Posts Categorized: Grace Notes

Voice of the Vestry

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by Glen MacPherson “It’s the Homeless Newspaper!  Only one dollar suggested donation, otherwise free.  Get your Homeless News, right here!” It’s a baritone incantation, more melody than carnival bark, beautiful in a way, a non-threatening siren.  George was peddling his publication as we stood in line for the State Theater.  Tracie procured us a copy… Read more »

Children and Youth Council established and working on behalf of our young people

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by Sue Kelly and Catherine Turnbull Grace has established a new Children and Youth Education Council as recommended by the vestry and rector to oversee the educational programs for children and youth at Grace. The council met for the first time on February 22 and established its simple yet profound mission: Serve God, love kids… Read more »

Faith without works is dead

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“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body,… Read more »

Lenten seasons over the years

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by Barb Dancer According to Wikipedia:  “In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting, as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days.”  Growing up Roman Catholic, in my house it was simpler: we gave up chocolate, or maybe all sweets, or… Read more »

Vestry Minutes January 9, 2018

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Grace Episcopal Church Vestry Minutes January 9, 2018 6:00 pm 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… Read more »

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 »