grace notes

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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Voice of the Vestry: Analog Church

Vinyl records are making a comeback. Musicians from all genres are offering them, and fans are buying. Paper notebooks from companies like Moleskine and Detroit-based Shinola have been hot for more than a decade now. In our so-called paperless society, paper is popular again. There has been steady growth in indie bookstores—the brick-and-mortar variety—and recent …

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Voice of the Vestry

by Jeff Wescott When I lived summers in my parents’ home, I often found myself having to do things that just didn’t make any sense.  I don’t mean things I simply hated, like taking out the trash or mowing the lawn: such tasks had merit and contributed to the family’s health and well-being.  I mean …

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Finding treasures in God’s good earth – Vacation Bible School

by Elizabeth Blondia For three mornings this past week, ten adults, seven middle schoolers, and 12 young participants from Grace Church met at Art and Linda Schubert’s beautiful farm in Leelanau County to search for and find Treasures in God’s Good Earth. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were blooming, the garden was flourishing, and …

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Voice of the Vestry: What is a Steward?

by Marian Vermeulen My earliest specific memory of encountering the word “steward” comes from my childhood, as my brother and I sat in our family living room with my parents, often in the glow of a fire that muttered cheerfully in the wood stove, and listened with rapt attention to my father, reading to us …

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Going forward: next steps

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas, Rector in the Interim Over three different days, folks from Grace met in small groups to discover and identify themes that capture the positive core of Grace, those elements that give life to Grace, parts of our past that we might desire to carry into our future.  The time began …

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Can you Adopt-A-Spot?

by Ann Hackett, Buildings & Grounds Coordinator Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.                            -Colossians 3:23-24 ESV  When I read this verse, I wonder how I am doing nurturing my …

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Voice of the Vestry: We don’t need a canoe

by Clare Andreasson, Senior Warden “What you need,” said my father, in a voice weighted with authority and experience, “is a canoe.” My husband and I and our two children were in the midst of a long season of changes for our young family which left us feeling fragmented, fearful, and disconnected from one another.  …

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Vacation Bible School at Grace July 17-18-19: Searching for treasures on God’s good earth

by Sue Kelly, Children & Youth Education Council Where can you find God this summer?  Our children and youth will be asked this question on our last day of church school, June 10.  Look for their responses in the centerpieces on the tables in the parish hall during our ice cream social coffee hour. One …

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Notes from the Rector in the Interim

by The Rev. Kathryn Costas Thank you to everyone who participated in the gatherings, Going Forward: the Next Steps.  We had about 60 folks participate.  In July we will put together what came out of those meetings and focus on our next steps.  There is still time to participate in one final gathering if you …

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