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Life With Grace | January 5

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Join us this weekend for our first worship of the new year and First Sunday Evening Prayer.

Dear Friends,

This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus. Unlike the baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins offered by John, the baptism of Jesus involves the Holy Spirit... 

It is a great thing to be forgiven and move forward in life without the burden of guilt or the threat of punishment.

But it is another thing altogether to move forward in life in companionship with God and the people of God.

I have been lucky. I have always found companionship and friendship in the Church. 

Recently I was in Jerusalem with some friends from Grace. I was surprised to find David and Irma Alvarado in our pilgrimage group. Delea and I met David and Irma over 25 years ago in El Salvador.  It was so good to be with them again. What an amazing gift.

Amigos de Christos, we're friends of the Lord. Forgiven, yes. And that is good. Forgiveness makes life bearable. But God gives us so much more than forgiveness. God creates a new community of friends through his indwelling Spirit. The Spirit makes life joy. That is the miracle of our Baptism into the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

With Gratitude,

Tuck Bowerfind (he/him)

Worship Services | First Sunday After the Epiphany | Sunday, January 7

Holy Eucharist | 8 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

1st Sunday after Epiphany 8am
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Christianity and Culture | 9:15 a.m.

In Person | Parish Hall

Intergenerational Service on the Epiphany.  We will be focusing on the Bible story and its different interpretations, making stars and decorating some crowns, and we will enjoy some delicious Three Kings' Cake made by our very own Mary Wilson.

Upcoming Christianity and Culture

January 14th:  Tuck will be providing an overview of Renewal Works, a research based church-wide program that focuses on spiritual growth.

January 21st:  Tim Gaylard will present on the well known oratorio ,The Messiah,by George Frideric Handel.  Tim will share information about the story of this amazing piece of music, its religious and musical significance, and its famous composer.

January 28th;  Unitive Service - no Christianity and Culture.

Feb 4th:  This is a general meeting during which the Strategic Planning team, Tuck, and the architect will provide a critical update on the Parish House Building Project.

Holy Eucharist | 10:30 a.m.

In-Person and Youtube

1st Sunday after Epiphany 1030
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Upcoming Evening Services

Morning Prayer | Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

MLK Community Worship Service and Parade

Sunday, January 14, 2024 @ 4:00pm in the First Baptist Church

The MLK March/ Parade will be held on Monday, January 15, 2024 @ 10:30 AM beginning @ the Randolph Street United Methodist Church located 118 South Randolph Street in Lexington.

Update on the Trex Challenge

Grace Episcopal Church is enrolled in the Trex Challenge to collect 1,000 lbs. of plastic film for recycling over a one-year period. If we meet this goal, we will receive a free Trex bench.

The Creation Care Committee, with the help of the Lexington Garden Club, is pleased to announce that we have collected a total of 199 lbs. of plastic film over the past 3 months toward our goal.  This is the equivalent @ 10,000 plastic bags that did not end up in our roads, fields, waters, or landfill.  Thank you so much for your efforts in this challenge.

While this is very commendable, we will need to average 267 lbs. each quarter over the next 3 quarters to reach the 1,000 lb. target. This means we need to increase our collections by 34% to meet the goal.  Please keep up your collection efforts, and for those yet to participate, we need your help. 

Please note that the plastic film collected is not only plastic bags but includes other plastic films that stretch; bread bags, bubble wrap, drycleaning bags, plastic shipping envelopes, Ziploc food storage bags, shrink wrap, salt bags, wood pellet bags, produce bags, etc... everything just must be clean before going into recycling. There is a blue collection bin for plastic film under the bridge between the Church and Parish Hall for your deposit of plastic films. Thanks again for your participation in this challenge. 

Rooted in Abundance

Thank you to everyone who has returned a pledge for the Rooted in Abundance pledge campaign to fund the 2024 operating budget of Grace Episcopal Church. Every pledge helps us with our planning for the year to come. We will list the names of those who have made a pledge every week, as well as the total pledged to date. Our goal is between 115-120 pledges totaling $480,000-520,000. To date we have received pledges from 125 households totaling $532,478.

