R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
Parish News
January 2017

Holy Eucharist
8am,10:30am and 5pm
January 1
8am,  Holy Eucharist and Baptism
10:30 am, Christmas Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist
January 8
, Taize` Eucharist, 5pm 
Music in the meditative Taiz √©    tradition with prayers and readings from Scripture.

January 22, 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.  
Please bring yourself and a dish to share.     
Parish News  
New Capital Campaign Underway 
We kicked off our capital campaign on December 18th with the ribbon cutting of the new elevator and reception in the new college ministry room. Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider a significant gift to the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church's new $2 million campaign. Funds will be used for the elevator, college ministry room, an organ, and renovating the undercroft. For more information about our capital campaign please see our blog The Lexington Episcopalian

Stewardship Campaign 
As the campaign wraps up, if you have not done so already please prayerfully consider your pledge to the work of our church and return your pledge card to the Financial Secretary or place it in the offering plate. Your support is important as we move forward together this year. 
2017 Pledges as of December 19
Pledges to date
Mission Emergency
Kendal Bus

2016 Pledges Collected as of November 30 
Pledges received to date
Pledges expected to date
One In Mission: Joining the Jesus Movement 
The 98th Annual Convention of the
Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
January 27-29
Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
Online registration is now open through January 16
For more information or to register,
for youth Grade 6 to Grade 12
at St. John's Church in Roanoke.
For more information,
Thank You
The Angels say "thank you!" Our appeal to provide gifts for children of prisoners in our area  was successful due to the generosity of our parishioners. Thank you to all who purchased gifts and a special thanks to those who delivered the gifts! Our Angel Tree families and others in our community who needed assistance were blessed by your overwhelming response.

Annual Bazaar Proceeds Distribution
The ECW met on Tuesday, December 6, and decided to distribute $8,000
from the Bazaar proceeds as follows:
For our church:
Mission Emergency Fund
Youth Programs
For local missions:
Community Closet at Christ Church, Buena Vista
Meals for Shut-Ins
Project Horizon/Lisa's House
Rockbridge Area Relief Association
Rockbridge Area Transportation System
Rockbridge Area Hospice
Rockbridge Youth Literacy Program
Yellow Brick Road
In the State of Virginia:
Boys Home
Boys Home Christmas Gifts
Jackson-Field Homes
YMCA (for Manor House of Natural Bridge Christmas gifts)
In the World:
Ecumenical Women's Group World Day of Prayer
Marc Nikkel School in Sudan  

Exam Bags

Thanks to all who contributed the myriad of goodies to the exam bags for our college community. Of the 30 students and cadets who received them several mentioned how much they look forward to them each year.  Your generosity provided chex mix, granola bars, cookies. oranges, candy, hot chocolate mix, packaged crackers all assembled with a prayer booklet to sustain them through the exam period.

Thank you for sharing in our Higher Education ministry!

Bishop's St. Nicholas Day Appeal All are encouraged  to participate in the Bishop's Annual St Nicholas Day Appeal. Parishes have been provided with envelopes for this purpose, or  donations may be made online at any time during the year. Twenty percent of donations to this fund will be given to help complete the Sharon Bryant Memorial Garden at St. Paul's, Bear Mountain, in our diocese. Eighty percent will be given to the Episcopal Deanery of Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. Checks will be presented to the recipients at Convention 2017. 
Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults  
Sunday School for Children and Youth, 9:30, 3rd floor
Christianity and Culture, Parish Hall, 9:15   
Starting January 8, Anne Hansen will lead a six week study of the Psalms. Each session will begin with a brief introduction to a particular Psalm, setting the stage for discussion and reflection. 

Epiphany Party for Children and Youth
We will have an Epiphany party on Sunday, January 8 at 9:30. We'll eat, talk about the Epiphany story, chalk some doors and make some stars and crowns. We might even have a photo booth!
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. Godly Play resumes on January 11.

Wednesday, January 25, 5:30- 6:30, Our One Word, Library 
Our One Word ladies group meets monthly here at R E Lee Church. Please join us for an hour of simple food, drink and conversation. We will focus on one significant word and explore if that word has or has not been at work in our lives that week. Bring a friend! 
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.
The Junior Choir resumes on January 11.  

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.
Youth News 
High School Youth Breakfast & Devotion   
Thursdays, 7 to 8 am
Grades 9-12 welcome!  
Bring a friend!
We will resume on January 5.

Epiphany Bonfire, January 8
The youth of R E Lee Memorial Episcopal will join with youth from Trinity United Methodist and Lexington Presbyterian for a bonfire on January 8. We'll meet at the home of Tom and Karen Stanley, 990 Maury River Road, about a 1/2 mile past the Virginia Horse Center,on the right. We'll have Pocket Tacos , S'mores and King Cake to eat and we'll talk about the meaning of Epiphany and what gifts that we have to share with Jesus. 
On the Weekly Calendar 
Morning Prayer 
Morning Prayer is read Monday - Friday at 8:30 in the church.

DEO groups continue on Mondays and Thursdays
DEO - Discipling Each Other, is a simple practice that has turned out to be surprisingly refreshing and energizing. We meet weekly for an hour; there is no leader or mentor, and it is completely confidential. This kind of mutual discipling provides practical ways to see Christ working in our daily life and in our church. There is a Monday morning group at 9 am and one for women on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. 
If you are interested, contact Doug or Libby Cumming 540-462-2968 cummingd@wlu.edu or  cummingl@wlu.edu  
Men's Prayer Breakfast  
Men of our parish will meet in our Parish Hall on Tuesdays at 7 am weekly for breakfast, prayer and fellowship. All are welcome!

Kendal Bible Study and Holy Eucharist with the Rector on Thursdays, at 10:00. 
January Birthdays

4     Jeff Grossman
       Lacey Lynch
       Dick Rathmell
       Dick Weede
5     Elizabeth Branner
6     Cond√© Crittenden
8     Debbie Arnn
       Larry Boetsch
       Kitty Farrar
       Helen Moore
10   Peter Grover
       Joe Harrison
       Janet Lemmer
11   John Furgerson
       Signe Lewis
12   Carol Muir
14   Bonnie Gates
       Sally Hansen
15   Libby Chiles
       Farris Hotchkis 
16   Gabrielle Frascati
17   Jordan Rodi
18   Lee Sayre
19   Elizabeth Boetsch
20   Paul Strickland
26   Maille Carrington
       Mike Murphy 
27   Sean Carrington
       Molly Hellwig
29   Jane Brooke 
Serving in January
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All is Calm, All is Bright. Scenes from Christmas Eve at R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church

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