Month: January 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/7/16 (The Last Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-43a. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Last Sunday after the Epiphany is often known as Transfiguration Sunday because we always read the amazing story of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain. Our readings this week inform …

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Take a leap of faith! How high can we go by Leap Day!

By Barbara Klugh At the annual meeting, you, the people of Grace, asked for a special fundraising campaign to restore the most important cuts to the budget. The Vestry listened, and asked the Stewardship Ministry to develop a fundraising campaign as soon as possible.  And now we’re ready to take that “Leap of Faith” and …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/31/16 (The 4th Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings challenge us to think about how would we respond to God’s call, when God is asking us to do something really, really hard. Jeremiah 1:4-10: Jeremiah was born into a …

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Vestry minutes – 01/12/2016

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: None. Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Katheryn King Scripture & Study: Katheryn led the vestry in a discussion of the Wedding at Cana found in John …

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Special congregational meeting summary – 01/18/2016

Background On January 18, 2016, members of Grace Episcopal Church were invited to attend a meeting with The Rt. Rev. Whayne Hougland Jr., Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan. The meeting was held to review instances of sexual harassment by The Rev. Bry Dennison during Rev. Dennison’s tenure as interim rector of Grace Church …

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Voice of the vestry: Discipleship, pure and simple

By Mary Merrill Being a Christian is about discipleship, pure and simple.  As I approach completion of my three-year term on Grace’s vestry, I have been reflecting about my journey as a maturing disciple. I will never forget experiencing the Eucharist at my first vestry retreat.  Daniel asked that we serve one another.  I recall …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/24/16 (The 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a; Luke 4:14-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s readings celebrate the Word of God as found in the scriptures, in nature, in the body of Christ, and in the identity of Jesus himself. Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, …

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Election results – 149th Annual Meeting

Elections The 149th Annual Meeting was held on a snowy Sunday, January 17, and included several important elections. Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Maria DiStefano-Post, and Marian Vermeulen were elected to fill three year terms on the vestry, while Anne Montgomery was appointed to replace Dixie Stephen for a one-year-term. Elizabeth Blondia, Bob Foote, and Rosemary …

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Vestry minutes – 12/15/2015

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:  Peter Klapp, Connie Riopelle, Mark Stackable Staff Present:  Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Katheryn King Agenda: The minutes from the November 17, 2015 meeting were approved. The minutes …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/17/16 (The 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah predicts the restoration and vindication of Israel, Paul discusses spiritual gifts, and Jesus changes water into wine. Isaiah 62:1-5: The Book of Isaiah is commonly divided into …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 1/10/16 (The 1st Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord)

By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 43:1-7; Psalm 29; Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings we can grasp the power of the Holy Spirit expressed in different times and circumstances. Epiphany: The word Epiphany comes from the Greek, meaning “to show forth” or …

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