Grace Episcopal Church
Mid-Week News
March 4, 2020 

 
Spring Forward! 
Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 8 at 2 am.   
 
The Flower Guild needs your help!
The Flower Guild is requesting help with delivering flowers to parishioners on Mondays. The guild separates the donated flowers, from Sunday's service (excluding Lent, Easter, and Christmas), into small vases for distribution along with a note expressing love from their parish family. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, or if a couple would like to do it together, please email Claudia Ellis cmeadellis@comcast.net.
 
Lenten Morning Prayer  
Morning Prayer continues at 8:30 am, Monday through Friday.

A leaping work day thank you from the property committee!
Thanks to the 18 hardy souls who helped with grounds cleanup on Saturday, Feb. 29. In addition to removing leaves and other detritus from the grounds, the next phase of rejuvenating the shrubbery was started in front of the Parish House. The plan is to mimic the theme that was implemented in front of the Church building two years ago. New Parish House plantings will be installed during March. Please notice that the visibility is improved for drivers and pedestrians as we use the Church exit driveway.
 
Lenten Series  
Dinner - 6 pm 
Please register by calling or emailing the parish office by noon on Tuesday

Soup, salad and bread
Adults $8 Children $3 Family Max $20 

Sessions for Adults from 6:45
- 8:00    wHoly Conversations
Discussions about our Life in Christ and the World Around Us 
 
March 4 Pastoral Care  
Discover Grace's different forms of pastoral care from visits from Fr. Tuck and Lay Eucharistic Visitors, the Prayer Chain and our ACTS teams. What's working and what can we do better?
 
March 11 Becoming Beloved Community :A conversation with Martin and Sharron Jefferies.
  As we continue to work to dismantle racism and strive for reconciliation in Christ's name this conversation will consider next steps in the work.
Watch for more details! 
 
Thursday Lenten Service and Lunch at Manly
The Community Lenten Preaching Service and Lunch is held on Thursdays at 12:10    through Lent at Manly Memorial Baptist Church. Sponsored by Rockbridge Area Ministers Association.
 
Just Mercy
Just Mercy will be shown in Stackhouse Theater in the Elrod Commons at W&L on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. 
After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life.
 
"Considering Matthew Shepherd"
" Considering Matthew Shepard " is coming to Wilson Concert Hall in the Lenfest Center March 13-14 at 8 p.m. and March 15 at 3 p.m. "This beautiful and heartbreaking composition is a piece about being kind to each other." Lacey Lynch
  Judy and Dennis Shepard, Matthew's parents, will be here for an open forum on Thursday the 13th at 5 pm as well as a talkback following the Friday performance. 
Tickets are required.  Order your tickets online  or call the Lenfest Box Office at 540-458-8000 for ticket information. Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., and will be open one hour prior to performance time.
 
Grace Episcopal Church Day Camp for Kids 
Monday, March 16,  7:30 AM to 4 PM Monday , March 16 is a teacher workday for Lexington City and Rockbridge County Public Schools. Teacher workdays are often dif ficult for working parents to obtain day care arrangements for their children. Grace Episcopal will offer a Day Camp for kids from K to 8 th grade. We will have a day of games, learning, crafts, and fun. To register please see the link https://smassie.wufoo.com/forms/z117tfd704csgg4/ If you are interested in helping please contact sharon@graceepiscopallexington.org
  
Cake Walk sponsored by the ARC of Rockbridge
Saturday, March 28  6 to 8 pm  Grace Episcopal Church 
Baked Goods Donations Needed  thearcofrockbridge@yahoo.com  
 
  From +Mark   Best Hygiene Practices for the Eucharist 
Amid growing concerns about the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, now is a good time to remind everyone about best practices for hygiene during Eucharist and other worship services.
Parishioners who are coughing or sneezing should refrain from handshaking during the Peace. Fist bumps, elbow bumps, friendly waves, and peace signs are all acceptable substitutes.
Avoid intinction (the dipping of the bread into the wine). Intinction does little to avoid the spread of disease and may actually increase the spread, as many people's fingers unavoidably get dipped into the wine.
There has never been much evidence of risk of disease associated with the shared communion cup, but, of course, each parishioner must make up their own minds about its use. Receiving only the bread is perfectly acceptable. You can return to your seat after receiving the bread or cross your arms over your chest as the wine is offered.
Churches should make hand-sanitizers available for parishioners to use. Sanitize hands before and after contact with others.
Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.  
 
Donate to The Bishop's Dollar Fund 
The season of Lent offers each one of us an annual invitation to reflect on our blessings as members of the body of Christ. The movement to share out of our gratitude is one of the fruits of faithful reflection. Bishop Mark Bourlakas encourages generous support of The Bishop's Dollar
fund to continue to address a variety of needs throughout the diocese not otherwise covered through our annual budget. You can mail donations to the Diocesan Office (PO Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009)
or donate online at www.dioswva.org.  
 
 
 
 


 Grace Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450
540.463.4981 office@releechurch.org
 
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