Grace Episcopal Church
The Lexington Parish of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
All Are Welcome!
Seeking and Serving Christ in all Persons
Please Join Us for Outdoor Worship!
September 26, 18th Sunday after Pentecost
We will be worshipping outside on the patio in front of the
church for both services. We have a limited number of
chairs (+/- 40) so, if you can, please bring a lawn chair.
We will offer the 8 am by ZOOM and will post that service
to Facebook in the afternoon.
We will not offer either service by Facebook Live this Sunday.
Come and enjoy the fresh (cool) air Sunday morning!
Holy Eucharist Rite I, 8 am
Holy Eucharist Rite II, 10:30 am
Christianity and Culture
The Book of Esther in the Jewish Tradition
with Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life at W&L’s Hillel House
9:15 am, Parish Hall and by ZOOM
This Sunday's Old Testament reading of Esther is the only time
the book is read during our 3 year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. Please join as Maggie leads us in a rich conversation
about whole story of Esther!
Ifyou'd like to read Esther ahead of time try reading a Jewish translation,
most easily found here: https://www.sefaria.org/Esther.1.1?lang=en
Other Christianity and Culture offerings this fall include
October 10 - The Haiti Collaborative
with The Rev. Roger Bowen and Michelle Edwards
October 17 - November 7 - The Relevance of the Old Testament Prophets
This four-part series will explore the Old Testament prophets and their messages within an historical context and examine their significance for today’s world. Abraham Heschel’s seminal work The Prophets will serve as the primary reference for our discussion. John Thomas, Lexington resident and a former student of Heschel, will introduce the study. Doug Ayres, former instructor of International Studies at VMI will present the historical background. Next, Emily Filler, assistant professor of Religion at Washington and Lee will present the lives and messages of the prophets. In the final session, our Priest Tucker Bowerfind will discuss the influence of the prophets on Jesus’s ministry and message.
November 14 & 21 - The Psalms with Joanne Robblee
Coming in December The Magnificat with Martha Burford
The mission of Grace Episcopal Church is to share in the redeeming work of God by proclaiming the Gospel of Christ, by worshipping Jesus as Lord, by growing in the knowledge of God and God's will for our parish, and by building the fellowship of Christ's body, the Church. We seek to share God's love in witness and service to one another and our community, our neighboring institutions of higher education, and through the diocese, to the nation and the world.
Every Perfect Gift
Pledge Campaign 2021
As we share our gifts
through the Eucharist
and through our service to the world,
we participate in God’s ongoing creation
of abundance and generosity.
faithfully used for God’s mission through Grace.
The descending dove in the cinquefoil of the Lee window is a wonderful symbol of Grace Church.
Let the dove represent God’s mission of
represent our full time personnel.
Each lobe of the cinquefoil represents: 1/12 for remaining operating expenses.
1/12 for Christian Outreach.
1/12 for building utilities and maintenance.
1/12 for part time-time Sexton and Bookkeeper and additional music and worship program support.
- Your pledges support 10/12 of Grace’s operating expenses—$505,000 -
- Endowment Income from planned gifts provides $79,000/year.
- Other giving—$19,000/year
Diocesan Pledge - $54,120
The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia supports Bishop Bourlakas and his staff, Grace House on the Mountain, Boys Home of Virginia, Stuart Hall School, Virginia Episcopal School, Phoebe Needles Conference Center, and Westminster Canterbury. Grace’s share is 10% of our operating expense less Outreach.
Community Outreach - $58,700
Grace dedicates 10% of pledge income to outreach. For support of Local, Diocesan and International needs.
Utilities and Maintenance - $50,000
- Grace keeps buildings safe, operational, and attractive for God’s work.
Administrative Costs - $50,500
- Program Expense - $8,650
- Office expense - $29, 300
- Administrative expenses $18,000
Part-time staff and other - $52,000
- Sexton and Bookkeeper - $32,000
- Additional Music and Worship program support - $20,700
Fulltime Personnel - $350,000
- salary, insurance, pension Rector, Minister of Music,
Program Director, Parish Administrator