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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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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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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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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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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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Discernment begins with Holy Conversations

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, it is also the first day of Lent. In the early church, the first Christians used this season as a time of penitence and fasting.  Today we too can set this as a time set aside to examine our own faith journeys and live into them in new ways.  We …

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Full-time intentional interim will join Grace in October

By Clare Andreasson Sr. Warden The vestry is delighted to bring you the news that the Rev. Kathryn Costas has accepted a call to serve as full-time Intentional Interim Rector at Grace Church.  We finalized our covenant with her at our vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 19.  She will begin working with us the first …

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In the pulpit this fall…

The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term …

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Fear Not!

By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask” …

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Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy …

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As our love grows, we are willing to take risks for God’s kingdom

My dear sisters and brothers of Grace, I started my sojourn among you almost one year ago. This time has been challenging and joyful.  I came here not knowing quite what to expect and found a congregation full of God’s love and a willingness to trust that love into the unknown future. Your lives, both …

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