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Parish News | March 12

A college student wearing a pink sweater with hearts smiles while petting a white and brown dog

Dear Friends,

God became human in Jesus. Our mission is to seek and serve and love God in every person, and especially in our most vulnerable neighbors. As we do, we are often blessed, by a happy smile that gives hope and joy to us. ...

In 2017 I visited the Princess Basma Center in East Jerusalem to deliver a gift from St. Luke's, Alexandria. The Princess Basma Center is an absolutely amazing place that ministers to children with disabilities and their families according to their need. Please take time to watch this 3 minute and 16 second video. You will see the smiling faces of children who know the love of God through the love they receive at PBC. And it will give you joy and hope. The Good Friday offering of the Episcopal Church is always dedicated to the work of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East as they faithfully serve their most vulnerable neighbors under challenges and hardships we can scarcely imagine. (To learn more about the people served by the many ministries operated by the Diocese of Jerusalem use this link: youth empowerment and employability, children with disabilities, access to health care, and education and equity for girls and young women) Please consider the Easter Appeal of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Make a contribution either directly to the AFEDJ or to Grace for the Good Friday offering. Give thanks for being part of the Body that brings such joy and hope to the world.

With Gratitude,

Tuck Bowerfind, Rector, Grace Episcopal Lexington

During Lent, as always, the Grace Labyrinth is available. To learn more about the use of Labyrinths as a prayer practice please visit the information on our website.

Don't forget to set your clocks forward this Saturday night for Daylight Savings Time!

Worship Services | Third Sunday in Lent | Sunday, March 12

Holy Eucharist | 8 a.m.

In-Person & Zoom

Third Sunday Lent at 8
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Christianity and Culture | 9:15 a.m.

Parish Hall & Zoom | Renewal of Faith, Confirmation

Holy Eucharist | 10:30 a.m.

In-Person & YouTube

Third Sunday Lent at 1030
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Bible Study | 4 p.m.

In-Person | Welles Room | Gospel of Matthew

Taizé Eucharist | 5 p.m.


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

In-Person & Zoom

Lent Madness | Wednesdays in March 6:45 p.m.
Paws to Connect is Back!

Paws to Connect is back and better than ever! Join us this week on Grace's steps from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday!

We're on Twitter!

To stay in the loop with all things Grace Episcopal, give us a follow on our new Twitter! While you're at it, check out our other socials too.

The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Trust

will convene on March 14, 2023, at 4:00 pm in the Parish Hall for its first meeting 0f 2023. The Committee will review first quarter grant requests that were submitted by the March 1, 2023, deadline and make awards. Four community requests and two third world requests will be considered. Gadsden Committee meetings are open to the parish.

Second quarter grant requests can be sent to Gail Dickerson, Chair, and must be received by June 1, 2023. The second quarter meeting of The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Trust is scheduled for June 13, 2023, at 4 pm in the Parish Hall.

Upcoming Music Events (No Registration Required)
Confirmation Preparation

Anyone interested in Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation of Faith please contact Tuck or Samson. Meeting are held in the library after the 10:30 a.m. service.

Lent Madness

The goals of this contest are fun and reflecting on how we are inspired and challenged by some exemplars of Christian discipleship. Please invite friends to participate and come to the presentations and debates.

Please subscribe for the Lent Madness emails which will allow you to vote for each contest.

Presentations will take place on Wednesday nights in March starting at 6:45 p.m. On Wednesdays in March those who wish may gather for abbreviated Evening prayer at 6 p.m. Anne Sauder will serve a Soup and Bread supper at 6:20 p.m. and our presentations will begin at 6:45 p.m. We plan to adjourn at 7:30 p.m.

Presenter Schedule
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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 Youth of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, our Canon for Christian Formation, Pattie Ames and our Canon for Evangelism & Youth, Jenni Faires. 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), Darlene Travis (sister of Don Ellis), Patricia Brown Boyer (sister of Madison Brown), Alice Furgerson, Dolly Shumate & Betty Gale Anderson (friends of the Lewis’), Carolyn Glenn (friend of Judy Schram), Jack Hershbell, David Passmore, Crystal Iosco and John Penn (granddaughter and son of Ellie & George Penn), Mary & George Kostel, Laura Stearns, Carl & Rachel Pattison, Diana Kenney, and those we name aloud or in our hearts. Pray for those who have died.

In Thanksgiving for March Birthdays

3/10 Mary Price

3/11 Alice Furgerson, Daniel Mastin

3/14 Cindy Mullen

3/15 John Milford

3/16 Shay Peters, Catherine Harcus

3/17 Ed Craun, Bill Sayre, Pat McGuire

3/18 Elizabeth Knapp

3/19 Wade Branner, Cecile West-Settle

3/23 Polly Lawrence, Laura Stearns

3/24 Rose Gordon

3/26 AP Smith

3/27 Kathryn Hill

3/31 Will Edgar


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.


Black in Appalachia Pilgrimage

Join the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia April 28-30 for a pilgrimage to explore and learn about the roots of black history in the Appalachian Mountains. There is a limit of 15 spots for this trip, so please see the event details and registration button below.

Our Lenton Journey: Companions Along the Way

You're invited to Our Lenten Journey: Companions Along the Way, a six-week, online series on Tuesdays at 7PM from February 28 – April 4 sponsored by The Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.

Episcopal Church's Public Affairs Office Email List

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Donate to The Bishop’s Dollar Fund

This year during the season of Lent, Bishop Bourlakas extends his annual invitation to reflect on our discipleship in Jesus' name. As you walk the way of the cross through the forty days of Lent, we encourage generous support of The Bishop’s Dollar Fund to continue to address a variety of initiatives and needs throughout the diocese that would not be available through our annual program budget. You may send donations via the link below or mail a check to the Diocesan Office made payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia with "Bishop's Dollar" in the memo line to: Attn: Bishop's Dollar Fund, PO Box 2279, Roanoke, VA 24009.


Festival of Faith | March 11-12, 2023

Lexington Presbyterian Church Featuring Guest Speaker/Facilitator, Rev. Aisha Brooks-Johnson, Executive Presbyter of Greater Atlanta ALL EVENTS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ALL AT LEX PRES (120 S. Main St., Lexington)

Saturday, March I1

5:30-8:00 PM - Dinner, Rev. Brooks-Johnson's Keynote Address, and Discussion (childcare provided)

Sunday, March I2

11:00 A.M. Worship (Rev. Brooks-Johnson preaching)

5:00 PM Youth Supper/Actvities with Rev. Brooks-Johnson (all students in Grades 6-12 welcome)

W&L's Equality Gala

The LGBTQ+ Equality Gala (formerly Virginia Colleges LGBTQ+ Equality Gala) is an annual charity event hosted at Washington and Lee University where we have food, music, dancing, and drag queens in order to celebrate LGBTQ+ identity and raise money for the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center in Staunton, VA. We would LOVE it if you would come to the event and celebrate with us on March 18 at 8 p.m. W&L will be celebrating their 11th year hosting this event.

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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