Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Sunday, November 1
The Feast Of All Saints
In-person and Online
Holy Eucharist I 8 am (ZOOM)
Holy Eucharist II 10:30 am (ZOOM)
In-person attendance is limited to 41 households or individuals. Masks and social distancing required at all services.
Communion will be distributed in bread only.
Both services will be livestreamed on Facebook Live
Christian Education for Youth and Students
Sunday, 1 - 2 pm, (ZOOM)
November 1 – What About Suffering?
Godly Play, Tuesday, 4 pm (ZOOM contact email@example.com)
Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. For children ages 3 to 7. Contact Sharon Massie for more information.
Exploring a Prayer Discipline, Mondays, 10:00
The Monday morning Exploring a Prayer Discipline group invites you to join them in reading Compassion in Practice by Frank Rogers, Jr.
This group meets for an hour on Monday's at 10 AM by ZOOM
For October 5 we will prepare Jesus' Spiritual Path of Compassion, pp 7-27
We will not meet October 12
October 19 Chapter 1: The Pulse of Compassion pp 28-41
October 26 Chapter 2 pp 42-64
November 2 Ch 3. Cultivating Compassion for Yourself pp 65-84
November 9 Ch 4 Cultivating Compassion for Others pp 85-110
November 16 Ch 5 Discerning Compassionate Action pp 111-146
We have one copy available to borrow in the office.
A Virtual Concert to raise funds for
the Boys Home of Virginia!
Boys Home Hoot
to raise funds for the
Boys Home of Virginia!
The Boys Home Hoot premiers on Friday, October 30th at 8 pm EDT. The Virtual Concert is hosted by Grace and presented by Musicians Who Care about the Boys Home of Virginia. Musicians from around the country: Tim Gaylard, William McCorkle, the Angel Band in Berkeley, California, cathedral organists, published composers, Rockbridge's "Kelly and the Old Boys" (Music Jam folk), violinists, bassoonists, Bolivian musicians, and many more have contributed to this AMAZING concert. Tax deductible Tickets are available on boyshomehoot.com. All proceeds will go to the Boys Home of Virginia.
Check out boyshomehoot.com.
The Boys Home Hoot will remain live through December 15. Go to the website get your registration, complimentary "tickets" and sponsorships available. Our goal is $7500. As of Thursday, October 29, we have raised $5800.
Join us for wonderful learning in choir zooms on Thursday nights at 7pm. November 5, Paul Vasile, faculty of Eden Seminary and Executive Director of Music That Makes Community will lead us in exploring how texts and musical styles build an ethos of Welcome and Hospitality. On Nov. 12, Professor Ed Craun will lead us in study of theology in texts. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86330884437?pwd=RGtiNGJtOGN3R2Jta21yeW1EeTdDUT09
Did you know it's really easy to play "Silent Night," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and other Christmas songs and carols on the ukulele? Join Martha, Judy Schram, Liz Moss, Colin Murphy, Gigi Dent, and others for fun ukulele time, Wednesdays, 4:30. We have three extra ukuleles if you just want to give it a try. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89441949910?pwd=bTZCdHpEQ05Yd2xJejJZVTJsMW51dz09
Stay tuned for a special "new take" on Advent Lessons and Carols, the 2020 version. Will it be different? Yes. Will it be meaningful? Yes. We are called to Prepare!
Stewardship Campaign Progress Report
As we approach All Saints Day, the 2021 Stewardship Campaign has received pledges from 107 households who have pledged a total of $443,419 as of October 29. We have made tremendous progress in the past six weeks and appreciate the prayerful consideration of all at Grace Episcopal as the Stewardship Campaign strives to meet three goals: 100 percent participation; sufficient income through pledging to maintain current payroll and obligations without relying on endowment income ($550,000); and increase giving beyond Grace through the Diocesan pledge and Outreach. The Stewardship Committee will continue its work and follow up as the parish prepares its 2021 budget.
Your Stewardship Committee: Dennis Cross (Chair), Susan Cross, Carol Dent, Gail Dickerson, David Hansen, John Milford, Rob Minor
Stewardship in Action
The Memorials Committee
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
For the past few years, I have had the privilege of serving on the Memorial Committee.
