Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

“We’re All In This TOGETHER!”

Stay Home, Stay Safe & Stop the Spread

Maybe you’ve seen the commercials on TV this week with celebrities saying “We’re all in this together” – well, since we can’t be together in person during this time of self-isolation, quarantine and social distancing, we’ve made our own video to share and show one another virtually that we too are all in this together and doing the best we can during this crazy and uncertain time.

Rector’s Reflection

Dear Friends:

This week we remembered the birthday of a great American, Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister and a civil rights activist who through peaceful demonstration and persuasion fought for civil rights for African American citizens of the United States of America. Many have likened him to
Mahatma Gandhi who, using satyagraha, war of non-violence, achieved independence from British rule in India. Martin Luther King never shot a gun or hurt a single person, instead, he gave powerful speeches and asserted himself in non-violent ways that nonetheless would make the authorities listen to him and his supporters. Martin Luther King suffered arrest and imprisonment for his actions even though they were entirely justified – we all know his famous letter from a Birmingham Jail. Ultimately Martin Luther King and his supporters achieved equal rights for black and white Americans. He was in the end assassinated for what he believed in but his legacy lives on. We in America have a long way to go still for true equality but we are a lot further along that path than we would have been if it wasn’t for Martin Luther King Jr. Only a year and a half ago the brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis demonstrated what a long way we still have to go but for now let us pause and celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Blessings,

Justin+

Volunteers Needed

Clarke Parish is scheduled to host WATTS (Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter) on Wednesday, January 26 at the First United Methodist Church on Braddock Street in Winchester. We are responsible for providing dinner, snacks, and breakfast for the overnight guests.

Nadine P. is again coordinating the event for us and she needs about 10 volunteers to help. Masks are mandatory for volunteers as well as overnight guests.

  • Kitchen Volunteers/Cooks should meet in the GEC Parish Hall @ 3 pm
  • Servers/Guest Interaction Volunteers should meet at WATTS @ 5 pm
  • Coffee/Breakfast Set-Up Volunteers should meet at WATTS 2 5 am

If available to help, please reach out ASAP to Nadine at (617) 966-3437

Christian Education

Confirmation Class (youth):
Class will meet THIS SUNDAY (Jan. 23) via Zoom beginning at 11:30 am. We will NOT meet next week (Jan. 30)!
Please remember to mark your calendars for February 18-21, 2022, and get ready to spend a fun winter weekend together at Shrine Mont. Ms. Robin will be sending out more information about the trip soon.

Zoom Link for Confirmation Class:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85435481516?
pwd=Q1dXRzA3NFQ4L0FKSHYwUXIEc0VOdz09
Meeting ID = 8543548 1516 / Passcode = 880116

Sunday School (children):
We will not meet in person for the remainder of January! In the meantime, stay busy, be kind, and do something nice for a friend. Hopefully, we will see everyone back in the classroom next month.

At home resources for this week:

Children’s Worship Bulletin & Activity Sheet – Luke 4:14-21 – CLICK HERE

Just a little something fun…
Test Your Knowledge
Puzzles and Activities for all ages

for adults
(Difficulty Level – Medium/Hard)

Bible History Crossword / Old Testament #1 – CLICK HERE
Bible History Crossword / Old Testament #2 – CLICK HERE

for children
Sunday School Crossword / All About Adam & Eve – CLICK HERE!

Answer Key for above puzzles
CLICK HERE!

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Sunday, January 23

Virtual Worship- Live Stream from GEC
Service of Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
with Spiritual Communion
10:15 am via Live Stream
Celebrant – Rev. Justin Ivatts
Sermon – Caroline Mitchell
Lay Reader – Tara Flaten
Organist – Wendy Oesterling

PDF Worship Bulletin – Full Text = CLICK HERE!
Lectionary Insert for 1/23/22 = CLICK HERE!

Available to watch via:
YouTube Channel – Clarke Parish – Berryville Grace Episcopal Church
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTT0nfgs77DzKrl2qxC38Cg
Facebook Page – Grace Episcopal Church
@ClarkeParishBerryville

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Thursday, January 25

Virtual Worship
Thoughtful Thursday
Officiant – Dr. Caroline Mitchell
PDF Worship Bulletin – Full Text = CLICK HERE!
Zoom Link for Thoughtful Thursday:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85058190921?
pwd=aGtJWExZeFFBL2d5cEhRQXBncXd0UT09

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Virtual Worship

For those of you still wishing to join us virtually instead of attending in-person worship, the 11:15 am service at Grace Church will continue to be live-streamed each week.
Please use the links below to view the service offerings.
These links are permanent and will not change week after week.

Our YouTube page:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTT0nfgs77DzKrl2qxC38Cg

Our Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/Grace-Episcopal-Church-111667788869782

EVERY TUESDAY

VIRTUAL COFFEE SHOP WITH REV. IVATTS
ANY time between 10:30am & 12:30pm each Tuesday
with your beverage of choice and let’s have a chat & a prayer!
Meeting ID: 880 3038 3081
Password: 755693

WEDNESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Study Topic – Heaven and Hell!
Wednesday’s at 10:30 am in the Conference Room
We’ve embarked on our latest study topic – an in-depth exploration of heaven and hell! If you are interested in
participating, please purchase Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife by Bart D. Ehrman.
Class begins @ 10:30 / Social time and coffee @ 10 am.
The book can be purchased here by clicking the link below:
https://www.amazon.com/Heaven-Hell-Afterlife-Bart-Ehrman/dp/1501136739
For those further away and those who do not feel comfortable attending in person,
we will continue offering Zoom.
Meeting ID: 836-2345-4876 / Password: 279419
(IMPORTANT NOTE – This link is for recurring meetings and will be used each Wednesday for the next 12 weeks)

PLEASE SUPPORT THE PARISH

These engraved, 30oz RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated, and are suitable for hot or cold beverages. It will keep your drinks ice-cold longer or your coffee/tea nice and hot! The included splash-proof lid with flip-top closure resists spills and is straw-friendly too.

$26.50 each / Supplies are limited!
(we’re down to our last dozen tumblers)

Stop by the office or email Robin at amzgrace@verizon.net to get yours today!
ALL proceeds benefit our youth activities and Sunday School program.

ONLINE GIVING

Clarke Parish has initiated a new approach to stewardship! We have partnered with Tithe.ly – a trusted platform to provide a simple, convenient and secure way to continue supporting our ministry through online giving from anywhere at any time.
Please consider this option to make pledge or one-time payment to the church. You can also set up recurring payments, and likewise you can utilize Tithe.ly to give to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund too, by selecting from the drop down menu options. this fund helps our priest tend to the suffering, sooth the afflicted, care for the poor and help heal the sick. Your gift will help in the work of the gospel.

Virtual Pilgrimage

Virtual Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Thanks to the Center for Anglican Communion Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary and St. George’s College, Jerusalem the dean of St. George’s College, The Very Rev Dr. Richard Sewell, leads us on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. These four short videos can be watched at your own pace and are available to view now.

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PO Box 678
Berryville, VA 22611

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