Grace Episcopal Church 
Weekly Update
February 4, 2020
Sunday was a beautiful day to have an Annual Meeting that allowed us to celebrate and highlight the successes of this past year as well as say thank you and welcome to those individuals who have and will serve on Vestry.

If you have a chance, please take time to thank those individuals pictured on the left, Terry Ebright, Ed Hyer, Janet Honeycutt and Sheryl Masi (not pictured) for their faithful service these past few years. Their smiles do not accurately show how sad they are to be rotating off.

And welcome to our newest Vestry members pictured on the right! Lisa Wallmeyer and Alan Tucker have graciously accepted serving on Vestry for the next 3 years. Kate Sarfaty will be serving for one year as the Senior Warden. And Janet Honeycutt will be continuing with Vestry but in a new role as the Interim Treasurer.

Grace cannot move forward and continue to grow and serve this community without members willing to lead. Thank you to everyone! We look forward to a bright 2020.

If you would like to see the materials distributed at the meeting, copies will be available in the Narthax.
Ed Hyer, Past Junior Warden, presents the Golden Plunger to the 2020 Junior Warden, Martin Rodgers. Howard Smith, also a past Junior Warden, presents Martin with an official tshirt for his new role! Good luck Martin!
Sunday, February 16th at 9:45 am
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Join Laura Rodgers in the Parish Hall on Sunday the 16th for a discussion on the documentary "I Am" by director Tom Shadyac as he explores how individuals contribute to the thriving of communities. He asks two simple questions: W hat’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?  

The DVD is available in the church office to watch in the Parish Hall any day of the week. You may also rent the movie on Amazon. Or, you may check out his website to learn more:
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We are thrilled to be opening our YOUTH ROOM on Sunday the 16th! Youth are invited to come downstairs for donuts and hot chocolate. We will have a short discussion about how we can serve God and others as we strengthen one another in Christian fellowship.

Emily will be with our youth and all adults are invited to come and take a peek inside. Our youth room will be open after the 11 am service as well so please stop in and enjoy our new space.

We look forward to lots of fun activities and are excited to build this gathering space for our kids.
Click here of you would like to see Emily' s February 2nd Sermon 020220 Sermon

First Friday Muffin Ministry - Join Emily on Friday, February 7th at 9 am to bake and deliver muffins to members and friends as we spread love and care out into our community.

Emily's Schedule - Please note that Emily will be out of the office from February 10th - February 14th.

Directory - A new 2020 Directory will be available in the Parish Hall this weekend. You are invited to take a copy for your household.

GoochlandCares Shining Stars Campaign - Grace is proud to be a star supporter of the GoochlandCares Shining Stars Campaign. If you would like to learn more about how to support this very worthy organization, you can visit their website at

Community Prayer Service Servers - Are you interested in serving during worship but not certain if you want to start with Sundays? Maybe the Community Prayer Service is an option for you! This contemplative service takes place the second Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. We would like to develop worship teams to help with set up, chalicing, reading or providing a personal reflection. If you are interested in learning more, contact Emily at

Grace Church Supper Clubs - It's that time again! New groups are being formed. If you were a member last year, please sign up if you are interested in participating again because we will mix things up to get to know other members! If you didn't participate, what are you waiting for? We had a blast last year! A sign up sheet is posted in the Parish Hall. Questions or ideas? Contact Christie Evans @ 690-5171 or
Coffee Hour Sign Up
February 9 - Betsy Wright and Kate Sarfaty
February 16 - Mary Griffith
February 23

A sign up is on the Parish Hall bulletin board! Please consider helping with the Coffee Hour Ministry!
Looking Ahead
  • Wake Up with Grace - Every Wednesday at 8:30 am at Courthouse Market
  • Men's Group & Needlework Group - First and Third Thursday at 7:00 pm
  • First Friday Muffin Ministry - February 7th at 9 am
  • February Community Prayer Service - Saturday, February 8th at 5 pm
  • Rector's Forum & Youth Hot Chocolate Hour - Sunday, February 16th; 9:45 am
  • Election Prayer Service - Tuesday, February 18th at Noon
  • Food Pantry Sunday - Sunday, February 23rd
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper - February 25th at 5:30 pm
  • Ash Wednesday Service - February 26th at Noon

If you have an announcement, please email it to Cindy Harper at  by  Wednesday morning each week. 
This Sunday at a Glance
Rite II Worship Service - 9:00 am
Rite II Worship Service - 11:00 am
(nursery care provided at 11:00 am)

Lectionary Readings for Sunday February 9, 2020:
 Matthew 5:13-20
Isaiah 58:1-9a [9b-12]
Psalm 112:1-9 [10]
1 Corinthians 2:1-12 [13-16]