Grace Episcopal Church 
Weekly Update
March 17, 2020

At the Vestry meeting in February, Vestry brainstormed our theme for 2020. The theme agreed upon is Nurture.

The word nurture means to care and encourage the growth or development of someone or something. No one could have imagined last month how appropriate this theme would be NOW!

Times feel crazy. There is uncertainty, fear and confusion. People are grieving for all sorts of disappointments from lost travel, income, graduations, celebrations, holidays...and these are just a few examples.

So what do we do as a faith-filled and faithful community? We focus on our theme for the year - Nurture!

What needs nurturing the most right now? Certainly, we need to be nurturing our souls, but we also need to make sure we are actively trying to nurture one another. In this time of social distancing, it is easy to get isolated. Maybe you can start by finding an uplifting and inspirational book to read. Maybe you pick up the phone and call a neighbor, family member or Grace member. Maybe you go outside for a walk or start preparing to plant a spring garden. Maybe you safely deliver a meal to someone who is shut in or cut off.

I would like to also say that if you need to call me, I am available for you. I will be speaking with other clergy and the Bishop once a week to brainstorm how to continue church remotely. There are many great ideas emerging, and we look forward to connecting in new and meaningful ways.

Until we are together again, remember we are and will remain connected thru the Holy Spirit.

Peace and Blessings to each of you.

Click here to see Emily's March 15th Sermon 031520 Sermon

On Friday, we provided a Faith at Home Resource Enews. In the event you haven't had a chance to check it out, here it is again Resources.

Office Hours - We are open! Emily and Cindy are in the office (and using appropriate social distancing), but on a flexible schedule. At minimum, someone will be in the office Tuesday, Thursday and half day on Fridays. Otherwise, please call Emily directly if you have a pastoral care emergency.

Use of Building - In following the Diocesan and National guidelines concerning COVID 19, no community group will be allowed to use the Parish Hall EXCEPT food ministries (ie: Meals on Wheels) and recovery groups. We will keep you updated when these guidelines change.

Vestry Meeting - The Vestry meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30 pm is still on. We will be meeting virtually using Zoom.

Easter Baskets - As you know, we have been advertising that Grace will be working in conjunction with GoochlandCares Food Pantry to provide Easter baskets for their clients this year. For those who have bought items for a basket but had yet to bring them to church, you are welcome to drop them off on the steps to the kitchen and let Cindy know so she can bring it inside. Reminder that the deadline is Palm Sunday

Lenten Lunch Series – Join us virtually on Thursday, March 19th at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm for our Lenten Lunch Series titles “Life Transformed – The Way of Love in Lent”. To participate, please click the provided link and enter the information below (this works best with the Chrome browser).

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 415 297 984
Password: 375920

Thank You! - Many thanks to the Men's Group for helping this past Saturday to clean up Fairground Road and for caring about our community!

ECW Yard Sale - The ECW Yard Sale originally scheduled for March 28th has been postponed. We will let you know asap when a new date is set.
This Sunday at a Glance

*T here will not be worship services this weekend as instructed by the Diocese.
Check out the National Cathedral or St. James's Richmond online streaming options if you are interested in a live program. We will be sending Grace's bulletin along with the sermon to you via email on Sunday morning.

Lectionary Readings for Sunday March 22, 2020:
John 9:1-41
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14