Announcements – 05/26/2024

Aquia Church Weekly Announcements



MAY NEWSLETTER: The most recent issue of our Cross Section newsletter is available electronically here < >. This edition features an important article about our rector’s sabbatical during June, July, and August. This edition also features information about how students graduating from high school may apply for the ECW’s Anne E. Moncure scholarship.


MORNING CALL: Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion, held in the great hall (9:30—10:15 a.m.). On May 26 (Memorial Day weekend), Father Morris will discuss plans for his upcoming sabbatical. Over the summer, Father Rickenbaker will offer some special opportunities at Morning Call, so stay tuned for dates and themes.


PARISH PICNIC: We look forward to holding our parish picnic on Sunday, June 2, immediately after the 10:30 a.m. worship service in the great hall. The vestry will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, beverages, and paper products, with parishioners bringing side dishes and desserts to share. Newcomers are our especially welcomed guests!


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Please save the dates of June 10-14 for “SCUBA VBS” as we dive into friendship with God. Get your child or grandchild signed up now with our online registration ( Volunteers are also needed to dive in, in order to make VBS a success. For more information, please contact our director of Christian education, Kimberly Bamber (


RETIRING OUR MORTGAGE DEBT: Aquia Church has received a commitment for a new matching challenge to help us retire the mortgage debt for the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building. Every donation received for the new building throughout this calendar year will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.00, so that we can continue to pay off the mortgage ahead of schedule, with reduced interest payments and reduced overall expense. This challenge is retroactive to January 1, 2024, so that any donation for this purpose made earlier this year can be counted toward the match alongside any contribution made after this announcement. In order to ensure that your tax-deductible donation is credited properly, please make sure that your gift is clearly marked with something like “new building” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope.


FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: There are plenty of Sundays in 2024 awaiting folks to offer to serve as hosts, starting with June 2 and throughout the summer. If you want to serve as a breakfast host for any Sunday in the months ahead, please use the signup sheet at the back of the church, or contact Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007). Please consider taking a turn in promoting fellowship within our parish through this weekly breakfast. The breakfast can be as simple or elaborate as you wish to provide.


ATTENTION GARDENERS AND FLOWER-LOVERS: Although “April showers bring May flowers,” the work to upgrade and beautify your garden really starts in the fall, when you plant your spring flowering bulbs and plants. Aquia Church is now a participant in the fundraising program sponsored by Brent and Becky’s, a premier family-owned-and-operated horticultural business based in Gloucester, Virginia. Simply put, go to this link <>, select Aquia Episcopal Church from the drop-down menu, follow the instructions, and Aquia Church will receive a donation equal to 25% of your purchase.


SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR CONCLUDES: Our regular year for Sunday school has ended, with this ministry resuming in August.


YOUTH GROUP YEAR CONCUDES: Our regular meetings for the youth group (grades 6-12) during this school year have ended, with this ministry resuming in August.


WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES: Father Morris’s last session in his Wednesday evening series on the Pastoral Epistles (I-II Timothy and Titus) will be held this coming Wednesday, May 29, starting electronically over Facebook Live at 7:00 p.m. The Wednesday evening Bible study series will be on hiatus during June, July, and August while Father Morris is on sabbatical. On this Thursday, Father Rickenbaker’s Thursday morning group will continue its series on the Gospel of Mark (starting at 11:00 a.m. in person in the CFFB downstairs conference room and simultaneously over Facebook Live). When the current Thursday morning series on Mark ends, Father Rickenbaker hopes to lead a new series with a shift to Thursday evenings; please stay tuned for the starting-date and topic. The broadcasts are available online at our Facebook page <>. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the broadcasts simply by clicking on the given occasion. Also, you do not have to watch the event live; the videos are stored there for your viewing at any time. Simply scroll down to find the broadcast for which you are looking (each one is labeled), then begin to play the recording.



Apr. 3: Aquia’s Table served 400 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 124 households.

Apr. 10: Aquia’s Table served 397 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 114 households.

