Grace Notes - May 4, 2017

Grace Notes – May 42017

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M to Th 12 to 3:00.

Grace Notes Newsletter to be postponed one week.  

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

May 7 – HE – Judy Spruhan

May 14 – HE - Vickie Houk

May 21 – HE - Michael Zumpf

May 28 – MP – Mark Carper

 

Notes from the Vestry meeting:

      Painting of all exterior woodwork and doors and the staining and finishing of the sacristy cabinets will occur during May.

      Lee Slusher (with the consult of Bette Wright) will organize a spring clean-up.

      Because of the vestry resignations of Alex Davis and Sherri Carper (and an already vacant position), we now have 3 new vestry members: Kristi McCraw, Jack Brockway, and Jennifer Hand.

      Approximately 30 people attended the Lenten Event on the Sunday evening it was held at Grace.

      Plans continue for the 125th anniversary celebration which will take place in Oct.  Final date and location of luncheon are being determined now.  This committee meets every 2-3 weeks.

      Plans are being made to share more detailed information about the current “state of Grace” and our search process.

Thank you to the Olga Harvill Family

We would like to thank the family of Olga Harvill for the donation of  Olga's piano to Grace.  Because of the higher quality of this piano, it has replaced the previous piano in our sanctuary.   The vestry was very pleased to gift the previous piano to our secretary, Christine Brame.  Her daughters had been practicing their lessons on a keyboard and are now very excited to have a piano.  There is a wonderful thank-you card from the Brames on the Parish Hall bulletin board so be sure to look for it.

 

MONTHLY MISSION:

Radford Food Pantry

Grace's outreach for May is the Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is especially in need of the following items:

·       Tuna

·       Peanut Butter

·       Spaghetti Sauce

·       Diapers ( sizes 3, 4, & 5) 

Other non-perishable items are also welcome as we will soon be entering into a time when children are not in school and that places an additional need for food through other means.

Monetary donations are very much needed as this allows the staff to buy additionally needed items not donated. 

Thank you for your generosity

Please May Monthly Mission in the memo line of your check.

 

Senior Shower

Preparations are in the works for the annual Senior Shower.  It is known that the following are graduating this year:  Hannah Brockway, Mark Johnston, Shannon Phillips and Beryl Brame.  If you know of any others please contact Sherri Carper at sherricarper@gmail.com or 540-267-6394.

There are also college graduates: Joey Sutphin, Kasey Lillard, Anne Gray Herring/law school, Kaleb Cahoon

 

Photos Request for 125th Birthday

Please send photographs of Grace, Grace members and/or activities with Grace members.  Beth is going to make a slideshow presentation for the celebration in October. So any and all pictures, old and new would be welcome. She will not need to keep them, just make copies.   

If you have digital photos send them by email.  If you have older photos contact Beth about getting them scanned into a digital file.

CONTINUING

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

Newsletter – June

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly Newsletter will be published the first week of June.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.  Check the "Weekly Roles" link above to see assignments.

Flowers for the Altar – The Flower 2017 Flower Sign Up is on the bulletin board near the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

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. 

 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

 

The Episcopal Church

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

LAST WEEKEND

 

Pulaski County High School: Shrek the Musical

May 5-7 

A benign green ogre and his sidekick Donkey save the land from an evil lord and rescue a lovely princess from a terrible fate. Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig.

Radford High School: Sound of Music

 Friday, May 5th, 7 pm

May 7 - Welcoming the Stranger – A Multi-Faith Service

"Welcoming the Stranger", a multi-faith service, will take place on May 7th at 3 pm. Faith leaders from the local Muslim and Jewish communities will join those from several Christian churches and the Unitarian-Universalists in exploring what each faith tradition says about welcoming “the other”. The service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 1301 Gladewood Drive, Blacksburg. and  is sponsored by the New River Valley Chapter of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. After the service, there will be refreshments.

 

MARCH 2017, NEWSLETTER AND GRACE NOTES

Grace Notes – March 52017

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M/W 12 to 4:30 & T/TH 12 to 2:30. 

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Mar 5 – Lent 1 - HE – Bob Brodie

Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins

Mar 12 – Lent 2 - MP

Mar 19 – Lent 3 - HE – Ron Johnson

Mar 26 – Lent 4 - HE – Michael Zumpf (10 am)

Mar 26 – Lent 4 - MP – (8am) – TBD

April 2 – Lent 5 - TBD

 

The Community Lenten Services schedule:

First Sunday in Lent:  March 05 at 7:00 p.m. – Presbyterian Church of Radford.

Second Sunday in Lent: March 12 at 7:00 p.m. – St. Jude’s Catholic Church.

Third Sunday in Lent: March 19 at 7:00 p.m. – Grace Episcopal Church.

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Christ Lutheran Church.

Fifth Sunday in Lent: no joint service planned, each church is free to plan its own event.

Daylight Saving Time Begins early Sunday morning – March 12. 

Another successful Pancake Supper!

Thanks to all who helped with Pancake Supper, especially Terry Nester and Sherri Carper.  We had a slow, steady crowd of faithful community people and parishioners who attended.  Thank you to all the cooks, servers, donation collectors, sausage fryers, dish washers, and general helpers. $601 was collected for Episcopal Relief and Development.  Thanks for keeping the tradition alive!

Also.......

Thanks to Terry McCraw for fixing the kitchen sink and to Lee and Jim Slusher and Tom Sproule for replacing lots of burned out light bulbs in both buildings!  

 

 

Vestry NotesFebruary 2017

----Search Committee will receive candidate names after February 21st and begin the screening/interview process.

----This year is the 125th birthday of Grace Church.  Plans are being made for a celebration.  Anyone interested in helping with the planning (church history/pictures, food, mailing list) should contact Tim Walker.

----Canterbury has received funds for their homeless student ministry from Fairlawn Ministerial Association.  Department of Social Services may also be able to provide funds.   AmeriCorps has expressed interest in working with Canterbury in the future.  12 students attended a recent Canterbury meeting; 5 of those were new students.

----Our buildings and grounds will be getting attention soon as we prepare for candidates to come to Grace.  Light bulbs are being replaced in both buildings and consideration is being given to repainting the outside doors and frames.  The rooms are being cleaned and straightened through the “Adopt a Room” program.   All items to be discarded are being collected in the smaller nursery room.  Parishioners are encouraged to take anything they want from this room, as it will all be given away.

----Evaluation of the rectory and its upkeep will occur as soon as it is vacated.

----Plans are in process for all the Lent and Easter events (Pancake Supper, Lenten Event, services).

----Olga Harvill’s piano was gifted to Grace Church by her daughter, Gail.

 

We are 125 years old!

This year Grace Church will celebrate its 125th birthday and we would like to have a special event honoring our history. More information to come.  Anyone interested in being on a committee to organize a celebration and capital campaign, please contact Tim Walker  639-9266  atwalks@yahoo.com.  

 

Message from the Search Committee

Parish profile is completed and submitted to the diocese.  It is active next week.  Closing date for candidate applications will be mid-March, at which time Grace search committee will begin receiving candidate names.

http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/blog/2016/12/16/121616-rector-radford-va/

March Mission: Brain Injury Services of SWVA

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and, fittingly, Brain Injury Services of SWVA is the Monthly Outreach.  Many of you know that the organization was founded by Greg and Fran Rooker to provide the critically needed services they found lacking when they returned home from the hospital with their son.  Today more people are living after brain injury…..and struggling to live with this disability.  For no fee, Brain Injury Services of SWVA provides the help survivors and their families need to rebuild their lives.  Your donations in the blue envelopes each Sunday help make a difference for families whose lives are forever changed.  Please see the display on stage in the Parish Hall for information about the organization and its services.  See if someone you know has received help!  

Put March Monthly Mission in the memo line of your check. Thank you.

 

Thank You from Radford Clothing Bank

20 Feb 2017

Dear Members of Grace Episcopal Church,

All of us here at the Clothing Bank: the Officers, Board, Volunteers and Clients would like to express our sincere appreciation for your generosity and support in our efforts to serve our many clients in the New River Valley through our August Kids, Coats for Kids, and Stork Exchange Projects as well as our daily clients.  Your contribution from your Monthly Mission collection for January 2017 is greatly appreciated.  Contributions go toward rent, utilities, supplies and clothing as needed.

We could not accomplish our objectives without continued support from our community both financial and through volunteering.

With sincere appreciation,

Ruth Yadlowsky, Treasurer

Radford Clothing Bank

Grace Rooms Update

Since David’s retirement and the congregational vote to continue with our homeless mission, a committee to oversee our program was established. The members are Jennifer Hand, Betty Lee, Lee Slusher, Margaret Sproule, and Ann Walker. We developed a new Guest Agreement Form, revised several rules, and agreed to host a maximum of two (2) guests while we are without a permanent priest. Following a team approach and sharing responsibilities, the mission continues to be successful; however, more involvement from the congregation will be required in the New Year. We need more folks to assist with simple jobs that require only a small amount of time, from as little as a weekly phone call or visit to 1 ½ hours once or twice a month. You have a strong group enjoying each other and would welcome more members. Please prayerfully consider joining us.

CONTINUING

 Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

 Newsletter – April

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly Newsletter will be published the first week of April.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.

Flowers for the Altar –

The Flower 2017 Flower Sign Up is on the bulletin board near the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

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. 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Pulaski County High School: The Lion King Experience

March 9, 10 & 11

Rehearsals are in full swing for The Lion King Experience, Jr.  Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and Saturday afternoon at  2:00 pm.  Shows are $5 General Admission.

The Parish Secretary has a special interest in this show because her daughter will be playing “Scar” the evil brother of the king and uncle to Simba.  She will be performing on Thursday, March 9 and Saturday March 11 at 7:30 pm.

Pulaski County High SchoolThe Man Who Came to Dinner

March 24-26, March 31, April 1 & 2

An acerbic theatre critic breaks his leg while on a lecture tour in the Midwest and is forced to stay a bit longer at the home of his host family, ultimately taking over the house with his demands and visiting Broadway luminary friends.

General Admission $5,  Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm

Pulaski County High School: Shrek the Musical

April 18-20, May 5-7 

A benign green ogre and his sidekick Donkey save the land from an evil lord and rescue a lovely princess from a terrible fate. Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig.

