Grace Episcopal Plans Sunday Evening Services

Grace Episcopal Church will offer two Sunday evening services during October: a contemplative Taize’ Eucharist on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. and an evensong celebration of the Feast of St. Simon and St Jude on Oct. 27, also at 5 p.m.

Taize’ is a service of Holy Communion featuring meditative liturgy and music, observed at Grace Episcopal on the second Sunday of each month.

Evensong, Grace Episcopal music minister Martha Ann Burford explains, was originally a combination of two daily monastic services and typically includes hymns and prayer, two canticles – the Magnificat or “Song of Mary,” and the Nunc Dimittis or “Song of Simeon” – as well as an anthem, and sometimes a brief homily, or message, from the presiding minister.

The Oct. 27 evensong will include music by Herbert Howells and Michael Bedford. Guest organist William McCorkle will play for the service, joined by soloist Dr. Kyle Nielsen and singers from Southern Virginia University.

A reception in the parish hall will follow. Grace Episcopal is at 123 West Washington St. in Lexington. For information or directions, call 463-4981.

Peacemaking Program For Children Starting

The Maury River Friends Meeting (Quakers) will be offering a program for older elementary children teaching the principles of nonviolent peacemaking, beginning this Saturday, Oct. 12, at Boxerwood. The program will meet on Saturday mornings Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., including lunch.

Employing curriculum resources from the Peace Education Foundation, students will learn to understand the root causes of conflict, find ways to accept and resolve differences, and attain peaceful outcomes. Learning strategies such as story-telling, role playing, games, and art will equip children in the dynamics of building community, celebrating diversity, and handling threatening situations. An emphasis is placed on communication skills, overcoming fear and anger, and responding to bullying behavior.

Program organizer Richard Capron reports that the Maury River Friends have assembled a very experienced staff of teachers with many decades as professional educators.

For more information and registration, visit the Maury River Friends website,

Benefit Cakewalk In Vesuvius

Emory United Methodist Church will be having a benefit cakewalk at the Vesuvius Community Building on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Food will be available at 5:30 p.m. and the cakewalk will begin at 6. There will be valuable door prizes, a 50-50 drawing, and unadvertised items. Music will be provided by Freddie Frazier.

The funds raised by this event will benefit members of the community. Cake donations are welcome.

Collierstown UMC Plans Homecoming

Homecoming will be observed at Collierstown United Methodist Church this Sunday, Oct. 13.

The day will begin with fellowship at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments. Morning worship is at 11:15 with the Ladies of Mercy leading the worship in song.

The service will be followed by a covered-dish dinner in the fellowship hall.

Faith Mountain Sets Homecoming

Faith Mountain Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming this Sunday, Oct. 13, with the theme of “Building on our past to grow our future.”

There will be a music worship service starting at 9:45 a.m., followed by guest speaker, the Rev. Early Hartley, for the 10:45 a.m. service. Lunch will immediately follow the service.

The church is located at 270 Valley Pike.

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