Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

For the Week of July 26, 2020 

Sunday, July 26
7th Sunday After Pentecost

8:00 am Holy Eucharist

10:30 am Holy Eucharist
We do not need to register for the 10:30 service this week.

All services are livestreamed on Facebook Live
We are working to address our livestreaming issues at the 10:30 service. We have increased our internet speed this week from 75 MGS to 200 MGS and will have our Mevo camera directly connected by an ethernet connection. 
No Children's Chapel this week.
Mid-Summer Message from the Rector
Morning Prayer, Monday -  Friday, 8:30 am  
Compline, Monday - Thursday, 8:30 pm  
If you are interested in leading a night of Compline please let Sharon or Martha know. 
Did You Know? 
Did you know that you can pay your pledge or make a donation to Grace Episcopal Church online? Go to 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.
Did you see our Community Compassion Camp VBS
on WDBJ? Check it Out!

COC and ECW Working Together 
The Christian Outreach Committee (COC) and the Grace Episcopal Church Women are working together to help Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center in Lexington. Together, they're funding the purchase of no-touch thermometers for each classroom. These rather expensive, required items are urgently needed to assure the safety of the children and staff during this time of the Covid-19 virus.
The COC funds come from the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Thanks to all parishioners for their participation in this program, the rewards from which continue to allow us to expand our outreach funding. Thanks also to those who donated spare change and supported ECW fund-raising events, such as the St. Nicholas Day Fair.
Watering Help Needed  
The Property Committee is organizing a schedule for watering the new plants in front of the Parish Hall and Church.  A few people have been watering so far, but with would love some extra help.  
The Parish Hall plants will need 30 seconds each daily.  (The hose is next to the gas meter.) The Church plants require 30 seconds each on Monday and Friday only. (The hose is to the left of the stairs going into the church.)
You could pick a day of the week or a specific week, you could choose the Church, Parish Hall or both.  You could work alone or in pairs.  
Please let Elizabeth Boetsch know ( if you can help and she will send out a schedule.  We will plan to continue this through September depending on the weather.
Thank you for considering this and for helping our new landscaping thrive during a long, hot summer.
Yard sale cancelled; funds still needed
for South Sudanese Students!
Our Sudan Mission Yard Sale scheduled for July 11 was cancelled. We are working on having a yard sale on Facebook Marketplace. More details to follow.  
The fundraising will go on, however, 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 
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 (
RARA Needs Boxes
RARA is in need of small to medium sized boxes to distribute food to clients. They can be brought to the RARA food pantry, 350 Spottswood Drive,  Monday-Thursday, 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. or just left outside the door after hours. Now that recycling in the city is ending, all those Amazon boxes can be recycled for use at the food pantry.
Things are staying busy at RARA this summer, and they would love for you to join them in helping our community! Their volunteer opportunities are posted on GivePulse or call 540.463.6943 or email if you have any questions!
Below are several volunteer opportunities that need extra volunteers.  
Drive-Thru Food Pantries
  RARA distributes close to 300 tons of food each year, and that hasn't changed as we operate as a drive-thru! Volunteers are needed to check in shoppers, gather food, and take it to their cars. Spots are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2-4:30pm and Saturdays from 9:30am-12pm.
Partner Pick-Up
Through our local partnerships, we reclaim over 40 tons of healthy food destined for the landfill each year. Volunteers pick up bakery, produce, meat, and deli items 6 days a week from Kroger, Food Lion, and Walmart. We are looking for regular volunteers or substitutes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. 
Color Me Healthy
Help us show kids how fun and colorful healthy eating can be! Volunteers will bag produce for our summer produce market, which distributes fresh fruit and veggies to families participating in school meal programs. Shifts are open on Mondays from 9-11am. (Tuesday shifts are currently full.)
I Can Help
The COVID-19 virus will leave some of us in Rockbridge isolated and vulnerable and others better positioned to help out. We are working together as an unofficial group of neighbors in the region who want to help match people who are experiencing hardships from COVID-19-related issues with volunteers who have offered to provide help. If you are healthy with no underlying conditions, you may want to volunteer for in-person assistance to others, such as delivering food or supplies or running errands. If you are more comfortable offering assistance from your home, there are options for that as well. We will be doing our best to direct you to up-to-date organizations that need volunteers or to match you with people who have indicated need. After you fill out the form, we will let you know where you can be most useful based on what we are hearing. THANK YOU, KIND PEOPLE.  I Can Help               
Birthdays for the weeks of July 26 and August 2 
Trey Lewis (7/26)  Paul Robblee (7/28) Susan Minor (7/28) John Brooke (7/29) Margaret Haberman (7/31) Alexandria Brown (8/1) David Cox (8/1) Henry Porter (8/1)
Joshua Henson (8/3) Rissie Murphy (8/5) Michele Hentz (8/6) Margery Couper (8/7) Greg Lemmer (8/8) Carol Dent (8/8)
The next Parish News will be published Friday, August 7. 

 Grace Episcopal Church
123 W. Washington Street  Lexington, VA 24450