ministry of the week

Reflections on eye mission to Honduras

By Penny Campo-Pierce, Dr. Bob Foote, & Sandy Foote This year’s clinic saw 880 patients served by 23 volunteers, including ten doctors. In five clinic days, we made medical referrals for 125 people, sent one man to the hospital for immediate surgery on a torn retina, and arranged for a ten-year-old girl to have cataract …

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Annual Cookie Walk becomes Cookies for a Cause

Join us Dec. 10th Help us help others by attending the best holiday cookie and treat event in town! This is the place to find all the cookies, jams, and special treats that you need for holiday entertaining and gift-giving. We’ve changed the name of our event to better reflect our purpose and to help …

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Ministry through music here at Grace

By Katherine Will One of the keys to our worship as Episcopalians is the understanding that our liturgy functions on many levels of awareness. There is an intellectual component as we study Scripture. There is an emotional component as we express our love, sorrow, repentance, and all the other feelings that find their place in …

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Jubilee House gives hope to the homeless

Connie Riopelle Interim Director, Jubilee House He was about 50, a little gray, a little bald, walking with a slouch, wearing a large backpack and windbreaker, and he was dirty when he entered Jubilee House.   He very meekly said he couldn’t pay anything but had been told to go to Jubilee House for help.  After …

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Ministry of the week: Bread for the World helps end hunger

“Bread for the World is a collective Christian Voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live…Bread for the World works in a bipartisan way through …

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Ministry of the week: Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry was organized by two graduates, Janet Bristow and Victoria Galo,  from Hartford Seminary in 1998. However the Grace Prayer Shawl Ministry was founded by Julie in 2003, with six to eight ladies until we grew to 20 members! The love of knitting and crocheting has been combined into a prayerful ministry …

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Ministry of the week: CROP Hunger Walk

By Ann Hackett Part I I can walk. And I can talk. That’s all that needs to be done for the CROP Hunger Walk. These two simple actions alone on my part seem to make little difference in alleviating world hunger or hunger in northern Michigan. But these two actions multiplied by hundreds of others …

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Ministry of the week: Centering Prayer

By Marilyn Dressel Psalm 48, “Be still then, and know that I am God.” Psalm 62, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; from Him comes my salvation.” Centering Prayer holds a space available to God as a free gift of our love.  It is a time of surrendering our hearts to Jesus.  The …

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Ministry of the week: Serving on the vestry

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden Being a vestry member is a way to offer your unique God-given gifts to the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church. This 12-member board meets monthly and is responsible for church property, financial oversight, and human resource responsibilities. Vestry work is always done in partnership with the rector, but our authority …

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Ministry of the week: Women’s Book Club

The Women’s Book Club at Grace is an intimate group that accommodates members according to their schedules and interest in book selections from month to month. We average about 7 readers a month, so there is always room for someone else! This “welcoming ministry” is a place to indulge your love of books with other …

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Ministry of the week: Daughters of the King

By Ellen Schrader Commonly referred to as DOK, this international religious order for women was founded in New York in 1885 and includes women from the Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran (ELCA) and Roman Catholic traditions. We are under the oversight of the Episcopal Church USA. Each Daughter makes a lifetime vow to live by a Rule …

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Ministry of the Week – Grace Hikers (Strollers)

For several years a group of Grace parishioners has been getting together on Saturdays in the spring through fall to hike the many beautiful trails in the Grand Traverse region. The group averages 10 to 15 people, and some of our favorite hikes have been to the Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire Bluffs, Boardman River, and …

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