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December 2017

 

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From the Rector

 

Dear Friends,

 

“The extraordinary thing that is about to happen is

matched only by the extraordinary moment just before it happens. Advent is the name of that moment.”

 

  • Frederick Buechner , Whistling in the Dark

     

    Or to put it another way - anticipation – waiting,   watching and preparing for the Birth of the Christ Child can be just as important and life changing as the birth itself. It is a time to prepare not just our homes but to prepare our souls as a home for the once-again-born Child of Bethlehem. So how do we take advantage of this opportunity?

     

  • SILENCE – Find time to be quiet in the midst of all the music and noise of the season – listen to the voice of God calling us to know the real experience of love is not found in the cost of a present.

     

  • GIVING – Find time to give not just to friends and families but to give of yourself to someone in need – volunteer at the Food Pantry, visit a Nursing Home, adopt a child and ask God to help you see Christ in those you serve.

 

  • WATCH – Watch the world around you for the signs that God is acting even in unexpected ways in your life and in the lives of others you know. Ask God to open your eyes to see the world as His beloved creation and to serve if more faithfully.

 

May these days of preparation be a fruitful time of growth and quiet joy that blossoms into a new life with the New Born Christ Child.

 

Wishing you Advent Peace and Christmas Joy,

Father Joe

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP

 

December 24th

 

9:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist

 

5:00 p.m. -

Holy Eucharist

 

10:00 p.m. -

Special music and carols

10:30 p.m. -

Festival Holy Eucharist

 

December 31 1st

9:30 a.m.

Christmas Lessons and Carols

 

A Season of Thanksgiving!!

 

 

 

This is the theme of this year's Every Member Canvas - and we truly have much to be thankful for at Grace Church.

 

 

 

Faithful ministry in Word and Sacrament.

 

 

 

Outreach

 

 

 

Fellowship

 

 

 

Prayer and Study

 

 

 

Fun

 

 

 

And above all the continued experience of God's Love in our lives!

 

 

 

So what are you thankful for at

 

Grace Church this year?

 

 

 

Please plan to return your pledge card by Sunday, December 3rd!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

 

Bicentennial 1817-2017

 

 

 

Bicentennial Celebration at the

 

201st Diocesan Convention

 

 

 

The recent convention in Cleveland was not only business, elections, and yes, a few resolutions, it was an atmosphere of global and legacy proportions. There were 10 special Bicentennial Medals awarded by Bishop Hollingsworth, and the stories surrounding each honoree were inspiring.    The three major portions of Saturday:  Convention Business, Eucharist, and Banquet can only be summed up as incredible!  The presence of the Presiding Bishop brought a new dimension to the Anglican traditions.   Saturday’s Dedication and Eucharist at Bellwether Farm was a casual-in-the- barn-surrounded-by-tents session.

 

 Here are a few notes about the weekend that you may not see in the next issue of Church Life:

 

The Prayers of the People at the Convention Eucharist was adapted from one of the Bicentennial Prayers written by Norman Jones for Grace Parish. It was a little long for us to do weekly, but I was asked to submit it to the Diocese and honored to have it used at convention.

 

The blue ceramic chalices used throughout convention were made by Sister Nadine of St Matthew’s Ashland.

 

Mimi Moore and I traded volunteer roles at Bellwether Farm: I sold Bellwether merchandise and she drove a golf cart around the farm moving people where they wanted to be. Great job Mimi!

 

The red doors in the Worship Barn are from the salvaged red siding of a barn in Galion. This is an impressive building being constructed overlooking the lower portion of the farm where we had our picnic in September.

 

The Joint Investment Fund of the Diocese, referred to as “The J.I.F” has $57.25 million dollars in assets. Grace Church has provided many memorial dollars to this fund, illustrating the commonality of its investments and how it in turn nourishes our members.  A little bit like the more recognizable, affordable jar of peanut butter, Jif.

 

Things to watch for: three new and redesigned websites serving the Diocese of Ohio; a new communication tool Flocknote; and the collection of Bicentennial Prayers of the parishes published in a small book available in our church office.

 

It’s not every weekend that you find yourself riding in the elevator with retired Bishop Grew; snapping an impromptu picture with Presiding Bishop Curry, receiving communion from the Bishop of Massachusetts one day and the visiting Lutheran Bishop the next day, and finally, but not least, being surrounded by hundreds of members of our faith in all that was said and done.

