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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Help Envision Grace's Future. Come to the Workshop on Saturday, June 27 


We have an opportunity coming up soon to make some changes at Grace Church. A lot has happened at Grace in the last couple of years, some things by design and some not.  We would like your help in setting a new vision for what Grace will become in the future.


What is it that is important and needs to grow and get more attention?  Are there things going on at Grace you would not want to change?  Are there important things, things you value, that are missing that you wish were here?  How could we be better at living out who we say we are?


This is your chance to move our community in a direction that better fits your values and the values of the rest of our community--intentionally. Where shall we go?  Where is God calling us to be?


We are starting on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9am in the Great Hall. Do not miss this!  


Oh yes, refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. We expect to wrap up by 2pm but if you must leave earlier, that's ok--we need to hear what is important to you.


The Visioning Committee: The Rev. Anne Warrington Wilson, Maria Mukasa, Hawley Todd, J White, Ken Lyon,

Mary McLain

Experience Healing Touch Now at Grace

Healing Touch is now available to all in the Healing Graces room every Wednesday from 6 to 7pm and after church on Sundays from noon to 1pm.  Candace Moxley will be manning the room at those times. She was a nurse for 40 years and learned Healing Touch during that time.


"I consider healing touch a form of prayer in motion" Candace reports. Come to room 15 and see for yourself what it is about."


Healing is returning to a state of wholeness and balance, and at Grace Church we consider all to be healers. Mothers historically "kiss it and make it better". Healing has also been historically a function of the church which we proudly believe to be true for us. We are all healers.


We do not offer this service in lieu of medical care but to enhance it. May all your creative visualizations be of Love and Light, which embodies God.


The Healing Graces room is available to other healing practitioners--call the office and we will be happy to schedule a time for you. 
Healing vs Curing


Outside Work Day at Grace Coming This Saturday.


Saturday June 20th, 2015 is our work day at the church. We are concentrating all our effort on the grounds, especially the planting beds. We will be weeding, pruning, planting, mulching etc. Please bring your yard tools as we do not have enough at the church. For those willing to donate plants/flowers to the church we thank you in advance. 


Starting time is 9am and lunch will be served at 1pm.


I am in need of some salads, condiments, water, ice, plates and plastic cutlery--any volunteers! I am praying for a big turn up so that we can put a dent in our much needed curb appeal. 


For planning purposes it would be nice to get an idea of how many people will participate so if you can please reply to me at [email protected]


Thank you and hope to see you this Saturday.


Pure Grace, David Mukasa

Help Send Our Kids to Camp 

We are beginning our campaign to raise funds to send our young people to camp this summer.  Procter Camp is located in London, Ohio, and provides our children the opportunity to spend a week in a Christian environment while enjoying outdoor activities with many other children from all parts of Southern Ohio.  


The cost to send one camper for one week is $275.  Last year we raised $2,400 which enabled us to send 9 kids to camp. We are hoping to be able to send at least 12 children to camp this summer, which means that we will raise $3,300.  Please help us by sending or bringing a check designated "for Procter Camp" to church at your earliest convenience. Or contribute onine here


The first camp sessions begin June 15.  Thank you so much for your kind concerns for our children.

Thanks to ...


... Wanda Miller for donating the sod that was installed next to the walks during the last parolee community service day. It looks soooo much better! 


... to everyone who works in the office, whether in person or remotely, for all that you to do make life at Grace little easier and pleasant, from J White.


If you want to thank anyone in the congregation for something they did for you or for the church, please send that thank you to Ken Lyon ([email protected]) or the office ([email protected]), so they can be recognized.
Altar Flowers


If you would like to donate for altar flowers on any Sunday, please sign the Flower Sheet by the Belmont door or call the church office or email [email protected] or donate online at


We Have an Opening for an Organization to Serve a Community Dinner 

We now have an opening for another organization to take responsibility for one of the Community Dinners each month. This would involve shopping for food, preparing and serving the meals, and cleanup afterwards.  

If you know of an organization that might like to participate in providing this important community service, contact J White ([email protected], 513-532-9362).  
Opportunities Available 

Gardener/Landscaper. One of the first thing people see about Grace church is the outside of the building as well as the grounds.  Does the place look loved?  Is parishioner pride evident?  Success in growing the church will be strongly influenced by the immediate perceptions of first time visitors.  If you could devote a couple of hours a week to weeding and pruning you can help the church grow.  For further information contact, Carol Lyon at [email protected].


Altar Guild. Once a month, for about an hour on a Saturday morning, prepare the Altar for the Eucharist.  You will have the opportunity to handle our beautiful silver sacred vessels as well as our lovely hangings. After the Sunday service, take down the Eucharistic elements and put them away.  If you are interested e-mail Carol Lyon at [email protected].


Writer. Get your creative juices going.  Write an article for Grace Notes once a month or so about an event that is happening at Grace church or even just your.   If you are interested, please e-mail Ken Lyon at [email protected].  .  
Mark Your Calendar 


Saturday, June 27, 9am:  Grace Community Visioning Workshop


September 19:  Ugandan dinner, music and silent auction. Details to follow.


