Month: September 2015

The pope’s message is the message of Grace Church

By Ken and Glenda Andrews I sit here today watching history take place in this wonderful country of ours. To hear Pope Francis speaking the words of Jesus to the leaders of our country, I ponder. The Pope’s message of family, love, and reaching out to help those of us that are in need, whatever …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 10/4/15 (19th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1; 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Job suffers terribly, but refuses to curse God, the author of Hebrews describes Jesus as uniquely qualified to reveal God, Jesus teaches about divorce and about who …

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Come to the fair

By Barbara Klugh Stewardship Ministry Next weekend is your opportunity to find your place at Grace. Come to the ministry fair following each service. Grace is a very lively church, with many people using their gifts and joyfully sharing them with one another. That’s what makes us a vibrant community of faith. Many people want …

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Vestry Minutes – 9/15/2015

September 15, 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: Mark Stackable Clergy Present: Daniel Richards, Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Vestry and staff shared personal highlights from the last month. Daniel read …

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Bishop’s Pastoral Letter – September 2015

To: People of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan From:  The Rt. Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr.; IX Bishop of Western Michigan My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, September marks my second anniversary as your bishop. Serving as your ninth bishop continues to be a tremendous honor and privilege. I have been deeply moved and humbled …

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The mission of Grace drew me in

By Laura Oldenburg New is what God promises each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-24). So when my husband Don and I started at Grace we looked for what God had promised, mercy and faithfulness. Being new is is not unknown to me, either as a child, a young adult, and a senior adult. We have lived many …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/27/15 (18th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh  Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Queen Esther saves her people, James tells us the importance of Christian community, and Jesus tells us to refrain from placing obstacles in the way or other …

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Voice of the vestry: The business of church

By Nancy Flowers When I submitted my application as a candidate for the vestry two years ago, I ran on my business acumen. Having worked in the corporate world for over 20 years, I believed my background and business perspective could contribute positively to running a healthy church. I went in boldly falling back on …

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What are you grateful for? Word Gratitude Day 9/21/15

By Dave Eitland Grace Stewardship Ministry Team We think about gratitude as the first step in a spiritual practice of giving ourselves, our time, and our possessions. We are thankful for all things when we know that all things come from God. God has blessed us on our journey through with our life, talent, and …

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Ministry of the week: Bread for the World helps end hunger

“Bread for the World is a collective Christian Voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live…Bread for the World works in a bipartisan way through …

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