Month: July 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/7/16 (The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ)

 By Barbara Klugh Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Luke 9: 28-36. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. The Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ is observed on August 6, and we will use the lectionary for the Transfiguration instead of the Sunday lectionary for Proper 14. We’ll read …

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Vestry minutes – 7/20/2016

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: Staff Present: Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton began with a prayer and then reminded us to …

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Grace finances are in the black: a mid-year barometer

By John Lien and Ann Hackett, on behalf of the Finance Committee The vestry and members of Grace Church are to be commended for the current financial status of the parish. Tough and timely decisions were made earlier in the year which now result in a favorable condition. Halfway through the fiscal year (June 30, …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/31/16 (The 11th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. This week’s readings challenge us to think about the way we are living our lives and what we can amend to be more faithful to our Father in Heaven. God longs to be in loving …

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We are strongest when we support one another in faith

By Ellen Schrader Today would have been my mother’s 91st birthday. I’ve been thinking about her a lot these days, and giving thanks to God for gracing me with a mother who never lapsed in demonstrating her unconditional love for me. The kind of love God gives us. She wasn’t perfect – what saint is? …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/24/16 (The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh   Hosea 1:2-20; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the prophet Hosea’s marriage to a prostitute parallels Israel’s unfaithfulness to God, Paul exhorts us to guard against false teachers by holding on to our faith in Christ, …

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Dominican Republic trip – mission accomplished!

By Reneé Wegman Our mission trip group consisted of five individuals: Brittney Collins, Cooper Nordeen, Amy Wegman, Ann Nordeen and myself. It took us to a small rural town outside of Puerto Plata called Mosavi. To get to Mosavi we traveled daily several miles down a rocky dirt road that, at times, becomes impassable due …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 7/17/16 (The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Amos 8:1-12; Psalm 52; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, the prophet Amos declares divine judgment on the powerful who exploit the poor, Paul affirms the centrality of Jesus Christ in God’s plan, and Jesus visits the home of …

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Will our children have faith?

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden Come mid-August, I will step into a new role at Grace, filling the very large shoes left empty when Catherine Turnbull resigned her post as Director of Children and Youth Formation. Though I won’t formally join the staff for another month, I’ve already started learning my way around the GEC …

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