Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

April 5, 2020 

 
Palm Sunday, April 5  
The Palm Sunday service will be live streamed at 10:30 am on Facebook Live. We will post a link to the service and the bulletin on our website. You do not have to be on Facebook to view the service from that link.
Blessed palms will be available in front of the church between 9 and noon Sunday.
 
Children's Chapel 
Children's Chapel will be Live Streamed Sunday at 9:30 am on Facebook Live  
 
Lenten Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is live streamed on
Facebook Live at 8:30 am, Monday through Friday.
 
 
 
Maundy Thursday, April 9
A Maundy Thursday service will be live streamed at 7 pm on  Facebook Live 
 
Good Friday, April 10
Bishop Bourlakas will live stream a service on Good Friday at Noon
from Christ Church, Roanoke. See dioswva.org for more details.
 
Stations of the Cross
Grace will live stream a Stations of the Cross walk Friday afternoon.
More details to come. We are looking for photos of our local community or places that you have visited, etc.that can be used for our Stations of the Cross
presentation for Good Friday.  
 
Easter Sunday, April 12 
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach from the  Washington National Cathedral on Easter Morning at 11:15 a.m. We recommend that you tune in to this broadcast Easter Day.  
 
An Easter Eucharist at Grace will be live streamed at 5 pm on
   
Good Friday Offering
Jesus said to Thomas, "Do not doubt but believe." (John 20:27)
On Good Friday, offerings are invited from throughout The Episcopal Church to support the ministry of the dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Suheil Dawani, Bishop. Our contributions are used to assist them to promote peace and mutual understanding through pastoral care and health and educational programs throughout the region. Please give generously. To learn more, please visit episcopalchurch.org/global-partnerships/good-friday-offering Letter from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry  
 
In addition to the Good Friday Offering, please consider giving to
Especially today, in these lock down conditions, the members of the Diocese need our help to support 9 healthcare facilities, including 2 major hospitals with 200 beds, 20 schools with 1600 students, four pilgrim guesthouses!
 
Easter Lilies
Easter Lilies will not be purchased this year. If you would like to make a donation to RARA, Boys Home, or the Lanford Emergency Fund in honor of a loved one please send a check to Grace with your designation in the memo field with a note listing your memorial or thanksgiving for Easter bulletin. You may also call the Parish Office or email Lisa  by Wednesday, April 8.
 
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. 
   
Front Porch Ministry
During this time of social distancing Grace has an important role to play in the support of our parishioners and community.
We are developing a Prayer, Telephone and Front Porch Ministry. If you are interested in checking in with 2 or 3 folks by telephone every other day or more
please contact   Sharon Massie 
We will assign you names of parishioners to contact.
 
From the Christian Outreach Committee 
Supporting our local neighbors during this time
 
RARA has been inundated with requests for food. The article in this week's News-Gazette highlights the growing need as more people are losing jobs and struggling to pay crucial bills. As the article points out the demand last week was up 2.5 times that of a normal week. As time goes on that will increase.
 
At this time RARA is asking for monetary contributions and volunteers to work the drive thru food distribution at the pantry. These opportunities are found at  http://raralex.org/
 
In future months the need for money will continue when rents and utility bills, currently suspended, will come due.
 
From Lynn Dent, United Way Board member:
"Many in our community have lost their employment and have need of resources to assist with housing security, utility services, emotional support, and food. The United Way of Rockbridge     is assisting the non-profit agencies that we support by further promoting their resources. We cannot do this without your greater reach. For those of you who have a Facebook account, please like and follow United Way of Rockbridge and share their posts when able. Thank you so much for your cooperation."
 
The Christian Outreach Committee is researching additional agencies that need support at this time and will share the information in future postings.
           
We protect our health during this time. This is a way to protect the futures of our local families.
 
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 www.dioswva.org.  
     

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