Grace Episcopal Church
Parish News

March 22, 2020 
A message from Our Rector, Tuck Bowerfind
 
Sunday Morning Prayer
This week our Sunday service of Morning Prayer will be live streamed at 10:30 am on Facebook Live. We will post a link to the service and the bulletin on our website. You do not have to be on Facebook to view the service from that link. We are exploring other live streaming platforms.  
 
No Christian Education Until Further Notice  
 
Lenten Morning Prayer
Morning Prayer is live streamed on Facebook Live at 8:30 am, Monday through Friday. 
   
Church Publishing is offering the Book of Common Prayer, other free resources for devotional use
 
Lenten Series  
Our Lenten series has gone online! Join us on Zoom!
March 25 Becoming Beloved Community:Truth Telling  
Need a Zoom lesson? Contact Sharon 
 
 
Hymn Sing Live Stream  
Tune in to our Facebook page on Sunday at 5pm and join in the Hymn Sing! You can comment on the stream and ask for your favorite hymn, and we'll Sing it. God will hear us, and, as singing hymns is praying, we will be coming together in sung prayer. Surely our hearts, if not ears, will hear each other, and, God? As the 17th century mystic and religious poet Angelus Silesius said, "God hears all things, always." We will sing the hymns that are public domain or covered by our OneLicense permissions. And, Martha will teach two paperless songs based on relevant prayers from our Book of Common Prayer. Music Makes Community. 
 
 
If you are interested in joining in the Ukulele Zoom lessons, email Martha at Martha@graceepiscopallexington.org, and she will add you to the group. 
       
What Are Your Most Beloved Hymns?
If you want to share, write your name, the first line of the hymn, and perhaps the number if it is from the '82 Hymnal and, if you feel like it, a couple of sentences about why it is beloved. Of course you can offer more than one. Would be fun to add a page to the website with these. I hope we'll enjoy reading about the hymns and learning more about each other and how the Church's songs have formed us and our faith journeys. Maybe some of our artists will feel inspired to 
 
Front Porch Ministry
During this time of social distancing Grace has an important role to play in the support of our parishioners and community.
We are developing a Prayer, Telephone and Front Porch Ministry. If you are interested in checking in with 2 or 3 folks by telephone every other day or more
please contact   Sharon Massie 
We will assign you names of parishioners to contact.
 
  
Cake Walk sponsored by the ARC of Rockbridge Saturday, March 28 and the Habitat for Humanity Chili Cook-Off Sunday, March 29 have been POSTPONED.
   
Boys Home of Virginia Cottage Sponsorship
  • Support one cottage of 9 Boys for at least two years.
  • Recruit 4 volunteers from congregation to plan events and activities for the Boys. Cindy Robertson (house parent) thinks quarterly (4 times a year) will be plenty. Responsibilities: each volunteer would have 2 or 3 boys assigned to them and send them birthday cards, Christmas cards, letters, and any other communication that is available. Visits for lunch and chapel on Mondays would be possible. Volunteers would work with Cindy to schedule and attend the 4 activities during the year. An invitation for volunteers is being offered today in both services by Anne Grizzle, Boys Home Chaplain.
  • Financial: Generally $2500 per year; money used to replace furniture, bedding, etc. in the home. Boys Home is waiving the cost of the sponsorship this year since was not an anticipated item in the 2020 Christian Outreach Committee budget, and Boys Home places a high value on sponsors who develop personal relationships with the boys.
  • We will ask for snacks from the congregation to take to the cottage once a month.
  • Possible events or activities.
    • Ask Boys from cottage to come to Lexington for Sunday service and have a picnic after the service at home of Bonnie and David Gates. We would have to rent a 15-passenger van for any Sunday activity to transport the boys to Lexington.
    • Take people with careers in different professions to Boys Home to talk about their experiences.
    • Take a group of local High School students from our church to Boys Home for an afternoon of board games together.
    • Overnight Camp Out at David Gates property. Boys would bring tents and sleeping bags. Have food/pizza and drinks.
    • Visit Rockbridge High School or one of the colleges for a sports event or play or concert.
    • Invite them to attend a Young Life event with local high school students.
    • Participate in the Christmas Parade in Lexington where Boys Represent GRACE. Carrying Grace Episcopal Banner, boys could march with the announcement that Boys Home of VA was founded in 1906 by an Episcopalian Minister. Food following. Pizza? Subway?
    • Treating them to lunch or dinner at an affordable restaurant (Kentucky Fried Chicken)
    • Calling Pizza Hut in Covington and having Pizza delivered to the cottage.
  • Communication Loop: COC-COC Hands-On Outreach Subcommittee-Parish Volunteers -Cindy Robertson (house Mother of Cottage who lives in the cottage)
 
Contact one of the following if you are interested in knowing more about volunteering to participate in the Cottage Sponsorship at Boys Home of Virginia.  
 
Christian Outreach Committee Co-chairs
Anna Crockett: crockettaz@vmi.edu  
Frank Settle: fsettle@comcast.net 
 
Christian Outreach Committee Liaison to Boys Home Cottage Sponsorship
 
Boys Home of Virginia  SAMS Cottage Residents
 
(OH) adopted from Ethiopia. Plays Soccer, Loves to cook. Loves Ohio State football. 
(VA)Martinsville 11th Grade
(MD) Gaithersburg immigrant mother from Cameroon. (Has 3 brothers at Boys Home). 9th Grade Loves Basketball and soccer. 
(MT) adopted from Ethiopia. 8th Grade  Loves Soccer. 
(VA) Ruckersville 10th grade, Loves Basketball and Soccer. 
(OR) adopted from Ethiopia, 9th grade. Loves Soccer
(VA) Montross 8th Grade new to Cottage. Loves Basketball
(OH) adopted from the Ukraine. Has a brother at BH. Is a fetal alcohol child. Age 15, working academically on Elementary Level.  Loves riding bikes and baseball. 
(WV) Beckley 9th grade. Loves Kickboxing, Skiing. 
 
Donate to The Bishop's Dollar Fund 
The season of Lent offers each one of us an annual invitation to reflect on our blessings as members of the body of Christ. The movement to share out of our gratitude is one of the fruits of faithful reflection. Bishop Mark Bourlakas encourages generous support of The Bishop's Dollar
fund to continue to address a variety of needs throughout the diocese not otherwise covered through our annual budget. You can mail donations to the Diocesan Office (PO Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009)
or donate online at www.dioswva.org.  
     

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