We thank all of you who have already submitted pledge cards.  There is still time to submit your pledge!  Just drop it by the office or mail it to Grace.  We appreciate your faithfulness in helping us plan our budget for 2019.

Newcomers Breakfast Sat., Jan. 12 9am
Grace is hosting a Newcomers Breakfast on Sat., Jan. 12, from 9 to 10:30am in the Parish Hall. Whether you have been here a short while or forever, you are welcome to attend! 

Help Wanted
Do you have two hours a month you could volunteer to help children? The PoWeR! Book Bags program in our Grace Food Pantry needs some people to help children during the two hour Friday food pickup. You would explain the program and help the kids choose their own books. Research has shown out of 300 impoverished  children only one owns a book. Would you like to help change that statistic? Please call Penny Campo-Pierce at 231-590-1320 to find out more.

There is a new flower chart in the Parish Hall with dates available to give flowers in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one, or altar flowers in thanksgiving ,,,,or any reason that feels good to you.  The cost is $45.00. There is also a sign-up (clipboard) for our Sanctuary Lamp (a symbol that blessed elements are present), which you may also dedicate as you would altar flowers. The lamps cost $7 and will last seven days.  Please fill out the form attached to the chart (for either flowers or lamp) and turn it into the office with your check, or place it in the offering plate during a service.  Please indicate on the memo line 'altar flowers' or 'sanctuary lamp'. If you wish to have something special, beyond our usual $45 arrangement, please call our florist Cherryland Floral, and they will be happy to work with your request, but you will need to pay the full cost, including anything over $45.  The Altar Guild appreciates your faithfulness in providing beautiful flowers for our beautiful worship space.

Healing offered this weekend
Prayers for healing will be offered at the Saturday 5pm and Sunday 10am services during communion, with the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands.


Annual Meeting Jan. 20 after 10am service
Please plan to attend as we come together to elect new Vestry members, Convention delegates and Nominating Comm. members; as well as to hear updates from our Rector,  Vestry, and Treasurer.

Cookie containers ready for pick-up
Now that our Cookie Walk is over (and we'll have an update soon on how we did), it is time to collect your cookie containers.  Unmarked containers will be discarded if not claimed by Jan. 18.  Stop by the office at your convenience.

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Connie Riopelle, Eucharistic Minister
Brenda Lau, Lector

Sun. 8am
Marcia Lee, Eucharistic Minister
Bill Fowle, MaryLee Pakieser, Lectors

Sun 10am
Roberta Deuker, Sam Cripps, Tim Sinclair, Eucharistic Ministers
Penny Campo-Pierce, Roberta Deuker, Lector
Ellen Schrader, Intercessor
Ken & Glenda Andrews, Ushers

Service attendance last weekend
Jan. 5 & 6, 2019
Sat. 5pm      29
Sun. 8am     14 
Sun. 10am   125

For the month ending Dec. 31, 2019
Total Operating Income:  $47,197
Total Operating Expenses:  $32,708
Mortgage Balance:  $294,096

Thanks from the Altar Guild
Altar Guild wishes to thank those who generously donated funds that covered the cost of the beautiful flowers and greenery that enhanced our worship space for the Christmas and Epiphany services. Your support of our ministry is very much appreciated. Also, we are grateful to Diane Bosch, Barbara Backus, and Susan Burks who used their talents to plan, decorate, and care for all the flowers and greenery. THANK YOU ladies!



Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives Sun., Jan. 13 at 2pm

Join local poet (and Grace parishioner) Fleda Brown at Brilliant Books on Front St, as she reads from her book with fellow poet Sydney Lea.  Fleda will also share some of her new poems. Wine and cheese will be served.

STAG Dinner hosts 
local author Rick VanDeWeghe
Mon., Jan. 14 at 6pm
All men are welcome to attend the monthly St. Theo's Amity Guild dinner.  Rick VanDeWeghe, local author and Grace parishioner, will speak about his recently published book Jimmy Quinn, the first in a series of novels about the Traverse City State Hospital.

Grace Stitch & Chat Circle Continues 
Tues., Jan. 15 at 10:30am
The new Grace Stitch & Chat Circle met for the first time on Tuesday, January 8, at 10:30 am, and will continue every Tuesday. All 'stitchers' are invited to join us (this is the reinvented prayer shawl- needleworkers group). We will be there every Tuesday so come often. For our first gathering, we'll get to know each other and share our projects. After that, we will discuss the book, Knit One, Purl a Prayer: A Spirituality of Knitting by Peggy Rosenthal while we work on our projects. You don't have to read the book to join us. If you'd like to get a book, let Sandy know. She is ordering them at Horizon Bookstore. We look forward to stitching with you, getting to know you, and forming an active, fun, and meaningful community at Grace. Contact: Sandy Seppala Gyr via email at: sansep19@gmail.com ; or via phone at: 703-597-7925.

