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.

From the Rector

Dear Friends:

Tomorrow is Ascension Day. This day falls forty days after Easter Day. It is not the end of Easter Season which lasts for fifty days. On Ascension Day Jesus went to be with his Father and sit at his right hand. It is the culmination of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Tomorrow we will celebrate Ascension Day with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 7pm at Grace Church, it will also be live-streamed. This is a major feast day of the Church.

From this Sunday prayer books are back with the old style bulletins. Bishop Susan is beginning the process of lifting restrictions although this will be in baby step increments. As soon as I hear things I’ll be sure to pass them along.

Blessings,
Justin+

Vestry News

The Vestry of Grace Church is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 17th. The meeting begins at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

In other vestry news, Kathy Campbell was nominated and elected at last month’s meeting to fill the vacated seat of vestry member, Kim Kemp. Ms. Kemp resigned her seat in April with 8 months remaining in her 3-year term.

Loretta Allison resigned from her position on vestry late last month. Kim Davis has been nominated to fill the seat for the remainder of this year and then be eligible for re-election to complete the remaining two years of Ms. Allison’s term during the church’s annual meeting in January 2022. Ms. Davis’s nomination will be voted on and made official during Monday night’s meeting.

We’re sorry to see Kim and Loretta leave, but at the same time welcome both Kathy and Kim to the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church.

Almighty God, look with favor upon these persons and their commitment to follow Christ and to serve in his name. Give them courage, patience, and vision; and strengthen us all in our Christian vocation of witness to the world, and of service to others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rev. Linda Grenz / Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF)

Good News?

We love to share the good news with our Evangeline friends. Please contact the office at amzgrace@verizon.net to let us know about the good things happening in your life.

Graduations, college acceptances, new arrivals, engagements, awards, promotions, honors, quirky happenings…you name it. LET US KNOW so we can share your news!

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD!
The Rev. Phillip Haywood Shearin

Your prayers are requested as our parish friend, Philip Haywood Shearin is ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Saturday, May 22nd at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, Massachusetts by The Right Reverend Douglas J. Fisher, IX Bishop of Western Massachusetts.

The service will be available to view via Livestream beginning at 10 am…
Join the celebration online by visiting
Christ Church Cathedral’s YouTube Channel or Facebook Page

A brief bio: Phillip’s call to ordained ministry was supported by the people of All Saints’, South Hadley. He served there as a Pastoral Associate for Lawrence House Service Corps and was ordained deacon with Joel this past November.

Phillip studied history at Hampton University and went to Seminary at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He completed a Chaplain Residency Program at Duke University Hospital and is a certified Healthcare Ethics Consultant (HEC-C) currently serving on the Ethics Committee at Mt Auburn Hospital.

Currently in the Masters of Bioethics program at the University of Pennsylvania, Phillip serves as a hospice chaplain with Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home. He loves the work of supporting people in hospice and bereavement and finds meaning in the process of journeying with people back from death into a new season of life. Phillip believes that the work of grief is about affirming life and supporting the bereaved into a healthy and fulfilling future that allows people to take their loved ones with them into a joyous and celebratory future.

Alter Flowers!

Since we are now back inside our church buildings and celebrating indoor worship together, we would like to resume our weekly altar flower schedule.

After living through a lengthy COVID shutdown, let’s get a fresh start with a blank calendar and get back to having beautiful flowers on the altar each week.

Many parishioners and friends have favorite dates they like to provide flowers on, but I’d like to hear from everyone regarding their wish to continue. I will not assume to know your preference. Please contact the office ASAP if interested in providing altar flowers in 2021. Thanks!

UNITED THANK OFFERING
Spring Ingathering

Share your blessings with Thanksgiving and Love!
It’s time for the UTO collection at Grace Church – Spring
Ingathering Sunday is scheduled for June 13th during both the
8 and 10:15 am services.

“Every penny collected responds to human need by offering loving services and
transformative assistance to those within our diocese and around the world.”
Offering Envelopes and Mite Boxes are available in the church and fellowship hall.

RESCHEDULED!

The Annual Meeting of St. Mary’s Memorial Church will be held on
Sunday, May 16th

All parishioners are welcome to attend. The meeting begins at 10 am in the Parish House.

Clarke Parish
SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE

We will make the switch to our Summer Schedule on Sunday, June 6th.

Instead of offering worship at 8, 9 and 11 am, we will instead adjust the Sunday schedule to offer services at 8, 9 and 10:15 am instead. We will remain on this schedule through Labor Day.

8 am @ McIntosh Chapel at Grace Church (without Music)
9 am @ St. Mary’s Memorial Church
10:15 am @ Grace Church

Lay Reader & Acolyte Schedule

Please click the link below to access the schedule for
May & June 2021
It contains scheduling information
for both Grace & St. Mary’s.

CLICK HERE – May & June  2021

If scheduled, please remember to contact the office in case of conflict or unavailability.

