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Tuesday,September 1, 2015
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Give Us Your Opinion on Timing of the Christmas Eve Service

The Worship Team needs your input on timing for Grace's Christmas eve service so we can schedule.  What's the best time for you? Please tell the office (513-541-2415, [email protected]). 

Choose 5:30pm, 7:30pm or 10pm and tell us how many people will be attending. 

Note that there will also be a Christmas day service at 11am.  

Reduced Price Offer for Grace Church Fundraiser Extended to September 7

It's not too late to get reduced price tickets to Grace Church's "Pearl of Africa" fundraiser.  The deadline for reduced price tickets has been extended to September 7.  

This is fund-raiser will support Grace Church's many ministries.  It is called "The Pearl of Africa--A Celebration of Ugandan Culture."  It'll feature, among other things a great Ugandan dinner, music and a silent auction.  It will be held on Saturday, September 19 beginning at 6pm.  Order your tickets by calling the office at 513-541-2415 or emailing [email protected].  Tickets cost $35/person or $60/couple before September 7 and $40/person thereafter.  Some folks are buying a table of 8 or 10 and inviting their friends.

Pearl of Africa Fund-Raiser Seeks Auction Items

Carol Lyon is  looking for people to donate auction items for the silent auction.  It could be an item or a service.  For example, some people are donating baskets of wine, champagne, jewelry, a Cincinnati Reds basket or art work.  Others are offering to be a chef for an evening for you or someone you know or to hold a brunch for you and your guests at their house. 

There are lots of ideas on the internet.  Just to name a few more possibilities: baskets for kids, or tools or tickets to events or chocolate.  Other ideas that are popular include:  vacation rentals, dog lovers basket, tutoring, spa services, etc.  I am sure you get the idea and I am sure you have something unique you could offer.

Please e-mail Carol at  [email protected] or call her at 513-919-0542 and let her know what you are willing to donate.
Grace Church Life Was a Caper of Blessings Last Week

From Candace Moxley:

This week my word for the week is caper. Not the berries for cooking but the dance with life, playfully skipping.

I returned a phone call at the office, intending to leave a message but then discovered a live person who not only was a cradle Episcopalian, but connected to Grace Church as a child, whose specialty is saving energy. God bless him he works for free for congregations. He has been to Africa to assist congregations. He came to our church and pledged to help us. FOR FREE. His name is Tom Williams. God bless him.
Don't tell me God isn't constantly monitoring my desires and positively affecting the outcome.

I have an electric mobility scooter that I use when my car breaks down. I call it my convertible and enjoy waving to people as I roll by. The problem is, I have no use for it sometimes. Our cherished member Marie White has some new digs at Hammond North, where the carpeting is daunting, but if she had the scooter, she would be more mobile both in and out of her home. Anthony Canady who cooks for us weekly at snack and chat has agreed to help load the scooter, after his kitchen duties. God bless him!

Last week I got to church and no bulletins were printed, so I printed some. This week I have people willing to do the job, Madeena, Grace, Kristen and myself. Many hands make a light load, and the Holy Spirit is at work again!

God Bless us. God bless all the volunteers for our service, for being of service. You are proof to me that there is a God and he provides for me.

How have you seen God work in your life? Can you share and uplift us all?

PS I have a tenant who owns a restaurant and not only pays his rent on time but when he heard we were accepting donations for our Uganda dinner he offered sauce and gift certificate. He has been donating food to the community dinner. God Bless Anthony of Goodies BBQ in that he is a truly honorable man who not only donates but checks on me in bad weather. Bless his mother, she raised him right.

Grace Church Education for Ministry Class Starts in September

Grace Church's Education for Ministry Class will resume in September, meeting on Tuesday mornings.  It may not be too late to register.  Contact mentor Hawley Todd (513-967-6581, [email protected]) if you're interested in this life-changing course of study. 
Mark Your Calendar 


Wednesday, September 9:  Celebration of Wholeness and Healing with laying on of hands, Healing Touch, Drumming, etc.  Starts at 7pm.  


Every Wednesday from 5 to 7pm:  Free Community Dinner.  Come and enjoy the food and the fellowship.  


September 19:  "The Pearl of Africa," Ugandan dinner, music and silent auction


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).

Thanks to ...
... our all around go-to office manager, Rhonda Sharp, who has decided to resign from this key volunteer position.  We are indebted to Rhonda for timely communications, diligence in accountability on office contracts, a comprehensive administrative manual, encouragement of volunteers and countless other supports.  We know her volunteer job was accompanied by many frustrations and long hours of making things right and getting the job done.  

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.
Selected Short Subjects 

Child Care is needed at Grace Church.  We have a position available for a warm and loving person to care for our children during the 10am Sunday service. Compensation available.  To express interest contact the office (513-541-2415, [email protected] ). 


There is a new group starting up within the LGBT community called Senior Action Group. They are going to have a picnic Friday September the 4th at the Kestrel Point shelter in Winton Woods from 4 to 9pm.  Bring food to share. There are fliers at the lower Belmont entrance. Questions? Contact [email protected]  Peace and blessings from FE.Harris


Videos of Sunday Worship at our Cathedral are now online.  If you'd like to see what cathedral-style worship is like, see here: .  


The first planned event for our 
150th anniversary celebration for Grace Church will be held on March 6, 2016 at 4pm. It was March 6, 1866 that Grace Church members and friends met to elect the first Vestry and Wardens. That's days's worship service will be moved to the afternoon to make it easier for Grace alums and friends to attend.  

Help Set Up and Take Down for Summer Worship in the Great Hall.  While we are worshiping in the great hall this summer, there are things that need to be set up and taken down. The altar, elements for the Eucharist need to be brought up from the sacristy, the flags, and setting the tables with tablecloths and candles. Little things, really, to enrich our worship and create the space we all want. Would you consider taking one week this summer to be in charge? Many hands make light work. The task would involve coming in early and leaving late. We also need help in the kitchen after snack and chat to make sure things are wiped up and put away. It is not fair that the same people are providing the experience for all. Your additions for snack and chat are always welcome!
Thank you in advance for your consideration. I know the Holy Spirit will move many of you to help. Please contact Judy Handy,worship chair ([email protected]) or Candace Moxley, parish life ([email protected]) with your availability.

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].  .  
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, 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, Grace Staples.

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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