Aquia Church Weekly Announcements


ELECTING THE NEXT BISHOP OF VIRGINIA: The vestry seeks to appoint one or two alternates to the special diocesan convention in Alexandria on Saturday, June 4 (starting at 10:00 a.m.) that will elect our next diocesan bishop. We anticipate needing to send one alternate for sure, and having a second alternate is desirable. If you are willing and able to serve in this role, or if you have questions about what is involved, please contact Father Morris right away ( or 540-659-4007 at the church office). Please keep this election process in your prayers.


HERITAGE SUNDAY LUNCHEON: We look forward to honoring this parish’s heritage on Sunday, May 22, when the ECW invites you to join us for our Heritage Sunday luncheon immediately following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. If you want to bring a dish to share, sign-up sheets with suggested dishes will be available in the back pew of the church before and after each service. On May 22, please bring your dishes to the kitchen after 8:30 a.m., and the ECW will plate your food for serving (disposable containers are welcomed). Please contact Briget Kane ( with any questions.


CASH FOR COWS AND CHANGE FOR CHICKENS:  Each Sunday until Father's Day, piggy banks will be on the picnic table in front of the Church (or inside in case of rain).  The Outreach Ministry is asking for donations of your extra pocket change (cash accepted, too) to fill the banks.  We will use the funds collected to aid communities in developing countries.   We learned that goats can be raised in many climates to produce staple items such as milk, cheese, and manure for farming.  Community groups can raise poultry and sell surplus stock in the marketplace.  Families can raise pigs for food and to sell.  We purchase the animals through Episcopal Relief and Development, Samaritan's Purse, or Heifer International, depending on what they have available.  Thank you for your support of our ministry.


YOUNG ADULTS MEAL: Calling all young adults! Our monthly meeting of WWJB (What Would Jesus Brew?) will be in person at Park Lane Tavern in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. We will get together and reconnect over a meal and conversation. If you are a young adult and interested in joining us, please let Father James know by e-mail ( by May 16 so we can reserve a space for you.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES: Father Morris has recently begun a new evening series on the Book of Revelation, starting electronically at 7:00 p.m. over Facebook Live. For May 11, please read Revelation chs. 10-12; For May 18, please read Revelation chs. 13-16. Father Rickenbaker will begin a new morning series on the Gospel according to Matthew on May 18, starting electronically at 10:30 a.m. over Facebook live. During the pandemic, most of 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.


YOUTH GROUP: The next afternoon meeting for the youth group (grades 6-12) will be this coming Sunday, May 15 (4:00 till 5:30 p.m.), meeting at SkyZone trampoline park on the outer edge of Fredericksburg's Central Park (1410 Central Park Blvd, behind the Free Lance-Star offices). We'll cover the cost of jumping for 90 minutes, plus the mandatory purchase of SkyZone socks, for all our youth group teens. If you have SkyZone socks from a previous trip, please bring them! If any siblings, friends, or parents want to jump, we ask that you cover those costs. Parents of youth/child participants MUST complete the waiver form onsite or electronically prior to 4:00 p.m. (; adult participants MUST complete the waiver for themselves. If any youth group teen wants to attend but needs a ride, then please let Father Morris know in advance. Parents are free to run errands while the teens jump, so long as teens are picked up at SkyZone at 5:30 p.m.

Then on Memorial Day weekend, the youth group will continue its annual tradition of placing flags on the graves of military veterans buried in our cemetery; this event will occur on Saturday, May 28 (starting at 9:00 a.m., with breakfast served); this Saturday event will be held in lieu of any youth group event on the next day.


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.). On this coming Sunday (May 15), Father Morris will continue a new series on “Images of the Church,” which will explore some New Testament depictions about the nature and function of the Church. Father Morris is leading this series.


FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: We have recently resumed holding the fellowship breakfast after the end of the 7:30 a.m. worship service! The date of this coming Sunday (May 15) has been claimed by hosts, but other Sundays remain available, starting with the following Sunday, May 22. If you want to host this fellowship breakfast, there is a signup sheet at the back of the church, or you may reserve a date through 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.


ANNE E. MONCURE SCHOLARSHIP: The Aquia Church Episcopal Church Women (ECW) will accept applications for the 2022 Anne E. Moncure Scholarship. Each year the Aquia Episcopal Church Women honor Miss Anne Moncure’s memory with a scholarship in her name, which is presented to a deserving graduating senior from Aquia Church. She was a lifelong member of Aquia Church and also a longtime educator in Stafford County; she was the first supervisor of elementary education in Stafford County, a position she held for thirty years. In order to receive an application with guidelines, please contact the church office ( or 540-659-4007). All applications and required information must be returned to the Aquia Church office or e-mailed to by the close of business on Tuesday, May 31.


AQUIA'S PANTRY UPDATES: Our thanks to all who have donated boxes of cereal for the Pantry! The need continues as we prepare bags of food for 80 to 90 families each week. We are still seeking much-needed help for Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 to sort and count donations as they arrive from several grocery stores (no heavy lifting required).

As summer approaches and volunteers plan vacations, we have more opportunities to help throughout the day on Wednesdays. Please feel free to stop by the great hall anytime 8:00—11:30 a.m. or 1:00—7:30 p.m. and see all the moving parts of Aquia’s Pantry as we seek to improve the lives of others in the name of our Lord. For further information contact Michael Golasz <> or Mary Jane Cole <>.


NEW MATCHING CHALLENGE: We now have an opportunity to reduce the debt on our construction loan for the CFFB faster than expected and with reduced interest payments. Thanks to an offer made anonymously, the vestry has approved undertaking a new matching challenge: every gift contributed to the new building between 1 January 2022 and 1 October 2022 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.00. Please mark your contribution “CFFB” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope of your cash gift. As of 1 May, we have received $22,610.00, so nearly one-quarter toward our goal!


CHRISTIAN PARENTING GROUP: Our Christian parenting group will take a break for June and July, with plans to reconvene in August. Stay tuned for more details.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Online registration for “Adventure Island VBS” is now available on the church Website ( Participants in pre-K through 5th grade and volunteers (teens and adults) can sign up now. VBS will take place June 20-24 (9:00 a.m.—12:00 noon) for children in pre-K through 5th grade. Join us as we discover how we can shine God’s light in a world that needs it more than ever. For more information, or if you are interested in volunteering for VBS, please contact Kristen Morgan (


SUNDAY SCHOOL: Our Sunday school’s regular schedule (9:30—10:15 a.m.) will continue through May 22, which will be our last day for the current year of Sunday school, and with a new year beginning in mid-August.


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 at Aquia Church 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.


ALTAR FLOWERS: Those who want to donate flowers in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for someone or something may contact Sue Selz in the church office ( 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.


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 (


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