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Life With Grace | July 28

A serene river flows next to a stony bank
Camp Grace is nearly here! Read on to learn more.

Dear Friends,

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Jesus according to Matthew and Luke)...

What a joy to see people tending to treasure—children—in our midst.

If you have happened through the Brooke Family Room, Undercroft, the last couple of weeks in between the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays, you heard giggles and exclamations of delight as Melanie Griffis, Marjorie Connolly, and Tuck engaged young children in Graceful Play. Their hearts are there.

If you happen through the same space 2–5 p.m., August 7–11, you will witness wonders: Children singing and playing instruments with Emma Vasquez and Susie Falconer; children listening and moving with Melanie Griffis; children exploring mysteries and finding treasures in the Labyrinth with Heidi and Amenie Schweizer and Jules Grimes; children engaging in stories and music with Christine Black and Martha Burford; children creating art and exploring stories with Marjorie and David Connolly. Youth from the church will also be there assisting. Our hearts are there.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11, we will have a little “Studio” showcase of highlights of the week. Please come by to meet families and see the fruits of the children’s and leaders’ endeavors. Bring your heart; the treasure comes in small bodies who squeal with delight, and older bodies who give and receive, and it is holy.

In dulci jubilo,

Martha Burford

Minister of Music | Grace Episcopal Church

AV Team: Call for Volunteers

Please consider joining the team and help with streaming on Sunday morning. Zoom help is needed at 8:00am and YouTube streaming at 10:30am. Training is available! Email Lisa for more info.

Worship Services | Proper 12 | Sunday, July 30

Holy Eucharist | 8 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost at 8
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Parish Hall & Zoom | Renewal Works

Holy Eucharist | 10:30 a.m.

In-Person & YouTube

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 1030
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Morning Prayer | Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom


Parish Administrator, Lisa McGuire, will be on vacation this week. She will return on August 7.

Upcoming Music Events
Camp Grace

Guess what! We’re doing that “summer camp thing” at Grace, August 7-11!! Based on a prayer attributed to St. Francis, the 2-5 p.m. camp is open to rising Kindergartners through rising 6th graders. An extra “Excited to Write!” component for rising 7th-rising 8th graders will finish the day 5:00-7 p.m. and include light dinner...

What is it? It’s mission with kids! Each day will include art activities, music activities, listening activities, and time learning about things such as the Labyrinth. The planning team includes Martha Burford, Marjorie and David Connolly, Carol Dent, Melanie Griffis, Jules Grimes, Anne Sauder, Heidi Schweizer, and Emma Vasquez. We will ask families for a donation of 50.00 per child for the week. Limited scholarships will be available. Rationale: Outreach to families. Enriching our community/communities. That last week before school starts, this year, August 7-11, is a week many camps have shut down, and is a week families seek activities for children before school starts. Our goal is to help families in that limbo week and also to help kids get excited about the beginning of the school year. This camp, and another one called “The Winter Star” during winter break, culminating in a performance on Epiphany, will focus on outreach to families with children. (More on “Winter Star” later.) Since you’re itching to be part of this: We would LOVE more help in this effort that springs from the named desire in Grace’s corporate life: to invite, welcome, and connect to families and children. We will need your help getting the word out. Martha, personally, would love help from someone good at spread sheets as we set up the daily schedule. Extra adult bodies in the rooms, help with snacks, help with drop off and pickup: there are lots of ways you can be involved for small amounts of time in this effort to welcome children. To jump into this joy, just run to your email and send a note, or call her at 804-514-8839. *Important note: 9/10 or more of the planning team will have completed online abuse prevention training in Praesidium Academy. While completion of the diocesan advised course won't be required for all volunteers, we encourage folks to consider taking it, especially as we gear up for focus on welcoming children.


Camp Grace Planning Team

Upcoming "Music in the Garden" Concerts at Boxerwood
Blood Drive at Grace

Grace Episcopal is having a Blood Drive on Monday, August 28, 2023 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Jonathan Daniels Community Room. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit and enter: GECL to schedule an appointment. Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment. Donate Blood. Help Save Lives.

Grace Church Blood Drive
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The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Trust

Third quarter grant requests can be sent to Gail Dickerson, Chair, and must be received by September 1, 2023. The Gadsden Trust grant request application can be found here. The third quarter meeting of The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Trust is scheduled for September 12, 2023, at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Prayer List

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 for the people of Trinity, Rocky Mount. Pray for Brendon (friend of the Brooke family), Michael Murphy, John Thomas, Timmy, Rick Alexander, Bradley Fairchild and Karen Junkin (friends of the Gibsons), Gloria June Perry (mother of Michael Perry), Glen Jones (friend of the Riethmillers), Patricia Brown Boyer (sister of Madison Brown), Dolly Shumate (friend of the Lewis’), Carolyn Glenn (friend of Judy Schram), Jack Hershbell, Helen Kostel, Laura Stearns, Carl & Rachel Pattison, Tom Strickland, Worth & Katie Burnes (friends of the Smiths), Amelia Dull, Barb Ostrander (cousin of John Milford), Stephen deMaria, Annie Campbell, Polly Lawrence, Betty Cadden, Jeff Mason, Joe Irby, Kent Wilson, Ginny Dunaway Ferguson, Mike Robblee and Rosemary Phillips (siblings of Paul Robblee), Joan Wade (sister-in-law of David Wade), Maria Scott. Don Ellis, Diana Kenney, Patrick Bowes (brother-in-law of Linda deMaria), Ann Nay, Paula Cooper, Frank Settle, Lucy Moise, Penny & Ned Henneman, and those we name aloud or in our hearts. Pray for those who have died. Pray for the people of Sudan, Haiti, Ukraine.

In Thanksgiving for July and August Birthdays

7/28 Paul Robblee, Susan Minor

7/29 John Brooke

7/31 Margaret Haberman

8/1 Alexandra Brown, David Cox, Henry Porter

8/3 Joshua Henson

8/5 Rissie Murphy

8/6 Michele Hentz

8/8 Greg Lemmer, Carol Dent

8/11 Mimi Knight

8/14 Gerry Locher, Nick Murphy, Kathy Kozak

8/17 Kent Wilson

8/18 Luke Camp

8/20 Marjorie Connolly

8/27 Mary Webster

8/28 David Howison

8/30 Barton Dick

8/31 Pat Gibson


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.


Rockbridge NAACP Freedom Fun’d Raiser

“Community United: Spotlight on Glasgow” | 2 – 5pm Saturday, August 19, 2023 | James R. Thompson Sr. Community Center | Glasgow, VA | Donate now at

Freedom Fund Poster
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ConnectionsPlus Call for Volunteers

ConnectionsPlus is looking for volunteers interested in joining our team. Volunteer schedules are flexible and we need a variety of volunteers, from directly supporting our patients and their families to helping in the office or with our fundraising efforts and events. We could not provide the care that we do without each and everyone of our volunteers. Signup to volunteer today! Once you apply, we will contact you and let you know the next steps forgetting started

Hosting Ukrainian Families

A humanitarian outreach effort organized by citizens of Lexington, Buena Visa, and Rockbridge County, we aim to pave the way for sponsoring temporary re-settlement of families who qualify for entry according to the laws of the United States.

The mission of Hosting Ukrainian Families is based upon love, compassion, and humanitarian concerns for families seeking to live in peace. Accordingly, a call is issued to each person joining in this effort to set aside all political, culturally divisive viewpoints, and all differences which may hinder or defeat these goals. To donate, click the link below.

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