Aquia Church Weekly Announcements




SUMMER YOUTH SUNDAYS: This Sunday, June 16th, we will have the first of three summer youth Sundays. The next two will be on July 28 and August 18. We plan to have youth read the lessons and the prayers at the 10:30am service. We will also have a youth sermon at the 10:30 service each of these Sundays.


WHAT WOULD JESUS BREW?: We will have our April WWJB meeting on Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm in the Great Hall of the CFFB at Aquia. We will have a conversation on the 4th commandment of the Ten Commandments. Supper will be provided. Please let us know no later than June 15th if you need childcare.


BRING-A-FRIEND-TO-CHURCH SUNDAY:  On July 28, Aquia will have a Bring-A-Friend-to-Church Sunday. Fr. Rickenbaker asks that you consider inviting someone you know (who does not already have a church home) to church here that Sunday. There will be food and fellowship for those who attend following the 10:30am service. We will have the Kool-Zone Grille food truck on campus to provide the food. Their prices are very reasonable. So, come to church, get some food, and enjoy some fellowship. We hope you can join us!


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.). Last Sunday, June 9, Fr. Rickenbaker began a new summer series called “And God Caused the Growth.” He will be sharing in this series what he learned during his January-February sabbatical about church growth and how some of what he learned can be put into practice at Aquia. The series will run several weeks, so it is not too late to join us. Are you interested in Aquia Church’s future? Are you interested in seeing Aquia Church thrive and grow? Then this series is for you!


WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDIES: The Wednesday evening Bible study series will be on hiatus during June, July, and August while Father Morris is on sabbatical. On this Thursday, Father Rickenbaker’s Thursday morning group will continue its series on the Gospel of Mark (starting at 11:00 a.m. in person in the CFFB downstairs conference room and simultaneously over Facebook Live). The current Thursday morning series on Mark will end on June 27. There will be no Bible study on July 4. On July 11 at the NEW TIME of 6pm, Fr. Rickenbaker will begin a new series on “The Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.” The series will cover 1) how the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) uses the Bible, 2) how the BCP forms us Biblically, and 3) why we say what we say in worship, especially on Sunday mornings. We hope you can join us in-person. If not, the broadcasts are available online at our Facebook page <>. 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. Simply scroll down to find the broadcast for which you are looking (each one is labeled), then begin to play the recording.


OLD TESTAMENT LESSONS: With the recent Trinity Sunday, we began the season of the church year called ‘the season after Pentecost,’ which runs until the start of Advent (which this year begins on Sunday, Dec. 1). This season is also called ‘ordinary time’ because its Sundays are counted in sequence with ordinal numbers (such as the second Sunday after Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Pentecost, and so forth). (The phrase ‘ordinary time’ has nothing to do with the time being ‘ordinary’ in the sense of ‘average,’ ‘routine,’ or ‘boring.’) During the long period from early June through late November this year, most of our Old Testament lessons will focus on the historical narratives and the poetic wisdom of ancient Israel. Here we meet figures like Eli and Samuel, David and those around him (including Goliath, Saul, Nathan, Bathsheba, and Solomon), Esther, Job, and Ruth. These readings will not be linked to the Epistle or Gospel lessons for the given Sunday; instead, the Old Testament lessons will be somewhat linked to each other week after week, as though we shall hear and read something like a semi-continuous story flowing throughout the summer and the autumn. With these Old Testament lessons, be on the lookout for ways in which they indicate the work of the Lord in the lives of his people, in the history of the world, and in the wisdom of his faithful followers. Also be on the lookout for ways in which these Old Testament lessons point ultimately toward Jesus.


JUNE NEWSLETTER: The most recent issue of our Cross Section newsletter is available electronically here < >. This edition features an article about our rector’s sabbatical during June, July, and August.


RETIRING OUR MORTGAGE DEBT: Aquia Church has received a commitment for a new matching challenge to help us retire the mortgage debt for the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building. Every donation received for the new building throughout this calendar year will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000.00, so that we can continue to pay off the mortgage ahead of schedule, with reduced interest payments and reduced overall expense. This challenge is retroactive to January 1, 2024, so that any donation for this purpose made earlier this year can be counted toward the match alongside any contribution made after this announcement. In order to ensure that your tax-deductible donation is credited properly, please make sure that your gift is clearly marked with something like “new building” on the memo line of your check or on the envelope.


FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST: There are plenty of Sundays this summer 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 ( 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.


ATTENTION GARDENERS AND FLOWER-LOVERS: Although “April showers bring May flowers,” the work to upgrade and beautify your garden really starts in the fall, when you plant your spring flowering bulbs and plants. Aquia Church is now a participant in the fundraising program sponsored by Brent and Becky’s, a premier family-owned-and-operated horticultural business based in Gloucester, Virginia. Simply put, go to this link <>, select Aquia Episcopal Church from the drop-down menu, follow the instructions, and Aquia Church will receive a donation equal to 25% of your purchase.


SUNDAY SCHOOL YEAR CONCLUDES: Our regular year for Sunday school has ended, with this ministry resuming in August.


YOUTH GROUP YEAR CONCLUDES: Our regular meetings for the youth group (grades 6-12) during this school year have ended, with this ministry resuming in August.


JUNE PANTRY UPDATES: June is off to a great start at Aquia’s Pantry. Our blessings include gifts of time and talent and treasures. One parishioner supplied the Pantry with 60 boxes of cereal while another drove his pickup truck to Chesterfield to fetch 2000 pounds of nutritious and protein-rich food (peanut butter, rice and black beans) from the Commodities Grant given to us by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also have two new volunteers: a teen seeking community service hours for the National Juniors Honor Society and her mother.

Sadly, though, we had to say good-bye to one of our most energetic volunteers as she packs up to move. She will be missed, but we are looking for volunteers to fill this void.

Please remind your teens that we would be grateful for their help, especially if they need service hours. They must be 16 or accompanied by a parent, grandparent or another responsible adult. If they meet these criteria, have them reach out to those listed at the end of this announcement.

The Pantry is very grateful for the much-needed gifts of peanut butter, mac-and-cheese, canned vegetables, grocery bags and egg cartons.  These needs are on-going.  For your gifts and all of God’s many blessings which enable us to help our neighbors in need, we are so thankful.  If you would like to learn more about how the Pantry works, please speak to Barb Bingay, Ron Korth or Mary Jane Cole (


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 around 400 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 (


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 ( 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 Advent or Lent, 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 most Thursday mornings at 11:00 a.m. (During Fr. Morris’ sabbatical, the Wednesday evening broadcasts will be on hiatus). These broadcasts are particularly helpful for those who are unable to attend in-person due to illness, travel, or work. We do hope though that you will join us in-person for worship on Sundays. The broadcasts are available online at our church’s Facebook page <>. 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 ( or 540-659-4007).