Grace Notes - September 8, 2019

Announcements

September Mission
Boys Home

For 104 years, Boys Home has been providing residential care and education for boys ages 6 to 18 who are socially and economically disadvantaged. No child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. It takes over $500.00 PER CHILD to provide these young men with clothes, underwear, shoes, and school supplies for the year. By Providing residential education, the Boys Home continues to focus on socially and economically disadvantaged young men aged 6 to 18. They operate with 97% private funds, so your donations are important.

Lectionary Lunch—will resume on Thursday, September 12 at 12:00.

The annual parish picnic will be on September 15 after the 10:30 service at Bisset Park's pavilion 2. Hot dogs, hamburgers and buns will be provided. Please bring a dish to share. There will be a signup sheet in the Parish Hall for side dishes.

Adult Forum this Fall will meet
Sept. 8th through Dec. 15th.

1st Sunday WL:JG
2nd Contemplative Prayer
3rd Episcopal 101
4th & 5th No Adult Forum


Preparing for Next Sunday

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Psalm 14
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Luke 15:1-10

Sobering words of judgment are heard in next week’s lesson from Jeremiah, with its vivid depiction of the devastating, chaos, and gloom that result from invading armies. An equally gloomy view of humankind is also presented in Psalm 14, although it holds out hope for the poor and oppressed. In the epistolary reading from 1 Timothy, the first of a cycle of semicontinuous readings from First and Second Timothy over the next six weeks, we hear Paul reminiscing about the mistakes of his past and his experience of divine mercy. The parables from Luke of the lost sheep and the lost coin - both emphasizing the rejoicing that occurs when sinners repent - serve as the Gospel lesson for this 14th Sunday after Pentecost.


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace Sept. 15, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
CHURCH PICNIC

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Serving Grace Sept. 8, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Dick Harshberger(10:30a)

Counters
Sherri Carper and Kristi McCraw

Coffee Hour
PHank and Louise Johnson

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Announcements

September Mission
Boys Home

For 104 years, Boys Home has been providing residential care and education for boys ages 6 to 18 who are socially and economically disadvantaged. No child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. It takes over $500.00 PER CHILD to provide these young men with clothes, underwear, shoes, and school supplies for the year. By Providing residential education, the Boys Home continues to focus on socially and economically disadvantaged young men aged 6 to 18. They operate with 97% private funds, so your donations are important.

There will be a Parish Meeting at 12:00 on Sunday September 8 to discuss the continuation of Grace Rooms and Red Door campus ministry. Please make every effort to attend.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M)—The plan is to visit in November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Vestry will meet Tuesday, September 3 at 6:00

Lectionary Lunch—will resume on Thursday, September 12 at 12:00.

Piano Concert—Mason will be performing a piano concert at Grace on September 6th at 6:30 to benefit Red Door Ministry. A Reception will follow the event. So Beth Gaspard if you wish to help with the reception.

Adult Forum this Fall will meet
Sept. 8th through Dec. 15th.

1st Sunday WL:JG
2nd Contemplative Prayer
3rd Episcopal 101
4th Bible Study

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Preparing for Next Sunday

Jeremiah 18:1-11
Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17
Philemon 1-21
Luke 14:25-33

 
In the Old Testament reading for next week, the message of the Lord to Jeremiah at the potter's house sets out the alternatives for Israel; obedience and salvation or disobedience and judgment. The selections from Psalm 139 respond by reminding us of God's intimate knowledge of us. Paul's brief but moving letter to Philemon exposes the tensions created when social relationships are redefined by the demands of the Gospel. In the cluster of Jesus' sayings collected by Luke in the Gospel text, the cost of discipleship and the need to calculate that cost thoughtfully are addressed.


Vestry Minutes
August 5, 2019

Shepherd Report

  • The mission for July and August is Red Door Campus Ministry

Treasurer's Report

  • The 2018 internal audit has been completed and approved by vestry

  • Bruce Cunningham is training Samantha on improved book keeping methods

Jr. Warden's Report

  • On August 3 Grace held a successful outdoor work day.

  • 2 new signs have been ordered for the front of the church.

  • Mark Carper is getting estimates for AC repair in the Vest building amd leaky toilets in the Bullard Room bathrooms.

  • Mark continues to work on a to-do list if small repairs around the buildings and grounds.

Rector's Report

  • Kathy is forming a committee to generate ideas for the management of garden maintenance and a child friendly "garden" to replace the playground

  • A meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 to discuss Grace's continuing commitment to Grace Rooms and Red Door


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace Sept. 1, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bette Wright

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Serving Grace Sept. 8, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Dick Harshberger(10:30a)

Counters
Sherri Carper and Kristi McCraw

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

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Grace Notes - August 25, 2019

Announcements

August Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The mission for July and August will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

There will be a Parish Meeting at 12:00 on Sunday, September 8 to discuss the continuation of Grace Rooms and Red Door campus ministry. Please make every effort to attend.


Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M)—The plan is to visit in November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Lectionary Lunch—will resume on Thursday, September 5 at 12:00.

Piano Concert—Mason will be performing a piano concert at Grace on September 6th at 6:30 to benefit Red Door Ministry. A Reception will follow the event.

Adult Forum this Fall
9:15-10:15 on Sundays

1st Sundays - WL:JG
2nd Sundays - Confirmation
3rd Sundays - Listening Group
4th Sundays - Deacon's Hour.


