Month: December 2015

Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/3/16 (The Second Sunday after Christmas Day)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 84; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah has a message of hope to God’s people, Paul tells Christians that God chose us for a reason—that we should be holy and blameless in God’s sight, …

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Voice of the vestry: Embrace the end and the beginning

By Mike Mittelstaedt Brace yourselves, I think this issue of news from the vestry might not be as expected but by the end of this column I should be able to bring it all back around.  The distractions of a sweet squawking infant and the requests of a clever toddler to watch an unprecedented number …

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Giving Opportunity for a Special Person

2015 IRA Charitable Rollover The IRA charitable rollover legislation passed by Congress has been signed by the President. This law extends the IRA charitable rollover retroactively for 2015 and makes it permanent. The legislation is part of a larger package on other tax extenders and the budget. Under this legislation, if you are 70 ½ …

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Home for the Holidays

By The Rev. Katheryn King Associate Rector Carolers and crooners have been proclaiming this invitation for decades. These verses recall memories of decorated rooms with wreaths and evergreens, whether designer or simply Gramma’s tree hung with packs of Juicy Fruit gum. Traditions continue with cookies and cocoa, fabulous foods but most especially, time with friends …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/27/15 (The First Sunday after Christmas Day)

by Barbara Klugh Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 147:13-21; Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7; John 1:1-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we hear a song of thanksgiving to God for the vindication and redemption of God’s people in Jerusalem, Paul teaches us that we become children of God through faith …

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Let us “magnify” the Lord

By Barbara Klugh Stewardship Committee As we know, Grace Church is in the midst of transition even as we prepare to welcome Christ on Christmas. Daniel has moved to his new call, the Rev. Katheryn will be joining her husband Dave in Oregon in a couple of months, and Erika has completed her time at …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/20/15 (The Fourth Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh  Micah 5:2-5a; Canticle 15; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s reading bring extraordinary messages of hope, and I feel challenged to respond by the way I live my life. Micah 5:2-5a: Micah was one of the 8th century prophets and declared …

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Children learn the heart of giving this Christmas season

By Catherine Turnbull Director of Children and Youth Ministries Thank you for bringing food with you on December 13 for St. Nicholas’ visit and Grace’s Food Pantry.  Having St. Nicholas visit Grace in December has been a tradition for more than 20 years.  Along with the fun comes the opportunity to highlight service during the …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/13/15 (The Third Sunday of Advent)

By Barbara Klugh              Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, from the Latin word for “rejoice.” At our worship services we light the rose candle on the …

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Advent: Light in the Midst of Growing Darkness

By Kathy Will Music and Worship Coordinator We begin our church year with Advent, a season of preparing for Christmas and at the same time looking toward the Second Coming of Christ. The liturgical color of blue we use in our altar vestments symbolizes the hope and waiting that is expressed in many of the …

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Now is the time – An open letter from our treasurer

December 2, 2015 Dear People of Grace, I am encouraging all the children of God who call Grace home to prayerfully consider their financial commitment to Grace Episcopal Church. Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of our parish. Commitment Sunday is over, December is here, and we need …

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