Announcements: Week of Sunday, April 1st 2018
Easter Egg Hunt
Our annual Easter egg hunt will take place at 10:15 am this Sunday around the historic church. If you are able to hide eggs before the 9 am service, please contact Kristen Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capital Campaign for New Building
We have received an offer to help us reach our one-million-dollar goal for this capital campaign. Can you help us reach this major milestone? The offer is this: if we get within $5,000.00 of our goal by this campaign's last day (Apr. 14), then this anonymous donor will make up the difference! You can make a tax-deductible gift regardless whether you have made a pledge for this campaign. As of 25 March, there are over $60,000 dollars pledged but not yet paid. Also, as of 25 March, we have received $871,784.61 from donors making pledges and $108,796.93 from donors who have not made a pledge but have contributed nonetheless, for a combined total of $980,581.54. We are so close to reaching our goal, and you can help us with your gift.
On this coming Sunday, Apr. 8, our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion will offer another opportunity to play “Stump the Priest!” when you can ask the clergy any question on your mind. Morning Call meets in the great hall of the new building, starting around 10:20am, with light refreshments provided to enhance our fellowship together. Consider signing up to break some refreshments for an upcoming Sunday.
Youth Group: On Sunday, Apr. 8, the youth group for students in grades 6-12 is scheduled to have its next evening meeting from 4pm till 6pm, with dinner served. Since no parents have signed up to provide any of the evening meeting meals for the rest of this semester, it is important for parents who have not yet signed up to provide a meal during this semester to contact Father Morris right away (email@example.com or 540-659-4007) in order to schedule their turn.
Wednesday Bible Studies: On this Wednesday morning (10:30am--12:00noon), both of our clergy will lead together a new Wednesday morning series on "The Ten Commandments for Today." On this Wednesday evening, Apr. 4 (7:00pm--8:30pm), Father Rickenbaker will begin a new Wednesday evening series on the Book of Revelation. Both of these new Bible study series (Ten Commandments in the morning, Revelation in the evening) will meet in the downstairs conference room of the new building; you are encouraged to bring relatives, friends, and neighbors, and no previous experience in Bible study is needed.
UTO: United Thank Offering (UTO) Spring Ingathering is Sunday, May 6th. Look for the blue and white boxes or the envelopes in the pews. UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia for the mission of the whole church. Your loose change, cash and checks are used in missionary work, training, pension funds, building loans, scholarships and overseas development. UTO is based on the theological premise that it is good to give thanks to God.
Save The Date: GOLF TOURNAMENT! The Aquia’s Table Golf Tournament will be held on the morning of Friday, May 11, at Augustine Golf Club in Stafford. Golfers are encouraged to start gathering groups of friends to play and support this major fundraiser for this life-giving ministry. This is an excellent opportunity to invite golfing friends from outside our membership to join us for a day of fun that supports a major service for our community. Opportunities for individual sponsorships and corporate sponsorships are available for showing your support. More details coming soon!
May Concert: Several of you will remember that Aquia Church hosted the Concert Choir & Jazz Band from Elizabethtown College five years ago. They will be traveling to Florida in May and would love to visit and perform at Aquia Church again. They would like to visit on Monday, May 21st. If you can volunteer as a host family for 2-4 students, to defray their lodging costs, please contact Kristen Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. You would be asked to provide a place to sleep, breakfast, and then a ride back to church the next morning. Thank you!
Historic Church Renovation: The Vestry has recently voted to contract with Habalis Construction of Fredericksburg, a highly regarded firm with impressive credentials and extensive experience for work with historic properties, to begin a major renovation project in our historic church building. The box pews, pulpit, sounding board above the pulpit, and most other woodwork that you see will be repaired as needed and repainted. They plan to work section by section around the building, with as little disruption to our worship as possible; but on occasion, you may find that your favorite area is not available for sitting. Please pardon that temporary inconvenience. The total project, which should begin not long after Easter Sunday, is expected to take around six weeks for completion.
First Quarter Statements: If you would like a printed copy of your first quarter statement, contact Sue Selz (email@example.com) or the church office. Otherwise, the next printed statement will be the 2nd quarter, (end of June).