R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
Parish News
April 2017

Holy Week and Easter Services at R E Lee Memorial Episcopal
Palm Sunday, April 9
8 am, 10:30 am and 5:00 pm, Palm Sunday Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
(No Christian Education on April 9 and 16)
9:30 am, Community Procession from Hopkins Green

Throughout Holy Week 
Morning Prayer at 8:30, Monday through Friday  
The Rite of Reconciliation, offered by appointment with the Rector.  

Maundy Thursday 
7 pm Holy Eucharist  

Good Friday 
12:15 pm The Way of the Cross
(Stations of the Cross & Reserved Sacrament Communion)  
3:30 pm Children's Stations of the Cross
7pm Good Friday Liturgy with Reserved Sacrament Communion   
Holy Saturday 
8:30 am Holy Saturday Liturgy  
7 pm The Great Vigil of Easter followed by Lamb Dinner  

Easter Day
8 am Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Breakfast & Flowering of the Cross  
10:30 Festival Holy Eucharist  

Holy Eucharist
8am, 10:30 am and 5 pm

April 9, TaizĂ© Eucharist, 5 pm 
Music in the meditative TaizĂ©  tradition with prayers and readings from Scripture.
April 23, Dinner Church, Parish Hall, 5 pm
At Dinner Church, worship takes place at the table around a meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring scripture, singing, and praying together. Please bring a dish to share.  

Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults 
(No Christian Education on Palm Sunday and Easter)
Sunday School for Children and Youth, 9:30, 3rd floor

Christianity and Culture, Parish Hall, 9:15  
April 2              Indians and Pipelines    Harvey Markowitz
April 23 & 30   Literature during the Spanish Civil War    Cecile West-Settle  

Upcoming Events 
VBS Save the Date!   Vacation Bible School will be held June 5 - 9, 2017. We will present "What's up Zac?": A Musical at the Crossroads of Social Justice. We will continue our outreach efforts in the community while exploring the importance of social justice and ways to make a big impact in our community and in the world. R E Lee Memorial Episcopal will partner again with Good Shepherd, Lexington Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist Churches. 

Thursday Lenten Service and Lunch at Manly
The Community Lenten Preaching Service and Lunch will be held on Thursdays at 12:10 continues through April 6 at Manly Memorial Baptist Church. Sponsored by Rockbridge Area Ministers Association.
Last Wednesday Lenten Dinner Church, April 5  
5:30 - 7:00, Parish Hall
At Dinner Church, worship takes place at the table around a meal. Communion is made as we share food and ourselves by exploring our Baptismal Covenant and Scripture as we sing and pray together. For the whole family.
Catered Dinner ($6 adults, $15 family max)
Make reservations with the Parish Office
at 463-4981 or (angie@releechurch.org) by noon Tues, April 4.

Interested in Taking a Closer Look? Adult Confirmation Class, April 9, 23 and 30
In preparation for Confirmation Sunday on May 7, the Rector will lead an adult Inquirers Class on Sunday, April 9, 23 and 30 in the Library of the Parish House from 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome- those who would like to be confirmed, those from other denominations who want to know what Episcopalians believe, and settled parishioners who'd like a refresher course. For more information, contact Tom or Sharon.
Our One Word   , Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 - 6:30
Ladies, please join us for an hour of simple food, drink and conversation. 
We will focus on one word and explore if that word has or has not been at work in our lives this week. Bring a friend!      

We will welcome the sixth Bishop of our Diocese, The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas, for Confirmation on May 7 at the 10:30 service. He will also preach and celebrate at the  8 am service and lead a forum at 9:15 in the Parish Hall.

