September Mission
Boys Home

For 104 years, Boys Home has been providing residential care and education for boys ages 6 to 18 who are socially and economically disadvantaged. No child is turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. It takes over $500.00 PER CHILD to provide these young men with clothes, underwear, shoes, and school supplies for the year. By Providing residential education, the Boys Home continues to focus on socially and economically disadvantaged young men aged 6 to 18. They operate with 97% private funds, so your donations are important.

Haiti—The Haiti trip planned for November for the Mountain to Mountain Partnership has been cancelled. While the area around Beaudin Jean Pierre is quite calm, there have been ongoing protests in Port-au-Prince that have blocked the highway that would take the team to Beaudin Jean Pierre, and, based on the recommendations of our contacts in Haiti, the trip has been cancelled.

This is a time for prayer and patience in this important work. There is a meeting Sept 26th at Christ Church Marion, anyone that would like to go is welcome to join Jon Greene (540-553-5846 or ) for the drive.

Adult Forum this Fall will meet
Sept. 8th through Dec. 15th.

1st Sunday WL:JG
2nd Contemplative Prayer
3rd Episcopal 101
4th & 5th No Adult Forum

Preparing for Next Sunday

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
1 Timothy 6:6-19
Luke 16:19-31

Jeremiah's purchase of a field at Anathoth becomes a symbol of hope for Israel in the Old Testament reading next week. It concludes with God's assurance that "houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land." Psalm 91 portrays God as a faithful protector in response. The final reading from the recent lectionary series from 1 Timothy serves as the epistolary reading and urges us to set our hopes on God rather than the evanescent uncertainty of riches. Contrasting images of wealthy self-indulgence and abject need are played out in the Gospel lesson, Luke's story of the rich man and Lazarus, which resonates with these other readings. 

Take Them a Meal

Grace Church and other members of our community are providing meals to Tony and Helen Darden, both in their 90's and in poor health. Their 2 sons, Kem and Day, take turns caring for them with assistance from sitters. Cooking a meal is so very helpful to the sons who are constant caregivers. If you've taken meals before, you know how very appreciative this family is. If you're just receiving this email for the first time, my hope is that you'll join this train. Kem and Day have asked that we just help out on Mondays and Fridays. Also, if you know of folks who would love to provide a meal but aren't members of Grace, please give them my phone number.

Deliver meals about 6:00 (earlier can be arranged by calling Kem @ 639-2870); Please enter from carport door that leads to the family room. Helen is almost always right there in her recliner.

Helen also loves dessert.

Tony and Helen eat small meals, but the boys and a caretaker need to be fed. Leftovers often help for other days of the week..

Thank you wonderful Grace friends!

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Weekly Roles

Serving Grace Sept. 22, 2019

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

Bob Himmel (8a)
Kristi McCraw (10:30a)

Terry McCraw and Terry Nester

Coffee Hour
Carol Asbury and TBD

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Serving Grace Sept. 29, 2019

Lay Eucharistic Minister
Michael Cluver (8a)
Jack Brockway (10:30a)

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

Penny Sweet and Lee Slusher

Coffee Hour
Patrick and Jennifer Hand

Altar Guild
Penny Sweet, Louise Johnson, Joy Hottenstein, Pat Evans

Vestry Meeting Bullets

September 3, 2019

  • Shepherds Report

July/August mission- Red Door $59.00

Sept/Oct mission- Boy’s Home

  •  Campus Ministry

Roger reported that Red Door is off to a strong start this year with about 10 active students and a long list of interested students.

Red Doors’ mission this year will focus on students with food insecurity. The goal is to grow a food pantry at Red Door with donations of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for students in need. 

The ministry will be asking for donated meals once again this year. Roger will post a sign up sheet in the parish hall.

  • Junior Warden’s Report

The AC unit in the rector’s and parish administrator’s offices has failed, so Mark is looking into several different options for replacing this unit.

Due to leaks and needed repairs, vestry voted to replace all toilets in the Vest building with modern fixtures.

Mark will schedule a special work day to address the Bullard Room stairwell repair and several other minor repairs.

  • Senior Warden’s Report

A meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15 to continue discussions to form an ecumenical campus ministry, joining Grace, Unity Christian Church, the Lutheran Church and the Presbyterian Church. 

  • Rector’s Report

A decision was made to accept Larry Sam’s proposal to install an accessibility ramp between the church and the Vest building breezeway.

A Vestry retreat is scheduled for Sunday September 29 from 12:30-4:00.

The parish picnic is Sunday September 15. At Bissette Park.

Vestry will meet on the first  Wednesday of the month at 6:30 for the remainder of the year.