Posts Tagged: Traverse City

Jesus Was A Freak-Loving Freak

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This may not surprise some of you. I had an experience in my family some years ago that led me to this story.  You know how people can go quiet and either quit or slow communications? Often times, those on the other end start making up explanations for why the communication has changed pace? These… Read more »

Mad about the saints!

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by James Deaton As Holy Week approached, many Michiganders were concerned how a certain team from Ann Arbor would fare in a certain college basketball tournament. Here at Grace, our minds were set on higher things, heavenly realms, as we waited on pins and needles to see who would win Lent Madness. This online discipline—er,… Read more »

Love your neighbor

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I was pondering the commandment to “Love your neighbor as yourself” while it was being read in church recently.  I have known this my entire life, but what does it mean to me?  Love is a feeling, but feeling lovingly towards someone is not enough.  It doesn’t mean anything without some action involved in loving… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »