Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

April 12, 2020 

The Way of the Cross
 
Holy Saturday, April 11
Holy Saturday Liturgy, 8:30 am
Facebook Live
 
The Lighting of the Pascal Candle and the Exsultet , Sunset
 
Easter Sunday, April 12     
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach from the Washington National Cathedral on Easter Morning at 11:15 am  National Cathedral Easter Service  
 
The flowering cross will be in front of the church Sunday if you wish to bring flowers from your home to adorn it to celebrate the rising of our Savior, Jesus Christ! 
 
An Easter Evening Prayer at Grace will be live streamed at 5 pm on Facebook Live.
 
An Easter Day Children's Chapel will be Live Streamed at 9:30 am on Facebook Live
 
The Parish Office will be closed on Easter Monday, April 13. Thank you!
 
Easter Lilies
Easter Lilies will not be purchased this year. If you would like to make a donation to RARA, Boys Home Cottage Sponsorship or another community outreach program in honor of a loved one please send a check to Grace Church with a charity designation in the memo field.  
 
You can also make a donation online on our website http://www.graceepiscopallexington.org/give/ , click the Give Online box,   by scrolling down and selecting "General Christian Outreach" from the drop-down menu.  Since there is currenty not an option for designating a specific program for these donations, the Christian Outreach Committee will decide on allocations for contributions made in lieu of Easter Lilies.  This will likely include funds for the purchase of snacks for our Boys Home Cottage Sponsorship program.
 
Easter Offering
The Easter Offering plate collection in church is traditionally designated for the Mission Emergency Fund.  Given the importance of this fund, we ask that you continue to support it by completing your Easter Offering this year either by sending a check with your offering to the parish office at 123 Washington Street, Lexington, or
online athttp://www.graceepiscopallexington.org/give/  and select "Easter Offering" from the drop-down menu.
 
Altar Flowers
We are suspending flower donations until we are allowed to worship in person. At that time we will send out an announcement with a new sign up chart for the rest of the year.  
 
Music Ministry
Martha Burford, our Minister of Music is posting music on her
YouTube channel.
 
Virtual Ukulele Lessons 
If you are interested in joining in the Ukulele Zoom lessons, email
Martha  and she will add you to the group. 
 
Wednesday Night Adult Christian Formation
Wednesday Night Adult Christian Formation on ZOOM will begin April 22. Watch for Details!
 
Kendal at Lexington Needs Gowns for their Nursing Staff
Kendal is putting a plea out for button front,collared men's shirts that are clean (Kendal will also wash them) and if possible, but not mandatory, no iron.  Any color is acceptable in men's large or extra large. The nurses can then use them when they are treating residents in the skilled care facility.  

There are no cases of Covid-19 at Kendal at this time and they are taking extraordinary precautions.  No one can go past the guard house at the entrance to Kendal unless a resident or staff but you can drive up to the guard house with your bag and the guard will take it and get it to the right place
 
Extraordinary times can lead to some innovation!
 
Call or email Kathy Hill, 804-247-1967
 
Faith Communities Guidance  
Dear Faith and/or Community Leaders:
 
On behalf of the Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam and the Virginia Department of Health, we want to thank you for your assistance in providing your feedback and questions raised during our inaugural faith and community leaders call on Monday  
March 23, 2020. 
 
We want to continue to be a resource during this time of COVID-19. This Faith Communities Guidance document provides general guidance for diverse faith communities across all major ideologies and belief systems. This document is intended to be inclusive with the understanding that as new information emerges or additional needs or circumstances are identified, this document will be revised. It was developed with information from existing sources, such as FAQs from the Virginia Department of Health, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the Center for Disease Control websites.

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
 
Office of the Governor

VEST Health Equity Work Group
 
 
Stitching our community together
Do you like to sew and have some unscheduled time? The Blue Ridge Maskateers can use your skills to provide masks to local workers who interact with the public. Led by Kay Lera, volunteers are stitching to keep our community safer. Kay asks that you reach her at 463-3568 or klera@rockbridge.netso she can get you instructions on the process.

Those being served are public service and first responders - grocery stores, 5 rescue squads, hospice, mobile phlebotomy group, Maury River Senior Center, Rockbridge Area Community Services Board and nursing homes. They are not sewing for individuals.

There are multiple online pattern options, including one from the New York Times, that works well and uses either elastic or ties. https://www.nytimes.com/article/how-to-make-face-mask-coronavirus.html. Supplies needed are elastic or material for ties, tight-woven cotton fabric, thread and a sewing machine. There may be an available machine if you'd like to participate but don't have one.

Completed masks should be packaged in sealed bags of 5 or 10 items, marked accordingly, and may be given to Melissa Cox, 107 Lee Avenue. Contact  Melissa or call 540-319-1986 if you have a contribution to drop off.

If you need a mask for yourself but don't sew, check out this YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAj12GKuAEk&feature=youtu.be

In this time of alone, together, we can work as one to create a healthier environment for all our citizens.
 
A Message from RARA 
In this difficult time, many more people are needing access to community food resources.  Please visit RARA's website to learn more about their response to COVID-19 and the resources available throughout the community.  No ID or proof of income are required to access these resources.
 
The Episcopal Church BLESS Annual Appeal 
The COVID-19 virus pandemic is challenging all of us - whether through illness, death, job loss, or the disruption of physical distancing. The ministry and programs of The Episcopal Church are likewise affected at a time when these resources continue to be needed. If you are able, we invite you to support the BLESS Annual Appeal.
We encourage you to continue to support your local parish and diocese first. If you are able to make a gift to The Episcopal Church, please consider giving online, or by telephone, or by mail to our dedicated bank lockbox. Our staff, like you possibly, are working remotely. 
Thank you for your support and understanding. Together, with faith in God and each other, we will weather our common challenge.
 
Census Workers Needed in Lexington City and Rockbridge County
Jobs pay up to $17 an hour. For more information click Rockbridge Census  Lexington Census 
 
 

 Grace Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450
540.463.4981 office@graceepiscopallexington.org
 
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