Grace Notes January 2017 Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 1, January 5, 2017


Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Jan 8 – 8 am MP – Michael Cluver

Jan 8 – 11 am – MP – Tim Walker 

Jan 15 – HE/Ron Johnson

Jan 15 – Annual Meeting

Jan 15 – NRV Convocation 

Jan 22 – 8 am MP – Micahel Cluver 

Jan 22 – 11 am HE - Michael Zumpf

 Jan 29 – 8 am & 11 am - Morning Prayer – Mark Carper

Jan 29 - Diocesan Annual Convention


Message from the Search Committee

Parish profile is completed and submitted to the diocese.  It will become active next week.  Closing date for candidate applications will be mid-February, at which time Grace search committee will begin receiving candidate names.

Annual Meeting – Grace Church- January 15th following the 11 pm services

The Annual Meeting will occur a week from Sunday.  If you have a contribution for the Annual Report please send it to the office by Monday, Jan 8.  

 Please be aware that the Lutheran Church will also be holding their Annual Meeting on January 15th following their 10 am services. 



1.    Why did Jairus ask Jesus for help? 

2.   Who said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

3.   What did Ezekiel see inhis vision?  

4.   In the Bible, Adam or Esau described as “a hairy man”?  

5.   Which sea did the Israelites have to cross to get to the Promised Land? 

6.   How did Joseph, the husband of Mary, earn his living? 

7.   Which disciple was named “the Doubter”?  

8.   In the parable, what happened to the house built on sand when it rained? 

9.   How many books are there in the New Testament? 

10.How did Jesus help Bartimaeus?

Birthdays and Anniversaries



1 – Adam Johnston

2 – Katherine Halberstadt

3 – Constance Washman Jordan

4 – Louise Johnson

5 – Carter Shelor

7 – Henry (Hank) Johnson

9 – Stuart Walker

11 – Nici Hlusko

13 – Margaret Sproule

15 – Robert Jordan

16 – Jordan Herring McCraw

18 – Howard Yancey Dean

19 – Joseph Muldoon

20 – Jeanne Fender

25 – Kathleen Harshberger

29 – Audrey Bucy

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



Out of the Mouths of Babes
On New Year's Eve Night, we walked down the road talking about the beautiful fireworks we had just seen (the entire country of Holland goes up in fireworks at midnight). My husband pointed at the stars and said to our 4 year old daughter: "Look, Ninon, that's God's firework." After pondering this for a while she said: "Do you know why God made it so high in the sky?" "No," my husband said, "why did he?" She replied with conviction: "Because He's the only one who can reach up there!" (Kersbergen family, Holland)

New Year's Resolutions for Internet Junkies:

1. I will try to figure out why I really need 7 e-mail addresses.

2. I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own.

3. When I hear "Where do you want to go today?" I won't reply "DPS Tech Support."

4. I will think of a password other than "password."

5. I will stop checking for an online sermon at 3:00 in the morning.

The Gravestone Message
The following caption was found written on a gravestone...
"As I am now, you soon shall be, so be content to follow me."

Then someone taped the following note on that gravestone...
"To follow you I'm not content, until I know which way you went!"

New Year's Day or Football Day?
As in many homes on New Year's Day, my wife and I faced the annual conflict of which was more important - the football games on television, or the dinner itself. To keep peace, I ate dinner with the rest of the family, and even lingered for some pleasant after-dinner conversation before retiring to the family room to turn on the game.

Several minutes later, my wife came downstairs and graciously even bought a cold beer for me with her. She smiled, kissed me on the cheek and asked what the score was. I told her it was the end of the third quarter and that the score was still nothing to nothing.

"See?" she said, continuing to smile, "You didn't miss a thing."

Recipe: Soba Noodles & Dipping Sauce


For Dipping Sauce (make ahead)

8 Tablespoons light soy sauce

1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil

2 Tablespoons water

1/3 cup chopped scallions

4 Tablespoons drained pickled ginger


1 Package (3 bunches) Soba Noodles

Directions: Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl. Let rest. Before serving divide the sauce between two small bowls for dipping the noodles.

Cook the noodles in boiling water until al dente, about six minutes. Rinse thoroughly under cold water and drain well. Serve cold in shallow bowls with sauce on the side.