April 19, Walk for Life for Pregnancy Resource Center

Bisset Park, 9 am Check-in, 9:30 am walk. Fundraiser. For more information contact PRCsupport.com/walkforlife

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

 Until Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Mar 14 – Mar 25 – Design Department Senior Exhibit – RU Downtown Art Museum, 

Mar 15 – Faculty Recital – Robert Sanderi, Percussion, 7:30 pm Covington

Mar 18 – Fashion Fete, Fashion Show, 9 pm, Bondurant Auditorium, $10 advance, $15 at door

Mar 20 – Russian National Ballet Theater, 7:30 pm, Bondurant Auditorium, $15 General Admission

Mar 21 thru Mar 30– Student Ceramic Show, Porterfield Gallery

Mar 23 – RU Jazz Ensemble Concert, Tri State Chamber Winds Festival, 7:30 pm Covington

Mar 25 – RU Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert @ the Tri-State Chamber Winds Festival, 7:30 pm, Covington

Mar 27 – Guest Artist – Sookkyung Cho, Piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Mar 29 thru Apr 5 – MFA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Mar 30 – Mar 31 – Dancing on the Edge – Bondurant Auditorium 7:30 pm, $7 GeneralAdmission

Mar 31, 3 pm & 12 am – RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Apr 1, 9 am & 10 pm - RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Apr 2, 1 pm & 4 pm - RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Virginia Tech: School of Performing Arts: Exposition IV: 

An Appalachian Spring

March 19 – Moss Arts Center: Anne & Ellen Fife Theatre, 4 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Senior, $5 Student

Join talented students and faculty for a musical showcase of choral and instrumental music. Subtitled "An Appalachian Spring," this year's Exposition concert features the world premiere of a three-movement setting of Appalachian folksongs for band and choir by School of Performing Arts' faculty member Dwight Bigler.

See clips from the 2016 Exposition III concert here. (Video credit: Suzanna Brosey)

All proceeds from this concert go to Delta Omicron to support music scholarships at Virginia Tech.

Grace Notes March 2017 Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 3, March 2, 2017

QUIZ 84, LEVEL 3– MARCH 2017

1.    What do you find a lot of in the Book of Numbers?  

2.   Which animal saved Isaac’s life? 

3.   Who pushed down a huge building single-handedly? 

4.   Which prophet had to run away from Queen Jezebel? 

5.   Where did King Belshazzar see the words “MENE MENE TEKL UPHARSIN?”

6.   Which animals convinced King Darius to believe in God?  

7.   Which three disciples saw Jesus’s transfiguration?  

8.   Were Simon and Andrew carpenters or fishermen before becoming disciples?  

9.   Outside which city was Jesus crucified?  

10.Who sailed in a ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers?  

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 BIRTHDAYS – MARCH*

1 – Lucinda McDermott Piro

2 – Gail Lawson Felch

3 – Lane Middleton

6 – David Shelor

6 – Joey Sutphin

11 – Anthony Day Darden

11 – Robert Jordan

13 – Briana Leigh Carper

13 – Stephanie Rooker

14 – Dr. Russell Davis

14 – Michael Johnston

18 – Robin Filbert

19 – India Rose Black (Philpot)

20 – Christine Ann Smith

22 – William “Hootie” Wright

23 – Patrick Hand

26 – Nathan Andrew Fender

27 – Ron Downs

28 – Janet Middleton Montag

ANNIVERSARIES- MARCH*

13 – Andy & Liz Millar

 

Please feel free to contact the office to add, correct or otherwise improve the birthday/anniversary list.

 

 

March Humor: Humor for Lent:

 

Marquee Sayings for Lent:

*Don't wait for the hearse to take you to church.
*It's hard to stumble when you're down on your knees.
*What part of "Thou Shalt Not" don't you understand?
*A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
*Satan subtracts and divides.  God adds and multiplies.
*God answers knee-mail.

Getting Ready for Lent

If you can start the day without caffeine or pills, 
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time, 
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, 
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can relax without liquor, 
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can do all these things, 
Then you are probably the family dog. 
 

The Story of a Circuit Rider
A preacher was wanting to buy a horse to make his visits in a small farming town. He was sent to an old farmer that had a very unique horse. The preacher wanted to try the horse out, so the old farmer told him what made the horse unique. "If you want the horse to go forward," the old farmer said, "shout Praise the Lord. If you want the horse to stop, yell Hallelujah." The preacher mounted the horse and shouted Praise the Lord. The horse started running. The preacher was so excited that he let the horse continue to run until he saw a great cliff ahead. He yelled stop, halt, quit; but the horse kept running. The preacher finally remembered the words of the old farmer and yelled Hallelujah just in time. The horse skidded to a halt on the very edge of the cliff. The preacher took off his hat, wiped his brow, and said, "Praise the Lord." 
 

From dust you are taken..to dust you shall return
A little boy came home from Sunday School and went into his room to change his clothes. When he emerged he asked his mother, "Is it true we come from dust?"     "Yes dear," replied mother.  "Is it true that when we die we go back to the dust?"  "Yes dear, that's right."  The little boy ran into his room and came out all excited, "Mom, I just looked under my bed and there's someone either coming or going!"  

 

Carob Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1 to 2 servings

Replacement for Hot Chocolate.  

Ingredients

·         1 cup milk/ flax milk/ rice milk/ almond milk/

·         1/3 cup carob chipsi

·         ¼ tsp cinnamon

·         ¼ tsp vanilla

·         1 Tablespoon Carob powder

Instructions

1.   Heat water to boiling in a double boiler.

2.   Put the above ingredients in the top of the double boiler and whisk ingredients together.  When the chips are melted, about 3 or 4 minutes, the beverage is done.

3.   Pour into one or two mugs and enjoy.

Acid Watcher’s Diet, Dr. Jonathan Aviv

Replacing carob chips with chocolate chips, carob with cocoa and almond milk with milk will also make a delicious cup of real hot chocolate.

QUIZ 84, LEVEL 3– MARCH 2017

 

 

1.    Numbers, e.g. of people

 

2.   A ram

3.   Samson

4.   Elijah

5.   On the wall

6.   The lions, as they didn’t eat Daniel

7.   Peter, James & John

8.   Fishermen

9.   Jerusalem

10.Paul

Chris’s Corner: 

Chris decided to share things she discovers during the month.

 Lent Madness!

It is that time of year again – time for Lent Madness.  Each day you can check in at Lent Madness, read about two saints and vote on your favorite.  When the first set of brackets the Round of 32 is finished then it moves on to the Saintly 16, followed by the Elate 8, the Faithful 4 until they reach the winner who receives the Golden Halo.  Some of the notable saints on the list this year are Augustine of Canterbury, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Joan of Arc, John Wycliffe, Amelia Bloomer, Martin Luther, Florence Nightingale and more.

 

http://www.lentmadness.org/

The first two contenders are Stephen and Alban, so if you would like to know a bit more about these early Christian martyrs click on the link and vote for your favorite.

January, 2017 Newsletter and Grace Notes

Grace Notes January 2017 Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 1, January 5, 2017

 

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Jan 8 – 8 am MP – Michael Cluver

Jan 8 – 11 am – MP – Tim Walker 

Jan 15 – HE/Ron Johnson

Jan 15 – Annual Meeting

Jan 15 – NRV Convocation 

Jan 22 – 8 am MP – Micahel Cluver 

Jan 22 – 11 am HE - Michael Zumpf

 Jan 29 – 8 am & 11 am - Morning Prayer – Mark Carper

Jan 29 - Diocesan Annual Convention

 

Message from the Search Committee

Parish profile is completed and submitted to the diocese.  It will become active next week.  Closing date for candidate applications will be mid-February, at which time Grace search committee will begin receiving candidate names.

Annual Meeting – Grace Church- January 15th following the 11 pm services

The Annual Meeting will occur a week from Sunday.  If you have a contribution for the Annual Report please send it to the office by Monday, Jan 8.  

 Please be aware that the Lutheran Church will also be holding their Annual Meeting on January 15th following their 10 am services. 

 

QUIZ 9, LEVEL 1– JANUARY 2017

1.    Why did Jairus ask Jesus for help? 

2.   Who said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

3.   What did Ezekiel see inhis vision?  

4.   In the Bible, Adam or Esau described as “a hairy man”?  

5.   Which sea did the Israelites have to cross to get to the Promised Land? 

6.   How did Joseph, the husband of Mary, earn his living? 

7.   Which disciple was named “the Doubter”?  

8.   In the parable, what happened to the house built on sand when it rained? 

9.   How many books are there in the New Testament? 

10.How did Jesus help Bartimaeus?

Birthdays and Anniversaries

 

BIRTHDAYS – JANUARY*

1 – Adam Johnston

2 – Katherine Halberstadt

3 – Constance Washman Jordan

4 – Louise Johnson

5 – Carter Shelor

7 – Henry (Hank) Johnson

9 – Stuart Walker

11 – Nici Hlusko

13 – Margaret Sproule

15 – Robert Jordan

16 – Jordan Herring McCraw

18 – Howard Yancey Dean

19 – Joseph Muldoon

20 – Jeanne Fender

25 – Kathleen Harshberger

29 – Audrey Bucy

Please feel free to contact the office to add, correct or otherwise improve the birthday/anniversary list.

 

JANUARY HUMOR

Out of the Mouths of Babes
On New Year's Eve Night, we walked down the road talking about the beautiful fireworks we had just seen (the entire country of Holland goes up in fireworks at midnight). My husband pointed at the stars and said to our 4 year old daughter: "Look, Ninon, that's God's firework." After pondering this for a while she said: "Do you know why God made it so high in the sky?" "No," my husband said, "why did he?" She replied with conviction: "Because He's the only one who can reach up there!" (Kersbergen family, Holland)

New Year's Resolutions for Internet Junkies:

1. I will try to figure out why I really need 7 e-mail addresses.

2. I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own.

3. When I hear "Where do you want to go today?" I won't reply "DPS Tech Support."

4. I will think of a password other than "password."

5. I will stop checking for an online sermon at 3:00 in the morning.

The Gravestone Message
The following caption was found written on a gravestone...
"As I am now, you soon shall be, so be content to follow me."

Then someone taped the following note on that gravestone...
"To follow you I'm not content, until I know which way you went!"

New Year's Day or Football Day?
As in many homes on New Year's Day, my wife and I faced the annual conflict of which was more important - the football games on television, or the dinner itself. To keep peace, I ate dinner with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.

Several minutes later, my wife came downstairs and graciously even bought a cold beer for me with her. She smiled, kissed me on the cheek and asked what the score was. I told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing.

"See?" she said, continuing to smile, "You didn't miss a thing."

http://javacasa.com/humor/seasonal.htm

Recipe: Soba Noodles & Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

For Dipping Sauce (make ahead)

8 Tablespoons light soy sauce

1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

2 Tablespoons water

1/3 cup chopped scallions

4 Tablespoons drained pickled ginger

 

1 Package (3 bunches) Soba Noodles

Directions: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Let rest. Before serving divide the sauce between two small bowls for dipping the noodles.

Cook the noodles in boiling water until al dente, about six minutes. Rinse thoroughly under cold water and drain well. Serve cold in shallow bowls with sauce on the side.

http://communitytable.parade.com/30470/sheilalukins/soba-noodles-dipping-sauce/

Chris’s Corner: 

Chris decided to share things she finds during the month.

King James Bible Dictionary.  The ad says it has every word in the Bible, an easy format and it contains information about people places and culture. It includes entries in the Websters 1828 Dictionary, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, Hitchock’s Bible Names, Nave’s Topical Index, Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Strong’s Concordance, Thayer’s Greek Lexicon and the BDB Hebrew Lexicon.  All in one place.  So I clicked on the link and found a nice home page.  The site can be searched by verse or word or a collection of other ways. On the home page they have links to Men of the Bible, Women of the Bible and, my favorite, Gemstones of the Bible, because my daughter’s and mother’s name are Beryl and beryl and beryl stones are in the Bible. 

