Grace Episcopal Church
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For the Week of April 26, 2020 


Sunday, April 26, Easter 3       
Holy Eucharist 8 & 10:30 
All services will be live streamed  
8 am  Bulletin    10:30 am Bulletin 
Evening Worship, 5 pm    
 
Children's Chapel, 9:30, Facebook Live 
 
Are you having trouble accessing Facebook live?
 
Zoom Coffee Hour 
We will have two Zoom Coffee Hour's between services Sunday and a Family Zoom Check in after Evening Prayer.
Grab a cup of coffee and check in with your pew buddies!   
             
Coffee Hour at 9 am    
 
Coffee Hour at 10 am
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Digital Offerings from our Diocese during Eastertide 
During the Eastertide season the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is offering Holy Eucharist with Bishop Bourlakas presiding at 10 am and Virtual sessions for Children and Youth on Zoom on Sundays. See www.dioswva.org
   
Did You Know? 
Did you know that you can pay your pledge or make a donation to Grace Episcopal Church online? Go to www.graceepiscopallexington.org From the list on the top right hand side click on MORE and select GIVE from the pull down menu.
  
Flowers
We have suspended 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.   
 
Thank You
Thank you to everyone who is participating in our Front Porch Ministry! If you would like to be a part of the Front Porch Ministry contact Sharon.  
 
Godly Play, Wednesday, 3 pm 
Email Sharon for link 
 
Study of Acts, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm 
We will continue our study of Acts on  Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm.  
 
From Our Minister of Music, Martha Burford 
Ukulele Choir is ongoing. We are mostly keeping to our Wednesday, 4-4:40pm sessions and doing it via Zoom and sharing charts online and videos. Our timing is somewhat flexible. 
 
A reading worshop with Martha will begin Tuesday, April 28 at 4 pm for grades 3-5 and will focus on a story of faith and hope through hardship: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle. We will start with some pre-reading conversation and writing warmups; read the story; and a follow up interactive writing experience. I'm imagining each story and writing venture will be a two week, low key and fun way to write for fun, explore genres, and pay attention to the fun of language. Feel free to let others know about this, and give them my email: martha@graceepiscopallexington.org . I also imagine some of the work will be "scheduled," but the video parts can be viewed anytime and will be on my youtube station which is "Martha Burford."
 
We are getting a unique take on what it means to sing New Songs and sing the Lord's song in foreign lands, aren't we? You may have noticed the music for worship services includes live elements and recorded elements. Martha is also posting videos on youtube. If you'd like to record a psalm or prayer or poem, or send pictures, or pictures of your artwork, or send a piece of your writing if you want to share that--you could read it or someone else could. There are creative ways we can connect, worship, share our lives of faith. Jonathan, Levi, and Demmanuel have been creatively recording instrumental parts as I call on them. Several choir members have been contributing to singing, and other church members have been sending photos or recording something they'd like to have shared with music and video. Email me if you have ideas or questions or contributions. 
 
Choir and Threshold Singers continue to meet weekly via Zoom. We are exploring ways to interact. All are welcome!!!!!!!  
 
Check out Grace's You Tube Channel! 
May 10 - United Thank Offering Spring 2020 In-gathering
Until the current COVID-19 crisis is deemed to be under control for the health and safety of us all, we at Grace Episcopal Church are doing our part by following the guidelines for mitigating the spread of the virus. While we are not able to have an UTO In-gathering during a church service we want to continue our support of UTO. This cherished tradition is a vital arm of mission, domestic and foreign in the Episcopal Church.  
 
Our UTO In-gathering will be Sunday, May 10. We who are thankful for blessings can stay at home and support this ministry by depositing the contents in our Blue Box and sending a check to Grace Episcopal Church, 123 Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450, with UTO on the memo line. Remember your Blue Box! Not only do our blessings expressed in "thanks" and "giving" widen the circle of thankful people worldwide, but sometimes they come back home.
 
Since 1979, records show that the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia has been awarded 29 UTO grants, including those local for the Yellow Brick Road Child Care Center in 2002, the Rockbridge Area Health Center in 2014, and most recently our parish's Jonathan Daniels Community Room in 2019.  
 
Thankfully submitted,
Julia Littlefield, UTO Parish Coordinator
 
 
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. Mask Pattern 

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.
 
 
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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