Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

For the Week of July 5, 2020 

Sunday, July 5
6th Sunday After Pentecost

8:00 am Holy Eucharist
Facebook Live (Bulletin)
10:30 am Holy Eucharist
(Please register if you are attending at 10:30 in person here
 
Children's Chapel, 9:30,
Facebook Live
 
If you cannot gather with us in person for Holy Communion and would like to receive communion, please call the parish office (540.463.4981) or email ( sharon@graceepiscopallexington.org) and let us know how many people in your household would like to receive communion and specify if anyone needs a gluten free wafer. Someone from the service will deliver (observing social distancing) the consecrated bread to you shortly after the service.
 
Regathering Plans for Grace Episcopal Church
We are regathering for worship under significant restrictions as described in Grace Lexington Phase 1 Regathering (Phase 1) and DIOSWVA Regathering Guidelines. The services will also be available on-line. (www.graceepiscopallexington.org)
 
The opportunity to regather is not a sign that the risk of contracting the virus has diminished.  It does mean that we have confidence that our health care system has sufficient capacity and that we all have sufficient resources to manage the risk. 
       
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independance Day. 
 
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. 
 
Sacred Ground Sneak Peek on ZOOM
Wednesday, July 8     7 pm
 
Please join us Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm for a sneak peek presentation of the Sacred Ground series.
 
Sacred Ground is a race dialogue series developed by the Episcopal Church and is framed as a spiritual journey, grounded in the Christian faith - in the example of Jesus Christ and the power of scripture, prayer, God's grace, and the Holy Spirit to help us step closer to the dream of beloved community.  The focus of the materials is the history of race and racism in the US.   Curriculum developer, Katrina Browne, designed the curriculum as a way for predominantly white congregations and communities to have meaningful and well informed dialogue about race without relying upon representatives of the black community to teach us.
 
Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of American's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.
The 10 part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. Grace Episcopal wants to offer this series in Fall 2020.
For more information please see https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground 
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Compassion Camp VBS 2020:  
Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You!  
July 13-16
   
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic
Grace Episcopal, Lexington Presbyterian, Manly Memorial Baptist and Trinity United Methodist Churches are hosting a completely virtual Vacation Bible School July 13-16.  
 
The theme is Compassion: for others, for ourselves, and for the world.  We will start each day at 9 AM with a 30 minute interactive ZOOM meeting that will feature Music, Prayer and Storytime. Don't worry, we will record the opening ZOOM session daily and place it on our special Compassion Camp VBS 2020 Facebook page along with other daily interactive video presentations.
 
This event is FREE, and we would love for you to join us, wherever you are! Registration will end Saturday, July 11 at Noon. We are excited about our  
At Home/Virtual VBS where kids and families can explore what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world.

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.   
 
Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center
Yellow Brick Road is re-opening their child care facility this coming Monday, July 6th and is requesting men's large, button-down, long sleeve shirts.  These shirts will help reduce staff exposure to illness.  Staff will wear the shirts when in direct contact with infants and toddlers; such as when they are washing, feeding or holding these children.  
If you can donate men's shirts, please take them directly to Yellow Brick Road.  For further information, contact Misty Camden at 540-463-7344 or ybrearlylearningctr@gmail.com
   
 
Welcome to our new Parish Financial Secretary!
We extend a warm welcome to our new Financial Secretary, Wendy (Moses) Bearden. Wendy recently married Bill Bearden, pastor of Mt. Horeb and Collierstown United Methodist Churches and moved to our area. If Wendy's name sounds familiar she last worked as the Controller and Benefits Coordinator for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. She will be in the office Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to noon. You may reach Wendy at bookkeeper@graceepiscopallexington.org 

We are grateful to Angie Fafatas for her faithful service to Grace Episcopal for the last 3 years. 
 
Yard sale cancelled; funds still needed
for South Sudanese Students!
Sadly, it does not seem safe to hold our Sudan Mission Yard Sale scheduled for July 11, so we will not be collecting any more sale items in the Parish Hall.   Many thanks to those who have already donated goods! Proceeds of selling them on Facebook, starting July 1, will go to the South Sudan Student Fund.
 
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 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).
 
Bridge to Hope Food Pantry
Bridge to Hope, a food pantry operating out of the Church of the Nazarene in Buena Vista, would appreciate food donations as they strive to meet that local community's needs during this time.  Especially needed are staple items (such as flour, pasta, rice, oil) and condiments.  Donations may be left in the bin just inside the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House door, under the bridge.   Bridge to Hope is staffed completely by volunteers and they would welcome anyone who might have a couple of hours to spare.  Volunteer work entails packing boxes for curbside pick-up.  For further information about volunteering contact Cressia "Sam" Roberts at 540-460-9131 or 
 
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 volunteer@raralex.org 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 5 and July 12 
Tom Vinson (7/5) Elise Brooke (7/5) Adam Webster (7/5) Doug Cumming (7/5) Jay Crawford (7/6) David Wade (7/6) Benjamin Holston (7/7) Sue Shultis (7/8) Mary Wilson (7/11) Otis Mead (7/12) Mary Stuart Gilliam (7/13) Caroline Webster (7/13) Bethany Hull (7/14) Carla Henson (7/18) Jeff Mason (7/19)
 
 
   
 

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