Announcements - Week of Sunday, November 17, 2019

Pledge Cards Due This Sunday

Pledge Cards Due This Sunday: Pledge Cards Due This Sunday: We invite you to lay your pledge card on God’s holy altar at any of the worship services on this Sunday, Nov. 17. Your pledge indicates your intended financial commitment to God’s mission and ministry at Aquia Church during 2020, as a sign of gratitude for all the blessings the Lord has provided. Please consider how your pledge can help you to be always faithful (semper fidelis) and always ready (semper paratus) in serving the Lord and his people. Pledge cards for adults and youth are available at the tall table at the back of the church and from the church office. If necessary, pledge cards may mailed to the church (PO Box 275, Stafford, VA 22555-0275) or dropped off at the church office.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due This Sunday

Operation Christmas Child Boxes Due This Sunday: To defray overseas shipping costs, please include a donation of $9 per box either in cash or by check (payable to Samaritan's Purse with "Operation Christmas Child" in the memo line). The donation envelopes are included with the folders. If you do not want to pack a shoe box but would like to help with shipping costs, please put your check or cash in one of the envelopes provided with the donation folders. Please return your filled shoe box (with the appropriate boy/girl label attached) and/or donation envelope to the church by Sunday, Nov. 17.

Vestry Fundraiser Orders Due Next Sunday

Vestry Fundraiser Orders Due Next Sunday: We are selling Newsom’s Peanuts instead of citrus this year, and your orders are due next Sunday, Nov. 24. Order forms are available at the back of the church or from the church office, with delivery expected in early to mid-December. Newsom’s is a family-owned-and-operated farm in Newsom, Va., offering a wide variety of nuts that are not cooked until the order is placed (for maximum freshness). Options include Cajun spice peanuts, habanero & jalapeño spice peanuts, peanut clusters, peanut brittle, honey crisp pecans, chocolate & amaretto pecans, and cashews. They make great Christmas gifts, hostess gifts, or treats for snacking. Please contact Jean Golas with any questions (

Advent Quiet Day

Advent Quiet Day: In preparation for the Advent season, we will be having a Quiet Day at Aquia on Saturday, November 30th from 8am-2pm. The topic of contemplation will be the Collects (prayers) for Advent. Come out on November 30th to have some time for quiet contemplation and prayer. In the busy world in which we live and work, it is a form of resistance to the larger, non-Christian culture to set aside time for prayer and quiet. We encourage you to come out for good food and fellowship in preparation for the Advent season, wherein we intentionally pray for and wait for the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope to see you there!

Morning Call

Morning Call: On this Sunday, Nov. 17, the Morning Call time will be devoted to a report on the 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia, taking place during the three days prior. Aquia’s lay delegates to this convention are Jean Golas, Michael Golasz, and Chris Arey (as the alternate for Mary Nixon); both of our clergy will attend as well. In addition, Bishop Goff appointed Father Morris to serve once again as chairperson for the convention’s committee on resolutions.

Attention Visitors and Newcomers

Attention Visitors and Newcomers: Our next newcomers luncheon will be held this Sunday, Nov. 17. Right after the 10:00 a.m. worship service ends, our visitors and newcomers will be given a brief tour of our historic church building, and then they will be led into the great hall of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building for a luncheon prepared in their honor. Child care and meals for children will be available. This is a good opportunity for those who are new at Aquia Church to begin making a few friends in an inviting atmosphere and to ask questions that are on your mind. In order to reserve your space and let us know how many people (including children) will be coming with you, please contact Sue Selz in the church office ( or 540-659-4007).

Wednesday Bible Studies

Wednesday Bible Studies: Father Rickenbaker will continue a new morning series titled “A Christian Reading of Genesis” on this Wednesday, Nov. 20 (10:30 a.m.—12:00 noon), with its subsequent meeting afterward on Dec. 4. Father Morris will conclude his Wednesday evening series on the Book of Acts on Nov. 20. Both the morning series and the evening series will take a one-week break for the week of Thanksgiving (Wednesday, Nov. 27). For the first three Wednesdays of December (Dec. 4, 11, & 18), Father Morris’s evening Bible study will offer a brief series on the strange, often-neglected, and usually misunderstood figure of John the Baptist. Those attending the evening series may start the evening with a meal at Aquia's Table, which begins serving at 6:00 p.m. Both groups meet in the new building's downstairs conference room.

Youth Group

Youth Group: Our youth group for teens in grades 6-12 will have its next evening meeting (on an every-other-Sunday rotation) on Sunday, Nov. 17 off-campus, as previously announced. The subsequent evening meeting on Dec. 1 will be an off-campus event too: gather at the entrance to Target in Stafford Marketplace at 4:00 p.m., with parents picking up teens from Paisano’s Pizza in Stafford Marketplace at 6:00 p.m. The subsequent evening meeting on Dec. 15 will involve our Christmas caroling around town (meet at church at the new building parking lot at 3:00 p.m.) and Christmas party at Father Morris’s home (with parents picking up teens from there around 7:00 p.m.). For more details, please contact Father Morris ( or 540-659-4007 at the church office). In addition, our regular Sunday morning meetings take place 9:00--9:45 a.m. in the youth room nearly every Sunday of the school year.

