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Grace Episcopal Church

41 Bowman Street

Mansfield, Ohio 44903

Our Mission: “To Nurture our Members and Feed our Neighbors”



From The Rector



In just a few days, these words will echo
again in churches around the world and here in Mansfield.  The dark of winter is literally and
figuratively passing and the light of new birth in the world and in each of us
is springing forth.  It is a time of joy
and hope.

However, as much as we look
forward to this joyful celebration of Christ's Resurrection, we are not there
yet.  One of the classic scripture
readings for Lent says - "unless a seed falls into the ground and dies, it remains
just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit".  In these last few days of Lent, the call is
to be sure we have allowed that part of us that must die to do so if we want
new life – that part of our will or ego or pride or fear that would be in
control rather than trust and allow God to be at the heart of our whole
existence.  It is time to die.

The liturgies of Holy Week are
one of the ways we live into this call to die so that we might live.  On Palm Sunday we live into the heights and
lows – the ecstasy and the agony of this week – shouting Hosanna as we march
into the Church as Jesus marched into Jerusalem – Hosanna to the King – and
then hearing our voices join those of the crowd who when asked by Pilate what
should be done to Jesus respond "Crucify him!" - listening to the Passion
Gospel all the way to the burial of the Son of God.  Then, on Maundy Thursday, we gather as did
Jesus and the disciples to remember God's great act of deliverance in the
Exodus and to begin to live into the New Exodus from death to life that is happening
in us.  We hear the New Commandment to
Love One Another as Christ has loved us and receive the Bread and Wine as did
the disciples in that first Holy Eucharist.
Then we know the despair of the Garden of Gethsemane as we strip the
altar and leave in silence and fearful awareness of the coming arrest of the
Holy One.

Finally, we are called to go to
the cross - to stand naked before God and experience the death of the One who
was without sin -  to know the triumph of
evil and darkness and to know our part in that triumph.  This is the time of truly allowing death to
happen in us as we feel in the depths of our being the absence of the God who
lies in the tomb.

This is the journey we must make
if we are to truly experience the rebirth and newness of life promised in the
Easter message – to hear in the very core of our being those words "Christ is
risen" and to know that we have risen in Him.
And so, I invite you and even urge you to die – die in your hearts and wills
and minds – die in and through walking the path of Holy Week in each of the
liturgies and in your private life with God.
Die, so that you might live anew!

Feast of the Resurrection

Sunday, April 20th

Holy Eucharist 8 & 10 a.m.

Peace, Father Ashby

Palm Sunday, April 13

8 & 10 a.m. - Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist

9 a.m.  - Parish Brunch

Maundy Thursday, April 17 7 p.m. - Tennabrae,
Service of Light and Darkness

Good Friday, April 18

12 noon - Community service at St. John's UCC

7 p.m. - Proper Liturgy

Mite Boxes for the Bishop's Appeal

Once again this year we will be participating in the Bishop's
Annual Appeal by using the Lenten calendar featuring different ministries
throughout the Diocese of Ohio that are supported by Episcopal Community
Services. Remember to return your FULL Mite Boxes on Easter Sunday!

2014 Bishop's Appeal

If you have not yet
made a pledge to the 2014 Bishop's Appeal, you are encouraged to do so.  Materials are still available in the Narthex
and you may send it in directly or return it to the Church on Easter Sunday

Gospel Pedalers

The weather is warming up and it's time again to get outside and
start enjoying Spring.  Our first Gospel
Pedalers bike ride will take place on Saturday, April 12th, (weather
permitting).  We will meet in Lexington
at the Senior Center and ride to Butler, eat breakfast and ride back.  Everyone is welcome.  Please join us for this fun time.

Book Club

The Book Club will meet this month on


The book to read for the April meeting is

The Cuckoo's Calling by:  Robert Galbraith

(J.K. Rowling)

Episcopal Church Women

You are invited to:DIOCESE OF OHIO


WHEN:  MAY 9 – 10,   2014



This annual meeting is opened to all Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of
Ohio.   For further information on the
meeting regarding costs, guest speaker, itinerary, or workshops, see the
notices posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hallway.

If you need registration forms, please contact Rita Glaser 419-775-5689.


ECW is holding a Bake Sale on May 6, 2014 !

The bake sale will be held in
conjunction with the Primary Election held here at Grace Church.

Anyone who bakes, please mark your calendar and start planning. We would like
to have your items by Monday evening as we need to set things out early (6:00
or 6:30 AM) on Tuesday. (Suggested items: cookies, cupcakes, muffins, brownies,
pies, lemon bars, breads, coffee cakes, etc.)

We will need volunteers to
man the booth in shifts.  Any time you
can donate for this would be appreciated.

You will find a sign-up sheet
on the bulletin board for both baking and volunteering time.


Thank you Mark and Samuel!

Special thanks to Mark and Samuel Taylor for doing
some much needed painting in the hallway near the Sexton's Office.

Thanks also to Mark for repairing the sidewalk on
the Third street side of our building!

Birthday Open House

Please come join us and help us
celebrate Bonnie Leonard's 80th Birthday.

The party will be held at Grace Church

on Saturday April 12th in the undercroft from 3 - 5 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Looking Ahead!

In May we will be honoring our High School
and College graduates.  Please let us
know if someone in your household is finishing their studies this year so we
can be sure to include them in  the festivities!

Easter Flowers

If you wish to sign up for Easter
Flowers, please fill out the form in the back of Grace Notes and turn in to the
office no later than WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16TH.
Please Print

April Altar Flowers

April 27

High Altar  - John, Scott, Helen and

Baptistry      Matthew Toney

April Birthdays and Anniversaries!

4-5           James and Chucha Chipman

4-10         James and Marjorie Gorman

4-19         Mike and Monica Diemer

4-25         David and Marianne Williamson

4-7           Roger Ziegler, HayleyWalker

4-8           Scott Baker

4-9           Joseph Mudra

4-10         Bonnie Leonard

4-11         Alta Kelly

4-12         James Hupp

4-13         Jillian Earnest

4-15         Pam Armstrong

4-16         James Gorman

4-19         Robert Earnest

               Jean Martin

4-20         Cynthia Mudra

4-26         Richard Taylor

4-27         Dixie Earnest

4-28         Salli Rohm

4-30         Bruce Jewett


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