Beryl

http://www.kingjamesbibledictionary.com/Dictionary/Beryl

King James Bible Dictionary - online

http://www.kingjamesbibledictionary.com/

Grace Notes – January 5, 2017

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M to TH 12 to 3:30

 

Rector’s Christmas Gift

Thank you for your donations of $387 to the Rector Christmas gift.  Because of Robert and Lizzy's long term commitment and service to the African diocese of Malawi, we will send this donation to them in his honor. Robert was very touched by this gift.  Thank you for making it possible.

Christmas Services – Thank You

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Christmas services special this year!  

New (Updated) Website

Check out the new look at Grace’s website!

www.GraceRadford.org

Stewardship Update

To date we have 38 pledges at $110,640.  We have approximately 90% of last year's pledges.  Our goal continues to be $140,000. Thanks to all who have turned in pledges already. For those who still want to pledge, it's not too late! Having a realistic budget figure is vital as we look to the future with a new rector and continuing our present ministries at Grace. 

Any questions please call Tim Walker  639-9266.

Grace Rooms Update

Since David’s retirement and the congregational vote to continue with our homeless mission, a committee to oversee our program was established. The members are Jennifer Hand, Betty Lee, Lee Slusher, Margaret Sproule, and Ann Walker. We developed a new Guest Agreement Form, revised several rules, and agreed to host a maximum of two (2) guests while we are without a permanent priest. Following a team approach and sharing responsibilities, the mission continues to be successful; however, more involvement from the congregation will be required in the New Year. We need more folks to assist with simple jobs that require only a small amount of time, from as little as a weekly phone call or visit to 1 ½ hours once or twice a month. You have a strong group enjoying each other and would welcome more members. Please prayerfully consider joining us.

January Mission: Clothing Bank

As we enter the new year, many people are cleaning out their closets of clothing that is in good shape, but no longer worn. This is a good time to consider passing those items on to the Clothing Bank for those in need. Items may be left on the stage in the Parish Hall or left in the drop box at the clothing bank.

January is Grace's month to volunteer at the Clothing Bank on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-12pm and Thursday from 4-6pm.  Please consider giving a couple of hours of your time to the Clothing Bank and volunteer with other members of Grace by signing up on the sheet in the Parish Hall or contacting Diana Jordan at 639-0809.

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and may be placed in the blue monthly mission envelopes. This money goes toward paying utilities, rent and other expenses.

Thank you,

 ~Diana Jordan

January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

It is that time of year again!!!  We need volunteers to cover the clothing bank in January.  

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday 

10AM to Noon.  

Hours to suit all schedules!  There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall.  We are small in number but big in mission!

~Diana

CONTINUING

Dear Grace Episcopal Church,

The Kroger Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours.

Your supporters (8 households) who shopped at Kroger between 9-1-2016 and 11-30-2016 (Cycle 9, Qtr 1 2016 2017) have contributed to your $112.61 total donation. If you have any questions, please email midatlanticcommunityrewards@kroger.com or visit our website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.
Don't forget to use your newsletter, website, and events to encourage your supporters to link to your organization. The more your supporters shop with us, the more money your organization will earn!

Thank you, 
Community Rewards Staff 

 If you have a Kroger Card and haven’t signed up to do Community Rewards please do so at the above link.  You might check to see if you need to renew annually. This would be a good time to do that. ~ Parish Secretary

 

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

Allison Willey has set up a coupon exchange box in the Parish Hall.  She has discontinued the coupons for Baby Products and Pet Products since it did not appear that any were being taken.  Feel free to add to the coupon collection and to take what you need from the coupon collection.  If you have questions contact, Allison.

 

Newsletter – February 

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly FebruaryNewsletter will be published the last week of January or the first week of February.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.

Flowers for the Altar  

The 2017 Flower Sign Up is on the bulletin board near the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

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. 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

 

St. Nicholas Day Appeal:

This year, twenty percent of donations made will be given to help complete the Sharon Bryant Memorial Garden at St. Paul's, Bear Mountain, in our diocese. Before her death in 2015, Sharon served as Chief of the Monacan Nation and was a Candidate for Holy Orders. Eighty percent will be given to the Episcopal Deanery of Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. Many of our parishes support schools and mission in this area, and two deputations from the diocese have visited this year. 

As you know, this appeal makes it possible for our diocese to annually make substantial financial grants to a variety of ministries and missions. I would ask that parishes participate in the success of this annual appeal by verbally announcing it, even this Sunday, and including the bulletin-ready materials received next week in service leaflets and newsletters during the remainder of Advent and through Epiphany leading up to our Annual Convention.

 

Invitation to the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention  

January 27--29, 2017 

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016 

November 28, 2016

ONE IN MISSION: JOINING THE JESUS MOVEMENT

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regularly describes our baptized call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as a "movement." This emphasis reminds us that following Jesus is not a spectator sport. Christians are to be on the move for sake of the Gospel and for the sake of others. Each year at our annual gathering in convention, I have focused on our becoming the missional church. Joining the Holy Spirit's ever-expanding mission into the world is our work.

As a diocesan family, we must continue to build networks of relationship with each other so that we widen our circles of engagement with new neighbors. Our guests this year will be the Rev. Noé Bernier and the Rev. Dwight Zscheile. Noé is the Archdeacon of the Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. He will be our preacher on Friday evening and a workshop leader on Saturday. The Rev. Dwight Zscheile,our 2016 keynote speaker, will be with us again this year as a coach and workshop leader in our new initiative of Living Local: Joining God.

As always, our work in building common mission will happen in the midst of joyous worship and good Christian fellowship. I look forward to celebrating our annual family reunion.

Peace, 

The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas
Bishop  

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention!

Links to online Convention registration and the form for submitting a resolution are posted on the diocesan website. Other Convention-related materials will also be posted there as they become available prior to the January convocation meetings.

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Pulaski County High School: The Man Who Came to Dinner

February 17-19, February 24-26

More information to come

Pulaski County High School: The Lion King Experience

March 9, 10 & 11

More information to come

Pulaski County High School: Shrek the Musical

April 18-20, May 5-7 

More information to come

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

 

Jan 31 – Feb 9 – GASA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Feb 7 – Faculty Recital, Robert Trent, Guitar, 7:30, Covington

Feb 9 – Faculty Recital, Dayl Burnett, trombone & Wayne Gallops, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 13 – Spring Honors Recital, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 14 – 23 – Student Drawing Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 15-18, 7:30 pm, Feb 19, 2:30 pm – Praying for Rain, Hawes Studio Theater

Feb 22 – Faculty Recital, Kwan Yi, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 27 – RU Mid-Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 28 – Mar 16 – Student Watercolor Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

VIRGINIA TECH

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Enloe High School Wind Ensemble. Featuring Carol Jantsch, tuba, Alan Weinstein, cello & Jason Crafton, trumpet.

QUIZ 9, LEVEL 1– JANUARY 2017 - ANSWERS

1.    His daughter was very ill.

2.   Cain

3.   A valley of dry bones.

4.   Esau

5.   The Red Sea

6.   He was a carpenter

7.   Thomas

8.   If fell down

9.   27 books

10.He cured his blindness

December 16, 2016 Grace Notes

 December 16, 2016

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M to TH 12 to 4:00

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

***Dec 17 – Hanging of the Greens – 10 am***

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, 5:30 pm & 11 pm, Robert Davenport

Dec 25 – Christmas Service, 9:00 am– Robert Davenport

Jan 1 - TBD

Dear Friends and Members of Grace Church,

We will gather on Christmas in celebration of the Birth of Jesus, the child of Bethlehem, the one who we call Christ.  Lizzy and I look forward to being in Radford this Sunday for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and for Christmas celebrations on the evening of the 24th and the morning of the 25th.

But Christmas is more than the celebration of a birth. It is unique. It is aptly called “The “Mystery of the Incarnation” for it is a truth beyond words.

The Prologue of John’s Gospel says“the Word of God   became flesh and dwelt among us full of grace and truth.”  We give thanks at Christmas that God’s coming to us to be with us in the flesh isn’t just an event we remember from our ancient stories, but it is a reality even right now and right here.  This affirmation speaks volumes to us as we explore the possibilities of what it means and meditate on what it says about our relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, and our relationships with one another.

Beyond all the hype and commercialism of Christmas, I love Christmas gifts. How challenging and special it can be to give someone just the right thing. It needs not be expensive and glamorous, but rather might be a token of affection and thanks that as God gives of God’s own self to us we in turn can give of our own selves to one another. That we can even attempt to give such love or receive it is part of the Mystery. 

I thank each and every one of you for the ways you have given of yourselves to your parish, to one another, to your community and to my family and me. You display not a participation in the Christmas hype that surrounds us. You participate in a holy love from on high. You live as it might be said in the very life of God.

You have a wonderful community, environment and spirit to offer your next rector. Primarily, I hope you offer that person the opportunity to celebrate with you that God is present through the Incarnation and in the breaking of the bread.

Merry Christmas to us all and many thanks to all of you.

Faithfully,

Robert

This is our last month with Robert Davenport so his last service with us will be Christmas morning, 9am.  We will return to having supply priests twice a month while we complete the search for a new rector.  Please be sure to say goodbye to Robert and thank him for his time here with us!   

Message from the Search Committee

Parish profile is completed and submitted to the diocese.  It will become active next week.  Closing date for candidate applications will be mid-February, at which time Grace search committee will begin receiving candidate names.

New (Updated) Website

Check out the new look at Grace’s website!

www.GraceRadford.org

Stewardship Update

To date we have 35 pledges at $97,640.  We have approximately 75% of last year's pledges.  Thanks to all who have turned in pledges already. For those who still want to pledge, it's not too late! Having a realistic budget figure is vital as we look to the future with a new rector and continuing our present ministries at Grace. 

Any questions please call Tim Walker  639-9266.

Saturday, December 17th - Keep the date – 10 am

We need volunteers to decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 17th at 10 am.  The greenery needs to be hung and lights put on the tree.  The chrismons will be added by the congregation at the services on the 24th.  

The Altar Guild will be polishing the silver and brass and making swags for the doors.  

Come and help decorate our beautiful church for Christmas.  There will be coffee and cake!

If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.

Christmas Eve Services – 5:30 pm and 11:00 pm

Christmas Day Service – 9:00 am

 

Grace Rooms Update

 

 December Mission: WRC and Grace Rooms

Like last year, we will purchase Kroger gift and gas cards for the women and children at the Women’s Resource Center as well as do the same for our Grace Rooms guests. Please write December Mission on the memo line of your checks or feel free to purchase cards in $25 amounts. Please give the cards to me or leave with Christine in the office. All donations are due no later than December 19. Grace Church always awakens the spirit of Christmas to women and children in the New River Valley. I know you will this year, too. Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping those struggling to move toward independence and escape the fear of violence.

