Month: April 2015

Vestry minutes – 4/21/15 meeting

Vestry Minutes April 21, 2015 Vestry Members: Mike Cotter, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Mary Merrill, Michael Mittelstaedt, Donna Olendorf, Dixie Stephen, John Strickler, Jeff Tibbits, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Connie Riopelle, Mark Stackable Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Katheryn King, Daniel Richards Check-in, Scripture & Study: Daniel …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/3/15 (Fifth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:24-30; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Acts 8:26-40: This week’s reading comes after Stephen was martyred and persecution of the Christians increased. But instead of silencing Jesus’ followers, Stephen’s death resulted in the spread of the gospel as …

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Ministry of the week – Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is a team of men and women whose purpose is to prepare all things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist in our sanctuary. This includes setting and clearing the needed elements for each worship service – linens, candles, bread and wine, chalices, etc. – as well as the care and maintenance …

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Voice of the vestry: Ask yourself this…

By Helen Hankins The privilege of serving on the Vestry requires a commitment of time, study, and sometimes difficult decision making. That all sounds rather dry, but there are lighter moments and even fun! The opportunities for fellowship with the other Vestry members is also a very positive benefit. Recently we all took part in …

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Voice of the clergy – To follow Christ, you have to choose…

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Life lessons usually come with sweat and blood and leave scars behind. Or you can read a lot of books. I prefer the books, but I have to say that I don’t actually get the lesson into my bones until I’ve lost a little skin. Right now, it …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/26/15 (Fourth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, an apt metaphor that captures the redeeming—and ongoing—work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each year, the lectionary appoints Psalm 23 and …

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Vestry minutes – 3/17/15 meeting

Vestry Minutes March 17, 2015 Vestry Members: Mike Cotter, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Mary Merrill, Michael Mittelstaedt, Donna Olendorf, Dixie Stephen, John Strickler, Jeff Tibbits, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Mark Stackable Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Daniel Richards, Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Donna Olendorf opened by …

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Vestry meeting visitor guidelines

Guests are welcome to observe GEC vestry meetings, typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Church members may propose agenda items, which should be submitted in writing to the Vestry Executive Committee at least two weeks before the next scheduled session. Such items will be included under New Business and guests will be …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/19/15 (Third Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Peter explains that healing comes from God to glorify his Son Jesus, John tells us about repenting of sin as we are being made new in the image …

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Legacy Giving to Grace

Have you ever thought about a gift or bequest to Grace through you will or trust? The Grace Episcopal Church Foundation has put together a simple slide show to give you some possibilities in giving. Always check with your financial and legal professionals before making such a gift. Contact the Parish Office for more information. …

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Voice of the clergy – Happy Easter

Christ is Risen! As Christians around the world gather today to celebrate the Resurrection, we make this acclamation in hundreds of languages as we have for two thousand years. In this shout we make a claim about the world and God. We declare that the world is as Jesus proclaimed: his rule of love and service, grace and mercy has begun, …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/12/15 (Second Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we have the response of the early Christians to the Resurrection, John tells us how we should live as people of the light, and Thomas declares Jesus to …

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