 

Thank you for the privilege of being your Bicentennial Missioner this past year and representing Grace at the convention!                      Sincerely, Carol Loveless

 

 

 

 

BIBLE STUDY

 

 

 

 

 

          The Friday Noon Lunch and Bible Study Group will meet on December 1st, 8th, and 15th. We will be studying the Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. Join us for a fun and educational hour.

 

 

 

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Book Club will meet this month on December 18th. The list of books to read for the next three months are:

 

 

 

December:

 

                                                                                              Hillbilly Elegy

 

                                                                                             By: J. D. Vance

 

 

 

January:

 

Before We Were Yours

 

By: Lisa Wingate

 

 

 

February:

 

Tilted World

 

By: Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTREACH

 

 

 

Notes from the Pantry

What a Happy Thanksgiving! We thought we were prepared with 420 whole, 109 half Turkeys... the last person in line Tuesday for the Thanksgiving distribution got our last piece of meat, a ham we found.
But then we had an evening pantry to go! Luckily we had two Kokosing volunteers who rounded up enough turkeys from Save A Lot and Meijer, to help us make it through the evening pantry.
Give thanks for our six Kokosing volunteers, five YMCA volunteers, Michele Kowalski, family members from Atlanta, and all our volunteers, some of whom I probably never saw. We started 20 minutes early and were able to finish a half hour late. A Glorious occasion! Bonnie's count was 771!!! A Record. Thank you Jesus that we did not run out of food.

 

We are on track to serve over 40,000 people this year, 10,000 more than last year.

 

Grace pantry has recently celebrated several birthdays in spirited occasions. We hosted a sit-down dinner celebration of our guest volunteers (Church members serving). And the place continues to fill deep social needs. Guest volunteers have showed up to work after a husband died, after a son died, after a husband left, after they became homeless, and three days after their home burned down. So continuing to foster the community is critical. I marvel at this Pantry. Keep it up Grace!

 

One concern we need to keep our eye on is the increasing number of children. We used to serve between 400 and 500 per month, but for three months our number has been over 1,000, and this month (hopefully an anomaly due to Thanksgiving) the number was 1,600 for the first four Thursdays of November.

 

Pantry committee December 7, 11:40, and the next day, Friday December 8, Father Joe is hosting a group of home school students to wrap children's books. Want to join a joyful group of children that day or donate more books? (Thank you Louis Taylor for donating so many)

 

Daniel

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BOXES!!!!

 

 

212

 

CHRISTMAS

 

 BOXES FOR CHILDREN

 

PACKED WITH CRAYONS

 

 PAPER,DOLLS, PENS,PENCILS

 

TOOTHBRUSHES, SOAP,ETC. ETC.

 

BEGAN THEIR JOURNEY FROM GRACE

 

PARISH TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD

 

INCLUDING SITES NOT FAR FROM HOME IN

 

 TIME FOR

 

 CHRISTMAS!

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT. OUR BOXES WERE OVERFLOWING WITH GIFTS...SOME LIDS WERE VERY HARD TO CLOSE.   SOME BOXES HAVE ALREADY BEEN DELIVERED TO CHILDREN DISPLACED BY HURRICAINE IRMA. CHILDREN FROM BARBUDA WHO ARE LIVING IN SHELTERS IN ANTIGUA RECEIVED BOXES IN SEPTEMBER. A SPOKESPERSON FOR SAMARITANS PURSE SAID, " WE FELT THE CHILDREN OF BARBUDA NEEDED CHRISTMAS JOY A LITTLE EARLY THIS YEAR."

 

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoe boxes to children in more than 160 countries. Last year nearly 11.5 million shoe box gifts were collected worldwide

 

 

Time to bring in your gloves, mittens, hats and scarves for the Annual Mitten tree!

 

 

 

We will give out these gifts as part of the Christmas celebration at the Food Pantry.

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILY NOTES

 

 

 

Congratulations Samuel and Sylvia!

 

 

 

Samuel Taylor was recently awarded his EAGLE SCOUT RANK! A Court of Honor will be held at Grace Church on Sunday, January 8th at 2 p.m. to celebrate this special achievement.

 

 

 

Sylvia Taylor is now ranked NUMBER 1 IN THE NATION in the United States Dressage Federation’s Young Riders (21 and under) and Open Divisions. She and her horse, Brunhilde, won the highest scores in the two categories for the year.

 

 

 

Well Done and Congrats, Samuel and Sylvia!

 

 

 

Jesse Tree!!

 

 

Thank you to Betty Diemer, Karen Davis and our Youth for preparing and filling the Jesse Tree!

