R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church
Parish News
June 2017
 
Sundays
Holy Eucharist
8am and 10:30 am

June 4, Pentecost and Youth Sunday
Wear Red and come to support the Christian Formation of our Youth!
June 11, Taizé Eucharist, 5 pm
Music in the meditative TaizĂ©  tradition with prayers and readings from Scripture. 

Community Vacation Bible School 
Vacation Bible School is being held June 5 - 9, 2017. We are presenting a musical, "What's up Zac?" Continuing our outreach efforts in the community we're 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 is partnering again with Good Shepherd, Lexington Presbyterian and Trinity United Methodist Churches.
 
Parish News 
Thank You to our Christian Education Teachers!
We offer heartfelt appreciation to all who supported our Christian Education program for children and youth during the past year. We applaud Erika Brooke, Meghan Ferguson, Mary Price, Megan Hess, Melissa Cox, Susan Cross, and Anne Schroer-Lamont. Their dedication to our children and youth is a true ministry of love. We also extend our thanks to Holt Merchant, who plans the Christianity and Culture sessions, and engages facilitators.
Thank you to Erika Brooke, Lacey Lynch and Virginia McGhee who offered leadership to our middle school youth and thank you to Susan, Steve and Maggie Lawrence for their loving care to those who visit our nursery. 
 
Congratulations to our recent High School Graduates!
Rockbridge County High School 
Emma Burleson, Julia Hentz, Maggie Lawrence, Grace Sailer and Caroline Webster
Virginia Episcopal School
Garrett Frascati
Episcopal High School
Ella Sayre  

EfM Year-End Milestones-and an Invitation
Congratulations to Susan Cross and Marge Sherrill who recently completed the Education for Ministry program of theological-education-at-a-distance through the School of Theology at the University of the South. Congratulations also to Holt Merchant for completing year one (Old Testament); Jeanne Eichelberger, Margaret Haberman and Margaret Whittington for completing Year two (New Testament), and Liz Mossto  for completing Year Three (Church History).
We invite you to consider a new adventure this fall by enrolling in Education for Ministry. For nine months we meet weekly with others sharing our spiritual journeys. We practice theological reflection together, thus becoming skilled in hearing God's voice through the milieu of a loving community. This powerful course is open to anyone, but especially lay persons seeking a deeper experience of God. EfM is a four-
year program to which you commit one year at a time. The goal of EfM is to learn to think theologically. By examining one's beliefs and relationship to culture and the tradition of Christian faith, participants explore what it means to be effective ministers in the world. In embracing the belief that each of us can make manifest the love of Christ, participants discover that ministry is at hand wherever they turn. For more information please contact Don Ellis (don318@comcast.net) or James Keane (jrklexva@msn.com)

Parish Death
Our parish is saddened by the death of Adelaide Simpson on Friday, June 2.
Two memorial services will be held on Saturday, July 1:
R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church 11 am , Kendal, 3 pm
A reception will follow at 3:30 at Kendal.

Happy 100th Birthday to Frances Brooke on Wednesday, June 7! 

Check out the new blog post, Organ Crawl: Lexington to Georgetown on our church blog, The Lexington Episcopalian, lexingtonepiscopalian.com 
 
Upcoming Events  
Our One Word , Wednesday, June 28, 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! 

July 9 Sunday at Lake Robertson 
We'll gather at Lake Robertson with our friends from Good Shepherd Lutheran on July 9 for our eighth annual 10:30 service of Holy Eucharist under the pavilion. The service will be followed by a picnic. The church will provide chicken and drinks. Please bring your favorite salad, vegetable or dessert to share. Bring a lawn chair, too, and be ready for a fun-filled day! Hiking, swimming, fishing, and horse shoes are available. Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery in a peaceful and quiet setting. The 8 am service will be in the church. 
 
Outreach Opportunities  
Two urgent needs for volunteers in our community!

