Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News
March 2018  

Holy Eucharist
8am and 10:30am 
March 11 , Taize` Eucharist, 5pm 
Music in the meditative Taiz é   
tradition with prayers and readings from Scripture. 
March 18, Confirmation with Bishop Mark A. Bourlakas 10:30am
We will welcome the sixth Bishop of our Diocese the Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas for confirmation.  A bishop's forum will take place at 9:15 in the Parish Hall. 

Spring Forward! 
Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 10 at 2am. 

Lenten Morning Prayer  
Morning Prayer is offered at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday during Lent through Holy Week.  If you are interested in leading one or more of these services please contact Sharon Massie .
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.

Wednesday Lenten Series 
Pursuing the Beloved Community  
Catered dinner at 6 pm
$6 adults 
Make reservations with the Parish Office
6:30 -7:30 Lenten Programs
For Adults  
Pursuing the Beloved Community  

About Pursuing the Beloved Community  
Pursuing the Beloved Community is a five-part series on race, privilege and the theological commitments to justice and peace found in scripture and in our Anglican tradition. This series was developed by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

Holy Week and Easter Services at Grace Episcopal Church
Palm Sunday, March 25 
8 am and 10:30 am  Palm Sunday Liturgy & Holy Eucharist
(No Christian Education on March 25 and April 1)
9:30 am, Community Procession from Hopkins Green

Throughout Holy Week 
Morning Prayer at 8:30, Monday through Friday  
The Rite of Reconciliation, offered by appointment with the Rector.  

Maundy Thursday 
7 pm Footwashing and Holy Eucharist  
Good Friday 
12:00 pm The Way of the Cross
(Stations of the Cross & Reserved Sacrament Communion)  
3:30 pm Children's Stations of the Cross
7pm Good Friday Liturgy with Reserved Sacrament Communion   
Holy Saturday 
8:30 am Holy Saturday Liturgy  
7 pm The Great Vigil of Easter followed by Lamb Dinner  

Easter Day, April 1 
8 am Holy Eucharist
9:30 am Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Breakfast & Flowering of the Cross  
10:30 Festival Holy Eucharist  
Parish News
Our Parish is saddened by the death of Chip Schram on February 23.

Thank you 
Bob Crewdson would like to thank the Parish community for all the love and support shown to him and his family during the illness and death of his beloved wife Lois. 
Hometown Hope Annual Benefit 
The Annual Benefit for Diversity Serves & the People of South Sudan,  
on Saturday, March 3 in the Parish Hall was a great success.  Guests enjoyed Tea Time & Treasures and Happy Hour for Hope, while learning about Diversity Serves and browsing Silent Auction theme tables.

From the Senior Warden
We rejoice in the Lord and give thanks for his many blessings on our parish, now including Father James' acceptance of our Vestry's call to be our Interim Rector until we call a new, permanent Rector. Please welcome Fr. James and embrace this time of spiritual renewal and reconciliation in our parish. Fr. James will be our full time rector and we look forward to his continued labor of love among us.                             Don Ellis, Senior Warden
Phase II of the Capital Campaign Underway 
The Vestry has approved the renovation project for the undercroft with a start date of March 5. The first phase, as always, is the demolition process which is anticipated to take about 3 weeks. The entire project will likely last through the summer. The result at the end of the work will be reclaimed ground level space for our choir; altar and flower guilds; and church and community group meetings. The goal is to have attractive, clean,  comfortable, useful space that retains the key architectural features that are historically significant. We will be sharing our limited parking space, once again, with our contractor crew from Phoenix Construction (Pat Hennis, owner). You should know that this is a Lexington-based company. As in our previous project, Pat's crew will need space to bring in trucks, trailers, and materials with the primary staging area to be along the East wall of the church building. We have asked the City for permission to park along the  Washington Street curb in front of the church during the project. The  Capital Campaign and the Property Committee volunteers are your contacts should you have questions, suggestions, or concerns during this effort. We are all looking to the future as we navigate through the present with God's guidance and our communal patience.  A big 'thank you' also goes out to John Dickerson, Gordon Woodcock,  Steve Shultis, the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild , Sharon Massie and  James Keane for their help relocating and making temporary spaces for 
everyone affected by the construction.
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
Sarah Lanford Mission Emergency Fund (MEF) 
The Christian Outreach Committee on behalf of the Sarah Lanford Mission Emergency Fund (MEF) expresses its grateful appreciation for your very  
generous Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings in the amount of $2770.00. In 2017, Grace Episcopal received 206 requests for assistance with rent,  utility, food, and medical expenses in the amount of $14,693.93. We are able to cover these costs through designated pledges; COC grant money; and your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter offerings. Thank you again for your continued support of this vital outreach ministry to residents of  Rockbridge County!
Easter Lilies
Help make our Easter celebration beautiful with lilies for the chancel. The cost of a Memorial Lily is $10. To list a memorial in the bulletin,  use one of the sign-up sheets located in the Narthex and on the Bridge,  or contact the Parish Office by phone 463-4981 or email Lisa at  by Monday, March 26.  Please make your check payable to: Grace Episcopal Church with "Easter Lily" on the memo line. You may also buy a lily locally and donate it.
Christian Education for Children, Youth and Adults  
(No Christian Education March 25 and April 1)
Sunday School for Children, 9:15, 3rd floor
Christianity and Culture, Parish Hall, 9:15   
March 11 - The Great Awakening, Part II,  with Holt Merchant, 9:15 in the Parish Hall
Lectio Divina 
During the Sundays of Lent at the 9:15 hour we will be exploring the  spiritual discipline called Lectio Divina. Lectio Divina has been used by  Christians since the third century and helps us come to God with our whole body and whole mind. It involves a structured response to the reading of a passage of Scripture and we will be using the Gospel for each Sunday. We will be learning to listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, the teacher  promised by Christ. You just  need to bring yourself and a desire to grow in the light of Christ.

