Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for August 12, 2017

Eclipse Activities

Hopkinsville, AKA Eclipseville, is a-buzz with eclipse plans, and Grace Church has eclipse fever as well.  GraceWorks is selling T-shirts as fast as we can make them, and we will be selling them along with other GraceWorks items from Friday, 8/18, through Monday, 8/21.  Friday through Sunday sales will be at a temporary Farmer's Market location, and Monday sales will be at Grace during what we are calling "The Episcopal Hospitality Hub for the Great American Eclipse."  We have advertised through the Diocese of KY, the Diocese of Lexington, and Episcopal News Service--and we are receiving calls for registrations.  For $30 per adult and $15 per child, registrants, most of whom will be driving into Hopkinsville for the day, will receive a reserved parking space, light lunch prior to the eclipse, a cooling area, restrooms, water, and access to purchase GW items.  Also, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 3:00 to 5:00, Alice will be available at the labyrinth to orient visitors to the history and practice of the labyrinth.  On Sunday at 5:00 we are hosting an interfaith worship service at the labyrinth which will include readings and prayers from various faith traditions and music which is inclusive of all faiths.  All are welcome!  (If you would like to help with hospitality on Monday, please let Alice know.  If you are unable to help but would like to make a contribution, please donate cases of water--either Sunday or early next week.Thanks!)
Update on the new roof

Our roofers, from Bouldin Roofing of Russellville, have been hard at work for two weeks, and will definitely be with us through next week.  The Gaither Building has been a challenge with its steep pitch and complicated structure.  Those of us who have been watching the progress have been fascinated with the process and amazed with the stamina of the workers, often working 12-hour days in extreme heat.  Last Sunday we had our worship in All Saints, and we will do that again this Sunday.  
Grace School for 2017-2018

We have had fewer registrations for Grace School thus far this year.  We think that this could be because of a number of new church-related child development centers opening recently, and the retirement of two long-term teachers who were well-known in the community.  The 3-year-old class is full, and the 5-year-old class is filling.  The Kindergarten Board has deliberated at length about how to handle the situation with having fewer 4-year-olds.  As of today, we are planning to have only one class, including both 3-day and 4-day students, and we have come up with a space usage plan that seems agreeable to all.  We will wait-list additional 4-year-old inquiries, unless they become so numerous that we need to rethink our decision.  In the meantime, we need to take some time and energy to re-vision what we want Grace School to become, e.g., perhaps the need is greater for adding a more specialized classroom.  We know that everything changes, and we have to use imagination and flexibility.  Please support Grace School!  We will be taking chrysanthemum orders soon!  
Book Study in process

For the past few weeks, the Adult Forum has been reading The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian McLaren.  There has been a lot of enthusiasm about his message, and, for the next few weeks the Rector is offering a second group for all who are interested in being part of this discussion, including the current Grace Vestry.  The meetings are on Mondays at 5:30 pm for about one hour.  Extra books are available for $13 each, and the book is also available on Kindle.  
Positions to be filled at Diocesan Convention

Have you ever considered serving our church by offering to serve on a Diocesan committee?  Our next Diocesan Convention is scheduled for November 10-11 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Louisville, and new members for the following committees will be elected: Trustees & Council, Standing Committee, Trustees of the Bishop Dudley Memorial Trust, Trustees of the University of the South, Disciplinary Board for Ecclesiastical Discipline, and Representative to the Christ Church Cathedral Chapter. Contact the Rector for more information.  Nominations are due September 8.   
Prayer Group

We have started a Prayer Group on Wednesdays at 11:00 am, lasting about 45 minutes.  If you would like to explore ways to enhance your prayer life and feel supported by others in your spiritual life, please come and join us,  in the quietest space we can find, given the roofers' noise.    
Alzheimer's Walk

The coordinator for the "Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's" has made a plea for churches to develop "teams" to participate in this year's walk on September 23.  Please join with us in supporting this effort!  More information and sign-up sheets forthcoming.  
Sunday Liturgy (with update)

For the past few weeks, on Sunday morning, we have been using a "new" (actually not very new) form of the Eucharistic prayer.  It was published in a book entitled Enriching Our Worship I , produced by the Standing Commission on Liturgy in 1997.  Sometimes after saying and hearing the same words over and over for years, we may stop thinking about what they mean. Please listen to the differences in words between the "old" and the "new" and think about the significance of the differences.  One of the changes that I particularly like is the use of the phrase "Hear what the Spirit is saying to God's people."  I like it because it more accurately reflects the way most of us look at scripture, i.e., we seek to hear and interpret what scripture is saying to us in our current day and current circumstances.  Think about it.  (One difference that you have probably noticed is, in the Nicene Creed, the line that usually reads, "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son." In the prayer we have been using, the line reads, "We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life who proceeds from the Father."  The words "and the Son" is called the filioque clause, and, historically, it was so controversial and contentious that it resulted in the split between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church in the year 1054.  The division continues to this day.  The issue is whether or not using "the Father and the Son" puts the Holy Spirit in a subservient position to the Father and the Son, thought not to be implied when "and the Son" is left out.  It is probably of little importance to most people.  By the way, we are having a baptism on August 20, and a decision was made to go to our usual Rite II liturgy beginning on that date.)
Education for Ministry

