Grace Notes - April 21, 2019

Grace Notes - April 21, 2019

April Mission
UTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vestry Minutes

April 2019

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 28, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Joy Hottenstein

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Serving Grace April 21, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Easter

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Baptism

Thomas Stone Inglehart was baptized on April 14, 2019

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Grace Notes - April 14, 2019

Announcements

April Mission
UTO

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


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


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

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

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

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Nursery

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

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 21, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Easter

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

Serving Grace April 14, 2019

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Beth Gaspard

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 
 

Lenten Film Series

Come Sunday

Part 2 - April 17

Grace Notes - March 31, 2019

Grace Notes - March 31, 2019

Announcements

March Mission
UTO

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

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

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

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

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

Nursery

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

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace March 31, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
John and Dana Giesen

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace April 7, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Beth Gaspard

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Lenten Film Series

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

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 2 - April 3

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

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

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


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

Grace Notes - March 24, 2019

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Roles

The full list of Weekly Roles can be found here

Serving Grace March 24, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Patrick and Jennifer Hand

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 31, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
John and Dana Giesen

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Lenten Film Series

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

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

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

Description

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

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

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


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

Radford University's Theatre Department Presents

The Tragedy of Macbeth

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

Pridemore Playhouse

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

Grace Notes - March 17, 2019

Grace Notes - March 17, 2019

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

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

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

African Team Ministries—There are Kenyan crafts for sale in the Parish Hall. Proceeds go toward educational supplies in Kenya. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.
 
Lenten Series:  A lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.

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

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

Weekly Roles

The full list of Weekly Roles can be found here

Serving Grace March 17, 2019

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Bette Wright

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 24, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Patrick and Jennifer Hand

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

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Red Door Ministry
March, 2019

Students are on Spring Break from Radford University this week. We have just experienced a very exciting month and are looking forward to the remainder of this semester.
 

The students are really enjoying the family dinner atmosphere of our dinners. With the large dining room table we sit, pray, and share our meal and week together. Several have commented the ‘family’ dinner feeling it gives and makes them homesick for. At our weekly group meetings we are continuing our book study Hurt Healer by Tony Nolan. The students have really been enjoying this study as we read the chapters during the week and discuss it together when we come together. Through the contemporary study of the Good Samaritan we are learning how to make peace with the hurt from our past so that we can help others.  

We are just beginning How2charist (an online medium made aware to me by our Rector, Kathy)and the students have been really receptive. Only a minority of our students have any understanding of the Episcopal faith and this multimedia experience through the Eucharist is presented in such a way to capture their interest and they are excited to experience the Eucharist at the end of the study together.

  There are several new students this semester and the group is growing closely knit. They have begun relationships outside of club which is a healthy outpouring of the group dynamic itself. We have some field trips planned for second semester including a trip to the Cascades as well as possibly a game of Laser Tag in Christiansburg.

In addition to Red Door, the facility is being used for Weekly meetings of UKIRK and a weekly meeting on Sunday evenings where the directors of UKIRK, and Unity hold a shared ministry worship service where all faith based collegiate clubs at Radford are invited to attend and worship and join in discussions regarding specific distinctives of the represented faith movements. Future plans for the facility use is the continued and further development of the residential program and possibly a collegiate targeted Celebrate Recovery movement.

There is a lot going on and we invite you to be a part. We need help weekly with the picking up of students for club and meal preparation. The student interaction would be a blessing for all involved; both the students and the volunteer. We still need some specific donations such as 5 desk chairs and dressers and some gray matching curtains. We have the ongoing needs of dish soap, paper goods, toilet paper, trash bags and household cleaners and hand soaps.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support.

Roger Cook

 540-855-4276

Follow Red Door on Facebook

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Lenten Film Series

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

All Saints Part 2 - March 20    Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

All Saints
Part 2 - March 20 

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

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

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

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

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

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


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

Grace Notes - March 10, 2019

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

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

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

African Team Ministries—There are Kenyan crafts for sale in the Parish Hall. Proceeds go toward educational supplies in Kenya. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted.

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

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

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

Weekly Roles

The full list of Weekly Roles can be found here

Serving Grace March 17, 2019

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Patrick and Jennifer Hand

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 10, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Hank and Louise Johnson

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Pancake Supper

Thanks to all those who came out to celebrate our 125th Annual Pancake Supper! And special thanks to Beth Gaspard for all her hard work in getting the word out! Check out all the pictures on our Facebook Page

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Lenten Film Series

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

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All Saints

Part 1 - March 13

Part 2 - March 20 

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay

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Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

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

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Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


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

Grace Notes - March 3, 2019

Rector’s Corner

Lent is the name we give to the forty days before the great mystery of Easter. Lent means lengthening, because the days are growing longer. It is a time for the color purple, the color of royalty. We are preparing for the coming of a king.

On the Tuesday before Lent begins,  Christians all over the world celebrate the end of season after Epiphany with a big party - like our famous Pancake Supper. Epiphany began January 6, when the wise men followed a star in search of a newborn king and found the infant Jesus.