Please put “December Monthly Mission/WRC/Grace Rooms” on your donation check.

Christmas Blessings and Peace to all,

Lee Slusher

639-1327 if questions

 

January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

It is that time of year again!!!  We need volunteers to cover the clothing bank in January.  

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday 

10AM to Noon.  

Hours to suit all schedules!  There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall.  We are small in number but big in mission!

~Diana

Time to Order Christmas Poinsettias

If you would like to contribute to this part of our celebration in memory of, in honor of, or in thanksgiving for, a person or presence in your life, please fill out the order form and return it to the church office or leave it in the offering plate. 

The Minimum contribution should be $15.00 per plant

All contributions received over and above the actual cost of the flowers will go to support the mission of Grace Episcopal Church. Order forms need to be turned into the office by Wed., Dec. 21st  

For more information call Diana Jordan (540-639-0809)  

CONTINUING

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

Newsletter – January

Weekly Roles

We have several Sundays coming up that have no Coffee Hour hosts.  Please contact the office if you are willing to host Coffee Hour. 

December 2016

 

Coffee Hour       

Dec 11 – Bette Wright            

Dec 18 – Ann Walker              

Dec 25 – Group Effort           

Jan 1 - TBD         

DECEMBER Altar Guild:  Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, Beth Gaspard

JANUARY 2017 Altar Guild:  Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

December 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               8 am - Michael Cluver             11 am – Jack Brockway

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Ann Walker

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Ann Walker & Diana Jordan 

December 24th – Christmas Eve – 5:30 pm & 11 pm

Please sign up if you can volunteer to fil one of these slots – or call the office

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               ___________________5:30      Mark Carper                           11  

Lector                  Bob Himmel                  5:30   Beth Gaspard                   11  

Server                  ___________________5:30   ______________________11        

Crucifer               ___________________5:30      ______________________11     

Acolyte                 ___________________5:30      ______________________11     

 

December 25th – Nativity of Our Lord (one service @ 9:00 am)

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               9 am - Tim Walker

Lector                   9 am – _______________

Server                  TBD

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Terry Nester & Tyler Will

January 1st– The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

TBD

Lay Reader         8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher 

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.)

Flowers for the Altar – The Flower 2016 Sign up is on the bulletin board next to the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

 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. 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

St. Nicholas Day Appeal:

This year, twenty percent of donations made will be given to help complete the Sharon Bryant Memorial Garden at St. Paul's, Bear Mountain, in our diocese. Before her death in 2015, Sharon served as Chief of the Monacan Nation and was a Candidate for Holy Orders. Eighty percent will be given to the Episcopal Deanery of Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. Many of our parishes support schools and mission in this area, and two deputations from the diocese have visited this year. 

As you know, this appeal makes it possible for our diocese to annually make substantial financial grants to a variety of ministries and missions. I would ask that parishes participate in the success of this annual appeal by verbally announcing it, even this Sunday, and including the bulletin-ready materials received next week in service leaflets and newsletters during the remainder of Advent and through Epiphany leading up to our Annual Convention.

Invitation to the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention  

January 27--29, 2017 

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016 

November 28, 2016

ONE IN MISSION: JOINING THE JESUS MOVEMENT

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regularly describes our baptized call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as a "movement." This emphasis reminds us that following Jesus is not a spectator sport. Christians are to be on the move for sake of the Gospel and for the sake of others. Each year at our annual gathering in convention, I have focused on our becoming the missional church. Joining the Holy Spirit's ever-expanding mission into the world is our work.

As a diocesan family, we must continue to build networks of relationship with each other so that we widen our circles of engagement with new neighbors. Our guests this year will be the Rev. Noé Bernier and the Rev. Dwight Zscheile. Noé is the Archdeacon of the Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. He will be our preacher on Friday evening and a workshop leader on Saturday. The Rev. Dwight Zscheile,our 2016 keynote speaker, will be with us again this year as a coach and workshop leader in our new initiative of Living Local: Joining God.

As always, our work in building common mission will happen in the midst of joyous worship and good Christian fellowship. I look forward to celebrating our annual family reunion.

Peace, 

The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas
Bishop  

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention!

Links to online Convention registration and the form for submitting a resolution are posted on the diocesan website. Other Convention-related materials will also be posted there as they become available prior to the January convocation meetings.

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Presiding Bishop Curry’s Christmas Message 2016

This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.

[December 12, 2016] “This child came to show us how to change the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2016. “So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.”

The Presiding Bishop’s video message is here. 

The Presiding Bishop’s message follows:

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Christmas Message 2016

From Isaiah Chapter 9:

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

These words of Isaiah are often seen as words that foretell and foreshadow the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary. The truth is, these words befit Him because this child changed the world. This child changes lives. This child changes us.

I remember when our oldest daughter was a baby. My wife and I were young. We were footloose and fancy-free.  It was just the two of us newlyweds, so if we wanted to go out to eat dinner, we went out to eat dinner. If we decided to go to a movie at the last minute, we just went.  We actually felt like we had money back then.  And we did have a little bit of discretionary income. We could pretty much do what we wanted to do, within reason, and we didn't have to think too much about the consequences or impact of a spontaneous decision and what we had to do to make that happen.

And then, all of a sudden, this little, innocent human being, a little child, came into our lives, and literally gained control over our entire world. Before we could do anything else we had to think about, “Who’s going to keep the baby?” or “Is this a good time for us to go without the baby?”  We soon learned that we were not in control of our lives anymore.  Even our sleeping patterns became very different. We would stay awake when the baby was awake and we went to sleep when the baby went to sleep. Literally this child began to control our lives and the child didn’t even know she was doing it. And then we had a second one she did the exact same thing. And I’ve since learned that that’s what babies do.  When they arrive they take over!  And their parents begin to develop their lives around this child. To mold their entire lives around this precious needy baby.

Isaiah wrote, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given . . . and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This child who was born of Mary changes everything. This child born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes changes how we live. This child born to the sound of angels singing Gloria in excelcis Deo -- this child to whom the wise ones came from afar bearing gifts --- this child, changed the way the entire world works. 

And this Jesus, born into a world torn by strife and hatred and division and pain and poverty, this child is born anew wherever men and women say, “I’ll follow Him. I’ll follow Him as my Savior. I’ll follow Him as my Lord.” 

When this child grew up, He said His reason for coming, again quoting Isaiah, from the 61st chapter, he said,

The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Good News to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

This child, when He grew up, came to show us the way to live lives of love, lives of compassion, lives of goodness, lives of kindness, lives of justice. This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for him to change us.  This Christmas help us change the world.  And make a new commitment, to go out from this day, to let this Christmas Day, be the first day of a new world.

God bless you. God keep you. Have a blessed Christmas.  A Happy New Year.  And go on out and change the world!

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Christmas Cantata – Sunday, December 18th, 7 pm

You are invited to hear the choir of the Radford Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintssinging the Christmas Cantata by Bruce Naylor at 7 pm on Sunday, December 18th at 900 Pendleton Street, Radford, VA.  Following the program, refreshments will be served.

The Parish Secretary and her daughters will be singing with the choir.

OPENING NIGHT TONIGHT!

Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.”

December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30)

December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30)

http://pchsplayers.wixsite.com/pchs-theatre-arts/current

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

 Jan 31 – Feb 9 – GASA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Feb 7 – Faculty Recital, Robert Trent, Guitar, 7:30, Covington

Feb 9 – Faculty Recital, Dayl Burnett, trombone & Wayne Gallops, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 13 – Spring Honors Recital, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 14 – 23 – Student Drawing Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 22 – Faculty Recital, Kwan Yi, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 27 – RU Mid-Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 28 – Mar 16 – Student Watercolor Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

VIRGINIA TECH

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Enloe High School Wind Ensemble. Featuring Carol Jantsch, tuba, Alan Weinstein, cello & Jason Crafton, trumpet.

December 8 2016 - Grace Notes

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M/W 12 to 2:30 and T/Th 12 to 4:30  

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Dec 4 – Morning Prayer

Dec 11 – Ron Johnson

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, 5:30 pm & 11 pm, Robert Davenport

Dec 25 – Christmas Service, 9:00 am– Robert Davenport

Jan 1 - TBD

Dear Friends and Members of Grace Church,

I look forward to being with you once again on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18th and the services on Christmas Eve and Day. I understand from your excellent Senior Warden, Anne Walker, that your search for a new rector is progressing along well, and that life in your beautiful surroundings is as nice as ever. In the meantime I feel I have been away for quite sometime and have written the following to update you on my whereabouts.

My daughter, Penelope, and I just returned from Embangweni, Malawi. It was her first trip to Africa. A twenty-year relationship with the Diocese of Northern Malawi, and one of seven years with the Embangweni Primary School for the Deaf has taken my wife, Lizzy, and me there a number of times.  One of the joys for me on this trip was to spend time with Penelope and to see her reactions. Another was that Lizzy’s son David, and his wife, Anna, had a daughter, Willa, born while we were away. Lizzy was with them and their other child, Felix.

There were other joys. One of the primary purposes of this trip was to work with the local leadership on their progress with the new Embangweni Secondary School for the Deaf.  It was gratifying to see that the first and only secondary school for the deaf in the country is thriving in its second year. It was started by local initiative and is supported locally and by the Malawian government, while started by funds we raised primarily in the United States. We were encouraged by the new life breathed into the primary school with their new Head Teacher, and by the good spirit at St. Matthews Anglican Church, Embangweni. With a new priest, Father Banda, they are joining a start-up congregation in Jenda, a nearby community, to form a new parish.

Penelope and I were busy. We went to services at St. Matthew’s Church, and St. Paul’s, Jenda where the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Fanuel Magangani, joined us.  We attended classes at the Embangweni Secondary School for the Deaf and the Primary School for the Deaf. We practiced our Malawian Sign Language, and learned some Chechewa and Tumbuka phrases and words.  We took long walks with children and teachers, played football (American soccer) and basketball.  We dined on rice and beans, greens, fish, and mashed potatoes, and drank instant coffee and Malawian tea. We had a celebration and variety show with the secondary school. We went to dinner, introducing the Bishop to the new director of USAID in Malawi and his wife who are from Norfolk. We swam in Lake Malawi, viewed sea eagles and chased lake flies from a colorful, handmade wooden boat. We walked through the game park in the capital city of Lilongwe. We flew for hours in airplanes, and drove some more to get there and back. We washed in hot water that smelled like smoke, and often read by candlelight when the electricity failed. It was wonderful. It always is. 

On the way home, Penelope and I were talking about our visit.  We discussed why we went on such trips and whom were we really serving? Is this about some sort of benevolence work or is it a spiritual tourism that makes us feel better about ourselves? Or perhaps is something else at work?  Were we making a difference to anyone, or is that even the point? Should we be going so far when there is so much need outside our own front doors? Is it possible for us who are seemingly in power by virtue of our race, nationality, and wealth to be the guest, listeners, learners and receivers? Could we ever really be part of this community even if only for a short time?

