Announcements - Week of Sunday, June 23, 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.

Mission Trip

Mission Trip: The parish-wide mission trip led by the youth group will serve residents in Scranton, Pennsylvania, during the week of June 23-29 with a variety of home-repair projects and community assistance. Aquia Church’s team will join forces with roughly 400 participants from around the country in this labor of love. Our teenage participants are Alec Amador, Cristina Amador, Shawn Bourne, Bailey Burghart, Marilyn Burghart, Allison Gannon, Brandon Spaulding, and Christopher ‘Kit’ Stoltz, with adult leaders Linda Burghart and Tim Spaulding. Please keep our mission trip team in your prayers. Also, you can provide financial support for their expenses (including scholarships) by making your donation marked “mission trip.”

Morning Call

Morning Call: On June 23 and June 30, Father Morris and Father Rickenbaker will report during Morning Call about some of their recent experiences in clergy continuing education and how that formation will assist them and us in our ministry together. On July 7, Morning Call will offer some time for fellowship and informal conversation with another session of “Stump the Priest!” during which you can ask the clergy any question on your mind. Then on 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. 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.

A Big VBS Thank You

A Big VBS Thank You...Many hands do make light work. Thank you to everyone that came before church and/or stayed after church this past Sunday to help decorate and set up for this week's VBS program.
Thank you also to everyone that volunteered their time and energy to help with our VBS program this week including: Cristina Amador, Alec Amador, Kim Bamber, Cathy Boes, Chris Bowie, Ben Catts, Jean Edmond, Teresa Kelly, Michael Golas, Patty Montgromery, Ryan Morgan, Elizabeth Morris, Ayanna Parker, Jamila Parker, Lori Passarello, Dawna Spaulding, Brandon Spaulding, Dina Stanford, Kristin Stanford, Ciara Stoltz, Christopher Stoltz, Jennifer Stoltz, Tristan Stoltz, Dana VanMetre, and Grace VanMetre.

Wednesday Bible Studies

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.” The Wednesday evening Bible study will not meet during the month of June, but there will be a new evening series for July 10, 17, and 24; stay tuned for details on that. Both groups meet in the new building's downstairs conference room.

Treasurer's Note

Treasurer’s Note: Second quarter contribution statements will be available in church on July 7th 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.

Cash for Cows and Change for Chickens

Cash for Cows and Change for Chickens: All donations for this annual outreach project to impoverished families in developing countries should be turned in now.

Shoes To Those In Need

Shoes To Those In Need: The Outreach Committee is holding a shoe collection to benefit the Jenkins Donelson Foundation. This Foundation distributes shoes to those in need. They advise that they serve the underserved from the bottom up. They promote good foot health through education, services, and resources. They also create fun interactive Foot Health Fairs and recruit pro bono DPMs for Free Clinics. Please check your closets for gently worn shoes you are no longer wearing or your children have outgrown and bring them to the Church between June 23rd and July 7th. The collection boxes will be in the foyer of the Great Hall.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King: The Daughters of The King (DOK) will have its next prayer hour gathering, on Saturday, July 6th at noon and will be meeting in the church.

Stuff The Truck

Stuff The Truck: On Saturday, July 13, the Outreach Committee will be at Shoppers on 610, helping SERVE to stuff their truck with food donations. It will run from 8am to 3pm. I’m looking for people to sign up for 90 minutes shifts. I’ll have a sign up sheet for anyone wanting to help. For more information, contact Michael Golasz at


Generosity: The feeding ministries at Aquia Church always have been and always will be self sufficient. No funds come from either the church or the diocese, though the church does sponsor both. Aquia’s Table and Aquia’s Pantry are supported solely upon the generosity of parishioners, and the general public, through donations, both monetarily and in-kind, through cooperation from other pantries, and through fundraising operations. Both ministries have their own individual budgetary line items. I hope this clarifies any confusion regarding fund sources. Sincerely, Michael Golasz, Volunteer Coordinator, Aquia’s Table, Director-Aquia’s Pantry