Posts Categorized: Grace Notes

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 »

Going forward: what did we learn by going outside?

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by The Rev. Kathryn Costas, Rector in the Interim Keeping in mind that Grace is a downtown church, we wondered what that might mean for folks. When participants entered the parish hall, they were given a card with a number on one side that identified their table and the other side identified who they would… Read more »

Can you Adopt-A-Spot?

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by Ann Hackett, Buildings & Grounds Coordinator Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.                            -Colossians 3:23-24 ESV  When I read this verse, I wonder how I am doing nurturing my… Read more »