R E Lee memorial Episcopal Church
R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
Parish News
February 2017

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

February 12, Taizé Eucharist, 5pm
Music in the meditative TaizĂ©  tradition with prayers and readings from Scripture.
February 26, Dinner Church, Parish Hall, 5pm
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.  We will be serving pancakes and sausage.
Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults 
Sunday School for Children and Youth, 9:30, 3rd floor

Christianity and Culture, Parish Hall, 9:15   
Anne Hansen is leading a six week study of the Psalms. Each session begins with a brief introduction to a particular Psalm, setting the stage for discussion and reflection.
Concludes February 19.

Sunday, February 12, One Room Sunday School for Children and Youth, 9:15 
Sophie Brown and Caroline Webster, members of the Youth Ministry Team for the diocese will lead a one room Sunday School class for children and youth. Join in the fun with stories, movement and great activities.   
Godly Play, Wednesdays, 3:45 - 4:30 
Godly Play provides a time and a space for children to engage with God and with the story of God's people in the Bible. A Godly Play session includes a time to gather in a circle with music and singing, a time to listen to a story, a time of wondering, and a time for children to respond to the story through art or creative play.

Save the Date!  Vacation Bible School will be held June 5 - 9, 2017.  

Capital Campaign 
Our capital campaign is underway!
The elevator and college ministry room are almost completely funded! Let us look toward the future of R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church with the addition of a new organ and renovation of the undercroft. The undercroft renovation will provide a practice space for our choirs, updates and safety measures for the sacristy and rooms for community meetings. This campaign ensures that R E Lee Church will continue to be a welcoming outreach resource to the Lexington Community.

To read more about what's going on at R E Lee Church check out
The Lexington Episcopalian
Choir News
Junior Choir
Junior Choir meets on Wednesdays from 3:45 - 4:45. Children ages 7 and up will learn to sing, read music, and understand music theory. We are always looking for new members. Please contact Ted Bickish ted@releechurch.org or through the church office for more information.

Adult Choir
The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 7:30-9:00. This year, in addition to our regular duties, we will be preparing for a choral residency at Wells Cathedral in the UK for the last week in July. For more information, please contact Ted Bickish.
Upcoming Events
Polar Plunge 6 to benefit Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm at the Crittenden pool
We need volunteers willing to get pledges and then brave the February waters of the Crittenden pool to raise money to support a Rise Against Hunger   packaging event at R. E. Lee Church this spring. 
For every dollar we raise we can pack three dehydrated,
protein, and highly nutritious meals that will be used to support development programs and to save lives in developing countries around the world.
You have to have a minimum of $100 in pledges to take the plunge.
Contact Sharon (sharon@releechurch.org) for more information.

Parish Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 12, 9:15, Parish Hall 

Sunday, February 26, Pancake Breakfast and Forum We're moving our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper to Sunday morning this year. Come and eat your fill of pancakes and sausage and lets talk about why we put our Alleluias away for the Lenten season. 
Ash Wednesday, March 1 
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
7:30 am, 12:20 pm and 6 pm
3:30 pm, Children's Service (Ashes Only)

Lenten Morning Prayer
Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1. We will continue our reading of Morning Prayer on Monday-Friday's at 8:30. Please let Sharon know if you are interested in leading one or more of these services. There is a calendar on Sharon's office door for those who wish to sign up.

Lexington's Lenten Auction (silent and live) to benefit the people of Tonj, South Sudan
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 5 to 7 PM in our Parish Hall
Enjoy refreshments while browsing and buying:
Rockbridge Art and Memorabilia, Items of International Intrigue,
Appalachian Artifacts and Treasures, High End Housewares,
and Creative Children's Crafts.
--Coordinated by the Sudan Mission Group of R. E. Lee Church
--Contact:  MJ Mayerchak at mjpmmchak@gmail.com or 463-9457
Youth News 
Mystery at Godly Grove Manor Dinner Theater, Saturday, February 11
Youth in grades 6 - 12 are cordially invited to attend a mystery theater dinner party Saturday, February 11 from 5-8 p.m. Lexington Presbyterian Church
RSVP to Courtney Diette clmdiette@gmail.com by Thursday, February 9. 
Upon your reservation Mrs. Diette will assign you your part to play in this mystery dinner theater.
This event is sponsored by Lexington Presbyterian, Trinity United Methodist and R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Churches. All are welcome!

Mark your calendars now for these ecumenical Youth Events
Friday, March 24
Lock-In R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 30
Pool Party @ The Ponds 
On the Calendar
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.
High School Youth Breakfast & Devotion
Thursdays, 7 to 8 am
Grades 9-12 welcome!
Bring a friend!

February Parish Birthdays 
2     Clarinda Carrington
3     Sally Sessoms
5    Nat Massie
6    Sarah Crittenden
12  George Brooke
14  Paula Cooper    
19  Shane Fergerson
  Harrison Crittenden 
21   Julia Hentz
      Steve Riethmiller
      Douglas Roper
22   Nancy Dinkel
      Shannon Huger
23   Graham Hess
      Beverly Tucker
24  Holt Merchant
27  Joseph Henson
28  Jennifer Alphin
      Caitie Carrington
      Erin Carrington
click here for the February serving schedule
Calendar of Events
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The Discovery and Discernment Committee met with the members of the Vestry during the Vestry Retreat in January at The Belfry.
R E Lee Church delegates and visitors after the Opening Eucharist of the 98th Annual Convention for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Roanoke.
The Augusta Convocation provided the choir for this service. Ted Bickish played and led the choir. Choir members included, David and Margorie Connolly, Jay Crawford, Buster Lewis, Julia Littlefield and Sharon Massie.
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  R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450
540.463.4981 office@releechurch.org