July 10 &11

 Another fun and informative weekend was brought to a successful close.  Our attendees at this year’s event included Jared Jackson, Lois West, Jim Rothgeb, Heather Shafer, Dorothy Lucas, Leslie Watts, and Margaret Cutrer.  And we had two new team members, Doris Niccolai and Bob Scott, to augment returning team members Ella Anderson, Bill Watson, John Michael Provenzano, Shirley Bridges, Gerald Richard, John Buck, Laura Hyatt, Vickie Robertson, Fr. Bill Russell and Fr. Paul Wehner.

Together we feasted on John Michael’s Famous (and Fabulous) Spaghetti Dinner, explored our prayer book, were visited by Good Queen Bess and not-so-good King Henry VIII, learned about Anglican history and styles of worship (liturgy) and the way the Episcopal Church governs itself.  We had music lessons, a fashion show, and comedic entertainment; we played and prayed together. Everyone present “discovered” something new about the Episcopal Church and Grace Church. And best of all, Jared Jackson was presented for confirmation when Bishop Harrison was here July 26th.


A Letter from the Rev. Gena Davis

Dear People of Grace:
So much has happened in the past six weeks for me and my family! In May, I graduated from the Seminary of the Southwest and after Cameron finished 9th grade, we packed up our belongings and moved to Houston the first week of June. My first parish assignment is Trinity Episcopal Church in Baytown. We decided to move into central Houston, and I will commute to the church in Baytown so that Cameron and Gary will have access to a central location for school and work, as the Baytown assignment is for two years, and Cameron has three years of high school before he is off to college.

I am excited about Trinity Baytown. Trinity is a sweet and loving church like Grace Galveston. The people make the church a warm and hospitable place, and they have many prayer and outreach programs into the community. I will have so much to learn, and my initial priorities will be young adult ministry, pastoral care, and spiritual formation, and I am sure many other things that Father Nick Novak finds for me to do!

On June 20, 2009, I was ordained to the Diaconate at Christ Church Cathedral. It was a glorious day, and Bishop Doyle’s sermon set the way for all of the new deacons in the Diocese (there were 16 of us, including Chester from St. Augustine’s!) He reminded us that as Deacons we are to go out into the world, learn the names of needs of the people we meet, and bring those names and needs back to the church for help. He told us that we cannot be Priests until we have learned to serve God’s people in the world, and that this time of formation is critical to being able to make Eucharist at the Lord’s Table.

I am humbled and honored that you have supported, encouraged, and prayed for me during this time of formation, and I pray that my ministry will be according to God’s will in every way. Thank you all for your love – it means more than you know. When I see you, the people of Grace Church, I see God’s grace abounding. I also want to thank you for the beautiful green stole you gave me for my Diaconate Ordination. When I wear it, I will always remember you and will be graced by your love.

In Christ,



Thanks to all who were members on our RELAY FOR LIFE team, made donations to the American Cancer Society (our team raised over $2,500!!!), and came out to RELAY to participate and support our team. We always have a lot of support for this event as almost all of us have had someone close to us who has battled cancer.

Our Galveston RELAY this year raised over $70,000 to provide funds for research grants, early detection, as well as education and support for cancer survivors along with their caregivers.

We once again had the BBQ team of Lee Davis and Stephen Glaser grilling up burgers and hotdogs. Thanks again to Judy Webb for getting us the tent from The1894 Grand Opera House. And, thanks to all of you for bringing food to share and coming out to support the event to honor our cancer survivors and the memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer as we CELEBRATE HOPE FOR A CURE!!!!!!

Team Captains

Barbara McGuffey and Doris Niccolai



You can now access our Olan Mills Church directory online. All you need is this link and the password. Watch the Sunday service bulletin for the password and then log on and enjoy.


Dear all,

Sherry and I have a new grandson, Travis Michael Prater. Anny is doing fine and Travis is getting lots of attention. He was born at 8:01 AM on Thursday, November 20 at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. He weighs 7 lbs, 14 oz and is 18.5 inches long, and he is one handsome baby.

You can view pictures of Travis on
Then type travismichaelprater to access Anny's page.

Blessings on you all,


Four Confirmed in Joyous Celebration.

