Voice of the Vestry

Lenten seasons over the years

by Barb Dancer According to Wikipedia:  “In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days.”  Growing up Roman Catholic, in my house it was simpler: we gave up chocolate, or maybe all sweets, or …

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Vestry retreat: We journey ahead in hope

By Clare Andreasson and James Deaton The vestry retreat this year was a time of reflection and visioning.  We valued the opportunity to get to know one another better, and we worked very hard. On Saturday, The Rev Mark Rutenbar and The Rev Kathryn Costas led us through a series of activities where we reflected …

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My journey on the vestry

By Sue Kelly The mother was putting her young son to bed for the evening.  As they were going through their usual bedtime routine, the boy suddenly took his two teddy bears, one in one hand, one in the other, and began to make them fight.  “Mommy, there is a war going on in my …

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January reflection: What is God seeking from us?

By Bill Smith Voice of the Vestry January is a difficult time for many of us. The bright lights, family time, and festivities of Christmas are replaced by the long, cold, and, at times, dark winter days. As a youngster growing up in Traverse City, I actually loved the snow and cold – playing outside …

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Voice of the vestry: “What do I do with the quiet?”

By Michael Mittelstaedt The planets aligned for a brief moment this Saturday afternoon, shifting the usual overlap of events into a sweet coincidence, where by God’s grace – BOTH. THE. BOYS. ARE. NAPPING! What do I do with the quiet? The time? I start with panic, the collision of the things I could do with …

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Voice of the vestry: Season of Paradox

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden Fall is a season of paradox.  We gather in the harvest of a season of beauty and bounty.  We look back in gratitude for all that we have been given.  And we let go.  Leaves change from green to gold.  They fall from the trees.  The plants that have provided …

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Voice of the Vestry: Fall is a time to awaken to God’s creation

By Kathryn Holl It was two am when I felt a nudge from our puppy Leo to go outside. I wanted to sleep yet I felt his eyes staring at me.  Quietly I walked to the door, not to awaken the household, and stepped outside with him.   He walked square to the middle of the …

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Our times are in God’s hand

By James Deaton Junior Warden “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Part of my job description as a managing editor is to create publishing schedules, making sure they’re realistic given the project’s scope. I’m also responsible for monitoring progress and …

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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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The times they are a-changing

By Jeff Wescott As a “change-averse,” person, I am unnerved to think about the changes of the past few years.  Catherine recently had a mercifully brief encounter with cancer, which taught me what fear really meant.  Our youngest daughter has emerged from a cocoon of fear and self-loathing to educate others about the dangers of …

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Looking ahead

By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden As we prepare to say good-bye to Carlton, with gratitude for his faithful service to our parish, we are also looking ahead.   Apart from a few weekends this fall, we have supply clergy for all of our services through Christmas, and we are working on filling those gaps as well. …

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Voice of the vestry: Be joyful and let your light shine

By Jeff Tibbits Every day is the day to portray a message of hope, love, and joy at Grace. HOPE –it’s a powerful word. Some of you may know this word as an acronym: Hold On; Pray Expectantly.  So what does the Bible tell us about hope? Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persevere …

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