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.


This is the last official week of summer. The weather has certainly cooperated with very warm days and slightly cooler nights. This time of year gives an opportunity to pause and reflect as we transition to a new season. The change of season to fall allows us to give thanks for the summer months and begin to prepare for the winter. For many, fall is a beautiful time of year, the vivid colors around us are stunning. This year it is especially important to take a moment and reflect. To allow something new with the change of the season to be ushered in and be hopeful for things to come.

I would again like to thank the Rev. Julie Harris (Ret.) for being so willing to serve this past Sunday in church. As a Seminarian, it was an honor to serve with her and to receive feedback as I learn and grow.

Don’t forget this week is “Mass on the Grass” at the park. The service begins at 10:30 am at the Lions Shelter in Chet Hobert Park. A picnic lunch will follow the service with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by the church. We hope to see you there!


Coffee with the Clergy RETURNS:

Please join me Monday afternoons beginning NEXT WEEK on September 20th at Cordial Coffee in Berryville from 2-4 pm. This time is meant for parishioners and community members alike so help spread the word and come on down for a cup of coffee/tea and some conversation!


Lost & Found:

If you happened to misplace your watch last Sunday while attending services at Clarke Parish, please contact Robin in the office. A Fitbit was turned in to us and we’d like to make sure it gets back to its rightful owner.


Schedule Changes for the New Program Year

As we kick off our new program year, we are initiating changes to the service schedule. The start of our 9 and 11 am services will be bumped back by 15 minutes to better allow our ministry team more time to travel between the two churches.

Beginning on Sunday, September 12, 2021
Clarke Parish will offer services at:
8 am – Grace Episcopal Church
9:15 am – St. Mary’s Memorial Church
10:15 am – Adult Sunday School @ St. Mary’s Parish House
11:15 am – Grace Episcopal Church

Vestry News
Upcoming Meeting Schedule

The Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church is scheduled to meet in the Conference Room on Monday, September 20th @ 7 pm.

The Vestry of St. Mary’s Memorial Church is scheduled to meet in the Parish House on Tuesday, September 21st @ 1 pm.

Vestry Members – please remember to contact the rector or church office if unavailable to attend the scheduled monthly meetings.

Music Together

The Community Music School of the Piedmont
This fun 10-week class will be held in the ‘Gracement’ at Grace Episcopal
Please help spread the word or register your little person now.
Classes begin on Monday, September 13 @ 10 am!

OUTREACH – How can you help with the ongoing refugee crisis?

As Christians, we are called to help! How can we respond to help alleviate some of the pressures off of the Afghanistan refugees who are being resettled in the US and are currently housed at the Dulles Expo Center, right in our own backyard?

There are many ways in which you can help depending on your own comfort level. Some are practical and some are financial.

Here are a few vetted options:

‘Sacred Ground’
A Film-Based Dialogue on Race & Faith

You are cordially invited to join us for a series of conversations walking through important chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in a thread of family stories, economic class and political and regional identity. We will focus on our long-term commitment, as the Episcopal Church, to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society as part of the church initiative Becoming Beloved Community

Gwen Malone and Wendy Oesterling will serve as facilitators. We will meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the Grace Chapel, beginning September 8.

Contact to receive information.

Clarke Parish

8 am @ Grace Episcopal Church
9 am @ St. Mary’s Memorial Church
10:15 am @ Grace Episcopal Church

We will remain on this schedule through Labor Day unless otherwise specified.

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 19, 2021

8 am – – NO early service this day!

9 am – – NO early service this day!

10:15 am at Chet Hobert Park / Lion’s Shelter
Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Celebrant: Rev. Justin A. Ivatts
Seminarian: Caroline Mitchell
Lay Reader: Tara Flaten
Organist: Wendy Oesterling
Acolyte: Stella Herndon & Warren Maiberger

Click HERE – Lectionary Insert
Proverbs 31:10-31 / Psalm 1 / James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a / Mark 9:30-37

The altar flowers for today’s service are given to the glory of God by Abby, Bill &
Mitchell Sours in loving memory of Judy & John Sours and Tom Agner.


The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 26, 2021

8 am – NO early service this day!

9:15 am at St. Mary’s Memorial Church
Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Celebrant: Rev Justin A. Ivatts
Seminarian: Caroline Mitchell
Lay Reader: Gwendolyn Malone
Pianist: Hailey Outland

5 pm at Grace Episcopal Church
Choral Evensong Celebration
Celebrant: Rev Justin A. Ivatts
Seminarian: Caroline Mitchell
Lay Reader: Penny Poe
Organist: Wendy Oesterling
Acolytes: Diane & Robyn Preston
Usher: Ben Newlon (September)

Click HERE – Lectionary Insert
Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 / Psalm 124 / James 5:13-20 / Mark 9:38-50

The altar flowers at Grace Church are given to the glory of God by the Donner family
(Stefan, Suzanne, Aza, Ilia, Kostya, and Nastia) in celebration of their 21 years together as a family.

