Posts Categorized: Voice of the Vestry

Stewardship update

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By Helen Hankins, Clare Andreasson, and Marian Vermeulen The uncertainty inherent in times of transition opens doors for us to wait in hope and to grow in faith.   It also invites us to listen attentively to one another, and to listen together for the ways that God is speaking to us and through us. These… Read more »

Find a place to escape with God

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By Marian Vermeulen A bright October sun warmed Stanley and I as we headed down the driveway, bound for the trails. I was driven out here to escape the world. Shortly before I had ventured onto Facebook to indulge in one of my weaknesses (window shopping on Horses  for Sale in Michigan groups) and was… Read more »

Keep your heart and mind in the knowledge and love of God

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Grace Church Vestry 2016. Front row (l to r): Nancy Flowers, Sue Kelly, Clare Andreasson, Helen Hankins, Chuck Wolterink. Back row: Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Tibbits, Maria DiStefano-Post, Donna Olendorf, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt.

By Sue Kelly Growing up, my family moved about every five years for my dad’s job as an electrical engineer with General Electric.  My parents were from Michigan but we lived in Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New York.  Sometimes the moves were an adventure but as I became a teenager, they became more traumatic.  (Think… Read more »

How can we embrace each other when we have different views?

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation Even though I talked to parishioners when I was Senior Warden, my perspective is different now.  As a staff member organizing fall registration for Christian Education, I am spending a lot more time on the phone, chatting with parents, teachers, and volunteers–and often getting an earful… Read more »

Grace creates clear policy for reporting sexual harassment

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By Helen Hankins and Donna Olendorf After months of hard work and research, Grace Church has completed its own standard operating policy and procedure (SOPP) for reporting sexual misconduct. The guidelines, called Reporting Suspected Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, or Sexual Harrassment, have been posted on the website and the Parish Hall bulletin board. Grace created… Read more »

Master Planning Committee will merge with Stewardship Ministry

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By Jeff Tibbits, with The Rev. Carlton Kelley Since the time our Grace Happens Here: A Guide to Our Ministries was printed and distributed to parish members back in September 2015, Grace’s Stewardship Ministry has lost half of its members and all of its leaders. Gone now are Barbara Klugh to a well-deserved retirement after… Read more »