Month: November 2015

Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/6/15 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh                                    Baruch 5:1-9; Canticle 16; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week, all of our readings are about preparing for the coming of Christ. Baruch 5:1-9: …

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Why another Bible study?

By Eddie Grim You can read and understand the bible! You can find comfort, strength, and guidance by reading the bible! It can make a huge difference in your life! The Episcopal Church holds the scriptures in high regard both in doctrine and in practice. While the scriptures are extensively incorporated into the services and …

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Vestry minutes – 11/17/2015

November 17, 2015 Vestry Members: Mike Cotter, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Tim Hamilton, Sue Kelly, Mary Merrill, Michael Mittelstaedt, Donna Olendorf, 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: Daniel summarized the Ten Commandments for …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/29/15 (The First Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Our readings this week have to do with Christ’s Second Coming at the end of history. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and begins a new liturgical year. It is …

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Following the soft sound of the Holy Spirit

By Erika Shenk-Tessin I bet you didn’t know that nine years ago, I was a single mother of a six year old boy who applied at a temp agency after walking out on a crooked bookkeeping job without another job in place. I was on welfare and living check to check. Then a call came …

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The dance of change

By Mike Cotter The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. Alan Watts When Daniel first communicated to the Vestry that it was his intention to leave Grace Church and return to Arizona as rector of Christ Church of the Ascension in …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/22/15 (Christ the King; The Last Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh   2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Christ the King: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, known as Christ the King Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 as …

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New ministry with Love INC.

A new ministry is evolving here at Grace in cooperation with Love Inc. Jesus taught his disciples to meet people at their point of need. Love In the Name of Christ exists to love people with passion and action-I believe Grace does as well ! In conjunction with Love Inc., Grace has entered into a medical …

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Convention Report: Starting a movement

By Elizabeth Blondia Diocesan Convention Delegate The Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan (EDWM) held its 141st Convention in Grand Rapids on November 6 and 7. This year’s theme was “Starting a Movement” and after hearing inspiring words from our own Bishop Whayne Hougland and Bishop Stacy Sauls, Chief Operating Officer of the Episcopal Church, as …

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Commitment Sunday – 15 November 2015

Commitment Sunday This Sunday! 15 November 2015 By Dave Eitland for the Stewardship Ministry Team Some purchase the seed, some have plant, some watered, some have weeded, some have tended to plants, and some have harvested but God gave growth.                                …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/15/15 (25th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-25; Mark 13:1-8. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Hannah rejoices in the birth of her son Samuel she had promised to God’s service, the author of Hebrews describes Jesus as the initiator of the new covenant, …

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A Prayer for the Keep

By the Very Rev. Daniel P. Richards Three years ago our Vestry faced a decision.  We had several people with the gifts and experiences to fill the normal positions on the Vestry, and quite well.  But we also had this situation that had arisen a few times over the years that I wanted to address …

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