February 2014 - R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church

News of the Mission & Ministry of R. E. Lee Memorial Church
The Lexington Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting will be Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9:15 in the Parish Hall.
The 2014 budget will be presented,
along with an update on our stewardship
effort. Adult Sunday school classes will
not meet.
Taizé Eucharist
The second-Sunday Taizé contemplative
Eucharist will be Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.
Join us for this service of Scripture,
prayer, music, and Holy Communion.
4th Sunday Breakfast
Join us on February 23. Breakfast begins
at 8:45, $3, adults; $1, children, followed
by Sunday School offerings for all ages.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
The men of our parish meet for breakfast and prayer at 7 a.m. each Tuesday.
Polar Plunge 3
to benefit Stop Hunger Now
Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Crittenden pool
Are you brave enough to take the plunge to fight world hunger? We need volunteers willing to get pledges and then brave the February waters of the Crittenden
pool to raise money to support a Stop
Hunger Now packaging event at R. E. Lee
Church in May. For every dollar we raise
we can pack four dehydrated, highprotein, and highly nutritious meals that
that will be used to support development
programs and to save lives in developing
countries around the world. Last year, we
raised over $2,000! You have to have a
minimum of $100 in pledges to take the
plunge. Come on in…the water‘s fine…
brrrrrrr. There will be a fire and plenty of hot beverages once you’ve taken the
Contact Sharon ([email protected]) or Megan Oliver
([email protected]) for more information.
Among the youth at DIOSWVA’s Annual Council last month were Mary and Maggie Lawrence, Noah Shoeppl
(Lawrence family’s exchange student), Caroline Webster, Grace Sailer, Joe Harrison, Harrison Crittenden, and Megan
Oliver and VMI Cadet First Classman Parker Cantelou, youth leaders.
In Sympathy
Need a piano?
We extend our sympathy to the families
of Jean Wolfe, who died on Jan. 3, and
Bob Lawrence, who died on Jan. 22. A
service for Jean was held on Jan. 11. A
memorial service for Bob will be held
here on Feb. 1 with a reception to follow
in the Parish Hall.
Through the generosity of Washington & Lee University,
we’ve received a used baby grand piano for the Parish
Hall. Because of this, we would like to offer free of charge
the upright that we’ve used there to anyone who might
need a piano. If you’re interested, please contact Ted at
463-4981 or [email protected]
From Marti Gansz
I am so grateful for every remembrance
from my parish family—your prayers,
cards, food, visits, and every thoughtful
act meant more than you can know.
First Friday Kid’s Night Out
Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 9
in the Parish Hall
Crafts and activities for the kids. Time off
for parents. This event is open to the
community. There is no charge, but a
donation for the RARA Food Pantry is
appreciated. Reserve a space for your
child by Thursday, Feb. 6.
[email protected]
Youth Group
Sundays from 3 to 5
except Feb. 9—the Polar Bear Plunge!
Megan Oliver
[email protected]
Parker Cantelou
[email protected]
Wonderful Wednesdays
Godly Play and St. Francis Choir meet on
Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:15. A second opportunity for St. Francis rehearsal
is on Thursdays at 4:30.
Sunday Mornings at 9:15
There will be no classes for adults on Feb. 9 due to the Annual Meeting.
Classes for Children and Youth
3rd floor, Parish House
Lectionary Class
in the Library
This class discusses the readings for the day—collect and Scriptures—
as they apply to our life and work and to our worship.
Led by Joan Millon & Jamie Smith.
Short Readings in Christian Theologies of the Atonement
in the Parish Office
Jesus Saves! But how? We’ve read it on bumper stickers for years, and we affirm it every time we take part in the liturgy. But how does Jesus save? Does it
have something to do with his suffering, death, and even with his blood? Does
it have something to do with his decision to take on human nature and a body?
Does it have something to do with his perfectly loving example? Come join us
each week for a lively discussion of ancient, medieval, and modern understandings of how Jesus Christ made his people right with God.
Rufinus, Simeon
Anselm, Aquinas
Abelard, Hugh of St. Victor
Calvin, Socinian Critique
Christianity & Culture
in the Parish Hall
Feb. 2: The Faith and Creative Genius of Gislebertus,
Sculptor of Auton, led by Elise Sprunt.
Feb. 9: No class due to Annual Meeting
Pledge Update as of January 27
2013 Pledges
Feb. 16: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America and Religion,
led by Bill Connelly
Feb. 23, No class due to 4th Sunday Breakfast.
