November 9, 2017

This week the Office hours will be Monday to Wednesday 12 to 3:00, Thursday 9:30-12:30.

 Interim/ Supply Priest/ Morning Prayer Schedule:

Nov 12 – MP – Mark Carper

Nov 19 - HE – Michael Zumpf

Nov 26 – MP – Jack Brockway

Dec 3 – Judy Spruhan


Photos from the 125th Anniversary: 

At Grace:


At the luncheon:


Rector Search Committee Update

Here is a brief update from the Rector Search Committee:

The rector search process is moving forward at Grace. To begin getting to know our candidates, our Rector Search Committee conducted Skype interviews with two applicants on Monday, October 30. A Skype interview with a third applicant is scheduled for Monday, November 6, and we are still awaiting a reply from the fourth applicant to schedule our final Skype interview. Once we complete these interviews, we will meet to discuss next steps for bringing finalists in for a visit, and further details will be provided to the vestry and congregation at that time. Our first two Skype interviews went very well and our committee looks forward to our final two Skype interviews.



The stewardship letter and pledge cards were mailed and everyone should have received them.  Please remember that Stewardship Sunday will be December 3, 2017.  Extra pledge cards can be found in the Bell Tower.  Please contact Tim Walker with any questions. 

 125th Pictures Available for Purchase

Please notify church office if you are interested: 

History of Grace slideshow by Beth Gaspard          $5 (flashdrive)

Photos of 125th Celebration (service and Nesselrod) by Kim Greene/photographer                                                                                                       $5 (CD)

Grace Youth

Attention Grace Youth: Elf Shelf is seeking high-school and middle-school youth to help decorate on Wednesday, November 29 after 2:00 p.m.  The event is at Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Ave., Radford.  Students at JDIS and RHS let Margaret Sproule know if you need a ride that afternoon - (540) 641-1960 text or call.


Thanks to all who helped make the 125th Anniversary celebration a success!  There were about 140 people at the service and 130 at the luncheon.  It was a wonderful day of celebration and reunion with lots of laughter and a few tears, as well.  There was a great sense of unity, joy, and appreciation of our rich history.  Thanks to all who helped make this happen!



Elf Shelf volunteers are already busy preparing for the 2017 toy distribution.  In just a few weeks, December 1-2, 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 Friday afternoon, December 1st, 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!

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread – Thank You!

Thank you for your generous gift of $160.oo to Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread. We are a partner agency of the United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd, through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign. We serve the New River Valley and could not do our work without gifts and support from the local houses of worship.

The Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread has been in operation since 1992 and provides free-in-house meals from 11:00 a.m. to noon weekdays at 501 E. Main Street in Radford.  The service is open to anyone who comes for food and companionship.

The Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread took over the delivery program of the Meals on Wheels inJuly 1996. This service is open to people who are homebound in the Radford/Fairlawn area. Meals are delivered all weekdays, except New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and when Radford City schoosl close for hazardous weather.  Over 21,000 meals are served each year (this includes the in housemeals and the Meals on Wheels.)

On behalf of those who are served, Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread thanks you again for your gift.

Sincerely, Robert H. MacLeod, Jr, Secretary

 Grace Room Resident – moving out

A Grace Rooms resident is moving into her new apartment. Does anyone in the congregation have or know of a double mattress and box spring available to donate? (Or any bed). See/ contact Betty Lee or Lee Slusher.

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Flowers for the Altar

There are a number of Sundays open for Flowers on the Altar. Please sign-up.  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.

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.  

 December Newsletter

The next newsletter will be published the first week of December. If you have any recipes, humor, interesting items or would just like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact 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.

November 2017

Coffee Hour        

Nov 12 – Laura Jacobsen/ Dennis Price       Nov 19 – Robert & Diana Jordan                

Nov 26 – Sandy Wright                                Dec 3 – Betty Lee

 Altar Guild:                  Bonnie Cunningham, Liz Millar & Mary Johnston

Acolyte:                         Ryan Beasley


November 12th – 23rd Sunday after  Pentecost________________MP_Mark Carper

Lay Reader            8am & 11 am – Mark Carper 

Lector                   8 am – Paula Downs                11 am – Mark Carper

Counters              Ann Walker & Diana Jordan


November 19th – 24th Sunday after  Pentecost________________HE Michael Zumpf

Lay Reader            8 am – Michael Cluver

Chalicer                                                               11 am – Mark Carper 

Lector                   8 am – Bob Himmel                11 am – Kathleen Harshberger

Counters              Bette Wright & Hank Johnson


November 26th – Last Sunday after  Pentecost________________MP Jack Brockway_

Lay Reader           8am & 11 am – Jack Brockway 

Lector                   8 am – Paula Downs                11 am – Bonnie Cunningham

Counters              Tyler Will & Terry Nester


December 3rd – 1st Sunday of Advent________________________HE Judy Spruhan

Chalicer               8am – Bob Himmel                    11 am – Mark Carper 

Lector                   8 am – Paula Downs                11 am – Jennifer Hand

Counters              Penny Sweet & Lee Slusher


December Altar Guild:           Sherri carper, Jennifer Hand & Beth Gaspard

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.)

 2017 Coffee Hour

November 2017

12    Jacobsen/Price, Laura & Dennis 230-1848   

19   Jordan, Robert & Diane        639-0809

26        Wright, Sandy         731-4668


December 2017

3     Lee, Betty                     449-9394

10   McCraw, Terry & Kristi          639-0585   

17     Nester, Robin & Terry           731-1591

24     CHRISTMAS – Group Effort

31     Sweet, Penny                        639-6161

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. 

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




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

Mondays – Bridge – 1 pm

Wednesdays – Tai Chi – 7 to 8:30 pm