Announcements – 6/24/18

Announcements: Week of Sunday, June 24th 2018

Nursery Summer Schedule

Our Noah's Ark Nursery will provide nursery care for children ages 3 and under for the 9 am service only during the summer.  The nursery will remain available to parents during all services for feeding & changing.

New Church E-Mail Addresses

Please note that every member of the church staff now has a new e-mail address ending in dot-org, instead of ending in dot-com, as follows:
•    The Reverend Jay Morris:
•    The Reverend James Rickenbaker:
•    Dennise LaBarre:
•    Sue Selz:
•    Trystan Bennett:
•    Kristen Morgan:

The change in e-mail addresses is partly related to the change in our updated Website (  If you have sent an e-mail message to a staff member in the past couple of weeks (while we were making adjustments in our e-mail system) but have not yet received a response, please re-send your message to the new address, with our apologies for the delayed response.  Please update your list of e-mail contacts as needed.

Morning Call

On June 24, the clergy will continue a short-term summer series about preaching:  what is involved in preparing and delivering sermons, what is helpful for listening to sermons and hearing the message, what kind of replies the clergy find especially valuable, and what the congregation can do to offer suggestions and constructive criticism to the preachers.  There will also be opportunities available for you to provide written feedback and comments on our clergy's sermons, whether or not you attend Morning Call.  Offered most Sundays of the year, Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion, starting around 10:20am in the great hall.

Mission Trip Last Call:  The parish-wide mission trip led by the youth group will travel this summer to Erie, Pennsylvania, during the week of July 15-21, in order to help elderly, disabled, and low-income residents who need to have home repairs completed but cannot perform these repairs on their own. Teenagers who are going into 9th grade or above are eligible to participate, as are adults.  Our adult leaders for this mission trip are mission trip veterans Tim Spaulding and Mary Nixon; there is still room for one or two other adults and teenagers to join us, but we need to know RIGHT AWAY about your definite participation.  The standard cost per participant (to defray the costs for materials, transportation, and meals, whether teenager or adult) is $250/person, and scholarships are available.  If you are interested in going or need more information, please contact Father Morris ( or 540-659-4007) right away, because we need to complete our final registration very soonMore perspective about the trip is available in the May issue of our Cross Section newsletter.

Changed Worship Schedule??  We hope to hear from you about what changes (if any) you might wish to see in our current pattern of worship services:  7:30am, 9:00am, 11:15am, and 6:00pm on most Sundays of the year, plus special occasions as appropriate.  Would you like to see your preferred worship service begin a bit earlier or a bit later?  Would you like to see a midweek service offered?  How important do you think it is for us to offer an evening service—and how often (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)?  Would you like to see the current schedule of worship services changed at all?  Would you like to have something added to a worship service, such as an occasional family meal or fellowship event or Christian formation opportunity?  Simply fill out one of the written survey forms that are available at the back of the church, and drop it in the ballot box on the tall table at the back when completed.  Also, on this matter as on any other, you may let Father Morris know your perspective by e-mailing him at his new e-mail address (, by calling him at the church office (540-659-4007), or by making an appointment to see him in person.  Rest assured that there will be additional opportunities to share your views through an upcoming survey (to be available in both printed form and electronic form).

Wednesday Bible Studies: On this Wednesday morning, Father Rickenbaker will continue his new short-term series about St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, with a one-week break on the Fourth of July.  On this Wednesday evening, he will also conclude his Wednesday evening Bible study series on the Book of Revelation; then after a one-week break for the Fourth of July, Father Morris will begin a new six-week evening Bible study series about the Holy Trinity on July 11.  This evening series on the Holy Trinity is being scheduled deliberately while it is still light outside at night, in the hopes that folks who do not like driving at night might be able to attend this study.  The morning series meets 10:30am—12noon and the evening series meets 7:00—8:30pm, both in the downstairs conference room.

All You Can Eat Crab Feast: Saturday, August 25th - 4pm - 7pm - 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, BYOC (bring your own cooler or BYOB).  Come to a great fun filled event, enjoy great music, great food and enjoy fellowship with your family and friends.

Historic Church Renovation:  The repair and repainting work by Habalis Construction of Fredericksburg is nearly complete, as you can probably tell from all the progress in our historic church building.  Thanks to everyone for your patience throughout this important project.