Parish Life

Members of the Grace family, youth and adult, have many chances to get together outside of services for fun, fellowship, service, and education.

Parish Groups & Activities

Youth Group and Youth Christian Education

The youth group at Grace is a scene of constant evolution as our mix of youth changes. For more, see the youth's page.

Grace Church Vestry

The vestry is the agent or legal representative of the parish regarding matters pertaining to its corporate property. It is responsible for the budget and finances of the parish; for establishing business practices and policies; planning; maintaining buildings and property. The vestry also serves as leaders in the parish and works with the rector to present and uphold a clear mission statement, vision, and plans for the church.

Our current vestry at Grace includes: Seated: Phillip Crouse, Richard Taylor, Kay Canan, Carolyn Englert; Standing: Nancy Lundgren (junior warden), The Rev. Carol Evans (rector of Grace Church), Dennis Dier, Marcia Splinter (treasurer of Grace Church who provides monthly budget and financial reports), Jeff Croll, Carol Marotta (clerk) and Bette Brooks (senior warden). We’re blessed to have good leaders for the duties and responsibilities of vestry and treasurer, and we appreciate the important service provided by these faithful volunteers.

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Twiddle Muffs, a Grace Church Project
April, 2017

Members at Grace Church were asked to make Twiddle Muffs to donate to local nursing homes. These are “sleeves” or muffs that can be sewn, knitted, or crocheted, and are embellished with buttons, ribbons, zippers and beads. They help residents with Alzheimer's and Senile Dementia as they give them something to play with, or “Twiddle’. Over 30 were made by church members.

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Pictured above: Longmeadow Care Center Activity Director, Diann Hartley (center) receives Twiddle Muffs from Carolyn Englert and Marsha Snyder.

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Pictured Above: The Woodlands Program Director, Ellen Kiser (left) receives Twiddle Muffs from Mary Jean McDonald, Marsha Snyder and Carolyn Englert.

Letter Writing, March 26, 2017

Parishioners and staff gathered to send personalized letters to family, friends and neighbors to invite them to church, especially for Easter. Many folks also sent letters to those who have become inactive, asking them to reconnect. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write letters, and thanks to Rick Taylor for this great idea.

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Spring Luncheon 2017

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About 70 people attended the Spring Luncheon at Grace Episcopal Church on March 25, 2017. The Fund Raising Committee which includes: Kay Canan, Carol Marotta, Cherry Monegan and Courtney and Phillip Rich, did an awesome job of organizing the event. The presentation of the food was as if we were at an elegant tea, and it was delicious. The Deerfield Dandies provided the entertainment. The committee would like to thank everyone who attended, provided food, and helped in any way with this event.

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Planning Committee

The planning committee for the 150th Anniversary Celebration of Grace Episcopal Church recently met to discuss final arrangements for the April 25, 2015 open house. There will be tours of the church, lunch available, antique items, raffle baskets and Gracie's Back Door will be open. Learn the history of Grace Church.

Those at this meeting were: seated- Nancy Ervin, Bette Brooks, Rev. Carol Evans -rector of Grace Church, Barb Popiel- committee chairman, Mechele Novak. Standing are David Miller, Carol Marotta and John McDonald.

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Celebrating 150 Years

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Christian Education Teachers

Sue Ahrens, Stacy Scibelli, Carolyn Englert (Adult Ed.}, Christine Stickle and Nikki Stickle.

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2017 Lenten Study Group

This group met each Wednesday evening during lent for soup, the study and discussion of The Life of King David and Compline. In the photo are seated: Sue Ahrens, Marsha Snyder, Jane Gear-Jozsa; Standing: Kay Canan, Fred Lundgren, Cherry Monegan, Bette Brooks, Carol Marotta; Back row: Rev. Carol Evans (rector at Grace Church), and Nancy Lundgren.

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ECW (Episcopal Church Women)

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E.C.W. is an important part of Grace Church and every woman in the parish is a member. A 9 AM Saturday breakfast meeting is held several times a year, with hostesses serving breakfast for an average of twelve people. E.C.W. projects include: United Thank Offering in both Fall and Spring; the Lillian Vallely School, an Episcopal native Indian school in Blackfoot, Idaho; the County Clothing Center collection of underware and socks; and Safer Futures, the battered women’s shelter, supplying them with items they need. To make money the E.C.W. has an annual Christmas cookie sale. Monies made continue to help the church with projects and the community. ...

Grace Episcopal Church donates books to the Lillian Valley School

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Thanks to donations from parishioners of Grace Church, the ECW (under the direction of Marsha Snyder, president of the group) packed up 9 boxes of educational books for the Lillian Vallely School, Blackfoot, Idaho. This is an Episcopal Elementary School, grades 1-5, on the Blackfoot Reservation.

Sit n' Stitch Group at Grace Church

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. To show our support, the Sit n' Stitch group at Grace Church has made to date 27 purple scarves to donate to Safer Futures, our local women's shelter. The scarves will be distributed during the month of October. Bev Lewis-Mercury, Bette Brooks, Carolyn Englert, and Marsha Snyder are just part of the group who attended the Tuesday meeting to pack the scarves for delivery.