People celebrate Fat Tuesday with parades and parties and pancakes and plastic beads. Mardi Gras is called that because long ago on the night before Lent began, people used up all the fat in their kitchens - milk, butter, eggs, meat - so that during Lent they could come closer to God by not eating those foods

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Some of us still prepare for the coming of our king by fasting - or giving up something. Some of us give up foods we really like, like desserts or sodas or vanilla lattes. Then the money that we used to spend on desserts or sodas or lattes can be saved and given to help feed the hungry. We’re going to use United Thank Offering boxes as an option for alms giving. Some of us give up television or video games or try to spend less time with our smart phones, and for the forty days of Lent we use that time instead to look for ways to come closer to God.On Ash Wednesday we mark each other with the sign of the cross in ashes as a reminder of our ultimate dependence on Christ for the redemption of our finite, fallible and fallen human condition. We take the word alleluia out of our worship services to save it for the great Feast of the Resurrection - Easter!

There is a menu of options at Grace for the practice of a Holy Lent this year. In addition to giving alms to UTO, an added mid-week service of Healing and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at noon every Wednesday. At 1:00 on Wednesdays, for those who want to stay and study, our Lectionary Lunch continues with a study of the coming Sunday scripture lessons (lunch is brown bag only). And on Wednesday evenings we will gather at 6:00 for soup and bread and watch a faith themed movie and discuss it.  The theme for this Faith and Film series is Saints and Sainthood. And for further study and fun we are going to follow lentmaddness.org where we can learn more about the saints and even vote for our favorites!

I pray that you will participate in some or all of these options and enjoy the benefits of tucking away the “alleluias,” adding, subtracting and/or just working on changing as we prepare our hearts in this way for Easter and for our continued journey as disciples.

See you Sunday if not before!

Kathy+

This is adapted from a homily by Wendy Claire Barrie.  Lent begins Wednesday, March 6 with services at Noon and 6:00 p.m.

Announcements

 March Mission
UTO

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

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

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

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

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


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Weekly Roles

Serving Grace March 3, 2019

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

Lector
Bob Himmel (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bob and Sarah Himmel

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Serving Grace March 10, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Hank and Louise Johnson

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston

Lenten Film Series

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

All Saints    Part 1 - March 13    Part 2 - March 20    Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

All Saints

Part 1 - March 13

Part 2 - March 20 

Michael Spurlock decides to trade in his corporate sales career to become a pastor. Unfortunately, his first assignment is to close a country church and sell the prime piece of land where it sits. He soon has a change of heart when the church starts to welcome refugees from Burma. Spurlock now finds himself working with the refugees to turn the land into a working farm to pay the church's bills.

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

Same Kind of Different as Me

Part 1 - March 27

Part 2 - April 3

Description

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

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

Come Sunday

Part 1 - April 10
Part 2 - April 17


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

Grace Notes - February 24, 2019

Announcements

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

Lenten Series-- A lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning Wednesday, March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.
 
Lent Madness! During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org daily during Lent to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  
 
Other Resources for Lenten Study: https://www.episcopalrelief.org/church-in-action/church-campaigns/lent

Noon Eucharist--Beginning March 16 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.

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Pancake Supper—Please join us for the 115th annual pancake supper on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Donations are accepted and delivery is available to a limited area with a minimum suggested donation of $20 (please call in advance). Gluten free pancakes, sugar free syrup, and vegetarian sausage will be available by request. Please contact Beth Gaspard if you are able to help.

Grace Rooms--Please consider bringing a meal or sharing a treat with our Grace Rooms guests. See Lee Slusher for details.
 
Red Door--Please sign up to bring a meal and/or cooking lesson this semester.  Sign up sheets are in the Parish Hall.

Weekly Roles

The full list of 2019 roles can be found here

 February 24, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Joyce Muldoon and Diana Jordan

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

 March 3, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bob and Sarah Himmel

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, and Mary Johnston

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

Please make the check payable to Grace Church and drop it off at the Parish Office with your dedication. 

Grace Notes - February 17, 2019

Announcements

February Mission
Mountain to Mountain
 

Mountain to Mountain Partnership is a collaborative effort of Christ Church, Big Stone Gap; All Saints, Norton; Christ Church, Marion; Church of the Good Shepherd, Galax; Stras Memorial, Tazewell; St. Marks, St. Paul and St. Thomas, Abingdon.  The partnership is working with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti  to support the school.  It is a four room concrete block building in a remote village with no power and no water that teaches about 200 children.  Last year the group raised enough funds ($20,000) to pay the staff of 9 teachers and provide lunch to the children (and still had a little left over for educational supplies!).  Plans are being developed to help the school become self-sustaining in the future so they will not be dependent on outside funds to operate.  In addition to providing resources for the school, the partnership has travelled to Haiti every other year to listen and learn how they may best serve our brothers and sisters in Christ in Beaudin Jean Pierre.
 
Please join us in supporting this ministry through prayer, increased awareness, and if you feel so called a monetary gift given in a check made to Grace Episcopal Church and placed in a blue envelop marked Haiti.
 
Lenten Series:  A lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning Wednesday, March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.
 
Lent Madness! During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org daily during Lent to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  
 
Noon Eucharist--Beginning March 16 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.

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Weekly Roles

The full list of 2019 roles can be found here

February 17, 2019

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Dennis and Margaret Galecki

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

 February 24, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Joyce Muldoon and Diana Jordan

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

Altar Flowers

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

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

Please make the check payable to Grace Church and drop it off at the Parish Office with your dedication. 