The online Grace Church Calendar  lists most everything we know about that's happening at Grace Church. If something's not listed, or if you see errors, please tell the office ([email protected], 513-541-2415).

Selected Short Subjects


Jacquelyn McCray has been elected Grace Treasurer by Mission Council, replacing Ken Lyon. Address all treasurer email to [email protected].  


Candace Moxley is now Parish Life Coordinator, taking over from Roger Perna. Her responsibilities include oversight of Worship, Christian formation/education, Pastoral Care, Newcomer Ministry and Congregational Life.  She will greatly appreciate any and all help.   


Grace Staples is recovering from foot surgery and will be at home for a while. 


Susan Cairns, who sometimes provides music for Sunday worship, had surgery recently. She sends her gratitude and thanks to the Grace family for the prayers and support given to her. Please continue to pray for her recovery. 


It's the Spring and Summer season so it's a chance to try something NEW for Snack 'n Chat.  If you have a new recipe, extra seasonal fruits and/or vegetables, cheese, juices ,dips ,chips, crackers or any new snack you would like to share, bring it to the worship service.  Anthony will be happy to put it out to be shared and enjoyed by all as we chat and catch up with each other during SNACK & CHAT after every Sunday Morning Service.  Thanks from J & Candace, Parish Life  & Outreach at GRACE 


Bishop Breidenthal is among four who have been nominated for the position of Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.  The 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church will be elected on Saturday, June 27 during The Episcopal Church's 78th General Convention which will be held June 25 - July 3 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT (Diocese of Utah). 


Grace Staples ([email protected]) has taken over putting together the worship participant schedule for Grace Church. Please be sure to let Grace know if you trade assignments with someone.  If you can, let her know in advance when you won't be available to serve.  And, finally, If you'd like to be scheduled to be an usher, or any other role, do let her know. 


Children's Hospital in College Hill is celebrating their recent expansion with guided tours, light breakfast, and an open house on Friday, June 19. The program begins at 10am. You're invited! 


Sunday worship attendance for the first four months of 2015 is up 30% from the same period last year-from 23 to 31.  Wednesday Healing Service attendance is up 10% from 53 to 60.  


Next year will be the 150th anniversary of Grace Church.  John Thayer is chairing the planning for our celebration.  If you have ideas how to celebrate this momentous occasion, please let him know. 

Japanese Author and Film Crew Visit Grace Church


On June 7, a Japanese group filmed Grace Church before, during and after the 10 AM service.   The occasion is a new biography and celebration in Japan of the life of Etsu Inagaki Sujimoto who was a member of Grace Church about 100 years ago.  Etsu, a daughter of a Samurai warrior, came to Cincinnati from her small village at that time to marry Matsuo Sujimoto, a Japanese business man to whom she was betrothed but had never met.  They lived in College Hill as a guest of the Wilson family who donated the land, art and furniture for Twin Towers and also were responsible for Wilson Hall at the University of Cincinnati.


She was a friend and acquaintance of several old-time Grace Church families such as the Thompsons (present mansions at Belmont and Glenview), Henshaws, Simpsons, and Piersons.  After the death of her husband, she returned to Japan with her two children but later returned to the U. S. for a time to teach at Columbia University in New York and to further educate her children according to her husband's wishes.   Her dear friend, Florence Wilson, then lived with her for the rest of her life and is buried in Japan.


If all this piques your interest, you can obtain a copy of her very interesting autobiography, Daughter of the Samurai, published about 1923.  Our Japanese guests were accompanied by Ed Loyd, president of the College Hill Historical Society.


Thanks to Grace Staples for this article. 
Prayers and Thanksgivings


Prayers for healing are asked for

Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, (Sarah and Joe Rogers - Patty's parents), Carl, Jackie, Robb Martin, Kim Martin, Melissa, Jordan and Brandie, Rhonda and D.L. Sharp, The Partin Family, Maree White, Our President and Our Country, Albertha Howard and DeConte Howard, Peter Hawkins, Judy Handy, Madeena Nolan, Gwynne and Naomi Gabbard, Mae Armstead, James McNabb Nickname:  Cousin, Grace Moore, Jim and Nancy Vath, Darryl, Anne, Caleb, and Joshua Handy, Father Hufford, Father Ray Betts and Mary McLain, Ken Lyon, Gene, Wilson, Jo Carroll, Earl Sharp, Virginia Chapel and Family, MaryAnn Chappelear, Jane Davis, Nikki Yaptangco and Desmond, Anna Black, Lauren Flemister, Beth, Belinda Perna, Jeanne, Joshua Grout.


Prayers are asked for members often not able to come to church: Elizabeth Kelly, Janet Henthorn, Naomi Koester, Elva Gscheidle, Jo Carroll, Anne Henneberg, Raymond Betts.


To add or subtract from this list, please contact the Church Office (513-541-2415, [email protected]) with the names of the persons to be included on this list. If you email, please place "Prayer Request" in the subject line. Please also indicate whether the name of the prayer recipient is to be listed in the bulletin.


Names remain on the list for about a month. Please let us know if people should be put back on the list.


Pastoral Care. If you need pastoral care or know of someone who does, please call or email the office (513-541-2415,  [email protected]) Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns. 
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