Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Walking the Way of Love
The Annual Meeting of Grace Episcopal Church, Lexington, Virginia, will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at 9:15 am. Due to the suspension of in-person worship, the meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Parishioners participating by Zoom or by phone are asked to join the meeting beginning at 9 am to facilitate the sign-in process and the taking of attendance.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83293858632
To call in dial: 1-301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 832 9385 8632
Godly Play, Tuesday, 4 pm (ZOOM contact email@example.com)
Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. For children ages 3 to 7. Contact Sharon Massie for more information.
Exploring a Prayer Discipline, Mondays, 10:00 ZOOM
The Monday morning Exploring a Prayer Discipline group invites you to join them in reading Compassion in Practice by Frank Rogers, Jr.
Veteran's Day Tribute
Members of Grace submitted photos in remembrance of and tribute to veterans connected to us.
Boys Home Hoot raises
Grace's hosting of the Boys Home Hoot continues to raise funds for the Boys Home of Virginia. As of November 5, the funds raised are around 11,500.00! The site will remain live for viewing through December 15.
Complimentary admission to the three hour concert (you can watch as you wish!) and donations will be available while the site is live.
Choir will not meet on Thursday, November 26.
We will celebrate St. Cecilia, Patron Saint of musicians this Sunday, November 22 with a video that will premier on our YouTube channel at 5 pm! In thanksgiving for multiple decades of faithful music ministry, we will hold a virtual event that re-presents a Celebration of St. Cecilia offered by George Roth, members of the choir, and members of Grace, back in 1993. As we prepare to say goodbye to the current organ, we remember the years of music and musicians and congregational worship lifted at Grace. Soli Deo Gloria! #Nov22
Advent Lessons and Carols will be presented as a virtual daily devotional beginning December 13 and continuing through December 23. Details to come.
"If in your heart you make a manger for his birth, then God will once again become a child on earth."~Angelus Silesius
Stewardship Campaign Progress Report
As of November 19, the 2021 Stewardship Campaign has received pledges from 120 households who have pledged a total of $475,409. Last year’s campaign benefited from the support of 134 households. Parishioners continue to support Grace and the Campaign. We are grateful for the support of members of our parish and for everything their financial support means to Grace’s spiritual life, missions, and impact on the community – nearby and across the world. The Stewardship Committee will continue its work through December. We are now less than $29,000 away from last year’s stewardship total.
Your Stewardship Committee: Dennis Cross (Chair), Susan Cross, Carol Dent, Gail Dickerson, David Hansen,
John Milford, Rob Minor
YMCA ALL DAY LEARNING CENTER AT GRACE
At the end of July the Rockbridge Area YMCA reached out to Grace along with other sites around Rockbridge County to inquire whether we would be willing and able to provide some of our space for the Y’s All Day Learning Center. With the ever changing school situation in Rockbridge County, many working parents are seeking safe alternative learning situations for their children. Following a visit from the Y’s Branch Director Bobbie Wagner and Child Care Director Annie LePere in early August, fire and asbestos inspections had to be conducted in order for Grace to host Y staff and children enrolled in the All Day Learning Center. As those reports came back, we have been checking off the health and safety issues that needed to be addressed.
The Y’s All Day Learning Center began Tuesday, September 8, and will operate Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The maximum number of students at Grace will be 20. Students aged 5-12 will be using the Parish Hall and the Nursery traveling from one area to another by the rear staircase in the Parish House. CDC Covid-19 guidelines and Y child care guidelines will be followed.