Grace Notes - February 10, 2019

Announcements

There will be a Bullard Room cleaning work day on Sat, Feb 16 starting at 11 am. Cleaning supplies and masks will be supplied.  Please come help us prepare the area for the Pancake Breakfast.  Point of contact: Sherri Carper

February Mission
Mountain to Mountain

 

Mountain to Mountain Partnership is a collaborative effort of Christ Church, Big Stone Gap; All Saints, Norton; Christ Church, Marion; Church of the Good Shepherd, Galax; Stras Memorial, Tazewell; St. Marks, St. Paul and St. Thomas, Abingdon.  The partnership is working with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti  to support the school.  It is a four room concrete block building in a remote village with no power and no water that teaches about 200 children.  Last year the group raised enough funds ($20,000) to pay the staff of 9 teachers and provide lunch to the children (and still had a little left over for educational supplies!).  Plans are being developed to help the school become self-sustaining in the future so they will not be dependent on outside funds to operate.  In addition to providing resources for the school, the partnership has travelled to Haiti every other year to listen and learn how they may best serve our brothers and sisters in Christ in Beaudin Jean Pierre.
 
Please join us in supporting this ministry through prayer, increased awareness, and if you feel so called a monetary gift given in a check made to Grace Episcopal Church and placed in a blue envelop marked Haiti.

Project Linus Blanket Day—Project Linus Blanket Day will be on February 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Grove United Methodist. Material and Sewing Machines will be available and refreshments will be served.
 
Lenten Series:  A lenten series on Faith and Film will be held in the Parish Hall on Wednesdays during Lent from 6:00 to 7:30 beginning Wednesday, March 13.  Please sign up to bring soup and/or bread to share.  We will enjoy soup and bread, watch a faith based film and then discuss the film.  This series includes the theme of Saints and Sainthood. Due to time constraints, some films will be watched in two parts.
 
Lent Madness! During Lent this year, we will also enjoy a Lent Madness study of saints.  To participate, go to Lentmadness.org daily during Lent to vote for your favorite saints. To participate in the Lent Madness Tournament and the chance to win prizes, complete a bracket with your predictions of winners and place in the basket on the stage. The deadline for entries is Ash Wednesday. Prizes for winners will be awarded at coffee hour after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday.  Copies of the bracket are available in the parish hall.  Booklets called "score cards" are also available in the parish hall in a limited number for those less inclined to online participation.  
 
Noon Eucharist--Beginning March 16 there will be a Noon Eucharist and Healing Service in the sanctuary followed by Lectionary Lunch in the Parish Hall.


Lectionary Lunch is canceled this week but will resume next Wednesday, February20 at 1:00 in the Vest Building Conference Room.
 

The Book Club will not meet this week and will hold its last meeting in the Rectory on March 20 at 6:30.

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Weekly Roles

The full list of 2019 roles can be found here

 February 10, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Mark and Sherri Carper

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

February 17, 2019

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Dennis and Margaret Galecki

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

Grace Notes - February 3, 2019

Grace Notes - February 3, 2019

February Mission
Mountain to Mountain
 

Mountain to Mountain Partnership is a collaborative effort of Christ Church, Big Stone Gap; All Saints, Norton; Christ Church, Marion; Church of the Good Shepherd, Galax; Stras Memorial, Tazewell; St. Marks, St. Paul and St. Thomas, Abingdon.  The partnership is working with St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti  to support the school.  It is a four room concrete block building in a remote village with no power and no water that teaches about 200 children.  Last year the group raised enough funds ($20,000) to pay the staff of 9 teachers and provide lunch to the children (and still had a little left over for educational supplies!).  Plans are being developed to help the school become self-sustaining in the future so they will not be dependent on outside funds to operate.  In addition to providing resources for the school, the partnership has travelled to Haiti every other year to listen and learn how they may best serve our brothers and sisters in Christ in Beaudin Jean Pierre.
 
Please join us in supporting this ministry through prayer, increased awareness, and if you feel so called a monetary gift given in a check made to Grace Episcopal Church and placed in a blue envelop marked Haiti.
 
Altar Flowers—The 2019 Flower Sheet is now on the bulletin board. If you would like to sign up for Altar Flowers, please bring a check payable to Grace Church and your dedication to the Parish Office.
 
Project Linus Blanket Day
—Project Linus Blanket Day will be on February 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Grove United Methodist. Material and Sewing Machines will be available and refreshments will be served.
 
Vestry
—Grace Church Vestry will meet on Tuesday, February 5th, at 6:00p
 
Lectionary Lunch—Lectionary Lunch will change days and begin meeting at 1:00 on Wednesdays starting next Wednesday, February 6th.
 

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Weekly Roles

The full list of 2019 roles can be found here

February 3, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bonnie and Bruce Cunningham

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

February 10, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Mark and Sherri Carper

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan
 

 

Altar Flowers

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

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

Please make the check payable to Grace Church and drop it off at the Parish Office with your dedication. 

