Month: April 2016

Vestry minutes – 04/19/2016

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:  none Staff Present:  none Clergy Present: none Scripture & Study: Donna opened with a prayer and check-in.  Eddie read the parable of the vine …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/1/16 (The Sixth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the Christian church expands into Europe, John describes his vision of the New Jerusalem, and Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit to his disciples. Acts 16:9-15: Acts tells …

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Rev. Carlton Kelley accepts interim rector position

Dear People of Grace, What a joy and privilege it is to be writing to you as your interim rector.  I am looking forward to joining you in the next several weeks along with Don Ryno, my partner of 26 years and Lydia, our Lab mix and Hoover, our Calico cat.   I have been to …

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Bringing eye health to one person at a time

By Barbara Klugh “The World Health Organization says functional blindness is the number one disability in the world,”said Sandy Foote. “This is because of the lack of access to eye care.” The good news is that 80 percent of visual impairment is either preventable or curable with treatment. Grace Parishioners Bob and Sandy Foote having …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/24/16 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh  Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Peter persuades his critics that God’s salvation is available to all, John sees a new heaven and a new earth, and Jesus gives the new commandment that we love …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/17/16 (The Fourth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh  Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. The Fourth Sunday of Easter is often referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday, an apt metaphor that captures the redeeming—and ongoing—work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Each year, the lectionary appoints Psalm 23 …

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Community Dinner will raise funds for youth mission trip

By Renee Wegman Youth leader This weekend, the Seekers teen youth group will begin selling tickets for the Community Dinner that will raise funds for their mission trip to the Dominican Republic.  The event will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 6:00 p.m., and will offer an authentic Dominican dish with an atmosphere in true …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 4/10/16 (The Third Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 9:1-20; Psalm 30; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Saul, later Paul, is converted on the road to Damascus, we get a glimpse of John’s stunning vision of heaven, and the risen Christ appears to his disciples by …

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Grace by the numbers: Results of the parish survey

By Steve Wade The great sportscaster Vin Sculy once observed, “Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination.” These statistics about the life at Grace are offered to support the sense you are developing about us. In and of themselves, these numbers have little value. When considered along with …

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