Preparing for Next Sunday

Jeremiah 2:4-13
Psalm 81:1, 10-16
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14
 

Next week’s Old Testament lesson presents us with a prophetic oracle taking Israel to task for its infidelity and ambivalent loyalty to Yahweh. The theme of Israel’s stubborn resistance is continued in the response of Psalm 81. The final epistolary reading from Hebrews consists of miscellaneous exhortations that spell out the obligations of responsible discipleship. The ways our attitudes about ourselves and others surface in the context of dining are seen in Jesus’ teachings from the Gospel reading from Luke.
 


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace Sept. 2, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bette Wright

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Serving Grace August 25, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Lee Slusher (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
TBD

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand


Vestry Minutes
August 5, 2019

Shepherd Report

  • The mission for July and August is Red Door Campus Ministry

Treasurer's Report

  • The 2018 internal audit has been completed and approved by vestry

  • Bruce Cunningham is training Samantha on improved book keeping methods

Jr. Warden's Report

  • On August 3 Grace held a successful outdoor work day.

  • 2 new signs have been ordered for the front of the church.

  • Mark Carper is getting estimates for AC repair in the Vest building amd leaky toilets in the Bullard Room bathrooms.

  • Mark continues to work on a to-do list if small repairs around the buildings and grounds.

Rector's Report

  • Kathy is forming a committee to generate ideas for the management of garden maintenance and a child friendly "garden" to replace the playground

  • A meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 to discuss Grace's continuing commitment to Grace Rooms and Red Door

Grace Notes - August 18 , 2019

Announcements

August Mission

Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The mission for July and August will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

Thanks to those who helped with the event at Bisset Park Saturday. 

There will be a Parish Meeting at 11:00 on Sunday September 8 to discuss the continuation of Grace Rooms and Red Door campus ministry.  Please make every effort to attend.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M)—The plan is to visit in November.  Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you?  Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry?  Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu  540-553-5846). 

Lectionary Lunch—will resume on Thursday, September 5 at 12:00.

Adult Forum this Fall

9:15-10:15 on Sundays

1st Sundays - WL:JG 

2nd Sundays - Conformation

3rd Sundays - Listening Group

4th Sundays - Deacon's Hour.

 

Preparing for Next Sunday

Jeremiah 1:4-10

Psalm 71:1-6

Hebrews 12:18-29

Luke 13:10-17

Next week’s Old Testament reading begins a nine-week cycle of readings from Jeremiah. The first selection is the account of the prophet’s call and commission. Given the challenge Yahweh set before Jeremiah, welcome reassurance is given in Psalm 71, which expresses confidence in Yahweh’s ability to provide assistance and stability in times of trouble. Sinai and Zion provide the reflective images of the epistolary text from Hebrew’s which invites us to join the pilgrimage that ultimately leads to the heavenly Jerusalem. In the Gospel reading, Jesus’ healing of a crippled woman serves as the occasion for exposing the hypocrisy of biblical interpretation that insists on literal observance at the expense of human need.

Weekly Roles

Please contact the Parish Office if you are able to fill in for Coffee Hour on August 25. Thank you!

Serving Grace August 25, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Lee Slusher (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
TBD

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

Serving Grace August 18, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs(8a)
Ann Walker (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Jack and Traci Brockway

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

Grace Notes - Sunday, August 11, 2019

Rector's Corner

A Racial Justice Event is coming to Radford August 17th.

This year is the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown.  Organizations throughout the country are calling for all Americans to commemorate this history.  One such organization, 400 Years Of Inequality is “calling on families, organizations, neighborhoods and cities to observe the anniversary by telling their stories of oppression and resistance.” The Episcopal Church is calling for lament.

Working with the Diocese of Virginia, our diocese has developed a series of events from Jamestown to Abingdon that follows the “Slavery Trail of Tears.” This is thought to follow such roads as Route 11 which were once trails used by pioneers and later by the slave trade taking slaves, usually by foot, through Virginia and on to the deep south to be resold.

Regional collaboration between the Diocese of Southwestern VA, Virginia Theological Seminary, and many community partners along the way has created a pilgrimage of gatherings for lament at sites which have stories along this trail. Radford is one of half a dozen such sites.

I have learned of two significant stories from this history. One is that when slaves (and this would have been a hundred years or more later) were brought through our region, some, in the absence of large enough ferries, were forced to cross the New River by wading or swimming. Some while shackled to each other.

Another more uplifting story is that the New River community, across the river from Radford, was an integrated community prior to emancipation in 1863. It consisted of freed Blacks and White share croppers who lived and worked side by side as a community. Some say that Radford remained less segregated than other southern towns because of this history.

Come to Bisset Park on Saturday, August 17th from 3:30 to 3:45 and hear Dr. Wornie Reed tell us more about this history and join in song, prayer and a litany of lament to commemorate this distressing part of our history. We are in collaboration with First Baptist Church, Rock Road as co-hosts of this leg of the pilgrimage. It is a great opportunity to join with our local African American brothers and sisters in prayer and friendship.

Peace and blessings,

Kathy+


Announcements

August Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The mission for July and August will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.


Volunteers are needed for the Racial Justice event at Bisset park on Saturday Aug 17th: Meet at the church at 2:00 to help load the black folding chairs into a truck and/or at the Gazebo at the park to set up chairs at 2:30. We also will need to break down and return the chairs after the event. See Jennifer Hand or Bob Himmel for more information.


