Grace Notes – March 52017


Office hours generally are M/W 12 to 4:30 & T/TH 12 to 2:30. 

Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Mar 5 – Lent 1 - HE – Bob Brodie

Mar 12 – Daylight Saving Time Begins

Mar 12 – Lent 2 - MP

Mar 19 – Lent 3 - HE – Ron Johnson

Mar 26 – Lent 4 - HE – Michael Zumpf (10 am)

Mar 26 – Lent 4 - MP – (8am) – TBD

April 2 – Lent 5 - TBD


The Community Lenten Services schedule:

First Sunday in Lent:  March 05 at 7:00 p.m. – Presbyterian Church of Radford.

Second Sunday in Lent: March 12 at 7:00 p.m. – St. Jude’s Catholic Church.

Third Sunday in Lent: March 19 at 7:00 p.m. – Grace Episcopal Church.

Fourth Sunday in Lent: March 26 at 7:00 p.m. – Christ Lutheran Church.

Fifth Sunday in Lent: no joint service planned, each church is free to plan its own event.

Daylight Saving Time Begins early Sunday morning – March 12. 

Another successful Pancake Supper!

Thanks to all who helped with Pancake Supper, especially Terry Nester and Sherri Carper.  We had a slow, steady crowd of faithful community people and parishioners who attended.  Thank you to all the cooks, servers, donation collectors, sausage fryers, dish washers, and general helpers. $601 was collected for Episcopal Relief and Development.  Thanks for keeping the tradition alive!


Thanks to Terry McCraw for fixing the kitchen sink and to Lee and Jim Slusher and Tom Sproule for replacing lots of burned out light bulbs in both buildings!  



Vestry NotesFebruary 2017

----Search Committee will receive candidate names after February 21st and begin the screening/interview process.

----This year is the 125th birthday of Grace Church.  Plans are being made for a celebration.  Anyone interested in helping with the planning (church history/pictures, food, mailing list) should contact Tim Walker.

----Canterbury has received funds for their homeless student ministry from Fairlawn Ministerial Association.  Department of Social Services may also be able to provide funds.   AmeriCorps has expressed interest in working with Canterbury in the future.  12 students attended a recent Canterbury meeting; 5 of those were new students.

----Our buildings and grounds will be getting attention soon as we prepare for candidates to come to Grace.  Light bulbs are being replaced in both buildings and consideration is being given to repainting the outside doors and frames.  The rooms are being cleaned and straightened through the “Adopt a Room” program.   All items to be discarded are being collected in the smaller nursery room.  Parishioners are encouraged to take anything they want from this room, as it will all be given away.

----Evaluation of the rectory and its upkeep will occur as soon as it is vacated.

----Plans are in process for all the Lent and Easter events (Pancake Supper, Lenten Event, services).

----Olga Harvill’s piano was gifted to Grace Church by her daughter, Gail.


We are 125 years old!

This year Grace Church will celebrate its 125th birthday and we would like to have a special event honoring our history. More information to come.  Anyone interested in being on a committee to organize a celebration and capital campaign, please contact Tim Walker  639-9266  


Message from the Search Committee

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

March Mission: Brain Injury Services of SWVA

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month and, fittingly, Brain Injury Services of SWVA is the Monthly Outreach.  Many of you know that the organization was founded by Greg and Fran Rooker to provide the critically needed services they found lacking when they returned home from the hospital with their son.  Today more people are living after brain injury…..and struggling to live with this disability.  For no fee, Brain Injury Services of SWVA provides the help survivors and their families need to rebuild their lives.  Your donations in the blue envelopes each Sunday help make a difference for families whose lives are forever changed.  Please see the display on stage in the Parish Hall for information about the organization and its services.  See if someone you know has received help!  

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


Thank You from Radford Clothing Bank

20 Feb 2017

Dear Members of Grace Episcopal Church,

All of us here at the Clothing Bank: the Officers, Board, Volunteers and Clients would like to express our sincere appreciation for your generosity and support in our efforts to serve our many clients in the New River Valley through our August Kids, Coats for Kids, and Stork Exchange Projects as well as our daily clients.  Your contribution from your Monthly Mission collection for January 2017 is greatly appreciated.  Contributions go toward rent, utilities, supplies and clothing as needed.

