Posts By: Donna Olendorf

Stephen Ministry offers care to people going through tough times

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By Barbara Dancer Stephen Minister When was the last time someone really listened to you?  We’re talking about that undistracted, full attention kind of listening.  That is one of the ways that Stephen Ministers care for others. What is Stephen Ministry?  Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry within our congregation.  In collaboration with… Read more »

Contrition as response to abuse

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By Rosemary Hagan, D. Min Jesus tells us only one sin will not be forgiven, and that is the sin of blaspheme against the Holy Spirit.  I don’t know about you, but I grew up confusing this with not using God’s most Holy name if I should swear. Most biblical scholars tell us the lesson… Read more »

Renew & deepen your discipleship in Lent

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Record-Eagle photo/Jan-Michael Stump

By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Yes, Lent is almost upon us.  Many people do not appreciate this pivotal season as it seems too concerned with sin, repentance, self-denial, and fasting. Needless to say, none of those realities is popular in our culture or, for that matter, in the church. The burden that falls upon the… Read more »

Can you give your time to Safe Harbor?

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Safe Harbor Grace Church is co-hosting Safe Harbor, an overnight shelter for the homeless, at Faith Reformed Church (FRC).  During this season of Lent you are invited to give something, rather than give up something. Give your time. Give you skills. Give your wealth. God calls us to love our neighbor and contributions to Safe… Read more »

Grace sign sends clear message

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By The Rev. Carlton Kelley Many of you have noticed the banner on the south side of our building proclaiming our unequivocal welcome of refugees and immigrants. We have received phone calls from the community commenting favorably on it and a member of the media has asked for an interview about it which has yet… Read more »

Icon of Our Lady represents sacred form of the Word

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By Katherine Will Director of Music & Worship Icons have been a part of worship from nearly the beginning of Christianity, especially in the Orthodox Church. Considered a form of the Word and a view into heaven, there is a symbolic aspect to almost everything included within the image, as well asthe colors used. Even… Read more »

Observe Lent with Grace Church

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The Book of Common Prayer invites us to observe Lent by “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy word” (BCP 265). To help in your observance of a “holy Lent,” Grace will provide a variety of opportunities for worship, study and fellowship. Lent begins with Ash… Read more »

Minutes – 150th Annual Meeting

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January 22, 2017  I.    Call to Order The meeting was called to order by The Reverend Carlton Kelley at 11:36 a.m. II.   Opening Prayer Rev. Kelley offered the opening prayer. III.    Welcome/Remarks Members of the congregation were welcomed to the 150th Annual Meeting by The Reverend Carlton Kelley.  Comment cards were available by… Read more »

Vestry minutes 1/10/2017

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Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Maria DiStefano-Post, Nancy Flowers, Eddie Grim, Helen Hankins, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Anne Montgomery, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Chuck Wolterink (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: Staff Present:  Ann Hackett    Clergy Present: Prayer:  Helen opened with prayer. Approve/Amend the Agenda: The December 20, 2017 agenda was approved by acclamation with the following… Read more »