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. We were in one of the poorer areas.  To be deaf in such an environment complicates dynamics even more so. Life is not easy for the great majority of Malawians. It is a subsistence lifestyle for most everyone. Towards the end of our discussions Penelope basically said, “I was ready for the poverty and the living conditions.  I knew that there had been droughts and that people were really on edge about it. With the deafness, sign language, and variety of cultures I knew that communication would be difficult. I knew that the traveling would be tedious, the weather hot, the accommodations and diet more stoic than our norm. I knew that Church services and meetings would seem endless.  I knew that almost all the people had no electricity, plumbing or much else. I knew that we would be in a very foreign culture. I knew it would be a challenge, but what I didn’t know is it would be so much fun!”

She hit the nail on the head. There is a certain “in spite of it” quality to life for people in Northern Malawi.  In spite of all the ambiguities and difficulties, there exists a joy that emerges for those who have the patience and eyes to see it.  

The American Book of Common Prayer has a thanksgiving for the Diversity of Races and Cultures. It states in another way what Penelope so clearly articulated in her way. It reads as follows:

O God, who created all peoples in your image, we thank you

for the wonderful diversity of races and cultures in this world.

Enrich our lives by ever-widening circles of fellowship, and

show us your presence in those who differ most from us, until

our knowledge of your love is made perfect in our love for all

your children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 There is a certain “in spite of it” quality to life for all of us everywhere. In spite of all life’s discrepancies there exists a joy that emerges for those who have the patience and eyes to see it.  Bishop Magangani visits Norfolk often. He arrives in Norfolk once again this May. It will be wonderful. It always is.

A dear childhood friend of mine has died, so I will attend a memorial for him in Kentucky and then drive the six hours there on the 17th.  In spite of that sadness, it will be wonderful to see you the next day.

Faithfully,

Robert

Message from the Search Committee

The Search Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the discernment exercises completed in October.  From the information gathered, the Search Committee and Vestry, aided by the Finance Committee, were able to create a draft "Ministry Portfolio." Ultimately, the Ministry Portfolio is viewed by potential candidates - a means to determine whether a candidate might be interested in serving as our rector. Our draft was provided to the Rev. Jonathan Harris, Office of Transition Ministry. The next step in the search process will be our receiving of names (a listing of potential candidates).  According to Rev. Harris, with the Holiday Season approaching, potential candidates may not declare an interest until early 2017. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the search process. I thank you for your patience and wish you all the best in the days to come.

 

Christmas Gift for Robert Davenport

Traditionally Grace parishioners contribute toward a monetary Christmas gift for our rector.  During this time of transition with Robert Davenport as our temporary interim, we would like to do something a little different. Because of Robert's long term commitment and service to the African diocese of Malawi we would like to make a donation to them in his honor.  As many of you know, Robert is presently on a short mission trip there now.  The article below describes his and Lizzy's service to the deaf in Malawi over the years. If you would like to contibute to this gift, please identify it as "gift for rector" and place it in the offering plate or send/take it to Grace office by December 21. We will present an acknowledgement of this gift to Robert at the Christmas Eve service.

Robert and Lizzy will return to Radford for the week of December 18-25.  We will have regular services with Robert on Sunday, December 18, Christmas Eve (5:30 and 11pm), and 9am Christmas Day.  

 Thank you,

Grace Vestry

 

Stewardship Update

As our stewardship campaign winds down we presently have only 60% of last year's pledges. To date we have 33 pledges of $93,440.  Thank you to those who have already pledged.  We hope that others will be moved to do so as well.  Having a realistic budget figure is vital as we look to the future with a new rector and continuing our present ministries at Grace. 

Any questions please call Tim Walker  639-9266.

 

Grace Rooms Update

Since David’s retirement and the congregational vote to continue with our homeless mission, a committee to oversee our program was established. The members are Jennifer Hand, Betty Lee, Lee Slusher, Margaret Sproule, and Ann Walker. We developed a new Guest Agreement Form, revised several rules, and agreed to host a maximum of two (2) guests while we are without a permanent priest. Following a team approach and sharing responsibilities, the mission continues to be successful; however, more involvement from the congregation will be required in the New Year. We need more folks to assist with simple jobs that require only a small amount of time, from as little as a weekly phone call or visit to 1 ½ hours once or twice a month. You have a strong group enjoying each other and would welcome more members. Please prayerfully consider joining us.

December Mission: WRC and Grace Rooms

Like last year, we will purchase Kroger gift and gas cards for the women and children at the Women’s Resource Center as well as do the same for our Grace Rooms guests. Please write December Mission on the memo line of your checks or feel free to purchase cards in $25 amounts. Please give the cards to me or leave with Christine in the office. All donations are due no later than December 19. Grace Church always awakens the spirit of Christmas to women and children in the New River Valley. I know you will this year, too. Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping those struggling to move toward independence and escape the fear of violence.

Please put “December Monthly Mission/WRC/Grace Rooms” on your donation check.

Christmas Blessings and Peace to all,

Lee Slusher

639-1327 if questions

Thanks from Elf Shelf!

With your help, 378 children received toys and gifts and 241 families received food vouchers this year.  Thank you for the many ways you helped make this happen!   

Saturday, December 17th - Keep the date – 10 am

We need volunteers to decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 17th at 10 am.  The greenery needs to be hung and lights put on the tree.  The chrismons will be added by the congregation at the services on the 24th.  

The Altar Guild will be polishing the silver and brass and making swags for the doors.  

Come and help decorate our beautiful church for Christmas.  There will be coffee and cake!

If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.

 

January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

It is that time of year again!!!  We need volunteers to cover the clothing bank in January.  

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday 

10AM to Noon.  

Hours to suit all schedules!  There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall.  We are small in number but big in mission!

~Diana

Time to Order Christmas Poinsettias

It’s Time again! Time to order the Christmas Poinsettias for Grace Church.

If you would like to contribute to this part of our celebration in memory of, in honor of, or in thanksgiving for, a person or presence in your life, please fill out the order form and return it to the church office or leave it in the offering plate. 

All contributions received over and above the actual cost of the flowers will go to support the mission of Grace Episcopal Church. Order forms need to be turned into the office by Thur., Dec. 15th

For more information call Diana Jordan (540-639-0809) 

 

 

CONTINUING 

 

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

 

Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

Allison Willey has set up a coupon exchange box in the Parish Hall.  She has discontinued the coupons for Baby Products and Pet Products since it did not appear that any were being taken.  Feel free to add to the coupon collection and to take what you need from the coupon collection.  If you have questions contact, Allison.

 

Newsletter – January

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly January Newsletter will be published the last week of December or the first week of January.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.

 We have several Sundays coming up that have no Coffee Hour hosts.  Please contact the office if you are willing to host Coffee Hour. 

December 2016

 

Coffee Hour       

Dec 11 – Bette Wright            

Dec 18 – Ann Walker              

Dec 25 – Group Effort           

Jan 1 - TBD         

 DECEMBER Altar Guild:         Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, Beth Gaspard

 JANUARY 2017 Altar Guild:         Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

 

December 11th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Ron Johnson

Chalicer               8 am Bob Himmel                    11 am – Sarah Himmel

Lector                  8 am – Paula Downs               11 am – Ann Walker

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Bette Wright & Hank Johnson

 

December 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               8 am - Michael Cluver             11 am – Tim Walker

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Mark Carper

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Ann Walker & Diana Jordan

 

December 24th – Christmas Eve – 5:30 pm & 11 pm

Please call the office if you can fill one of these slots

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               ___________________5:30      Mark Carper                  11  

Lector                  ___________________5:30   Beth Gaspard                   11  

Server                  ___________________5:30   _____________________11        

Crucifer               ___________________5:30      ____________________11     

Acolyte                 ___________________5:30      ______________________11     

 

December 25th – Nativity of Our Lord (one service @ 9:00 am)

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               9 am - Tim Walker

Lector                   9 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Terry Nester & Tyler Will

 

January 1st– The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

TBD

Lay Reader           8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher 

 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.)

 

Flowers for the Altar

The Flower 2016 Sign up is on the bulletin board next to the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

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. 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

 St. Nicholas Day Appeal:

This year, twenty percent of donations made will be given to help complete the Sharon Bryant Memorial Garden at St. Paul's, Bear Mountain, in our diocese. Before her death in 2015, Sharon served as Chief of the Monacan Nation and was a Candidate for Holy Orders. Eighty percent will be given to the Episcopal Deanery of Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. Many of our parishes support schools and mission in this area, and two deputations from the diocese have visited this year. 

As you know, this appeal makes it possible for our diocese to annually make substantial financial grants to a variety of ministries and missions. I would ask that parishes participate in the success of this annual appeal by verbally announcing it, even this Sunday, and including the bulletin-ready materials received next week in service leaflets and newsletters during the remainder of Advent and through Epiphany leading up to our Annual Convention.

Invitation to the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention  

January 27--29, 2017   

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016

November 28, 2016

ONE IN MISSION: JOINING THE JESUS MOVEMENT

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regularly describes our baptized call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as a "movement." This emphasis reminds us that following Jesus is not a spectator sport. Christians are to be on the move for sake of the Gospel and for the sake of others. Each year at our annual gathering in convention, I have focused on our becoming the missional church. Joining the Holy Spirit's ever-expanding mission into the world is our work.

As a diocesan family, we must continue to build networks of relationship with each other so that we widen our circles of engagement with new neighbors. Our guests this year will be the Rev. Noé Bernier and the Rev. Dwight Zscheile. Noé is the Archdeacon of the Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. He will be our preacher on Friday evening and a workshop leader on Saturday. The Rev. Dwight Zscheile,our 2016 keynote speaker, will be with us again this year as a coach and workshop leader in our new initiative of Living Local: Joining God.

As always, our work in building common mission will happen in the midst of joyous worship and good Christian fellowship. I look forward to celebrating our annual family reunion.

Peace, 

The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas
Bishop  

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention!

Links to online Convention registration and the form for submitting a resolution are posted on the diocesan website. Other Convention-related materials will also be posted there as they become available prior to the January convocation meetings.

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Christmas Cantata – December 18th, 7 pm

You are invited to hear the choir of the Radford Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saintssinging the Christmas Cantata by Bruce Naylor at 7 pm on Sunday, December 18th at 900 Pendleton Street, Radford, VA.  Following the program, refreshments will be served.

The Parish Secretary and her daughters will be singing with the choir.

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Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.”

December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30)

December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30)

http://pchsplayers.wixsite.com/pchs-theatre-arts/current

 

 

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

 Now until Dec 14 – 16 Hands, Art Museum, Covington

 

Dec 8 – RU Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Dec 9 – RU Choral Ensembles Benefit Concert, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews Church, Roanoke

Jan 31 – Feb 9 – GASA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Feb 7 – Faculty Recital, Robert Trent, Guitar, 7:30, Covington

Feb 9 – Faculty Recital, Dayl Burnett, trombone & Wayne Gallops, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 13 – Spring Honors Recital, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 14 – 23 – Student Drawing Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 22 – Faculty Recital, Kwan Yi, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 27 – RU Mid-Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 28 – Mar 16 – Student Watercolor Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

VIRGINIA TECH

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Enloe High School Wind Ensemble. Featuring Carol Jantsch, tuba, Alan Weinstein, cello & Jason Crafton, trumpet.