Thanks to our contributing households thus far:


Eloise Adams

Lori Apgar

John & Cecilia Arpin

Buddy & Evan Atkins

Doug Ayer

Anne Blanken

Laurent & Elizabeth Boetsch

Peter Bowerfind

Tucker & Delea Bowerfind

Jane Brooke

Alexandra Brown

Madison & Katharine Brown

Martha Ann Burford

Catharine Burns

Bettie Cadden

Betsy & Buddy Carter

David & Marjorie Connolly

Virginia Cooke

R. David & Melissa Cox

Ed & Marlys Craun

Jay & Joan Crawford

Roger Crockett

Dennis & Susan Cross

Susan Denson

Lynn & Carol Dent

Barton & Gail Dick

John & Gail Dickerson

Punky Dod

Ed & Lu Dooley

Will & Cary Edgar

Don & Claudia Ellis

Carole Elmore

Jim & Kitty Farrar

Dot Fogo

Matthew Fogo & Kevin Manning

Mark Gallagher

Tim & Catharine Gaylard

Keith & Pat Gibson

Mary Stuart Gilliam

Rene' Glidden

Rose Gordon

Tom & Carol Gosse

Julianne Grimes

James & Anne F Grizzle

Peter & Julie Grover

Margaret Haberman

Kristy Hamilton

David & Anne Hansen

Sandy & Catherine Harcus

Elizabeth Harralson

Diana Harris

Winifred Hart

Helen Head

Jack & Anne Hershbell

Drew & Megan Hess

Harold & Kathryn Hill

Kay Horner

Judy Hotchkiss

Pierson & Ellen Hotchkiss

David & Chris Howison

Benjamin & Laurie Huger

Hank & Sharon Humphreys

James & Darlene Keane

Suzanne Keen

Diana Kenney

Deborah & Bill Klein

John & Beth Knapp

Mimi Knight

Helen Kostel

Bill & Kathy Kozak

Sharon & Frederick Kurtz

Steve & Susan Lawrence

Greg & Janet Lemmer

Buster & Signe Lewis

Mo & Julia Littlefield

Bill & Barbara Luton

William & Michelle Mackie

Samson Mamour

M.J. Mayerchak

Donnie & Heather McBrayer

William McCorkle

Pat & Lisa McGuire

Jo McMurtry

Uncas McThenia

Susan Mead

John & Drusie Milford

Rob & Susan Minor

Helen Moore

Liz Moss

Grigg & Cindy Mullen

Ann & Jerry Nay

Elaine Nelson

Mark Nelson

Elizabeth & Bill Oliver

David & Jeanne Passmore

George & Eleanor Penn

Michael Perry

Shay Peters

Henry Porter

Tim & Mary Price

Steve & Peggy Riethmiller

Joanne & Paul Robblee

Cynthia Robertson

Woody & Lori Sadler

Bill Sayre & Melissa Gladwell-Sayre

Judy Schram

Heidi Schweizer

Frank Settle, Jr. & Cecile West-Settle

Marjorie Sherrill

Sue & Steve Shultis

Ham & AP Smith

Jimbo & Ruth Smith

Sarah Stockton

Paul Strickland

Lisa Tracy

Spencer & Beverly Tucker

Tom Vinson

David Wade

Kitty Wainwright

Nancy Walker

Harry & Marnie Wheeler

Kent & Mary Wilson

Michael & Beverly Wirtz

Christina Young

Sounder "Beloved" Community Brainstorming Session

On Monday, January 8, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., in the Grace Episcopal Church parish hall at 121 W. Washington Street and by Zoom (Passcode: 285338), Sounder Community Circle participants will engage in a brainstorming session in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King holiday.  

January's topic is "Building a Sounder 'Beloved' Community Here and Beyond."  We will first examine the concept of "Beloved Community" that Dr. King centered in his work. Then we will consider how the "Sounder" story, written by Rockbridge County native William Howard Armstrong, and published 18 months after King was assassinated, can illuminate the Beloved Community concept, locally and beyond.  It is not necessary to have read "Sounder" before attending; facilitators will make sure everyone has enough information to contribute to the discussion. 

Below are two important items:  first, an excerpt on "Beloved Community"  from The King Center, to inspire you to begin pondering the possibilities before we get together. Secondly, you will find the Zoom invitation information that we hope you will utilize if you cannot join us in person. We look forward to seeing you, one way or the other, for this important Sounder Community Circle tribute to Dr. King's legacy. For more information, contact Susan Virginia Mead.

Prayers for Peace in the Holy Land

A Note from Tuck:

I am writing to ask for your prayers for a de-escalation of violence between Israeli and Palestinian people and for return to the challenging work of building a sustainable and lasting peace.

I have reached out to the current student director of Hillel House, the Chaplain at VMI, and the director of Student Services at W&L to express our support of Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish and Muslim students.

