

What I did on my summer vacation

The last time I wrote an essay with that title, I was in Mrs. Rush’s fourth grade class in Mississippi. I don’t miss her, and I bet she never missed me. It was little more than a paragraph handwritten on wide ruled notebook paper torn out of a Mead single subject notebook. I can still …

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Join the CROP Walk on October 12, 2014

By Ann Hackett I can walk. And I can talk. That’s all that needs to be done for the CROP Hunger Walk. These two simple actions alone on my part seem to make little difference in alleviating world hunger or hunger in northern Michigan. But these two actions multiplied by hundreds of others does effect …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/31/14 (12th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Moses encounters God in the burning bush, Paul gives us a good set of guidelines on living the discipled life, and Jesus tells us what following him requires. Exodus: Since …

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Giving Back to Africa’s Papa Kindomba will visit Grace on September 7

Dr. Jerry Kindomba is the Project Manager of Giving Back to Africa’s innovative educational program at Centre Salisa in the Mpasa community on the edge of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He will be coming to Grace Church in Traverse City on Sunday, September 7, to visit the Church School. …

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“It was glorious” – report from Sewanee Music Conference

By Katherine Will Coordinator of Music and Worship I want to thank the Grace Vestry for making it possible for me to attend the Sewanee Church Music Conference held this past July at Dubose Conference Center near the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. This was my first visit to the annual conference, held specifically …

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Financial Peace University begins 9/11/14

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money through video teaching by Dave Ramsey, class discussions, and interactive small group activities. FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan …

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Centering Prayer Community

The Centering Prayer Community at Grace Church meets each Wednesday from 11 am -12 noon in the meditation room on the Lower Level. The hour is divided into Centering Prayer (sitting in silence) and Lectio Divina, which is reading, reflecting, responding, and resting in God’s Word. Centering Prayer is a “wordless prayer,” it is emptying …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/24/14 (11th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This week we read the holy drama of Moses’ birth and rescue, the psalmist thanks God for deliverance from enemies, Paul exhorts us to present ourselves as living sacrifices to God, and Jesus asks his disciples …

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Grace library divides the wheat from the chaff

Grace Church Library is located in the Parish Hall building, lower level, room LL2. In the recent past, Daniel has been very helpful in dividing the wheat from the chaff. We have a well-stocked library of readable, current topic books. In addition to new purchases, donations are welcome; they are screened for their content and …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/17/14 (10th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15:10-28. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. Again we have great readings. Joseph has a happy reunion with his brothers, Paul is firm that God has not rejected his chosen people, Jesus teaches the crowd, and heals the daughter of a determined …

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What are you thankful for?

By Dave Eitland with the Stewardship Ministry Team What are you thankful for? Stewardship is a journey grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer, lived in faith. This definition of stewardship comes from the book called Bounty: Ten Ways to Increase Giving at Your Church by Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie. The Stewardship Ministry Team and …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/10/14 (9th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. We continue to have selections from the Bible’s greatest hits this week. Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, and Jesus walks on water. Genesis: This week, the Genesis narrative turns to Joseph, Jacob’s …

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