150th anniversary

150 years of contemplating the common and the divine

By Ellen Schrader One of the intriguing elements of Episcopal worship is that the common can be divine, and the divine can be common.  How can that be?  Perhaps it is the everyday aspect of some of the symbols we use each week to commemorate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We become habituated …

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Grace Pilgrimage – a tradition since 1998

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation From the earliest days of the Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimage a part of their faith. And, in 1998, having adopted a curriculum that holds pilgrimage as its central feature, Grace youth also embraced this tradition, traveling to distant lands in search of God …

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ECW has been committed to service for over 150 years

By Ellen Schrader Two weeks ago I set out to write a brief piece about the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and its history at Grace.  An odd feeling came over me as I held the notebook of the first secretary of what was then called the Women’s Auxiliary, dated Nov. 14, 1895.  I was handling …

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Jubilee House – Built on God’s Love

By Glenda Andrews Jubilee House Director Jubilee – just the word brings joy to your heart and a smile to your face. When you put this word alongside Bible references where debts are forgiven, you start to understand what Jubilee Ministries are all about here at Grace. In 2004 our sanctuary was too small, so …

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Food Pantry—A Jubilee Ministry alleviating food insecurity

By Nancy Johnson Food Pantry Coordinator People in the Grand Traverse area are hungry, often very hungry. In fact, one out of four people in this region experience food insecurity. Food security, defined by the USDA, “means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” This means that …

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Anniversary Open House will focus on history and outreach

[pdf-embedder url=”http://gracecopy.cloudaccess.host/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Oct.-14-15-Poster.pdf” title=”Oct. 14-15 Poster”] Grace Episcopal Church warmly welcomes the public to a slate of events scheduled for October 14-15, 2017, in celebration of their sesquicentennial. An open house will be held on Saturday from 2-4 pm, featuring docent-led historical tours of the church campus and a spotlight on outreach ministries. On Sunday, an …

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Garden provides resting ground for departed

By Linda Schubert St. Fiacre Garden Guild Grace Church’s Garden of Remembrance and Reflection echoes its message of Enter in Peace with perennial plantings in soft, calming colors. Entering through the vine covered archway, St Fiacre statuary (holding a bouquet in one hand and a spade in the other) beckons us to sit awhile in …

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Our strength grows with our youth: Register them for Church School

By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation “The strength of our church grows with our youth,” wrote vestryman Bob Bursian in 1973, capturing the spirit of Christian Education that has been present at Grace Church since its very beginning. In fact, the roots of our Church School reach back to a time before …

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