Voice of the Vestry: 
gaping hole or opportunity for growth?

by Elizabeth Black


When we have change, we often have fear.  Something is missing. Something is gone.  And when it is not replaced immediately, our sense of self preservation, of self-protection kicks in;  "Oh my gosh!  What is going to happen?  What will we do without it?  How do we replace it? Fix it now!  FIx it before..."  Before what?

All change is not created equal.  All change is not bad. And change, which most often includes the elimination of something, does not necessarily require an immediate and identical replacement.


I made a huge change in my life in the past year.  I quit my job.  I had been looking for another position for many months while still employed.  But not finding a good fit in a new position, I chose to give two weeks notice and leave my employer and only source of income. It had become an untenable situation that was affecting my physical and mental health - and I was working as a mental health counselor!  So I made a conscious decision to no longer sacrifice my well being, and took a scary leap out into the unknown. 


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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.

Morning Prayer moves to 10am on Tuesdays
In order to allow more people to participate in our weekly Morning Prayer service, we have changed the starting time to 10am on Tuesday mornings.  Join us in the Sanctuary for this quiet service, which lasts about 30 minutes.  Feed your soul!!

Election Results from 152nd Annual Meeting  
Vestry (3 year term): Elizabeth Blondia, Jessica Rickard, Matt Roney, Tim Sinclair
Vestry (1 year term): Julia Hogan
2019 Nominating Committee: Irene Cotter, Laura Mittelstaedt
Delegates to Diocesan Convention (1 year term)
Delegates: Kersti Bruining, Maria DiStefano-Post, Donna Hornberger
Alternates: Maellen DeBruyn, George Prewitt, Linda Schubert
Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Communicating within our Diocese
Katie Forsyth, Canon for Evangelism and Networking for the Dioceses of Eastern and Western Michigan, is interested in what's going on in all the parishes in our diocese.. You can find Katie on Facebook or email her directly at: kforsyth@edwm.org Check out the diocesan website at edwm.org.

Diocesan Church Development Institute
The world around us is always changing, and the church is changing also. For a few years now we, in collaboration with the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, have been working on the Diocesan Church Development Institute (DCDI) as a centerpiece of congregational development efforts.  During each session over the course of the two-year program, parish leaders develop skills to:
Renew the baptismal identity and apostolic ministry of a parishioner
Use tools and strategies for transformation of individuals, households, congregations, and communities
Empower congregational teams to not only work effectively toward a common goal, but to know its identity, its calling
Each congregation sends a team of 3-4 people, including the Rector or Priest-in-Charge. The cost to attend is $50 per person for the two-year program. Financial assistance is available.

Brochures about the program are available in the Commons, or go to the website at edwm.org.

Love Thy Neighbor GT Region (formerly Love, INC) seeks Executive Director (25 hr./wk.) 
We have been a partner in the community and with local churches for 30 years and are looking for the next leader for our local ministry work.  We are looking for a goal oriented, independent worker with a commitment to building relationships in the community and developing program supports.  Experience in grant writing and fundraising preferred.  A commitment to working to serve our neighbors in need, as well as promoting the gospel message of grace and forgiveness as a means of change, are the underpinnings of this position.  
Submit resumes to lovethyneighborgt.org .

Altar Flowers
The Altar Flowers are given this weekend by Barb Backus, to the Glory of God.

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Kate Wood, Eucharistic Minister
Tony Nelson, Lector

Sun. 8am
Anne Montgomery, Eucharistic Minister

Sun 10am
Roberta Deuker, Connie Riopelle, Penny Campo-Pierce, Eucharistic Ministers
Pat Storrer, Jeff Wescott, Lectors
Sam Cripps, Intercessor
The Wade Family, Ushers
Dan & Sue Bush, Welcomers

Service attendance last weekend
Jan. 19 & 20, 2019
Sat. 5pm      26
Sun. 8am     12
Sun. 10am   107

For the month ending Dec. 31, 2019
Total Operating Income:  $47,197
Total Operating Expenses:  $32,708
Mortgage Balance:  $294,047



Grace Stitch & Chat Circle Continues 
every Tuesday at 10:30am - JOIN US!

All needleworkers welcome!

For more information, contact: Sandy Seppala Gyr via email at: sansep19@gmail.com; or via phone at: 703-597-7925

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 10:00 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 Second Sunday after the Epiphany

Neheniah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21
Psalm 19
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
The Fourth Sunday after The Epiphany

Jeremiah 1:4-10
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Luke 4:21-30
Psalm 71:1-6

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Robby Nielsen
Elizabeth Black
Anne Tucker
Grace Holl
Jayme Phelps
Ellery Nielsen

Dick & Sue Campbell

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?

What's Happening in our Diocese?

Diocesan website

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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