Grace Episcopal Church

Walking the Way of Love

Parish News For the week of August 29, 2021

Worship Services

We are meeting In-Person in the Parish Hall. We are advising people to mask up for worship until we have better intelligence about the prevalence of the delta variant or until cases return to under 1 per day for a week.  


14th Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 29

Holy Eucharist Rite I

8 am




Holy Eucharist Rite II

10:30 am




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Visit Grace's Google Calendar for events and ZOOM link information!


Morning Prayer

(In person and Online)

Mondays - Friday, 8:30 am 


Men's Prayer Breakfast

will resume September 14

Bulletin Insert for August 29 - The Feast of St. Bartholomew the Apostle

RAT Sunday

This Sunday we will have a continental breakfast in the Undercroft starting at 9:00 am to welcome the VMI class of 2022+3. Please come and bring your cell phones to share with the Rats so they can phone their parents and loved ones.

If you are interested in adopting a VMI RAT, or hosting/chaperoning the college room on Sunday afternoon please let Sharon know. It will be several weeks until they will be able to go to your home or stay at church for an extended period of time.


Low Country Boil - Grace Episcopal Re-Gathering Celebration & Stewardship Kick-Off

WHO: Everyone!

WHAT: Low Country Boil

WHEN: Friday, September 24th 6:00 PM

WHERE: Parish Hall/Patio (weather permitting)

MENU: Low Country Boil *, *Brunswick Stew available for those with allergies*

Slaw, Bread & Southern Sweets, Lemonade


BYOB, Music, Children’s activities


Free will donations to defray costs appreciated

Reservations Requested by September 17

Reserve online by clicking here or call 540-223-1048 (Liz)   


Gilding the Lily

As the Liturgical Architecture Committee began its work last year, it attempted to envision the scope of the Chancel Improvement project and naturally considered restoring the extensive border polychrome painting around the nave. This undertaking, along with pointing the wooden ceiling, even painting the entire nave and gallery, cleaning the stone on the trusses, and replacing the pews were set aside as beyond a reasonable budget. Painting the nave was blessedly restored to the project by popular demand to a wonderful result, and a revealing of the 1883 border of a stylized passion flower design on the reredos wall of the Chancel proved too tempting to ignore as a possible off - contract endeavour. The Committee fortuitously sought advice from Historic Lexington Foundation (HLF) for possible funding sources.

The HLF Executive Committee seemed charmed by the idea and suggested that their Lyle-Simpson Preservation Fund might be a funding source for their Board to consider. Interestingly, the ashes of Pamela Hemenway Simpson rest in our Columbarium with her spirit overseeing the project. The Committee arranged for collaborative meetings between the gifted Sonny Harlow of Lynchburg who provided magnificent specialty painting to St. Paul’s Church there and Randy Wingfield of City Wide Decorators of Richmond, K+L’s painting subcontractor, who proposed a plan for stenciling the border only along the reredos Chancel wall (approx. 24 linear feet) at this time. Pat and Keith Gibson had already measured detailed drawing tracings in preparation for the cutting of mylar stencils. A not-to- exceed $15,000 budget was developed to accomplish this ancient form of religious ornamentation in a labor intensive process requiring exacting planning and skill. A grant application was submitted to HLF.

An informative, convincing brochure was expertly created and the HLF Board held its August meeting at Grace Church including a briefing by Buster Lewis and Pat Gibson who pointed out that supporting a preservation effort at one of Lexington’s finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture with such distinctive features as the High Victorian Gothic painting around the reredos Resurrection window and the handsome memorial brass communion rail was tailor-made to be celebrated in fulfillment of HLF’s mission.

The HLF Board approved the grant request, and Grace is honored to have the Historic Lexington Foundation’s enthusiastic participation as a partner in significant preservation of this holy place. 

S.T.E.P.S. Program

The STEPS Committee is looking for a donation of free weights to be used by our Returning Citizens. We need weights between 40 and 80 pounds. They will be kept in the STEPS apartment. Please contact David Gates at 261-1410 if you have weights to donate”. Thank you

Christian Education Surveys

As the 2021-2022 school year rapidly approaches we are busy planning our Christian Education programs for the year. Please take a few minutes and fill out these forms. Your responses help us determine our offerings this program year. Thank you in advance!

Adult Christian Education Survey

Children, Youth and Families Survey

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From the Music Director

HELLO, DOLLY!! Yes, the piano (which has been hard to move), will be on a wonderful Jansen Dolly when it returns to the chancel in October!

College Ministry

Host Families Needed! Would you like to be a host family for a VMI Rat—providing a home-away-from-home on Sunday afternoons or a lunch buddy for a WLU student?

For more information contact Sharon White,


Happy Birthday

Mary Webster (8/27), David Howison (8/28), Barton Dick (8/30), Pat Gibson (8/31), Harrison Branner (9/2), Buster Lewis (9/3), Ella Sayre (9/3), Estella Crocker (9/3) Gail Dick (9/4)

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