Becoming the Beloved Community Pilgrimage at Bisset Park August 17 starting at 3:30—Dr. Wornie Reed of Virginia Tech will be speaking

There will be a Parish Meeting at 11:00 on Sunday September 8 to discuss the continuation of Grace Rooms and Red Door campus ministry. Please make every effort to attend.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M)—The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Adult Forum this Fall
9:15-10:15 on Sundays

First Sunday: Way of Love Joining God
Second Sunday: Deacon’s Hour
Third Sunday: “Episcopal 101” (Conformation)
Fourth Sunday: Bible Study


Preparing for Next Sunday
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:1-2, 8-18
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Isaiah's famous parable of the vineyard, whose message of judgment is couched in memorable poetic form, serves as the Old Testament reading for next week. The image of Israel as a vine, once flourishing but now ravaged, is elaborated in the verses selected from Psalm 80. In the epistolary reading from Hebrews, exemplars of faith from Israel's later history are presented as forerunners to Christ, the chief exemplar of faithful obedience. Some sharp-edged sayings of Jesus concerning judgment are found in the Gospel reading from Luke. In what ways do you relate to these themes of judgment, exemplars of faith and the metaphor of the grape vine?


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace August 18, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs(8a)
Ann Walker (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Jack and Traci Brockway

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

Serving Grace August 11, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Jim and Lee Slusher

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand

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Grace Notes - July 28, 2019

Grace Notes - July 28, 2019

Announcements

July Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The monthly mission for July will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

Becoming the Beloved Community Pilgrimage at Bisset Park August 17 starting at 3:30—Dr. Wornie Reed, Professor, Sociology and Africana Studies, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center, Virginia Tech will be speaking.

August Kids—August Kids will be held on Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00a-12:00p and 4:00p-6:00p at Central United Methodist Church. Income eligible Radford families may participate. Letters and applications will NOT be mailed this year. Applicants will need to attend the screening process. For your application please provide a photo ID, proof of address, social security card or birth certificate for each child, proof of financial eligibility.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Coats for Kids is Seeking Donations—Gently-used coats, jackets, and sweatshirts will find a good home when donated to the annual Coats for Kids drive sponsored by the Radford Clothing Bank. Coats for Kids provides in-good-condition winter wear for school children (pre-school through high school) throughout the New River Valley. The items are cleaned free of charge by Cook's Clean Center. Please bring donations to the Radford Clothing Bank either during hours of operation or by leaving in the donation box outside the door. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Thurs-Fri-Sat and 4:00-6:00 pm Thurs). Donations are appreciated from now through August 1.The coats will be distributed in early October at the Clothing Bank.


 Preparing for Next Sunday
Hosea 11:1-11
Psalm 107:1-9, 43
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12:13-21
 
In next week's Old Testament reading from Hosea we have the well-known and quite moving portrait of Yahweh, the ever-patient father, attempting to raise the recalcitrant child Israel. It is a poignant scene as Yahweh withholds his anger and extends compassion to Israel. A similarly moving portrait of the steadfast love of God is sketched in Psalm 107, a psalm of thanksgiving. Our epistolary reading for next Sunday from Colossians sketches a profile of behavior that results from our union with Christ. Expectations for a morally responsible life are set forth quite clearly. The gospel lesson contains Jesus' parable of the rich man whose fields produced abundantly but whose life was focused only on accumulating more. What themes do you find in these readings?


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace July 28, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Michael Cluver (8a)
Dick Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bruce and Bonnie Cunningham

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Jonhston

Serving Grace August 4, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon(10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger(10:30a)

Counters
Sherri Carper and Kristi McCraw

Coffee Hour
Dennis and Margaret Galecki

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Beth Gaspard, and Jennifer Hand


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Grace Notes - July 14, 2019

Grace Notes - July 14, 2019

Announcements

July Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The monthly mission for July will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

Becoming the Beloved Community Pilgrimage at Bisset Park August 17 starting at 3:30—Dr. Wornie Reed, Professor, Sociology and Africana Studies, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center, Virginia Tech will be speaking.

August Kids—August Kids will be held on Tuesday, July 30th from 10:00a-12:00p and 4:00p-6:00p at Central United Methodist Church. Income eligible Radford families may participate. Letters and applications will NOT be mailed this year. Applicants will need to attend the screening process. For your application please provide a photo ID, proof of address, social security card or birth certificate for each child, proof of financial eligibility.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Coats for Kids is Seeking Donations—Gently-used coats, jackets, and sweatshirts will find a good home when donated to the annual Coats for Kids drive sponsored by the Radford Clothing Bank. Coats for Kids provides in-good-condition winter wear for school children (pre-school through high school) throughout the New River Valley. The items are cleaned free of charge by Cook's Clean Center. Please bring donations to the Radford Clothing Bank either during hours of operation or by leaving in the donation box outside the door. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Thurs-Fri-Sat and 4:00-6:00 pm Thurs). Donations are appreciated from now through August 1.The coats will be distributed in early October at the Clothing Bank.


Preparing for Next Sunday

Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 52
Colossians 1:15-28
Luke 10:38-42

Amos’s vision of the basket of summer fruit, the prophet’s accusations against Israel’s oppression of the poor and needy, and the threat of a coming day of divine judgment constitute the Old Testament reading for next week. Threatening notes are also sounded in the Psalm, as lying, plotting to do evil, and a devouring spirit are assailed. The magnificent christological hymn, with its bold claims about Christ’s role in creation and unique relationship with God, dominates the epistolary reading. Even so, the latter part of this passage from Colossians spells out some of the implications of Christ’s reconciling work. In the Gospel reading, Jesus commends Mary for her concentration and devotion and chides Martha for being distracted by the insignificant tasks of life.  Here’s your challenge: consider all of the good faith and good works in these readings. 


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace July 14, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Mark and Sherri Carper

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace July 21, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Ann and Tim Walker

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston


Vacation Bible School 2019

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Grace Notes - July 7, 2019

Grace Notes - July 7, 2019

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Announcements

July Mission
Red Door Campus Ministry

Red Door Ministry is our Campus Ministry at Radford University. The monthly mission for July will be to help with additional support beyond what is provided by the Diocesan Higher Education Committee to continue its missional work among the collegiate community at Radford.

