Grace Notes - August 3, 2017


August 31, 2017

This week the Office hours will be Monday to Thursday 12 to 3:00.


Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Sep 3 – Morning Prayer

Sep 10 – Ron Johnson

Sep 10 – Return to 11 am services

Sep 17 – Morning Prayer, 11 am HE, M Zumpf 

Sep 24 – HE/MP TBD


125th Anniversary Update

Grace's 125th celebration is about 6 weeks away.   The invitations and information packet should be mailed out next week. A former rector, the Rev. Kris Kramer will be travelling from Florida to be our celebrant.  He will be in Radford for 2 nights/3 days.  If anyone is willing to extend hospitality to him in the form of lodging or meal(s), please let me know as soon as possible.

-Tim Walker 



Grace Church 125th Anniversary Celebration

The planning committee for our 125th celebration are hard at work organizing a wonderful event! On October 15 there will be a joint 10:00am homecoming service at church followed by a catered meal at Nesselrod. Save the Date cards have been mailed and formal invitations will go out in late August.  We already have some responses from past parishioners who will be participating in the festivities! There will be opportunities for more people to help as time draws near so please speak to a committee member if you are willing to help.  

            ~ Beth Gaspard, Dick Harshberger, Tim Walker, Bette Wright.

Tribute to Lorene Jones from August 27th Service

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From Grace Episcopal Church

210 Fourth Street

Radford, VA 24141

“For the past four years, I have played the organo, an organ attachment for the piano, in my home church in Spearman. Playing for a church each Sunday is work and a responsibility, but the rewards are great…” Such were the words of twelve-year-old Lorene Mundy some sixty years ago. As Grace Church’s minister of music, Lorene has certainly added much to our own congregation’s fellowship, and, along with her husband Myrl, she has served our Lord well and modeled a life of service to others. 

Lorene’s remarkable journey to Radford began as a child in tiny Spearman, Texas, as a volunteer for piano duties when the regular pianist contracted polio. According to young Lorene’s thoughts during that period of her life, “It is wonderful to be able to participate in helping other people have a worship experience. Having a part in the church brings one closer into the fellowship. ” Little did Lorene know at such a tender age that her dedication to helping others would be her foundation long into adulthood. 

Miss Mundy’s love of music continued throughout her teen years, and on to West Texas State, now part of the Texas A & M University system where she double-majored in music and elementary education. One week after graduation, she and Myrl were married. The new Mrs. Jones would travel the world and carry her love of music with her.

The army kept the Jones’ life busy for three years before they settled in Canyon, Texas.  Once again Lorene shared her musical talents with a church, but this church was different. It was a black integrated church with a white minister and few white folks in attendance. A setting not easily found in the South during the turbulent 1960’s.

By 1970, Lorene and Myrl had settled in Radford where Myrl joined the faculty at Radford College, now known as Radford University. Lorene quickly became active in the community, playing for the Christian Church, her very first paid position. She organized the first International Students Group at RU and opened her home to her first foreign student from Thailand in 1990 with other families following shortly thereafter. 

Lorene, a tiny musician with a large giving spirit, played the piano and organ at other Radford churches, including the Presbyterian and Lutheran, as well as the Episcopal in Christiansburg. In 2003, after time in Croatia with Myrl, Lorene followed Harold Mann’s retirement from Grace Church and began playing the organ for us weekly – a fourteen year lovefest with this congregation that we so very much treasure. 

Over the last 47 years, Myrl and Lorene have touched the hearts and lives of many inside and outside this church. They came to Virginia with two foster children and welcomed three more teenagers in Radford. They share a love of classical music, theatre, and financially support many causes, including bringing opera to our city school district. As a busy foster mother and musician, Lorene found time to organize literacy volunteers for the Lamplighters and lend a hand at Meals-on-Wheels. She helps families from other lands, the homeless women of Grace Rooms, Radford Clothing Bank, and others in the New River Valley who may be lost or in crisis. Her heart and her home are always open to others.