We need to send in our registrations for EFM in the next week or so, and we are continuing to accept new participants.  EFM is a program created by and administrated through the University of the South at Sewanee.  Thousands of (mostly) Episcopalians all over the world are EFM graduates. It is a 4-year program, but participants commit to one year at a time. The first year covers the Old Testament, second year the New Testament, third year Church History, and fourth year Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Relations. The group meets weekly for 2 to 2 1/2 hours and has reading assignments to complete between meetings.  If you think you might be interested, please let Alice know.  The yearly cost is $375, which covers materials and administrative costs.  Think about it!  
Glass Recyclers

When you put your glass to be recycled in the bin across 5th St., near the Red House, please make sure it is in a bag or container that makes it possible for the recyclers to remove it to carry it away!  It is impossible to reach glass that is loose.  Thank you for your recycling efforts and for honoring this request.    
What's up with the straw bales? (with updated update)

You may have noticed that there are some straw bales placed across 5th St., in the open space behind the Red House.  They are in the process of being composted, the first of many steps toward eventually creating a community garden in that area.  You will be hearing more soon, including how you can help.  This recent activity has begun as a result of conversation in the Adult Forum about the necessity of churches becoming more concerned about care of creation.   (Update:  We now have a cross-design created with the additional straw bales that were contributed. Squash and tomatoes are producing, and Fall flowers have been planted.  Look and see!)     
Looking forward to Fall

Wayne and Alice are planning to start Wednesday Nights at Grace this Fall, most importantly because we want to have a children's choir and Wayne needs a time to work with them.  Also this would be an opportunity to offer Spiritual Formation for those of us, who are a bit older,  in a time frame other than Sundays at 9:00 am.  More info will be  forthcoming.        
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! (Eclipse bracelets and earrings are in production--you will want one, or more!  T-shirt designs are complete, and we will be selling them in various venues--you will want one of those, too.)

We are now vendors at the Farmer's Market!  Two of our employees staffed our booth last Saturday.  By being vendors for the season, we get some fringe benefits.  One, we can sell our products at the Salute Saturday festival before the eclipse without paying extra or having to keep our booth open full-time.  Two, we can participate in the Christmas market,  also  without paying extra. (Another Update: Various updates in Great Solar Eclipse T-shirts are rolling off the screen--different colors, a larger array of sizes. One you are sure to love and love the fit!  We're also producing new soaps with popular oils and popular fragrances.)

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

Dates to Remember  

Sunday, August 13--9:00 am--Adult Forum
Sunday, August 13--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist  
Monday, August 14--5:00 pm--Book study, The Great Spiritual Migration
Wednesday, August 16--9:00 am--Hot Tots
Wednesday, August 16--11:00 am--Prayer Group
Wednesday, August 16--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
Wednesday, August 16--5:30 pm--Vestry
Friday, August 18--3:00 pm--Labyrinth orientation and practice
Saturday, August 19--3:00 pm--Labyrinth orientation and practice
Sunday, August 20--9:00 am--Adult Forum
Sunday, August 20--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist with Holy Baptism
Sunday, August 20--3:00 pm--Labyrinth orientation and practice
Sunday, August 20--5:00 pm--Interfaith worship at the Labyrinth
Monday, August 21--Episcopal Hospitality Hub for Solar Eclipse
Tuesday, August 22--4:30 pm--GraceWorks Group
Wednesday, August 23--9:00 am--Hot Tots
Wednesday, August 23--11:00 am--Prayer Group
Wednesday, August 23--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
Sunday, August 27--9:00 am--Adult Forum
Sunday, August 27--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday, August 27--11:30 am--Spiritual Formation Group
Monday, August 28--5:00 pm--Book study, The Great Spiritual Migration
Tuesday, August 29--4:00 pm--Space Utilization Committee
Wednesday, August 30--11:00 am--Prayer Group
Wednesday, August 30--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist with Healing Prayers
Sunday, September 3--9:00 am--Adult Forum
Sunday, September 3--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Monday, September 4--LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (Parish Office Closed)
Tuesday, September 5--5:00 pm--Grace School Open House
Wednesday, September 6--Students begin the year at Grace School

All Sorts and Conditions

Those in our parish family in need of God's healing: Jim Coursey, Susan Valentini, Helen Marshall, Lou Stea, Bill Nichol, Bryson Alexander, Virginia Nelson, Lannie Ross

Those who are deployed: Devin Tyrrell, Dillan Tyrrell, Sam Richardson

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.