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION OF JESUS CHRIST
Thursday, May 13th @ 7 pm!

Please join us at Grace Church as we will come together in worship to celebrate the ascension of our Lord, Jesus Christ, into Heaven.

The Ascension, commemorated 40 days after Easter, is considered one of the major feast days of the church.

Click HERE – Live Stream Link / May 13 @ 7 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBAJ7Akdtso

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
CAMPUS CLEAN-UP DAY!
Saturday, May 22 – 8 am to noon!

It’s time to grab your garden gloves, rakes, pruners, chain saws, leaf blowers, brooms, etc… and join us for another clean-up day at Clarke Parish! There are plenty of projects around the campus to keep us busy and get the grounds looking tip-top. Please consider joining the team for all or part of the workday, whatever your schedule allows. Many hands make light work! You may even be rewarded with a pizza lunch afterwards 🙂

For more information or a detailed list of projects, please call Ben (GEC’s Junior Warden) at 304-725-7683

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
May 16, 2021

Celebrant: Rev. Justin Ivatts
Assistant: Dr. Caroline Mitchell, Seminarian
Lessons: : Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19

9 am at St. Mary’s Memorial Church
Lay Reader: Caroline Mitchell
Pianist: Hailey Outland
11 am at Grace Episcopal Church
Lay Reader: Bill Smith
Organist: Wendy Oesterling

Click HERE – Live Stream Link / May 16 @ 11 am

Click HERE – Lectionary Page / 7 Easter

Click HERE – Order of Worship / Eucharist Rite 1 (8 am)

Click HERE – Order of Worship / Eucharist Rite 2 (9 & 11 am)

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The Day of Pentecost – Whitsunday

May 23, 2021

Celebrant: Rev. Justin Ivatts
Assistant: Dr. Caroline Mitchell, Seminarian
Lessons: : Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15

8 am at The Chapel / Grace Church
Eucharist (Rite I)
Lay Reader: Terrence Preston

9 am at St. Mary’s Memorial Church
Eucharist (Rite II)
Lay Reader: Gwendolyn Malone
Pianist: Hailey Outland

11 am at Grace Episcopal Church
Eucharist (Rite II)
Lay Reader: Jim Greene
Organist: Wendy Oesterling
Acolytes: Miles Ivatts & Lily Bosworth

Click HERE – Live Stream Link / May 23 @ 11 am

Click HERE – Lectionary Page /Day of Pentecost

Click HERE – Order of Worship / Eucharist Rite 1 (8 am)

Click HERE – Order of Worship / Eucharist Rite 2 (9 & 11 am)

SUNDAY SCHOOL NEWS

Youth Confirmation Class
Sunday Evening @ 7pm
As we prepare to wrap up our crazy year of Confirmation classes, we want to thank all of our students for their commitment to year one of the ‘Confirm not Conform’ program! Although none of us would have chosen a virtual classroom, they have been remarkably faithful in attendance and participation in our Sunday evening Zoom meetings. For this, they should be commended. Hopefully, we can start the new session back in the ‘Gracement’ with in-person classes on Sunday mornings beginning in September.
Here’s how the rest of this session will close out before taking a break for summer:
  • May 16 – Regular Class via Zoom
  • May 23 – Regular Class via Zoom with a visitor (The Rev. Philip H. Shearin)
  • May 30 – NO CLASS (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • June 6 – Last Day of Classes / IN-PERSON Pizza Party – 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall!

Class notes:
Please be thinking about your ‘mentor’ and whom you might want to ask. Be prepared to present your list of candidates or mentor choices at our May 16th class. We will discuss the best way to ‘ask’ your mentor to serve. Remember…you can choose any adult within the parish (Grace & St. Mary’s) and you are not restricted by gender. You cannot choose a parent or relative. Choose someone whom you respect, are comfortable with, want to know better, and trust to lead you on your spiritual journey towards Confirmation. I’m certain that any adult member of our parish will be honored, if asked, to walk this path with you. Your mentor will stand beside you and present you to the Bishop at the time of Confirmation (Spring 2022)!

To parents – Please know that all mentors will be properly vetted and required by the church to take the Safeguarding God’s Children online certification class.

On May 23rd, our guest will be the Rev. Phillip H. Shearin. Some of you may know him as he’s been around the church a bit, most recently as our keynote speaker at Shrine Mont. Philip’s a very nice, fun, and interesting young man…and will join us the day after his ordination into the priesthood! We’ll be sure to get great answers to our visitor questions from him.

On June 6th, we will wrap up Confirmation classes for the season with an in-person class in the GEC Fellowship Hall beginning at 6:30 instead of 7 pm. It’s a PIZZA PARTY!

To parents – You are welcome to join us. Please know that we will practice good COVID protocols and procedures to make sure everyone stays safe.

Please remember to check the lay reader/acolyte schedule provide earlier in this newsletter to see when you are scheduled to serve.