Daughters of the King

Daughters of the King - Points to Ponder “God can answer prayer because He is the supreme ruler of all . . . He governs both world events and our individual lives, ready at our request to act, to intervene, to overrule for our good, His glory, and the progress of the gospel. He has decreed that prayer is the way to secure His aid and move His mighty hand. Therefore even in sickness, failure, ejection, or financial distress, we can pray and experience His peace which transcends human understanding. Through prayer we can open a window to let God’s love shine into our lives; we can open our hands to receive His riches.” By: Warren Myers - From: Time With God KJV And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Luke 18:7

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Thanksgiving Eve Service: Our annual worship service for Thanksgiving (Eve) will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the historic church, with music chosen especially for the occasion. Come begin the holiday in gratitude with relatives, friends, and fellow parishioners.

Confirmation Plans

Confirmation Plans: The Diocese of Virginia’s new assistant bishop, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson, will be at Aquia Church on Sunday 21 June 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in order to welcome candidates for confirmation, reception into The Episcopal Church, and reaffirmation of baptismal vows. That day’s special occasion will be available to all older teenagers and adults who have not yet been confirmed, who want to be received from another Christian denomination, or want to rededicate themselves to Christ’s service, and who undertake the training that will be offered during the first half of 2020. For more details, please see the Rev. Jay Morris’s article about confirmation in the upcoming November 2019 issue of our Cross Section newsletter. In order to express your interest in this process, please contact Father Morris ( or 540-659-4007 in the church office).

Nursery News

Nursery News: After several years of successfully leading our Noah's Ark nursery as our nursery supervisor, Christine Hammer has asked to step down in order to focus on other ministries and opportunities. Our nursery coordinator Dawna Spaulding will be our new supervisor, and she looks forward to working with another adult or with a team of adults who can assist in providing nursery care. As we look for another adult or additional adults to serve in our nursery, we are open to having volunteers who enjoy nursery ministry, and we are open to having paid adult staff, whether or not they are members of Aquia Church. If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for an adult position in our Noah's Ark nursery and are ready to commit to serving on some Sunday mornings and other occasional opportunities, then please contact the Rev. Jay Morris ( or 540-659-4007 in the church office). We would like to complete this process by the end of December.

Aquia's Pantry Report

Aquia’s Pantry Report: Since joining the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank six months ago, the pantry has distributed 12,143 lbs. of food to our local community. That’s over 6 tons! This number does not include food from other sources, such as The Table at St George’s, The Stafford Church of God Pantry, Panera Bread, Wawa, Long Family Farmers Market, miscellaneous donations, or grocery store purchases. Thanks to all the folks involved for your efforts in reaching this goal. If you’re interested in how you can help, by volunteering, or through donations, just ask. Michael Golasz ( Director Aquia’s Pantry.

Vestry Elections at Annual Meeting

Vestry Elections at Annual Meeting: Our parish’s 2020 Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 5, within the context of the 10:00 a.m. worship service in the great hall (for the only morning worship service that day; the evening service will be held as usual). At this Annual Meeting, we shall elect new members to the vestry: four adults should be elected to three-year terms, two adults should be elected to two-year terms, and the youth representative should be elected to a one-year term. Light blue self-nomination forms are available for pick-up at the tall table in the back of the church or from the church office, and should be submitted by Sunday, December 15.

Office Phones

Office Phones: For the week of November 17th through November 23rd, do not call the office, please email messages to or The phone service may be disrupted as the rotted flooring in the office is replaced.

Matching Challenge Opportunity

Matching Challenge Opportunity
The deadline for our matching challenge grant has been extended to December 31, so there is more time for you to join in! Every dollar received for the new building between now and this year’s end will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000.00, with the combined funds being applied (unless otherwise specified) toward reduction of the principal on the construction loan. This will work in much the same way as when you pay a bit extra on your car loan, home mortgage, or other debt: the faster you can pay down the original cost, the less accumulated interest you must pay in turn, and then the overall expense is reduced, too (and ahead of schedule!) - and in this case, your donation will be matched for even more powerful effect. Your contribution of any size will be counted toward the match, up to the limit, so that we can defray our total costs on the construction loan at a more rapid pace. Think about this: if we can meet this challenge, then we can reduce our principal repayment by the very significant amount of $200,000.00 AND reduce our interest repayment, too! Your tax-deductible donations can take the form of cash, check or investments like stock or mutual funds. For gifts of cash or check, simply make your contribution to Aquia Church, with “New Building” on your envelope or on the memo line of your check. For information on donating investments in tax-advantageous ways, please contact the church office or treasurer Chris Arey (