Posts Categorized: Grace Notes

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 »

Statement from Grand Traverse Area Clergy on Recent Acts of Violence

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October 30, 2018 Contact: Rev. Jody Betten (616) 706-3549 We join together as an interfaith community of leaders to share in the profound grief provoked by the attack on Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that took the lives of eleven Jews gathered for Sabbath worship and wounded several others, including first responders. Together, we… Read more »

Voice of the Vestry: Analog Church

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Vinyl records are making a comeback. Musicians from all genres are offering them, and fans are buying. Paper notebooks from companies like Moleskine and Detroit-based Shinola have been hot for more than a decade now. In our so-called paperless society, paper is popular again. There has been steady growth in indie bookstores—the brick-and-mortar variety—and recent… Read more »

Finding treasures in God’s good earth – Vacation Bible School

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by Elizabeth Blondia For three mornings this past week, ten adults, seven middle schoolers, and 12 young participants from Grace Church met at Art and Linda Schubert’s beautiful farm in Leelanau County to search for and find Treasures in God’s Good Earth. The weather was beautiful, the flowers were blooming, the garden was flourishing, and… Read more »