Month: January 2017

Engaging the Word: 02/05/17 (The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 58: 1-12; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Isaiah teaches that God’s favor is earned not by ritual fasting, but by compassionate social action, Paul tells us that God’s wisdom is available to those who possess the …

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Charissa’s farewell: I needed love and you healed me

By Charissa Kaschel It’s a bittersweet symphony this life. It is with a heavy heart that I write to you all.  The time here at Grace has brought a host of melodies and harmonies that I never would have put together into a beautiful aria that will be forever etched in my memory. When I …

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Election results – 150th Annual Meeting

Elections The 150th Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, and included several important elections. James Deaton, Kathryn Holl, Bill Smith, and Jeff Wescott were elected to fill three year terms on the vestry, while Karl Bastian was appointed to replace Nancy Flowers for a one-year-term. Elizabeth Blondia, Greg Hagan, and Donna Olendorf …

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Engaging the Word: 1/29/17 (The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Micah 6:1-8 Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Micah tells us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God,” Paul speaks of the paradoxical power of the cross, and Jesus gives us a series …

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Youth group commits to pilgrimage – one step at a time

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation I remember the day that Daniel told me he had cancelled the youth group pilgrimage. It cost too much money, he said, and required so much fundraising that the spiritual focus of the group was lost. Furthermore, pilgrimage hadn’t deepened the faith of the participants, but …

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Jubilee Success

By Connie Riopelle Jubilee House Director Last year we realized that if the Church was having financial difficulty, we would need to do some fundraising to insure the continued operation of Jubilee House.  We did not think we should continue to expect funding from the parish while our members worked to support the Church.  A …

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Annual Meeting on Sunday 1/22/17

150th Annual Meeting of Grace Episcopal Church Sunday, January 22 11:30 am in the Sanctuary All members of Grace are invited to attend. The agenda includes: election of candidates for Vestry, Delegates to the Diocesan Convention and the Nominating Committee report from the treasurer (Note: copies of the projected 2017 budget are available at the …

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Engaging the Word: 1/22/17 (The Third Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 5-13; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we’re challenged to consider our calling, and what we are to do—individually and as a faith community—to manifest the kingdom of heaven. Isaiah 9:1-4: Our reading is from First …

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Engaging the Word: 1/15/17 (The Second Sunday after the Epiphany)

 By Barbara Klugh Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-12; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42. Go to www.lectionarypage.net to read or print the weekly lectionary text. This week’s lectionary gives a clear sense that Jesus is the Son of God who came into the world. Jesus asked his first followers, “What are you looking for?” How do we answer that …

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Christians can do small things with great love

By the Rev. Carlton Kelley As I write, the church is commemorating the slaughter of the Holy Innocents by King Herod some 2000 years ago.  These children are counted as the first martyrs for the cause of Christ.  And, as always, their deaths were caused by someone’s desire to hold onto power no matter the …

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Vestry minutes – 12/20/2016

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:  Mark Stackable Staff Present:  Ann Hackett Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in:  Carlton opened with prayer asking the Holy Spirit to give us wise …

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