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Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia

All Are Welcome!





Seeking and Serving Christ in all Persons


Please Join Us for Outdoor Worship!
September 26, 18th Sunday after Pentecost


We will be worshipping outside on the patio in front of the
church for both services. We have a limited number of
chairs (+/- 40) so, if you can, please bring a lawn chair.

 

We will offer the 8 am by ZOOM and will post that service

to Facebook in the afternoon.

We will not offer either service by Facebook Live this Sunday.

Come and enjoy the fresh (cool) air Sunday morning!


Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 am

ZOOM


Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10:30 am




Christianity and Culture

September 26

The Book of Esther in the Jewish Tradition

with Maggie Shapiro Haskett

Director of Jewish Life at W&L’s Hillel House

9:15 am, Parish Hall and by ZOOM

 

This Sunday's Old Testament reading of Esther is the only time

the book is read during our 3 year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. Please join as Maggie leads us in a rich conversation

about whole story of Esther!

 Ifyou'd like to read Esther ahead of time try reading a Jewish translation,

most easily found here:  https://www.sefaria.org/Esther.1.1?lang=en

 

Other Christianity and Culture offerings this fall include

October 10 - The Haiti Collaborative

with The Rev. Roger Bowen and Michelle Edwards

October 17 - November 7 - The Relevance of the Old Testament Prophets 
This four-part series will explore the Old Testament prophets and their messages within an historical context and examine their significance for today’s world. Abraham Heschel’s seminal work The Prophets will serve as the primary reference for our discussion.  John Thomas, Lexington resident and a former student of Heschel, will introduce the study. Doug Ayres, former instructor of International Studies at VMI will present the historical background.  Next, Emily Filler, assistant professor of Religion at Washington and Lee will present the lives and messages of the prophets.  In the final session, our Priest Tucker Bowerfind will discuss the influence of the prophets on Jesus’s ministry and message.      
November 14 & 21 - The Psalms with Joanne Robblee

Coming in December The Magnificat with Martha Burford

Our Mission

The mission of Grace Episcopal Church is to share in the redeeming work of God by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ, by worshipping Jesus as Lord, by growing in the knowledge of God and God's will for our parish, and by building the fellowship of Christ's body, the Church. We seek to share God's love in witness and service to one another and our community, our neighboring institutions of higher education, and through the diocese, to the nation and the world.

Every Perfect Gift
Pledge Campaign 2021


As we share our gifts

through the Eucharist

and through our service to the world,

we participate in God’s ongoing creation

of abundance and generosity.


Every pledge is gratefully received and

faithfully used for God’s mission through Grace.


The descending dove in the cinquefoil of the Lee window is a wonderful symbol of Grace Church.


Let the dove represent God’s mission of

reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Let the center circle
represent our full time 
personnel.

  7/12 of our expenses are for our Rector, Minister of

Music. Program Director, Parish Administrator.

 

Each lobe of the cinquefoil  represents: 1/12 for remaining operating expenses.

1/12 to support the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

1/12 for Christian Outreach.

1/12 for building utilities and maintenance.

1/12 for administrative program and office expenses.

1/12  for part time-time Sexton and Bookkeeper and additional music and worship program support.


Over the years, many people have provided

generously for Grace’s ministry through planned gifts.

2021 Income

  •  Your pledges support 10/12 of Grace’s operating expenses—$505,000 -
  •  Endowment Income from planned gifts provides $79,000/year.
  • Other  giving—$19,000/year

 

2021 Expense

Diocesan Pledge - $54,120

The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia supports Bishop Bourlakas and his staff, Grace House on the  Mountain, Boys Home of Virginia, Stuart Hall School, Virginia Episcopal School, Phoebe Needles Conference Center, and Westminster Canterbury.  Grace’s share is 10% of our  operating  expense less Outreach.


Community Outreach  - $58,700

Grace dedicates 10% of pledge income to outreach. For support of  Local, Diocesan and International needs.


Utilities and Maintenance - $50,000

  • Grace keeps buildings safe, operational, and attractive for God’s work.


Administrative Costs - $50,500 

  • Program Expense - $8,650
  • Office expense - $29, 300
  • Administrative expenses $18,000


Part-time staff and other - $52,000

  • Sexton and Bookkeeper - $32,000
  • Additional Music and Worship program support - $20,700

 

Fulltime Personnel - $350,000

  • salary, insurance, pension Rector, Minister of Music,
           Program Director, Parish Administrator
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Weekday
Morning Prayer

Monday - Friday

8:30 am

In-person (Library) and on ZOOM

Prayer and Study Resources

Forward Day By Day

Copies available in Parish Office

on Online


The Bible Project

Online

Calendar

To submit an event to the church calendar please contact
Lisa McGuire  or Sharon White