Aquia Church Weekly Announcements
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR FEBRUARY 18, 2024
FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER: The most recent issue of our Cross Section newsletter is available electronically here:
< https://aquiachurch.org/connect/e-newsletter/ >.
LENTEN DINNER-AND-DISCUSSION SERIES BEGINS FEB. 15
LENTEN DINNER-AND-DISCUSSION SERIES BEGINS FEB. 15: Our annual 6-week Lenten series for dinner and discussion will run from Thursday, Feb. 15 through Thursday, Mar. 21. We’ll offer a soup-and-salad meal starting at 6:00 p.m., with discussion ending around 8:00 p.m. This year’s book discussion will feature Life Together (Reader’s Edition; Fortress Press, 2015) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The cost of the paperback book is $12.00 (cash or check payable to Jay Morris); the book is also available in Kindle format that you may purchase on your own for an e-book version. In order to reserve your space for dinner and in order to secure a copy of the book for discussion, please use the sign-up sheet at the back of the church, or contact Father Jay Morris (email@example.com or 540-659-4007 at the church office). We can try to arrange for childcare to be provided if there is interest expressed in advance.
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.). Starting this coming Sunday (Feb. 18), our Morning Call series during Lent will explore the variety of biblical accounts about the devil in various forms (such as Satan and “the evil one”).
THE LENTEN CROSS
THE LENTEN CROSS will make available opportunities for Lenten almsgiving and service to others at your discretion. Simply take a card—or take more than one!—from the Lenten cross in the back pew and complete the request for donations of time, talent, gift cards, or materials that Aquia Church ministries can use.
OCCASIONAL DRIVERS NEEDED
OCCASIONAL DRIVERS NEEDED: From time to time, some parishioners who have difficulty driving would welcome assistance in getting to a doctor’s appointment, running errands, or completing tasks around town. If you are willing and able to provide an occasional ride for these parishioners, please contact parish administrator Sue Selz in the church office (540-659-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
AQUIA’S TABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT
AQUIA’S TABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT! Calling all golfers to this year’s main fundraiser for Aquia’s Table on Friday, May 10 (shotgun start at 9:00 a.m.) at Augustine Golf Club, 76 Monument Drive, Stafford. Cost is $125/person or $500/foursome, with carts and lunch provided—all for a most worthy cause. Sponsorship opportunities are available, too, at a variety of levels. You are encouraged to recruit individual golfers and foursomes to play for this important charitable event.
YOUTH GROUP: Our youth group for teens in grades 6-12 meets most Sunday mornings of the school year during the Sunday school period (9:30—10:15 a.m.). Our next evening meetings will take place on this coming Sunday, Feb. 18 (5:00—6:00 p.m.), plus Mar. 3 & 17, following our every-other-Sunday-evening schedule (unless exceptions are announced in advance). The youth group will NOT meet on Easter Sunday, Mar. 31.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Classes take place most Sundays of the school year 9:30—10:15 a.m. downstairs in the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building (CFFB). Sunday school is open for students in grades pre-K through 5th grade, with youth group for 6th through 12th graders.
WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES
WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES: On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Father Morris began a new series on the New Testament book of Hebrews, starting electronically at 7:00 p.m., and this series will run throughout Lent. The broadcasts are available online at our Facebook page <www.facebook.om/AquiaEpiscopalChurch>. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the broadcasts simply by clicking on the given occasion. Also, you do not have to watch the event live; the videos are stored there for your viewing at any time. Father Rickenbaker’s Thursday morning group will resume meeting when he returns from sabbatical in March.
FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: There are a number of Sundays in 2024 awaiting folks to offer to serve as hosts. If you want to serve as a breakfast host for any Sunday in the months ahead, please use the signup sheet at the back of the church, or contact Sue Selz in the church office (email@example.com 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.
GUILD OF ALL SOULS
GUILD OF ALL SOULS: Those departed with connections with Aquia Church being prayed for during the current six-month period are as follows: Linda Ballard, Ervin Evans, and Cookie Howard. The Guild of All Souls is an Anglican devotional society that focuses upon praying for the faithful departed. For more information about their ministry, please contact parishioner William Johnston, who is a member of this guild.