Donations received this month will go toward covering the costs of food items not otherwise provided on regular Monday Night meetings, outreach events, gifts given during finals week, and student attendance at retreats and work weekends at ministries like Boys Home and Grace House. This funding will also support other campus groups like UKirk.

Vestry will meet Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00

The Way of Love: Joining God group meets on Sunday, July 7 at 9:15 in the Vestry Conference Room.

The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30.


Becoming the Beloved Community Pilgrimage at Bisset Park August 17 starting at 3:30—Dr. Wornie Reed, Professor, Sociology and Africana Studies, Director, Race and Social Policy Research Center, Virginia Tech will be speaking.

Vacation Bible School July 7 -10--Volunteers are needed to lead Bible Story Time each night. We also need help with meal prep on Tuesday, July 8. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Coats for Kids is Seeking Donations—Gently-used coats, jackets, and sweatshirts will find a good home when donated to the annual Coats for Kids drive sponsored by the Radford Clothing Bank. Coats for Kids provides in-good-condition winter wear for school children (pre-school through high school) throughout the New River Valley. The items are cleaned free of charge by Cook's Clean Center. Please bring donations to the Radford Clothing Bank either during hours of operation or by leaving in the donation box outside the door. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Thurs-Fri-Sat and 4:00-6:00 pm Thurs). Donations are appreciated from now through August 1.The coats will be distributed in early October at the Clothing Bank.


 Preparing for Next Sunday
Amos 7:7-17
Psalm 82
Colossians 1:1-14
Luke 10:25-37

The prophet Amos tells of a conversation with the Lord when the Lord called him and said, "See, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I will never again pass them by.” Amos tried to get out of being called to prophesy but couldn’t. In Paul’s letter to the Colossians we hear Paul also calling and sending them, asking them through a life of prayer to “lead lives worthy of the Lord.” From Luke’s Gospel we hear the parable of the Good Samaritan in answer to the question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  What other themes do you find in these readings?


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace July 14, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon(10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Mark and Sherri Carper

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace July 7, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Lee Slusher (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Sandy Wright

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston


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Grace Notes - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Grace Notes - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Announcements

June Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread (RFDB) provides meals at no cost for people in need in Radford and Fairlawn, VA through a dining room that’s open from 11am to 12:15pm and a Meals on Wheels program that brings food right to peoples’ front doors.

This month, Grace Church will be collecting monetary donations for Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread to help with the costs of running the nonprofit. Please use the blue envelopes in the pews when you make a donation.

The Way of Love: Joining God group meets on Sunday, July 7 at 9:15 in the Vestry Conference Room.
The Finance Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30.

Rolling Lament Coming to Bisset Park August 17—Becoming the Beloved Community PilgrimageThe Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southwestern Virginia are hosting a “rolling lament” through the state of Virginia along Route 11 on August 17 marking 400 years since enslaved Africans first landed in North America at Jamestown. The event will begin in Jamestown and Christian services will be held in each of these cities in a one day pilgrimage. Radford will be one of several participating cities including Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and churches in Charlottesville, Richmond, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke and Abingdon. Efforts will be made to include African American and White members of various local churches to plan and participate in the event together. The event will present the history of Route 11 as a “trail of tears” informing participants of historical facts like that the original Route 11 was used to transport slaves through Virginia and on to the deep south. Radford has been invited to participate because of stories of difficulty slave caravans had crossing the New River at this site.

Vacation Bible School July 7 -10--Volunteers are needed to lead Bible Story Time each night. We also need help with meal prep on Tuesday, July 8. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).

Coats for Kids is Seeking Donations—Gently-used coats, jackets, and sweatshirts will find a good home when donated to the annual Coats for Kids drive sponsored by the Radford Clothing Bank. Coats for Kids provides in-good-condition winter wear for school children (pre-school through high school) throughout the New River Valley. The items are cleaned free of charge by Cook's Clean Center. Please bring donations to the Radford Clothing Bank either during hours of operation or by leaving in the donation box outside the door. (10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon Thurs-Fri-Sat and 4:00-6:00 pm Thurs). Donations are appreciated from now through August 1.The coats will be distributed in early October at the Clothing Bank.


Preparing for Next Sunday

2 Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 30
Galatians 6:1-16
Luke 10:1-11, 16-20
 
The deceptively simple story of Elisha’s healing of Naaman the leper serves as next week’s Old Testament reading. Quite fittingly, Psalm 30 praises the God who heals and delivers from death. Various moral exhortations comprise the epistolary reading from Paul’s concluding chapter of his epistle to the Galatians. The Gospel text is the account from St. Luke of Jesus’ commissioning of the seventy and their triumphant return. What other themes come to mind for you among these themes of healing, virtue and evangelism?


Weekly Roles

Serving Grace July 7, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Lee Slusher (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Sandy Wright

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace June 30, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Ann Walker(10:30a)

Counters
Kristi McCraw and Sherri Carper

Coffee Hour
Matt and Joan Sutphin

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

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Grace Notes - June 23, 2019

Grace Notes - June 23, 2019

Announcements

June Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread (RFDB) provides meals at no cost for people in need in Radford and Fairlawn, VA through a dining room that’s open from 11am to 12:15pm and a Meals on Wheels program that brings food right to peoples’ front doors.

This month, Grace Church will be collecting monetary donations for Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread to help with the costs of running the nonprofit. Please use the blue envelopes in the pews when you make a donation.

