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Grace Episcopal Church Siloam Springs, AR Monthly Newsletter

Transcript of Grace Notes | 2014 June

  • notes June 2014

    Grace on Tap, 2013






    Anne Jones INTERN

    Mark Harris


    Ben Bergstrom GODLY PLAY DIRECTOR Meredith Bergstrom






    Terri Wubbena

    MINISTRIES Altar Guild Outreach

    Episcopal Peace Fellowship / G.A.P.P. Meals on Wheels

    Prayer Chain

    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

    Outreach Worship

    Stan McKinnon RECTOR

    [email protected]

    Lora Walsh CURATE

    [email protected]

    Larry R. Benfield BISHOP

    [email protected]

    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

    everyday lives.

    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.

    * * * * *

    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

    the home.

    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