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YEARS IN REVIEW
Click Here for our 2015 Annual Report PDF detailing our past year.
The Rev. Rose Anne Lonsway began her work here as this parish’s fulltime Rector in May 2015, instituted formally as Rector on December 5, 2015. She and family moved from the Columbus, Ohio area, and now reside in our rectory adjacent to Grace Woods. She landed on her feet, so to speak, engaging with Breckenridge Village’s chaplain on occasion, and by participating regularly in other local clergy and community activities.
Our average Sunday attendance is rebounding. New (to us) visitors join our worship on Sundays, and we continue to explore responses to the spiritual needs of our neighbors. In April, our supply priest, The Rev. Allen Belton officiated the Holy Baptism of Margaret Eleanor Ores. Healing is a focus of our worship the first Sunday of each month. The fourth Sunday provides for extra participation with children. A Worship Committee assists the Rector in assessing past ideas and considering new ones. Committee is comprised of Rector, music director/organist, Altar Guild, Lay Readers, and others.
- Outreach / Evangelism
Outreach and Evangelism efforts were separated into 2 committees in 2015. One outcome of that was the expressed and demonstrated increased participation by parishioners in these expressions of the Body of Christ looking outward. Work initiated in 2014 expanded in 2015.
Dave Zimmerman agreed to lead a newly created Stewardship Committee. This occurred late in 2015, so fruits of a functioning committee should be visible in 2016.
The Rev. Dan Knaup concluded his work at Grace in 2014, because full time employment at a hospital and other career commitments precluded his continuation. We had the benefit of several other priests to fill-in on Sundays.
We have a beautiful new organ (new to us) to accompany the voices of our choir and interns and to lead us in song. Our connection with South High School vocal interns continued in 2014. The 5 students were such an awesome addition. Their hearts were very much with us. Amid everything going on in 2014. we have celebrated new life and baptisms and welcomed new members to our Grace family. As we look back, what a wonderful year of blessings we see !!!
Vestry held one of its monthly meetings in 2014, at the McKinley Community Outreach Center. Vestry followed that by authorizing a significant gift to McKinley Center, a faith-based grassroots effort to help local persons. We have moved forward with our ministries with donations to McKinley Outreach Community Center and to Project Hope. Some of our parishioners actively volunteer to lend a caring hand where needed.
New in 2014, a parishioner energized other parishioners around a mission of evangelism. Accomplishments include 1) name tags for Ushers and Teachers; 2) Christmas cookie effort to give holiday treats to the four 12-step groups which meet weekly at Grace : “Dry Dock,” “Sharing in Sobriety,” “Saturday Night,” and “Lost & Found.”
Teachers completed Diocesan instruction about youth safety; teacher-background checks were completed. Regular attendance has been a challenge for us in 2014. Therefore, Sunday School is taking steps to rebuild its student attendance in 2015.
Search Committee was formed in 2013 and in 2014 its members have diligently pursued their mission. In spite of this daunting task, with God’s help we will be guided to the man or woman who will minster to us according to God’s will. Diocesan consultant is Ms. Ann Yug.
Fr. Dan Knaup recently began leading our Sunday worship, and he continues to work at University Hospital weekdays.
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, some Grace Church members joined other local churches to respond, and they continue to fashion dresses from pillocases. This picture arrived recently form Haiti.
New members confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church with The Right Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Bishop (right) and former Rector, The Rev. Alton Plummer (left).
Grace Church supports the Painesville faith-based homeless shelter. Easter baskets were given to Project Hope.
Grace Church sponsors Cub Scout Pack 282 and Boy Scout Troop 185. Here Boy Scouts are responding to a community request to clear overgrowth from a neighbor’s front yard.
Sacrament of Holy Baptism
Formal installation of The Rev. Alton Plummer as Grace Church’s new rector, joined for cutting the cake by some members of the search committee.
Breckenridge’s Grace Woods ribbon cutting ceremony for a new retirement living facility.