Chris’s Corner: 

Chris decided to share things she finds during the month.

King James Bible Dictionary.  The ad says it has every word in the Bible, an easy format and it contains information about people places and culture. It includes entries in the Websters 1828 Dictionary, Easton’s Bible Dictionary, Hitchock’s Bible Names, Nave’s Topical Index, Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Strong’s Concordance, Thayer’s Greek Lexicon and the BDB Hebrew Lexicon.  All in one place.  So I clicked on the link and found a nice home page.  The site can be searched by verse or word or a collection of other ways. On the home page they have links to Men of the Bible, Women of the Bible and, my favorite, Gemstones of the Bible, because my daughter’s and mother’s name are Beryl and beryl and beryl stones are in the Bible. 


King James Bible Dictionary - online

Grace Notes – January 5, 2017


Office hours generally are M to TH 12 to 3:30


Rector’s Christmas Gift

Thank you for your donations of $387 to the Rector Christmas gift.  Because of Robert and Lizzy's long term commitment and service to the African diocese of Malawi, we will send this donation to them in his honor. Robert was very touched by this gift.  Thank you for making it possible.

Christmas Services – Thank You

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make our Christmas services special this year!  

New (Updated) Website

Check out the new look at Grace’s website!

Stewardship Update

To date we have 38 pledges at $110,640.  We have approximately 90% of last year's pledges.  Our goal continues to be $140,000. Thanks to all who have turned in pledges already. For those who still want to pledge, it's not too late! 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.

January Mission: 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.  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

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!



Dear Grace Episcopal Church,

The Kroger Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to local communities. We do this through a variety of activities, including charitable giving, sponsorships and the unique Community Rewards Program of Kroger. We are also committed to carefully protecting our customers' personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well. As your neighborhood food retailer, we deeply value our ability to support local organizations like yours.

Your supporters (8 households) who shopped at Kroger between 9-1-2016 and 11-30-2016 (Cycle 9, Qtr 1 2016 2017) have contributed to your $112.61 total donation. If you have any questions, please email or visit our website at Thank you for your continued support of your local Kroger store.
Don't forget to use your newsletter, website, and events to encourage your supporters to link to your organization. The more your supporters shop with us, the more money your organization will earn!

Thank you, 
Community Rewards Staff 

 If you have a Kroger Card and haven’t signed up to do Community Rewards please do so at the above link.  You might check to see if you need to renew annually. This would be a good time to do that. ~ Parish Secretary


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 – February 

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly FebruaryNewsletter will be published the last week of January or the first week of February.  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.

Flowers for the Altar  

The 2017 Flower Sign Up is on the bulletin board near 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. 



St. Nicholas Day Appeal:

This year, twenty percent of donations made will be given to help complete the Sharon Bryant Memorial Garden at St. Paul's, Bear Mountain, in our diocese. Before her death in 2015, Sharon served as Chief of the Monacan Nation and was a Candidate for Holy Orders. Eighty percent will be given to the Episcopal Deanery of Central Plateau in the Diocese of Haiti. Many of our parishes support schools and mission in this area, and two deputations from the diocese have visited this year. 

As you know, this appeal makes it possible for our diocese to annually make substantial financial grants to a variety of ministries and missions. I would ask that parishes participate in the success of this annual appeal by verbally announcing it, even this Sunday, and including the bulletin-ready materials received next week in service leaflets and newsletters during the remainder of Advent and through Epiphany leading up to our Annual Convention.


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.


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.


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

Pulaski County High School: The Man Who Came to Dinner

February 17-19, February 24-26

More information to come

Pulaski County High School: The Lion King Experience

March 9, 10 & 11

More information to come

Pulaski County High School: Shrek the Musical

April 18-20, May 5-7 

More information to come



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 15-18, 7:30 pm, Feb 19, 2:30 pm – Praying for Rain, Hawes Studio Theater

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


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.


1.    His daughter was very ill.

2.   Cain

3.   A valley of dry bones.

4.   Esau

5.   The Red Sea

6.   He was a carpenter

7.   Thomas

8.   If fell down

9.   27 books

10.He cured his blindness