Aquia Church Weekly Announcements
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023
LENT IS HERE
LENT IS HERE, so mark your calendar for these opportunities:
- LENTEN QUIET DAY: This Saturday, Mar. 18 (8:00 a.m.—12:00 noon), starting in the conference room downstairs in the CFFB. A set of meditations and intentional periods of quiet for reflection and introspection on the theme of salvation. Led by Father James Rickenbaker.
- THE LENTEN CROSS provides opportunities for Lenten almsgiving and service to others at your discretion. Simply take a card—or take more than one!—and complete the request for donations of time, talent, gift cards, or materials that Aquia Church ministries can use.
- 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.). Throughout Lent, Father Morris continues a new series on “The Fifth Gospel: The Book of Isaiah.”
- SPRING CLEAN-UP: As we prepare for Easter, our spring clean-up of the cemetery and church grounds will be held on next Saturday, Mar. 25 (8:00 a.m.—12:00 noon). If you can help, please bring work gloves, a rake, tarps, a power blower, and related tools for yard work. Rain date will be one week later on Saturday, Apr. 1.
- EASTER LILIES: Order forms for contributing lilies to adorn our church at Easter are available on the tall table at the back of the church or in the March issue of the Cross Section Please complete the form and return it with payment by Wednesday, Apr. 5.
- CANDY/TREATS/TOYS FOR EASTER EGG HUNT: Our annual Easter egg hunt will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, Apr. 9, in the church cemetery. Plastic eggs filled with candy, treats, or toys are needed for this event. There are a few bags of empty eggs available in the entrance of the CFFB. Please make sure all candy is wrapped. Filled eggs can be dropped off at the church office or the Christian Education office untilGood Friday, Apr. 7.
UPCOMING ORDINATION: God willing and the people consenting, our seminarian Stephen Pecot will be ordained a deacon in Christ’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church on next Saturday, Mar. 25 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Central Time) at Christ Church Cathedral in Mobile, Alabama, by the Rt. Rev. Russell Kendrick, bishop of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Father Morris will represent Aquia Church at this occasion. Your prayers and presence are invited. The ordination will be broadcast over the following Website < https://boxcast.tv/view/the-ordination-to-the-sacred-order-of-deacons-3252023-imqicyymu5xjuidaaza6 >. Parishioners who want to contribute to the clergy discretionary fund that will assist this new deacon in the unbudgeted expenses of his ordained ministry (for instance, financial assistance to people with emergency situations) are encouraged to wait until Stephen accepts a call to serve in a particular church, at which point we can provide the relevant information for your tax-deductible donation.
CHURCH NEWSLETTER: The new March issue of our Cross Section newsletter is available on our church’s Website <https://aquiachurch.org/connect/e-newsletter>.
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 Wednesday Bible studies at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.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 < https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch >. 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.
FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: There are plenty of Sundays in the months ahead awaiting folks to offer to serve as breakfast hosts. If you want to serve as a breakfast host for any given Sunday, please use the signup sheet at the back of the church, or contact Sue Selz in the church office (email@example.com 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.
AQUIA’S TABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT
AQUIA’S TABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT! Calling all golfers to this year’s main fundraiser for Aquia’s Table on Friday, May 5 (shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.) at Augustine Golf Club, 76 Monument Drive, Stafford. Cost is $125/person or $500/foursome, with carts and lunch provided—all for a most worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available, too, at a variety of levels. You are encouraged to recruit individual golfers and foursomes to play for this important charitable event. Brochures about registering to play in the tournament and about providing sponsorships are available from the tall table at the back of the church.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES: Father Rickenbaker has just concluded his series about “Hard Sayings of the Bible” and launched a new series on the Old Testament Book of Joshua on Mar. 15 (starting electronically at 10:30 a.m. and offered in-person simultaneously in the CFFB downstairs conference room). Throughout Lent, Father Morris will continue his new evening Bible study series on the Book of Romans, beginning electronically at 7:00 p.m.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Save the dates of June 12-16 (9:00 a.m.—12:00 noon) for this exciting week. Children in preschool through 5th grades may join us on a cosmic quest with “Stellar VBS.” We will have a blast shining Jesus' light into the world. Registration will be available on the church website in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more details.
YOUTH GROUP (GRADES 6-12): Our regular morning schedule (9:30—10:15 a.m.) has resumed. Mrs. Gould, Mr. Morgan, and Father James Rickenbaker lead the morning meetings. Our next afternoon meeting will take place on this Sunday, Mar. 19, when we’ll meet at Cavalier Family Skating (1920 Richmond Hwy, near Stafford Hospital—they are open 2:00—6:00 p.m., so join us for any part of that) and again on our every-other-Sunday rotation on Apr. 2, Apr. 16, etc., with a mix of events at church and off-campus.
AQUIA'S PANTRY MID-MARCH UPDATES
AQUIA'S PANTRY MID-MARCH UPDATES: What an awesome month March is turning into! On Mar. 1, we collected enough eggs from the stores and the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank that we were able give one dozen eggs to each of the 97 families who received groceries that evening! Our very patient volunteers carefully opened the boxes of egg cartons, extracted and rinsed the good eggs (those not cracked or crushed), dried them, and then put them into fresh cartons. We used all the egg cartons that we had received from the parish family. Thank you for all those cartons!
On Feb. 28 we received a pallet with 800 cans of Chef Boyardee spaghetti & meatballs from Walmart. Fortunately, a very strong gentleman was on campus to help get the pallet off the Food Bank truck and into the great hall. We are so grateful for this generous gift and for his strong back!
On Mar. 15 our families will receive a box of mac-&-cheese in their bags thanks to the generosity of our parishioners. On four out of the five Wednesdays in March, each of our families will also receive a box of cereal.
For these and all the many gifts which sustain this ministry, we give thanks to God. Our need for brown paper bags from the grocery stores and for egg cartons (dozen size is best) continues, as does the need for boxes of cereal and mac-&-cheese. If you would like to learn more about Aquia’s Pantry and how you can help, reach out to Michael Golasz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Jane Cole (email@example.com) in order to learn more about this dynamic, caring ministry.
INVITATION FROM AQUIA’S TABLE
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 most recent weeks, we have been serving 350-400 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 GIVING: The increased use of electronic giving is helpful, as it avoids the need for our office and counters to handle mail, which could be contaminated; but we still pick up the mail and your mail-in contribution will be counted. Where possible, when parishioners can absorb the nominal transaction cost, that is also very helpful, so that the church will receive the full amount of your intended contribution. Please note to use the correct category of contribution: if you submitted a pledge card and make a donation online, then please use that category. If you did not submit a pledge card, then please use the non-pledged category—just as important and helpful. Be mindful that you can make an electronic contribution and apportion your gifts between multiple purposes, e.g., pledge, flowers, outreach, etc. You can give electronically through Realm—the link is <https://onrealm.org/AquiaEpiscopalC/-/form/give/now>, and there is a “GIVE” link on the church website <https://www.AquiaChurch.org>. Also, you can give via text message: text AQUIA to 73256. If you have questions, please feel free to contact treasurer Chris Arey (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-659-4007).