Month: July 2017

Voice of the vestry: Be joyful and let your light shine

By Jeff Tibbits Every day is the day to portray a message of hope, love, and joy at Grace. HOPE –it’s a powerful word. Some of you may know this word as an acronym: Hold On; Pray Expectantly.  So what does the Bible tell us about hope? Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persevere …

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Episcopal Youth Event draws Grace teens to Oklahoma City

By Brittney Collins Stepping off the plane into Oklahoma City, I wasn’t quite sure how a week of Episcopal Youth Even (EYE17)t would affect me. I definitely expected to have some fun, though I never imagined that there would be times where I couldn’t breathe because I was laughing so hard. I expected to feel …

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Engaging the Word: 7/23/17 (The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 11)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. In this week’s readings, we have the story of Jacob’s dream, Paul continues to contrast living according to the flesh or in the Spirit, and Jesus teaches the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Genesis …

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Vestry minutes – 6/20/2017

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:  None   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another. Scripture …

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How does your garden grow? Food Pantry gets fresh veggies from Schuberts’ farm

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation There was a time, not so very long ago, when gardens were as common as smart phones are today, and almost everyone grew their own vegetables. Those days are gone, even here in Traverse City where many people are still farmers.  For most of us, visiting …

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Special vestry meeting minutes – 7/5/2017

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: Ken Andrews Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Clare opened with a prayer. Ann gave an overview of the issues with the church plumbing. The …

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Engaging the Word: 7/16/17 (The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 10)

 By Barbara Klugh Genesis 25:19-34; Palm 119:105-112; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Go to www.lectionarypage.net for the weekly lectionary text. This week we learn about Isaac and Rebekah’s twins, the psalmist revels in the word of God, Paul tells us the law is powerless because of Jesus Christ, and Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower. Genesis 25:19-34: Last …

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Summer is a time to celebrate each day

As another Cherry Festival draws to a close, I’m again reminded of the fleeting nature of summertime here in Northern Michigan. The festival itself lasts a mere eight days; a speck of time when over 600,000 people draw together to enjoy as much living and celebrating as they can. While I often avoid the throngs …

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