Grace Notes - January 27, 2019

Announcements

January Mission
Radford 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. We need 4 to 5 volunteers for each shift. 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
 
Altar Flowers—The 2019 Flower Sheet is now on the bulletin board. If you would like to sign up for Altar Flowers, please bring a check payable to Grace Church and your dedication to the Parish Office.
 
Project Linus Blanket Day—Project Linus Blanket Day will be on February 16th from 9:00am to 3:00pm at Grove United Methodist. Material and Sewing Machines will be available and refreshments will be served.
  
Vestry—Grace Church Vestry will meet on Tuesday, February 5th, at 6:00p
 
Lectionary Lunch—Lectionary Lunch will change days and begin meeting at 1:00 on Wednesdays starting next Wednesday, February 6th.
 

Weekly Roles

The full list of 2019 roles can be found here

 January 27, 2019

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Margeret Hrezo

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

February 3, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bonnie and Bruce Cunningham

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher and Diana Jordan

Altar Flowers

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

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

Please make the check payable to Grace Church and drop it off at the Parish Office with your dedication. 

Grace Notes - January 6, 2019

Announcements

January Mission
Radford 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 onThursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-12pm and Thursday from 4-6pm. We need 4 to 5 volunteers for each shift. 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

Book Club—Book Club will resume on Wednesday,January 9, 2019 at 6:30in the Rectory with the reading of Chapter 13 in the book Walk in Love, Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe.

Lectionary Lunch—The Lectionary Lunch Bible Study will resume on Thursday,January 10, 2019 at 1:00pm.

Weekly Roles

The full list of weekly roles for 2019 is available here
Please contact the Parish Office with any changes.

January 6, 2019

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Epiphany Breakfast (9:00a)

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

January 13, 2019

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson


Coffee Hour
Ann and Tim Walker

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein

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Altar Flowers

The 2019 Flower Sheet is now on the bulletin board. If you would like to sign up for Altar Flowers, please bring a check payable to Grace Church and your dedication to the Parish Office.

100th Anniversary Service of Revival

Bishop Michael Curry will join the people of Southwestern Virginia next year for the 100th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of SW VA as well as the service of Revival. The 100th Annual Convention takes place at the Hotel Roanoke on January 25-27. Find more information and register at www.dioswva.org.

Grace Notes - December 23, 2018

Grace Notes - December 23, 2018

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Thank You From Elf Shelf

Once again Elf Shelf thanks you for the many ways you continue to support us each year. Through our 25 years of operation, we have known that we can always count on Grace Church.......to donate money, toys, and many hours of service.  As well as helping parents shop during your Friday shift, you have set up tables, swept floors, tagged gifts, packed boxes, and inventoried stock. With your help this year we provided toys to 366 children and food vouchers to 227 families. Thank you for sharing your time, your money, and your hearts with those in need.
 
Ann Walker, Penny Sweet, and the Elf Shelf Board 
 

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Announcements

December Mission
Grace Rooms— “Next Steps”


Our December Mission always has been about helping those in crisis, and our congregation responds with much love and generosity. This year our mission remains the same.
Our two current residents, Nancy and Tasha will be with us through most of December. Tasha has family in the area, but Nancy is alone. One has a full-time job and one is on permanent disability; both are saving money for housing. These ladies are moving in positive directions and will soon be productive, independent citizens.
Grace Rooms truly makes a difference for so many women in need, so let those of us who worship together and serve our Lord make this a special Christmas for our current guests. Your donations pay for rent deposits, electricity, moving expenses, and those things that are a must before beginning anew.
During this season of love as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, let  us love one another as he loves us. May we also reach deep into our pockets and give whatever we can to deserving folks living in our midst. Second chances with financial help from neighbors can change the lives that once seemed hopeless.
 
May God's love surround you and guide you during this season of promise and hope.
 
- Lee Slusher
 
(Please make checks payable to Grace Church and write December Mission on the memo line. If cash, please place in the blue monthly envelopes. All donations need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, December 18th.)
 
To Our House Fundraiser—To Our House is selling pre-shrunk, long sleeve T-Shirts for $22 to raise money for the program. Please email Brenda Roberts at brenroberts1@icloud.com

Book Club—Book Club will resume on January 9, 2019 with the reading of Chapter 13 in the Book Walk in Love, Epicopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe.
 
Lectionary Lunch—Lectionary Lunch will resume on January 10, 2019.
 
 

Weekly Roles

December 23, 2018

Lay Eucharistic Minister

Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Multiple (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Joan and Matt Sutphin

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

December 30, 2018

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

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

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

100th Anniversary
Service of Revival

Bishop Michael Curry will join the people of Southwestern Virginia next year for the 100th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of SW VA as well as the service of Revival.

The 100th Annual Convention takes place at the Hotel Roanoke on January 25-27. Find more information and register atwww.dioswva.org

The Episcopal Revival service will be held at 10:00 AM, January 27, 2019, at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, VA.

