Month: January 2015

Brad Will reflects on his vestry service: “Never say never”

By Bradley Will Ann Hackett, in reminding me to write this column, encouraged me by saying, “Once you complete this, you are all done with your work on Vestry!” So, instead of the usual ‘thought for the month,’ which is usually shared by my Vestry colleagues, maybe I’ll share my thought for the past three …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/1/15 (Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings have to do with the question of who speaks with authority on behalf of God. Deuteronomy 18:15-20: Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the Bible, and the last of …

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Got Stock?

An ideal way of giving to the Grace Episcopal Church Foundation is giving appreciated stock, securities, retirement accounts, certificates of deposits, and other financial tools. Giving appreciated stock saves capital gains tax and  provides a charitable donation. Contact your broker or Ann Hackett at the Parish Office for more information. The Grace Episcopal Church Foundation …

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Volunteer for Safe Harbor

Our next, and last, host week of this season for Safe Harbor is from Saturday, March 14th through Friday, March 20th. You can sign up to volunteer using VolunteerSpot. Here’s how it works in three easy steps: 1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/716979054068 2) Review the options listed and choose …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/25/15 (Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:6-14; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings are about deciding how we want to live our lives. Will we go the way of our egos and run away from God or submit to God’s plan …

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New vestry members elected at 148th Annual Meeting

By Donna Olendorf The 148th Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 18, and included several important elections. Nancy Flowers, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittlestadt, and Jeff Tibbets were elected to fill three year terms on the vestry, while Eddie Grim will be appointed to replace Denny Meyers for a one-year-term. Elizabeth Blondia, Sandy Foote, and …

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Financial Peace University classes begin on January 22nd

By Katherine Will Debt and credit cards seem to be the American way of life. We use our cards to pay for gas, groceries, a new washer and dryer, and a mocha at the coffee shop. We intend to pay everything off each month, but somehow, when we aren’t looking, the balances get bigger and …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/18/15 (Second Sunday after Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh 1 Samuel 3:1-20; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we have the call of Samuel and the call of Jesus’ disciples. Paul explains why what we do with our physical bodies matters if we are …

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Reading the Bible – Two Plans in 2015

By Dave Eitland Happy New Year!  Blessed New Year! We, at Grace Episcopal Church, 341 Washington Ave, Traverse City, Michigan, USA continue our effort to give people worldwide the gift of the Bible by a discipline of daily reading and prayer.  Daily prayers will be based on the wonderful and enduring Book of Common Prayer, …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/11/15 (First Sunday after Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week we have especially rich readings. We hear about the very beginning of creation, Paul performs a second baptism to “incomplete” Christians, and Jesus himself is baptized by John. Epiphany: The word …

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