December 1, 2016

Grace Notes December 2016 Newsletter

Volume 3, Number 12, December 1, 2016

 &

 Grace Notes – December 1, 2016

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M/W 12 to 2:30 and T/Th 12 to 4:30

 Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Dec 4 – Morning Prayer

Dec 11 – Ron Johnson

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, 5:30 pm & 11 pm, Robert Davenport

Dec 25 – Christmas Service, 9:00 am– Robert Davenport

Jan 1 - TBD

Message from the Search Committee

The Search Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the discernment exercises completed in October.  From the information gathered, the Search Committee and Vestry, aided by the Finance Committee, were able to create a draft "Ministry Portfolio." Ultimately, the Ministry Portfolio is viewed by potential candidates - a means to determine whether a candidate might be interested in serving as our rector. Our draft was provided to the Rev. Jonathan Harris, Office of Transition Ministry. The next step in the search process will be our receiving of names (a listing of potential candidates).  According to Rev. Harris, with the Holiday Season approaching, potential candidates may not declare an interest until early 2017. Please contact me if you have any questions regarding the search process. I thank you for your patience and wish you all the best in the days to come.

Christmas Gift for Robert Davenport

Traditionally Grace parishioners contribute toward a monetary Christmas gift for our rector.  During this time of transition with Robert Davenport as our temporary interim, we would like to do something a little different. Because of Robert's long term commitment and service to the African diocese of Malawi we would like to make a donation to them in his honor.  As many of you know, Robert is presently on a short mission trip there now.  The article below describes his and Lizzy's service to the deaf in Malawi over the years. If you would like to contibute to this gift, please identify it as "gift for rector" and place it in the offering plate or send/take it to Grace office by December 21. We will present an acknowledgement of this gift to Robert at the Christmas Eve service.

Robert and Lizzy will return to Radford for the week of December 18-25.  We will have regular services with Robert on Sunday, December 18, Christmas Eve (5:30 and 11pm), and 9am Christmas Day.  

 Thank you,

Grace Vestry

Notes from the Vestry 2016 November

Rev. Robert Davenport will be at Grace for the 4th Sunday of Advent, for Christmas Eve services and for the Christmas Day service.  

Work continues on our search for a new rector.  Our website is being updated and the webmaster needs your pictures.  As soon as our profile is uploaded to the Diocesan website, we will begin an active screening of candidates.  

Bishop Bourlakis and Jonathan Harris met with the vestry and search committees on 11/15/ 2016 to discuss concerns about Canterbury House; the Bishop will recommend tabling the sale of Canterbury until Grace has a rector.  At that time, we will be part of the conversation about what happens next.  

PLEASE send in your Stewardship Cards.  Your continued support is MOST important to Grace’s many activities and missions.  

~Joyce Muldoon

 

Stewardship Update

As our stewardship campaign winds down we presently have only 60% of last year's pledges. To date we have 29 pledges of $71,000.  Thank you to those who have already pledged.  We hope that others will be moved to do so as well.  Having a realistic budget figure is vital as we look to the future with a new rector and continuing our present ministries at Grace. 

Any questions please call Tim Walker  639-9266.

 

Grace Rooms Update

Since David’s retirement and the congregational vote to continue with our homeless mission, a committee to oversee our program was established. The members are Jennifer Hand, Betty Lee, Lee Slusher, Margaret Sproule, and Ann Walker. We developed a new Guest Agreement Form, revised several rules, and agreed to host a maximum of two (2) guests while we are without a permanent priest. Following a team approach and sharing responsibilities, the mission continues to be successful; however, more involvement from the congregation will be required in the New Year. We need more folks to assist with simple jobs that require only a small amount of time, from as little as a weekly phone call or visit to 1 ½ hours once or twice a month. You have a strong group enjoying each other and would welcome more members. Please prayerfully consider joining us.

 

December Mission: WRC and Grace Rooms

Like last year, we will purchase Kroger gift and gas cards for the women and children at the Women’s Resource Center as well as do the same for our Grace Rooms guests. Please write December Mission on the memo line of your checks or feel free to purchase cards in $25 amounts. Please give the cards to me or leave with Christine in the office. All donations are due no later than December 19. Grace Church always awakens the spirit of Christmas to women and children in the New River Valley. I know you will this year, too. Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping those struggling to move toward independence and escape the fear of violence.

Please put “December Monthly Mission/WRC/Grace Rooms” on your donation check.

Christmas Blessings and Peace to all,

Lee Slusher

639-1327 if questions

 

Saturday, December 17th - Keep the date – 10 am

We need volunteers to decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 17th at 10 am.  The greenery needs to be hung and lights put on the tree.  The chrismons will be added by the congregation at the services on the 24th.  

The Altar Guild will be polishing the silver and brass and making swags for the doors.  

Come and help decorate our beautiful church for Christmas.  There will be coffee and cake!

If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.

 

January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

It is that time of year again!!!  We need volunteers to cover the clothing bank in January.  

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday

10AM to Noon.  

Hours to suit all schedules!  There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall.  We are small in number but big in mission!

~Diana

 

Notes from Canterbury House

The plan was to go this Friday but some things have come up and it will have to be next week. Right now we are only taking blankets, coats, and clothes so we have the trucks and drivers covered for this trip. The next one we will take furniture and I am waiting to hear from N.C on the where and when. This came together really quickly so we are kind of just winging it for a bit. We have money donated that has paid for the gas. Thanks for all you do.

 In Christ,

RobertMorris

 

Time to Order Christmas Poinsettias

It’s Time again! Time to order the Christmas Poinsettias for Grace Church.

If you would like to contribute to this part of our celebration in memory of, in honor of, or in thanksgiving for, a person or presence in your life, please fill out the order form and return it to the church office or leave it in the offering plate. 

The Minimum contribution should be $15.00 per plant

All contributions received over and above the actual cost of the flowers will go to support the mission of Grace Episcopal Church. Order forms need to be turned into the office by Thur., Dec. 15th

For more information call Diana Jordan (540-639-0809)   

 

CONTINUING

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

 

Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

Allison Willey has set up a coupon exchange box in the Parish Hall.  She has discontinued the coupons for Baby Products and Pet Products since it did not appear that any were being taken.  Feel free to add to the coupon collection and to take what you need from the coupon collection.  If you have questions contact, Allison.

 

Newsletter – January

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly January Newsletter will be published the last week of December or the first week of January.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.

We have several Sundays coming up that have no Coffee Hour hosts.  Please contact the office if you are willing to host Coffee Hour.

Coffee Hour       

Dec 4- Jayne Bucy                           

Dec 11 – Bette Wright             

Dec 18 – Ann Walker                                                    

Dec 25 – Group Effort

Jan 1 - TBD         

DECEMBER Altar Guild:         Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, Beth Gaspard

JANUARY 2017 Altar Guild:         Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

 

December 4th- 2nd Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Lay Reader        8 am & 11 am – Jack Brockway

Lector                8 am – Barbara Houston     11 am – Kristi McCraw

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher

 

December 11th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Ron Johnson

Chalicer               8 am Bob Himmel      11 am – Sarah Himmel

Lector                  8 am – Paula Downs       11 am – Ann Walker

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Bette Wright & Hank Johnson

 

December 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               8 am - Michael Cluver      11 am – Tim Walker

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel        11 am – Mark Carper

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Ann Walker & Diana Jordan

 

December 24th – Christmas Eve – 5:30 pm & 11 pm

Robert Davenport

Chalicer   ___________________5:30      Mark Carper 11                          

Lector     ___________________5:30   Beth Gaspard   11                     

Server    ___________________5:30   ______________11          

Crucifer  ___________________5:30   ______________11         

Acolyte  ___________________5:30   ______________11        

 

December 25th – Nativity of Our Lord (one service @ 9:00 am)

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               9 am - Jack Brockway

Lector                   9 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Terry Nester & Tyler Will

 

January 1st– The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

TBD

Lay Reader           8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel     11 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher

 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.)

 

Flowers for the Altar

The Flower 2016 Sign up is on the bulletin board next to the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

 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.

 

 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

Invitation to the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention  

January 27--29, 2017 

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center
110 Shenandoah Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24016

 

 

November 28, 2016

ONE IN MISSION: JOINING THE JESUS MOVEMENT

Our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry regularly describes our baptized call to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ as a "movement." This emphasis reminds us that following Jesus is not a spectator sport. Christians are to be on the move for sake of the Gospel and for the sake of others. Each year at our annual gathering in convention, I have focused on our becoming the missional church. Joining the Holy Spirit's ever-expanding mission into the world is our work.

As a diocesan family, we must continue to build networks of relationship with each other so that we widen our circles of engagement with new neighbors. Our guests this year will be the Rev. Noé Bernier and the Rev. Dwight Zscheile. Noé is the Archdeacon of the Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. He will be our preacher on Friday evening and a workshop leader on Saturday. The Rev. Dwight Zscheile,our 2016 keynote speaker, will be with us again this year as a coach and workshop leader in our new initiative of Living Local: Joining God.

As always, our work in building common mission will happen in the midst of joyous worship and good Christian fellowship. I look forward to celebrating our annual family reunion.

Peace, The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas

Bishop

We're looking forward to seeing you at the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention!

Links to online Convention registration and the form for submitting a resolution are posted on the diocesan website. Other Convention-related materials will also be posted there as they become available prior to the January convocation meetings.

Aidan Community

The Aiden Community is a young adult intentional community created by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Four young adults will live together in community, serving and praying together, while working in the Roanoke area.

The time has come to furnish the Aiden Community's Roanoke House! There are opportunities for convocations, parishes, and individuals to provide furniture to outfit several of the common areas of the house.

Each convocation, parish, or individual that donates will be noted on a plaque in the Roanoke House.

Furniture needs are: 

Front Porch:  Rocking Chairs (x4), Side Table (x2), Porch Swing (x1)

Back Deck: Deck Table (x1)/Chairs (x4), Charcoal Grill (x1), Cornhole set (x1)

Living Room: Couch (x1), Loveseat (x1), Coffee Table (x2), Floor Lamp (x2)

Chapel: Small Table/Altar (x1), Simple Wooden Chair (x4)   

Misc.: Coat Rack with Bench (x1)

Contact Canon Conner at cgwin@dioswva.org for more information

 

Advent Daily Devotions

Society of St. Andrew offers daily devotions for Advent. Visit http://endhunger.org/advent .  The upper right hand corner has a place to sign up for a daily devotion.

 

Canterbury Books & Gifts

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, SAVE THE DATE!