     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Christmas Music   When Christmas finally arrives we will get the chance to sing our favorite Christmas carols and hymns on Christmas Eve and again at the 10:30 Christmas 1 service on Sunday Dec. 30th. If you have a favorite hymn that you'd love to sing or hear, let Mason know in his request book in the bell tower on Sunday or email Samantha at the church office.  We'll try our best (though can't promise) to fit all requests in the order of worship.  Some will be played as instrumentals for the prelude, offertory and postlude. Here are our hymns for these Christmas services so far:   "What child is this" "O Little town of Bethlehem" "God rest you merry, gentlemen" "Away in a manger" "O come, all ye faithful" "Hark! The herald angels sing" "Go, tell it on the mountain" "Joy to the world!" "Let all mortal flesh keep silence"           Announcements   December Mission Grace Rooms— “Next Steps”    Our December Mission always has been about helping those in crisis, and our congregation responds with much love and generosity. This year our mission remains the same. Our two current residents, Nancy and Tasha will be with us through most of December. Tasha has family in the area, but Nancy is alone. One has a full-time job and one is on permanent disability; both are saving money for housing. These ladies are moving in positive directions and will soon be productive, independent citizens. Grace Rooms truly makes a difference for so many women in need, so let those of us who worship together and serve our Lord make this a special Christmas for our current guests. Your donations pay for rent deposits, electricity, moving expenses, and those things that are a must before beginning anew. During this season of love as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, let  us love one another as he loves us. May we also reach deep into our pockets and give whatever we can to deserving folks living in our midst. Second chances with financial help from neighbors can change the lives that once seemed hopeless.  May God's love surround you and guide you during this season of promise and hope.  - Lee Slusher  (Please make checks payable to Grace Church and write December Mission on the memo line. If cash, please place in the blue monthly envelopes. All donations need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, December 18th.)   To Our House Fundraiser —To Our House is selling pre-shrunk, long sleeve T-Shirts for $22 to raise money for the program. Please email Brenda Roberts at  brenroberts1@icloud.com       

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


        December 16, 2018    Lay Eucharistic Minister  Michael Cluver (8a) Jack Brockway (10:30a)   Lector  Bob Himmel (8a) Jennifer Hand (10:30a)   Counters  Bette Wright and Hank Johnson   Coffee Hour  Robbie and Terry Nester   Altar Guild  Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard           December 23, 2018     Lay Eucharistic Minister  Michael Cluver (8a) Jack Brockway (10:30a)   Lector  Paula Downs (8a) Multiple (10:30a)   Counters  Terry McCraw and Terry Nester   Coffee Hour  Joan and Matt Sutphin   Altar Guild  Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard           

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     100th Anniversary Service of Revival   Bishop Michael Curry will join the people of Southwestern Virginia next year for the 100th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of SW VA as well as the service of Revival.   The 100th Annual Convention takes place at the Hotel Roanoke on January 25-27. Find more information and register at   www.dioswva.org     The Episcopal Revival service will be held at 10:00 AM, January 27, 2019, at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, VA.          </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"

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Christmas Music 

When Christmas finally arrives we will get the chance to sing our favorite Christmas carols and hymns on Christmas Eve and again at the 10:30 Christmas 1 service on Sunday Dec. 30th. If you have a favorite hymn that you'd love to sing or hear, let Mason know in his request book in the bell tower on Sunday or email Samantha at the church office.  We'll try our best (though can't promise) to fit all requests in the order of worship.  Some will be played as instrumentals for the prelude, offertory and postlude. Here are our hymns for these Christmas services so far:
 
"What child is this"
"O Little town of Bethlehem"
"God rest you merry, gentlemen"
"Away in a manger"
"O come, all ye faithful"
"Hark! The herald angels sing"
"Go, tell it on the mountain"
"Joy to the world!"
"Let all mortal flesh keep silence"


Announcements

December Mission
Grace Rooms— “Next Steps”


Our December Mission always has been about helping those in crisis, and our congregation responds with much love and generosity. This year our mission remains the same.
Our two current residents, Nancy and Tasha will be with us through most of December. Tasha has family in the area, but Nancy is alone. One has a full-time job and one is on permanent disability; both are saving money for housing. These ladies are moving in positive directions and will soon be productive, independent citizens.
Grace Rooms truly makes a difference for so many women in need, so let those of us who worship together and serve our Lord make this a special Christmas for our current guests. Your donations pay for rent deposits, electricity, moving expenses, and those things that are a must before beginning anew.
During this season of love as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, let  us love one another as he loves us. May we also reach deep into our pockets and give whatever we can to deserving folks living in our midst. Second chances with financial help from neighbors can change the lives that once seemed hopeless.

May God's love surround you and guide you during this season of promise and hope.

- Lee Slusher

(Please make checks payable to Grace Church and write December Mission on the memo line. If cash, please place in the blue monthly envelopes. All donations need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, December 18th.)

To Our House Fundraiser—To Our House is selling pre-shrunk, long sleeve T-Shirts for $22 to raise money for the program. Please email Brenda Roberts atbrenroberts1@icloud.com

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December 16, 2018

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Robbie and Terry Nester

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

December 23, 2018

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

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Multiple (10:30a)

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Joan and Matt Sutphin

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard
 

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100th Anniversary Service of Revival

Bishop Michael Curry will join the people of Southwestern Virginia next year for the 100th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of SW VA as well as the service of Revival.
 
The 100th Annual Convention takes place at the Hotel Roanoke on January 25-27. Find more information and register at www.dioswva.org
 
The Episcopal Revival service will be held at 10:00 AM, January 27, 2019, at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre in Roanoke, VA.

