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Worship Schedule

April 4, 2021 - Easter Sunday

Sermon: Hope of the Resurrection

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

New Testament Reading: Mark 16:1-8

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Assisting Pastor: Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle

April 11, 2021

Sermon: Walk A Mile In My Shoes

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 133

New Testament Reading: John 20:19-31

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Assisting Pastor: Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle

April 18, 2021

Sermon: Children of God

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 4

New Testament Reading: 1 John 3:1-7

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Assisting Pastor: Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle

April 25, 2021

Sermon: Green Pastures

Old Testament Reading: Psalm 23

New Testament Reading: Acts 4:5-12

Preacher: Rev. Tom Groome

Assisting Pastor: Rev. Kelly-Ann Rayle

Please check our weekly newsletter for more information on worship services.

Don't forget that we will be flowering the cross on Easter Sunday before worship. 

The cross will be located outside this year. 

You may bring flowers from your yard or use the flowers provided.

Listening Sessions -

Envisioning Our Future Together

There will be several opportunities for you to participate in a visioning study to determine how Lexington Presbyterian Church will discern God’s will for its next installed Pastor. It is vital that we get as many as possible to participate because your voice and your insights are important. Listening sessions will begin the week after Easter and continue through May. You can register for one of the listening sessions through Realm, or by calling the church office at (540) 463-3873.

You only need to register for one of the events. If you click the date below, it will take you directly to the registration link.

Listening Session Dates:

Sunday, April 11, 4pm

Monday, April 12, 7pm

Sunday, April 18, 4pm

Monday, April 19, 7pm

Sunday, April 25, 4pm

Monday, April 26, 7pm

Sunday, May 2, 4pm

Monday, May 3, 7pm

Sunday, May 16, 4pm

Monday, May 17, 7pm

Sunday, May 23, 4pm

Monday, May 24, 7pm

Notes from Session

Call to Worship: Opened the meeting with a Responsive Call to Worship and a unison Prayer of Adoration. Rev. Groome read a scripture, shared reflections, and the group passed the Peace.

Congregational and Sessional Data: Current Membership: 371. No congregational baptisms, births, deaths, weddings, new members, or transfers reported since our last meeting. Pastoral concerns were shared. Communications were announced (8 Thank You notes). One zoom meeting to discuss results of the survey filled out by the congregation last summer was held and another planned for March. Pam Luecke and Jessica Willlett attended the virtual Presbytery meeting on February 27 and gave a report.

Advisory Committees: The Task Force for IT/AV is still trying to communicate with the sales rep from Lee Hartman regarding our sound needs in the sanctuary. The Administrative Committee named Bob Pickral and Rich Hastings as leaders of our audit team. Personnel Committee increased Maggie Irby’s contract by 5 hours per week to help with the services. The Planning Committee scheduled Listening Sessions for members of the congregation to discuss the results of the CAT survey and talk about where we go from here as a church.  A maximum of 15 will attend each session and you must register ahead of time.

Christian Education: The Major Report was presented for the work off all four subcommittees for the past year. Many positive activities are continuing even in these most unusual times in Children’s, Youth, Adult, and Campus Ministry Subcommittees. The new resource room is almost complete (Thanks to Fred Marmorstein’s organization!).

Communications Committee: Looking for new members of our congregation to join the committee.

Outreach Committee: The homeless veteran who Tom and Pat Jones have been helping has now secured more permanent housing.

Property Committee: Boyers is finishing work on our A/C system. Our elevator passed inspection. Discussing details regarding the sound desk in the balcony that will need to be changed to accommodate equipment we plan to purchase to upgrade the system. 

Worship Committee: Linda Franke is stepping down from communion preparations after many years of service. Pree and George Ray (with backup from Alice Correll) will be handling the preparations for now.

New Business: There will be a called zoom session meeting on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. to examine the Confirmation Class. Approved the 2020 Church Statistical Report that was submitted to PCUSA in early February.

Closed with a Charge and Benediction by Rev. Groome. The next stated session meeting will be on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Atthowe, Clerk

From Skip Hess,

Director of Culinary Ministries

Here are a couple of the recipes we used for our Seder-To-Go-Dinner. I hope you enjoy them. Skip

Apple and Almond Haroset

Serves 6 - 8


2 - Medium Apples, cored and diced (your favorite apple)

1 - Cup Chopped Almonds, toasted (may substitute walnuts


3 - Tbs. Honey

½ - Cup Sweet Red Wine

1 - Tsp. Cinnamon

1 - Tbs. Packed Brown Sugar


In a large bowl, add all the ingredients and toss to mix. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will keep for up to 3 days.

