Month: May 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 6/5/16 (The Third Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh  1 Kings 17:8-24; Psalm 146; Galatians 1:11-24; Luke 7:11-17. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text.This week’s readings are filled with holy drama; they reflect the power of God to restore and transform lives. 1 Kings 17:8-24: The Elijah story is a little out of sequence. Last week’s reading …

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Vestry minutes – 5/17/2016

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:  Keith Bonner, Barbara Klugh, Mark Stackable, Rick Taylor Staff Present:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: none Scripture & Study:  Barbara opened with a prayer. …

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Memorial Day reflection

A reflection from a mother in the community on the loss of her son. My son, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Schwartz, died January 5, 2012, in Afghanistan. He performed acts of heroism every day while he was away at war. Entering cities in Iraq, clearing roads, feeding children who had become orphans, un-detonating bombs, rescuing people …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/2916 (The Second Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh 1 Kings 18:20-39; Psalm 96; Galatians 1:1-12; Luke 7:1-10. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text.  In this week’s readings, Elijah and the prophets of Baal meet in a dramatic confrontation, Paul is dismayed at the behavior of the Galatians, and Jesus heals the slave of the Centurion. …

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Voice of the vestry: Controversies, changes, and challenges

By Eddie Grim In the last several months we have been faced with controversies, changes and many challenges in the life of Grace Church. We didn’t ask for any of these, and few, if any of us, could have known that we would be facing them. But that is the way of life both individually …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/22/16 (Trinity Sunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Trinity Sunday: This Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, one God in three Persons: Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier. In Journey into the Heart of God, Philip Pfatteicher says, “Trinity Sunday, …

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Children build faith through worship

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden I love to watch children with their parents during church on Sundays. The littlest ones snuggle up against dad’s shoulder, smiling at being held by their fathers; the toddlers pour over picture books while they sit on mama’s lap; the school age children color mandalas in between prayers. And when …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/15/16 (The Day of Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 25-35, 37; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which always falls fifty days after Easter and marks the end of the Easter season. At Pentecost, we celebrate the presence and …

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How to celebrate Mother’s Day

By Charissa Kaschel As I find myself reflecting on Mother’s Day this year… I’ve been fortunate to have a biological mother who has always been present in my life.  My mother is driven, strong, intelligent, snarky, a little, okay, A LOT Type A (shhh.. that’s a good thing, clearly I come by it honestly), wise, …

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All are welcome

The Episcopal Church, through the work of its General Convention, has affirmed the role of gay and lesbian people within the church for over thirty years including full access to the ordination process, and offered historical support of gay and lesbian persons as children of God and entitled to full civil rights in the larger …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 5/8/16 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter)

 By Barbara Klugh                                                 Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. On the Seventh Sunday of Easter, we mark the transition between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Jesus has completed his earthly ministry and has been taken up into heaven. The disciples …

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