Rolling Lament Coming to Bisset Park August 17—Becoming the Beloved Community PilgrimageThe Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southwestern Virginia are hosting a “rolling lament” through the state of Virginia along Route 11 on August 17 marking 400 years since enslaved Africans first landed in North America at Jamestown. The event will begin in Jamestown and Christian services will be held in each of these cities in a one day pilgrimage. Radford will be one of several participating cities including Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and churches in Charlottesville, Richmond, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke and Abingdon. Efforts will be made to include African American and White members of various local churches to plan and participate in the event together. The event will present the history of Route 11 as a “trail of tears” informing participants of historical facts like that the original Route 11 was used to transport slaves through Virginia and on to the deep south. Radford has been invited to participate because of stories of difficulty slave caravans had crossing the New River at this site.

Vacation Bible School July 7 -10--Volunteers are needed to lead Bible Story Time each night. We also need help with meal prep on Tuesday, July 8. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu 540-553-5846).


Preparing for Next Sunday

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

Rev. Kathy is challenging us this summer to study the scriptures for the following Sunday each week. Consider the themes in the readings for June 30: Loyalty; Faith working through love; Being guided by the Spirit; Prioritizing the Gospel and Trusting in Jesus. Read, study and inwardly digest these readings through prayer and contemplation prior to next Sunday. Hopefully this will enhance the weekly sermon for both the congregation and the preacher and strengthen our community in ministry. Here's a web site for more study:
http://montreal.anglican.org


Serving Grace June 23, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Kristi McCraw(10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Robert and Carol Asbury

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

Serving Grace June 30, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Ann Walker(10:30a)

Counters
Kristi McCraw and Sherri Carper

Coffee Hour
Matt and Joan Sutphin

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

Red Door Campus Ministry

Summer is in full swing. Schools are out. The streets near Radford University are clear and unencumbered. One can visit their favorite eatery on Tyler Avenue or shop downtown with ease. The movie theaters are not standing room only and all in all a calm if over the city of Radford. As I write this from the RedDoor house, it is too quiet. There is no laughter. No music being played on guitar, violin, or ukulele; no songs sung. No questions. No epiphany. No tears. It is summer.

This is when traditionally churches slow down during the summer.  Attendance will sometimes take a dip, as does giving, as people get to take a break from their jobs and the stresses of life and go on vacation. My family and I went on vacation recently. Our first vacation in two years, and it was wonderful. Some in ministry call this summer ‘slow down,’ the summer slump.

The summer should not be a time to slump. Rather, this an opportune time, especially in collegiate ministry, to plan and prepare for the upcoming university year!  If one would wait until school was starting back, it would be nearly impossible to build or maintain any momentum. RedDoor house may be quiet, with the rustling of the flags out front marking her as the gateway to the university, but she it far from being still.

There has already been one round of quest, a fair for incoming freshman, and RedDoor was serving at the tables and already we have contacts for the coming year.  There is another round of quest coming up and we will be there as well; excited to encounter incoming freshmen and their families.

We are keeping in touch with our current students through a weekly midweek devotion to ‘check in’ with them, to encourage and challenge them and to let them know that we are here for them and their needs, spiritual or otherwise that they may have. And they are remaining in contact with us as well. Some are sharing their excitement for the coming semester; and to have a safe space where they can be who God has created them to be. A safe space to grow, learn, build community and discover. And the community is growing.

RedDoor is excited about the shared ministry direction of the collegiate ministry as well. RedDoor with the support of Grace Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church, and Unity Church of Radford are combining resources and congregational lay leaders and volunteers to impact the campus at Radford University and the surrounding area in a way not previously possible. This is the result of years of faithful service, sacrifice, obedience, and prayer. I personally want to thank you as you have helped to make this shared ministry possible.

There are plans to meet the students with some very real needs in simple and yet effective ways this first semester. From cookouts for the student lead team just prior to classes to facilitating feeding over 150 students breakfast the first week of classes for just $40! Being a shared ministry, the cost would be deferred to just $10 per supporting church. The shared ministry does not just need financial resources either as we need hands and feet involved with the students and the ministry this first semester. This is a most exciting time for RedDoor at Radford University. There is more that I could share.  I will save some of that for later!

As you can see, I am very excited for the coming scholastic year and I am honored and humbled to serve. To see this happen, we need the support of the church and the willingness to serve and work with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. This can be the most exciting year of collegiate ministry that we have experienced. It is all up to what are we each willing to do to take that first step out of our comfort zone to impact an emerging generation that will impact the world.

I invite you to join me on this most exciting and humbling journey,

Pastor Roger Cook


#RedDoor

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Grace Notes - June 16, 2019

Grace Notes - June 16, 2019

Announcements

June Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread 

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread (RFDB) provides meals at no cost for people in need in Radford and Fairlawn, VA through a dining room that’s open from 11am to 12:15pm and a Meals on Wheels program that brings food right to peoples’ front doors.
 
This month, Grace Church will be collecting monetary donations for Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread to help with the costs of running the nonprofit. Please use the blue envelopes in the pews when you make a donation.
 
Rolling Lament Coming to Bisset Park August 17—Becoming the Beloved Community PilgrimageThe Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southwestern Virginia are hosting a “rolling lament” through the state of Virginia along Route 11 on August 17 marking 400 years since enslaved Africans first landed in North America at Jamestown. The event will begin in Jamestown and Christian services will be held in each of these cities in a one day pilgrimage.  Radford will be one of several participating cities including Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and churches in Charlottesville, Richmond, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke and Abingdon.  Efforts will be made to include African American and White members of various local churches to plan and participate in the event together.  The event will present the history of Route 11 as a “trail of tears” informing participants of historical facts like that the original Route 11 was used to transport slaves through Virginia and on to the deep south.  Radford has been invited to participate because of stories of difficulty slave caravans had crossing the New River at this site.
 