The Community Closet at Christ Church Needs Volunteers
The Community Closet at Christ Episcopal Church (CC@CC) in Buena Vista is a young ministry that has been so successful that many more hands are needed to help. They need volunteers for the month of June and beyond. Workers are needed on Wednesdays from 9:30 to12:00 unbagging, sorting, displaying, or storing donated items. (They are not accepting men's and women's clothing until July because they are overloaded and do not have storage place)  The CC@CC needs towels, sheets, blankets, pots and pans, toasters, microwaves, mixers, cooking utensils, general kitchen items, and summer baby boy clothes sizes 6, 12, and 18 months. They also accept monetary donations which they use to purchase new socks and underwear, and storage bins in which to display or store items. You may leave donations at our church.
The CC@CC is open every Saturday morning from 9:00 til 12:00. Volunteers are needed to greet "shoppers" (everything is actually free), help them find needed items, bag the selected items and generally managing the closet. The goal of CC@CC is to help those who are truly in need, and they help up to 60 people a week.
If you are interested in helping with this important ministry please contact Susan Cross (540.460.7091 or crossx5@embarqmail.com) or visit the CC@CC, 2246 Walnut Avenue, Buena Vista on Saturday morning.   https://www.facebook.com/communityclosetbuenavistava/  
 
RARA Food Pantry Needs Drivers and Substitutes 
The RARA Food Pantry has a need for drivers for our Tuesday afternoon food order pickup from the main food bank in Verona. RARA has a standing appointment at the food bank at 1:30 pm. A driver would need to leave the RARA headquarters at about 12:30 pm to arrive in Verona on time. The staff at Verona will handle loading the truck and the driver can usually be sure of being back by 2:30. It is roughly a 2 hour commitment. A new driver is trained with an experienced driver before they are able to drive alone.
 
The RARA Food Pantry also need substitutes for their partner pickups to Kroger and Food Lion. These pick-ups happen every day except Sunday. The pick up consists of driving to Kroger and Food Lion in either the pantry truck or the volunteer's own vehicle and can happen anytime between 10 and 2 Monday through Friday and before 9:45 on Saturday. If you are interested in this ministry please call the RARA office (540-463-6943), or Dick Reese, the Food Pantry manager (330-933-1508)
 
On the Calendar
DEO - Discipling Each Other
Mondays at 9 am and Thursdays at 7:30 pm.
What is DEO- Discipling Each Other? The heart of DEO is "coaching" - actively listening to one another with a focus on our baptismal vows and how we are called into mission. This coaching leads to "homework" in daily life: work, home, leisure, community, worship.  It's a simple practice that meets 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.
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.
 
Kendal Bible Study And Holy Eucharist with the Rector will resume Thursday, June 29.
 
June Parish Birthdays
 
1    Toni Brown
       Paula Cushman
       Ed Dooley
       Judy Noell
       Barbara Yewell
2     Philip Brooke
       Bill Stearns
3     Jane Lee Forster
4     Sophie Brown
5     Grigg Mullen
6     Trey Rhamey 
7     Frances Brooke
       Bill Luton
       Tully Raetz
8     Eleanor Penn
9     Ron Ryan
14   Bob DeMaria
       Penny Henneman
15   Susan Harrison
17   James Hentz 
       John Thomas Loughhead
18   Alden Mastin
       Cindy Shinault 
20   David Grizzle
       Summer Hull
       Susan Lawrence
       Patrick Rhamey 
21   Shirley Whitney
24   Sandy Harcus
29   Lu Dooley  
 
   
Photos clockwise from from right to left.  ECW Coffee at Kendal; Sophie Brown playing a postlude on Youth Sunday; readers, Elaine Price, Ginny Price and Maggie Lawrence and homilist, Caroline Webster on Youth Sunday; Ted Bickish, Jeanne Eichelberger, Jay and Joan Crawford listening intently to Simon Couture, Vice President of Casavant discuss the newly installed Casavant organ on a recent trip to St. John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown, D.C. ;  Children gathered during the Family Table Fellowship at the home of Merce and Erika Brooke.

Serving in June
Calender of Events
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The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas, Bishop 
The Rev. Tom Crittenden, Rector (office@releechurch.org) 
James Keane, Chaplain (chaplain@releechurch.org)

Parish Staff 
Ted Bickish, Director of Music (ted@releechurch.org)
Sharon Massie, Program Director (sharon@releechurch.org)
Angie Clark, Administrative Assistant (angie@releechurch.org)
Angie Fafatas, Financial Secretary (bookkeeper@releechurch.org)
Connie Bryant, Sexton

Members of the Vestry 
Merce Brooke, Susan Cross,
Doug Cumming, Lynn Dent,
Keith Gibson, Anne Hansen,
Catherine Harcus, Susan Lawrence,
Buster Lewis, Grigg Mullen,
Woody Sadler (Sr. Warden),
Don Whittington (Jr. Warden),
Daniel Wubah
Mo Littlefield, Clerk
Joe Simcoe, Treasurer
 


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