Service groups at Grace Church:
The Bill Payer
The Bill Payer aids the stewardship of the parish by paying the bills in a timely and
accurate manner. Caring for the distribution of our offerings makes this a special ministry.
The Bill Payer…
• Works in the office once a week to review the bills and prepare the checks
• Signs the checks and mails them
• Is honest, accurate, and discrete
• Uses QuickBooks software at church; training provided
This work is coordinated with the bookkeeper, and bills are usually paid on Thursdays after the bookkeeper’s review.
The Blood Drives Committee
The Blood Drives Committee makes it easy for the Grace community to donate blood on the blood bus at Grace Church.
• Promote Blood drives
• Schedule blood drives about every eight weeks
• Make reminder phone calls to previous donors
• Serve as host or hostess at blood drives
• Recruit new donors
Any questions? Would you like to save a life with your gift of blood? Become involved with organizing blood drives at Grace?
The Grace Church and Columbarium Garden
The Grace Church Columbarium and Memorial Garden offers the opportunity for parishioners’ ashes and those of their loved ones to repose inside the sanctuary in a “niche” in the wall of the columbarium. Ashes may also be interred in the Grace Memorial Garden for those who wish to bury the remains in the earth within the parish grounds.
The Columbarium Curator meets with those seeking burial to explain the options, show the sites (Columbarium and Garden) and answer questions that relate to rules and policies.
Contribution Record Keepers
Contribution Record Keepers facilitate financial stewardship by posting giving to the church with prayer and discretion.
Duties and requirements:
• Count and sort various contributions to households and church accounts
• Process quarterly statements
• Deposit offerings
• Use two computer software programs: Shepherd’s Staff and QuickBooks
• Exercise confidentiality and great
attention to detail
Teams of two meet weekly on Mondays 9:30-11:30 in the back office (volunteer time can be rotated with others).
Crop Hunger Walks
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world.
You can help!
• Sign up to participate
• Collect donations
• Walk as much of the four mile course as you are able
• Participate in planning sessions (optional)
The Traverse City CROP Walk typically takes place the second Sunday in October.
The Cookie Walk
The Cookie Walk is a parish–wide project. We hope that all families will support this project, by making and/or buying cookies, jams, jellies,
candies, or special goodies. Snowbirds can bake cookies to be left at the church to be frozen. Non-bakers are welcome to make a monetary donation.
In the past we have purchased cupboards for the Parish Hall and kitchen, small dishwasher and kitchen counter tops, table linens and silverware, and long tables and chairs. For community outreach we have purchased backpacks for schools and the baby pantry.
Episcopal Peace Fellowship
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) of Grace Church is a chapter of the National EPF connecting all who seek a deliberate response to injustice and violence. The EPF is committed to praying, studying, and taking action for peace and justice in our church, our community, and the world. Grace Church is a registered Peace Partner Congregation with the National EPF. We work on a variety of projects:
• Sponsor an annual interfaith peace service for the Traverse City community
• Organize parish book studies on social justice issues
• Represent EPF on local peace and justice committees
• Serve as the sole EPF chapter in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in Jubilee House.
The Finance Committee’s Mission is to help insure the finances of Grace Church are being used to maintain and enlarge the Kingdom of God.
• Review Grace’s financial documents and statements to help provide clarity, oversight and recommendations to the Vestry
• Provide input to the annual operating budget process
• Provide input, observations and recommendations to the Vestry on various ongoing financial matters of Grace Church
The committee meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 am.
The Grace Church Foundation
The Grace Church Foundation Board of Directors manages the funds donated to the Foundation, the earnings of which are distributed annually to the Vestry.
The Ministry of the Grace Church Foundation is to receive gifts that will perpetuate the ministry at Grace forever and to educate the
congregation about different giving tools.
The elected Board of Directors meets quarterly at the church on the last Tuesday of the month commencing in January.
