Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for February 14, 2014


Let's Do Lent


In two and a half short weeks, we will again be hearing those words, "I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word," and we will again have ashes imposed on our foreheads and hear the words, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return."  Now is the time for each of us to think about how we will accept this invitation--how we will observe a "holy" Lent--how we may fully use this "holy" time to prepare to enter in to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Our church is offering many ways to encourage us to take this pilgrimage through Lent.  


We are starting out with a festive celebration of Shrove Tuesday on March 4 including a pancake supper, hosted by the Youth Group with the assistance of Men of Grace and others.  This event is planned as a fundraiser for Grace Kindergarten and Pre-School, and we are hopeful that, as well as church members, many others who are associated with the school will come and join us.  


In addition to our usual Sunday morning services, we will be having Sunday evening services at 6:00 pm during this upcoming season.  Of course, we will have our usual Celtic service on the third Sunday of March, but, in addition, we will have meditative services (Quiet Time for Lent) on the the other Sundays. The vision is for these times to include periods of silence interspersed with short readings, prayers, and music.  There will be no celebration of the Eucharist but consecrated elements will be available for those who would like to receive them.  


Last week, we started a weekly prayer group that meets on Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the chancel of the church.  In addition to prayer and meditation, we are reading and discussing sections of Richard Foster's book, Prayer. What better time than Lent to develop our prayer lives?  


On Wednesday evening, March 26, we will have a time of community fellowship with a light supper and viewing of a particularly appropriate movie for Lent--"Babette's Feast."  


March will be a month of five Sundays, and I am proposing that we do a special in-gathering of peanut butter for Aaron McNeil.  Peanut butter is an item they always need, and, as we know, it is very nutritious.  Maybe the Youth Group would like to build a pyramid of peanut butter!  How many can we collect?  200?  300?  More?  


The Peace of the Lord be with us all as we approach this especially holy time!  Alice+

Adult Forum


Beginning this Sunday, February 16, those attending Adult Forum at 9:00 am will be viewing chapters on a DVD entitled "Saving Jesus Redux."  This DVD is described as an "exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium" and is part of a series called Living the Questions. Contributors include Diana Butler Bass, Matthew Fox, Amy-Jill Levine, Brian McLaren, John Shelby Spong, and others. Please join us for some interesting input that should lead to great conversation.  The entire program is twelve sessions long, but this particular format should make it easier for those of you who want to participate to come and go as you are available.    

"Tend My Sheep": 2014 Loving Service Challenge


Jesus said, "Tend my sheep." In the spirit of discipleship, the Deacons of our Diocese have challenged all of us to go outside the doors of our church to extend the love of Christ.  One of the Five Marks of Mission of the Episcopal Church is Loving Service.  This "Tend My Sheep" Loving Service Challenge for 2014 carries forth that mission through inspiring, supporting, documenting and reporting acts of outreach and service to our neighbors.  


Together during this year, the Deacons of our Diocese of Kentucky hope to collectively record one half million hours of person-to-person service to our neighbors.  Although this number sounds astounding it will only require that each of our 10,000 church members in the Diocese give one hour per week for 50 weeks.  Based on our membership, our parish goal is 5,000 hours.  


Hours of service will be recorded on line, using the following link:


As you will see when you click on it, it's easy to do.  This link will be on the Diocesan website and may be copied and distributed to anyone participating in the program.  


Darla Munday will be our parish coordinator for this effort.  If you do not have access to a computer to record your service hours, Darla will record them for you.  Our hope is not only to inspire acts of Christion love and kindness, but to give us invaluable information at the parish, deanery and diocesan levels that will lead to ministry formation and support.  Progress will be reported regularly throughout the year.


Please join your Vestry and clergy in supporting this great effort!


(You will also be receiving a letter about this project that gives a bit more detail.) 

Grace School Update


Our Kindergarten Board Chair, Tom Schmidt, is working diligently to improve the financial status of our Kindergarten and Pre-School--to bring in enough money to at least be able to cover the salaries of our wonderful teachers. This is just a reminder that any money that comes in as thanksgiving offerings for birthdays automatically goes into the Kindergarten operating account.  So, please consider a gift the next time your birthday rolls around.

Mark Your Calendar (Updated from February 4 edition)


Sunday, February 16--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis

Sunday, February 16--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II

Sunday, February 16--6:00 pm--Celtic Eucharist

Monday, February 17--4:00 pm--Kindergarten Board

Tuesday, February 18--5:30 pm--EFM

Wednesday, February 19--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing

Wednesday, February 19--5:30 pm--Vestry 

Thursday, February 20--1:00 pm--Prayer Group

Sunday, February 23--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite I

Sunday, February 23--11:30 am--Youth Group

Tuesday, March 4--6:00 pm--Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Wednesday, March 5--7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 6:00 pm--Ash Wednesday liturgy

with Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist 

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