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]

Grace Notes - April 19, 2018

Grace Notes – April 19, 2018

GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Initial Office Hours  Monday-Friday  9:00-12:00

 

Thoughts From Our Rector

The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Last week I ran into finding my own words come back to me in a new and rather delightful way. 

I often peruse old sermons looking for thoughts I’ve had in the past on the text at hand or for a favorite story to share.  On Thursday, I was doing just that when I ran across a sermon from two years ago.  It was a sermon I preached here at Grace Church.  A sermon I had forgotten.

I was the Canon Missioner for this Convocation at the time and it must have been just after Rev. David Rose’s last Sunday.

I was preaching on a parable in which someone from the crowd asked Jesus to arbitrate between him and his brother in the matter of an inheritance. Rather than act on the stranger’s behalf toward wealth, simply put, Jesus said, “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed . . . (instead be) rich toward God.”

I also spoke to the epistle lesson for that day, Colossians 3:1-11 which says, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

I focused on our identity as Christians in this sermon.  And I talked about how challenging times in life like transitions can leave us feeling spacey.  I pointed out that this text from Colossians unfolds what we are because of our union with Christ and what we should become as a result of that union.

And then I wrapped up my thoughts with the following advise:

As you move into this period of transition as a parish, I implore you to do so spiritually.  You will have times of strife, you will experience chaos, you will have moments that are like losing your keys. The best parishes have fallen into division and conflict in the face of these common experiences.  Don’t.  Some parishes have failed to call a new pastor for years.  Don’t do that either.  Some parishes have not been able to come together as a family and ended up splitting and dying. By all means do not do that. Instead, enter into this time with a foundation of faith and love.  This means praying more than doing, listening more than deciding and discerning God’s will for Grace Church more than our own.  Don’t set out to hire a new CEO, don’t set out to fix all the problems before the new boss comes, don’t take this time of transition as an opportunity for agendas.  Be gentle and patient with each other and remember most of all that you are following God’s call for this parish in mission.  Be wise, be prayerful, be patient. And be rich toward God.

Amen.

After I read this, and after I stopped laughing, I sat in deep gratitude for a few moments.  Because, apparently, you have heeded my humble advise.  When I spoke these words to you two years ago, I was imagining someone else to be your next rector.  I was imagining someone not at all like me to become your pastor.  Maybe you were too.  But here we are.  And I for one feel delightfully surprised. You have kept the faith, you have supported each other gently and you have come through a difficult time with prayer, patience and wisdom.  

So, let’s be “rich toward God” as we move forward.

Meet Our New Secretary

We are very excited to welcome Samantha Oty to Grace.  Samantha grew up in Christiansburg, and holds a BoS degree from Radford University in English and an MPS in Publishing from The George Washington University.  She works with various online publications from her home office when not working as our Parish Administrator.  Her schedule will initially be 9:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday.

  Have you noticed?

 The rectory is looking great!  The inside is finished; outside painting is almost complete and the   restaining of the deck will begin soon. Thank you to Lee and Jim Slusher for coordinating the   work on the house. And thank you to Betty Lee for coordinating (and helping with) the landscaping work in the rectory yard. 

Thanks to Ron Downs for his meticulous care of the lawns at Grace and the rectory! 

Dedication of name plaques Sunday April 29

Our 125th celebration included the opportunity to contribute to the Capital Campaign and choosing to have a name plaque placed on a pew.  We are happy to have our new rector, Kathy, be a part of our celebration by dedicating those plaques on Sunday April 29 at the 11:00 service.   Please join us on that day for this special opportunity to honor those who have loved and served Grace through the years.

April  Monthly Mission

United Thank Offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the missions of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of Thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings.

Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.    

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

 Boy’s Home Raffle

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Executive Directory Donnie Wheatley’s sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated a 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

 

Thanks for wearing your name tags on Sundays!  Kathy really appreciates it!

Grace Visitations Teams

Thank you to all who volunteer in this important service:

April Team – Greg and Fran Rooker

May Team - Penny Sweet and Bette Wright

Altar Flowers

Providing flowers on the altar 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. 

Flowers 2018

Apr 15 – M Hrezo

Apr 22 – Harshberger

Apr 29 – Harshberger

May 6 – Asbury

May 13 - Asbury

May 20 – L. Jones

May 27 -  L. Jones  

All are invited!

Claytor Lake State Park  

Shelter 1 (handicapped accessible with restrooms)

New River Convocation Meeting

Sunday May 6, 2018

2:00PM - 7:00PM

Potluck Supper at 5:00PM

Come early for hiking, fellowship, etc

$5 parking fee per car

RSVP to Ann Walker 540-230-4525

Weekly Roles

Thank you to all who participate in the weekly roles on Sunday. Weekly Roles are on the bulletin board and in Grace Notes.  A calendar of weekly roles is also kept online. 

Acolyte:                         Ryan Beasley

May 6

Chalicer             8AM  Michael Cluver    11AM  Mark Carper

Lector                8AM  Bob Himmel        11Am  Mark Carper

Counters            Bette Wright & Hank Johnson

May 13

Chalicer             8AM  Bob Himmel          11AM   Jack Brockway

Lector                8AM   Paula Downs         11AM   Ann Walker

Counters            Terry Nester & Terry McCraw

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

May

6     To be determined (let the office know if you are willing to host on this date)

13     McCraw, Terry and Kristi

20     To be determined  (let the office know if you are willing to host on this date)

27     Nester, Terry and Robbie

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. If you would like to be on the list to do Coffee Hour please contact the office at office@graceradford.org.

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