With heartfelt thanks to Ms. Katie (Maiberger) for her hard work and dedication leading us this year. She, like you for your dedication to classes, deserves a great big round of applause! Well done, everyone!

Ms. Robin

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

Every Week at 10:30 am
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Join us each Wednesday in the sanctuary at Grace Church as we continue our discussion of C.S. Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity. In this book, Lewis explores the common ground upon which all those of the Christian faith stand together and provides an unequaled
opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
The book is readily available through Amazon booksellers – Please purchase this edition: https://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926
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)

Christian Education
Stations of the Cross

The devotion known as ‘The Way of the Cross’ is an adaptation of a custom widely observed by pilgrims to Jerusalem: the offering of prayer at a series of places in that city traditionally associated with the Lord’s passion and death. The number of stations, which at first varied widely, finally became fixed at fourteen. This version of the Stations of the Cross was produced by Pope John Paul II in 1991 and is based on events in scripture. It was adapted in 2017 for use at Clarke Parish by the Rev. Fran Gardiner-Smith, our then Interim Rector.

During Holy Week, please print out the beautiful coloring pages and full-text worship bulletin to use and enjoy at-home as you mindfully walk the Way of the Cross.

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ COLORING PAGES

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ DEVOTIONAL BULLETIN
(Full Text)

Click HERE – ‘Stations of the Cross’ DEVOTIONAL VIDEO
(St. George’s College, Jerusalem)

PLEASE SUPPORT THE PARISH
with our ongoing Fundraiser

These 30oz RTIC Tumblers are stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulated. Keeps drinks ice cold longer – works great for hot beverages too. The included shaded Splash Proof lid with flip-top closure resists spills and is straw-friendly. Easy to clean.

$26.50 each / Supplies are limited – Stop by the office or email Robin
at amzgrace@verizon.net to get yours today!

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO…
How about joining a Book Club?

Shrine Mont, the Episcopal Conference Center in Orkney Springs, is pleased to announce a new book club and partnership. The University of Virginia Press and Shrine Mont will launch the “Virginia House Book Club ” in February to discuss books that focus on place, people, and ideas that affect all of us. Shrine Mont was established in 1925 and rooted in the Episcopal Church as the home of the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, the arts as the custodian of the works of John Douglass Woodward and historic preservation with the acquisition and renovation of the Historic Orkney Springs Hotel (circa 1875).

Its mission as a place apart for rest reflection devotion and fellowship makes it the perfect partner to work with UVA Press in this venture. In making the announcement, Mary Moomaw, program director of Shrine Mont said, “We are exploring a multitude of ways to stay connected with our Shrine Mont friends and patrons during this challenging period. This is the opportune time to find ways to “see” each other in the new year but also plan for our future days on the porch.”

Founded in 1963, UVA Press has published almost 2,000 books in history, the humanities, architecture and design, culture, and on ideas and places important to Virginians. UVA Press invites new voices, illuminates new perspectives, and fuels aspirations for our shared world through its mission as a scholarly press.

“The Virginia House Book Club will begin virtually and then move to a hybrid mode as we return to more in-person gatherings on the porch at Shrine Mont,” according to Moomaw, “Shrine Mont has always been that “place apart” that provides the space to think and reflect. Having the opportunity to do this through our new book club extends that long legacy.”

Book club sessions will be monthly and will focus on one UVA Press Book each month. Each session will be moderated and will allow for questions and discussion in breakout groups. There will be a limit of 100 people per session through an online, no-cost registration form. Books can be purchased through the University of Virginia Press web site at a 30% discount using promo code 10club30.

Book Club Selections for Spring 2021 are:

  • May: An American Homeplace by Donald McCaig
    • A two-hour drive from Shrine Mont, Highland County, Virginia, became the adopted home of writer, Donald McCaig, and his wife, Anne (and the ancestral home of Mary Moomaw!), where they lived in an 18th-century farmhouse and raised dogs and sheep in an idyllic environment. This book is the engaging story of two transplanted New Yorkers and their introduction to Western Virginia.
  • June: Against the Hounds of Hell—A Life of Howard Thurman by Peter Eisenstadt
    • This biography chronicles the life of Howard Thurman, “the first significant Black pacifist and the first African American to meet Mahatma Gandhi. He was a mystic, a seeker of God who had a considerable impact on the course of twentieth-century liberal religion.” Appointed Dean of Chapel at Boston University’s School of Theology in 1953, Thurman spoke truth to power through his commitment to non-violence.

Click HERE to register for this month’s Book Club Virtual Discussion Group (FREE)
Click HERE for more information about Shrine Mont’s Book Club!

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.

2021 Pilgrimage to Northern England

You are invited to join Wendy Oesterling and Rev. Justin Ivatts on a pilgrimage to Northern England August 2-10, 2021. Sites to be visited will include Durham Cathedral and the great university city of Durham, Lindisfarne, Whitby, Selby Abbey, Melrose Abbey and more.

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