Vacation Bible School July 7 -10--Volunteers are needed to lead Bible Story Time each night. We also need help with meal prep on Tuesday, July 8. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall. 

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M).  The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti.  For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M  was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies.  For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them.  Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November.  Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you?  Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry?  Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( greenej@vt.edu  540-553-5846).

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace June 23, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Kristi McCraw(10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Robert and Carol Asbury

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan
 

Celebrating Our 2019 Graduates

Serving Grace June 16, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberge (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

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Thor Sproule

Thor graduated with honors from Radford High School.  He was a 4-year letterman in basketball, winning 3 state championships, and a 3-year letter-man and goalie for the soccer team.  He was recently named "First Team, All-District" in soccer.    He also participated in the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he received the DAR Good Citizen Award and 4909 Basketball Honorarium from Radford High School. Thor plans to attend the College of William & Mary and possibly study "Engineering Physics and Applied Design" and/or environmental studies.
 

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John William Bethea

John William Bethea is an avid athlete and participated in High School Indoor & Outdoor Track, Football and Baseball.  He lettered all 4 years and was honored to win both District and Regions in outdoor track in the 400 his senior year.  He has always been a loyal friend, son and his faith in God has provided guidance in overcoming many obstacles.  His journey will continue as he will be attending New River Community College with plans to transfer to a 4 year institution.
 

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Jesse Shelor

 Jesse graduated from Auburn High School where he played football and soccer and ran and jumped for indoor and outdoor track.  He was all-state in indoor track, placing 2nd in high jump.  Jesse was captain of the soccer team and selected 1st team all state.  Jesse was a member of the Beta Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
 
Jesse plans to attend Marshall University in Huntington, WV and major in Mechanical Engineering.

       June Mission Radford Food Pantry     Grace’s monthly mission is the Radford Pantry. This service provides lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years. They prepare and serve lunch to between 50 to 70 people weekly. The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.   Donations of the following are appreciated:     Canned beans of any kind     Boxed mashed potatoes    Spaghetti noodles     Macaroni noodles     Spaghetti sauce     Paper towels    A monetary gift would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry. Please consider volunteering, contact Bette Wright for more details.     Parish Office —The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays this summer. Please send in any announcements for Grace Notes and the bulletin by Thursday afternoons.   Graduates-- Thor Sproule, Jesse Shelor, and J.W. Bethea are graduating this spring. To help them get ready for their next chapter, baskets have been placed on the stage to fill with college supplies and well wishes.  The senior shower date is June 12       Weekly Roles          Serving Grace June 9, 2019     Lay Eucharistic Minister  Michael Cluver (8a) Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)   Lector  Paula Downs (8a) Dick Harshberger (10:30a)   Counters  Terry McCraw and Terry Nester   Coffee Hour  Diana Jordan and Kathryn Jordan   Altar Guild  Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan            Serving Grace June 16, 2019     Lay Eucharistic Minister  Michael Cluver (8a) Jack Brockway (10:30a)   Lector  Bob Himmel (8a) Kathleen Harshberge (10:30a)   Counters  Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher   Coffee Hour  Penny Sweet   Altar Guild  Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Altar Flowers  It is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone or to give thanksgiving for someone or something in your life.  Won't you help us provide flowers for the altar this year?    There are a number of Sundays open.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or you can call the office to see if certain Sundays are open and sign up via the phone.   Please help us by signing up for a Sunday or two . 

June Mission
Radford Food Pantry
 

Grace’s monthly mission is the Radford Pantry. This service provides lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years. They prepare and serve lunch to between 50 to 70 people weekly. The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.
 
Donations of the following are appreciated:

  •  Canned beans of any kind

  •  Boxed mashed potatoes

  • Spaghetti noodles

  •  Macaroni noodles

  •  Spaghetti sauce

  •  Paper towels

A monetary gift would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry. Please consider volunteering, contact Bette Wright for more details. 
 
Parish Office—The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays this summer. Please send in any announcements for Grace Notes and the bulletin by Thursday afternoons.

Graduates--Thor Sproule, Jesse Shelor, and J.W. Bethea are graduating this spring. To help them get ready for their next chapter, baskets have been placed on the stage to fill with college supplies and well wishes.  The senior shower date is June 12 

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace June 9, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Dick Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Diana Jordan and Kathryn Jordan

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

Serving Grace June 16, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberge (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan
 

Altar Flowers

It is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone or to give thanksgiving for someone or something in your life.  Won't you help us provide flowers for the altar this year? 

There are a number of Sundays open. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or you can call the office to see if certain Sundays are open and sign up via the phone.  Please help us by signing up for a Sunday or two

Grace Notes - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Grace Notes - Sunday, June 2, 2019

Announcements

May Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread
 

Grace’s monthly mission is the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread. This service provides lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years. They prepare and serve lunch to between 50 to 70 people weekly. The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.
 
Donations of the following are appreciated:

  •  Canned beans of any kind

  •  Boxed mashed potatoes

  • Spaghetti noodles

  •  Macaroni noodles

  •  Spaghetti sauce

  •  Paper towels

A monetary gift would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry.


Parish Office—The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays this summer. Please send in any announcements for Grace Notes and the bulletin by Thursday afternoons.

Graduates--Thor Sproule, Jesse Shelor, and J.W. Bethea are graduating this spring. To help them get ready for their next chapter, baskets have been placed on the stage to fill with college supplies and well wishes.  The senior shower date is June 12 

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace June 9, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Dick Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Diana Jordan and Kathy Jordan

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Diana Jordan, Lee Slusher

Serving Grace June 2, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Dick and Kathleen Harshberger

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Diana Jordan, Lee Slusher

Altar Flowers

It is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone or to give thanksgiving for someone or something in your life.  Won't you help us provide flowers for the altar this year? 

