Posts By: Ellen Schrader

Voice of the Vestry: deployed to The Border

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by Glen MacPherson Turns out the dark blue operational dress uniform (ODU) is excellent camouflage in Sonoran scrub.  At least when it’s pitch black out.  There I was, a card-carrying member of the ACLU hunting illegal migrants a stone’s throw from “the wall”, exhilarated.   Three weeks ago I was putting Nancy Johnson in touch with… Read more »

Grace hosts Safe Harbor Jan. 5-12; training this Sunday Dec. 2

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by Donna Olendorf, coordinator for Grace Safe Harbor volunteers Fifteen years ago, one small church decided that no more homeless people would freeze to death in Traverse City. They opened their doors, nightly, to provide a warm, dry place for the homeless to sleep. Since then, Grace Church and 22 other churches have joined this… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry – Moving Deeper

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by Elizabeth Blondia The 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan convened on November 2 and 3, 2018 in Lansing. In attendance from Grace Church were George Prewitt, Tony Nelson, Elizabeth Blondia, and The Reverend Kathryn Costas. We were joined by around 300 clergy and laypeople from all around our diocese who… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry – Fall Reflection

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by Kathryn Holl Grief.  It is part of daily life.  Sometimes, like waves on water it ripples through our soul, then subsides, hardly noticeable within our being.  At other times, it is tumultuous, a full on body-slam with intense physical, spiritual and emotion discomfort or pain.   Grief is not linear and there is no time… Read more »

Pastoral Letter from The Right Rev. Whayne M. Hougland, Jr., IX Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan

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to be read at all services, Oct. 27 & 28, 2018   To the People of the Diocese of Western Michigan, As we make final preparations for the 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan, I request your fervent prayers for our diocese, for the communities we serve, and for our nation.  We… Read more »