Month: February 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 3/6/16 (The Fourth Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh  Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. . Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the Israelites celebrate their first Passover in the Promised Land, Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors for Christ, and Jesus tells the parable of the Prodigal Son. …

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Voice of the vestry: “Fear not”

 By Clare Andreasson Last year at this time our oldest child was in the second semester of his senior year of high school.  As a family we were up to our necks in one of the major transitions of our life together.  On an ordinary Saturday afternoon I found myself standing in the doorway of …

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Search Committee Application

The vestry has approved an application process for those interested in serving on the Search Committee for our next Rector. If you would like to be considered, please download and complete the application. You can also pick up a hard copy of the form in the Parish Office. Your application must be delivered to the …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/28/16 (The Third Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 63:1-8; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9. . Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings God calls Moses from a burning bush, Paul warns the Corinthians and us to resist temptation, and Jesus tells us to repent or perish. Exodus 3:1-15: Earlier …

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Vestry minutes – 02/16/16

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Donna Olendorf, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present:  Connie Riopelle, Mark Stackable Staff Present:  Ann Hackett, Rosemary Hagan Clergy Present:  The Rev. Katheryn King Scripture & Study Donna opened with a Prayer …

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We are called to serve

By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator We at Grace are a people called to serve and we do it with an assortment of gifts in a variety of ways.  One of those ways is by assisting in our liturgy each week, either as a Lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, an Acolyte, an Intercessor, or …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/21/16 (The Second Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, God makes a Covenant with Abram, Paul exhorts us to “stand firm in the Lord,” and Jesus grieves for Jerusalem, the city that will destroy him. Genesis 15:1-12, …

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Keeping Lent

By Katherine Will Music and Worship Coordinator “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word” (Ash Wednesday Liturgy, BCP pg. 265). This winter, several of us in the …

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Safe Harbor & Grace: something to make us proud

By Jenika Burden What we now know as Safe Harbor began in 2003 when a man experiencing homelessness died of exposure on the old state hospital grounds. That winter, The First Church of the Nazarene opened their doors to offer overnight shelter, and stayed open for 45 straight nights, housing as many as 26 people …

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Officers discerned at vestry retreat

The vestry enjoyed a prayerful retreat at the Augustine Center on Feb. 6 – 7, 2016. Under the guidance of Parish Administrator Ann Hackett, The Rev. Greg Brown, and Canon William Spaid, the group discerned new leaders and laid plans for the year ahead.  Named to office: Senior Warden – Donna Olendorf Junior Warden – …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 2/14/16 (The First Sunday in Lent)

By Barbara Klugh Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Lent (literally “springtime”) is the time when we Christians symbolically go into the wilderness with Jesus for forty days. We are called to contemplate the life of Jesus, his path of service …

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Changing seats on the Grace train

Dear People of Grace: I’ve sometimes said that when our church life is at its best, it’s like a moving train:  the route is set by the Spirit, and people hop on to become stokers, or engineers, or porters—and maybe some people sit down for a while, and some do hop off—but the train itself …

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