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Connection & Call

It seems that a common discussion in churches is the question of how we can grow our congregation. How do we invite, connect, and follow through with new people? But moreover– WHY do we want to?  Bishop Alan reflected that we don’t really have any “pew...

Thank you for filling your house, Lord!

Dear Ones,  What a glorious weekend it was! Saturday evening's “Hello/Goodbye” party felt truly magical, and I realized that not only are we celebrating being together again after a four-month sabbatical, we are really still rejoicing (marveling?) over our...

Reconnect & Renew

Dear Ones, I am joyfully anticipating being with you all anew this coming Sunday, September 11! Four months is a long time. You have been in my prayers and in my heart, and I have heard through Bishop Alan that it has been a wonderful, renewing sabbatical...

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Coffee Hour Volunteer Rota!

In years past (way past!) there was a “coffee hour rota” at Grace – a list of folks willing to bring refreshments sweet or savory to our post-worship gathering in the courtyard – which always included someone who knew how to make the coffee in the kitchen. The people...

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Agreement #5: Value Differences of Opinion

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in March of 2018, my colleagues at Justin Siena High School and I sat around a table to decide how best to listen to our students and respond as a school community. We had had a tumultuous year already. While our...

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Rummage Sale

The annual Grace Church Rummage sale is back on Saturday August 20th from 09:00am - 04:00pm! You can find the seller guidelines and floor plan for our upcoming Grace Church Rummage Sale below. You can read the guidelines for sellers HERE and view the floor plan layout...

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A Message from Bishop Alan Scarfe

Dear Beloved in Christ, Several years ago I met for lunch with the then Senator for Iowa, Tom Harkin. Senator Harkin mentioned that he believed that Bishops and Senators had similar constituents. Our responsibility for public discourse covered the same demographics....

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Youth Mission Trip Re-Cap

Dear Grace Church, This year, our youth group mission trip to Colorado Springs was very important to us as it was our first real mission trip since 2019 because of the pandemic. Unlike past years, we were a very small group, being only 7 youth and 3 leaders....

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A Word from our Senior Warden

Dear Grace Church, What a wonderful start to our Summer Sabbatical we’ve had with Bishop Alan! He generously agreed to be with us until Rev. Amy’s return in September with the exception of the next four Sundays due to a prior commitment. In the weeks ahead we will...

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Amazing Grace

Yesterday was an election night, focused mainly on narrowing the fields that will face off with one another on November’s elections. There was quite a crowd of supporters gathered outside the Cottrell home, anticipating a good outcome for Anne, who was running for...

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Welcome Home Donation Drive

It may sound strange, but moving out of homelessness into housing can be a daunting process. People experiencing homelessness have typically been through multiple traumas in their lives, so that major life changes and new responsibilities, like moving into housing,...

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Youth Sunday

As I rode my bike (Noah in tow) across town this morning to the Montessori school, I was pondering how quickly this year has gone. Twelve months ago we gathered on the labyrinth for a worship service that followed the confirmation of eight of our teenagers the night...

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Pentecost Picnic

After three years we are finally getting to have our annual family Pentecost picnic! We hope that you will join us on Sunday June 5th following the 10 am service for this wonderful time of fellowship and good food! For families' with last names ending in A-L please...

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Minding the Gap

Dear Grace Church, This week I had all the intention of writing about “Minding the Gap”. This is one of my favorite phrases from the underground transport system in London. It was required because over time though the rail guage sizes remained the same, the carriages...

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