The Living On Grief Group
The Living On Grief Group provides grief support to all who have suffered a loss. Grief and loss topics are addressed as they arrive. The focus is to offer support, caring, and companioning.
What is offered…
• Time for silence and reflection
• Check-in with self and others on issues arising
• Present to self and each other and to God
• Place of compassion, education, and companioning
The group meets on the second Monday of each month from noon to 1 pm in the Sanctuary.
The Media Technician
The Media Technician enables worship and the sermons of Grace to be shared with the world via the Internet. He or she enables content to reach people through circulating written, audio, and video. The Technician advances the Gospel through Grace Church. He or she…
• Digitally records sermons and other events
• Adds production values to enable posting to the web
• Posts and updates content to websites blogs, twitter, Facebook, etc.
The Memorial Fund Representative
The Memorial Fund Representative coordinates and acknowledge the receipt of memorial contributions. Duties include…
• Track and acknowledge donations to the fund on behalf of the Church
• When donations are given in memory of a loved one, present a list to the family of the deceased, so they can send their own acknowledgments
• Use of email communication; use of Microsoft Excel spreadsheet helpful
This is a ministry that can be done in one’s home; there are no meetings to attend.
The Personal Hygiene Pantry
The Personal Hygiene Pantry helps the underemployed and homeless acquire personal items that can’t be purchased with their bridge cards. The pantry is restocked monthly with funds from Love, Inc., donations from Grace parishioners, and others with a heartfelt desire to help people in need.
We have a monthly reverse offering at Grace which will take on a new look in the near future. The Pantry stocks items such as toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish detergent, all purpose cleaner, scouring powder, shampoo, razor blades, shave cream, tooth brushes and paste, dental floss, sanitary napkins and tampons.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry creates an outward expression of God’s great care and love. We begin each shawl with a prayer; as we knit, our prayers are woven into the stitches of the shawl. In addition to the prayers of the knitter, each shawl is blessed at one of our church services. Some of us knit and pray at home in our spare time; others gather each month for a light lunch and a time of knitting and sharing. We not only knit prayer shawls, but also critter blankets, baby caps for the hospital, hats and scarves for the Seaman Ministry, lap blankets for the Pavilions, and cancer hats.
We welcome people who enjoy knitting, crocheting, weaving and sewing, of any age and any gender. Please join us!
Safe Harbor is a ministry to the homeless that assists with overnight shelter and meals. Grace Church participates as one of the rotating host churches in the Grand Traverse area, providing safe and warm overnight shelter, as well as evening and morning meals. Grace hosts Safe Harbor for one or two weeks. You can help!
• Donate the food for meals and snacks
• Set up/take down Safe Harbor equipment
• Prepare, cook, and serve a healthy dinner, and cleanup afterward
• Socialize with our guests during the vening
• Sleep overnight with our guests, and set out breakfast
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one lay caring ministry that provides confidential Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. Stephen ministers are trained to be good listeners and provide Christian based support.
• Train extensively to insure conversations that provide Christian support
• Meet with care receivers once per week as long as needed
• Refresh themselves through twice-monthly meetings to compare experiences and to learn from each other
THE STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY goal is to help our church family to grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of the time, talents, and finances God has entrusted to them. We believe that stewardship is a way of life that is grounded in gratitude, revealed in prayer, and lived in faith.
Our ministry team coordinates and carries out the…
· Celebration of World Gratitude Day
· Grace Ministry Fair
· Annual giving campaign
We meet on the fourth Tuesday, January through November at 6:30 pm in the Rector’s office.
The Vestry provides lay leadership by overseeing property management, financial
accounts, and some human resource responsibilities. Members apply their
baptismal vows in carrying out the mission and ministry of the congregation. We…
• Create and approve the annual budget
• Create a vision for the future and strategies to make it real
• Model desired values and goals
• Support clergy in their spiritual mission
The Vestry meets the on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm in the Parish Hall.