Pledges fulfilled: $389,615
Shortfall: $6,796
2014 Pledges: $402,695
If you have an article for the
March newsletter, submit it by
February 15 to
[email protected]
Clergy for February
On Sunday mornings in February, our guest clergy will be The Rev. Ed Covert,
retired rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Staunton. Clergy for the 5 p.m.
services are as follows: Feb. 2, the Rev. Lyndon Sayers, pastor of Good Shepherd
Lutheran Church; Feb. 9, the Rev. Dr. Bob Crewdson; and Feb. 16 & 23, the Rev.
Dr. R. David Cox.
Pastoral Care
If you have a pastoral care concern during our Rector’s sabbatical, we invite you
to contact Sharon Massie, Program Director ([email protected]) or the
Parish Office (463-4981).
Annual Council 2014
Bishop Bourlakas preaching at Council.
It was appropriate that the Gospel reading at the Sunday Eucharist of
the annual Diocesan Council focused on call. This past weekend we were
asked to celebrate the theme, One in mission: minds to think, hearts to
love, hands to serve, and to join together to proclaim the love of Christ
in the world. Both Bishop Mark and keynoter, The Rev. Canon Michael
Hunn, shared how we might draw on our wealth of individual gifts to
serve not only those in our own parish but others who are limited by
congregational size. As individuals of the body of Christ and parishes
connected as a household of churches, we are the diocese, not a location named Evans House. Keynoter Hunn used the metaphor of a pie
where we were encouraged to be pie makers, drawing on the variety
and number of ingredients that we find in our own pantry, rather than
pie slicers who are limited by a circular shape of pastry that can be cut in
a finite number of pieces. We are called to minister out of abundance,
not scarcity. In keeping with that theme, the hands of adult and youth
council participants collectively packed 50,000 meals for Stop Hunger
Now. The Sustainability Report that was developed over several recent
years has been transformed into the Mission Action Plan (MAP.) This is
the beginning of a new creation that we will share with Bishop Mark.
More details can be found at http://www.dioswva.org/
Our youth leader Parker Cantelou participated
in a dramatization on Jesus’ calling of the fishermen as related in the Gospel for Epiphany 3.
More than 50,000 meals were packed by youth and adults for
Stop Hunger Now.
In an intergenerational culmination of Council weekend, more than 500
children, youth, and adults attended closing worship. Bishop Bourlakas
preached, a new canon missioner was commissioned, baptism vows were
renewed, and the bread offered for the Eucharist had been made by [email protected] Everyone had a place for this inspirational weekend!
MJ Mayerchak was on hand to highlight the handiwork of the Sudanese women in Roanoke.
Spotlight on Mission: Yellow Brick Road
Yellow Brick Road was established in 1977 in response to community needs for parents who work, are in job training or attending school. Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, YBR operates year-round, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. YBR is licensed to provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for up to 90 children between six weeks and six
years of age.
Yellow Brick Road is a United Way Agency and is governed by a board of directors.
As our mission continues with guiding children by the complementary values of social diversity, personal responsibility, and developmentally appropriate education and providing needs-based scholarships for early childhood education in the Rockbridge
area, we have added a vision for Yellow Brick Road that reads:
Believing that every child has the potential to be a productive, engaged member of the community, Yellow Brick Road Early
Learning Center, Inc. seeks to lay an educational and social foundation for all students, guiding each toward his or her potential
in a loving nurturing environment.
We recognize the importance of the early learning experience and our staff has pledged to provide the best possible care for the
children at Yellow Brick Road by providing a place that recognizes and respects children as individuals and understands their
needs of care. We provide a well planned instructional program that promotes the development of self-discipline, concentration,
self-direction, and self-confidence. We encourage professionalism of staff at all times and teachers are supported in their professional development.
Yellow Brick Road provides breakfast, lunch and a snack. Our children participate in music, walks, field trips, the Rockbridge
Regional Library Bookmobile, Boxerwood Gardens and other community resources. During the past six months the children have
participated in the fall programs at Boxerwood Gardens, enjoyed community volunteers sharing during community helpers week,
trick or treating, a field trip to a pumpkin patch and corn maze, a thanksgiving dinner with parents in attendance, a trip to
Hampton Inn to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, caroling at the local nursing homes, and collection of non-perishable foods for the
RARA food pantry. These are only a few of the activities aside from the daily lessons and routines.