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. However, Live Stream will not be available on September 19 or 26th! These two special services (Mass on the Grass & Evensong Celebration) will be recorded and posted to our YouTube and Facebook Channel when available.
Please use the links below to view the service offerings.
These links are permanent and will not change week after week.

Our YouTube page:

Our Facebook page:


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


New Study Topic beginning in September!
Wednesday’s at 10:30 am in the Conference Room
By popular demand, we will embark on an exploration of hell starting on Wednesday, September 1st at 10:30 am. Social time will precede class each week beginning at 10 am. If you are interested in participating, please purchase
Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife by Bart D. Ehrman.
The book can be purchased here by clicking the link below:
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 uphold in your prayers…

Prayers for the Departed: We pray especially for LaWanda Harper and Nicole Kelley, beloved sisters of LaShonda Preston. LaWanda passed into paradise on Monday, August 30th, and Nicole on Saturday, August 28th. Please keep LaShonda and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate through this difficult time. Notes of condolence can be sent to 525 South Church Street / Berryville, VA 22611.

O God whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of your servants, LaWanda and Nicole, and grant them an entrance onto the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of your saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

For those celebrating BIRTHDAYS in September: Anne Finley, English Koontz, Janet Lincoln, Mark Sipe, Stella Herndon, Kellie Ferguson, Frank Trumbower, Hillary Dunn, Karoline Seekford, Kim Schreckengost, and Rick Catlett.

For those celebrating ANNIVERSARIES in September: Lynette & Todd Carlisle (16 years), Emily Kinsey & Zach Vansice (12 years), Abby & Billy Sours (25 years), Walker & Bill Thomas (30 years), and Stacie & Allen Bryarly (13 years).

For those on our PRAYER LIST: David A., Robert C., Jacob F., Tim H., Elise K., Trey M., Nina O., Joyce R., Ann, Kendra, Robyn S., Rufus T., Randy W., and Ernestine Z.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage
and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Clarke Parish Backpack Program

The Backpack Program is gearing up for the new school year with our first delivery scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. Along with Duncan Methodist, Clarke Parish provides a bag of food each week for students whose family is food insecure to take home. This food provides a bridge from the free food provided during the week at school to the weekend. Each bag contains breakfast and lunch items, a quart of shelf-stable milk, and snacks.

The schedule of volunteer packers and purchasers is being developed so if you are interested in joining this ministry, please let us know. You can email Susan Catlett at or contact Robin in the office.

Packing responsibilities: Pack approximately 30 bags of food about every 6 weeks (the more the packers, the less the frequency) and have them ready by the Sunday before delivery (schedule will be provided)

Purchasing responsibilities: Purchase the item assigned in bulk 1 or 2 times per month, place in the pantry, and submit receipts to the church office for reimbursement.

Summer Happenings

  • The Methodist Church packed and distributed bags this summer. Clarke Parish provided items from our pantry to assist. Participation (since the bags were not delivered this summer like in 2020) was not as strong. But…the effort was made
  • Pantry items with nearing expiration dates were donated to FISH. They were
    VERY appreciative
  • School counselors have been contacted and are assessing needs as students enroll.
  • Dave Borger has agreed to continue to deliver the bags each Tuesday. THANK YOU!
  • St. Mary’s has agreed to continue to provide juice boxes for the program. YAY!
  • St. Luke’s Baptist Church just donated a load of breakfast items and snacks as well as made a monetary donation. AWESOME! ❤
  • Milk and peanut butter have been ordered.
  • A case of new grocery bags was donated by Martin’s.
  • Margaret Burks continues to work on grant opportunities

Thank you to all of our volunteers and those that support this important program.

Susan Catlett

Lay Reader & Acolyte Schedule
September & October 2021

Please click the link below to access the most recent schedule of lay readers and acolyte assignments at both Grace and St. Mary’s.

Click HERE – September & October 2021

If scheduled, please remember to contact the office in case of conflict or unavailability and always attempt to find a substitute to swap dates with if needed.

NOTE TO ALL: We are always in need of more volunteers to add to our lay reader roster at all church services. Lay reading is a wonderful opportunity to take part in the service, let your voice be heard reading scripture and prayers, and see the church from a different perspective standing at the lectern. If you would like to join this important ministry, please contact the office for more information and/or to be scheduled.