Note: Adjust to your taste by adding more or less of the honey and cinnamon.

Chilled Asparagus with Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

Serves 6


Fresh Asparagus Spears

(roughly 2 bunches)

Juice from One Lemon

3- Tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 - Tsp. Dijon Mustard

2 - Tbs. White Wine Vinegar

2 - Tsp. Honey

Salt and Pepper to Taste


Wash and trim ends of the asparagus spears. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rapid boil and add the asparagus. Cook for 3 minutes or until tender but still crisp.  Remove from pan and quickly immerse in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and blot with paper towels and set aside.\Whisk together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette until

smooth. Carefully coat the asparagus with the vinaigrette. Refrigerate for 20 minutes so the vinaigrette is absorbed by the asparagus.

Note: Adjust mustard, vinegar and honey to your taste!

From Bill McCorkle, Director of Music

Greetings, dear friends, as we greet spring and celebrate Easter. I want to share four of my favorite Easter hymns, which call us to claim the joy and promise of Eastertide.


THIS JOYFUL EASTERTIDE (Glory to God #244) (This text is in the public domain.)

This text, by George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), sung to an old Dutch melody, has a rich history at Lexington Presbyterian, where generations of children’s choirs, under the direction of Mary Monroe Penick, sang it every Easter.


This joyful Eastertide, away with sin and sorrow!

My love, the Crucified, has sprung to life this morrow.

   Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,

   Our faith had been in vain, but now has Christ arisen.


My flesh in hope shall rest and for a season slumber

Till trump from east to west shall wake the dead in number.

   Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison,

   Our faith had been in vain, but now has Christ arisen.


Death’s flood has lost its chill since Jesus crossed the river.

Lover of souls , from ill my passing soul deliver.

   Had Christ, that once was slain, ne’er burst his three-day prison.

   Our faith had been in vain, but now has Christ arisen.


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JESUS IS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE (Church Hymnary, 4th ed. #434) [Church of Scotland]

Words: John L Bell and Graham Maule, © Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community.

This simple song is one the great triumphs of John Bell (b. 1947) and Graham Maule (1958-2019), treasured writers of song for the Iona Community in Scotland. Our children at LexPres have been singing this song for years now, and have at times invited the grownups to join in as well. The simple but magical tune is by John Bell.


Jesus is risen from the grave;

Jesus is risen from the grave;

Jesus is risen from the grave.



Jesus was seen by Mary…. 

Peter will soon be smiling…. 

Thomas will stop his doubting….

Jesus will meet his people…. 

Jesus will live for ever….


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HAVEN’T YOU HEARD THAT JESUS IS RISEN? (Church Hymnary, 4th ed.) [Scotland]

Words © Alison M. Robertson

This lively song is one of a number of hymns (words and music) by the Scotswoman, Alison Robertson (b. 1940). Our choirs sing this at Easter every few years.


Haven’t you heard that Jesus is risen? Mary was there at crack of the dawn;

weeping, she found him down in the garden: laughter is living and grieving is gone.

   Our hearts are glowing, our eyes are showing, that Jesus lives.


Haven’t you heard that Jesus is risen: Cleopas told us. Evening drew on;

walking and talking, travelling with them, Jesus was present: now grieving is gone.

   Our hearts are glowing, our eyes are showing, that Jesus lives.


Haven’t you heard that Jesus is risen? Peter was fishing. Out of the dawn

Jesus called, ‘Shoot your net to the starboard’ – fishing is thriving and grieving is gone.

   Our hearts are glowing, our eyes are showing, that Jesus lives.


Haven’t you heard that Jesus is risen? Haven’t you heard that Jesus goes on?

Haven’t you heard that Jesus is with us? Laughter is living and grieving is gone.

   Our hearts are glowing, our eyes are showing, that Jesus lives.

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Words: John L Bell and Graham Maule, © Wild Goose Resource Group, The Iona Community.

Here is another masterpiece of Bell and Maule. In our hymnal these words are paired with the melody of a lovely Welsh lullaby called Suo Gan. The esteemed hymn-writer, Carl Daw, says of this marriage of text and tune: “Whatever the process was that brought these words and music together, this simple, earthy melody provides an effective grounding for this sometimes edgy text.’”

I have known John Bell for many years, and it is with joy that I have used many of his texts and tunes in my work, often with children. The rich store of songs created by John Bell and Graham Maule are an important part of my life in work and worship. 


Christ has risen while earth slumbers; Christ has risen where hope died,

as he said and as he promised, as we doubted and denied.

