Month: August 2015

Ministry of the week: CROP Hunger Walk

By Ann Hackett Part I 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 …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/6/15 (15th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Psalm 125; James 2:1-17; Mark 7:24-37. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Great readings this week: We have words of wisdom from Proverbs, James tells us how to love our neighbor, and Jesus performs an exorcism and a healing. Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23: …

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Vestry Minutes – 8/18/2015

August 18, 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, Mark Stackable Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Daniel Richards, Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Vestry members shared their month’s highs …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/30/15 (14th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2, 7-10; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we see the blessings of love—for another person, for God, and for those less fortunate, and that genuine purity comes from the heart. Song …

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Voice of the vestry: God is calling. How do we answer?

By Jeff Tibbits Junior Warden “He shall call upon me, and I will answer Him.” Psalm 91:15a Continuing the theme from Sue Kelly’s July message about discerning the will of God, I choose to focus this month on another step in our spiritual journey: What do we after we discern God’s will for us as …

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Ministry of the week: Centering Prayer

By Marilyn Dressel Psalm 48, “Be still then, and know that I am God.” Psalm 62, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; from Him comes my salvation.” Centering Prayer holds a space available to God as a free gift of our love.  It is a time of surrendering our hearts to Jesus.  The …

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Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those who cannot attend worship

Rev. Katheryn King Associate rector, Grace Episcopal Church As early as 150 C.E. (Christian Era) Justin, the martyr, in writing an explanation of Christian worship to the Roman authorities, described the celebration of Holy Communion pretty much as we celebrate today. At the end of the description, he notes that members take the Lord’s Supper …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/23/15 (13th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:55-69. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Solomon dedicates the temple, Paul counsels us to put on the whole armor of God, and many of Jesus’ disciples desert him. 1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11,22-30,41-43: In last week’s …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/16/15 (12th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-58. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Solomon asks God for wisdom, Paul encourages us to live carefully and wisely, and Jesus tells us that those who eat his flesh and drink his blood …

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Draft Minutes – Parish Informational Meeting 7/19/15

July 19, 2015 Presiding: The Very Reverend Daniel P. Richards hosted the informational meeting. The meeting began at 11:45 am after the 10 o’clock service. Seventy-five people were in attendance. Tapas Talks Summary – Click here for Daniel’s full summary. Alpha program – This small group ministry based around video presentations was proposed by Rev. …

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Pancake breakfast will support once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for youth – Sunday 8/9/15

By Elizabeth Wolterink The Returned Pilgrims Youth Group will be holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday August 9th between the 8am and 10am services.  The breakfast is by donation only and starts at 9am.  We are holding this breakfast as a fundraiser for a very exciting opportunity the youth group has: to speak at the …

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