Grace Episcopal Church
Walking in the Way of Love
For the Week of September 6, 2020
Sunday, September 6
14th Sunday After Pentecost
(Please register if you are attending at 10:30 in person here)
We will worship in-person this Sunday. Please see this message from Fr. Tuck for more details. In-person attendance is limited to 41 households or individuals. Masks and social distancing required. Communion will be distributed in bread only.
Our services will also be offered online on Facebook Live
at 8 & 10:30
The Parish Office will be closed this Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.
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.
Fall Family Service Schedule
This fall we are offering additional services to support and engage our families. Any member of our parish and community are invited and welcomed to participate. Please invite a friend! We are asking that families to take an active role in planning and actively participate in each of these new services.
1st Sunday Holy Eucharist 10:30 am (Nave)
Shortened Inter-generational service with Fellowship lunch afterwards (After COVID)
2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays Family Morning Prayer 9:15 am (Nave)
Join us this fall on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays at 9:15 am for a 25 minute service as we journey with Moses, from his birth to the leading of the people of God to the Promised Land. We will practice Walking in the Way of Love by prayerful gathering, hearing and responding to God's Word and praying for the Church and the World
3rd Sunday Family Holy Eucharist 5 pm (Brooke Family Room / Undercroft)
followed by a meal (After COVID)
These devotions for all ages invite you to engage in the discipleship practice of Reading, Reflecting, and Responding to Scripture in the context of community.
Each devotion is written for a particular age group pairing, so you can have conversations with everyone, no matter where they're at in life. The Adult and Small Child pairing is designed for preschool students and younger; the Adult and Elementary pairing is for children in elementary (or grade) school; the Adult and Youth pairing is for youth in middle and high school; and the Adult and Adults pairing is for use with young adults and adults.
Making Front Porch Music is enjoying a surge these days. Uke Group-our ukulele choir will begin fall practices on Wednesday, Sept. 9. We have been meeting at 4pm. If you are 10 or many multiples of 10 years old, join us. We're playing and singing "Amazing Grace," "Come to the Table," and other songs for worship, as well as front porch favorites. We have room for beginners and welcome advanced players! Bring the family. And, if there's a better time, or if you are a beginner who wants one-on-one time, let me know! Uke Group: led by Martha Burford and Judy Schram
In the Book of Proverbs we are advised: "Trust in God with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding." This fall will be different for the choir, as we continue to sing, praise God, learn, and support each other. Our songs will be mostly recorded. Our virtual rehearsals (for the time being) will focus on skills: vocal technique, theory, sight reading, ear training, and will also offer some music history and theological delving into hymnody. Zoomtime will open at 7 on Thursdays with "checking in," followed by some focused work. Focused time will end around 8:00 and the zoom room will remain open for a while for those who wish to talk.Thursday, September 10 is fall start up for rehearsals.
October 10 Fundraiser for the Boys Home of Virginia:
Virtual Concert for the Boys Home of Virginia! #BoysHomeofVirginiaMusiciansWhoCare
Tickets will soon go on sale for the concert, which will premiere on Oct. 10 and be available for some time after. Over 25 musicians from Rockbridge to Alexandria to Richmond to Seattle to San Francisco to Jackson, Mississippi, to Los Angeles will offer music in this amazing concert! Names to be announced soon. Ticket prices will be tiered. ALL DONATIONS will benefit the Boys Home of Virginia. Stay tuned for more details. And, yes, we would love more musicians, so keep 'em coming!
Treasure Hunt for Hidden Talents: A second part to Oct. 10's Boys Home Fundraiser! #BoysHomeofVirginiaTHHT What Hidden Talents do you have? Juggling? Making beautiful flower arrangements? Tying a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue? Playing "Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star" on a saw or on water goblets? Practice up! More details next week!
Organ: You may notice on Sundays some new, not so wonderful sounds from the organ. Praise God for the years of service it has given for the glory of God. And, thanks be to God for its chance, soon, to retire, as we welcome a new Casavant!
Christian Education for Children and Youth will be the week of September 13
Watch for details!
Sacred Ground begins September 23
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.
The 10 part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. This is a race dialogue series designed for these times. It is an attempt to be responsive to the profound challenges that currently exist in our society. It is focused on the challenges that swirl around issues of race and racism, as well as the difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue we need to have with each other about them. It invites participants to walk back through history in order to peel away the layers that brought us to today, and to do so in a personal way, reflecting on family histories and stories, as well as important narratives that shape the collective American story.
Sacred Ground is a Becoming Beloved Community initiative of The Episcopal Church, a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society.
Grace Episcopal will offer this series starting September 23. If you are interested in joining this class please see the registration form above.
For more information about Sacred Ground please see
To the Missionary Congregation of Grace Episcopal Church, Lexington, Virginia
I thank God for you frequently, but particularly when the anniversary rolls around every September 3rd of the death in the year 2000 of the missionary Marc R. Nikkel. You of all the parishes in this country remember Marc the best by your yearly recollection.
Marc was raised Mennonite in the central valley of California and came into the ordained ministry through Bishop A. Heath Light of Southwestern Virginia, who met Marc already at work in 1981 as an artist and teacher in Sudan. Marc was ordained as deacon at Grace Memorial Church, Lynchburg and ordained as priest in the chapel of Bishop Gwynne College, Mundri, Sudan in 1987. Later that year Marc was abducted by the Sudanese Liberation Army and began to know firsthand the loss and suffering which millions of Sudanese have endured through seven decades of war.
