Month: July 2015

Ministry of the week: Serving on the vestry

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden Being a vestry member is a way to offer your unique God-given gifts to the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church. This 12-member board meets monthly and is responsible for church property, financial oversight, and human resource responsibilities. Vestry work is always done in partnership with the rector, but our authority …

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Vestry Minutes – 7/21/2015 meeting

July 21, 2015 Vestry Members: Mike Cotter, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Mary Merrill, Michael Mittelstaedt, Donna Olendorf, John Strickler, Jeff Tibbits, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Dave Eitland, Ward Kuhn Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Daniel Richards, Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Vestry members shared what has been …

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Tapas Talks summary

By The Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards July 2015 Through Christ Jesus you are being built in the Spirit together with others into a place where God lives.   Ephesians 2:22 As we approach my seven year anniversary as rector of Grace, we have come to a time of discernment, again. This is an ongoing …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/2/15 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Psalm 51:1-13 Ephesians 4:1-16; John 6:24-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the prophet Nathan confronts David, Paul teaches how a diverse community can live in unity, and Jesus tells us, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to …

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Voice of the vestry: Discerning the will of God

By Sue Kelly As a newly elected vestry member, my eyes and heart have been opened to the myriad of ministries at Grace making us a spiritually vibrant church … a blessed church as described by N. Graham Standish in his book Becoming a Blessed Church. As a vestry, we focus on learning to discern …

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Ministry of the week: Women’s Book Club

The Women’s Book Club at Grace is an intimate group that accommodates members according to their schedules and interest in book selections from month to month. We average about 7 readers a month, so there is always room for someone else! This “welcoming ministry” is a place to indulge your love of books with other …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/26/15 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh 2 Samuel 11:1-15; Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Great readings this week—from sin to lamentation to  prayer to miracles. 2 Samuel 11:1-15: Our readings for this week and next focus on the story of David and Bathsheba, the story of …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/19/15 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  2 Samuel 7:1-14a; Psalm 89:20-37; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34,53-56. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God promises David that his “house” will last forever, Paul tells us that through Christ the barriers between Jews and Gentiles have been broken down, and we see further …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/12/15 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Psalm 24; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, Paul rejoices in the eternal purposes of God revealed in Jesus Christ, and the martyrdom of John the …

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