Let the moon embrace the blessing; let the sun sustain the cheer;

let the world confirm the rumor: Christ is risen, God is here!


Christ has risen for the people whom he died to love and save;

Christ has risen for the women bringing flowers to grace his grave.

Christ has risen for disciples huddled in an upstairs room.

He whose word inspired creation can’t be silenced by the tomb.


Christ has risen and for ever lives to challenge and to change

all whose lives are messed or mangled, all who find religion strange.

Christ is risen, Christ is present making us what he has been:

evidence of transformation in which God is known and seen.

Lex Pres Youth Announcements

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Confirmation Class of 2021 and their Statements of Faith

James Baker; mentor: Neely Young

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be always acceptable to you, o Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” This verse in itself is a statement of faith. In orating those short, 24 words much can be made known about your faith.

It says, 

Let my actions, my thoughts, my feelings be turned away from evil, and let them turn to you. In everything I do, let everything I am renounce the ways of sin to become more perfect in this world.

It says,

The Lord is my saviour, from him I get my strength. I believe that the Son and God saved us from ourselves and the ways of evil, and without him I am weak.

It says,

I will follow Christ with my words, with my actions, with the meditations of my heart and the thoughts of my head; to him I will  obey and listen and return.

It says,

From Jesus and his church I will learn. His teachings made the church, and the fellowship and Table set there I will follow. In this way may one learn how to make their actions and meditations acceptable to the Lord and be redeemed by the covenant and sacrifice of the Son.

This verse holds all these ideals true within, and with all of that being said.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be always acceptable in thy sight, o Lord my strength and my redeemer.

Ainsley Carter; mentor: Mary Dugan

I believe that God is my creator and the creator of all the perfect and imperfect things around me. Despite my sinful ways, God continuously graces me with love and forgiveness so that I may begin to heal, make amends, and change for the better. I will strive to make God an active part of my life, being sure to thank Him for the blessings I have and often take for granted. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, fully God and fully man. I believe He is the greatest role model; I will strive to emulate His humility, selflessness, and grace in my day to day life. Being Christ’s disciple requires learning, trust, and sacrifice. While Christ’s love looks different in different scenarios, it always includes showing compassion and kindness to all people, because no one is unworthy of His love. I believe that the Holy Spirit is a guiding power to lean on in all situations -- it is always by our side. I believe the church is a community of shared faith and a place of collective worship, prayer, and discipleship. The church is one body made of many bodies, all of which are equally important. I will devote myself to the church’s teachings, and I promise to practice them in every aspect of my own life, especially in my relationships with others. The church is also a family of fellowship, whose members are connected by a common bond. Fellowship requires respect, love, and dedication. I will devote myself to fellowship; therefore, I promise to seek out connection with my church members and be an active part of the church community. I believe prayer is a conversation with God. I will devote myself to prayer; therefore, I promise to commit myself to praying everyday, centering God in my life, and listening for His voice. I believe confirmation reaffirms the covenants we’ve made with God. It is a proclamation and a promise of our faith and devotion to God and the church. I love that Christianity isn’t one dimensional. I believe it’s multifaceted and complex, like its followers! I believe sin is when we break our covenant with God and commit an evil deed, or an action with malevolent intentions. Sins purposefully go against God’s teachings and His wishes for us. To turn away from sin is to actively choose to remove sin from our lives and embrace a different path. When injustice happens around me, I must stay true to God, empathize with those around me, and extend kindness and compassion to others. I believe that faith is belief in action, belief in trust, and belief in love. Knowing and trusting God is an essential part of my faith journey. I promise to maintain my faith in the best and worst of times.

Jamie Johnson; mentor: Andy Coffey

I have been attending Lexington Presbyterian Church since I was about three. I started out in the nursery not really wanting to go to church and listen to sermons. Then I went to Sunday School and discovered more about Christ and started to want to be there.

I have started to feel more a part of the church since the beginning of Confirmation. It has helped me learn about God and Jesus and see new perspectives. The next few sentences will outline what I believe now. I believe God created the world and everything in it. I believe in Jesus who is the only son of God. I believe that Jesus rose from the dead after three days. I believe Jesus taught us how to act and we should follow his teachings. Even though I have doubts about a few things, I will work them out with the church to help me, and I will help the church. I believe that Jesus saved us from sin and that if we give our full faith to him, we will go to Heaven to learn all the answers. Confirmation has helped me look forward to Sundays instead of wishing I could stay at home and play games or watch a movie. I feel like a part of the church now and that's made me really happy! Thank you God for creating me and I will follow your word closely in the future.



