Saying goodbye to Ann Hackett:
Join us in the Parish Hall after the 10 am service
by Ellen Schrader and Ann Hackett

One thing I will definitely miss about Ann is her photography skills, and her intention in documenting all the activities at Grace - from puddles and parking problems, to remodeling and construction, to the many events and ministries in action. What a gift she has provided us - a way to look back across the years at where we've been, who we were, and who we've become. However, Ann was usually behind the camera, and not in front of it, so with apologies to are a few pictures of Ann through the years. She offers her thoughts in the paragraphs below:

"How on earth did I get here, and who are all these people asking me questions?"
Vestry, circa 2006

I n 2008 a small sticky notepad with the above message was left in a desk drawe
r by my predecessor. It's there still unused. The question haunted m
e for weeks and I prayed to God for an inkling. I had no confidence in what I was invited to do when I stepped into the office. Eventually I was too busy to consider it any longer. And just-like-that a decade passed by.
I take my leave now having learned so much about the workings of Grace Church
Staff, circa 2015
- its past, its traditions, its worship, its programs and, especially, its people. Yes, too, I became very familiar with its mechanics. That was a challenge. But meeting and praying and serving with so many fellow parishioners is the aspect of my work that I loved the most. I'm grateful for the work and conversations I've shared with you over the years.

150th Co-Chairs Ann and James Deaton

At the top of my computer monitor, a small quote reminds me, "Don't just do something, sit there." This is a habit I've attempted to form without great success. Now in my next retirement, I can try a little harder. It will be a good thing to do. After a period of time, I will be back and "join" my church! 
With gratitude for many blessings received, Ann Hackett


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.

Notes to Ann
Please take a minute to share a memory, a word of thanks, or well wishes to Ann on her retirement.  Cards are in the Commons for you to complete - just place in the basket and we'll collect them and present them to Ann in a memory book.

Thank you from LOVE, Inc.

Thank you to Grace Church for the use of the kitchen and parish hall space for the Love In the Name of Christ Healthy Cooking on a Budget class that just finished.  We are able to provide this class free of charge to participants thanks to the generous use of your space.  We appreciate the partnership with Grace Church as we work to share the gospel message of grace and forgiveness as the basis for making meaningful life changes for our neighbors in need.
God's peace and blessings
Kate Wood
Transformational Ministry Coordinator
Love INC Grand Traverse                      

Worship Participants this weekend

Sat. 5pm
Dixie Stephen, Eucharistic Minister
Chuch Thiel, Lector

Sun. 8am
Anne Montgomery, Eucharistic Minister

Sun 10am
John Strickler, Tim Sinclair, Bill Rouse,  Eucharistic Ministers
Pat Storrer, Eddie Grim, Lectors
Penny Campo-Pierce, Intercessor
Kay Rickard, Usher
Joyce Rouse, Welcomer

altar flowers

The Altar Flowers are given this weekend by The Altar Guild, t o the Glory of God.

Service Attendance last weekend, Nov. 3-4
Sat. 5pm:      46

Sun. 8am:     21

Sun. 10am:     117

For the month ending Sept. 30, 2018
Total Operating Income:  $34,704
Total Operating Expenses:  $29,797
Mortgage Balance:  $302,113

St Theo Amity Guild Dinner
Mon., Nov. 12 at 6p
All men of the parish are invited to attend an evening of prayer, fellowship and the sharing of a delicious meal.  Join us!

St Philip's Beulah hosting immigration talk
Nov. 15 at 6:30pm
Love Your Neighbor: Immigration 102, is a presentation given by Justice For Our Neighbors, Traverse City.  Join the discussion at the church:  785 Beulah Highway.  Look for the poster in the parish hall for more information.

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.

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 (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 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
Wed. Eucharist 10:00 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 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 27

1 Kings 17:8-16
Hebrews 9:24-28
Mark 12:38-44
Psalm 146
open bible  
Next Weekend's Readings
Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 28

Daniel 12:1-3
Hebrews 10:11-25
Mark 13:1-8
Psalm 16

  The Lectionary Readings

The Daily Office

 Tony Nelson
Kelly Rayment
Brian Farrell
Mike Groleau
Charles Miller
Esther Carey
Jamie Hackett
Eric Mueller
Elizabeth Blondia

Robert & Anne Tucker

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

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

For Pastoral Emergencies
The Rev. Kathryn Costas

   Staff Contact Information


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Buildings & Grounds Coordinator: 

What's Happening at Grace?

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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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