September 17-September 23


Immediately following the worship there will be a brief congregational meeting for the purpose of voting on the candidacy of Mr. Tim Ellis for the office of Deacon.


** Greetings Grace Presbyterian Church family! My name is Tim Ellis. I am married to Jill and we have been blessed with three girls, Hannah, Lydia, and Grace.  For the past thirteen years I have been a helicopter pilot, the last five as an air ambulance pilot in Lexington.  We have been attending Grace since we arrived in Lexington in the fall of 2012.  I have had the opportunity of serving on the men's leadership team for a time and currently team with my wife to serve in the children's church ministry.**


There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, Sept.24, at 3:30 pm in the church conference room for all those interested in going on a Rafiki Mission Trip summer 2018.

                The annual Comfort Care Stride-for-Life will be on October 7th. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for our local Comfort Care Women's Health Clinic, a Christian pro-life crisis pregnancy center. Join the Grace Church Team by walking, running, or making a pledge for a financial contribution.  You can sign up using the forms that are on the long table in the church Commons.  Please contact Jackie Calhoun ( if you have any questions.

Our denomination has teams of people working in floods in Texas. Here is the website to see what is being done and how you can help in Jesus' Name:


Beginning this Sunday, and continuing through the month of September, nametags will be available in the Commons for everyone. We encourage all to participate as we welcome students and newcomers to Grace!

Save the date! Sunday, September 17th, immediately after church at McKethan Park, off Old Buena Vista Rd. Plan to come out for a great time of amazing food, fellowship, and fun!!
More details to follow… Hope to see you there!

The Elders will be meeting on September 18th  at 7:30 pm.  Please speak to Paul or Curt before then if there is anything you would like to bring to them.

Grace Dinner Groups are being set up for this year.  Each group will have 8 people in it and will meet for dinner (or lunch) every other month until June.  This is a chance for you to get to know each other better.  If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Joyce Duckworth at 463-6561, email, or sign up on the Grace Website.


Sunday Morning Teaching Fellowships at Grace

Starting September 17th, at 10 am to 10:45 on the second floor, are opportunities for meeting over coffee, for fellowship, and for conversation about the Bible and Biblical issues with like-minded friends. An added attraction - babysitting and solid Bible teaching for the children from infant through high school is also provided.  There are three options that run from September 17th through December 3rd. They are:

Jesus the Savior: Meeting in Room 201. This teaching fellowship is a study of the Gospels focusing on Jesus as Savior
and Risen King with a focus on the redemptive plan of God found throughout the Bible. If you want a discussion format
that will enhance your understanding of the Bible and how it fits together, this is perfect for you. Led by Greg Shear and Wayne Dymacek 

The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life: Studies in Psalms 1-12 - Meeting in room 204. Except for Psalm 1, the
first twelve Psalms are the most neglected of all. Yet they hold the wisdom of God for maintaining encouraged faithfulness while enduring “wickedness all around, a world hostile to the true God, and deceit and persecution from His enemies.”
Led by Michael Anderson, Lucas Morel, Curt Wilbur, and Rick Kirgis

Grace Together: Meeting in Room 205. This is a weekly study for those interested in membership and for current
members on Biblical topics relating to the local church as a God-ordained body of believers which God brings together
as His instrument towards deeper discipleship and love for Jesus. It is a discussion format led by Paul Carter and guests
along the way.

Come every week or as you are able. You’re always welcome.

Children at Grace

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…”(Deuteronomy 11).


Kid Kit Bags
At the door to the Sanctuary you will find bags filled with quiet activities for young children to use in church, if desired. If you take one to use during Worship, please take your child’s artwork home with you to enjoy and leave the bag in your seat for us to restock for the next child to use. Thanks and enjoy!

Nursery Volunteers

Sunday School—Jill Ellis and Jane Hoadley                  
Worship—Hayden Carter, Tinina Mornah, Cynthia Simar, John David, Jenny David, Natalie Carey and Cheryl Nester

Sunday School—Shannon Davidson, and David Carter             
Worship—Hayden Carter, Chris Handy, Patty Stoneburner, Suzanna Stoneburner, Betty Anderson, Chris Baldwin, and Madeline Baldwin.



Calling ALL kids pre-K to 5th grade!
Let’s Praise the Lord through song, fellowship, fun, and studying His Word.
Sundays, 5:00-6:15pm at Grace.


