Voice of the Vestry

It’s winter and God is in his heaven

By Dixie Stephens Winter brings conflicting feelings for gardeners. The enjoyment of our much-needed rest soon gives way to restlessness. By New Years, I am aching for the physical challenge of working the soil; chafing under woolen clothing that feels too heavy; and pleading with God for a sunny day. During these months, I spend …

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Voice of the vestry: Will my children have faith?

By Nancy Flowers Just when you think you have nothing to say, a thought worth sharing presents itself. While cooking breakfast and packing lunches this morning with my seven-year-old daughter, the question of where she got her name came up. “Mom,” she said, “I heard this story in church about the boy Moses, and they …

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Voice of the vestry: Taking care of each other

By Denny Meyers Numerous times God says “love one another as I have loved you.” At Grace we seem to do a good job of this whether you are talking about Jubilee House, the Jubilee House Food Pantry, Pastoral Care, the Healing Team, preparing a meal, sharing a meal, studying and praying together, etc. I …

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Voice of the Vestry: “We are all priests”

By Helen Hankins When Bill and I became members of Grace Church several years ago, we were impressed by the amount of outreach we saw occurring. What we did not immediately see or appreciate was the amount of study that Grace offered. As a “cradle” Episcopalian/Anglican, I have never been a member of a church …

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Voice of the Vestry: Beacons of faith

By Mary Merrill Two of Grace’s dearly loved parishioners recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows. If you were present for this worship service, you know how touching the ceremony was. Frank and Joyce Faustman were wed on June 29th, 1944, while the world was at war. The timing of this …

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Voice of the Vestry: Sharing our love

By John Strickler Several weeks after his passing, Nan and I continue to grieve the death of Grace parishioner Bill Hankins. I know many of you do as well. The strange thing is that we’ve never known Bill and Helen well, or at least not intimately. Although we lived not 10 miles from each other …

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Voice of the Vestry: We blossom with new life

By Dixie Stephen As I ponder the writing of this month’s Voice of Vestry, a rain storm, complete with thunder and lightning, is carrying forth. I am reminded of the significance of renewal. We have “weathered” a difficult winter and a spring that has struggled to break through the throes of the past six months. …

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Voice of the Vestry: the curmudgeon contingent

As Bishop Whayne Hougland might say, “What’s up, y’all?” I don’t know about you, but for me it’s been a long, cold, difficult winter, and combined with a variety of bothersome ailments, things breaking around the house, and my unreliable internet connection, it has made me even more depressed and frazzled than usual. I remember …

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Voice of the Vestry: Acting on what God tells us to do

By Greg Hagan Jr. Warden Recently the Vestry met at the Centre Pointe Building for a one day midyear retreat. The purpose of the retreat was to reevaluate and rearticulate the goals we set out at our retreat in February. The goals we put together are based around our statement of purpose at Grace Church; …

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