Grace Notes December 2016 Newsletter

Volume 3, Number 12, December 1, 2016


 Grace Notes – December 1, 2016


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

 Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Dec 4 – Morning Prayer

Dec 11 – Ron Johnson

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

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

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

Jan 1 - TBD

Message from the Search Committee

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

Christmas Gift for Robert Davenport

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

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

 Thank you,

Grace Vestry

Notes from the Vestry 2016 November

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

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

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

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

~Joyce Muldoon


Stewardship Update

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

Any questions please call Tim Walker  639-9266.


Grace Rooms Update

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


December Mission: WRC and Grace Rooms

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

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

Christmas Blessings and Peace to all,

Lee Slusher

639-1327 if questions


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

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

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

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

If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.


January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

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

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday

10AM to Noon.  

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



Notes from Canterbury House

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

 In Christ,



Time to Order Christmas Poinsettias

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

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

The Minimum contribution should be $15.00 per plant

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

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



Can You Help?

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

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes


Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

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


Newsletter – January

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


Weekly Roles

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

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

Coffee Hour       

Dec 4- Jayne Bucy                           

Dec 11 – Bette Wright             

Dec 18 – Ann Walker                                                    

Dec 25 – Group Effort

Jan 1 - TBD         

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

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


December 4th- 2nd Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Lay Reader        8 am & 11 am – Jack Brockway

Lector                8 am – Barbara Houston     11 am – Kristi McCraw

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher


December 11th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Ron Johnson

Chalicer               8 am Bob Himmel      11 am – Sarah Himmel

Lector                  8 am – Paula Downs       11 am – Ann Walker

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Bette Wright & Hank Johnson


December 18th – 4th Sunday of Advent

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               8 am - Michael Cluver      11 am – Tim Walker

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel        11 am – Mark Carper

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Ann Walker & Diana Jordan


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

Robert Davenport

Chalicer   ___________________5:30      Mark Carper 11                          

Lector     ___________________5:30   Beth Gaspard   11                     

Server    ___________________5:30   ______________11          

Crucifer  ___________________5:30   ______________11         

Acolyte  ___________________5:30   ______________11        


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

Robert Davenport

Chalicer               9 am - Jack Brockway

Lector                   9 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Hannah Brockway

Acolyte                 Mark Johnston

Counters              Terry Nester & Tyler Will


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


Lay Reader           8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel     11 am – Sarah Himmel

Server                  Mark Johnston

Acolyte                 Hannah Brockway

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher

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


Flowers for the Altar

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

 Altar Flowers from Northside Flowers:

          One Sunday - $25

          Two Sundays - $40

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




Invitation to the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convention  

January 27--29, 2017 

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



November 28, 2016


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

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

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

Peace, The Rt. Rev. Mark A. Bourlakas


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

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

Aidan Community

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

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

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

Furniture needs are: 

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

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

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

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

Misc.: Coat Rack with Bench (x1)

Contact Canon Conner at for more information


Advent Daily Devotions

Society of St. Andrew offers daily devotions for Advent. Visit .  The upper right hand corner has a place to sign up for a daily devotion.


Canterbury Books & Gifts



December 1- "Dimestore" with Lee Smith 6 PM




All profits benefit St. John's Outreach Programs




Store Hours: 

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

Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


1 Mountain Ave SW., 540-491-9914,



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

2.   How old was Methuselah when he died?  

3.   Who was Methuselah’s grandson? 

4.   What does “alpha” mean?  

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

6.   What creature is given the number 666?  

7.   What does “omega” mean?  

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

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

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



Birthdays and Anniversaries



1 – Jill Phillips Jordan

2 – Anne Park (Felch)

3 – Leslea Hlusko

4 – Michael Cluver

5 – Jon Piro

8 – Cameron Schafer

11 – Mark Schafer

12 – Cole Schafer

14 – Anthea Pugh

17 – Mary Galecki

18 – Katherine Walker

19 – Hannah Elizabeth Rose

20 – Brad Acosta

20 – Cameron Eliza Rose

20 – Henry Kirby

28 – Jayne Bucy

29 – Barrett Cunningham

29 – Betty Dickerson

29 – Terry Nester



12 – William “Hootie” and Sandy Wright

27 – Terry & Kristi McCraw

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



Advent & Christmas Humor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Actual children's versions of Christmas Carols:

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

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

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

Thanks to:


Recipe: Speculatius (German Spice Cookies)

Recipe: Speculatius

(German Spice Cookies)

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


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




Mix in order:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

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



1.    A donkey

2.   969 years old

3.   Noah

4.   The beginning

5.   Cyrus, King of Persia

6.   The “beast” in Revelation

7.   The end

8.   Zacchaeus

9.   They wore worn out clothes


Chris’s Corner: Quotes from C.S.Lewis

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

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



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

Mondays/Fridays – AA meets at 8 pm

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

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



Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.”

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feb 2 – Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Presented in Technicolor, December 4, 3 pm

Moss Arts Center

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band

Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

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