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notes June 2014
Grace on Tap, 2013
OFFICE OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Bay GreenHill COMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATOR
Hope Johnstone FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Jones INTERN
CHILDREN 9 A.M. CHILDRENS CHAPEL COORDINATOR
Ben Bergstrom GODLY PLAY DIRECTOR Meredith Bergstrom
KITCHEN AND NURSERY COORDINATOR Angie Chaney
11 A.M. CHILDRENS CHAPEL COORDINATOR Travis Chaney
MUSIC ASSISTANT CHOIRMASTER
Liesl Dromi DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & ORGANIST
Dr. Jan Wubbena CHILDRENS CHOIR SCHOOL DIRECTOR
MINISTRIES Altar Guild Outreach
Episcopal Peace Fellowship / G.A.P.P. Meals on Wheels
VESTRY Meredith Bergstrom
Andy Bossler Ben Hill
Rob Lambert Amanda Orcutt
Debi Selby Curtis Smith Robert Smith
Mike Moss, Treasurer Hope Johnstone, Clerk
COMMITTEES Building & Grounds Christian Formation
Community Life Finance
Stan McKinnon RECTOR
Lora Walsh CURATE
Larry R. Benfield BISHOP
WORSHIP SCHEDULE SUN Holy Eucharist, 9:00 A.M. Christian Formation (all ages), 10:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist, 11:15 A.M. WED Holy Eucharist & Healing, 12:10 P.M. MON-FRI Yoga Morning Prayer at Studio, 7:00 A.M.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
TEN QUESTIONS THAT ARE TRANSFORMING THE FAITH Grace on Tap begins next Wednesday, June 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the side conference
room at 28 Springs in downtown Siloam Springs. Childcare is available at Grace
Church from 6:45-8:30.
Last year we had a great turn-out throughout the summer discussing Phyllis Tickles
ideas about the Great Emergence of Christianity in our time. This year we will continue
that theme as we engage with one of the most important voices in the emergent
movement of Christianity, Brian McLaren, and his book A New Kind of Christianity.
Hailed widely as one of the most significant religious leaders of our time, compared
by some to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation McLaren strikes a chord with
many. The Christian Century
McLaren spent over 20 years as a pastor of a church near Baltimore, but found that
his congregation began asking questions that he had not been prepared to answer by
his evangelical background. These questions along with others he has encountered in
the last several years from his travels all over the world speaking to diverse Christian
groups including Roman Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, and Pentecostals, will
form the basis of our discussions this summer.
Each week we will address one of the ten big questions about Christianity that
McLaren writes and speaks about from his experience. Questions like, What is the
overarching story of the Bible? and How should the Bible be understood? to Who
is Jesus? and What is the Gospel?
While these questions may sound simplistic, they are at the core of how we can come
to better understand and relate our faith to the times in which we live. And better
understanding our faith can enable us to live out that faith more meaningfully in our
I believe our discussions can be transformational and I look forward to sharing some
of McLarens ideas with you as we examine together Ten Questions that are
Transforming the Faith.
See you next Wednesday!
I NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT WE SING by Jan Wubbena Last month we posed the question What do you do once you have taken your seat and said
your pre-service prayer? What follows is an extended article based on this thought.
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If you regularly attend the late service, have you noticed a change in the ambience in the
nave before the 11:15 service in recent weeks? Its quieter, and its quieter for a longer
period of time prior to service time. I attribute this to moving the service to 11:15. Christian
Formation still ends at 10:45, but now there are 30 minutes for the fellowship time AND for
quiet time in the nave. The parish hall is now mostly empty as the choir and acolytes gather
in a circle for our pre-service prayer. Most of the fellowship crowd is already in the pews
by the time the choir and I move to our places.
Regardless of which service you attend, what do you do once you have taken your seat and
said your pre-service prayers? This time for quiet meditation might be spent in paying
attention to what we are about to sing. Worshippers could profitably use this time to reflect
on the text of one or more of the hymns to be sung within the next hour.
You might arbitrarily choose a number posted on the hymn board and turn to it. The
opening hymn is often one of praise, although sometimes it has a different sort of text. E.g.,
on Easter Day it was a narrative of the gospel for the day (the resurrection of the Lord), and
on the following Sunday it was the story of Doubting Thomas this past Sunday).
Or you might turn to the hymn between the epistle and the gospel (11:15 only). Often
closely related thematically to one of those two lessons, this hymn could be devotional in
content, it could be a prayer, or it could be unabashedly noisy. The text may offer hints
about the musical treatment it will receive.
The communion hymns (11:15 only) are usually quiet, reflective
settings of contemplative texts. Many come from the designated
Holy Eucharist section of the hymnal (nos. 300-347) or The
Christian Life (nos. 635-709).
When we sing the closing hymn, we have just left the altar refreshed
and re-fortified, and we are about to re-enter the world for another
week. This hymn usually ends the service on an up note, but
there are exceptions to this general rule, as there are to all
My point is, your worship will be broader and deeper
and far richer if you pay attention to what you sing.
And every week you might do well to study just one
of the hymns in those few minutes between your
taking your seat and the processional hymn. A
hallmark of Episcopal worship is an atmosphere of
quietude and reverence before the service. What
better time to reflect on a hymn text? Youll be
paying closer attention to what you sing.
History of Grace House
Thanks to all who contributed at the
housewarming reception on Sunday, June
1st, donations are still being accepted.
Grace House has had a long journey: The
house was built in the late 1890s and is
Queen Anne style. A Circus Barker, Fred
Moulton and his wife lived there in the
early 1900s. During the 1940s the house
was remodeled and by 1970 it had been
made into 2 apartments; one on the first
floor and the other upstairs, with a
separate entrance from outside. Over the
years the home fell into disrepair.
The Benjamins bought 605 N. Mt Olive in
1979. This purchase was to protect Grace
from having a run-down house on the side
yard. They also thought in time, they
would be able to donate the property to
Grace Church, which is what they did in
Mary worked with Alfred Snawder,
Contractor, to take out any wall that was
not original, and to put in new plumbing,
electricity, heat and air, and to patch the
walls, or sheetrock where needed, and
restore the old wood floors and paint the
wood trim. The exterior entrance to the
upstairs was removed and a window
placed at the stair landing, as would have
been originally. A new kitchen was
installed, and the old chimney covered up
inside, and taken off above the roofline.
The house was rented out for over 30
years, and was freshened up with new
paint and carpet upstairs before the
church received it as a gift.
The property on which the house was
constructed was larger, but over the years
when the church built on the parish hall
and education wing, the Benjamins gifted
a strip of land so the church could build
and add a play yard. When they had the
property resurveyed, they squared up the
property lines on the parking lot east of
There was a huge oak tree in the backyard
behind the kitchen that was believed to
have been over 200 years old. It was over
15 feet in circumference. It started dying
in 2011 and had to be removed in 2013.
There were a few other trees that also had
to be taken out, so the yard looks very
different from the early years.
The carriage house serves as a garage or
workshop/storage area and believed to be
as old as the home.
Welcome Mark Harris
Grace Member Mark Harris
just graduated from John
Brown University in May and
has joined the Grace staff as
an intern. Mark Harris has
served in various ministry
roles at Grace over the years
and will be a wonderful
addition to our team. Mark
will marry fiance Leticia
Warren on July 26th.
Center for Psychology, June 7th
The Center for Psychology will host psychoanalyst, author, and
teacher, Kenneth Kimmel (Eros and The Shattering Gaze: Transcending