We currently provide childcare for over 80 families, but it is simply not enough. There are many children today who could benefit
from early childhood learning, but their families cannot afford care or there isn’t an available scholarship to assist them. To give
you an idea of why we need local supporters like you:
 Forty-one percent of our families receive scholarship assistance of varying amounts because they do not qualify for
Social Services. These scholarships are based on family income.
 Another 24 percent of our families rely on Social Services for most of their childcare costs. However, because of Social
Services payment policies, Yellow Brick Road still subsidizes some of this cost (over $50 per month for an infant).
 As the cost of providing education has risen, so too has the demand for scholarships. This has left numerous families
unable to continue to afford childcare.
Yellow Brick Road is blessed to have 16 full-time employees, most of whom have been part of our team for more than 10 years.
Yellow Brick Road appreciates our friends at R. E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church for their continued encouragement and support towards helping us continue and expand our age-appropriate offerings that foster and nurture the future of our community.
—Deborah Moore, Executive Director
Gadsden Grants Update
At its quarterly meeting on December 18, the Gadsden Committee approved the following grants:
 Local: $8,000 to RARA (Rockbridge Area Relief Association) for heating assistance
 Diocese: $7,000 to The Rev. Diane Vie to support the cost of a three-day conference for Episcopal clergy couples (the subject
of her current graduate research at Virginia Theological Seminary)
 Parish: $4,065 to The Rev. Tom Crittenden to support his sabbatical costs (workshop, retreat, conference, and travel)
Serving in February
For the RARA Food Pantry
Food for this month:
Canned Tuna & Salmon
Feb. 2
Leave your bags under the
table outside the Library.
Lu Dooley (reader & chalicist), Hank Humphreys (reader & prayers),
David Jacobs
Thursday Pantry Schedule
Bob deMaria, Lorraine Simonis, Alex Brown, James Keane, Melissa Cox
Feb. 6
Feb. 9
Steve & Peggy Riethmiller,
Mimi Knight, Leah Golden
Sarah Lanford, William McCorkle, Holt Merchant, Shay Peters, Sharon Massie
Feb. 13
Bill Noell, Judy Noell, George Brooke, Marcy Orr, Mary Doyle
John & Elizabeth Harralson,
Frances Grist, Lyn Dent
Feb. 20
Shay Peters, Toni Brown,
John Dinkel, Ed Craun
Feb. 27
Clara Belle Weatherman,
Sarah Burleson, Bettie
Cadden, Claudia Ellis
Feb. 16
Feb. 23
David Jacobs (reader & chalicist), Ben Connelly, Penny Henneman,
Lu Dooley
Anna Crockett, Doug Ayer, Mary Webster, Buster Lewis, Sharon Massie
Judith Wubah, Daniel Wubah, Jeanne Eichelberger (prayers & chalicist),
Rob Apgar
If you’d like to join the team, contact
Elizabeth Harralson
Mason Grist, Judy Glick, Melissa Cox, Shay Peters, Peter Fyfe
C, crucifer; T, torch bearer; B, banner;
G, gospeller
Feb. 2
Feb. 2
8:00 Josh Henson
10:30 Caroline Webster, C; Grace
Sailer, T; Peter Sailer, T; Adam
Webster, G
Feb. 9
Feb. 9
Ben Connelly
10:30 Harrison Crittenden, C; Becca
Russell, T; Emily Hellwig, T;
Brendan Lynch, G
Feb. 16
Feb. 16
Harrison Branner
10:30 Katherine Bowles, C; Emma
Burleson, T; Brendan Lynch, T;
Joe Harrison, G
Feb. 23
Feb. 23
Carrie Connelly
10:30 Mason Grist, C; Mary Wilson
Grist, T; Elizabeth Grist, T;
Gabrielle Frascati, G
Elizabeth Harralson, Sharon
Humphreys, Nancy Walker,
Kitty Wainwright, Diana
Kenney, Julie Grover,
Marcy Molinaro, Sue Denson,
Jennifer Alphin
Rose Gordon, Suzanne
Carmichael, Joan Crawford,
Chris Howison, Tracey Mason,
Molly Brown, Myra Brush
Laura Stearns, MJ Mayerchak,
Pat Gibson, Paula Hunter,
Alice Moore, Peggy Riethmiller,
Mary Webster
Jane Brooke, Gretchen
Walden, Judy Glick, Drusie
Milford, Sarah Burleson, Emma
Burleson, Heather McBrayer
Feb. 2
Elizabeth Oliver
Feb. 9
Mo Littlefield
Feb. 16
Mary Doyle
Feb. 23
Jim Farrar
Worship Committee
The Hess Family
Bob & Judy Glick
Feb. 2
Bob Glidden, Frank Settle, Gail
Dick, Barton Dick
Feb. 9
Bill Noell, Lynwood Dent, Tom
Vinson, Peter Fyfe
Feb. 16
Wade Branner, Bill Stearns,
Frank Settle, Lynwood Dent
Feb. 23
Don Ellis, Lynda deMaria, Ed
Craun, Tom Vinson
Feb. 2
Paula Cushman &
Suzanne Carmichael
Feb. 9
Farris & Judy Hotchkiss
Feb. 16
David & Chris Howison
Feb. 23
Barbara Yewell &
Julia Grossman
Join us in Service!
