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Vol. 4, Issue 4 — April 2018
A note from Pastor Anne Grizzle
The Lenten and Easter season were observed in solemn and joyful ways at Boys Home of Virginia. Before our Ash Wednesday service, the students gathered to help burn the palms to make the ashes which would be used. As we both had imposition of ashes and communion, I reminded them of their being beloved dust for whom Jesus would shed his blood to give that dust everlasting life.
Holy Week began with a Palm Sunday procession through the streets of Covington with other gathered churches preceding the service at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Three of the students did a marvelous job reading the long passion gospel in parts. The remainder of the services were held at Boys Home. Maundy Thursday service included a foot washing where all who wished could have their feet washed and in turn wash another's feet. The institution of the Lord's supper included home baked communion bread brought to the table. Good Friday had a solemn service in the chapel that included the veneration of a cross made of wooden sticks by one of the students. During the afternoon, a large group of staff and students walked three miles up the mountain doing the stations of the cross. Holy Saturday, the day of waiting, turned out to have an impromptu service. Loretta Reed, a dining hall employee, was burned badly in a kitchen accident and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. One of the students asked if we could pray. At dinner we prayed, but also invited anyone who wanted to come to the chapel for prayer after dinner. Over twenty staff and students came. We offered prayers and scripture readings for Holy Saturday with special prayers focused on healing and comfort for Ms. Reed.
Easter Sunday was joyous and a historic day at Boys Home. The boys got up early and started walking up the mountain at 5:00 a.m. to arrive in time for a sunrise service. The Easter vigil began around a big campfire from which the Paschal candle was lit and everyone there then lit their smaller candles. Four students read Old Testament passages of creation, exodus, prophetic hope, and God gathering his people. Everyone then moved to face East and gather around a newly erected wooden cross and stone altar. I blessed the new altar and cross, sprinkling them with water and offering prayers. Then came our alleluias with bells rung by all and the gospel reading. Mr. Louis Sarratt, the builder of the cross and altar, gave a testimony and then sang "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." After Easter homily, communion, and singing, everyone feasted on breakfast in the newly painted lodge and around the fire. Once the students had come back down to campus, we offered an Easter egg hunt and games on the field. What joy to celebrate our Lord's resurrection so fully!
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 Pastor Anne Grizzle with Louis Sarratt
Thank you to St. George's Episcopal Church, Newport News!
Our friends from St. George's Episcopal Church
Boys Home continues to be blessed with such wonderful people. St. George's Episcopal in Newport News, VA, hosted a "bring a pillow to church day" one Sunday and collected over 60 pillows for Boys Home! In addition, two ladies from the church worked together to make over 80 handmade pillowcases for each of our students. The students were so happy to pick a pillowcase to call their very own. 

Congratulations to Philip on his catches!
Philip with his two fish
One warm, sunny morning, Director of Outdoor Activities Mr. Chris Copenhaver took his class fishing at Dunlap Creek. Their assignment that morning was to fish. Philip took this request pretty seriously, as he caught an 11-inch rainbow trout and a 13-inch brown trout! Great job, Philip!

2018 Quilt and Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle Underway
Executive Director Donnie Wheatley's sister, Phyllis Gibson, made and donated the quilt for this year's raffle. This beautiful quilt is pieced using primarily blue/peacock fabrics and measures 78" x 95" and fits a full-sized bed. The pattern is an original design. Tickets are 1 for $5 and 10 tickets for $45. We will draw a winner on May 11, 2018. All proceeds go to the equine program at Boys Home. Please call Sandra at (540) 965-7715 to purchase tickets.
The 2003 gunmetal gray Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Edition Sportster 1200, with under 500 miles, arrived at Boys Home through a generous donation of a Veteran couple who aquired it through an inheritance. Boys Home is so grateful for wonderful donors like this selfless couple. The motorcycle was taken to a local Harley Davidson dealership to ensure that is road ready. Every ticket you invest in will help Boys Home continue to mold our young boys into successful men. Tickets are 1 for $10, 6 for $50, 12 for $100. Drawing will take place on June 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Winner need not be present to win. Please call Lauren at (540) 965-7714 to purchase tickets.
These efforts help us financially and create a little fun along the way. Remember, the quilt is being raffled off in May and the motorcycle will be raffled off in June, so buy some tickets with Mother and Father's Day in mind! 
Best of luck!

How Can I Help?
If your congregation would like a visit from Boys Home, please contact Lauren at and we will work to set it up. We look forward to visiting as many parishes as possible to share the Boys Home story.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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