Grace Notes – March 15, 2018
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Office hours are TBD.
Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer / Holy Eucharist Schedule:
Mar 25 – Palm Sunday: 8 am and 11 am Morning Prayer
New Rector Starts, Kathy Dunagan:
Mar 29 – Maundy Thursday, 6 pm,
Mar 30 – Good Friday,
Noon to 3 pm – Quiet Reflection
6 pm Good Friday Service
Mar 31 – Easter Vigil, 6 pm
Apr 1 – Easter Sunday, 8 am & 11 am, HE
Coffee Hour/Reception for Christine rescheduled
Because of the predicted snow on Sunday, the special reception in honor of Christine which was scheduled for Sunday, March 25 has been rescheduled for Sunday April 15. Anyone wishing to contribute to a monetary gift for her, please give your contribution to Ann Walker. It will be presented to her on April 15. We will also give her a pretty container filled with our written sentiments, well-wishes, and thank yous. If you would like to participate in this, please send your (brief....2-3 lines) thoughts, thanks, etc to email@example.com and they will be rolled into tiny scrolls to be placed in the container. Thank you for helping make our goodbye to Christine warm and generous.
Thanks to all who are extending a warm welcome to our new rector, Kathy Dunagan. She is all settled in the rectory and preparing to begin ministry at Grace next week. Some of our parishioners have stopped by to introduce themselves, bring a meal or gift, or offer words of welcome and well wishes. Thank you for this wonderful Grace hospitality!
March Monthly MIssion: Brain Injury Services of SWVA
Brain injury (including stroke) can happen in a moment, and change forever the course of life for a whole family. Of the greater than 4,000 people in the New River Valley, more than 1,000 have survived this trauma are living with long-term or lifetime disabilities. Your donations in the blue envelopes each Sunday help provide the most significant support families can receive – services needed to help them rebuild their lives. Please give generously to March’s Monthly Outreach, Brain Injury Services of SWVA. See the display on stage in the Parish Hall for information about the organization and its services. Is anyone you know pictured there?
Put March Monthly Mission in the memo line of your check. Thank you.
Note from Christine
Thank you for being able to work at Grace these last several years. I have appreciated the friendships and connections here. Being able to flex around my family’s needs has been wonderful. Best wishes to everyone at Grace and to Kathy as she begins her service here. See you on the 25th.
Boy’s Home Raffle
Executive Directory Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for this year’s raffle. This beautiful quilt is pieced using primarily blue/ Peacock fabrics and measure 78” x 95” and fits a full sized bed. The pattern is an original design. Tickets are $5 for 1 ticket and $45 for 10 tickets. We will draw a winner on May 11, 2018. All proceeds go to the equine program at Boys Home. Send your name, address and a check to:
Boy’s Home of Virginia
Attn: Quilt Raffle
414 Boys Home Road
Covington, VA 24426
Grace Visitations Teams
Thank you to all who volunteer in this important service:
March Team – Dennis Price & Laura Jacobsen
April Team – Greg and Fran Rooker
NO FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR?
We are off to a very slow start this year with altar flower sign up. This has always been a responsibility for which parishioners have readily volunteered. It is a wonderful opportunity to honor the memory of someone or to give thanksgiving for someone or something in your life. Won't you help us provide flowers for the altar this year?
There are a number of Sundays open. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Parish Hall or you can call the office to see if certain Sundays are open and sign up via the phone. Please help us by signing up for a Sunday or two.
Altar Flowers from Northside Flowers:
One Sunday - $25
Two Sundays - $40 (Sign up for two consecutive slots.The flowers from the 1st Sunday are picked up by Northside, refreshed, and returned for the 2nd Sunday)
Contact Northside Flowers (540-639-9351) to order flowers and contact the office to place the dedication in the bulletin.
Mar 25 – Palm Sunday
Apr 1 – Easter/Easter Flowers
Apr 8 – M Hrezo
Apr 15 – M Hrezo
Apr 22 – Harshberger
Apr 29 – Harshberger
May 6 – Asbury
May 13 - Asbury
May 20 – L. Jones
May 27 - L. Jones
Thank you to all who participate in the weekly roles on Sunday. Weekly Roles are on the bulletin board and in Grace Notes.
