Month: May 2017

Vestry minutes – 5/16/2017

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another. …

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Engaging the Word: 6/4/17 (The Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:25-35, 37; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13; John 20:19-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples. To symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit, priests will wear red vestments, and at Grace, we are invited to …

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In our love of animals we catch a glimpse of what God wishes for us

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” – Genesis 1:26 By Marian Vermeulen I have a slight …

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PoWeR Book Bags brings new reading ministry to Grace

Dear Grace Episcopal Church Members, Thank you very much for graciously allowing us to serve children and families with you at your food pantry. We are grateful that you’ve welcomed us into your world! While you are feeding the children’s bodies, our hope is to also feed their minds. We are PoWeR! Book Bags, a …

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Youth Group serves the hungry in Chicago

The Grace Youth Group took the train to Chicago for an Urban Adventure on 5/19/17.  They visited a Jewish synagogue and an Islamic Center, navigated their way to museums, and ended with Sunday mass and an outreach activity at St. James Cathedral, where they served 140 hungry people a hearty good brunch. This gallery is …

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Engaging the Word: 5/28/17 (The Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10. 33-36; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:5-11; John 17:1-11. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. The Sunday between Ascension Day and Pentecost is sometimes called “Expectation Sunday.” This is the time when the followers of Jesus devote themselves to prayer while they wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts …

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Reflections on eye mission to Honduras

By Penny Campo-Pierce, Dr. Bob Foote, & Sandy Foote This year’s clinic saw 880 patients served by 23 volunteers, including ten doctors. In five clinic days, we made medical referrals for 125 people, sent one man to the hospital for immediate surgery on a torn retina, and arranged for a ten-year-old girl to have cataract …

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Engaging the Word: 5/21/17 (The Sixth Sunday of Easter)

By Barbara Klugh Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:7-18; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Paul’s preaching in Athens sparks curiosity, ridicule, and belief, Peter tells Jesus’ disciples not to be intimidated for doing good in the world, even if it results in suffering, and Jesus promises his …

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Grace Hikers 2017 schedule

Schedule for Summer and Fall 2017 Hikers will meet at church parking lot at 9:00 am Lunch will follow hiking Will carpool from church to hiking and back to church Total time is usually 4 or 5 hours depending on location of trails     MAY 13                                      AUGUST 5 Pete’s Woods                                                       Seven Bridges GT …

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Immigration crackdown: Exchange student denied entry into U.S.

By Cyriaque Gilbert, as told to Donna Olendorf I am a 14-year-old exchange student, visiting the Blondia family from France. There are six children in my family, and it has become a tradition for us to come to Traverse City as teenagers. Two of my brothers have already been here, one in 2012 and one …

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Engaging the Word: 5/14/17 (The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

 By Barbara Klugh Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, Stephen becomes the first Christian martyr, Peter offers encouragement to the new Christian community, and Jesus promises that his eternal presence will be with his disciples. Acts 7:55-60: This week we learn about …

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As our love grows, we are willing to take risks for God’s kingdom

My dear sisters and brothers of Grace, I started my sojourn among you almost one year ago. This time has been challenging and joyful.  I came here not knowing quite what to expect and found a congregation full of God’s love and a willingness to trust that love into the unknown future. Your lives, both …

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