By Mike Cotter
At the opening of every Vestry meeting, each member takes a turn bringing fellow Vestry members up to date on what has been happening since we last met. Most times, this involves a mentioning of something we are thankful for. This is a very prayerful process and when we all have had our turns to speak, I silently thank God for the privilege of being included in this group and the gifts I receive back for participating. When I hear what other Vestry members are thankful for, I usually am reminded of something in my life I may have taken for granted. This is a very welcome wake up call to remind me of all the blessings God provides for all of us.
As we enter the upcoming holiday season commencing with the beautiful celebration of Thanksgiving Day, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Vestry to thank the entire Grace Church community for the amazing and record breaking response to our annual financial giving campaign “Giving by Grace, Growing in Joy.”
Thank you from the Vestry to the Stewardship Committee made up by The Very Rev. Daniel Richards, Dave Eitland, Bob Foote, Bill Foster, Ann Hackett, Barbara Klugh, Bill Montgomery, and MaryLee Pakieser for all their prayerful, thoughtful, determined and organized hard work in presenting the campaign to the Grace community.
Thank you from the Vestry to all at Grace, who listened, answered and pledged their support to the call of stewardship. Your generous pledges, along with God’s blessings, make all the ministries of Grace able to continue and new ministries be created. With your remarkable help, Grace Church is able to be more than the beautiful Episcopal Church on the corner of Washington and Boardman in Traverse City. With your selfless giving Grace is able to expand its parish boundaries and reach out with our resources to facilitate funding to many in need in the greater Traverse City community, the nation and the world.