Emma Woody; mentor: Kaitlin Smith

I believe that God is the Lord of all creation and that he loves us unconditionally.  I believe that Jesus is our savior and he made the ultimate sacrifice when he died for us so that we would have eternal life. I believe that the Holy Spirit leads us and is always with us. I believe that God has given me gifts that I can use to bring joy to others. I know that God is always with me and he will always protect me and guide me. He will keep me safe. I believe that the church will support me as I become a member. I believe that the members of the church will lead and guide me along the way.

Youth Spotlight: Emma Woody

"I’m Emma and I’m a freshman at RCHS. I am 14 years old and I love to dance. I have danced since I was 5 years old. I take ballet, jazz, modern, and acro and I assist a younger tap class. I am a member of the senior company for the Rockbridge Ballet. I love to watch Grey’s Anatomy, tik toks, and Va. Tech basketball and football." 

Faith Village Spring Gatherings

Faith Villagers (all ages through 5th grade) are invited to enjoy Spring at these outdoor events.

April 3, 10am — Easter Egg hunt! Hosted by Sabrina and Andy Coffey, 508 Borden Rd, Lexington. No food, but there will be yard games, music, and an appearance from the Easter Bunny!

April 18, 3pm — Join Pastor Kelly-Ann for ice cream and games at Hopkins Green.

At least one adult per child, please, and observe the usual precautions: masks required, observe social distancing, and stay home if unwell.

Keep an eye out in next month’s newsletter for more events in May. We are planning a walk on May 2 and fun with sidewalk chalk on May 16.

From the Campus Ministry Subcommittee

2021 Educational Grant Announcement

LPC will once again offer grants for educational assistance in Spring 2021. Instructions for submitting an application and the grant application form can be found under the "Learn" tab on our website, or click below.

All applications for the Educational Grants are due in the church office no later than May 1, 2020.

Educational Grant

Annual Rafiki Sale

The annual Rafiki sale will be held Saturday, April 24 from 10am to 12 noon at Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 40 Village Way.

Products being offered include jewelry, baskets, coffee, a quilt, items for children, various kinds of bags and home decor items, all made by African widows. All proceeds from the sale go to support the Rafiki widows program.

In addition to its work with orphans, Rafiki has a program for widows. In Africa when a husband dies, the widow can lose everything; her possessions, her home, and even her children. There are possibly more widows in African than orphans. In the Rafiki program widows are given a space in which to work, guidance in improving their skills, a time of fellowship and a daily Bible study. Rafiki purchases their products at a fair price and brings them to the U.S. to market them. These are the products that will be on sale at Grace Presbyterian Church. They may also be purchased through the Rafiki website.

It is a privilege for Lexington Presbyterian Church to be a part of the Rafiki mission through prayer, participation, and financial support.

Rafiki Online Giving

Would You Like to Help Someone in Need?

The Caring Friends group of Lexington Presbyterian Church provides short term meals to those experiencing life challenges, such as illnesses, deaths and births. Please contact Linda Franke to be added to our list to help others, or to just find out more information about this amazing group! You do not need to be a gourmet chef to participate! All are welcome! Thank you.


Rekindle the Fire of Massanetta's Ministry!

Watch this video to find out more!

On April 21, 2021, your generosity to Massanetta will make a huge difference as Massanetta continues to be, “a place for all people to experience God through renewal, discovery, and hospitality.”

The 2021 Great Community Give will raise funds for three purposes.

  1. To reimagine the gathering area at the springs into a year round venue by adding a fire pit where the water fountains have stood while also restoring the rockwork on the bench and other areas. ($8,000 total cost with $4,000 in matching funds)
  2. To establish a $20,000 COVID fund for extraordinary expenses associated with reopening in 2021. ($10,000 matching gift)
  3. To fuel our ministry in 2021.  All funds raised over and above the cost of the spring project will support the most pressing needs of reopening Massanetta Springs once it is safe to do so. ($15,000 matching gift)
Find Out More Here

Send a Hug with KomfortKardz!

Bonnie Humke, a congregant of Lex Pres, came up with a wonderful way to stay connected while we are all separated through her KomfortKardz™.

"Since we can no longer give hugs, handshakes, or gather around our tables in community, KomfortKardz™ allows you to reach family, friends, loved ones, caregivers, hospital workers, doctors, nurses, people serving in the military, to all those who are risking their lives or just to let someone know, you were thinking about them; embracing them right where they are. We can make someone’s day a bit brighter. "

Create Your Own Komfort Kardz™ Here!

Lexington Presbyterian Church

120 South Main Street

Lexington, VA 24450

Phone: 540-463-3873

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