I encourage you to reach out to your Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish and Muslim friends in recognition that this crisis creates the conditions for increased anti-semitic and anti-muslim behavior, as well the strong likelihood that they or someone close to them has been impacted by this crisis.

Finally, please read the following statement by the Episcopal Church and the accompanying statement by Churches for Middle East Peace.

Pray for peace.

Boys Home of Virginia Wish List

Please help us support the Boys Home of Virginia by supplying any of items on their wishlist. There is a basket on the stair landing to the Parish Office for the Boys Home donations. Please drop off at church. Thank you!

A Plea for Haiti

Our neighbors in Haiti are struggling through a period of political violence and chaos. With the government disabled, many Haitians rely on church schools to educate their children. Grace, as part of the Virginia Haiti Collaborative, supports one such school in Haiti, St. Marc’s in Cerca-la-Source. Every month the Collaborative sends $5000 to Haiti to pay the salaries of the 30-some teachers at St. Marc’s who teach the 350 students in grades K-12. That $5000/month pays the full salaries of 30 adults and provides education for 350 students. The Collaborative is the school’s only source of funding.

This season, we are also raising money so that the students can have computers at school. They will need some degree of computer literacy to take their graduation exams and to serve them as they seek jobs after graduation. If you can help provide schooling for these children, please put Virginia Haiti Collaborative on the memo line and send your check to Trinity Episcopal Church, 214 W. Beverley St, Staunton, VA 24401. Trinity provides bookkeeping for the collaborative. For more information, please contact Anne Hansen or Tuck.

Wanted: Sunday School Teachers

Grace is looking for youth, college students and adults willing to help provide Sunday School for a few children each Sunday from about 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. We are willing to pay a stipend. Please contact Tuck to find out more.

Prayer List

Prayer for the election of the next Presiding Bishop: Almighty God, source of all wisdom and understanding: Look graciously on your church, and so guide the hearts and minds of those who will choose our next presiding bishop, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for all of your people, equip us for our ministries, and proclaim your word to us and to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Please pray for the wider Church and intercessions requested by our Congregants: The Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and our Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas.  Pray today for the ministry of Grace House on the Mountain and its director Anita Boyd. Pray for Brendon, Michael Murphy, Timmy, Rick Alexander, Bradley Fairchild and Karen Junkin, Gloria June Perry, Glen Jones, Patricia Brown Boyer, Dolly Shumate, Carolyn Glenn, Jack Hershbell, Laura Stearns, Worth & Katie Burnes & Family, Amelia Dull, Barb Ostrander, Stephen deMaria, Polly Lawrence, Betty Cadden, Jeff Mason, Joe Irby, Kent Wilson, Rosemary Phillips, Don Ellis, Diana Kenney, Patrick Bowes, Ann Nay, Paula Cooper, Penny & Ned Henneman, Steve Riethmiller, Barbara Bova, Daniel Diener, Shelby, Anne Stenhouse, Clay Sadler, Lynn Butler, Sharon Humphreys, Eloise Adams, Nancy Mastin, Elizabeth Klein (daughter of Deb & Bill Klein), Linda Lanford and Erik Figueroa (family of Tim & Mary Price), Patrick Keeley, Matthew (SVU student), Dorothy & Bill Rodman (Lori Sadler’s family), Cullen Bahr (friend of Drusie Milford), and those we name aloud or in our hearts. Pray for those who have died. Pray for the people of Israel, Gaza, Sudan, Haiti, Ukraine, and pray for cessation of violence, reconciliation, and peace.

In Thanksgiving for January Birthdays

1/5 Elizabeth Branner, Martha Ann Burford

1/8 Laurent Boetsch, Kitty Farrar, Helen Moore

1/10 Janet Lemmer, Peter Grover

1/11 Signe Lewis

1/12 Carol Muir

1/14 Liz Moss

1/16 Gabrielle Frascati

1/18 Laurie Huger

1/19 Elizabeth Boetsch

1/20 Paul Strickland

1/21 Sarah Edgar

1/23 Virginia Cooke

1/26 Maille Carrington

1/27 Sean Carrington , Joseph Moles

1/29 Jane Brooke

1/30 Melissa Gladwell-Sayre,  Cary Edgar

1/31 Tom Gosse


We're so glad you're here! If you or someone you know is new to Grace and would like more information about Parish life, follow the link below.


Donations for Lisa's House – Project Horizon

Items we currently need: · High efficiency laundry detergent · Toilet paper, paper towels · Lysol disinfectant spray · Dish soap · Coffee · $10 gas cards At this time, we are only able to accept items on this list. Thank you for thinking of us!

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