There are a number of Sundays open. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or you can call the office to see if certain Sundays are open and sign up via the phone.  Please help us by signing up for a Sunday or two

Northside will do altar flowers for $25 for one Sunday or $40 for two Sundays. Please make checks out to Grace Church and send it and your dedication to the Parish Office.

Grace Notes - May 26, 2019

Grace Notes - May 26, 2019

Announcements

May Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread
 

Grace’s monthly mission is the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread. This service provides lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years. They prepare and serve lunch to between 50 to 70 people weekly. The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.
 
Donations of the following are appreciated:

  •  Canned beans of any kind

  •  Boxed mashed potatoes

  • Spaghetti noodles

  •  Macaroni noodles

  •  Spaghetti sauce

  •  Paper towels

A monetary gift would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry. Please consider volunteering, contact Bette Wright for more details. 
 
Way of Love--Way of Love Joining God will meet Sunday, June 2 at 9:15a.

Parish Office—The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays this summer. Please send in any announcements for Grace Notes and the bulletin by Thursday afternoons.

Graduates--Thor Sproule, Jesse Shelor, and J.W. Bethea are graduating this spring. To help them get ready for their next chapter, baskets have been placed on the stage to fill with college supplies and well wishes.  The senior shower date is June 12 

Nursery

We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace May 26, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Kristi McCraw and Sherri Carper

Coffee Hour
Robbie and Terry Nester

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans
 

Serving Grace June 2, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
TBD (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Dick and Kathleen Harshberger

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Altar Flowers

It is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone or to give thanksgiving for someone or something in your life.  Won't you help us provide flowers for the altar this year? 

There are a number of Sundays open. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or you can call the office to see if certain Sundays are open and sign up via the phone.  Please help us by signing up for a Sunday or two

Northside will do altar flowers for $25 for one Sunday or $40 for two Sundays. Please make checks out to Grace Church and send it and your dedication to the Parish Office.

Grace Notes - May 12, 2019

Grace Notes - May 12, 2019

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May Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread 

Grace’s monthly mission is the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread. This service provides lunches Monday through Friday to area residents for almost 20 years. They prepare and serve lunch to between 50 to 70 people weekly. The food pantry is supported by a large number of volunteers and provides a daily service to many people in our community.
 
Donations of the following are appreciated:

  •  Canned beans of any kind

  •  Boxed mashed potatoes

  • Spaghetti noodles

  •  Macaroni noodles

  •  Spaghetti sauce

  •  Paper towels

A monetary gift would also be helpful to fill gaps in the kitchen pantry. Please consider volunteering, contact Bette Wright for more details. 
 
Nursery—We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.
Blessing of the Bikes--The New River Convocation will participate in the Blessing of the Bikes at Boys Home on Saturday, May 11. There will be a picnic, tour of Boys Home, and time to get to know the boys. Please contact the church office and sign up if you plan to attend in order to get a head count.
Meet at Town Hall parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at Boys Home at 12:00 noon.
Address: 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, Va. 24426 

Noon Eucharist—The Wednesday noon Eucharist and Lectionary Lunch will not meet until June.

Parish Office—The Parish Office will be closed on Fridays this summer. Please send in any announcements for Grace Notes and the bulletin by Thursday afternoons.

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace May 12, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Betty Lee

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Serving Grace May 19, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Lee Slusher (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Terry and Kristi McCraw

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Grace Notes - April 28, 2019

April Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. 

Blessing of the Bikes--The New River Convocation will participate in the Blessing of the Bikes at Boys Home on Saturday, May 11. There will be a picnic, tour of Boys Home, and time to get to know the boys. Please contact the church office and sign up if you plan to attend in order to get a head count.
Meet at Town Hall parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at Boys Home at 12:00 noon.
Address: 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, Va. 24426  

Noon Eucharist—The Wednesday noon Eucharist and Lectionary Lunch will not meet until June.

Campus Ministry—The Campus Ministry Committee meets, Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 at Red Door House.

Vestry—The Vestry will meet May 7 at 6:00

Vestry Minutes

April 2019

  • Shepherd’s Report: Approved a new arrangement of the designated monthly missions.

  • Campus Ministry: Roger Cook reported that seven students regularly attend Red Door and there has been an increase in inquiry due to promotion on social media. Upcoming activities include: Bissett Park clean-up day, prayer service at the Cascades, and 12 step program for students. Kathy and Roger have drafted a community covenant for future residents of Red Door house.

  • Tim Walker and Sherri Carper have agreed to become counters.

  • The old playground has been removed and Kathy is forming a committee to research ideas for child friendly landscaping.

  • Thomas and Litton submitted a proposal for professional service for an exterior accessible ramp and sidewalk. The cost for developing a plan was sent to the finance committee for recommendation to the vestry.

  • The former nursery room has been converted to an office for Mason.

  • Thermostats in the Vest building were replaced. Mark Carper is looking into updating the corner sign.

  • A representative from Grace is needed to attend a meeting regarding vacation bible school.

  • The archive committee is developing building policies regarding weddings, baptisms, and funerals .

  • Kathy is looking for people to join the Living Local Joining God initiative from the diocese. This program examines ways to do outreach.  

Nursery

We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 28, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Joy Hottenstein

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Serving Grace May 5, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Ann Walker (10:30a)

Counters
Tim Walker and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Dennis Price and Laura Jacobsen

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Easter 2019

Easter 2019

Grace Notes - April 21, 2019

Grace Notes - April 21, 2019

April Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. 