Mar 25 – Bob & Sarah Himmel
Apr 1 - Easter – Joint Effort Apr 8 – Joy Hottenstein
March Altar Guild: Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston
Acolyte: Ryan Beasley
March 25th – Palm Sunday _______(8am) MP-M Cluver/ (11am) MP Tim Walker
Lay Reader 8 am – Michael Cluver
Lector 8 am – Bob Himmel 11 am – Bonnie Cunningham
Counters Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher
March 29th – Maundy Thursday____________________________HE-Kathy Dunagan
Chalicer 6 pm – Jack Brockway
Lector 6 pm – Kathleen Harshberger
March 30th – Good Friday________________________________HE- Kathy Dunagan
Chalicer 6 pm – Mark Carper
Lector 6 pm – Mark Carper
March 31st – Easter Vigil________________________________HE- Kathy Dunagan
Chalicer 6 pm – Jack Brockway
Lector 6 pm – Margaret Hrezo
Lector 6 pm – Lee Slusher
April 1st – Easter Sunday ______________________________HE- Kathy Dunagan
Chalicer 8am –Michael Cluver 11 am – Jack Brockway
Lector 8 am –Paula Downs 11 am – Dick Harshberger
Counters Ann Walker & Diana Jordan
Please let the office know or sign up in the Parish Hall if you can serve at any of the above times in the service roles.
April Altar Guild: Phyllis Semple, Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand & Beth Gaspard
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.)
2018 Coffee Hour
1 EASTER- Joint Effort
8 Hottenstein, Joy
15 Jacobsen/Price, Laura & Dennis
22 Johnson, Louise & Henry
29 Jordan, Diane & Joyce Muldoon
The Coffee Hour duty schedule has been organized to assign each person/family to no more than 2 times a year. If you cannot meet your assigned time please try to trade with someone in your month and call the church office (639-3494) with the change. If you can trade assigned times with someone else please do so. Be sure to call the church office with the change to avoid two parties providing Coffee Hour at the same time.
Your cooperation and suggestions are welcome. If needed, directions for providing Coffee Hour are posted on the kitchen refrigerator.
THE DIOCESE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA
Donate to The Bishop’s Dollar Fund
The season of Lent offers each one of us an annual invitation to reflect on our blessings as members of the body of Christ. The movement to share out of our gratitude is one of the fruits of faithful reflection. Bishop Mark Bourlakas encourages generous support of The Bishop’s Dollar fund to continue to address a variety of needs throughout the diocese not otherwise covered through our annual budget. You can mail donations to the Diocesan Office (O Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009) or donate online at www.dioswva.org.
Presiding Bishop announces
The Episcopal Church 2018 Annual Appeal
[March 1, 2018] Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has announced the launch of The Episcopal 2018 Annual Appeal and calls upon Episcopalians throughout the church to participate.
“I write to share some of the ways we, together as the Episcopal Church, witness to the loving, liberating, and life-giving way of Jesus Christ, and to ask for your financial support through this first Annual Appeal,” he writes. “Your gift or pledge to the Annual Appeal will directly impact our life and witness as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.”
“When we work together, we can better proclaim the gospel in communities across the church, support our chaplains in federal ministries, and advocate in Washington DC for justice and peace,” House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings said. “I invite all Episcopalians to join me in supporting this annual appeal that will make more ministry possible across the Episcopal Church.”
The Episcopal Church 2018 Annual Appeal marks the first churchwide appeal in the Episcopal Church. The goal is to assist the costs of churchwide ministries. In his letter, the Presiding Bishop cites some of the ministries providing vital services to the churchwide membership, such as Evangelism and Reconciliation, and the Office of Armed Forces and Federal Ministries. Ministries are detailed here.
“There is no doubt that each of us must continue to give generously to our local parishes, dioceses and the ministry commitments close to our hearts,” the Presiding Bishop writes. “These are all critical expressions of The Jesus Movement. Today I am asking that you also give or increase your support for ministries that serve the whole church.”