Grace Notes - December 2, 2018

Grace Notes - December 2, 2018

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Rector’s Corner

To share some thoughts on Advent, I begin with thoughts on Lent shared from my colleague The Rev. Steve Pankey:

The Season of Lent gets its name from a truncated version of the Old English word for Spring. Etymologically, it is thought that the English word has its root in the Old Germanic word that means “longer,” such that it is the season of lengthening days.  This makes sense, practically speaking, since Easter falls on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the vernal equinox (first day of spring), or roughly right near the mid-point of the sunlit portion of our days getting longer. 

Advent, on the other hand, is mostly made up of deepening darkness.  Christmas always falls on December 25th, which means that all but four days of the Advent Season come before the winter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. 

Here in Radford, that means Advent will be spent in more than 14 hours of darkness.  On December 7th, the new moon will make for a stark reminder of the growing night.

Additionally, this December will feature the rise of the Full Cold Moon, the thirteenth full moon of 2018. The New Moon will peak on Dec. 7th followed by the First Quarter Moon. The Full Moon will then occur on Dec. 22.

The Full Cold Moon received its name due to its occurrence during the month when temperatures drop and the days are cut short. During this time, the nights appear to be at their darkest and longest, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.

It makes sense, then, that one of the themes we hear about in Advent is the juxtaposition between dark and light.  The Collect for Advent 1 sets the tone for the whole season when it opens with these words, “Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light…”  The Seasonal Blessing from the Book of Occasional Services highlights this as well.  “May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path; and the blessing of God…”

In the growing darkness of the coming winter, our prayer to God is that we might see the light of God’s face, the unending support of the God by whose grace we are saved, made whole, and restored to right relationship.  This prayer seems particularly poignant this year as the world seems to be a darker place, each day bringing a new danger, further polarization, and heightening fear. 

My prayer this season of Advent will be a prayer for light as in the Advent Blessing, asking in this time of darkness, that our daily bread might be the Sun of Righteousness shining upon the right pathways.

As you prepare for Advent this year, it will be my prayer for you as well.  May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you and scatter the darkness from before your path.

Peace and blessings,

Kathy+

Announcements

December Mission
Christmas Families


Our December Mission always has been about helping those in crisis, and our congregation responds with much love and generosity. This year our mission remains the same.

Our two current residents, Nancy and Tasha will be with us through most of December. Tasha has family in the area, but Nancy is alone. One has a full-time job and one is on permanent disability; both are saving money for housing. These ladies are moving in positive directions and will soon be productive, independent citizens.

Grace Rooms truly makes a difference for so many women in need, so let those of us who worship together and serve our Lord make this a special Christmas for our current guests. Your donations pay for rent deposits, electricity, moving expenses, and those things that are a must before beginning anew.
During this season of love as we celebrate the birth of our precious Savior, let  us love one another as he loves us. May we also reach deep into our pockets and give whatever we can to deserving folks living in our midst. Second chances with financial help from neighbors can change the lives that once seemed hopeless.

May God's love surround you and guide you during this season of promise and hope.

- Lee Slusher

(Please make checks payable to Grace Church and write December Mission on the memo line. If cash, please place in the blue monthly envelopes. All donations need to be in the church office no later than Tuesday, December 18th.)

Lunch Bunch—Janelle Dobbins and Radford Presbyterian Church would like to invite retirees to a new weekly luncheon beginning Wednesday, December 5. Please bring a sandwich, desserts and a friend. Drinks will be provided. Call Janell at (540) 838-2209 if you need a ride.

Altar Guild—The Altar Guild will meet this Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 to prepare for Christmas decorating. Please contact Diana Jordan for details!

Coffee Cans--There's a need for used coffee cans for temporary vases. Please bring any you may have to the sacristy. Thank you!
 

 

Weekly Roles

December 2, 2018

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

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Lee Slusher

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

December 9, 2018

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

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Dana Giesen (10:30a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Eloise Philpot

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand,and Beth Gaspard

Altar Flowers

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

If you sign up for altar flowers, please bring a check made payable to Grace Church, a dedication, and any special requests to the front office. 


Available Dates:
November 25
December 2
December 9
December 23

Grace Notes - November 25, 2018

Announcements

November Mission
Elf Shelf

Elf Shelf volunteers are already busy preparing for the 2018 toy distribution.  In just a few weeks, December 7-8, 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 shift, December 7th, 1:00-4:00.  We need 15 people to help with a variety of tasks.......helping parents shop, re-stocking the tables as gifts are chosen, checking parents in as they arrive, and bagging the gifts.  It's a fun few hours of sharing the spirit of giving as you help parents provide Christmas for their children.  There's lots of smiles, laughter, and music in this room filled with toys and gifts.  Please call Diana Jordan 639-0809 if you are able to help.
Thank you!
 
Put November Monthly Mission in the memo line of your check. Thank you.

December Mission
The mission for December will be Christmas Family
 

Weekly Roles

November 25, 2018

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Terry and Kristi McCraw

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham and Liz Millar, and Mary Johnston

December 2, 2018

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

Lector
Paula Downs (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10:30a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Robin and Terry Nester

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Grace Notes - November 18, 2018

Thank you to all those who helped with the Bluegrass Mass!