We could not accomplish our objectives without continued support from our community both financial and through volunteering.

With sincere appreciation,

Ruth Yadlowsky, Treasurer

Radford Clothing Bank

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.


 Can You Help?

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

o   Someone to take over the Acolytes

 Newsletter – April

Grace Notes is published weekly by email and blog post. The Monthly Newsletter will be published the first week of April.  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 Flower 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. 



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 Lion King Experience

March 9, 10 & 11

Rehearsals are in full swing for The Lion King Experience, Jr.  Shows will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 pm and Saturday afternoon at  2:00 pm.  Shows are $5 General Admission.

The Parish Secretary has a special interest in this show because her daughter will be playing “Scar” the evil brother of the king and uncle to Simba.  She will be performing on Thursday, March 9 and Saturday March 11 at 7:30 pm.

Pulaski County High SchoolThe Man Who Came to Dinner

March 24-26, March 31, April 1 & 2

An acerbic theatre critic breaks his leg while on a lecture tour in the Midwest and is forced to stay a bit longer at the home of his host family, ultimately taking over the house with his demands and visiting Broadway luminary friends.

General Admission $5,  Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 2:30 pm

Pulaski County High School: Shrek the Musical

April 18-20, May 5-7 

A benign green ogre and his sidekick Donkey save the land from an evil lord and rescue a lovely princess from a terrible fate. Based on the blockbuster movie and the book by William Steig.

April 19, Walk for Life for Pregnancy Resource Center

Bisset Park, 9 am Check-in, 9:30 am walk. Fundraiser. For more information contact


 Until Mar 3 – Ed LeShock: A Retrospective

Mar 14 – Mar 25 – Design Department Senior Exhibit – RU Downtown Art Museum, 

Mar 15 – Faculty Recital – Robert Sanderi, Percussion, 7:30 pm Covington

Mar 18 – Fashion Fete, Fashion Show, 9 pm, Bondurant Auditorium, $10 advance, $15 at door

Mar 20 – Russian National Ballet Theater, 7:30 pm, Bondurant Auditorium, $15 General Admission

Mar 21 thru Mar 30– Student Ceramic Show, Porterfield Gallery

Mar 23 – RU Jazz Ensemble Concert, Tri State Chamber Winds Festival, 7:30 pm Covington

Mar 25 – RU Wind Ensemble & Symphonic Band Concert @ the Tri-State Chamber Winds Festival, 7:30 pm, Covington

Mar 27 – Guest Artist – Sookkyung Cho, Piano, 7:30 pm, Covington

Mar 29 thru Apr 5 – MFA Show, RU Art Museum Downtown

Mar 30 – Mar 31 – Dancing on the Edge – Bondurant Auditorium 7:30 pm, $7 GeneralAdmission

Mar 31, 3 pm & 12 am – RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Apr 1, 9 am & 10 pm - RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Apr 2, 1 pm & 4 pm - RU International Guitar Festival, Covington

Virginia Tech: School of Performing Arts: Exposition IV: 

An Appalachian Spring

March 19 – Moss Arts Center: Anne & Ellen Fife Theatre, 4 pm

$20 General Admission, $15 Senior, $5 Student

Join talented students and faculty for a musical showcase of choral and instrumental music. Subtitled "An Appalachian Spring," this year's Exposition concert features the world premiere of a three-movement setting of Appalachian folksongs for band and choir by School of Performing Arts' faculty member Dwight Bigler.

See clips from the 2016 Exposition III concert here. (Video credit: Suzanna Brosey)

All proceeds from this concert go to Delta Omicron to support music scholarships at Virginia Tech.

Grace Notes March 2017 Newsletter

Volume 4, Number 3, March 2, 2017

QUIZ 84, LEVEL 3– MARCH 2017

1.    What do you find a lot of in the Book of Numbers?  

2.   Which animal saved Isaac’s life? 

3.   Who pushed down a huge building single-handedly? 

4.   Which prophet had to run away from Queen Jezebel? 

5.   Where did King Belshazzar see the words “MENE MENE TEKL UPHARSIN?”

6.   Which animals convinced King Darius to believe in God?  

7.   Which three disciples saw Jesus’s transfiguration?  

8.   Were Simon and Andrew carpenters or fishermen before becoming disciples?  

9.   Outside which city was Jesus crucified?  

10.Who sailed in a ship whose figurehead was the Twin Brothers?  