Sunday Nights 5-6:15pm! 
All middle and high school students are welcome. 
Come catch up with friends over snacks, sing, open God’s word together and play some games!


Tuesday Morning Bible Study
Begins  September 19th 9:30-11:00, upstairs in Rm. 204.
All women are invited to join us as we go through Tim Keller’s study of the book of Acts. 
Materials are $5.00 .  Childcare is provided.

Registration is available on the website or paper forms are available  on the credenza in the commons.
Please register yourself, and your children and their ages. Hope to see you there.


October 20 - Progressive Dinner in the Maury Cliffs neighborhood
November 15 - Girls' Night Out at Salerno Pizzeria
December - Date TBA - A Night of Worship and Fellowship at the church


Men at Grace

Plan on attending the final Grace Men's Dinner of the summer on Wednesday, September 27th, at the home of Marlene & Greg Shear (757 Raphine Road, Raphine)! Dinner (amazing pork BBQ from Daniel Shear's pasture-raised hogs!) is at 6:30pm, followed by a testimony from our brother-in-Christ Ron Miller. Cost: $10. For more information or to RSVP please call or email Joe Robinson ((843) 670-3534,

*Due to the limited parking at the Shear’s,  the church bus is LEAVING the church parking lot at 6 pm sharp on Weds, 9/27 to take as many as can fit.


The Friday Morning Men's Small Group will be starting the book of Revelation on Friday, 9/8 (6 AM in room 204).  We will be using an accompanying book The Returning King as a study guide.  Please contact Aaron Bruce ( or Joe Robinson ( if you are new to the group and plan to join us so we can order enough books.  Please join us!





Please consider being part of our Grace ministry to VMI cadets by offering them rides back to VMI after worship each week. Our church van brings them to church, but does not take them back to Post. The Rats will be going home with their host families, but all other VMI cadets will need rides. They will be awaiting your offers in the Commons after worship.  Thank you!

CASA for Children
CASA for Children is a non-profit that trains community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the Shenandoah Valley. According to Judge Tucker of the Rockbridge County Juvenile & Domestic Relations court, “CASA professionals turn their passion for helping children into action for helping children.” We are currently looking for individuals with this passion to take action toward improving the community by attending our fall training. If interested, please contact Hannah at, or 540-213-2272.


We are thankful for Tom Roberts, who has volunteered to serve as Grace's coordinator for the  Habitat Disciple's Build 2017. Please contact Tom (804-514-1052, with questions or to participate.

The 2017 Faith Build with Habitat For Humanity will build a house in our neighborhood for Mac and Olivia Smiley who currently live in a trailer that is sinking into what was once a landfill.


“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act.”  (Psalm 37:5)  God takes and blesses every GRACE FOOD item you bring anduses it to help feed our hungry Rockbridge neighbors.  Please take home today a GRACE FOOD bag and return it next week, or as often as possible, with ANY non-perishable food item.


The Community Table
The mission of The Community Table is to relieve hunger of those residing in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.  It is a restaurant without a cash register.  Dinner is served on Monday evenings at the Rockbridge Area Relief Association building next to the hospital.   Currently, our church is scheduled to provide up to 10 volunteers on the fourth Monday of every month. Volunteers wait tables and provide cleanup (2 different crews).  If you are interested  in being a part of this effort or would like more information, contact Sylvia Kirgis at 463-5443 or  You do not have to commit to going every month. 


Providing flowers is a beautiful way to serve our congregation and we are grateful for the flowers that have been provided by Lil Abbe, Barbara O’Shields, Patti Hammond and Tulley Raetz. However, several of these ladies are ready to pass the mantle to the next generation.  If you would like to become involved with this ministry by providing or arranging flowers for  a particular Sunday, please contact Lil Abbe at (540) 464-8622.



Going out of town?  Use the convenient online giving feature in GRACE Connected.  Click on "Give" on the left side of your Home Page.  Contact:  Curt Wilbur (540-460-5405) with any questions.

The Grace Online Directory (password protected) includes over 250 Grace members and regular attendees. Please contact Curt Wilbur (540-460-5405) if (1) you are not part of the Grace Online Directory and would like to do so, (2) you have forgotten your password, or (3) you would like your photo updated. We can arrange a time before or after any Worship Service to take pictures and help everyone learn the names and faces of fellow worshipers as our church body grows.



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Jesse Tree Ornament Workshop, March 29, 2017 Photos