Through Marc's letters sent from Sudan, his speaking and preaching in Southwestern Virginia and throughout the Episcopal Church in the United States and Canada, and his visit to the General Convention of 2000, many of us came to know and care about Sudan. Some of us came to share the palpable love Marc felt for the Jieng and other ethnic groups he lived with in Sudan. When considerable numbers of Sudanese unaccompanied minors from African refugee camps began arriving in American cities,many parishes, including St. James, Roanoke, and Grace, Lexington were prepared to open their doors and hearts.
Over the past seven years, the hope for a prosperous, religiously tolerant, and sovereign South Sudan has turned to ashes in the mouths of its citizens. The churches of South Sudan, including the strong Episcopal Church, have bravely labored to reconcile revenge seekers and to hold soldiers and elected officials to account. Friends of the now two Sudans have grown weary of helping - including the African Union; the governments of Norway, UK and the United States; and American companion dioceses linked to dioceses in the Sudans.
Grace Church has not grown weary. Grace Church has remembered
. On Labor Day weekend one year ago, Grace Church welcomed Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop of South Sudan, and members of the South Sudanese diaspora from around theU.S. to meet with you here in Lexington. One of those Diaspora leaders, Sara Cleto Rial, has recently returned home and assumed the office of governor of one of the ten states of South Sudan.Sarah embodies our hope for integrity in government.
When you pray for the one holy catholic church throughout the world, remember Sarah. Remember Archbishop Arama. In Christ, we belong to them. In Christ, they belong to us. I know you will remember Marc Nikkel, who belongs with the saints.
Richard J. Jones, September 3, 2020
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 topright hand side click on GIVE.
From the Sudan Mission Group
THANK YOU! WE ARE ALMOST THERE!
God is working in our parish! Many parishioners and members of the larger community, including a family from the South Sudanese community in Roanoke, responded to the virtual yard sale and made cash donations to send John, Mary and William from Tonj, South Sudan to school in Kenya next year.
Funds raised to date toward the goal of $3500:
Donations and virtual yard sale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $1,357.75
Christian Outreach Committee grant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,500.00
Remaining to reach our goal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. ...... $ 642.25
Since 2003, we have recognized annually the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Marc Nikkel, a missionary priest and teacher from this diocese, who brought us to know and care about our brothers and sisters in the Sudan of the late 20th century. Traditionally, we have had Sudanese and South Sudanese visitors here to worship and to share a meal, but this year's health crisis prevents such a celebration.
However, September 3rd is the 20th anniversary of the Rev. Nikkel's death. We can still honor him by completing our goal to further the schooling of John, Mary and William. You can make a cash donation in two ways: Send a check to Grace Episcopal Church with "South Sudanese students"in the memo line, or donate on line by selecting "Alta Fowler-Sudan Outreach"from the drop-down menu on the church website athttps://www.graceepiscopallexington.org/give/
Help us get to the finish line by Sunday, September 18!
Thank you again!-
MJ Mayerchak for the Sudan Mission Group
Habitat for Humanity is in need of Volunteers
The Rockbridge Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to finish several important construction projects. If you or someone you know is able to dedicate a few hours a week to work with Habitat, please contact Leo Decanini, the person in charge of construction, at (571) 259-3145 (call or text).
Writers needed for the Rockbridge Memoir Project
Have you been wishing to record your personal or family history? The VMI English Department is extending an invitation to Rockbridge community residents to participate in their annual Rockbridge Memoir Project, offered as a free, 6 week course on Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45AM starting Sept 15. No experience writing your memoirs required! Participants will partner with cadet students in live, online classroom setting on Zoom to learn and share memoir craft, culminating in a live podcast of memoir readings. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Stephanie Hodde, Assistant Professor of English at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone, 540-460-4225 (cell).
A Message from Rockbridge Christmas Baskets
With temperatures in the 90's, Christmas may seem far off, but the folks at
Rockbridge Christmas Baskets are already hard at work. This year poses an enormous challenge for this wonderful, community-based organization that has been delivering food and toys to families in need every Christmas for 75 years. They are getting early - but strong - indications that demand for the food and toys they deliver will be UP while the donations they so greatly rely on will be DOWN.
If you are able to give to this worthy organization, you are almost certain to land on Santa's Good List. So click on the link below and help RCB fulfill its mission to ensure that no one in our community goes without during this holiday season.
Birthdays for the weeks of September 6 and 13
Sue Ann Huger (9/6), Susan Cross (9/7), Delea Bowerfind (9/8), Marlys Craun (9/9), Henry Eichelberger (9/9), Ham Smith (9/11), Mary Etta Randolph (9/11), John Dinkel (9/12) Tuck Bowerfind (9/16), Judy Hotchkiss (9/18), Peter Fyfe (9/19), Julia Littlefield (9/19), Nanalou Sauder (9/19), Frank Settle (9/19), Keith Gibson (9/20), Chris Howison (9/21), Barbara Luton (9/21), Ann Nay (9/22), Elizabeth Oliver (9/22)