Grace Hikers 'Snow Hike' Sat., Jan. 12 at 9am
Calling all hikers!  A snow hike is planed for Saturday January 12.  Meet at the church at 9:00 am and car pool to Ken and Glenda Andrews' house in Lake Ann or come directly to the house (call the church office if you need directions to the Andrews').  From the Andrews' we will hike in the Cedar Run Creek Natural Area which runs behind their house.  After the hike we will come back to Andrews' for hot beverages to thaw out and plan our next hike.  Not sure what the weather will be, but today you could use your snowshoes if you want to or not!  This will be a winter beginner hike for those of us who have not gotten off the sofa for awhile.  Let Ken or Glenda know if you will be coming so we won't miss anyone, at 231-275-0036. Hope to see you there!

Women's Book Club plans for 2019
First meeting is Monday, Jan. 14 at 6pm

If you enjoy reading, join a group of women from Grace for fellowship, conversation and FUN! We meet the second Monday of the month at Jubilee House. Contact Kate Wood for more information about joining the group at katew40@charter.net or 231-941-5785.

Jan. 14   The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Feb. 11    Promise Me Dad by Joe Biden
Mar. 11    Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
Apr. 8      Little Fires Burning Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May 13    A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant
June 10    Someone by Alice McDermott

Art in the Holy Land: 
A History of the Struggle of Judaism, Christianity, & Islam
Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6:25 pm 
in the Lounge at Central United Methodist
Karen Libby, a member of Grace, will take us on a tour of three major sacred sites in Jerusalem: the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Holy Sepulchre, to talk about the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian claims to Jerusalem.  Then she will turn to several archeological sites and their gorgeous mosaics that show how Christianity rose, how Judaism survived the destruction of the temple and relocated (diaspora), and how Islam grew and spread. Join us for an exciting interfaith discussion. Karen is an Instructor of English at Interlochen, who recently returned from a sabbatical to Israel to study the Holy Land's art of the Abrahamic faiths.

Interested in Peace and Justice issues?
Episcopal Peace Fellowship will meet Jan. 22 at 6pm at Jubilee House.  Everyone is welcome to join the conversation!

Cooking for Seniors offered by Oryana Feb.26

Did you know that Oryana runs cooking classes at Grace? Perhaps you've participated in the past, or maybe you've always wanted to try out a class. Here's your chance!

Tuesday, February 26, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Heather Campbell, MS, RD
$35/Oryana owners
$40 non-owners
Call 947-0191 to register or via eventbrite.com
Sound nutrition for seniors is incredibly important to ensure physical and mental health. Some of the challenges older adults face include a weakening sense of taste, poor appetite, and difficulty chewing hard foods. Join Heather in a discussion of the unique nutritional needs of seniors and how you can help them stay healthy by learning some easy techniques to create delicious, nutrient dense food including soup and smoothies. 


Weekly Worship Schedule
Morning Prayer 8:15 am
Men's Prayer Group 7:30 am
Centering Prayer 11:00 am
Holy Eucharist 5 pm
Holy Eucharist 8 am
Holy Eucharist 10 am

Lectionary Readings
& Daily Prayer

    This Weekend's Readings
The First Sunday after the Epiphany

Isaiah 43:1-7
Acts 8:14-17
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Psalm 29
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
The Second Sunday after The Epiphany

Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
John 2:1-11
Psalm 36:5-10

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Carolyn Drake
Mike Mittelstaedt
Dale Mankin
Anders Lyons
Chris Post
Clare Andreasson
Ann Hackett
Marie Mankin 
Connie Meyers

Karl & Barb Marsh

Prayer Lists
Did you know Grace has 2 prayer lists?  
* To be added to the prayer list found in the bulletin contact

** If you would like to be added to the Daughters of the King (DOK) prayer list and be prayed for daily,contact Penny Campo-Pierce at 231-946-1224 or  pcampopierce@charter.net

                   Contact Us 
341 Washington St.,
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone 947-2330;  Fax 947-3011
Website www.gracetc.org

For Pastoral Emergencies
The Rev. Kathryn Costas

   Staff Contact Information

What's Happening at Grace?

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What's Happening in the National Church?

National Church website

Turn in your Oleson's receipts to benefit the Grace Food Pantry!

Oleson's Community Share Program

Here's how it works:
  1. You shop at Oleson's for groceries (liquor sales do not qualify for points)
  2. Turn in your receipts to the church.  Look for the envelope on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall, and place your receipts inside it.
  3. We submit receipts back to Oleson's
  4. We are granted cash rewards for the food pantry ($1 spent on groceries = 1 cent in Community Share points)

For every $5000 in receipts we submit, we receive $50 in cash for our food pantry.  Every little bit helps!


Thank you for participating!


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