Grace Notes – November 232016


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


Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Nov 27 – Morning Prayer

Dec 4 – Morning Prayer

Dec 11 – Ron Johnson

Dec 18 – Robert Davenport

Dec 24 – Christmas Eve, Robert Davenport

Dec 25 – Robert Davenport

Jan 1 - TBD



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

November Mission Monthly Mission: Elf Shelf

November Mission

Monthly Mission: Elf Shelf

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

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

Thank you!

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


Youth Opportunity to decorate for Elf Shelf

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

Picture, pictures, we need pictures!

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


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

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

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

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

      If you have questions please call Diana Jordan.


January Clothing Bank Volunteer Sign Up

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

There are 2 shifts on Thursday, 

10AM to Noon

4PM to 6PM.  

On Friday and Saturday

10AM to Noon.  

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



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

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

108 Mill Pond Rd. 

Speed, NC 27843



November 14, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

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

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

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

Your Brother in Christ, 

The Rev. Daniel M. Cenci              

Canterbury House:

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

~Robert Morris



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

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


Support for Grace Rooms needed! 6 Volunteers!

Intake Person (2 needed)

-An occasional 45 min. to 1 hour

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

  for her stay. 


Liaisons (2 needed)

-Flexible time/you decide

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

            guest will feel connected to Grace Church


Resource Drivers (2 needed)

          -At your convenience after guest arrives

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

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

           for pickup

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

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

Please contact a member of your Grace Rooms Committee: 

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




Can You Help?

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

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes


Coupon Exchange Box – Now in the Parish Hall

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


Newsletter – December

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


Weekly Roles

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


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


November 2016


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

                             Dec 11 – Bette Wright             Dec 18 – Ann Walker

                             Dec 25 – Group Effort            Jan 1 - TBD         



Altar Guild:         Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar, Mary Johnston



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



November 27th   - 1st Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Lay Reader    8 am & 11 am – Mark Carper

Lector           8 am – Paula Downs      11 am – Hannah Brockway

Server           Jess Shelor           

Acolyte         Carter Shelor

Counters       Tyler Will & Terry Nester


December 4th- 2nd Sunday of Advent

Morning Prayer

Chalicer     8 am & 11 am – TBD

Lector        8 am – Barbara Houston       11 am – Kristi McCraw

Server         Mark Johnston

Crucifer       Audrey Bucy

Acolyte        Hannah Brockway

Counters       Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher

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

* Change from last week

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


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

 Altar Flowers from Northside Flowers:

          One Sunday - $25

          Two Sundays - $40

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




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,


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

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

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

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





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.


Giving Tuesday – November 29, 2016

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

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

Pulaski High School Presents “Elf, Jr.” December 16 (7:30), 17 (7:30) & 18 (2:30) December 29 (7:30), 30 (7:30) & 31 (2:30)

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


VIRGINIA TECH                                                                 Presented in Technicolor, December 4, 3 pm

Moss Arts Center

With the Virginia Tech Symphony Band


Trading Fours, February 26, 3 pm

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