Thank you, Lorene, for the many days you’ve given us at the organ, and please continue sharing your sunshine wherever you go. According to an unknown author, you, “Always leave people better than you found them. Hug the hurt. Kiss the broken. Befriend the lost. Love the lonely.” Lorene, you are truly a living embodiment of love. As it began in Spearman and continues here today, you will always be a part of this house of fellowship.

May the good Lord bless and keep you and Myrl, now and forever more.

With deepest sincerity,

Lee Slusher and a very grateful Grace Episcopal Church Congregation

Thank You from Lorene Jones

To all of the dear people who go to Grace Episcopal Church, 

What a wonderful send off you gave me after yesterday's service!  I was literally shaking as we came home laden with gifts, food and so many thanks and good wishes.  In fact I had to take two naps yesterday afternoon.

Serving you with my attempts at music has been gratifying to me.  You are a congregation who don't mind laughing at mistakes and comments from the organ bench.  Thank you for all of these years of support and pay.  I will not completely desert you.  I hope to see you all for the 125th anniversary service, October 15th and after that.

My special thanks goes to Hank Johnston, Margaret Hrezo, Sandy Wright, Allison Willey, Joyce Muldoon, Betty Lee, and Mark Carper for showing up early most Sundays to go over the hymns of the day so that they can lead you in getting more out of the service.  Please let them know how much you appreciate them.  

With much love,



Thank You from Shannon Phillips

My classes start on Tuesday at NRCC and that reminded me of the nice Senior Day in June. Thank you to everyone for the many gifts. Grace has been part of my life for many years and you have been so supportive and helpful to me and Ryan.  You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

~Shannon Phillips.


Mark Johnston- Thank You

Dear Grace Episcopal Church Congregation,

It has been a great pleasure being a member of such a supportive church for the last 11 years. I have made many great friends and great memories with you all.  From church yard sales, pancake suppers, and mission trips to Belize, this church has made a lasting impact on my life.  As I go on to college this fall at Virginia Tech I would just like to thank all of you for the dorm supplies and words of wisdom and for always loving me, supporting me, and for helping me dive deeper into my faith. God bless you all and I will see you all soon.

With much love,  ~ Mark Johnston

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Canterbury Ministry - Meal Volunteers

Canterbury house is looking for meal volunteers again this semester?  

This semester is a little different from years past because the Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian groups have joined to become one larger group for the weekly meetings.  This means we are splitting meal duties between 3 churches, but it also means we will need to fix dinners for a slightly larger group (15-20 students for now) each time.  It may be helpful to have 2 people sign up for each date so the amount of food is not too much for any one person.

Grace is in charge of meals for September 4October 2, and November 6.  

September 4 is taken care of!  Anything like a lasagna or casserole and salad, or KFC and biscuits, or something like that would be welcome, as is any dessert.  (They are college kids, i.e. bottomless pits, and will be grateful for anything.) Please no pizza.  Anyone interested in helping with meals can contact me.


September Monthly Mission: Boy’s Home of Virginia

For 104 years Boys’ Home has been providing residential care and education for boys ages 6-18 who 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, etc. and school supplies for the year. There is space for more than 70 boys at Boys’ Home this year.

Many young men who come to the Boy’s Home are stumbling through school, needing more assistance than their parents or schools can provide them. The staff and supporters at Boy’s Home help them get back on track and show that “Education is Power.”

By providing residential education, the Boy’s Home continues to focus on socially and economically disadvantaged young men aged 6-18. They operate with 97% private funds, so your donations are important!  They are ‘Home-Schooling’ this year. All are being schooled on campus. 

~ Bette Wright

Put September Mission in the memo line


Thank you from UTO

Thank you for your generous gift to the Annual Ingathering of the United Thank Offering of The Episcopal Church. Every penny given to the Ingathering Is given away the following year to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

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Flowers for the Altar

There are a number of Sundays open for Flowers on the Altar. Please sign-up.  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.


Altar Flowers from Northside Flowers:

          One Sunday - $25

          Two Sundays - $40

Contact Northside Flowers (540-639-9351) to order flowers and contact the office to place the dedication in the bulletin.  


September Newsletter

The next newsletter will be published the first week of September or the first week of September. If you have any recipes, humor, interesting items or would just like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact the office.


