Posts By: Donna Olendorf

Who am I now? What is God calling me to be?

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By Donna Olendorf  Lent begins for me with the imposition of ashes at a quiet Wednesday service that leaves me feeling humbled and blessed. “Remember, Donna, that thou art dust and into dust thou shalt return,” says the priest as she dips her fingers in ashes to make the sign of the cross on my… Read more »

Vestry retreat: We journey ahead in hope

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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… Read more »

Faith formation during Lent

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By James Deaton Lent is early this year, beginning February 14. This season in the life of the church is purposefully introspective, a time to turn inward. How can we use these forty days to draw us deeper into relationship with God, and also grow closer to our sisters and brothers here at Grace? To… Read more »

My journey on the vestry

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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… Read more »

Election results from 2018 Annual Meeting

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  Elected to the vestry – three year term Elizabeth Black Barb Dancer Kelly Ignace Glen MacPherson Diocesan Convention  Elizabeth Blondia – delegate Greg Hagan- delegate George Prewitt- delegate Mike Hanson – alternate Tony Nelson – alternate Nominating committee Jill Polmateer Kate Wood

Transition time

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Transition ministry is a time of opportunity, a sacred time set aside to discern who we are and who God is calling us to become. We will take the time to engage the questions, share our thoughts, search our hearts and finish this process well rather than hurry to get to the other side. We… Read more »

Vestry minutes – 12/19/2017

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2017 vestry members (Clockwise from top left): Maria DiStefano-Post, Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt, Jeff Wescott, Bill Smith, Karl Bastian, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Grace Holl, James Deaton, Sue Kelly.

Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott, Bob Foote (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: George Prewitt Staff Present: None   Clergy Present: Rev. Kathryn Costas Prayer and Check-in: Rev Costas opened with prayer. Scripture & Study: Rev. Costas read… Read more »

Small hands and strong arms

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By Linda Schubert Wordlessly, with grinning face and shuffling feet, the small hands of Elliot Mittelstaedt, presented me with $900.00.  That generous gift was the offering collected over three years by the church school children, who Elliot represented that July Sunday.  The children had chosen to designate their collection to the Jubilee Ministries Pantry Garden… Read more »

Vestry minutes – 11/14/2017

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2017 vestry members (Clockwise from top left): Maria DiStefano-Post, Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt, Jeff Wescott, Bill Smith, Karl Bastian, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Grace Holl, James Deaton, Sue Kelly.

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott, Bob Foote (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  None   Clergy Present: Rev. Kathryn Costas Prayer and Check-in: The vestry checked in with one another and shared prayer requests. Scripture… Read more »