This committee is unique in that it doesn’t ask the Vestry for money. Its resources come from the outpouring of love that family and friends have for people they have lost and from a desire to honor those who are still with us.
The Memorial Committee is tasked with using these funds in a meaningful way.
The committee receives requests from the rector, staff members and other committees in the church. Requests for funds are proyerfully consisted by the committee members: Diana Kenney, Jerry Nay, Marjorie Connelly and Laura Sterns. Written notifications are also sent to family members when remembrances arrive and notifications to the donors acknowledging the received remembrances.
In the recent past, money from the committee has underwritten a fair linen cloth for the altar,
crosses for the acolytes, a traveling communion set for home visits, and the two display cases on the Bridge (with thanks to Elisabeth Harralson and Jerry Nay who undertook these two projects).
As you look around this sanctuary you see that it is filled with remembrances of people who have been loved during their often too brief lives. A mother remembers a daughter; a wife remembers her husband or a family remembers their sons lost too soon to war.
Sit quietly and alone in this holy place and open yourself to the joy and love that surrounds you; the love that comes from God and the love of remembering and honoring those that have gone before.
Indeed, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to moan and a time to dance…
a time for loving remembrance of those who have touched our lives and made our lives better.
United Thank Offering Fall Ingathering
November 8, 2020
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues with an end not yet determined, let us not forget the simple remembrance of our daily blessings. The traditional UTO way since the coming of the Blue Box has been to place a coin, a dollar bill, or two, or even an IOU, into the box simultaneously with a prayer of thanks for the remembrance of a specific blessing.
If we actually do that, miracles happen. Those blessings multiply with those of thankful people of other parishes sending offerings to the DIOSWVA and combined with those of all dioceses in the Episcopal Church, Every cent from ingatherings go to mission.
Empty your UTO boxes, count the change and write a check. Drop your offering in the collection plate on UTO Sunday, November 8, or bring/mail it to the church.
from the Rector
I know that many of you have already voted and many of you are still preparing to vote.
Whether you have already voted or not, I hope you will attend to the guidance given in the Book of Common Prayer and through the Episcopal Public Policy Network.
The Episcopal Public Policy Network has teamed up with Vote Early Day.
The Book of Common Prayer includes the following Prayers for National Life on pages 820-823, included here for your convenience. Of course the prayer for an election, #24 is most appropriate, but each of the prayers offers an important perspective and focus. Our rights and the authority are grounded in our human nature, made in the image of God.... read more here
YMCA ALL DAY LEARNING CENTER AT GRACE
At the end of July the Rockbridge Area YMCA reached out to Grace along with other sites around Rockbridge County to inquire whether we would be willing and able to provide some of our space for the Y’s All Day Learning Center. With the ever changing school situation in Rockbridge County, many working parents are seeking safe alternative learning situations for their children. Following a visit from the Y’s Branch Director Bobbie Wagner and Child Care Director Annie LePere in early August, fire and asbestos inspections had to be conducted in order for Grace to host Y staff and children enrolled in the All Day Learning Center. As those reports came back, we have been checking off the health and safety issues that needed to be addressed.
The Y’s All Day Learning Center began Tuesday, September 8, and will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The maximum number of students at Grace will be 20. Students aged 5-12 will be using the Parish Hall and the Nursery traveling from one area to another by the rear staircase in the Parish House. CDC Covid-19 guidelines and Y child care guidelines will be followed.
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Prison Ministry Panel Discussion – July 20, 2020
These Zoom recordings are the Main or plenary session of our Prison Panel Discussion including six noted panelists that work in different parts of the prison experience and our break out sessions. They include a chaplain, director of a W&L Prison clinic, professors that teach in the prisons, a prison visitation specialist, a counselor/prison reform activist, and the Reentry Services Administrator for the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC). The information gained from this session will be used to further develop our Prison Ministry known as S.T.E.P.S.
(Supporting Transitions by Engaging in Parolee Sponsorship)