 

 

 

 

 

VESTRY NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

 

 

 

          At the January 2018 Annual Meeting we will be electing 3 people to serve on the Grace Church Vestry for the next 3 years and one person to fulfill the 2 year unexpired term of LuAnn Howard. The Nominating Committee of retiring Vestry members – Dennis Ransom, Charla Clinage, and Jim Baker - are accepting names.

 

 

 

The Canonical requirements are that the nominee be:

 

 

 

          1. 16 years of age or older

 

          2. a member of the parish for at least 6 months

 

          3. a member of a family unit that contributes to the

 

support of the parish

 

4. an attendee at church at least 3 times in the past

 

          year (definition of active)

 

 

 

The Vestry recommends the following additional expectations for members:

 

          1. Contribute to the Operating Fund of the Church.

 

          2. Be a regular attendee in Church.

 

          3. Be active in the overall life of the Church.

 

          4. Agree to regularly attend Vestry Meetings including the Annual Vestry Retreat.

 

5. Agree to serve on other committees or programs as agreed to by majority of Vestry members such as shepherding or stewardship programs.

 

 

 

If you are interested in being considered for nomination or would like to nominate someone else, please speak with a member of the Nominating Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR END GIVING

 

 

 

Please remember that all contributions must be received by December 31st to be included in reporting for tax purposes in 2016. If you have questions about your pledge, please call the Parish Office at

 

(419) 524-2661

How to Find Cheap Custom Printed Church Offering Envelopes?Offering Envelopes 2018

 

The 2018 offering envelopes are now available. Please pick up on Sunday or stop by the office. VERY IMPORTANT! PLEASE mark down your name and the box # that you take. Otherwise when you turn one in we will have no way of knowing who to credit for the contribution . Thanks!

 

 

FLOCKNOTE IS COMING!

 

What is Flocknote? - Flocknote is an email/newsletter type service similar to Constant Contact or MailChimp except it comes with two very important additional features:

 

    1. Text-to-Join - a very easy way for people to sign up for all the parish's mailings (email and regular mail). It also makes it just as easy to update their contact information. 

 

    1. Texting - This service also makes it possible for you to send short texts to people on their smartphones. We believe this will be a very helpful tool when we figure out how to use it effectively in our contexts.

 

    1. Why do this on a diocesan basis? - We think this will be an extremely useful tool for diocesan congregations. But the most important reason is because of the Text-to-Join feature. Every time a person uses Flocknote to subscribe to your mailing/email list, the diocesan list will be automatically updated.

 

    1. Are all congregations required to use Flocknote? - Well, it isn't a canonical responsibility for sure. But we strongly hope and ask that every congregation use at least the Text-to-Join feature so that diocesan communication will dramatically improve.

 

    1. When are we supposed to start? - We are asking that all congregations begin with a Launch Event or "Bring your Cellphone to Church Sunday!". We ask that every congregation have one Launch Event before Christmas and one between Easter and the beginning of summer. 

 

Thanks!  We hope Flocknote is beneficial to all.

Brad Purdom

Canon for Congregations, Diocese of Ohio

 

GRACE CHURCH WILL HAVE A BRING YOUR PHONE TO CHURCH DAY ON DECEMBER 19TH!!

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER ALTAR FLOWERS

 

 

 

 

 

DEC 3

High                     Rita Glaser

Baptistry              Rita Glaser          

 

DEC10              

High                     Mimi Moore

Baptistry              Carol Loveless

 

DEC17              

High                     David & Carolyn Gross

Baptistry              Open

 

DEC 24           CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS

 

DEC 31             CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-2           Joseph Mudra

12-5           Don Stump

12-7           Lloyd Mullet

12-11         Sara VonBlon

12-12         Julie Baker

                   Nancy Mudra

12-13         Jim Chipman

12-14         Joe Loveless

12-16         Melanie Walker

12-17         Lori Turner

12-18         Scott Toney

12-20         Jeanette Metcalf

12-26         Darlene Windsor

12-30         Erin Anderson

                   Fran Welsh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-7           Robert & Sheila Jones

12-16         David & Carolyn Gross

12-27         Rick & Carol Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

On the 8th Day of Christmas - that being Monday January 1, 2018   Your presence is  requested at

 

 THE RECTORS' OPEN HOUSE

     344 SHEPARD ROAD

             MANSFIELD

         419-989-3868

 

 

 

3 PM- 4:30 PM     4:30PM - 6PM         

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