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Grace Church 50's Dance

Thanks to Kay Canan and her committee, a 50's Dance was held in June, 2016. The evening included: dance and hula hoop contests, best costume contest, a 50/50 drawing, basket raffle, and the highlight of the evening was an appearance by Elvis. Refreshments were served and a fun evening was had by all who attended.

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Nine church members learned the history of icons, how they are used as an aid in prayer, and even made their own - called “writing” an Icon. The session was led by Carolyn Englert and The Rev. Carol Evans.

Pictured at left going around the table: Mike Johnson, Jane Gear-Josa, Toni Worthen, Mechele Novak, The Rev. Carol Evans, Carolyn Englert, Bette Brooks, Kay Canan, Judy Canan, and Sue Ahrens.

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Wine Tasting Event

This event was planned by the Church Vestry fund raising committee. Grace Church Members Susan and Steve Merrill, previous winery owners in Michigan, gave a informative history about wine and instructed the proper way to taste wine. The invent included food, 50/50, raffle baskets, door prizes and entertainment. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

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Ravenna on Display

Grace Episcopal Church had a table at Ravenna on Display at the Ravenna High School on October 10, 2015. Those helping at the event were Carolyn Englert, Marsha Snyder, Barb Popiel and The Rev. Carol Evans.

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Old Fashioned Hymn Sing at Grace Ravenna Church

October 23, 2015

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Helping out at the Hymn Sing were: Beth Dier, Sally Dier, Kay Canan ( chairpersons of the Hymn Sing project ), Dani Lynn McDonald ( accompanist from Hiram College ) and Dani Dier. Absent from the photo was The Rev. Carol Evans, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church.

The Hymn Sing was divided into categories:

Fellowship and refreshments followed the Hymn Sing. A good time was had by all who attended.

St. Nicholas

December 4, 2016, Grace Church welcomed Steve Merrill, portraying St. Nicholas. He gave a history of this beloved Saint during both services.

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December 18, 2016, following the 10:00am service, Grace Church parish members decorated the church for Christmas. This was followed by a hot dog and chili lunch served by Nancy Ervin and the Hospitality Committee.

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The Choir participates in the 10:00 Sunday service from September through May, generally with an anthem. They put on more involved music programs for the Christmas and Easter services. Tim Lewichi organist (front right) and Martha Croll choir director ( front left). It is a small but dedicated group and is much appreciated by the congregation.

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Coffee Hour

Services are typically followed by casual fellowship in the Parish Hall. For many, this time to simply chat over coffee is as fulfilling as worship service.

Hospitality Committee

One of the true blessing of our church family! In addition to organizing our Parish potlucks, this group serves our communal needs with receptions and meals for special occasions and for bereaved families after funerals. They also organize home cooked meals for people or families during times of trouble such as sudden serious illness or injury. Nancy Ervin is the Chairman of our Hospitality Committee.

Gracie's Back Door (Thrift Store)

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Gracie's Back Door, open every Wednesday from 10-2, is a thrift shop that depends on donations from members of the church and the community. The proceeds from the sales are used to help those in need both in the church and in the community. Many of the items you will find at Gracie's are dolls, salt and pepper shakers, various pictures for the home, gift ware, crafts and seasonal gifts and decorations for the many holidays throughout the year. Gracie's accepts all donations except large furniture and clothing.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain at Grace Church accepts prayer requests not only from Parishioners but from any who ask. These requests can be for family, friends, or anyone. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. To make a prayer request, email either the rector.

Fellowship Breakfast

The third Thursday of every month at Brimfield Steak House, Brimfield, Ohio at 8:00 AM. Everyone Welcome!

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Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is a dinner offered to the community for people who are homeless and/or less fortunate. The hot dinners are held at The United Methodist Church in Ravenna every Saturday. Several churches are involved. We are paired with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Christine and Nikki Stickle cook and serve meals from Grace Church

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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals at Grace Church is on the first Sunday in October each year. Bring your furry family members for a blessing.

On October 4, 2015,The Rev. Carol Evans held the Blessing of the Animals in the parking lot across from the church. The owners and animals blessed included: Joe Benek and Renae Delvitto with cats: Thelma, Louise, and TC and horses Aztec and Sadie; Deborah Shorts and Eric Ballou with dog Buddy; Martha and Jeff croll and Bernie Hisey with dog Fuzzy; Carol Marotta with dog Suzy; Shirley Johnson with cat Teddy. A reception was held in the Parish Hall for owners and their pets.

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Volunteer Recognition / Clean-up Sunday 2014

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In memory of Gary Bell

William Snyder, member of the Men’s Card Club at Grace Episcopal Church, presents Anne Marie Noble, Director of the Center of Hope, a check for $200 In Memory of former Club member Gary Bell.

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Grace Church honors their Veterans

November 9, 2014, Luncheon honors Grace Church Veterans for their service.
Those Veterans attending were back row: Billy Johnson, John Machisko, Carol Marotta, Bill Snyder;
front row: Phillip George and Maynard Evans. Not pictured John McDonald.

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