Announcements - Week of Sunday, August 1, 2021


COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES: The outreach ministry is collecting school supplies for the Department of Social Services and the Jenkins Donelson Foundation, which will distribute school supplies and other items to those in need on August 7. Please bring your donations of school supplies to the historic church building on this coming Sunday, August 1, or drop them off at the church office when the office is open (generally 8am—4pm every weekday but Tuesday). On Sundays, a collection box will be on the picnic table in front of the historic church or in the back pew. Suggested items are: No. 2 pencils, mechanical pencils, colored pencils, large pink erasers, black or blue pens, red ballpoint pens, yellow highlighters, markers, dry-erase markers, pencil cases, blunt scissors, 12-inch rulers (with both inches and centimeters marked), calculators, protractors, index cards (lined or unlined), 3-ring binders, notebook paper, composition notebooks, spiral notebooks, single-subject spiral notebooks, folders with brads and pockets, padlocks for lockers, facial tissues, thermal lunch boxes, thermal water bottles, and backpacks. Please no crayons, glue, hand sanitizer, or masks.


HIRING BOOKKEEPER FOR AQUIA CHURCH: We need your assistance in recruiting additional candidates for this position. If you know someone who might be qualified, please encourage the person to contact Father Morris for a job description and for application right away ( or 540-659-4007). Aquia Church seeks to hire a part-time bookkeeper to manage our accounts payable and receivable, to prepare checks for payment, to accomplish reconciliation of bank statements, and to manage other financial records and procedures. Approximately 8 hrs/wk, with flexibility about day/time, with some telework possible, and with competitive compensation appropriate to experience.


ATTENTION VISITORS AND NEWCOMERS: You are cordially invited to attend our next newcomers luncheon and orientation on Sunday, August 29, immediately after the conclusion of the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Shortly after that worship service ends, we shall gather in the historic church building for a brief tour, then move to the great hall of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building for a luncheon prepared in your honor—and you don’t need to bring anything but a good appetite! Child care will be provided throughout the occasion for any family desiring it. In order to reserve your place, or in case you have any questions, please speak with Father Morris at church or contact him ( or 540-659-4007 at the church office).


ANNUAL MEETING AND VESTRY ELECTION: Our parish’s annual meeting, including the election of new vestry members, will be held on Sunday, August 22, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the great hall with that morning’s one worship service (which will proceed as quickly as feasible) and remaining there for the main business session (which will begin in earnest after a brief break following the conclusion of the worship service). While the meeting for adults and teenagers is going on upstairs in the great hall, downstairs our Sunday school ministry will have some opportunities for young children to enjoy a variety of activities. Refreshments will be available that morning for folks of all ages. Meanwhile, parishioners interested in serving on the vestry should pick up a blue self-nomination form from the back of the historic church or from the church office; completed vestry nomination forms are due in the church office by the end of Monday, August 16. Candidates for election to the vestry must be duly enrolled members of Aquia Church who have been confirmed (or are preparing for confirmation) and who are communicants in good standing (meaning: regularly attending church and contributing toward a financial pledge during the prior year).


SUNDAY SCHOOL: Sunday school will resume on August 22 after the end of the special-time 9:00 a.m. worship service that morning (so by 10:00 a.m.). Sunday school registration is available for students in pre-K through 12th grade on the church Website at scroll down to the Sunday school icon, then click on “Sunday School Registration.” If you are interested in helping with our Sunday school ministry this year, please contact Kristen Morgan, our director of Christian education, at at


MAGNETS AND BUMPER STICKERS: The ECW is selling Aquia Church magnets and bumper stickers after the 7:30 a.m. service and before the 10:30 a.m. service. The magnets ($5 each) and bumper stickers ($3 each) are a wonderful way to show your Aquia Church spirit! See the display at the picnic table outside the historic church or in the foyer of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building.


ONLY TWO MONTHS REMAIN IN MATCHING CHALLENGE: Only two months remain in our current matching challenge campaign to reduce the debt on our construction loan for the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building as follows: all contributions toward the new building received March 17—September 30, 2021, will be applied directly against the principal on the construction loan, and all those contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.00, thanks to a grant being made anonymously. Please mark “CFFB” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope of your contribution. Thus far we have raised approximately $76,000 toward this new challenge, but the deadline for this matching opportunity is approaching swiftly. So please consider how your contribution of any size can help to move us closer toward our goal and reduce our debt more rapidly than expected.


MASK GUIDANCE: In keeping with the most recent CDC guidance, we encourage those attending our indoor worship services and other indoor activities to wear a mask while our area remains at substantial or greater risk for transmitting the COVID Delta variant, even if you are already vaccinated. We also remind those attending our worship services that seating in the south transept (or ‘wing’) of the historic church building is reserved for those wearing masks.


HONORING OUR GRADUATES: During this season of graduation and new beginnings, we plan to take a Sunday in August to recognize those graduating from high school, college, professional/training programs, and graduate school. Please send a photo of your graduate to us, along with information about the place from which the person is graduating, a couple of the graduate’s hobbies or interests, and what steps are next for your graduate (, or drop off the photo and information at the church office.


YOUTH GROUP: Following a brief summer break, the youth group for students in middle school and high school will resume meeting later in August.  Stay tuned for more details.


MORNING CALL HAS RESUMED: Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion, held in the great hall (9:30—10:15 a.m.). Through August 15, the clergy will lead a series on the Apostles’ Creed.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES: Father Rickenbaker continues his new Wednesday morning Bible study series on the Old Testament book of Proverbs, starting electronically at 10:30 a.m. Father Morris has recently begun a new Wednesday evening Bible study series on the Gospel according to Mark, starting electronically at 7:00 p.m., and it’s certainly not too late to join in. During the pandemic, our Bible study discussions 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. If you want to be added to the e-mail list for updates about the Wednesday Bible studies, please contact the relevant member of the clergy ( or (


THURSDAY EVENING SERIES: Father Morris’s current book discussion series explores Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony by Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon (Abingdon Press, 2014). A caption on the book’s cover is even more descriptive: “A provocative Christian assessment of culture and ministry for people who know that something is wrong.” This new series began on Thursday, July 1, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook Live, and will run for several weeks. You are welcomed to purchase that book and read it for yourself along with us, but certainly are not required to do so. For information about the book for this series, please see the “Reading Room” column at the end of the May 2021 edition of the Cross Section newsletter <>.


CAN YOU HELP WITH USHERING? The duties of our ushers—to assist parishioners and visitors in finding seats for worship, to tally attendance, to collect the offering, and to assist in moving the congregation up for communion—are visible ways that your serving as an usher can assist lots of people. Ushers typically serve about once every other month; individuals and couples may serve, and teenagers may assist as well. Please consider volunteering for this essential ministry by contacting our coordinator of ushers, Chris Arey (, and contact him with any questions or concerns.


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 (


UPDATING CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have made any changes in the last year to your address, phone number(s), or e-mail address, or to the people of your household, please notify Sue Selz ( or 540-659-4007), so that she can keep our records up to date.


If you want to be added to our e-mail distribution list for announcements and updates, simply notify Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007).