Posts Tagged: Traverse City

Our times are in God’s hand

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By James Deaton Junior Warden “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand” (Psalm 31:14-15a). Part of my job description as a managing editor is to create publishing schedules, making sure they’re realistic given the project’s scope. I’m also responsible for monitoring progress and… Read more »

Anniversary Open House will focus on history and outreach

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Grace Episcopal Church warmly welcomes the public to a slate of events scheduled for October 14-15, 2017, in celebration of their sesquicentennial. An open house will be held on Saturday from 2-4 pm, featuring docent-led historical tours of the church campus and a spotlight on outreach ministries. On Sunday, an old-fashioned hymn sing at 4:30… Read more »

Full-time intentional interim will join Grace in October

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By Clare Andreasson Sr. Warden The vestry is delighted to bring you the news that the Rev. Kathryn Costas has accepted a call to serve as full-time Intentional Interim Rector at Grace Church.  We finalized our covenant with her at our vestry meeting on Tuesday, September 19.  She will begin working with us the first… Read more »

Our strength grows with our youth: Register them for Church School

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation “The strength of our church grows with our youth,” wrote vestryman Bob Bursian in 1973, capturing the spirit of Christian Education that has been present at Grace Church since its very beginning. In fact, the roots of our Church School reach back to a time before… Read more »

In the pulpit this fall…

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The Rev. LaRae J. Rutenbar has been ordained for thirty-seven years and has been canonically resident in the Diocese of Western Michigan since 1994.  She officially began her career in Intentional Interim Ministry in 1994 under the supervision and encouragement of Bishop Edward Lee.  Before this time, Mother LaRae worked as a hospital chaplain, long-term… Read more »

Fear Not!

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By the Rev. Carlton Kelley I am posting something that I think bears repeating particularly at this time of some uncertainty.  Remember:  Fear Not!  May your life be full of the blessings of God as you seek to live into the fullness of Christ’s redeeming love. These are the “Seven Questions every church should ask”… Read more »

The times they are a-changing

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Jeff Wescott

By Jeff Wescott As a “change-averse,” person, I am unnerved to think about the changes of the past few years.  Catherine recently had a mercifully brief encounter with cancer, which taught me what fear really meant.  Our youngest daughter has emerged from a cocoon of fear and self-loathing to educate others about the dangers of… Read more »

Looking ahead

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By Clare Andreasson Senior Warden As we prepare to say good-bye to Carlton, with gratitude for his faithful service to our parish, we are also looking ahead.   Apart from a few weekends this fall, we have supply clergy for all of our services through Christmas, and we are working on filling those gaps as well…. Read more »

Vestry minutes – 7/18/2017

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2017 vestry members (Clockwise from top left): Maria DiStefano-Post, Clare Andreasson, Eddie Grim, Mike Mittelstaedt, Jeff Wescott, Bill Smith, Karl Bastian, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Grace Holl, James Deaton, Sue Kelly.

Vestry Members:  Clare Andreasson, Karl Bastian, James Deaton, Maria DiStefano-Post, Eddie Grim, Kathryn Holl, Sue Kelly, Michael Mittelstaedt, Bill Smith, Jeff Tibbits, Marian Vermeulen, Jeff Wescott (Absentees in Italics) Guests Present: None Staff Present:  Ann Hackett, Parish Administrator Clergy Present: The Rev. Carlton Kelley is out of town. Prayer and Check-in: Clare opened with prayer… Read more »