Grace Episcopal Church
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For the Week of August 9, 2020 

Sunday, August 9
10th Sunday After Pentecost
             
Holy Eucharist Rite I  8 am (Bulletin) (ZOOM only)
Holy Eucharist Rite II 10:30 am (Bulletin) (ZOOM only) 
Taizé Prayer 5 pm (Bulletin)  (Facebook Live only)
 
Cases of Covid-19 in our local area have been increasing above the rate of one case per day for fourteen days. 
We know that the number of cases we have on record is an under representation. Not everyone who is infected sees a doctor for COVID-19. Up to 80% of cases may be mild or moderate. Many people never develop symptoms. If someone gets infected and recovers on their own, then public health may never find out about the case. But these people may still be infectious.
 
For these reasons we will limit in-person worship attendance to those producing the service over the next three Sundays, August 9, 16, 23.  We invite you to participate in Sunday 8 am and  10:30 am services through ZOOM.  Zoom allows direct face to face communication and remote participation. We will record the Zoom sessions and post them on the the Grace Church Facebook page.
 
Nevertheless, we will continue home communion. If you would like to receive communion at home once a month please let us know at the office. Distribution of home communion will continue to be available once per month even after regathering if you so desire. In most cases we will try to distribute communion on Sunday following one of the two regular Sunday morning services using bread consecrated at the Table. Social distancing and personal hygiene practices have to be observed during home communions. Home communions include passing the peace, the Lord's prayer, reception of the Bread, and a prayer of thanksgiving. In some cases the gospel of the day may be shared and discussed.
 
Morning Prayer, Monday -  Friday, 8:30 am 
 
Compline, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 pm  
ZOOM   
If you are interested in leading a night of Compline please let Sharon or Martha know. 
   
BLM Dialogue Opportunity
Fr. Tuck and the Vestry invite you to a dialogue opportunity for Grace parishioners and neighbors for listening to reactions/reflections on the Black Lives Matter sign/organization/movement.
 
Please join us 7-8 pm August 12 on Zoom to share your reaction/reflection and listen to others.  Each session will be limited to 25 participants  through an on-line sign-up.  We will review guidelines for Respectful Communication and Mutual Invitation and read a short passage from the gospel for that day. Then you will be invited to share for up to two minutes.
 
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 GIVE.   
 
Masks for Public School Children
Grace Episcopal is joining with the Blue Ridge Masketeers to provide face coverings for the public school children in Lexington City and Rockbridge County Schools.
 
We are seeking volunteers to help us meet this critical need.
Seamstresses are most welcome however we also need volunteers to:
 -Help prepare mask kits
 -Deliver kits 
- Collect completed masks and        
    deliver them to central collection 
- Offer monetary support to      
    purchase supplies 
 
We welcome you to join with us in our effort to protect our children when they return to the classroom.
 
If you are interested in helping please contact Kay Lera.
540-463-3568  Klera@rockbridge.net 
 
Yard Sale Friday and Saturday to support scholarships for 
South Sudanese Students!
Check out our Yard Sale on Facebook Marketplace today and tomorrow.
To access the saleogo to Marketplace on Facebook, make sure that your settings are set to Lexington, VA and search 'Grace Episcopal Church.' Our listing should appear with that search! Items can be picked up today from 4 to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 to Noon.
Shop early, shop often! Tell your friends! 
 
We are fundraising so that John, Mary and William from Tonj, South Sudan can pursue secondary education in the 2021 academic year (January-December). The goal is $3,500. The Christian Outreach Committee has already given $1,500 to this effort. If you would like to make a cash donation to help complete the goal, you can send a check to Grace Episcopal Church with "South Sudan Students" in the memo line, or make an online donation by selecting "Community Outreach" from the drop down menu on the church website at www.graceepiscopallexington.org/give 
 
In spite of the global pandemic brought on by Covid-19, the students are making excellent progress under the care of their bishop, the Rt. Rev. Peter Yuol Gur. Your donation will give them the opportunity to continue their education for another year. Thank you very much!
 
Questions? Contact MJ Mayerchak by phone (540-460-3138) or email (mjpmmchak@gmail.com).
 
A Message from Rockbridge Christmas Baskets  
With temperatures in the 90's, Christmas may seem far off, but the folks at
Rockbridge Christmas Baskets are already hard at work. This year poses an enormous challenge for this wonderful, community-based organization that has been delivering food and toys to families in need every Christmas for 75 years. They are getting early - but strong - indications that demand for the food and toys they deliver will be UP while the donations they so greatly rely on will be DOWN.

If you are able to give to this worthy organization, you are almost certain to land on Santa's Good List. So click on the link below and help RCB fulfill its mission to ensure that no one in our community goes without during this holiday season.  
http://www.rockbridgechristmasbaskets.org/  
 
Birthdays for the weeks of August 9 and August 16 
Mimi Knight (8/11), Patrick Mayerchak (8/12), Raymond Kuper (8/13), Bob Smith (8/13), Emily Steckline (8/13), Susan Williams (8/14), Nick Murphy (8/14),  
Kathy Kozak (8/14), Kent Wilson (8/17), Marjorie Connolly (8/20)
 
 
 
 

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