Month: August 2016

Engaging the Word: Readings for 9/4/16 (The 16th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah warns the house of Israel to turn away from their evil ways, Paul writes a personal letter regarding the return of a slave to his master, and Jesus defines …

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How can we embrace each other when we have different views?

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation Even though I talked to parishioners when I was Senior Warden, my perspective is different now.  As a staff member organizing fall registration for Christian Education, I am spending a lot more time on the phone, chatting with parents, teachers, and volunteers–and often getting an earful …

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Vestry minutes – 8/16/2016

August 16, 2016 6:00 pm 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: Nancy Johnson, Dave Triplett Staff Present: Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/28/16 (The 15th Sunday after Pentecost)

By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 81:1, 10-16; Hebrews 13:1-8,15-16; Luke 14:1,7-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Jesus, Jeremiah, and the author of Hebrews seemed especially inspired by the Spirit. It’s interesting that the root of the word “inspire” means to breathe, to blow upon—and we can …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/21/16 (The 14th Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; Hebrews 12:18-29; Luke 13:10-17. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Jeremiah answers God’s call to become a prophet despite his feelings of inadequacy, the author of Hebrews tells how the gospel of Jesus has ushered in a new approach to God, …

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Where can we find “all things necessary for salvation”?

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley “…I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God and to contain all things necessary to salvation…” Those words are but part of the oath that every bishop, priest, and deacon ordained in the Episcopal Church declares to be true. That …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 8/14/16 (The 13th Sunday after Pentecost)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18; Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary. In this week’s readings, Isaiah speaks of Israel in the parable of the vineyard, the author of Hebrews tells of heroes of the faith, and Jesus speaks of the divisions that discipleship may bring. …

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Grace creates clear policy for reporting sexual harassment

By Helen Hankins and Donna Olendorf After months of hard work and research, Grace Church has completed its own standard operating policy and procedure (SOPP) for reporting sexual misconduct. The guidelines, called Reporting Suspected Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harrassment, have been posted on the website and the Parish Hall bulletin board. Grace created …

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Reporting Suspected Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harassment

We as a parish believe that sexual misconduct is morally and ethically wrong. Among other things it violates our promises in the baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being. All forms of sexual misconduct by clergy, lay leaders, or church members with other church members are unacceptable within the life of the …

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