Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for April 5, 2017


Tonight is our Kick-Off Dinner for our Capital Campaign!  You will want to be here! Philip Gulley, who spoke at our last such event approximately ten years ago, has not been forgotten by  those who attended. He is a gifted preacher, speaker and humorist, and he will have a message for us that we all need to hear. It will be an evening of good food, good cheer, and great inspiration.  We hope that as many church members as possible will be here!  If you haven't let us know that you are coming, please call the church now!  270-885-8757
Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, April 9, at 10:15 am--Liturgy of the Palms (beginning at the labyrinth, if weather allows), Procession into the church, and Holy Eucharist for Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm--Holy Eucharist with Foot-Washing, Agape Meal, Procession into the church for Stripping of the Altar

Friday, April 14, 10:00 am--Cross Walk, beginning at the front of the old courthouse (organized by the Christian County Ministerial Association)

Friday, April 14, 12:00 noon--Good Friday liturgy, followed by the church being open until 3:00 pm for prayer

Sunday, April 16, 10:15 am--Festive Holy Eucharist with Holy Baptism (music enhanced by brass quartet)

Sunday, April 16, following the service--Reception for all, and Easter Egg Hunt for the children
Easter Flowers

The church will be decked out with flowers for Easter, and you may contribute to the flower fund through Wednesday, April 12, if you would like to include names (in the Sunday service leaflet) of those you would like to remember or honor through your contribution.  
Holy Baptism

Please let Alice know if you would like to receive the sacrament of baptism or if you have a child you would like to be baptized on Easter Sunday.    

On Sunday evening, May 21, Jon Johnson, currently organist at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, will be performing an organ concert at Grace.  Please start spreading the word and inviting friends and family.  This is guaranteed to be a wonderful event!  

On Sunday, April 23, at 6:00 pm, the Grace Church Choir will be leading a service of Choral Evensong for Easter. Remember Easter is not just one day.  We are entering a season that we call the Great Fifty Days of Easter--which ends with the Feast of Pentecost on June 4.  One of the differences you will notice during this season is that no Confession is included in the Holy Eucharist!  
Grace Youth and Family Council 

Grace Youth and Family Council continues to thrive and grow with relatively few months since the offical formation and just over 60 days into the New Year.  Recently had to work around rescheduling two events due to illness (i.e., Tending The Blocks and Embracing Lent).  We look forward to the future of these events, which also parallel an initiative to unlock opportunities for mentoring leadership and service development confidence and capacities as well as nurturing the growth of our young people in their spiritual journey. 
Our year began with entering an ongoing campaign to support a commitment to promoting an active culture of nonviolence and participating in domestic & urban mission work in Hopkinsville, all of which honors our baptismal covenant, builds community both outside and within our walls, and supports the principles of The Jesus Movement.  
Grace Youth and Family Council participants are very excited about the willingness of parishioners to share their talents in leading activities with our young people.  When approached for the most recent newly scheduled activity, Charlie Ross responded, "I will be glad to do it."  Receiving the invitations with gladness has been a common theme of all parishioners approached thus far. Currently, the schedule of activities are:
April 10         Child Abuse Prevention - Pinwheel Planting at the Labyrinth
April 14       Good  Friday  Cross Walk with our Rector  & The Christian County Ministerial Association  ( 10:00 )
April 16       Joining with Grace in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt (Joyce & Jamie)
May 7           Scavenger Hunt with Robin ( 12:00 )
May 21        Peace Crane Making & Story Time with  Charlie Ross (Peace Crane Extraordinaire)
June 4         Making Blue Bird Houses with Joe Vance
June 17       Exploring The Gifts - Field Trip to Mammoth Cave with Joyce  ( 7:00 )
September 10     Going to a Pow Wow!  ( 12:00 )
We  want to extend a very special thanks to those outside our immediate circle whose willingness to lead, be present, and share to help make what we do are doing and aiming to do possible:  Joe Vance, Pam Vance, Rev. Alice Nichols, Mark Richard, Charlie Ross, Skyla Savoir, Tilley Warren, and Sheila Evans.  
If you are not scheduled for an activity, but are interested in sharing talents and leading, please contact Robin, Joyce, or Jamie.  We welcome you!   Let us walk in love; moving forward in directions that simultaneously support the principles of The Jesus Movement and honor the vows of our baptismal covenant; celebrating unity, diversity, working together for the good of our common life.   (Robin Ferguson)
Report on GraceWorks 

Busy times!  We're working on ideas and designs for items related to the upcoming Solar Eclipse. With a projection of having 50,000+ visitors for the event, we will definitely have the opportunity to sell lots of our merchandise.  Several commission jobs are in the making, and we are quickly adding on part-time employees.  Our ministry is growing! 

Our website is up and running and taking orders.  Check it out at !  
Dates to Remember  

Friday, April 7-- 11:40 am--Organ Concert (Brendan Jones); 12:00 pm-- Lenten
Preaching  Mission (Bishop White); 12:30 pm Lenten Luncheon
Sunday, April 9--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, April 9--10:15 am--LIturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
Monday, April 10--5:30 pm--EFM
Tuesday, April 11--3:00 pm--Kindergarten Board
Wednesday, April 12--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Thursday, April 13--6:00 pm--Maundy Thursday (Agape Meal, Holy Eucharist
and Stripping of the Altar)
Friday, April 14--10:00 am--Community Cross Walk
Friday, April 14--12:00 noon--Good Friday Liturgy
Sunday, April 16--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd (TBA)
Sunday, April 16--10:15 am--Festival Holy Eucharist for Easter (Alleluia!)
Sunday, April 16--11:45 am--Reception and Easter Egg Hunt
Monday, April 17--5:30 pm--EFM
Wednesday, April 19--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Wednesday, April 19--5:30 pm--Vestry
Sunday, April 23--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, April 23--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 23--6:00 pm--Choral Evensong for Easter
Monday, April 24--5:30 pm--EFM
Wednesday, April 25--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Sunday, April 30--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Good Shepherd
Sunday, April 30--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist

Mission Statement for Grace Church
       Our mission is to embody the compassion and mercy of Christ; to be fully welcoming and inclusive; to be a community characterized by acceptance, generosity, peace, and reconciliation; and to be witnesses in word and action to God's abundant and indiscriminate love and to Christ's transformative power.  We recognize that we need to be part of a community of faith in order to fully live out our baptismal vows, that we cannot fulfill them completely on our own.  Together, we strive to continually be transformed into disciples--following in the path of Jesus and doing God's work in the world.