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Saturday, Nobember 14, 2015
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School of Metaphysics Sponsors Open Mic Fund-Raiser at Grace Tonight (Saturday)

Positive Self-Expression, an Open Mic Fundraiser benefiting Grace Church is offered tonight, Saturday, November 14, from 6 to 9pm in the Great Hall. Admission is $5, plus $5 to perform.

Bring your talent, passion, and wisdom, and share it! Bring your friends too, and help us celebrate with music, poetry, speaking, or whatever else you've got to give. If there is any extra time, there will be "skit auctions"-- bidding to have someone in the audience play a role in a crazy short play.

Sponsored by the School of Metaphysics.  Scheduling of presenters starts at 5:30. First come, first on the schedule. Questions? Call 513-821-7353.

--Jonathan Duerbeck

PS:  Click here to see a complete listing of School of Metaphysics classes at Grace. 

Pledge Committee Has Fun With Cars

The Annual Giving Committee has been playing with cars and trains (and having more fun than adults are supposed to!).  Members Carol Lyon, Apollo Kiganda, Chris Scanlon and Grace Staples have really been working, though, planning the November-December campaign and using the cars to highlight this year's theme "Grace On The Go".   

Many members have contributed phrases about what they like about Grace Church and what they would like to see in the future.   Their comments are displayed on cars in the nave and are very heart-warming and informative.   Car posters with comments and information are also displayed around the building.   

The committee hopes when parishioners and friends of Grace Church receive pledge slips to make a commitment for 2016, the cars and comments will help them remember all the good things we enjoy at Grace and the needs in the coming year.

--Grace Staples
Grace a Party Place

The last few weeks, Grace has been partying!  First a wonderful 102nd birthday party after services on Oct. 25 for our dear Elizabeth Kelly.   (We all look forward to next year, Mrs. Kelly.)   Then the following Sunday, on Nov. 1, we celebrated the baptisms of siblings Kariah Ruby Blackburn, Raya Amarah Blackburn-Scanlon and Isaiah Keith Blackburn-Scanlon.   On Sunday, Nov. 8, we had a book-signing party in honor of our friend and devoted volunteer, Rhonda Partin-Sharp.  Besides many tasty treats, there was champagne, a chocolate fountain with fruit for dipping and many door prizes.   A portion of the sales that day of Rhonda's book "The Blood Moon Sealed My Fate" were donated to Grace Church.   See J. White if you still wish to purchase a copy.

Shower Them With Cards

Speaking of devoted volunteers, Candace Moxley and J. White had birthdays on Nov. 11 and 12, respectively.    It's not too late to send a card or phone a greeting to these two ladies who do so much to keep things working and happening behind the scenes at Grace.  They get material donations, find people to fix things or do jobs (sometimes for free), or just are here to let people in and make sure rental events go smoothly.  They are also a great spiritual blessing to Grace.   Do we hear an "Amen"?
It's Grand to See All the Children (And You)! 

Have you noticed all the children showing up at Sunday School and worship lately?   From newborns to teens, we are experiencing a wonderful resurgence of youthful members.  Some mothers are volunteering to teach Sunday School.    Expect to hear more from them, soon.  At the same time, we are grateful to Maria Mukasa and Candace Moxley for all they've done on behalf of childcare and education.

Dinners and Parolees

As many of you know, Ohio State Parolees have come to Grace Church once a month for several years to help do heavy work and tough jobs.   In return, our volunteers treat them to a full, hot, home-made meal and table fellowship.  We always pray, thank them and invite them to worship and Wednesday night dinners.   

Now several of them are showing up on Wednesday evenings, not just to eat but help with set-up, clean-up and whatever other chores Grace Church may have for them.   

We're very appreciative of our parolee partners.  If you'd like to help cook lunch or bring dessert fourth Thursdays for parolees, phone the office with your name and phone number.   

Incidentally,  on Thanksgiving Eve, the Wednesday night dinner WILL be served as usual.
Me : An Introspective

Bill Tartar will be offering Intro to Spirituality every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month in
the Parlor from 1 to 2 pm.  

