Aquia Church Weekly Announcements



  • THIS SATURDAY, October 1: Fall Fest (8:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE) all around our campus. Please invite relatives, friends, and neighbors to attend. More details appear below, right after “Save the Dates.”
  • THIS SUNDAY, October 2: Blessing of the Animals (2:00 p.m.; RAIN CANCELS) near the main entrance to the CFFB, in front of the St. Francis statue. All animals being brought for a blessing must be on a leash or otherwise properly confined in a cage or carrier, for everyone’s security.
  • Saturday, October 29: Trunk-or-Treat (parking lot available at 5:00 p.m. for decorating vehicles, with distribution of treats starting at 6:00 p.m. and with outdoor movie afterward). All candy must be wrapped. If you wish, bring a picnic dinner to enjoy; also bring folding chairs and/or blankets for the short Peanuts movie afterward (It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown). Fun event for all ages, with prizes awarded for the best decorated vehicles (get creative!); invite family, friends, and neighbors. Rain date: the next day (Sunday, October 30) with the same format.



  • FLEA MARKET:Clean out your closet, attic, basement, and garage for the Fall Fest flea market! From now through this Thursday, Sept. 29, you may bring your donated items weekdays 9:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Items that we cannot accept include computers, TVs, mattresses, and undergarments.
  • COUNTRY STORE: The Fall Fest country store invites you to donate your homemade pies, cakes, cookies, brownies, hand pies, canned vegetables/fruits, jellies/jams, etc. (individually wrapped and contents labeled). Please bring your baked goods and canned items to the great hall on this Friday, Sept. 30, so that we can prepare them for Fall Fest. We appreciate all the bakers and cooks who are donating their goods for a successful store.
  • GARDEN MART: Fall is the time to clean up the flower beds and tuck the garden away for the promise of another spring. As you separate and thin your perennials, please consider donating the extras to the garden mart. If you have houseplants that you don’t want to keep over winter, we will take them. We also welcome donations that are garden-oriented, such as flower pots, garden statues, yard art, and Halloween decorations. Donations can be dropped off at the church on or before this Friday, Sept. 30. Please plan to attend the 65th annual day of fun, fellowship, bargains, and good food. For more information about the garden mart, please contact Penny Stevens (
  • LIVE AUCTION at 11:00 a.m.: Weather permitting, the auction will be held outside under tents and trees near the upper doors of the parish house; in case of rain, the auction will likely be held in the great hall of the CFFB.

In case of rain, some departments might relocate from their usual places; posted signs will advise you of any new locations.


WORSHIP SERVICE FOR THE INCOMING BISHOP: God willing and the people consenting, Bishop-Elect E. Mark Stevenson will be ordained and consecrated a bishop in The Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Baptist Church, located at 4247 Creighton Road in Henrico, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry officiating, and the diocese is inviting parishioners to participate in this worship service as follows. Each parish is invited and encouraged to represent their church by processing with a banner at the service. Also, the diocesan Committee on Liturgy and Music and the Transition Committee invite parishioners to submit their names if they are interested in serving as an usher, verger, member of an acolyte team, or choir member. Space is limited. The committee’s goal is to have parishes, large and small, urban and rural, represented among the participants. If you are interested in participating in such a role, please speak with Father Morris about your interest by the end of Thursday, Sept. 29 (or by Wednesday, Oct. 12 for anyone who wants to carry Aquia Church’s banner).


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.). For the next several Sundays, Father Morris will continue his new series on “Preparing for Death and Burials.”


FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: No host has yet claimed the fellowship breakfast (starting around 8:30 a.m. in the great hall) for October 9 or 23—even if some hosts have claimed the fellowship breakfast for other Sundays in September and October. If you want to serve as a breakfast host for any Sunday this fall, 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.