‘Mass on the Grass’
Worship, Parish Picnic
& Kickball Game

Save the Date!
When: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Service: 10:30 am / Lunch: noon(ish)
Where: The Lions Shelter @ Chet Hobert Park

Help us celebrate Clarke Parish, the end of summer, and the beginning of our programming year by attending an outdoor worship service and church picnic on Sunday, September 19th at the Chet Hobert Park. We will forgo our regular service schedule this day (8, 9 & 11 am), and instead gather together for one combined service ‘Mass on the Grass’ outdoor Eucharist service beginning at 10:30 am. Immediately following the service, we will light the grills and prepare hamburgers and hotdogs for the picnic. Guests are asked to bring a side dish, chips, or drinks to share, and maybe a lawn chair or picnic blanket too. A Perfect Potluck sign-up will be created and posted soon.

Save the date and please plan to join us for an afternoon of faith, fellowship, fun & food.

Volunteers are needed to help with organization, set-up, grilling duties, clean-up, etc… Please contact Robin in the office if able (and willing) to assist.

The Lions Shelter is located in the back of the Chet Hobert Park by the T-Ball/soccer fields/back playground. Plenty of parking is available. Look for signs!

Evening Prayer at Wickliffe Church

Join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm until Labor Day weekend for a service of Evening Prayer at Wickliffe. After the service, stay for fellowship, great conversation with friends, and maybe bring your own beverage/snack to enjoy in the churchyard too.

Choral Evensong & Reception in honor of Karen Keating
Sunday, September 26th
4 pm @ Grace Church

Mark Your Calendars . . .
for a celebration to honor Dr. Karen Keating and her 22 years of music ministry in Clarke Parish. Karen (or KK, as her students know her) was to retire on Easter Day 2020 and the parish had planned a celebratory event to say “Thanks!” for her long and faithful service. Karen did retire, but the pandemic restrictions meant that we could not have a suitable celebration for her. Fast forward to 2021 — we will celebrate Karen and her ministry with us on Sunday, September 26, with a festive Choral Evensong at 4:00 pm followed by a reception. We will invite all Karen’s students, choir singers, colleagues, and friends to participate in the Evensong and we will welcome all volunteers to help with the reception. Put this very special event on your calendars, please!

NOTE: If so inclined, there is still an opportunity to contribute to ‘The Purse’ we are collecting for Karen. In honor of her retirement and years of dedicated service to Clarke Parish, we will present this special monetary gift to her during the Evensong Reception. Contributions should be sent to the church office ASAP (PO Box 678, Berryville, VA 22611)

Christian Education

Youth Sunday School
and Confirmation Classes
10 am in the ‘Gracement’ beginning on October 3, 2021!

Hooray…It’s almost time to finally rejoin for in-person Sunday School fun in the Gracement! After enduring over a year of virtual, take-home, or no classes, we can now safely regather on Sunday mornings for classroom lessons, fun projects, and extracurricular activities. Who’s ready?

We will begin our program year on Sunday, October 3 @ 10 am. All students AND parents are asked to join us in the McIntosh Chapel at this time for an informational meeting, session overview, teacher introductions, and classroom assignments.

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study
10 am in the Parish House @ St. Mary’s
beginning on Sunday, September 12, 2021

Please join us each week and we begin a new session of Adult Sunday School with ‘Episcopal Church 101’.

This fun and informative class is open to all seeking a clearer understanding of our Episcopal traditions but will be mandatory for those seeking confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church on November 7th when Bishop Gulick visits Clarke Parish.

Have you ever wondered what makes us English? Who are the Anglican Communion anyway? Who is our head, God, The Queen, The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Presiding Bishop, all of the above? How is our local parish governed? How do the readings on Sunday get selected? What do Anglicans believe about the sacraments, especially Holy Baptism and the Eucharist? Come and find out the answers to these and many other questions in our Episcopal Church 101 class starting on September 12th and every Sunday in October at 10am at the St. Mary’s Parish House. Mandatory for those being confirmed or received, encouraged for all others.

Syllabus – Episcopal Church 101
September 12 – An introduction to the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion
October 3 – An introduction to The Revised Common Lectionary
October 10 – An introduction to the Book of Common Prayer
October 17 – Music in the Anglican Tradition
October 24 – Class will meet at 9:45 in the Parish Hall @ GEC(Homecoming at St. Mary’s – one service at 11:00) / Q&A – bring your questions and have them answered
October 31 – The Sacraments

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 to get yours today!


Clarke Parish has initiated a new approach to stewardship! We have partnered with – 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 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.

Grace Episcopal Church
PO Box 678
Berryville, VA 22611

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
PO Box 252
Berryville, VA 22611