Stewardship

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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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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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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What will you share in our Grateful Harvest?

Dear Friends of Grace, As I write this, the heat of summer is hanging on with a vengeance, delaying the inevitable fall colors and welcome cool temperatures. The seasons are definitely in transition. In much the same way, Grace is also in a period of profound transition. We’re celebrating our 150th Anniversary; a monumental milestone, …

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What is the Grace Church Foundation?

By the Grace Church Foundation Board Perhaps you’ve heard our Foundation mentioned from time to time, but you aren’t aware of its purpose or what role it plays in our life at Grace. In 1995, parishioner Bluma Magher made a financial provision for Grace in her will with the stipulation that it be seed money …

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Stewardship update

By Helen Hankins, Clare Andreasson, and Marian Vermeulen The uncertainty inherent in times of transition opens doors for us to wait in hope and to grow in faith.   It also invites us to listen attentively to one another, and to listen together for the ways that God is speaking to us and through us. These …

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Generations of Generosity – 2017 Stewardship Campaign

October 19, 2016 Dear People of Grace, I first saw the gold lettering on the arch in the sanctuary in 1973 when my husband and I walked through the doors of Grace as a young couple: ‘The Lord is in his holy temple let all the earth keep silence before him.” It was thought provoking …

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Grace finances are in the black: a mid-year barometer

By John Lien and Ann Hackett, on behalf of the Finance Committee The vestry and members of Grace Church are to be commended for the current financial status of the parish. Tough and timely decisions were made earlier in the year which now result in a favorable condition. Halfway through the fiscal year (June 30, …

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Master Planning Committee will merge with Stewardship Ministry

By Jeff Tibbits, with The Rev. Carlton Kelley Since the time our Grace Happens Here: A Guide to Our Ministries was printed and distributed to parish members back in September 2015, Grace’s Stewardship Ministry has lost half of its members and all of its leaders. Gone now are Barbara Klugh to a well-deserved retirement after …

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Take a leap of faith! How high can we go by Leap Day!

By Barbara Klugh At the annual meeting, you, the people of Grace, asked for a special fundraising campaign to restore the most important cuts to the budget. The Vestry listened, and asked the Stewardship Ministry to develop a fundraising campaign as soon as possible.  And now we’re ready to take that “Leap of Faith” and …

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Giving Opportunity for a Special Person

2015 IRA Charitable Rollover The IRA charitable rollover legislation passed by Congress has been signed by the President. This law extends the IRA charitable rollover retroactively for 2015 and makes it permanent. The legislation is part of a larger package on other tax extenders and the budget. Under this legislation, if you are 70 ½ …

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