Donations to The Episcopal Church 2018 Annual Appeal can be made by going here, calling 212.716.6002, or text APPEAL to 51555.
For more information, contact Tara Elgin Holley, Episcopal Church Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org
The following is the Presiding Bishop’s letter:
Today, I write to share some of the ways we, together as The Episcopal Church, witness to the loving, liberating, and life-giving way of Jesus Christ, and to ask for your financial support through this first Annual Appeal.
Most of the Church’s ministry is done by dioceses and local congregations and ministries, and your support of these is vitally important to the work of Jesus in the world. But there are some ministries that only can be accomplished by the entire Church working together. Here are a few examples:
Our Office of Government Relations seeks to represent the moral voice of our Church in Washington, D.C., before the councils of government. The office hosts a morning prayer service for legislators and their aides and staff, bringing Episcopalians together across the aisle to rest, pray, and listen for God’s guidance in their lives and the work they do.
Our Armed Forces and Federal Ministries support chaplains serving in the military, VA hospitals, and federal prisons. Most of this work is with people ages 18-30. Our presence brings spiritual healing and comfort to people who need to know God’s love in a troubled world.
Our Evangelism Ministries have helped Episcopalians to rethink and reclaim the sharing of the Good News. Our Episcopal Revivals campaign has trained more than 1,000 diocesan leaders to practice evangelism (in English and Spanish), welcomed more than 5,000 people to discover new and renewed life with Jesus, and gathered 200,000 participants on Facebook. This spring, we will host the second Evangelism Matters conference and launch the Beloved Community Story-Sharing Campaign, a churchwide effort to share and welcome stories of faith, race, and difference.
This Annual Appeal is intended to support ministries that can only happen when we work together as a whole Church. Why do I make this appeal now? The dioceses of our Church are generous in their giving to support churchwide ministry, and income from endowments is steady; however, the work before us requires more.
Please prayerfully read the stories in this booklet about these ministries. I hope they inspire and energize you as they do me. We will continue to share these narratives with you throughout the year.
Then I hope you will join me, House of Deputies’ President Gay Jennings and the Executive Council, along with the staff of The Episcopal Church as we launch this annual campaign to support the whole Church’s work. Your gift or pledge to the Annual Appeal will directly impact our life and witness as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church
OTHER EVENTS OF LOCAL INTEREST
If you know of other events that might be of interest to other parishioners please let the office (email@example.com) know the details and they can appear right here.
Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm
Mondays – Bridge – 1 pm
Wednesdays – Tai Chi – 7 to 8:30 pm
Pulaski High School Presents: You Can’t Take It With You
The light-hearted Pulitzer Prize winning play! A crazy family, a normal daughter, the rich young heir she loves. What could go wrong? Watch the fireworks explode.
April 12-15 at Pulaski High School’s Little Theater
April 28 - Highlander Half Marathon/ 5K - Volunteers
My name is Jedaiah Abad and I am a Marketing Intern with Radford University Athletics. I am working with the Marketing department to get the word out about the upcoming race. The Highlander Half Marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We are very excited for this event that will start in Dedmond Center and end in Bisset Park. The race course, start/finish line will be staffed by students athletes, athletics staff, and community volunteers. Additionally, the finish line will end in celebration with the Rolling on the River food truck rodeo hosted by the Radford Chamber of Commerce! We are VERY excited for this day and are looking for volunteers.
Volunteers will receive a free race t-shirt and 2 tickets to a '18-'19 Radford University Basketball game!
If you are interested in volunteering, or have any other questions regarding the event/volunteering... please contact at me firstname.lastname@example.org
I have also attached the link to the race website, for more information.
Thank you so much!
Radford University c/o 2018
College of Business and Economics
Marketing Major | RU Athletics Marketing Intern
Pulaski High School Presents: Mary Poppins
Your favorite Magical Nanny will take you on adventures through London.
April 27 to 29 and May 4 to 6.
If you have any other events you would like listed here in this section please send them to email@example.com.