Our Confirmands are:
Molly Hellwig, daughter of Tammi and Brant Hellwig 
Alden Mastin, daughter of Jenny and Danny Mastin 
Sam Russell, daughter of Caroline and Christ Russell 
Gabi Eastwood, daughter of Maria Nava and Jon Eastwood 
John Thomas Loughhead, son of Connie Loughhead Carter and Robert Loughhead  
Pierson Hull, son of Bethany and Robert Hull 
Jack Harrison, son of Susan Harrison and Tim Harrison 
Abby Lynch, daughter of Lacey and Shane Lynch

Parishioners are invited to write a note to our Confirmands encouraging them as they observe this milestone in their spiritual journey. Notes should be left at the Parish Office by Friday, May 5 . Our thanks to Melissa Cox and Susan Cross, mentors for our Confirmation class.
As ministers of the world the confirmation class is collecting non-perishable food for Lisa's House of Project Horizon. Non-perishable items include -
non-perishable milk, spaghetti pasta, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese, popcorn, tea bags, canned soup, dried fruit, canned fruit, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, juice pouches, Kool-Aid pouches, cereal boxes, nuts, cookies, trail mix, pretzels, and goldfish crackers. A bin is located outside of the Library. Thank you for helping! 
ECW Coffee at Kendal, Tuesday, May 23   
Each year the Episcopal Church Women of R E Lee Memorial Church honor their members who reside at Kendal. All are invited to "Coffee at Kendal" in the Restaurant from 10 am to 11 am. Please bring something to share (fruit, cookies, sandwiches).

Parish Announcements
Address for the Ju Family 
The Ju family, once members of our parish, suffered the loss of their home and much of Dr. Ju's art (he passed away a few years ago) by fire in Princeton, NJ recently. Many have asked for an address. 
The Ju Family
421 Esther Plaza
Princeton, NJ 08542

Anne Grizzle Ordination    
God willing, Anne Grizzle will be ordained into the transitional diaconate on Friday, May 12 at 6 pm. The ordination will take place at R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church with a reception afterwards in the Parish Hall.

Spring Clean Up, Saturday, April 8 
It is time again for outdoor clean up! Please join us on Saturday,
April 8, at. 9:00 am as we spruce up the church grounds. Bring your
favorite rake or trowel and a willing spirit. Refreshments provided. Help us prove again as we did last year that many hands do, indeed, make light work. Our labyrinth will be featured during the Garden Tour on April 22. Michael Barry-Rec has volunteered to spray wash it before then. Your Property Committee thanks you.
Altar Flowers Donation 
Help make our Easter celebration beautiful with lilies for the chancel. The cost of a memorial lily is $10. To list a memorial in the bulletin, contact the Parish Office (angie@releechurch.org) or sign up on the Bridge or Narthex.  
If you would like to give flowers for the altar at other times of the year, sign up on the Flower Chart on the Bridge.
Lanford Mission Emergency Fund
The Lanford Mission Emergency Fund primarily receives its funding from Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas offerings as well as some pledges that are earmarked "Mission Emergency Fund."   
To date (3/28/2017), we have received 45 requests for assistance. This is a slight increase over first quarter 2016. Requests are usually made because of sudden illness, unexpected job loss, or other crisis situations. In the majority of cases, RARA (Rockbridge Area Relief Association) does the vetting to verify need and then contacts RE Lee Memorial along with Lexington Presbyterian and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic churches to share costs with RARA.   
As we approach Easter, we ask you to consider a donation to the Lanford Mission Emergency Fund. If you would like to make a gift in the form of a check, the check can be made out to R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church with "Lanford MEF" noted on the memo line. The Christian Outreach Committee thanks you for your continued support  of this long-time R.E. Lee ministr
Thank you to all the parishioners and staff who helped realize the March 4th Lenten Auction to Benefit People of Tonj, South Sudan.  Special thanks go to Father Tom, Ted and the Junior Choir, Sharon Massie and the Youth Groups, Joan Crawford, Doug Cumming, Carole Elmore, Keith Gibson, Cindy and Grig Mullen, Margaret Whittington, and the families of Connie Loughhead and Erika Brooke.  The evening was a lot of fun for the Lexington/Rockbridge Community and raised over $5,000 in two hours for the three projects in South Sudan earmarked by Susan Mead's new nonprofit, Diversity Serves.  Funds were secured to send a young woman to college for one year, to house and feed the children of Hope House for one month, and to make the first of three payments on the Land Cruiser so that Bishop Peter can serve his new Diocese of Tonj, South Sudan.  Thank you again to all who helped make this possible!
                                  MJ Mayerchak for the Sudan Mission Group of R.E.Lee   

