Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

For the Week of June 21, 2020 

Sunday, June 21
3rd Sunday After Pentecost 
We have begun to regather for worship with significant restrictions. Please see the Regather Plans for Grace Episcopal Church below for details. Our services will also be offered online on 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.
 
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 
   
Regathering Plans for Grace Episcopal Church
Dear friends,
Alleluia! We have begun regathering for worship under significant restrictions as described in Grace Lexington Phase 1 Regathering ( Phase 1) and DIOSWVA Regathering Guidelines. Of course the service will also be available on-line. ( www.graceepiscopallexington.org)
 
Our worship guilds are preparing to ensure that our regathering is as safe and joyful as possible. Please help us by
  1. Staying informed and vigilant with regard to your personal and household risk.  
  2. Following the instructions in Stop the Spread of Germs. pdf  Everyone should bring and wear a mask.
  3. Signing up for one of the Sunday services. Attendance at each service is limited to 41 individuals or households spaced six feet apart. These restrictions should not pose an issue at our 8 AM service. We will have to sign up to attend the 10:30 service. Sign-up will be available starting the Monday before the service by a link sent to you by email or you can call the church office to reserve a space.
  4. Bringing your personal Book of Common Prayer and Bible either in printed or electronic formats.  You can download the electronic Common Prayer app here. Prayer Books and Hymnals have been removed from the church.
  5. Bringing a pre-printed or use an electronic version of the service. (www.graceepiscopallexington.org)  If you arrive without Prayer Book or Bible a limited number of preprinted full text bulletins will be available.
  6. Remembering that because singing is currently deemed a "superspreader," we will currently be singing in our hearts and not out loud.
  7. Bringing the love of God and each other with you! Please don't forget the Holy Spirit including joy, kindness, patience, a sense of humor, and the openness to experience new things.
  8. The church will not be air conditioned during services. The front and side doors will be left open for circulation of air.
  9. Obeying the instructions of ushers, clergy and other worship leaders.
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. 
 
Let us rejoice and be glad that we have come this far safely together, and let us continue to take care of one another as best we can in the months to come.
 
With thanks and praise to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
 
Tuck, Martha, James, Lisa, and Sharon
     
Exploring a Prayer Discipline, Monday, June 22 at 10 am
 
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. 
 
Virtual VBS, Compassion Camp, July 13 - 16
The downtown Lexington Churches are teaming up again to offer Vacation Bible School. This year it will all be online! Watch for details! 
 
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.   
  
Study of the book of Acts, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm 
  ZOOM 
 
United Thank Offering Parish Coordinator Needed 
We are grateful to Julia Littlefield for her faithful service as our Parish UTO (United Thank Offering) Coordinator, during the past sixteen year. Julia would now like to offer this rewarding opportunity to another parishioner. 
 
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).
 
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 
 
Project Horizon
Project Horizon says that with the increased number of clients they are needing to put people in hotels. Gift cards to grocery stores and microwavable foods (i.e. noodles in a cup, mac n cheese) or easy to fix items (Poptarts, individual cereal) are requested.  Project Horizon can use cleaning supplies and toilet paper.  Donations may be left in the box just inside the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House door under the bridge. Gift cards may be mailed directly to Project Horizon at 120 Varner Ln, Lexington, VA 24450.
   
You are invited!      
To Register click here
 
 
Birthdays for the weeks of June 21 and 28 
 Sandy Harcus (6/24)  Lu Dooley (6/29) Michael Finnell (6.29) Margaret Sayre (6/30) Tom Vinson (7/5) Elise Brooke (7/5) Adam Webster (7/5) Doug Cumming (7/5)
 

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