Blessing of the Bikes--The New River Convocation will participate in the Blessing of the Bikes at Boys Home on Saturday, May 11. There will be a picnic, tour of Boys Home, and time to get to know the boys. Please contact the church office and sign up if you plan to attend in order to get a head count.
Meet at Town Hall parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at Boys Home at 12:00 noon.
Address: 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, Va. 24426  

Easter Egg Hunt--We are planning to have an Easter egg hunt between the 8:00 and 10:30 services at 9:30 please let us know if you're able to help set up. 

Noon Eucharist—The Wednesday noon Eucharist and Lectionary Lunch will not meet until May 15.

Campus Ministry—The Campus Ministry Committee meets, Tuesday, April 23 at 5:00

Vestry—The Vestry will meet May 7 at 6:00

Vestry Minutes

April 2019

 

  • Shepherd’s Report: Approved a new arrangement of the designated monthly missions.

  • Campus Ministry: Roger Cook reported that seven students regularly attend Red Door and there has been an increase in inquiry due to promotion on social media. Upcoming activities include: Bissett Park clean-up day, prayer service at the Cascades, and 12 step program for students. Kathy and Roger have drafted a community covenant for future residents of Red Door house.

  • Tim Walker and Sherri Carper have agreed to become counters.

  • The old playground has been removed and Kathy is forming a committee to research ideas for child friendly landscaping.

  • Thomas and Litton submitted a proposal for professional service for an exterior accessible ramp and sidewalk. The cost for developing a plan was sent to the finance committee for recommendation to the vestry.

  • The former nursery room has been converted to an office for Mason.

  • Thermostats in the Vest building were replaced. Mark Carper is looking into updating the corner sign.

  • A representative from Grace is needed to attend a meeting regarding vacation bible school.

  • The archive committee is developing building policies regarding weddings, baptisms, and funerals .

  • Kathy is looking for people to join the Living Local Joining God initiative from the diocese. This program examines ways to do outreach.  

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 28, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Joy Hottenstein

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Serving Grace April 21, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Easter

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Baptism

Thomas Stone Inglehart was baptized on April 14, 2019

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Grace Notes - April 14, 2019

Announcements

April Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. 


Good Friday
The church will be open all day on Good Friday for private prayer.


Good Friday Offering—We will be collecting an offering for the Episcopal Church to support the ongoing ministry.

Blessing of the Bikes--The New River Convocation will participate in the Blessing of the Bikes at Boys Home on Saturday, May 11. There will be a picnic, tour of Boys Home, and time to get to know the boys. Please contact the church office and sign up if you plan to attend in order to get a head count.
Meet at Town Hall parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at Boys Home at 12:00 noon.
Address: 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, Va. 24426  

Easter Egg Hunt--We are planning to have an Easter egg hunt between the 8:00 and 10:30 services at 9:30 please let us know if you're able to help set up. 

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Nursery

We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 21, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Easter

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

Serving Grace April 14, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Dick Harshberger (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Beth Gaspard

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 
 

Lenten Film Series

Come Sunday

Part 2 - April 17

Grace Notes - March 31, 2019

Grace Notes - March 31, 2019

Announcements

March Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.

UTO Boxes are  available in the bell tower. Please prayfully consider using this box in your home for daily/weekly alms as a Lenten practice.
 
Vestry—Vestry meets Tuesday at 6:00

Lenten Series:  A Lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.

Lent Madness! During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  

Noon Eucharist—Beginning March 13 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.

Nursery

We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace March 31, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
John and Dana Giesen

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace April 7, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Jennifer Hand (10:30a)

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Beth Gaspard

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Lenten Film Series

Same Kind of Different as Me    Part 2 - April 3   Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 2 - April 3

Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Come Sunday    Part 1 - April 10 Part 2 - April 17    Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell

Grace Notes - March 24, 2019

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion.
 

A Labyrinth has been designed for the Memorial Garden by Eloise Philpot. Stop by the garden to see the progress!

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UTO Boxes are available in the bell tower. Please prayfully consider using this box in your home for daily/weekly alms as a Lenten practice.

Nursery: We are updating the nursery and need some donations of one or two arm chairs and changing tables.  We also need extra changing pads and covers.

Lenten Series:  A Lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.

Lent Madness! During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  

Noon Eucharist—Beginning March 13 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.

Weekly Roles

The full list of Weekly Roles can be found here

Serving Grace March 24, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Patrick and Jennifer Hand

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 31, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
John and Dana Giesen

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Lenten Film Series

Faith and Film Lenten Series starts this March 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 with the film All Saints, staring John Corbett. Sign up to share soup and/or bread.

Same Kind of Different as Me    Part 1 - March 27    Part 2 - April 3    Description   Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

Description

Successful businessman Ron Hall and his wife, Deborah, discover a renewed sense of purpose when they begin to volunteer at a local mission in Fort Worth, Texas. Their lives change forever when they develop an unlikely friendship with Denver Moore, a homeless man who inspires them to save their struggling marriage.

Come Sunday    Part 1 - April 10 Part 2 - April 17    Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell

Radford University's Theatre Department Presents

The Tragedy of Macbeth

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April 16, 2019, April 18 – April 20, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Apr. 21 | 2:00 p.m.

Pridemore Playhouse

Taunted by a strange prophecy and urged on by his power-hungry wife, the once valiant and trustworthy Macbeth turns traitor and tyrant. He ascends the heights of his ambition only to plunge to the depths of madness and mayhem in Shakespeare’s chilling The Tragedy of Macbeth.