Have you ever considered hosting an Exchange Student?
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers opportunity to local families. By welcoming a student into your home, you make it possible for  members of your community to meet, interact, and learn from
someone from a different culture. We're looking for host families in this area for our students arriving in August. These students have chosen to step outside their comfort zones to be part of new families, schools, and communities and live like American teens!  
CIEE Host Families come in all shapes and sizes-kids, no kids, single parents, empty nesters, etc... Many host families find they develop a relationship that lasts a lifetime. Most students come for the entire school year, but some are semester students. Host families can also be a "Welcome Family" and host the student for the first 6-8 weeks.
To learn more about hosting, contact your CIEE Local Coordinator
today: Cindy Miller, 464-3110/817-8851 or at
For more information, visit our website
Calling all 9th through 12th graders!!
Happening #10 has been scheduled to take place the weekend of May 12-14th, 2017. This springs Happening will be hosted by R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, Virginia.
HAPPENING is a weekend presented by teenagers and adults for teenagers and adults. The weekend is spent in a relaxed, fun, informal, loving environment sharing your faith in a Christian atmosphere. Our own Caroline Webster will act as "rector" and will lead the weekend with the help of clergy and a staff of mostly young people. The weekend is open to youth in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
It is also open to young adults and adults.
HAPPENING encourages participants to relate the foundations and message of the Christian faith to their world. A HAPPENING weekend is just a beginning. The idea is to get closer to God during the three-day program and continue to grow in the Christian way of life.
HAPPENING encourages participation in the local parish.
The format of the weekend includes talks and discussions on the basic elements of Christian life and its application to daily living. The sacraments of the church also play an integral part throughout the weekend. This weekend is sponsored by the Episcopal Church and we will be celebrating some of the sacraments according to the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. We encourage people to live fuller Christian lives in their respective denominations. Need more information? See   Happening#10 
Pool Party @ The Ponds, Sunday, April 30 
This event is sponsored by Lexington Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist and R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Churches. All are welcome! 
On the Calendar
DEO - Discipling Each Other
Monday's at 9 am and Thurdays at 7:30.
For more information contact Doug and Libby Cumming.

Men's Prayer Breakfast

The men of our parish meet for breakfast and prayer at 7 am each Tuesday.

Education for Ministry
The EfM class meets each Tuesday from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Library of the Parish Hall. A new class will form in September. Contact James Keane or Don Ellis for more information.
Junior Choir Practice
Wednesdays, 3:45 to 4:45

Godly Play will resume April 26.

High School Youth Breakfast & Devotion
Thursdays, 7 to 8 am
Grades 9-12 welcome!
Bring a friend!

Kendal Bible Study with the Rector Thursdays, 10:00am followed by Holy Eucharist at 11.

Parish Choir Practice 
Thursday, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
April Parish Birthdays
2    David Connolly 
3    Punky Dod
      Dot Fogo
      Alice Moore
5    Gail Dickerson
6    Molly Brown
7    Diana Kenney
8    Emily McClung
      Anne Sauder
9    Lori Sadler
10  Suzanne Keen
10  William McCorkle
14  Lisa Bowles
15  Helen Head
      Beth Knapp
16  Don Ellis
18  Dennis Cross
      Kevin Manning 
19  Peter Sailer
20  Erika Brooke
21  Sarah Lewis
22  Buddy Atkins
      Caroline Connelly
25  Genelle Gertz
26  Pierson Hull
      Bill Noell
      Chuck Smith
27  Suzanne Carmichael
      Clara Pickett
      Nancy Walker
28  Sharon Humphreys
29  David Hansen
30  David Gates
      Mike McKeever
Thirteen youth and seven adults participated the Community Youth Lock-in. We ate pizza, worked in the community at Project Horizon and TUMC, prayed together, watched a movie, slept a little bit, and had LOTS of fun in the process!

Serving in April
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  R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450
540.463.4981 office@releechurch.org