Grace Episcopal Church
Walking the Way of Love
Parish News
For the week of January 31, 2021
On Sunday, January 31 all parishes
in the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia will worship
together via YouTube.

10:00 am Holy Eucharist
The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas
Celebrant & Preacher

YouTube Livestream Watch here https://youtu.be/NWeq5lBqlXw

Online Offering – Bishop’s Discretionary Fund: https://dioswva.wufoo.com/forms/q5bw83c1fgww9e/

Grace will worship with the diocese this Sunday. We will not hold our regularly scheduled services. Online services will resume February 7.
Renovations
Renovations will begin in the nave at the beginning of February. Access to undercroft will be restricted and there will be no public parking in the church lot from 1/27/21 to 4/3/21.

The chancel has been cleared and the Gress-Miles organ was removed this past week.

Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant
Photo by Martha Burford
Campus Kitchen Souperbowl Weekend
January 29 - 31 
Join Campus Kitchen in our work to combat childhood food insecurity, and eat some tasty soup along the way! The annual Campus Kitchen Souperbowl event has been shifted to a remote format, and will take place over the weekend of January 29th-31st! Our participating restaurants will be offering "Souperbowl soup specials" over the course of that weekend, and all proceeds will be donated to the Campus Kitchen Backpack Program!
 
Please consider visiting one of these restaurants to support our work: 
Blue Sky Bakery 
Full Circle Catering 
Heliotrope Brewery 
Metta Meals 
Pronto Cafe
Pure Eats 
Red Hen 
Southern Inn 
Tonic 
 
Don't feel like a bowl of soup? Consider donating the cost of a normal ticket to the event ($10 for students, $15 for adults) to the Campus Kitchen! Donations may be made online or by mailing a check to: 
Campus Kitchen 
204 W Washington St 
Lexington, VA 24450 
 
More information can be found here:
A Request from Project Horizon
With the challenges that have accompanied the current pandemic Project Horizon has been housing people in hotels in addition to their shelter. This is due to the need for social distancing and an increased demand for services. Project Horizon would graciously welcome any donations of gift cards to local grocery stores, gas stations, or places to eat to share with residents who are being housed in hotels. You can also make a monetary donation and add a note for the intended purpose in person, over the phone, or on the website. Here are some helpful gift card examples:

-Kroger
-Walmart
-Food Lion
-Sheetz
-Shell
-Subway
-McDonalds
-Wendy's
-Dairy Queen
 
These would provide these clients with some choice, independence, and a sense of normalcy during a very difficult and scary time.
The Impact of Educators of Color in our Community: Then and Now
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm
The Rockbridge Regional Public Library will host the first of two virtual panel discussions exploring multi-generational experiences related to “The Impact of Educators of Color in Our Community.” The event is open to all who pre-register by requesting the GoToMeeting link from librarian Debi Ratliff, dratliff@rrlib.net.
After a historical overview of Lexington’s two schools for Black students (1865-1965), the panel considers: How did area schools build a tradition of black teachers and mentors, from late 19th to mid-20th century? What can be learned from the diverse experiences of integrating schools in Lexington, Rockbridge and Buena Vista, along with job losses for many local Black faculty? Looking ahead to the educational and civic growth of all local students and graduates, how do today’s circumstances both echo & differ from earlier histories?
 
Panelists bridge 3 generations of students and faculty in area public schools: community members who grew up and taught here, during and after the local transitions from segregated to integrated schools. The experiences of 4 teachers of color (who taught in elementary, middle & high schools across all 3 school divisions) span both segregated and integrated eras, 1960s-2000s. In the coming weeks a second panel will focus on the “Now.” Two college students will speak to their years at RCHS and LDMS, joined by others involved in the continuing work of education today.
 
Speakers’ remarks will be followed by Q&A, and audience members are invited to share their stories and to address current conditions and goals for local school systems today. The series has been organized by a coalition of community organizations and committees from the Rockbridge Historical Society, 50 Ways Rockbridge, Rockbridge NAACP, CARE Rockbridge, and Grace Episcopal Church.
RHS’ Local Black Histories webpage links to four related articles by Ted DeLaney and David Coffey.
Thank You!

Thank you for your donations for our Welcome Back Students Goodie Bags! We made 36 bags full of homemade cookies, snacks, granola bars, candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, a prayer card and a coupon for a free cup of coffee and conversation with Fr. Tuck for our returning WLU and VMI students.
Lanford Mission Emergency Fund (LMEF)
The Christian Outreach Committee on behalf of the Lanford Mission Emergency Fund (LMEF) expresses its grateful appreciation for parishioners’ generous 2020 Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings. These gifts have already enabled and will continue to enable the LMEF over the winter months to share with RARA, Lex Pres, and St. Patrick's to pay for rent in order to keep residents of Rockbridge County in their homes. The impact of Covid-19 on workers’ reduced hours/job loss in the county has been great. In 2020, the LMEF responded to 144 requests in the amount of $14,956.38. The LMEF pays for these requests through COC grant money; your Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter offerings; quarterly draws from the Lanford Mission Emergency Fund Investment Account; and special gifts. Thank you again for your generosity and continued support of this vital Grace outreach ministry in Rockbridge County!
Tom Gosse (1/31)

February Birthdays
Clarinda Carrington (2/2)
Nat Massie (2/5)
Steve Reithmiller (2/21)
Nancy Dinkel (2/22)
Beverly Tucker (2/23)
Graham Hess (2/23)


Holt Merchant ( 2/24)
Jeanne Passmore (2/25)
Joseph Henson (2/27)
Erin Carrington (2/28)
Caitie Carrington (2/28)
Visit Grace's Google Calendar for events and ZOOM link information!