December 1- "Dimestore" with Lee Smith 6 PM

 

ALL EVENTS HELD AT ST. JOHNS EXCEPT STOCKED MARKET

PLAN ON ATTENDING THESE SPECIAL EVENTS AND REMEMBER....BRING A FRIEND OR 2!!!

All profits benefit St. John's Outreach Programs

ENTER OFF OF MOUNTAIN AVE. AT THE TOWER ENTRANCE!

VISIT US ON FACEBOOK!

 

Store Hours: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Contact:

1 Mountain Ave SW., 540-491-9914, bookstore@stjohnsroanoke.org

 

QUIZ 122, LEVEL 4 – DECEMBER 2016

1.    The jawbone of which animal did Samson use to kill 1,000 Philistines? 

2.   How old was Methuselah when he died?  

3.   Who was Methuselah’s grandson? 

4.   What does “alpha” mean?  

5.   Which king allowed the Israelites to return from exile to their own land?  

6.   What creature is given the number 666?  

7.   What does “omega” mean?  

8.   Who did Jesus tell to come down out of a tree?  

9.   How did the Gibeonites make Joshua think they had come from far away?  

10.Who told Joseph to “flee to Egypt”? 

 

 

Birthdays and Anniversaries

BIRTHDAYS – DECEMBER*

 

1 – Jill Phillips Jordan

2 – Anne Park (Felch)

3 – Leslea Hlusko

4 – Michael Cluver

5 – Jon Piro

8 – Cameron Schafer

11 – Mark Schafer

12 – Cole Schafer

14 – Anthea Pugh

17 – Mary Galecki

18 – Katherine Walker

19 – Hannah Elizabeth Rose

20 – Brad Acosta

20 – Cameron Eliza Rose

20 – Henry Kirby

28 – Jayne Bucy

29 – Barrett Cunningham

29 – Betty Dickerson

29 – Terry Nester

 

ANNIVERSARIES- DECEMBER*

12 – William “Hootie” and Sandy Wright

27 – Terry & Kristi McCraw

Please feel free to contact the office to add, correct or otherwise improve the birthday/anniversary list.

 

 

Advent & Christmas Humor

Cryptic Christmas Card
A man sent his friend a cryptic Christmas card. It said: A B C D E F G H I J
K M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. The recipient puzzled over it for weeks,
finally gave up and wrote asking for an explanation. In July he received the
explanation on a postcard: "No L."

True story
The nativity play was going as planned and Joseph and Mary were going from house to house knocking on the doors and asking if there was any room for them. As they continued to get "no room" answers a little voice called from the back "YOU SHOULD HAVE BOOKED!" bringing the house down.

Didn't You Get My E-Mail?
As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?"
The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my E-mail?"  

Who kissed Santa?
At my daughter's elementary school Christmas concert, a first-grade girl introduced their song, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" with clear, articulate, well-rehearsed speech, [and not in the least aware of the mix-up], saying:  "Oh, what Mommy would have thought if she saw Daddy kissing Santa Claus!"
from Sally in GA

Who is the Real Virgin?
A ten-year-old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.  Then one day she floored her grandmother by asking, "Which virgin was the mother of Jesus?  The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?"

What Are The Three Gifts?
While participating in a church Christmas pageant many years past, I had the good fortune to be chosen as the narrator. Each rehearsal went off well and then on the night of the show, I, in a loud and penetrating voice announced the gifts of the Magi as "gold, Frankenstein and myrrh."

No Room In The Inn?
A boy wanted to be Joseph in the Sunday School pageant. He was cast as the landlord and objected loudly, but to no avail. When the pageant was presented, Mary and Joseph knocked on the door and asked him if he had a room for them. The boy smiled and said, "Yes, sure. Lots of room. Come on in!"

Charge It
The store's Santa Claus gave Jeanie a candy cane.  Her mother says, "What do you say, Jeanie?"  Jeanie looks up at Santa and says, "Charge it!"  Bud Brooks, Stamping Ground CC, Stamping Ground, KY

Pontius Who?
At Sunday school, the younger children were drawing pictures illustrating Biblical stories. The teacher walked by and noticed one little boy was drawing an airplane! "Oh, what Bible story are you drawing?" she asked.  "This is the Flight into Egypt," the little boy answered.  "See, here is Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. And this," he said, pointing to the front of the plane, "is Pontius. He's the Pilot."

Same Name?
A little boy named Nicholas told the store's Santa Claus: "You and I have the same name."  

Santa says:  "Well, hello Harold."  Bud Brooks, Stamping Ground CC, Stamping Ground, KY

The Wrong Gift
The parents began to assemble the special Christmas gift they had for their children.   They had ordered a kit for a tree house and received the plans for it.   However, the materials they received were for a sailboat.  They wrote the company to complain.  The company's reply:  "While we regret the inconvenience this mistake must have caused you, it is nothing compared to that of the man who is out on a lake somewhere trying to sail your tree house."  Bud Brooks, Stamping Ground, KY  

God's Not Deaf
Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents' house the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers. The younger one began praying at the top of his lungs:

"I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..."
"I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..."

His older brother leaned over, nudged him and said, "Why are you shouting? God isn't deaf." to which the little brother replied, "No, but Grandma is!"

Actual children's versions of Christmas Carols:

"...sleep in heavenly peas";
"Joy to the world, the Savior rains";
"This is he whom Sears of old...";
"Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o'er the plane";
"While shepherds washed their socks by night

None of Them Are Toys!
When my daughters were little I would always tell them around Christmas that this is Jesus' birthday and he only received 3 things so do not be disappointed in what lies under the tree. When it came time for worship on Christmas morning, I asked the children what they thought Jesus would think of Santa and all the hype. Would he ask Santa a question? My youngest daughter replied, "I think Jesus would ask how come I only got three things and none of them were toys?"  Sal, Ridgeway Ontario

Viking Mary
When my son was 8 years of age, He was in a Christmas Pageant at our church. His line started "And the Virgin Mary was with Child." He did his line correctly at every rehearsal. On the night of the presentation everything was going wonderful. All the children were relaxed and reciting their lines without flaw. It came time for my son to recite his line and this is exactly how it came out: "And the Viking Mary was with Child." It was quite a job for all the adults watching the presentation to restrain ourselves and

Thanks to: 

http://javacasa.com/humor/seasonal.htm

 

Recipe: Speculatius (German Spice Cookies)

Recipe: Speculatius

(German Spice Cookies)

With St. Nicholas' feast day approaching, our bakery just shipped out an order of hand decorated St. Nicholas gourmet Speculatius cookies. They take about 45 minutes each to hand decorate with royal icing.

 

Speculatius (German Spice Cookies) are considered the traditional St. Nicholas Cookie and the recipe hails from the Rhineland. Here's the Speculatius recipe that I used:

 

Speculatius

 

Mix in order:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs whole
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cloves


Turn out onto a floured board. Knead in about one cup additional flour or as much as you need until dough is no longer sticky and is easy to handle.

Put into a plastic bag and refrigerate until chilled and stiff. Then you are ready to roll out and cut the cookies. Cut off a manageable piece and keep the rest cool until you are ready for more.

For the larger, hand decorated St. Nicholas cookies, roll the dough to about ¼ inch thickness. Cut out cookie around paper pattern. Place on greased baking sheet.

Bake at 350º F. until golden-brown. These keep forever in tins in the freezer or for two-three weeks on the shelf.

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

This recipe (and beautiful photo) was submitted by Victoria, from Designer Pastry, for publication here at Catholic Cuisine! Thank you Victoria! 

http://catholiccuisine.blogspot.com/2009/12/speculatius-german-spice-cookies.html

 

QUIZ 122, LEVEL 4 – DECEMBER 2016

1.    A donkey

2.   969 years old

3.   Noah

4.   The beginning

5.   Cyrus, King of Persia

6.   The “beast” in Revelation

7.   The end

8.   Zacchaeus

9.   They wore worn out clothes

10.Angel

Chris’s Corner: Quotes from C.S.Lewis

“Mere Christianity” was originally a series of radio broadcasts, then published as three separate books (The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior and Beyond Personality-Mere Christianity) and later compiled into one. This is from the chapter called “The Perfect Penitent” (Book 2, Chapter 4)

 “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice.”

 

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Tuesdays @ 7 pm, Thursdays @ 6 pm– Yoga with Parker Williams (540-250-3074)

Parker will be moving to Yogaville to do a six month internship so the last Yoga class will most likely be 29 November 2016.

 

 

Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.”

December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30)

December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30)

http://pchsplayers.wixsite.com/pchs-theatre-arts/current

 

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

Now until Dec 14 – 16 Hands, Art Museum, Covington

Dec 2 & 3 – Madrigal Dinners, Muse Hall Banquet Hall, 6 pm, $35 General Admission, $30 Student (with ID)

Dec 3 – Theater for Young Children – Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, 10 am & 2 pm, General Admission $8, RU Faculty/Staff $6, RU Student Free, Children $4.

Dec 7 – Radford University Wind Ensemble & Changer Winds, 7:30 pm, Covington

Dec 8 – RU Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Dec 9 – RU Choral Ensembles Benefit Concert, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews Church, Roanoke

Jan 31 – Feb 9 – GASA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Feb 7 – Faculty Recital, Robert Trent, Guitar, 7:30, Covington

Feb 9 – Faculty Recital, Dayl Burnett, trombone & Wayne Gallops, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 13 – Spring Honors Recital, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 14 – 23 – Student Drawing Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 22 – Faculty Recital, Kwan Yi, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 27 – RU Mid-Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 28 – Mar 16 – Student Watercolor Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

 

VIRGINIA TECH

Presented in Technicolor, December 4, 3 pm

Moss Arts Center

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Enloe High School Wind Ensemble. Featuring Carol Jantsch, tuba, Alan Weinstein, cello & Jason Crafton, trumpet.

November 23, 2015

Grace Notes – November 232016

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Office hours generally are M/W 12 to 2:30 and T/Th 12 to 4:30

 

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Nov 27 – Morning Prayer

Dec 4 – Morning Prayer

Dec 11 – Ron Johnson

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, Robert Davenport

Dec 25 – Robert Davenport

Jan 1 - TBD

 

STEWARDSHIP

Pledge cards are still being accepted.  Anyone unable to present their card on Stewardship Sunday (Nov 13) is encouraged to mail or bring it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by the end of November if possible.  Thank you for the gifts of your time, talents, and resources.

November Mission Monthly Mission: Elf Shelf

November Mission

Monthly Mission: Elf Shelf

Elf Shelf volunteers are already busy preparing for the 2016 toy distribution.  In just a few days, December 2-3, parents will arrive to pick out Christmas gifts for their children. They will also receive a food voucher based on family size which will provide a holiday meal for their family. Contributions to Elf Shelf can be made in several ways.  Financial contributions can be placed in the collection plate on Sunday (please mark contributions as "Elf Shelf") or can be sent to Radford Elf Shelf, PO Box 358, Radford, VA 24143. If you would like to donate new toys, please leave them in the Christmas donation box on the stage. 