Thank you for your willingness to serve.
If you’re unavailable on the Sunday assigned, please find a substitute and notify Kay Horner. We welcome new readers, ushers, and servers for Lemonade
Brigade. Contact the Parish Office if
you’re interested in serving! If you’d like
to be a greeter, contact Tracey Mason
[email protected]
11 Bob Lawrence
Memorial Service
2 Epiphany 4
8, 10:30, Holy
6 Property (CR)
7:00 Men’s Prayer 3:30 St. Francis
Choir; Godly Play
6:30 EFM (L)
10 Kendal Study
7 Christian Outreach (CR)
7 Men’s Prayer
3:30 St. Francis
Choir; Godly Play
10 Kendal Study
9:15 Sunday School
3 Youth
5 Holy Eucharist
9 Epiphany 5
8, 10:30,
Holy Eucharist
9:15 Annual Mtg,
2 Polar Bear Plunge
4:30 Finance (CR)
5 p.m. Taize’
5:30 Stewardship
6 First Friday (PH)
7:30 Parish Choir
4:30 St. Francis
7:30 Parish Choir
Parish Office
7 Men’s Prayer
3:30 St. Francis
Choir; Godly Play
10 Kendal Study
Vestry (PH)
6:30 EFM (L)
23 Epiphany 7
7 Men’s Prayer
3:30 St. Francis
Choir; Godly Play
10 Kendal Study
6:30 EFM (L)
4:30 St. Francis
16 Epiphany 6
8, 10:30
Holy Eucharist
9:15 Sun. School
3 Youth
5 Holy Eucharist
8 & 10:30
Holy Eucharist
3 Youth
5 Holy Eucharist
4:30 St. Francis
7:30 Parish Choir
4:30 St. Francis
7:30 Parish Choir
When planning your meeting or event, be sure to
contact Angie Clark ([email protected]) for room availability!
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Mark Bourlakas
Rector: The Rev. Tom Crittenden
Chaplain: James Keane
Program Director: Sharon Massie
Director of Music: Ted Bickish
Administrative Assistant: Angie Clark
Publications: Kay Horner
Sally Sessoms
Mayumi Smitka
Nat Massie
Sarah Crittenden
12 George Brooke
Bob Glick
13 Betsy Houston
Treasurer: Michele Hentz
14 Paula Cooper
Financial Secretary: Anita Ramp
20 Harrison Crittenden
Sammy Eastwood
Sexton: Connie Bryant
Clergy Associates:
Dr. R. David Cox
John A. Furgerson
Dr. Thomas V. Litzenburg
Dr. Jackson P. Hershbell
Dr. Bob Crewdson
Vestry 2014
George Brooke
Myra Brush
John Burleson
Dennis Cross, Senior Warden
Carole Elmore
21 Julia Hentz
Steve Riethmiller
Doug Roper
22 Nancy Dinkel
Shannon Huger
23 Beverly Tucker
24 Holt Merchant
26 Susan Cain
27 Joseph Henson
28 Jennifer Alphin
Caitie Carrington
Erin Carrington
Jim Farrar, Junior Warden
Bob Glidden
Julia Grossman
David Hansen
Amy Holston
Diana Kenney
Elizabeth Knapp
Mo Littlefield
A reminder: If your address or
e-mail changes, please be sure to
let Angie in the Parish Office know
([email protected]).
Holt Merchant
Frank Settle
Anna Crockett, Clerk
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