Grace Episcopal Church
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
News for October 24, 2015

We must get all sittings for pictures scheduled quickly!  Lifetouch will be at Grace Tuesday and Wednesday, afternoons and evenings, October 27 and 28--just a few days from now!  Please email to schedule a time, or schedule while you are here on Sunday.  The sign-up sheets are on the table across the hall from the sacristy.  Vestry members will also be calling to nudge those who have not signed up.  We must have good participation for this project to be worth the effort.         
Gound-Breaking at St. Andrews, Glasgow

On Sunday, October 25, at 2:00 pm CST, there will be a ground-breaking for the building of a new church home for the people of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Glasgow. This is a rare event, and we are all invited to attend.  The new church will be at 3685 North Jackson Highway in Glasgow.  My (Alice's) Mapquest search says that the trip is 101 miles, but it's a long 101, probably taking over two hours to get there.  If that's a bit much to undertake, let's remember that church in our prayers.  All the members are very excited!         
All Saints Prayers

Next Sunday, November 1, is All Saints Day.  Please send Alice the names of those who have died since last All Saints that you would like to have included in the prayers that day.  Either email Alice at or call the office and leave the information with Ruth.  We will also be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Baptism that day.   


November 8--Save the Date!

Remember the Italian Dinner about this time last year?  Well, it's back, but with "added value"!  Please reserve Sunday evening, November 8, at 5:30 pm for our "Ignite the Spirit" Dinner.  Not only will we have a great meal, great fellowship, and great music--but also a time to share more information about all the opportunities to serve and participate at Grace, both inside and outside the church.  Let's ignite the Spirit!         

November 22--Ann Jones in concert at Grace--details TBA
Kroger R e-Registration

It has been brought to our attention that we must each re-register our Kroger cards in order for the kindergarten to receive the benefit from them.  This is easily done online.  Simply log onto  and search for Grace Church Kindergarten or enter 88636 and link your card to our school.  (I just updated mine, and it took about 10 seconds! Alice)

Thanks for your help and your support of our ministry to the children and their families.       
Outreach at Western State

Please help us gather items for the women at Western State Psychiatric Hospital.  Items of need are make-up, lotions, hand creams, necklaces that will easily fit over the head, and used copies of People  magazine.  They also like large-print word searches.  Donations can be left on the side table in the Gaither Room.  Thank you!     (Update: Tomorrow is the last Sunday to bring contributions.)
Goody-Box for Christie

Christie Johnson, a member at Grace, is currently deployed with the Army in Afghanistan.  Christie is a helicopter pilot and has recently had some tragic losses in her unit.  In a recent email, Christie wrote, "Thank you so much for your note! Things have been difficult these past few weeks but I'm doing alright. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, Matt and Forrest were great men and I know they are still watching us and keeping us safe here from Heaven.  I hope things are going well in Hopkinsville! I'm really going to miss the fall season in Kentucky but hopefully I'll be back sometime mid-January to catch some of the winter weather!  I miss my family at Grace, please give everyone my best!" We would like to send Christie a goody-box and card, so please bring items for the box the next two Sundays.  Don't worry--Christie's not getting this message!  Unless she happens to see it on Facebook or our website!      (Update: Tomorrow is the last Sunday to bring contributions.)  
Increasing Church Security

At our most recent Vestry meeting, we discussed the necessity of being more diligent about the security of the church and the safety of all those who come through our doors on Sundays and throughout the week--especially our children.  We need to keep doors and gates locked, except when there is a particular reason not to do so for short periods of time. We're sorry for any inconvenience and we hope that those of you who are in and out frequently will join with us in making sure that doors are securely closed and locked.  We can supply keys as needed.  Thank you!   UPDATE!  We have recently re-keyed the outside doors.  If you regularly need to have access to the church, please contact Ruth Rock in the office about acquiring a new key. 
Pilgrimage to Bolivia 

Mark Richard is leading a pilgrimage to the Amistad Mission in Bolivia in early 2016.  Please consider making this trip-of-a-lifetime.  Amistad, which is supported by a number of churches in the United States, provides a loving home to abandoned, abused, and orphaned children. There will be an informational meeting soon with more details, but, don't hesitate to contact Mark with your questions.  

Grace School Support


Grace Church provides significant support to Grace School, and we can all contribute to that support in three ways:

1. If you shop at Kroger, designate Grace Kindergarten as the recipient of credits accrued from all your purchases.  This does not interfere in any way with your own points earned toward savings on gasoline.  You can make your designation online at "" or at the customer service counter at Kroger.  If you need assistance, talk with Tom Schmidt, Treasurer of the Kindergarten Board of Directors.

2.  Save any "Boxtops for Education" that may be on many grocery products that you regularly purchase.  There is a container on the table across from the sacristy where you may deposit your box top decals.

3.  When you have a birthday, consider giving a dollar for each year of your life as a gift to Grace School, as an offering of thanksgiving for all the blessings of your life.  Thank you!

Dates to Remember

Sunday, October 25--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis
Sunday, October 25--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite I
Monday, October 26--6:00 pm--EFM
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28--Lifetouch making pictures!
Wednesday, October 28--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Sunday, November 1--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis
Sunday, November 1--10:15 am--All Saints Day Holy Eucharist and Holy Baptism
Wednesday, November 4--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Wednesday, November 4--4:30 pm--GraceWorks Group
Sunday, November 8--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis
Sunday, November 8--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday, November 8--5:30 pm--Ignite the Spirit Dinner
Monday, November 9--6:00 pm--EFM
Tuesday, November 10--3:00 pm--Kindergarten Board
Wednesday, November 11--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Friday-Saturday, November 13-14--Diocesan Convention at Calvary Louisville
Sunday, November 15--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis
Monday, November 16--6:00 pm--EFM
Wednesday, November 18--12:10 pm--Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayers
Sunday, November 22--9:00 am--Adult Forum and Catechesis
Sunday, November 22--10:15 am--Holy Eucharist Rite II
Sunday, November 22--Time TBA--Ann Jones in concert at Grace
Sunday, November 29--Advent I
Sunday, November 29--6:00 pm--Choral Evensong for Advent
Prayer from Ignatius of Loyola (16th century)

"Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my whole will.  You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me.  Give me only your love and your grace.  With this I am rich enough, and have no more to ask."