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Voice of the Vestry – Proud of my church

by Elizabeth Black, Junior Warden I have to say that I’ve always been proud to be an Episcopalian.  I was born into the church and baptized before I had any say in the matter. But I’ve always been a fierce advocate of equality.  Perhaps it comes from being the middle of three girls. We were …

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Voice of the Vestry – faith at the core

by Kelly Ignace I’m a marketing contractor, and one of the services I provide is building websites. I mostly build in WordPress. This isn’t a commercial. There’s a useful analogy to be told. Please stick with me. WordPress is this amazingly powerful open-source platform. Open-source meaning that the code is essentially available to anyone, and …

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Voice of the Vestry: deployed to The Border

by Glen MacPherson Turns out the dark blue operational dress uniform (ODU) is excellent camouflage in Sonoran scrub.  At least when it’s pitch black out.  There I was, a card-carrying member of the ACLU hunting illegal migrants a stone’s throw from “the wall”, exhilarated.   Three weeks ago I was putting Nancy Johnson in touch with …

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Voice of the Vestry: gaping hole or opportunity for growth?

by Elizabeth Black, Junior Warden When we have change, we often have fear.  Something is missing. Something is gone.  And when it is not replaced immediately, our sense of self preservation, of self-protection kicks in;  “Oh my gosh!  What is going to happen?  What will we do without it?  How do we replace it? Fix …

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Voice of the Vestry: my spiritual journey

by Maria DiStefano-Post “Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.” – …

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Voice of the Vestry: Seasons of darkness and light

by Bill Smith For many years, one of the activities my wife, Mary, and I like to do is to celebrate Summer Solstice on a high bluff near Empire overlooking Lake Michigan.  From that vantage point, the light lasts beyond 10 PM, and we feel that summer and its warmth and light will stretch on …

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Stewardship as prayer

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Stewardship as prayer is something I have been thinking about.  As we enter this new church season we are doing something different by having our ingathering of 2019 pledges on the third week of Advent, December 15 & 16.  Much prayer has gone into preparing our pledge forms for this …

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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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