Announcements – 4/14/19

Announcements - Week of Sunday, July 14, 2019

Old Testament Lessons

Old Testament Lessons: Between now and the end of November, our regular Old Testament lessons for Sunday worship will follow Track One in the Episcopalian version of the Revised Common Lectionary. Track One lessons allow for a ‘semi-continuous’ reading of the Old Testament: during this period, typically there will be a fairly historical line from one week’s Old Testament lesson to the next week’s Old Testament lesson—as though one week’s Old Testament lesson leads naturally to the next—rather than having the Old Testament passage connected somehow to the Gospel passage (as often happens during other times of the year). In the current year of the three-year lectionary (Year C), the Old Testament lessons prominently feature narratives from the prophets of ancient Israel (including the minor prophets), with special attention to Jeremiah. Track One lessons provide broader reading throughout the Old Testament than did the previous lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer. We hope that these Track One lessons from the Old Testament will be helpfully eye-opening for your faith.

Morning Call

Starting this Sunday, July 14, Father Morris will begin a new summertime Morning Call series about ministry among the younger generations, including what is required for facing its challenges and its opportunities. In order to encourage attendance for this Morning Call series by parents and grandparents of children and youth, our Christian education ministry will offer a time of children's fellowship (with games, puzzles, crafts, coloring, and so forth) on the lower level of the new building while parents and grandparents attend Morning Call in the great hall upstairs. This children's fellowship will be offered for at least July 14, 21, and 28, and will be extended into August if there is interest. Teenagers are welcomed to attend this Morning Call series, too, as they will be part of the focus of attention. Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion, held in the great hall from 9:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday Bible Studies

On this Wednesday morning (10:30 a.m. till 12:00 noon), Father Rickenbaker will continue his new series on "Evil, Justice, and God's Work in the World." That series will run through July 24, followed by a one-week break (July 31); then on August 7 Father Rickenbaker will begin a new series on First and Second Thessalonians in the New Testament. On this Wednesday evening (7:00 p.m. till 8:30 p.m.), Father Morris will continue his brief series on the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians: July 17 will cover Galatians 3 & 4, and July 24 will cover Galatians 5 & 6. Then after a two-week break (July 31 and August 7), on August 14 Father Morris will begin a new series on the Book of Acts. Those attending this brief July series on Galatians may start the evening with a meal at Aquia's Table, which begins serving at 6:00 p.m. Both groups meet in the new building's downstairs conference room.

2019 Fall Fest Planning Session

2019 Fall Fest- Our 1st planning session will be held on Thursday, July 18th at 6:30 pm in the Great Hall. We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and new ones. If this is your year to begin volunteering for Fall Fest we would like to invite you to the planning meeting. Bring your ideas, a pen and we will provide a calendar, drinks and lively conversation, all working towards the success of 2019 Fall Fest.

Treasurer's Note

Second quarter contribution statements are available in church through July 28th. If you cannot pick up your statement during this time and need a paper copy to be emailed or mailed to you, please contact the office,, or 540.659.4007. After reviewing your statement, should you notice a discrepancy, please contact Sue in the church office.

Save The Date

Save The Date: Aquia Church will be represented at the National Night Out event on the evening of Tuesday, August 6 (first Tuesday in August) in the Stafford Marketplace parking lot toward Target. We hope that Aquia Church members can come out that evening to spread the news about the good things going on in our parish and make new friends in the community. Stay tuned for more details.

School "Daze"

School "Daze": School starts August 12th for Stafford County. Midsummer is already here. When you start shopping for back to school items consider picking up "extras" for the local less fortunate children. Stafford County Social Services needs time to inventory and distribute the supplies to the families prior to the start of school. Drop your donated items off at the picnic table out front of the church or place in the back pew. Due date is July 28th. The Outreach Ministry thanks you for your help.

All You Can Eat Seafood Feast

All You Can Eat Seafood Feast: Saturday, August 24th 4:00pm-7:00pm, Live Bluegrass “Reckless Brigade Bluegrass” Adults: $35.00; Ages: 6-16 $10.00; All you can eat crabs, steamed shrimp, fried cod, corn on the cob, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Lemonade, iced tea will be provided. Come to a great fun filled event, enjoy great music, great food and enjoy fellowship with your family and friends.

All About Fall Fest Donations - Date:  October 5th

All about Fall Fest Donations
Date: October 5, 2019

Donations for Fall Fest: we will begin accepting donations for the Flea Market, Treasures, clothing and the Book Nook on September 10th. We will have a Pod located near the Parish Hall. The Pod is large enough for boxes, lamps, household items. Please mark your boxes with type of contents.

Furniture: we will accept furniture or may be able to arrange for pickup after September 23rd. Storage is limited. Our Parish Hall is occupied weekly and long term storage is not currently available. Please contact Briget Kane at to arrange for pickup.

Church Newsletter

Church Newsletter: Aquia Church publishes our monthly CROSS SECTION newsletter, which offers news about our parish life, spiritual advice from the clergy, a report about the vestry's ministry, and information about other ministry groups. Carol Bailey and Mary Karcher are our talented, thoughtful editors. By asking the church office to place you on our e-mail distribution list, you can receive the newsletter for free just as soon as it becomes available each month; alternatively, you may ask the church office to send you a printed copy via snail-mail. And you can always check for the current edition of the newsletter by visiting our church Website <> and clicking the button for "Newsletter."

Audio Recordings of Sermons

Audio Recordings Of Sermons: When you have to miss Sunday worship because of illness or travel, you can still hear that Sunday's sermon (and many others too) by visiting our church's Website <> and clicking the button for "Sermons," where the audio recordings are listed in chronological order. Simply scroll to the bottom for the most recent sermon, or search for previous Sundays as you wish. This is a good way to stay in touch with Aquia Church when you have to be absent and to be supported spiritually even in the midst of a busy life.