Voice of the Vestry - Moving Deeper
by Elizabeth Blondia

The 144th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan convened on November 2 and 3, 2018 in Lansing. In attendance from Grace Church were George Prewitt, Tony Nelson, Elizabeth Blondia, and The Reverend Kathryn Costas. We were joined by around 300 clergy and laypeople from all around our diocese who came to Lansing ready to address the business of our diocese but also to worship and pray together in order to "move deeper" into our relationship with each other and with God.
Bishop Whayne Hoagland and the Keynote Speaker, The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta, both addressed the Convention theme of Moving Deeper. Bishop Hoagland reminded us that moments of crisis - in our lives, in our church, in our world - are times of decision. A video clip from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asked us if we want to give in to the chaos or do we want to intentionally and prayerfully create the community/relationships/lives we want? Seeing things how they are instead of click here to continue reading...

Healing offered at 5p and 10a services this weekend
Come to the Columbarium during communion to receive anointing with oil and the laying on of hands.

Nominating Committee seeks candidates
The nominating committee for Grace asks each parishioner to daily pray this for their discernment in how they may serve the Grace family as we move into our future.   

Holy Spirit, speak to my heart. Show me how to be faithful to your guidance, your mission, your love in fellowship and service to Grace Church.

COOKIE WALK DEC. 15 - are you ready?
It is never too early to start baking for our annual Cookie Walk fundraiser, in support of our feeding ministries.  Proceeds from this year's event will go toward the purchase of a new commercial dishwasher for our kitchen (to replace the 40+ year old machine).  Avoid the holiday rush and get your baking done NOW.  You may store your labeled cookies in our freezer in a sturdy container.  Whatever your family's favorite holiday cookies are, they will sell like hotcakes at the cookie walk.  Expect a phone call or email from Nan or Ellen as they recruit bakers and helpers for the day of the event.  Any artistic ability?  We could use your help decorating the parish hall for the event - all decorations and a map are ready for you!  Help us make this year's event the best ever!  Contact Nan at (517) 242-3452 or Ellen in the office for more information and to volunteer.

Estate Sale at Maxcie's!  
Nov. 24 & 25

If you loved Maxcie and her treasure horde of all things Grace, stop by the estate sale at her house at 829 Webster St. on Sat., Nov. 24 and Sun., Nov. 25 from 8am to 4pm. Find something to remember her by! 

Boot Drive for Jubilee House
  After speaking with the Jubilee House, the youth group has discovered a need for new or slightly used adult sized boots. There will be a collection box in the Commons for you to place the boots. We will also collect hats and gloves. Let's fill up that box and help keep our sisters and brothers warm. If you have any questions, ask a youth group member.

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Nancy Brannan, Eucharistic Minister
Kate Wood, Lector

Sun. 8am
Marcia Lee, Eucharistic Minister
Chris Bazzett, Lector
Karla Herbold, Usher

Sun 10am
Roberta Deuker, Bill Rouse, Dixie Stephen,  Eucharistic Ministers
Jeff Wescott, John Strickler, Lectors
Penny Campo-Pierce, Intercessor
Barb Backus, Ann Hackett, Usher
Joyce Rouse, Welcomer

altar flowers

The Altar Flowers are given this weekend by Deb Lannen, t o the Glory of God and in memory of her brother, David Steuber.

Service Attendance last weekend, Nov. 10-11
Sat. 5pm:      19

Sun. 8am:     15

Sun. 10am:     95

For the month ending Oct. 31, 2018
Total Operating Income:  $30,374
Total Operating Expenses:  $37,308
Mortgage Balance:  $298,094

Rotary announces Christmas Basket Nominations
Due Nov. 30 by 5pm

Traverse City's Noon Rotary Club has provided a bit of Christmas cheer to families in our community for the last 25 years. We ask for your assistance in locating appropriate families. To nominate a family, click here for the form or email   Steve Wade, or call him at 231-620-3200. To complete the form, you will need to provide the number of people in the household and their ages, contact information for the head of household, your contact information, and a little bit about the household's circumstances.  
Forms are due to Steve by 5pm on Nov. 30.

Advent Quiet Morning
Sat., Dec. 1 - 11a to 12:15p 

The Centering Prayer Community invites you to a time of silence, prayer and simple song to celebrate the season of Advent. Sometimes in the busyness and noise leading up to Christmas we overlook the quiet time of Advent. During this time of shortened days and darkness, it is good to reflect on the quiet that we need in our lives to renew our hearts and souls for welcoming Christ-God among us!
We who sit in silence, invite you to journey inward to renew the spirit of light that resides in your heart and soul. There will be periods of silence, prayers to celebrate the Advent season and an Advent Gospel reading with a short meditation.  Grace Harmony will lead Taize singing throughout the morning, adding to the peacefulness of this quiet service. Join us to celebrate the renewal of the light within and prepare anew for the joy of sharing the light of Christ with the world.

Manitou Winds Concert Dec. 1 at Grace at 7:30pm
Please plan to attend this annual winter concert, with FREE admission - all are welcome! A freewill offering will be collected to benefit Grace's Community Meal ministry. Emily Curtin Culler will join the ensemble as guest vocalist. Manitou Winds draws from traditional carols, folk and pop music, and original compositions to present a brand new program each December. Now in its fourth year, Winter Songs & Carols intertwines music and spoken word to create a peaceful, introspective glimpse of winter and seasonal beauty sure to warm the heart.

Safe Harbor Volunteer Training 
after church on Dec. 2
If you are a Safe Harbor volunteer or even if you just want to learn more about this ministry, join Donna Olendorf in the sanctuary on Sunday, December 2, after the 10 a.m. service. She will explain volunteer jobs and show you how to sign up online. Even if you have volunteered before, you need to attend to find out about new procedures-including the addition of professional staffing for all the hours that the shelter is open. This means that Goodwill staff will be onsite all night and in the morning. If you are unable to attend but still want to volunteer, please contact Donna at dolendor@gmail.com (586.781.3260). There will also be training for Grace volunteers at the shelter at 3:30 p.m. on January 5, the day our shift begins.

LOVE, Inc. announces 
Christmas Adopt-A-Family program
Love INC is again reaching out in our community with our Adopt A Family Christmas Program. We need your help! Please consider adopting a family for Christmas. Be the hands and feet of Christ that brings a smile to a child's face and joy to a parent's heart. Call the Love INC office at 231-941-5683 or email Tony at tonyn@loveinctraverse.org and express your desire to participate in this program. 
Thank you and God Bless.

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
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28

Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8
Psalm 16
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Next Weekend's Readings
Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King
Proper 29

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Revelation 1:4b-8
John 18:33-37
Psalm 93

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Evan Dancer
Elena Post
Marti Alvarez
Trey Foote
Helen Hankins
Jim Wiesing
Brooks Holland
Denny Meyers
Anna Weese


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


Office Coordinator:

Buildings & Grounds Coordinator: 

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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