Month: November 2016

Racial Reconciliation Retreat: Understanding the gap between our vision and our world

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children and Youth Formation I failed the State of Louisiana literacy test. Yes, I flunked a voting test designed to measure whether or not I could read at a fifth grade level. There were 30 questions and I had 10 minutes to complete the test.  More than one wrong answer …

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Vestry minutes – 11/15/2016

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present:  Connie Riopelle, Mark Stackable, Ward Kuhn Staff Present:    None Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in:  Carlton opened in prayer.  We checked in with …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 12/04/16 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah proclaims that a new king descended from David will arise to lead God’s people, Paul urges his readers to live in harmony with one another, and John the …

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Advent is a time to speak the healing balm of truth without fear

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley As we enter the season of Advent, a time both of penitential preparation and joyful expectation, it may behoove us to ask ourselves what goals we may have for Advent.  Sometimes the only realistic goal is simply to “get through” the frantic rush before Christmas without being gobbled up by …

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Report from the 142nd Diocesan Convention

By Rosemary Hagan, D.Min. A few weeks ago your Diocesan Delegates and Alternate Delegates attended the 142nd Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan Convention.  Present from Grace were Elizabeth Blondia, Rosemary Hagan, Chuck Wolterink, Mary Pierce and Greg Hagan, along with The Reverends Carlton Kelly and Meredith Hunt. Our own Maggie Miron was present as a …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/27/16 (The First Sunday of Advent)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Advent: This Sunday is the beginning of Year A in our three-year lectionary cycle. It begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus: coming), which always begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and ends …

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The Advent Season at Grace  

Advent is a time of preparation and anticipation as we look to the celebration of the birth of Christ.  At Grace we have many opportunities to help you in your personal preparation during this season of the church year. Devotional Guides are available on both the tract rack and the credenza in the Commons.  We …

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Youth delegate Maggie Miron exercises “voice, seat, and vote”

By Margaret Miron Diocesan Convention Youth Delegate I am not a stranger to long car rides. Transient stays in hotel rooms are not a new experience, and I’m certainly not unaccustomed to navigating the Church Family. So the first time the magnitude of Diocesan Convention really “hit” me, so to speak, was my first step …

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Engaging the Word: Readings for 11/20/16 (Christ the King: Proper 29)

 By Barbara Klugh Jeremiah 23:1-6; Canticle 16; Colossians 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43.  Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. Christ the King: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year, known as Christ the King Sunday. Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925 to remind Christians that our loyalty …

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Voice of the vestry: I find my restart button at church

By Maria DiStefano-Post Drive the kids to school, leave work to buy swim tights, go back to work, make dinner, take Turbo, our dog, to the veterinarian, (insert all the other daily home chores) and just when I think my day is through, it’s not: I have to go to the store at 10pm because …

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Generations of Generosity – 2017 Stewardship Campaign

October 19, 2016 Dear People of Grace, I first saw the gold lettering on the arch in the sanctuary in 1973 when my husband and I walked through the doors of Grace as a young couple: ‘The Lord is in his holy temple let all the earth keep silence before him.” It was thought provoking …

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Special vestry minutes – 10/30/2016

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present:  none Staff Present:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present:  none Clare opened with a prayer. The agenda was approved by acclamation. Community Information Portfolio The vestry reviewed the Community …

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