Birthdays and Anniversaries


1 – Lucinda McDermott Piro

2 – Gail Lawson Felch

3 – Lane Middleton

6 – David Shelor

6 – Joey Sutphin

11 – Anthony Day Darden

11 – Robert Jordan

13 – Briana Leigh Carper

13 – Stephanie Rooker

14 – Dr. Russell Davis

14 – Michael Johnston

18 – Robin Filbert

19 – India Rose Black (Philpot)

20 – Christine Ann Smith

22 – William “Hootie” Wright

23 – Patrick Hand

26 – Nathan Andrew Fender

27 – Ron Downs

28 – Janet Middleton Montag


13 – Andy & Liz Millar


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



March Humor: Humor for Lent:


Marquee Sayings for Lent:

*Don't wait for the hearse to take you to church.
*It's hard to stumble when you're down on your knees.
*What part of "Thou Shalt Not" don't you understand?
*A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
*Satan subtracts and divides.  God adds and multiplies.
*God answers knee-mail.

Getting Ready for Lent

If you can start the day without caffeine or pills, 
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time, 
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, 
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can relax without liquor, 
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can do all these things, 
Then you are probably the family dog. 

The Story of a Circuit Rider
A preacher was wanting to buy a horse to make his visits in a small farming town. He was sent to an old farmer that had a very unique horse. The preacher wanted to try the horse out, so the old farmer told him what made the horse unique. "If you want the horse to go forward," the old farmer said, "shout Praise the Lord. If you want the horse to stop, yell Hallelujah." The preacher mounted the horse and shouted Praise the Lord. The horse started running. The preacher was so excited that he let the horse continue to run until he saw a great cliff ahead. He yelled stop, halt, quit; but the horse kept running. The preacher finally remembered the words of the old farmer and yelled Hallelujah just in time. The horse skidded to a halt on the very edge of the cliff. The preacher took off his hat, wiped his brow, and said, "Praise the Lord." 

From dust you are dust you shall return
A little boy came home from Sunday School and went into his room to change his clothes. When he emerged he asked his mother, "Is it true we come from dust?"     "Yes dear," replied mother.  "Is it true that when we die we go back to the dust?"  "Yes dear, that's right."  The little boy ran into his room and came out all excited, "Mom, I just looked under my bed and there's someone either coming or going!"  


Carob Hot Chocolate

Yield: 1 to 2 servings

Replacement for Hot Chocolate.  


·         1 cup milk/ flax milk/ rice milk/ almond milk/

·         1/3 cup carob chipsi

·         ¼ tsp cinnamon

·         ¼ tsp vanilla

·         1 Tablespoon Carob powder


1.   Heat water to boiling in a double boiler.

2.   Put the above ingredients in the top of the double boiler and whisk ingredients together.  When the chips are melted, about 3 or 4 minutes, the beverage is done.

3.   Pour into one or two mugs and enjoy.

Acid Watcher’s Diet, Dr. Jonathan Aviv

Replacing carob chips with chocolate chips, carob with cocoa and almond milk with milk will also make a delicious cup of real hot chocolate.

QUIZ 84, LEVEL 3– MARCH 2017



1.    Numbers, e.g. of people


2.   A ram

3.   Samson

4.   Elijah

5.   On the wall

6.   The lions, as they didn’t eat Daniel

7.   Peter, James & John

8.   Fishermen

9.   Jerusalem


Chris’s Corner: 

Chris decided to share things she discovers during the month.

 Lent Madness!

It is that time of year again – time for Lent Madness.  Each day you can check in at Lent Madness, read about two saints and vote on your favorite.  When the first set of brackets the Round of 32 is finished then it moves on to the Saintly 16, followed by the Elate 8, the Faithful 4 until they reach the winner who receives the Golden Halo.  Some of the notable saints on the list this year are Augustine of Canterbury, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Joan of Arc, John Wycliffe, Amelia Bloomer, Martin Luther, Florence Nightingale and more.

The first two contenders are Stephen and Alban, so if you would like to know a bit more about these early Christian martyrs click on the link and vote for your favorite.