R E Lee Memorial
Episcopal Church

Growing in the Knowledge of God's Word

Building the Fellowship of the Church

Caring for One Another and the Community

Parish Ministries

Christian Education—Programs to nurture the spiritual development of all ages are offered throughout the week. On Sundays, Church School classes for Pre-School -12th grade meet while adults may choose to attend either Christianity and Culture, a Lectionary class or assorted new monthly offerings. Quiet Mornings, Confirmation, retreats, Morning Prayer during Advent and Lent, book study/discussion groups, Bible Study, Education for Ministry, and Vacation Bible School all offer additional growth opportunities.
Sharon Massie (sharon@releechurch.org)

Pastoral Care —R. E. Lee ACTS ( Actively Caring Through Sharing) provides support to members of the R. E. Lee parish family who have short - or long-term needs due to surgery, injury, declining health or lack of companionship. On a short-term basis, they provide transportation to medical appointments, run errands, send remembrance cards, help assemble gift packages, help with memorial receptions, but also are available to help with longer-term assistance by providing transportation to church or by visiting a homebound parishioner and supporting the caregiver.

Sharon Massie (sharon@releechurch.org)

Gail Dick (enya6389@yahoo.com)
Prayer Chain (Carol Muir 464-1224 or carol.muir@yahoo.com)

ECW—An organization to which all women in the parish belong continues to focus energies on supporting outreach projects in Lexington, Rockbridge County and the Diocese. The annual bazaar monies have allowed us to contribute approximately $10,000 to these entities in recent years. Opportunities to gather include a kick-off luncheon for bazaar planning, an Advent luncheon and an annual springtime tea.

Sue Denson (densonsteve@aol.com)

Higher Education Ministries—We are committed to the spiritual growth of the students and cadets at Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute. We recognize that nurturing spiritual growth is vital to academic and human development. Our mission is to assist students and cadets as they discern their vocation through the discovery and stewardship of their God-given gifts. Through the Canterbury Fellowship we provide opportunities for Christian fellowship, study and worship that foster interaction between W&L students, VMI cadets, and members of the R.E. Lee parish family. Parishioners support our ministry by preparing Sunday night meals and adopting a cadet during the first stressful year at VMI.

James Keane, Chaplain (chaplain@releechurch.org)

Parish Life Guild
—Teams form a ministry of hospitality for numerous events held at R. E. Lee Memorial Church, allowing many hands to contribute when an event is scheduled.

Sharon Massie (sharon@releechurch.org)

The Mission and Outreach Committee of the Gadsden Endowment—Charged to fund activities which spread the Christian Gospel and alleviate human suffering, the committee has 7 members: 1 trustee of the church, 1 Vestry member, 2 members appointed by the Trustees, 3 members appointed by the Vestry. The committee invites grant proposals, meets quarterly to consider them, and grants funds for Diocesan projects or programs specifically underfunded, for seminarians and continuing education of Diocesan clergy or ministers of our parish, for local needs and concerns, and for Third World Needs, especially in Sudan/ South Sudan.

Anna Crockett (crockettaz@vmi.edu)
James Farrar (jdfarrar@wlu.edu)

Welcome Committee—Members offer hospitality to parishioners and visitors each Sunday, greeting worshipers as they arrive and depart from the worship service. The Lemonade Brigade provides refreshments following the service, creating a pleasant time of conversation and fellowship. Newcomer follow-up includes a visit, a “welcome” gift, and parish information. Several times a year a newcomer reception is held.

Judy Noell (jbnoellharbor@gmail.com)

Worship Committee—A committed group of volunteers review and help plan all special worship services. We are always looking for new and inventive ways of expressing ourselves in worship whether through music or interpretation of scripture. Our members represent all groups that have a part in our worship services: the music, acolytes, lay readers and chalicists, altar guild, and ushers.
Chairperson  Alexandra Brown (browna@wlu.edu)
Acolytes  Sharon Massie (sharon@releechurch.org)

Lay Readers and Ushers  Angie Clark (angie@releechurch.org)

Altar Guild—is composed of approximately 30 members of the church who are responsible for preparations prior to all worship services, i.e., putting the color-of-the-season hangings in place, checking the candles, setting up the chalices and holy elements and cleaning up following the services. Complementing the Altar Guild is the Flower Guild devoted to arranging blossoms and greens which add to the beauty of the altar. Also, while the Altar Guild sets up for marriage ceremonies, the Wedding Guild oversees and directs these gala events. The Altar Guild is sometimes described as those who set the Lord’s table and do the dishes afterwards. New members, both men and women, are welcome.

Jane Brooke (jlbrooke@emabarqmail.com)