Posts By: Donna Olendorf

Special vestry meeting minutes – 7/5/2017

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Vestry Members: Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott(Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Ken Andrews Staff Present: Ann Hackett Clergy Present: Clare opened with a prayer. Ann gave an overview of the issues with the church plumbing. The… Read more »

As Christians, we are called…

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Interim Rector Many of you were quite happy that I preached the sermon I preached on June 25 which called into question the propriety of the Senate’s health care bill.  Some of you were not.  I want to take this opportunity to explain more fully why I preached that sermon…. Read more »

Worship is not a spectator sport

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By Katherine Will Director of Music and Worship As I sat in a pew recently for worship, I had a thought about the difference between attending worship and attending a sporting event or other type of entertainment.  We treasure tickets on the fifty yard line or at center court, so that we can be close… Read more »

Fast once a month to show solidarity with families facing hunger

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley The Christian Church, most specifically the catholic and liturgical portions of the church, are churches that embrace discipline for the sake of building up Christ’s Body.  We are made disciples of Jesus Christ by the disciplines we keep.  These disciplines, most especially in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy… Read more »

Have you seen the Grace peace pole?

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Grace Church has a Peace Pole.  Have you ever noticed it or stopped to look at it?  Perhaps not, since there are a number of peace poles around Traverse City.  It’s located just left of the main front door. The peace pole at Grace was a project begun by the EPF, specifically suggested by then… Read more »

Grace marks its 150th anniversary: Let the celebration begin!

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By James Deaton Junior Warden “You have been trusted with a wonderful treasure. Guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit, who lives within you” (2 Timothy 1:14, CEV). This year marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the founding of our parish. What a marvelous milestone! This sacred place means so much to so many…

Vestry minutes – 5/16/2017

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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, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  Ann Hackett   Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley Prayer and Check-in: Carlton opened with prayer and we checked in with one another…. Read more »