Come join the introduction to Spirituality discussion where development of self-awareness leads to better questioning, which in turn, brings better answers. The environment is open, warm, supportive and explorative. Deep questioning is not all serious business, WE CAN HAVE FUN! The topics will be basic in nature and broad in explanation as we discover each truth provided by the reason of questioning. 

What does that mean?.....Let's find out!

Discussion dates:
  • November 15th - What is Spirituality?
  • December 6th - Distractions?
  • December 20th- Who said that, me?

A note book and pen may be helpful to bring.
Love donation of $10, or give what you can. Every little bit helps the Grace Center grow. 
Who Will Step Up?

Thank you to our newest  volunteers to participate in the service as readers:  Hope and Faith Makumbi.

We still are very much in need of acolytes, chalice bearers, ushers and altar guild members to prepare the sacraments before the service and remove afterward.  Training is available at your convenience and you may certainly participate in various roles on different Sundays.   We would love to have more of our younger members involved in altar guild, perhaps shadowing others at first.

If every able member would volunteer for one or two positions a month,  everyone would be a lot less stressed.  Please let me know what you might do.

Grace Staples,  Volunteer scheduler,, 513-251-3538
Thanks to ...

... everyone who contributed feedback to our "Grace on the Go" theme as we prepare for our 2016 annual pledge drive. Our theme for next year, "Grace on the Go' means Grace Church is on the path to move forward to meet its development goals in line with our vision. The Annual giving committee has been tasked to come up with the theme and to forge a way forward to help the church to meet its annual pledge goals. 

... John Thayer for faithfully recording and analyzing attendance records over the years.   He has reported that ATTENDANCE HAS INCREASED 25% OVER LAST YEAR!

... Patrick Mead, our sexton, for all he does, and especially making sure the outside lights are working to light our way at night.

... Mother Anne Warrington Wilson for offers to train any new volunteers for their part in the worship service.

... Rhonda Sharp thanks everyone for having a book signing party for me last Sunday. That was really nice, and I really appreciate it.  And, it was a lot of fun. Thank you, Candace, for all of the work you did to make it happen. Thanks, Rhonda

... Raya Schweitzer for cutting down that dead tree behind the parking lot before it fell on someone.  

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 ( or the office (, so they can be recognized.
Selected Short Subjects 

Good-bye and good luck, Laurie. Laurie LeClaire who has been a big part of the healing team and shut-in visits, retires this month and will be leaving for Florida with her husband.   We'll miss you and your beautiful smile, Laurie, and wish you much happiness and blessings in your new home.


Our own Jane Strohmeier invites all to an Art Sale at Clovernook Procter Center, Upper Level, 7000 Hamilton Avenue. Saturday, November 21, 2015, 
9 AM  to 3 PM.  Unusual and interesting art makes good gifts. Please treat yourself and come to the display.


Do you know that Grace Church has a dozen or so partner organizations offering programs at Grace Church?  We've updated the list.  Take a look at what's being offered  here.   


An Advent Procession with Lessons & Carols will be presented at Christ Church Cathedral downtown on the first day of Advent, Sunday, November 29, at 6pm. This beautiful service is very different in character from Christmas Lessons and Carols and is a wonderful way to begin the season of waiting for Christ's birth. 

I'd like to share with anyone interested the flowing benefits of discovering your own medicine/vitality within.  Everyone connected with Grace can claim one complimentary Thurs. 9:30AM-11:00AM ChiKung/TaiChi class or Friday, 6:30-8:00PM ChiKung(Qigong) classThe rushed holiday season is the perfect time for empowering yourself with the ability to deeply relax, and possibly, gain a new perspective.
Please see the attached for more information.  Join us!  Jackie Millay, 513-405-1514.

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.  


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 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 (, 513-532-9362).  
Prayers and Thanksgivings
Prayers for healing are asked for Patty Rogers, The Rogers Family, Carl, Jackie, Robb Martin, Kim Martin, Melissa, Jordan and Brandie, Rhonda and D.L. Sharp, The Partin Family, Maree White, 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, And Roger Perna, Jeanne, Joshua Grout, Shelly Williams & Family.

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, 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, Keep us informed about about illness, hospital stays, requests for visits, communion, and prayers for special concerns. 
Mark Your Calendar 

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


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 (, 513-541-2415).

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