Grace Church continues to be responsible for staffing the Friday afternoon, December 2nd, 1:00-4:00 shift.  We need 14 people to help with a variety of tasks.......helping parents shop, re-stocking the tables as gifts are chosen, and bagging the gifts.  Please call Diana Jordan 639-0809 if you are able to help.

Thank you!

Please put “November Monthly Mission/Elf Shelf” on your donation check.

 

Youth Opportunity to decorate for Elf Shelf

All middle-school and high-school aged youth are asked to help decorate for the Elf Shelf mission.  This will be Wednesday, 11/30 starting immediately after school at Grove United Methodist Church.  Please contact Margaret Sproule at 641-1960 if you have questions, need additional information, or want to arrange a ride.

Picture, pictures, we need pictures!

We have received a few more photos.  Do you have more pictures of Grace events from the last few years that you would be willing to share? Or would you like to take some current photos during Coffee Hour or the Hanging of the Greens, or other events to share. We are presently updating and revising the Grace website and would like to have current pictures to add.  Our website will be an important tool in the search for a new rector as well as reaching those who are looking for a new church home.  It is an opportunity to inform and invite.  Please share your pictures with us!  Just email them to  office@graceradford.org     Thank you!

 

Saturday, December 17th - Keep the date – 10 am

    We need volunteers to decorate the church for Christmas on Saturday, December 17th at 10 am.  The greenery needs to be hung and lights put on the tree.  The chrismons will be added by the congregation at the services on the 24th.  

    The Altar Guild will be polishing the silver and brass and making swags for the doors.  

     Come and help decorate our beautiful church for Christmas.  There will be coffee and cake!

      If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.

 

January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

It is that time of year again!!!  We need volunteers to cover the clothing bank in January.  

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday

10AM to Noon.  

Hours to suit all schedules!  There will be a sign up sheet in the Parish Hall.  We are small in number but big in mission!

~Diana

 

Notes from Canterbury House: Letter from St Mary’s in Speed, NC

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

108 Mill Pond Rd. 

Speed, NC 27843

 

 

November 14, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Many of our communities in eastern North Carolina have suffered greatly in the aftermath Hurricane Matthew. Wind damage and severe flooding have devastated entire communities leaving thousands in need. Here in Edgecombe County the town of Princeville was one of the hardest hit in the state. Virtually every home in the town was flooded and many of the residents have lost everything. Edgecombe County was already one of the most economically depressed counties in North Carolina, and the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew has only added to the hardship. 

St. Mary’s Church in partnership with St. Paul’s Church in Clinton, NC is working hard to assist our brothers and sisters in need. We would be blessed to have your prayers, assistance and support. Some of the items which are most needed are: water, canned goods, dry goods, cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper products, winter clothes, winter coats, undergarments(new,) socks, bedding, blankets, diapers, wipes, mattresses and furniture. 

In the coming weeks and months we will also need volunteers to help clean out homes and rebuild. Financial contributions can be sent to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 110 W. Main St. Clinton, NC 28328 with “Hurricane Relief” written in the memo line. For more information feel free to contact me at 910-305-5976 or danielmarkcenci@gmail.com. Thank you for your prayers and support.   

Your Brother in Christ, 

The Rev. Daniel M. Cenci              

Canterbury House:

We have a u-haul full now and will go when a second truck is full.  

~Robert Morris

 

Adopt-a-Room

The process of searching for a new rector has inspired us to look at our buildings with a new eye.  The rooms in the Vest Building need a lot of Tender Loving Care so we are initiating an "Adopt-a-Room" project.  We are hoping that our Grace Church families will adopt a room to clean.  The task will be to clean out things that are too old or broken or useless and to clean, sweep, and beautify that room.  All items that should be trashed or items that you are unsure what to do with should be placed in the smaller nursery room (1st room on the right....with the painted white piano.)  We hope to complete this task by early December 1.  The sign-up sheets are posted on each room.  Please help by signing up for a room! 

If anyone would like to sort through historic papers and photos please let the office know.

 

Support for Grace Rooms needed! 6 Volunteers!

Intake Person (2 needed)

-An occasional 45 min. to 1 hour

-Meet the new guest, go over our agreement form, and help guest settle in          

  for her stay. 

 

Liaisons (2 needed)

-Flexible time/you decide

-Check in with one guest periodically; simple phone call or face-to-face, so   

            guest will feel connected to Grace Church

 

Resource Drivers (2 needed)

          -At your convenience after guest arrives

          -Provide transportation to Dept. of Social Services/New River Community

           Action for guest to sign up for services. You may drop off guest and return

           for pickup
 

Each of the above responsibilities is rotated with other members of Grace.

With more volunteers involved, the load is lightened for all! Only 2 guests are staying at a time in Grace Rooms.

Please contact a member of your Grace Rooms Committee: 

Betty Lee, Ann Walker, Margaret Sproule, Jennifer Hand, or Lee Slusher.

 

CONTINUING

 

Can You Help?

If you can do one of the following, please contact the office:

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

 

Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

Allison Willey has set up a coupon exchange box in the Parish Hall.  She has discontinued the coupons for Baby Products and Pet Products since it did not appear that any were being taken.  Feel free to add to the coupon collection and to take what you need from the coupon collection.  If you have questions contact, Allison.

 

Newsletter – December

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly December Newsletter will be published the last week of November or the first week of December.  If you have news, local events, recipes, humor or other items you would like to contribute to the Newsletter or the weekly Grace Notes, please send it in to 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.

 

We have several Sundays coming up that have no Coffee Hour hosts.  Please contact the office if you are willing to host Coffee Hour.  The Sundays are:  October 30th, November 6thand November 13th.

 

November 2016

 

Coffee Hour        Nov 27-Penny Sweet               Dec 4- Jayne Bucy

                             Dec 11 – Bette Wright             Dec 18 – Ann Walker

                             Dec 25 – Group Effort            Jan 1 - TBD         

 

NOVEMBER

Altar Guild:         Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

 

DECEMBER

Altar Guild:         Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, Beth Gaspard

 

 

November 27th   - 1st Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Lay Reader    8 am & 11 am – Mark Carper

Lector           8 am – Paula Downs      11 am – Hannah Brockway

Server           Jess Shelor           

Acolyte         Carter Shelor

Counters       Tyler Will & Terry Nester

 

December 4th- 2nd Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Chalicer     8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector        8 am – Barbara Houston       11 am – Kristi McCraw

Server         Mark Johnston

Crucifer       Audrey Bucy

Acolyte        Hannah Brockway

Counters       Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher

Altar Guild    Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, Beth Gaspard

* Change from last week

 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.)

 

Flowers for the Altar – The Flower 2016 Sign up is on the bulletin board next to the Altar Guild Room in the Parish Hall or you may call the office.  

 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. 

 

THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

http://www.dioswva.org/

 

Aidan Community

The Aiden Community is a young adult intentional community created by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia. Four young adults will live together in community, serving and praying together, while working in the Roanoke area.

The time has come to furnish the Aiden Community's Roanoke House! There are opportunities for convocations, parishes, and individuals to provide furniture to outfit several of the common areas of the house.

Each convocation, parish, or individual that donates will be noted on a plaque in the Roanoke House.

Furniture needs are: 

Front Porch:  Rocking Chairs (x4), Side Table (x2), Porch Swing (x1)

Back Deck: Deck Table (x1)/Chairs (x4), Charcoal Grill (x1), Cornhole set (x1)

Living Room: Couch (x1), Loveseat (x1), Coffee Table (x2), Floor Lamp (x2)

Chapel: Small Table/Altar (x1), Simple Wooden Chair (x4)   

Misc.: Coat Rack with Bench (x1)

Contact Canon Conner at cgwin@dioswva.org for more information

 Advent Daily Devotions

Society of St. Andrew offers daily devotions for Advent. Visit http://endhunger.org/advent .  The upper right hand corner has a place to sign up for a daily devotion.

Canterbury Books & Gifts

 

UPCOMING EVENTS, SAVE THE DATE!

December 1- "Dimestore" with Lee Smith 6 PM

 

ALL EVENTS HELD AT ST. JOHNS EXCEPT STOCKED MARKET

PLAN ON ATTENDING THESE SPECIAL EVENTS AND REMEMBER....BRING A FRIEND OR 2!!!

All profits benefit St. John's Outreach Programs

ENTER OFF OF MOUNTAIN AVE. AT THE TOWER ENTRANCE!

VISIT US ON FACEBOOK!

 

Store Hours: 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Contact:

1 Mountain Ave SW., 540-491-9914, bookstore@stjohnsroanoke.org

 

Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps:
Applications accepted for 2017-2018 placements

[October 31, 2016] Young adults (21-30 years old) have an opportunity to transform their own lives while engaging mission and ministry in the Anglican Communion by joining the Young Adult Service Corps. Now, applications are available for 2017-2018 placements in the Young Adult Service Corps, commonly known as YASC.

Among possible placements for 2017-2018 are Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Japan, Jerusalem, Mexico, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and Tanzania.

The application for a 2017-2018 placement with additional information and instructions is available here.  The application deadline is Friday, January 6, 2017.

 

 

 

OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST

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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

Tuesdays @ 7 pm, Thursdays @ 6 pm– Yoga with Parker Williams (540-250-3074)

Parker will be moving to Yogaville to do a six month internship so the last Yoga class will most likely be 29 November 2016.

 

Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for purposes of hook activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). (Wikipedia)

 Consider giving on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 to the group, charity, organization of your choice. 

Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.” December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30) December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30) http://pchsplayers.wixsite.com/pchs-theatre-arts/current

Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.”

December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30)

December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30)

http://pchsplayers.wixsite.com/pchs-theatre-arts/current

RADFORD UNIVERSITY-MUSIC & ART

 

Now until Dec 14 – 16 Hands, Art Museum, Covington

 

Dec 2 & 3 – Madrigal Dinners, Muse Hall Banquet Hall, 6 pm, $35 General Admission, $30 Student (with ID)

Dec 3 – Theater for Young Children – Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, 10 am & 2 pm, General Admission $8, RU Faculty/Staff $6, RU Student Free, Children $4.

Dec 7 – Radford University Wind Ensemble & Changer Winds, 7:30 pm, Covington

Dec 8 – RU Jazz Ensembles Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Dec 9 – RU Choral Ensembles Benefit Concert, 7:30 pm, St. Andrews Church, Roanoke

Jan 31 – Feb 9 – GASA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Feb 7 – Faculty Recital, Robert Trent, Guitar, 7:30, Covington

Feb 9 – Faculty Recital, Dayl Burnett, trombone & Wayne Gallops, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 13 – Spring Honors Recital, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 14 – 23 – Student Drawing Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Feb 22 – Faculty Recital, Kwan Yi, piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 27 – RU Mid-Winter Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Covington

Feb 28 – Mar 16 – Student Watercolor Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

 

VIRGINIA TECH                                                                 Presented in Technicolor, December 4, 3 pm

Moss Arts Center

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band

 

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band and Enloe High School Wind Ensemble. Featuring Carol Jantsch, tuba, Alan Weinstein, cello & Jason Crafton, trumpet.