EARLY FALL UPDATES FROM AQUIA'S PANTRY: During September, our Pantry gave groceries to a weekly average of 100 families from our community. In two of these weeks, we were able to give a box of cereal to each family; in the other two weeks, we were able to provide peanut butter for each family. We used to be able to include both cereal and peanut butter weekly for each family, but our gifts have not kept up with the demand. Unfortunately, our supplies of both commodities are now depleted. We are very grateful that the Sunday School students have just begun to bring boxes of cereal and jars of peanut butter to class for the Pantry. This thoughtful suggestion was made by our director of Christian education, Kristen Morgan, who also volunteers at the Pantry on Tuesday mornings. If each of us could include either peanut butter or cereal in our weekly shopping to give to the Pantry, we would be able to do so much more.

Also, our need for brown paper grocery bags from local stores also continues. As we serve 100 families each week, we require three bags per family (one each for breads, produce, and dry goods), a total of 300 bags per week. Unfortunately, in recent weeks we have not received many eggs from the stores or the Food Bank, so currently we have no need for more egg cartons. We continue to marvel at God’s provision of enough food to help so many families. We thank all of you who continue to support this ministry. If you would like to learn more about how you can help, or if you would like to volunteer, reach out to Michael Golasz ( 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 (for instance, when others are sick or on vacation). In most recent weeks, we have been serving between 300 and 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 ( or Dina Stanford (


YOUTH GROUP: The youth group for teens in grades 6-12 has resumed their weekly Sunday morning meetings (9:30—10:15 a.m. in the youth group room downstairs in the new building). Their next evening meeting (5:00—6:00 p.m., with refreshments served) will be held on this Sunday, Oct. 2, on their every-other-Sunday-evening schedule (so again on Oct. 16, Oct. 30, etc.).


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES: Father Morris has just launched a new series on the Books of Samuel and Kings in the Old Testament this past week and it will continue on subsequent Wednesday evenings, starting electronically at 7:00 p.m. on our Facebook page <>. For Sept. 28, please read I Samuel chs. 9-15; for Oct. 5, please read I Samuel chs. 16-20. Father Rickenbaker’s series on the Gospel according to Matthew continues on Wednesday mornings, starting electronically at 10:30 a.m. over Facebook Live. During the pandemic, our Bible studies are available online at our church’s Facebook page. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos simply by clicking on the video for the given day. Also, you do not have to join in the Bible study live; the videos will be stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.


DEVOTIONAL BOOKLETS: New copies of Our Daily Bread (for October/November), together with copies of Forward Day by Day (through the end of October) are available on the tall table at the back of the church at any worship service, as well as (for those needing access at other times) from the large black metal mailbox alongside the concrete walkway between the Fleurries office building and the parking lot. Please pick up a copy for yourself, and perhaps another to share with a friend. If you regularly use either one of these devotional booklets, please notify Sue Selz about your preference and interest ( or 540-659-4007), so that we can ensure to keep them in stock in the months ahead.


ALTAR FLOWERS: There are Sundays between now and November 20 that are available to be claimed by those who want to donate flowers in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for someone or something. If you wish to claim any Sunday, you may contact Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007); the signup sheet is also available on the short table at the back of the church. The cost is $50/week, and more than one household may contribute for any given Sunday.


OLD TESTAMENT LESSONS: Between now and November 20, 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 straight 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 (which is the source of our recent Old Testament lessons). 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.


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.


COLLECTING NEWSPAPERS: The Daughters of the King ministry group is collecting old newspapers (not magazines) to be taken to the animal shelter in Stafford. There is a black plastic cube in the back left pew (as you come into church) for collection. Your contribution is much appreciated.


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 <>, and there is a “GIVE” link on the church website <>. Also, you can give via text message: text AQUIA to 73256. If you have questions, please feel free to contact treasurer Chris Arey (


UPDATE ON OUR MATCHING CHALLENGE: As of 28 September, we have received $101,820.35 toward our matching challenge goal for 2022 (running from 1 January 2022 to 1 October 2022)—just over the goal of $100,000, and with some time to spare! Congratulations on this success! With every capital campaign and every matching challenge opportunity that Aquia Church has conducted for the CFFB, we have met and even exceeded the goal EVERY TIME! Even if this matching challenge has been achieved, we are still receiving contributions toward our ongoing mortgage payments. Please mark your contribution “CFFB” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope of your cash gift.


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).