Month: November 2018

Grace hosts Safe Harbor Jan. 5-12; training this Sunday Dec. 2

by Donna Olendorf, coordinator for Grace Safe Harbor volunteers Fifteen years ago, one small church decided that no more homeless people would freeze to death in Traverse City. They opened their doors, nightly, to provide a warm, dry place for the homeless to sleep. Since then, Grace Church and 22 other churches have joined this …

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Advent begins this weekend

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Advent begins this weekend.  What is Advent?  It is the first season of the Church Year.  A time to begin, to start anew.  A time to reflect on the past year at Grace and to offer gratitude for all that has been and a time to look forward and prepare …

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Voice of the Vestry – Moving Deeper

by Elizabeth Blondia The 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan convened on November 2 and 3, 2018 in Lansing. In attendance from Grace Church were George Prewitt, Tony Nelson, Elizabeth Blondia, and The Reverend Kathryn Costas. We were joined by around 300 clergy and laypeople from all around our diocese who …

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Pastoral Letter from The Right Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., IX Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

to be read at all services, Oct. 27 & 28, 2018   To the People of the Diocese of Western Michigan, As we make final preparations for the 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, I request your fervent prayers for our diocese, for the communities we serve, and for our nation.  We …

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Statement from Grand Traverse Area Clergy on Recent Acts of Violence

October 30, 2018 Contact: Rev. Jody Betten (616) 706-3549 We join together as an interfaith community of leaders to share in the profound grief provoked by the attack on Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that took the lives of eleven Jews gathered for Sabbath worship and wounded several others, including first responders. Together, we …

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