HIGH NUMBERS OF GUESTS AT AQUIA’S TABLE AND AQUIA’S PANTRY
HIGH NUMBERS OF GUESTS AT AQUIA’S TABLE AND AQUIA’S PANTRY:
Dec. 13: Aquia’s Table served 473 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 132 households.
Dec. 20: Aquia’s Table served 440 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 134 households.
Dec. 27: Aquia’s Table was closed, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 81 households.
Jan. 3: Aquia’s Table served 350 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 110 households.
Jan. 10: Aquia’s Table served 497* meals (* indicates all-time high), Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 146 households.
Jan. 17: Aquia’s Table and Aquia’s Pantry were closed due to snow/ice.
Jan. 24: Aquia’s Table served 464 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 140 households.
Jan. 31: Aquia’s Table served 450 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 147 households.
Feb. 7: Aquia’s Table served 453 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 149 households.
Feb. 7: Aquia’s Table served 330 meals, Aquia’s Pantry gave groceries to 112 households.
8-WEEK AVERAGE (when both ministries were open): 432 meals served and groceries given to 134 households
The long lines of guests coming for food likely reflect the ongoing financial need among so many neighbors around us. This level of outreach is possible because of the generosity of support from faithful volunteers and donations from many different people and groups—from among our parishioners and beyond our church membership. If you can offer some support to these ministries (especially with your time on Tuesday mornings and during the day and early evening on Wednesdays or with financial contributions), your help will be deeply appreciated.
Also, as part of our ongoing effort for good stewardship at various levels, Aquia’s Table has recently decided to prepare a maximum of 425 meals for our guests each week, and (starting March 6) Aquia’s Pantry will distribute groceries to a maximum of 140 households each week.
AQUIA’S PANTRY MID-FEBRUARY UPDATES
AQUIA’S PANTRY MID-FEBRUARY UPDATES: Did you know that the Fredericksburg Regional Foodbank reports that 5% of the population of Stafford County is experiencing food insecurity? Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. As you can see from recent announcements, the number of families visiting Aquia’s Pantry on Wednesday nights has been inching up in 2024. This is an increasing challenge for Aquia’s Pantry because the amount of food we are receiving from the local grocery stores remains fairly constant, so we are spreading the fresh bakery items and produce and frozen meats out among more guests. The list of canned goods and other shelf-stable items we have been able to order from the Food Bank has been cut drastically in 2024. Only by God’s generosity have we been able in recent weeks to help our neighbors in need.
The Pantry would greatly appreciate your gifts of peanut butter, canned vegetables and soup, boxes of mac-and-cheese, and brown paper bags from grocery stores in order to help us navigate this new normal. If you would like to learn more about how the Pantry works or how you can help, please speak with Barb Bingay, Ron Korth, or Mary Jane Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org). We have an ongoing opportunity to serve for someone willing to pick up breakfast sandwiches from two nearby Wawas on Tuesday afternoons.
INVITATION FROM AQUIA’S TABLE
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. In recent weeks, we have been serving 400-450 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 (email@example.com).
ALTAR FLOWERS: Those who want to donate flowers during 2024 in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for someone or something may contact Sue Selz in the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-659-4007) and select a particular Sunday; the signup sheet is also available on the short table at the back of the church. The cost is $50/week. Even if a given Sunday has already been claimed, you may add your name and dedication for that same Sunday. Traditionally, we do not have such arrangements during Lent or Advent, but most other Sundays during the year remain available.
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.
ELECTRONIC BROADCASTS: We continue to offer broadcasts of Sunday morning worship at 7:30 a.m., Morning Prayer on most weekdays at 8:00 a.m., and our midweek Bible studies on most Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. These broadcasts are particularly helpful for those who are unable to attend in person due to illness, travel, or work. The broadcasts are available online at our church’s Facebook page <www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch>. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the broadcasts simply by clicking on the given occasion. Also, you do not have to watch the event live; the videos are stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.
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 (email@example.com or 540-659-4007).