Weekly Roles

Thank you to all who participate in the weekly roles on Sunday. Weekly Roles are on the bulletin board and in Grace Notes.  A calendar of weekly roles is also kept online.  If you are unable to serve during the dates and/or times listed please see if you can trade dates or times with someone and let the office know of the change.

September 2017

Altar Guild:                  Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson & Joy Hottenstein

Acolyte:                         Ryan Beasley


September 3rd – 13th Sunday afterPentecost________________MP Jack Brockway

Lay Reader                   8am & 10 am – Jack Brockway 

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                10 am – Kristi McCraw

Counters              Tyler Will & Terry Nester


September 10th– 14th Sunday afterPentecost________________HE Ron Johnson

Chalicer               8am Bob Himmel                    11 am – Mark Carper

Lector                   8 am – Paula Downs                11 am – Ann Walker

Counters              Tyler Will & Terry Nester


September 17th– 15th Sunday afterPentecost________________HE Michael Zumpf

Lay Reader                   8 am -Michael Cluver

Chalicer                                                               11 am – Jack Brockway

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Mark Carper

Counters              Tyler Will & Terry Nester


September 24th– 16th Sunday afterPentecost________________HE/MP TBD

Chalicer               8am – Bob Himmel                 11 am – Mark Carper 

Lay Reader                   8 am & 11 am TBD

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Kristi McCraw

Counters              Tyler Will & Terry Nester



October Altar Guild:    Anthea Pugh, Lee Slusher & Diana Jordan


If you can’t serve that day, please find a substitute and contact the office with the change.  People are often willing to switch or fill in given enough advanced notice. If you would like to serve and are not on the lists, please contact Ann Walker about how to participate. (Adults can also be Servers, Crucifers and Acolytes.)

 2017 Coffee Hour

September 2017

3     Asbury, Carol & Bob              639-0316

10     Brockway, Jack & Traci        731-3224

17   Dana and John Giesen           639-0888

24    Jayne Bucy                       540-505-9025

October 2017

1       Carper, Mark & Sherri   540-267-6394

8     Galecki, Dennis/ Margaret    639-2450


22     Hand, Patrick & Jennifer      250-5350              

29     Harshberger, Dick/Kathleen  639-9678

November 2017

5       Himmel, Bob & Sarah 633-6708

12    Jacobsen/Price, Laura & Dennis 230-1848   

19   Jordan, Robert & Diane        639-0809

26    Wright, Sandy         731-4668

December 2017

3     Lee, Betty                     449-9394

10   McCraw, Terry & Kristi          639-0585   

17     Nester, Robin & Terry           731-1591

24     CHRISTMAS – Group Effort

31     Sweet, Penny                        639-6161

The Coffee Hour duty schedule has been organized to assign each person/family to no more than 2 times a year. If you cannot meet your assigned time please try to trade with someone in your month and call the church office (639-3494) with the change.  If you can trade assigned times with someone else please do so. Be sure to call the church office with the change to avoid two parties providing Coffee Hour at the same time. 


 Your cooperation and suggestions are welcome.  If needed, directions for providing Coffee Hour are posted on the kitchen refrigerator.





Pursuing Community: A Continuing Conversation on Race

I would like to announce that the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia is convening a series of talks:  "Pursuing Community:  A Continuing Conversation on Race".

The speaker for all three presentations is Dr. Wornie Reed, Director of the Race and Social Policy Research Center and Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech.  

Following Dr. Reed's presentation, there will be question and answer time followed by informal discussion over refreshments. There also will be the option to join an intentional discussion group at refreshment time, for those who are interested.

The talks will take place in Lexington, Roanoke, and Wytheville. More information, as well as publicity materials, will be available soon. Please mark your calendars and make every effort to attend the events near you. 

Lexington, VA

September 13, 2017


Lylburn Downing Middle School (LDMS) Cafeteria

Roanoke, VA 

October 25, 2017


Whitman Auditorium, Virginia Western Community College

Wytheville, VA

November 8, 2017


Snyder Auditorium, Wytheville Community College


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey:
Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.
[August 29, 2017] From Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry:

Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. "Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us," he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters.

In our recent days, we have watched and witnessed the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.

Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us not to send food, clothing or other items because affected dioceses have limited or no capacity to receive, store or distribute goods. It is more efficient and better for the local economy to make a donation.

Episcopal Relief & Development already has actions in place for assistance.

• To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Response Fund to support impacted diocesesas they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event, check here. 
• Sign-up on the Ready to Serve database to register as a possible volunteer in the future. Episcopal Relief & Development staff share these lists with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers. 
• Bulletin insert for use this Sunday is available here. 
• The latest Episcopal Relief & Development program updates are available on Facebook and Twitter @EpiscopalRelief and here.
• Check the Episcopal Church website  for updates and important information.

As our fellow Episcopalians minister to those in need they need our help not just now or in the short term, but for the long haul. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, keep in your prayers for the people in Texas and Louisiana whose lives have been forever changed by Hurricane Harvey.

Together we are the human family of God and our efforts in times like these truly help bring God's love and ours to our sisters and brothers in great need.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church



If you know of other events that might be of interest to other parishioners please let the office ( know the details and they can appear right here.

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

2017 Outdoor Theatre: 12th Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night tells the story of Viola, a young woman shipwrecked on the shores of a foreign land, and features some of Shakespeare's most beloved characters. It's a story of disguise, mistaken identity, love at first sight, yellow stockings, swordplay and swagger, sure to delight audiences! Radford University's own Molly Hood leads a troupe of actors from Richmond Virginia in telling this story of loss, laughter, and love.

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After School Program for High School/Middle School @Christ Lutheran Church

Our after school program, FreeForm(Ed), started. How exciting! It's an excellent opportunity to provide a healthy community for middle and high school students in Radford. 

If you're in helping out somehow, whether providing food for snacks, providing some educational guidance during a portion of the event, or providing supervision during FreeForm(Ed). Let me lay out the general schedule for the event, as well as describe the name, and then let you know how we'll go about scheduling assistance for supervision, programming, and food.

Basic Schedule 

  • 2:30-3ish - Arrival & Snack (people may arrive later as well)
  • 3:30-4ish - Group Learning Pod (gardening, cooking, arts, community trash cleanup) 
  • 5PM - last pickups and departures for home
  • Varies - tutoring (if students express needs and we secure volunteers)


  • It's a Free event that we intend to be Formative for students who attend our local Educational institutions. It's loosely scheduled, and students who need to focus on certain tasks (homework, music practice) will be encouraged to do so. It's a free form event based within our tradition of reformation, so we are FreeForm(Ed)

Contact Drew Tucker at if you would like to participate/ tutor/ provide snacks/ get more information/ sign up.


Acoustic stage is downstairs

12:15-12:45 Scott Fore, an internationally recognized guitarist having twice won the annual National Flatpicking Championships held in Winfield Kansas.

1:05-1:35 Beatnik Nightmare are from Radford, VA and play all original alternative, psychedelic and rock. They cite King Crimson, The Beatles, Azam Ali, Zappa, and Donovan as their influences

1:55-2:25 Near November

2:45-3:15 Neal Wyms, electric blues multi-instrumentalist and songwriter

4:25-5:00 Billy Coteau, Cajun! Get your dancing shoes on!

5:20-6:00 Last Train North, they combine elements from their background in rock, indie, blues, pop, jazz and more to create a tight and unique sound.

12:45-1:05: Robert Greenness Alexander: The son of a conservative radio talk show host and a nuclear reactor operator, Robert has travelled far afield of his somewhat twisted upbringing. He has had many adventures from rambling the United States as an archaeological field worker to sitting silently for days at the feet of the Buddha, and, yet, remains dumbfounded by the ironic tragedy and farce of life. He’s brought those experiences to the songs he has written: dark, funny, and irreverent, simple but soulful, and filled with whimsical wordplay. He is happy to lend his guitar and voice to the effort to use the power of music to build a community here where none go hungry.

1:35-1:55: Marsha Marie Scott

2:25-2:45 Eight Point Star

3:15-3:35 Jeff Hoge

4:05-4:25 Dean Reed's Feed and Seed

Sponsored by CFJ and the Guerrilla Folk Music Society