Apr. 17: Aquia’s Table served 380 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 130 households.

Apr. 24: Aquia’s Table served 397 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 111 households.

May 1: Aquia’s Table served 397 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 123 households.

May 8: Aquia’s Table served 407 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 124 households.

May 15: Aquia’s Table served 400 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 123 households.

May 22: Aquia’s Table served 358 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 116 households.

8-WEEK AVERAGE: 392 meals served and groceries given to 121 households

The long lines of guests coming for food likely reflect the ongoing financial need among so many neighbors around us. This level of outreach is possible because of the generosity of support from faithful volunteers and donations from many different people and groups—from among our parishioners and beyond our church membership. If you can offer some support to these ministries (especially with your time on Tuesday mornings and during the day and early evening on Wednesdays or with financial contributions), your help will be deeply appreciated.

Also, as part of our ongoing effort for good stewardship at various levels, Aquia’s Table will prepare a maximum total of 400 meals each week, and Aquia’s Pantry will distribute groceries to a maximum of 140 households each week.


AQUIA’S PANTRY MAY UPDATES: Aquia’s Pantry is both blessed and thriving! Recently we have received fifty boxes of cereal from one parishioner/volunteer and enough food for all the families who come on Wednesday evenings. Thanks to the generous donations of other parishioners, we have been able to purchase food items to supplement what we receive from the grocery stores and the food bank. Your gifts also cover the membership fee to the food bank, plus gas and maintenance for the van that we use to pick up much of the food. For your gifts and all of God’s many blessings which enable us to help our neighbors in need, we are so grateful.

Just a reminder: The Pantry is seeking more helping hands. With vacations, moves, and graduations looming, we may lose one-quarter to one-third of our volunteers on any given Wednesday. Our greatest need falls on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00, when we fill the bags with bread, produce, and canned goods. No previous experience is necessary; no heavy lifting is required. Please let us know if you can help. If you would like to learn more about how the Pantry works, please speak to Barb Bingay, Ron Korth, or Mary Jane Cole (


INVITATION FROM AQUIA’S TABLE: Aquia’s Table is recruiting volunteers to assist with baking or preparing desserts (either at home or at the church kitchen on Tuesdays: cookies, brownies, crispy rice treats, cakes, etc.) and to assist occasionally with preparing meals when others might be unable to serve. In recent weeks, we have been serving around 400 guests, and some extra help with fixing desserts and meals from time to time would be welcomed. In order to offer your hands-on help, please contact Briget Kane (


ALTAR FLOWERS: Those who want to donate flowers during 2024 in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for someone or something may contact Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007) and select a particular Sunday; the signup sheet is also available on the short table at the back of the church. The cost is $50/week. Even if a given Sunday has already been claimed, you may add your name and dedication for that same Sunday. Traditionally, we do not have such arrangements during Advent or Lent, but most other Sundays during the year remain available.


BUSY BAGS: Busy bags are available in the historic church for our youngest members. A child’s Bible, activity pages, drawing paper, and crayons are available in canvas bags when you enter the church. Please take one bag per family and return it after the service ends.


NURSERY AVAILABLE: Our nursery, located on the lower level of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building (just across the hallway from the elevator), is available for the 10:30 a.m. worship service, with coverage provided by caring, trained, and experienced staff—plus lots of toys, diapers and wipes, a pack-and-play, and whatever else your child or grandchild might need.


ELECTRONIC BROADCASTS: We continue to offer broadcasts of Sunday morning worship at 7:30 a.m., Morning Prayer on most weekdays at 8:00 a.m., and our midweek Bible studies on most Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and most Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. These broadcasts are particularly helpful for those who are unable to attend in person due to illness, travel, or work. The broadcasts are available online at our church’s Facebook page <>. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the broadcasts simply by clicking on the given occasion. Also, you do not have to watch the event live; the videos are stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.


If you want to be added to our e-mail distribution list for weekly announcements and special updates or for the monthly Cross Section newsletter, simply notify Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007).