April Mission

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing using a UTO Blue Box. UTO is entrusted to receive the offerings, and to distribute the 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. 

Blessing of the Bikes--The New River Convocation will participate in the Blessing of the Bikes at Boys Home on Saturday, May 11. There will be a picnic, tour of Boys Home, and time to get to know the boys. Please contact the church office and sign up if you plan to attend in order to get a head count.
Meet at Town Hall parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at Boys Home at 12:00 noon.
Address: 414 Boys Home Road, Covington, Va. 24426  

Easter Egg Hunt--We are planning to have an Easter egg hunt between the 8:00 and 10:30 services at 9:30 please let us know if you're able to help set up. 

Noon Eucharist—The Wednesday noon Eucharist and Lectionary Lunch will not meet until May 15.

Campus Ministry—The Campus Ministry Committee meets, Tuesday, April 23 at 5:00

Vestry—The Vestry will meet May 7 at 6:00

Vestry Minutes

April 2019


  • Shepherd’s Report: Approved a new arrangement of the designated monthly missions.

  • Campus Ministry: Roger Cook reported that seven students regularly attend Red Door and there has been an increase in inquiry due to promotion on social media. Upcoming activities include: Bissett Park clean-up day, prayer service at the Cascades, and 12 step program for students. Kathy and Roger have drafted a community covenant for future residents of Red Door house.

  • Tim Walker and Sherri Carper have agreed to become counters.

  • The old playground has been removed and Kathy is forming a committee to research ideas for child friendly landscaping.

  • Thomas and Litton submitted a proposal for professional service for an exterior accessible ramp and sidewalk. The cost for developing a plan was sent to the finance committee for recommendation to the vestry.

  • The former nursery room has been converted to an office for Mason.

  • Thermostats in the Vest building were replaced. Mark Carper is looking into updating the corner sign.

  • A representative from Grace is needed to attend a meeting regarding vacation bible school.

  • The archive committee is developing building policies regarding weddings, baptisms, and funerals .

  • Kathy is looking for people to join the Living Local Joining God initiative from the diocese. This program examines ways to do outreach.  

Weekly Roles

Serving Grace April 28, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Mark Carper (10:30a)

Paula Downs (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Ann Walker and Diana Jordan

Coffee Hour
Joy Hottenstein

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard

Serving Grace April 21, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Joyce Muldoon (10:30a)

Bob Himmel (8a)
Kathleen Harshberger (10:30a)

Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour

Altar Guild
Sherri Carper, Jennifer Hand, and Beth Gaspard


Thomas Stone Inglehart was baptized on April 14, 2019