On Sunday, June 29th, we welcomed the Episcopal visit of our Diocesan Bishop the Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly to confirm four people, preach and celebrate communion. Those confirmed are Beth Hofstedler Anderson, Emily Ann Barillas, Margaret Blackburn, and Tresa Izaguirre. For baptized persons, confirmation is a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism and to receive a laying on of hands by the bishop. (BCP P.412). We were pleased that family and friends were in attendance. Our new confirmands were prepared for this event in their spiritual lives through their attendance at the Discovery Weekend, led by both clergy and lay, who offered a broad spectrum of materials about the worship, customs, and background of our historic faith.

That we were in a celebrative mood was evidenced by the choir in its festive deep red cassocks and white surplices with the lovely lace inserts and, of course, the singing of the anthem From All Who Dwell Below the Skies complete with magnificent descant and trumpet. Bishop Wimberly spoke movingly about our role in the world, reminding us that Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me.” (Matthew 10:40-42) and urged us to move out in ministry to others.

The service was ended with an invitation to move to Jinkins Hall for a lovely meal of rice, chicken and a wonderful array of side dishes and desserts.

Prior to the service, the bishop met with Vestry and other church leaders to get a “state of our church” report. He was pleased to note that our finances are sound, our campus is lovingly maintained, and our outreach and internal programs are “going and growing”. The bishop expressed some very real mixed feelings about his coming retirement, and it is our pleasure and privilege to have had him as our bishop.

Rhonda graduates from Texas A&M University with a Masters of Marine Resources Management on May 10, 2008.


Mary Kilgore Rides On…and on…and on….and on – BUT gets there!

I want to let everyone know that I completed the MS150 ride from Houston to Austin! (It was really 182 miles from our starting spot). I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It was a beautiful weekend, but there was a whole lot of wind!!  I rode with a co-worker friend of mine, Amy.  We have both done the ride before, but this year it took us a few hours more each day due to the wind. 
I was happy I had a new bike to ride because it was lighter weight and had more gears, which really helped with the hills and the wind.  It seems that no matter which direction we were going, it was always into the WIND!

Our route went through Buescher State Park, where we enjoyed the scenery and wildflowers along the way.  It always amazes me to see people out cheering us on and thanking us for riding for them!  Amy had a small mishap when someone ran into her and knocked her off her bike at a railroad crossing. Left her with a sore knee but we kept on going!  My knees were only achy for about a week afterwards thanks to Aleve!   Jeff met me in Austin and we drove back in the car on Monday.

Thanks again, and if anyone is interested they can still support me by either giving me a check made out to MS 150 with my name on the memo line or going on line to: and donating in my name. 
I have until mid May to turn in my donations/sponsors to support the cause of helping people that are living with Multiple Sclerosis.  Mary Kilgore


Thanks to all who were members of our FISH WITH GRACE - REEL IN A CURE team for the American Cancer Society RELAY FOR LIFE on Friday, April 25 at Moody Gardens. We had a great time and exceeded our fundraising goal of $4,000 for ACS life saving research grants and community programs/services. We had 31 team members and our top fund raisers were Sherry Sasser ($1,345) and Doris Niccolai ($900+). DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED - You can either go online to: or drop a check payable to the American Cancer Society to the Church office.

The turnout for the event was great, and we appreciate the participation of all who came out to support us and enjoy the event. Thanks to our BBQ team of Lee Davis, David Wilkes and Stephen Glaser who cooked hamburgers and hotdogs for us all to enjoy!!! It was truly a meaningful evening of fellowship while CELEBRATING cancer survivors, REMEMBERING those who have lost their battle with cancer, and committing to find ways for each of us to FIGHT BACK in stopping this disease.
(We all can make a difference in our own lives either by eating healthier, improving our commitment to physical fitness, stopping smoking, etc.)

Special thanks go to JUDY WEBB for getting our great tent again from THE 1894 Grand Opera House. If you go by STARBUCKS on 61st Street, be sure to thank them for supporting our team by donating and bringing out coffee. We accepted donations of $1 per cup and raised over $100 for ACS. Thanks also to Britney and Loretta Niccolai for the cupcakes and cookies that they made and brought out for us donated by KROGER. And thanks again to everyone on our team who contributed their time, talents and funds to make this event so successful and fun.   Barbara McGuffey, Event Coordinator



It’s a Boy!

Andrew Glen was born Saturday, November 17th!

Proud parents are Rich and Cynda Mullikin

(and proud big brother, Smythe). 

Congratulations and God Bless.   

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And a Girl!

Grace Katherine was born Monday, November 26th!

Proud parents are Charles & Kari Roe

(and proud Grandparents, Cathy & George Gould). 

Congratulations and God Bless.

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