June Mission
Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread (RFDB) provides meals at no cost for people in need in Radford and Fairlawn, VA through a dining room that’s open from 11am to 12:15pm and a Meals on Wheels program that brings food right to peoples’ front doors.

This month, Grace Church will be collecting monetary donations for Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread to help with the costs of running the nonprofit. Please use the blue envelopes in the pews when you make a donation.

Rolling Lament Coming to Bisset Park August 17—Becoming the Beloved Community PilgrimageThe Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Virginia and Diocese of Southwestern Virginia are hosting a “rolling lament” through the state of Virginia along Route 11 on August 17 marking 400 years since enslaved Africans first landed in North America at Jamestown. The event will begin in Jamestown and Christian services will be held in each of these cities in a one day pilgrimage. Radford will be one of several participating cities including Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, and churches in Charlottesville, Richmond, Staunton, Lexington, Roanoke and Abingdon. Efforts will be made to include African American and White members of various local churches to plan and participate in the event together. The event will present the history of Route 11 as a “trail of tears” informing participants of historical facts like that the original Route 11 was used to transport slaves through Virginia and on to the deep south. Radford has been invited to participate because of stories of difficulty slave caravans had crossing the New River at this site.

Vacation Bible School July 7 -10--Volunteers are needed to lead Bible Story Time each night. We also need help with meal prep on Tuesday, July 8. A sign up sheet is in the parish hall.

Mountain to Mountain Partnership (M2M). The M2M partnership is the Haiti collaborative of six parishes in DIOSWVA that is supporting St. Paul’s School in Beaudin Jean Pierre Haiti. For the 2018-2019 School Year M2M was able to pay the teachers and administrators salaries through August 2019, provided lunches for about 200 students throughout the school year and provide $1000 for educational supplies. For 2019-2020 we intend to provide the same support and to visit to better understand how we can best support them. Potential projects include:

  • expanding classroom space by adding two additional classrooms (there are currently four) so that school could serve grades beyond the sixth grade

  • a water project (there is no water in the community)

  • a solar project

The plan is to visit in late October or early November. Does a trip to Haiti sound interesting to you? Might you be interested in getting involved in this ministry? Please contact Jon Greene if you feel called ( 540-553-5846).

Preparing for Next Sunday

2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14
Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20
Galatians 5:1,13-25
Luke 9:51-62

Rev. Kathy is challenging us this summer to study the scriptures for the following Sunday each week. Consider the themes in the readings for June 30: Loyalty; Faith working through love; Being guided by the Spirit; Prioritizing the Gospel and Trusting in Jesus. Read, study and inwardly digest these readings through prayer and contemplation prior to next Sunday. Hopefully this will enhance the weekly sermon for both the congregation and the preacher and strengthen our community in ministry. Here's a web site for more study:

Serving Grace June 23, 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
Robert and Carol Asbury

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

Serving Grace June 30, 2019

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

Bob Himmel (8a)
Ann Walker(10:30a)

Kristi McCraw and Sherri Carper

Coffee Hour
Matt and Joan Sutphin

Altar Guild
Robbie Nester, Lee Slusher, Diana Jordan

Red Door Campus Ministry

Summer is in full swing. Schools are out. The streets near Radford University are clear and unencumbered. One can visit their favorite eatery on Tyler Avenue or shop downtown with ease. The movie theaters are not standing room only and all in all a calm if over the city of Radford. As I write this from the RedDoor house, it is too quiet. There is no laughter. No music being played on guitar, violin, or ukulele; no songs sung. No questions. No epiphany. No tears. It is summer.

This is when traditionally churches slow down during the summer.  Attendance will sometimes take a dip, as does giving, as people get to take a break from their jobs and the stresses of life and go on vacation. My family and I went on vacation recently. Our first vacation in two years, and it was wonderful. Some in ministry call this summer ‘slow down,’ the summer slump.

The summer should not be a time to slump. Rather, this an opportune time, especially in collegiate ministry, to plan and prepare for the upcoming university year!  If one would wait until school was starting back, it would be nearly impossible to build or maintain any momentum. RedDoor house may be quiet, with the rustling of the flags out front marking her as the gateway to the university, but she it far from being still.

There has already been one round of quest, a fair for incoming freshman, and RedDoor was serving at the tables and already we have contacts for the coming year.  There is another round of quest coming up and we will be there as well; excited to encounter incoming freshmen and their families.

We are keeping in touch with our current students through a weekly midweek devotion to ‘check in’ with them, to encourage and challenge them and to let them know that we are here for them and their needs, spiritual or otherwise that they may have. And they are remaining in contact with us as well. Some are sharing their excitement for the coming semester; and to have a safe space where they can be who God has created them to be. A safe space to grow, learn, build community and discover. And the community is growing.

RedDoor is excited about the shared ministry direction of the collegiate ministry as well. RedDoor with the support of Grace Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church, and Unity Church of Radford are combining resources and congregational lay leaders and volunteers to impact the campus at Radford University and the surrounding area in a way not previously possible. This is the result of years of faithful service, sacrifice, obedience, and prayer. I personally want to thank you as you have helped to make this shared ministry possible.

There are plans to meet the students with some very real needs in simple and yet effective ways this first semester. From cookouts for the student lead team just prior to classes to facilitating feeding over 150 students breakfast the first week of classes for just $40! Being a shared ministry, the cost would be deferred to just $10 per supporting church. The shared ministry does not just need financial resources either as we need hands and feet involved with the students and the ministry this first semester. This is a most exciting time for RedDoor at Radford University. There is more that I could share.  I will save some of that for later!

As you can see, I am very excited for the coming scholastic year and I am honored and humbled to serve. To see this happen, we need the support of the church and the willingness to serve and work with one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. This can be the most exciting year of collegiate ministry that we have experienced. It is all up to what are we each willing to do to take that first step out of our comfort zone to impact an emerging generation that will impact the world.

I invite you to join me on this most exciting and humbling journey,

Pastor Roger Cook


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