Announcements

November Mission
Elf Shelf
 
Elf Shelf volunteers are already busy preparing for the 2018 toy distribution.  In just a few weeks, December 7-8, 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 shift, December 7th, 1:00-4:00.  We need 15 people to help with a variety of tasks.......helping parents shop, re-stocking the tables as gifts are chosen, checking parents in as they arrive, and bagging the gifts.  It's a fun few hours of sharing the spirit of giving as you help parents provide Christmas for their children.  There's lots of smiles, laughter, and music in this room filled with toys and gifts.  Please call Diana Jordan 639-0809 if you are able to help.
Thank you!
 
Put November Monthly Mission in the memo line of your check. Thank you.
 
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
 

Red Door Ministry

The following items are still needed at the Red Door house:

 3 dressers

4 desk chairs

1 desk

3 rugs for college age students

3 bedside/desk lamps

Vacuum

Patio furniture for two decks and front porch

Weekly Roles

November 18, 2018

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

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

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Betty Lee

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, and Mary Johnston

November 25, 2018

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

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

Counters
Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Terry and Kristi McCraw

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham and Liz Millar, and Mary Johnston

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Altar Flowers

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

If you sign up for altar flowers, please bring a check made payable to Grace Church, a dedication, and any special requests to the front office. 
Available Dates:
November 25
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23

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Virginia Interfaith Center

According to the Dept. of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), between Oct. 29, and Nov 3, the CoverVA call center took 19,000 calls and helped 3200 people file applications for Medicaid expansion.

On Nov 5 and 6, DMAS received 7500 paper applications based on the letters they sent to folks believed to be eligible. 

VICPP’s publicity and press conferences contributed to this success. Special thanks to our dedicated volunteers who organized events in Harrisonburg, Richmond, Roanoke, Williamsburg and Winchester. 

Now’s the time to figure out what more you can do to help with outreach. 

- Share info. about Medicaid expansion in your congregation’s bulletin or newsletter.  Download the info here 

- Distribute info to people receiving services at soup kitchens, food banks or shelters
Send congregational leaders to an Assister Training to learn how to “assist” people in applying.  Click here to see the scheduled trainings. 
 
- Host an enrollment event at your congregation

Mark your calendars:

December 13 is our annual meeting in Richmond – register for free here. 

January 22 is our Day for All People – register here.

Grace Notes - July 22, 2018

Announcements

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with last night's concert and to everyone who attended. For anyone interested in buying Mark's CD, you can do so here: CDBaby.com


July Mission-Jackson Feild Homes

Jackson-Feild Homes provides innovative, intensive therapeutic services using best proactive trauma models for boys and girls in residential care and our community-based services. All programs work with each your individually and involve each youth’s family to ensure success. The goal is to return the child to their community as soon as possible. We work to educate, equip and empower youth to become healthy and confident young adults. Jackson-Feild works with boys and girls ages 12 to 21 in our Adolescent Psychiatric Program, Behavioral Health Program, Maternity and Infant Program, and the Intensive In-Home Program. Please use the blue envelop in the pew to make a donation and place it in the plate.
 
Vacation Bible School—We need volunteers to help with Vacation Bible School! See Beth Gaspard to help with the preparation of a pre-planned, pre-purchased meal on Sunday evening July 29.  See Jack Brockway to help with a campfire and s'more's activity on Tuesday night July 31st. Bring a dish to share at the picnic on Wed. night at River View Park. And/or send a teenager to pitch in with any of the evening activities. July 29 - Aug. 1 5:45 til 8:00.
 
Radford Clothing Bank—The Radford Clothig Bank is looking for volunteers to help sort through clothes for August Kids. Please make monetary donations through the church office or drop off clothing at the clothing bank.
 
Blue Grass Mass and Jam Camp - A Blue Grass Mass and Jam Camp will be held at Grace during the weekend of November 10th. We are $300 into our $1200 goal for this event to provide, in part, scholarships to RU students to attend Jam Camp. Please consider a gift to this cause. Please use the blue envelop in the pew to make a donation and place it in the offertory plate.
 
Contact Information—We are starting the process of updating the church directory. If your contact information has changed since 2016, please email Samantha your updated information via email office@graceradford.org.
 

Weekly Roles

July 22, 2018
 

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

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

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Bob and Carol Asbury

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham and Liz Millar
 

July 29, 2018


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

Lector
Michael Cluver (8a)
Bonnie Cunningham (10a)

Counters
Bette Wright and Hank Johnson

Coffee Hour
Ann and Tim Walker

Altar Guild
Bonnie Cunningham and Liz Millar
 
 

Altar Flowers

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

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

Northside will do altar flowers for $25 for one Sunday or $40 for two Sundays. Please contact Northside at 540-639-9351 to have flowers delivered on the Sunday you sign up for.  Please contact the office to have the dedication placed in the bulletin.

Community Events


 

Adaire Theatre Presents:

Chicago

August 17 - August 26, 2018

Pulaski Elks Lodge

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap. That is, until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. The winner of six Tony awards, Chicago is an electrifying tale of murder, greed, deception and showbiz. This sharp edge production features hit songs All That Jazz, Razzle Dazzle and Mr. Cellophane.