Adult Inquirers and Confirmation Class, 9:15, Library
All are welcome to attend, whether you are considering confirmation, want to know more about the Episcopal Church.
Godly Play, Tuesday, 3:45 - 4:30 
Godly Play provides a time and a space for children to engage with God and with the story of God's people in the Bible. A Godly Play session includes a time to gather in a circle with music and singing, a time to listen to a story, a time of wondering, and a time for children to respond to the story through art or creative play.
Godly Play will not meet March 27 or April 3.      

Choir News
Grace Parish Choir
The Grace Parish Choir is welcoming new members, including visitors and college students. We sing a variety of choral repertoire and are a caring, loyal group. Rehearsals are Thursday at 7pm and warm-up  Sunday is 9:45 in the Nave. For more information contact Julia White, Interim Choir Director and Organist at or on 
Sunday mornings.

Junior Choir A big Thank You to Lacey Lynch for leading the Junior Choir these past few months. Lacey will turn the baton over to Sharon Massie in mid March. Sharon will direct the Junior Choir until the end of the school year. 
On the Weekly Calendar 
DEO groups continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays
DEO - Discipling Each Other, is a simple practice that has turned out to be surprisingly refreshing and energizing. We meet weekly for an hour; there is no leader or mentor, and it is completely confidential. This kind of mutual discipling provides practical ways to see Christ working in our daily life and in our church. There is a Monday morning group at 9 am and one for women on Thursdays at 7:30 pm. 
If you are interested, contact Doug or Libby Cumming 540-462-2968 or  
Men's Prayer Breakfast  
Men of our parish will meet in our Parish Hall on Tuesdays at 7 am weekly for breakfast, prayer and fellowship. All are welcome!

Kendal Bible Study and Holy Eucharist with Fr. James on Thursdays, at 10:00.

March Parish Birthdays
1   Julia Kozak
3   Anna-Lisa Fitzgerald
4   Joe Sailer
6   Leah Golden
7   Woody Sadler
8   Emma Brooke
     James Brown
     Carole Elmore
     Jonathan Webster
9   Anne Grizzle
     Louise Moore
10 Mary Price
11 John Doyle
     Alice Furgerson
     Daniel Mastin
12 Mary Craighill
13 Roland Stetler
14 Cindy Mullen
15 John Milford
16 Catherine Harcus
     Shay Peters
17 Ed Craun
     Bill Sayre
18 Elizabeth Knapp
     Amber Lewis
     Ann Lyne
     Jane Sailer
19 Wade Branner
     Cecile West-Settle
     Don Whittington
21 Meghan Ferguson
22 Mary Doyle
23 Polly Lawrence
     Laura Stearns
24 Rose Gordon
25 Sharon Massie
26 AP Smith
28 Wirt Shinault
Grace Episcopal Church  
The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Virginia
The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas, Bishop
The Rev. James Hubbard, Provisional Interim Rector
James Keane, Chaplain (

Parish Staff
Sharon Massie, Program Director (
Lisa McGuire, Administrative Assistant (
Julia J. White, Interim Organist/Choir Director
Angie Fafatas, Financial Secretary (
Connie Bryant, Sexton

Members of the Vestry
Merce Brooke, Lynn Dent, Gail Dickerson,
Don Ellis (Sr. Warden), Keith Gibson (Jr. Warden), Tom Gosse,
Catherine Harcus, Susan Lawrence,
Peggy Riethmiller, Tracey Riley, Woody Sadler, Steve Shultis.
Joanne Robblee, Clerk
Greg Lemmer, Treasurer
Serving in March
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Grace filled moments in the life of Grace Episcopal Church.
Clockwise from top right corner: Lenten Altar, Ashes to Go, Closing Eucharist from the Vestry Retreat at Phoebe Needles, Pursuing the Beloved Community Lenten Program, Author Helen Head signing her children's book, The Mysterious Elephant.

 Grace Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450