 

Steppin' Out

Downtown Blacksburg
August 3 - 4
Steppin' Out features over 200 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more!


 

Grace Notes - June 17, 2018

Announcements


June Mission—Women’s Resource Center. If you want to help break the cycle of abuse and create new lives for women in the New River Valley, there are many ways you can help. For some people, a simple donation is the best way—we assure you we will invest your gift wisely to help women in your community. Others find volunteering to be the most rewarding way to help. There are many roles to play in our organization.
Needed items:
· Prepaid phones and gas cards
· Giftcards to Wal-Mart, Target, Kroger, CVS, Food Lion
· Disinfectant wipes
· Canned fruits and juices
· Canned meats like Spam, beef, ham (not tuna)
· Canned ravioli, Spaghetti-Os
· Laundry and Dish detergent
· Baby wipes
· Diapers—sizes 4, 5, & 6, pull-ups
· Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc.
 
Boys Home—We are hosting visitors from Boys Home on June 24.
 
Vacation Bible Schoo
l—will be July 29 - Aug. 1st from 5:45 to 8:15 each evening at Radford Presbyterian Church with a picnic at Riverview Park on Wednesday.  Adult leaders, youth leaders and musicians are needed to help in planning and/or at the event. This is a shared ministry with several local parishes. Look for details in upcoming announcements.
 
Blue Grass Mass and Jam Camp - A Blue Grass Mass and Jam Camp will be held at Grace during the weekend of November 10th. We need to raise $1200 for this event to pay the professional musician and also provide scholarships to RU students to attend Jam Camp. Please consider a gift to this cause. 

Recital— The Presbyterian Church of Radford is presenting a recital put on by Zoe Jones and Soohyun Yun at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 17. Donations will be collected to assist Zoe with food and travel for her three week Opera retreat in Texas.
 
Archive Committee—Diana Jordan and Joyce Muldoon have agreed to co-chair the Archive committee. Contact one of them if you are interested in helping with the history room, photo albums, or a small library of historical items.
 
Thank you to all who helped with the reception for the Celebration of a New Ministry on June 6, especially Parish Life Chair, Beth Gespard for coordinating this.  It was a lovely reception with good food and fellowship.
 
Thank you to our wonderful Grace Rooms volunteers, especially Lee Slusher and Betty Lee for all they do to ensure housing for our guests.  We have some ladies moving on to new horizons and new guests coming in this month.  Keep this ministry in your prayers.

Thank you to the Sproule family for all the extra help around the buildings and grounds lately.  This week Thor and Mason are assembling nine new chairs for the vestry room.

Weekly Roles

 June 17, 2018


Lay Eucharistic Minister

Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (11a)

Lector
Bob Himmel(8a)
Dick Harshberger (11a)

Counters
Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Joan and Matt Sutphin

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher, and Diana Jordan

June 24, 2018

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Bob Himmel(8a)
Jack Brockway (11a)

Lector
Paula Downs(8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (11a)

Counters
Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Penny Sweet

Altar Guild
Lee Slusher, and Diana Jordan
 

Please visit GraceRadford.org for the full list of June and July roles.

Altar Flowers

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

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

Northside will do altar flowers for $25 for one Sunday or $40 for two Sundays. Please contact Northside at 540-639-9351 to have flowers delivered on the Sunday you sign up for.  Please contact the office to have the dedication placed in the bulletin.

Community Events

NRV Summer Kick-Off!
June 19
6:00pm - 7:30pm

Brick House Pizza
The Highlander Club will be hosting the NRV Summer Kick-off on Tuesday, June 19 at Brick House Pizza in Radford from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. 

*Please RSVP to the link below by Thursday, June 14!*

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2LnaeHP

Adaire Theatre Presents:
Alice in Wonderland

June 30, 2018

PCHS Little Theatre

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice in the mysterious Wonderland. In this fantastical place, Alice comes across many peculiar characters, including a relaxed caterpillar, a happy cat, a depressive hare, a mad hatter and learns all is not well in Wonderland. A very cross Queen of Hearts seems distressingly keen on chopping everyone's heads off. 

First Annual Honey Bee Festival
June 30, 2018
12:00pm-6:00pm

White Barrel Winery
4025 Childress Rd, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073

Join Whitebarrel Winery for our First Annual Honey Bee Festival, to learn more about our Bee Sanctuary and Research Program, the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, and have a fun time with vendors, live music, food trucks, and of course... wine! Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the outdoor area and activities!

Mary Carter Bishop Book Signing
Thursday, July 19
6:30pm - 8:30pm
St. John's Episcopal Church
1 Mountain Ave SW, Roanoke, Virginia 24016

The Episcopal Church

 

Congregations' pet ministries offer support to pet owners and their four-legged companions
[Episcopal News Service] The Lord God made them all, the creatures of the world great and small, and God’s smaller creatures are getting a helping hand from the numerous Episcopal congregations around the country with pet outreach in their lineup of parish ministries. [READ MORE]

Beloved Community Gathers Again Under an Oak Tree
Historic Cedar Hill Baptist Church south of Lexington is a church that began with faithful black Christians worshiping under an oak tree.  The church was built in 1874 and is on the historic register. Reunions of descendants are now held annually there. [READ MORE]