Announcements - Week of Sunday, August 18, 2019

Morning Call

The clergy continue to address ministry among the younger generations. On Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, Father Morris will address possible responses to the "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism" and possible responses to the tendency of being "almost Christian," with both situations afflicting the younger generations in particular. In order to encourage Morning Call attendance by parents and grandparents of children and youth, throughout August we will offer children’s fellowship (with games, puzzles, crafts, coloring, and so forth) on the lower level of the new building while parents and grandparents attend Morning Call in the great hall upstairs. Teenagers are welcomed to attend this Morning Call series, too, as they will be part of the focus of attention. This series will conclude on Sept. 1 (the Sunday of Labor Day weekend). Morning Call is our Sunday Morning Forum for Adult Formation and discussion, held from 9:00 A.M. TILL 9:45 A.M.


Attention Teenagers and Parents

ON THIS SUNDAY, AUG. 18, THE CLERGY WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH YOU IN THE GREAT HALL FOR HALF AN HOUR IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TEN O'CLOCK WORSHIP SERVICE ENDS. The clergy want to discuss the calendar for the youth group's upcoming year and consider some options for our ministry together. Feedback from our sixth through twelfth grade students and their parents is crucial for our youth group's success. Please make plans to attend.


Wednesday Bible Studies

On this Wednesday, Aug. 21, Father Rickenbaker will continue his new morning series on First and Second Thessalonians in the New Testament. Also on this Wednesday, Father Morris will continue his new Wednesday evening series on the Book of Acts. 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.

All You Can Eat Seafood Feast

Saturday, August 24th 4:00pm-7:00pm, Live Bluegrass “Reckless Brigade Bluegrass” Adults: $35.00; Ages: 6-16 $10.00; All you can eat crabs, steamed shrimp, fried cod, corn on the cob, coleslaw and hushpuppies. Lemonade, iced tea will be provided. Come to a great fun filled event, enjoy great music, great food and enjoy fellowship with your family and friends. To purchase tickets for family and friends, please contact Michael Golasz at This coming Sunday, August 18th, is the FINAL SUNDAY on which tickets may be purchased.


Church Newsletter

Church Newsletter: Aquia Church publishes our monthly CROSS SECTION newsletter, which offers news about our parish life, spiritual advice from the clergy, a report about the vestry's ministry, and information about other ministry groups. Carol Bailey and Mary Karcher are our talented, thoughtful editors. By asking the church office to place you on our e-mail distribution list, you can receive the newsletter for free just as soon as it becomes available each month; alternatively, you may ask the church office to send you a printed copy via snail-mail. And you can always check for the current edition of the newsletter by visiting our church Website <> and clicking the button for "Newsletter."


Audio Recordings of Sermons

Audio Recordings Of Sermons: When you have to miss Sunday worship because of illness or travel, you can still hear that Sunday's sermon (and many others too) by visiting our church's Website <> and clicking the button for "Sermons," where the audio recordings are listed in chronological order. Simply scroll to the bottom for the most recent sermon, or search for previous Sundays as you wish. This is a good way to stay in touch with Aquia Church when you have to be absent and to be supported spiritually even in the midst of a busy life.


All About Fall Fest Donations - Date:  October 5th

Donations for Fall Fest: we will begin accepting donations for the Flea Market, Treasures, clothing and the Book Nook on September 10th. We will have a Pod located near the Parish Hall. The Pod is large enough for boxes, lamps, household items. Please mark your boxes with type of contents.
Furniture: we will accept furniture or may be able to arrange for pickup after September 23rd. Storage is limited. Our Parish Hall is occupied weekly and long term storage is not currently available. Please contact Briget Kane at to arrange for pickup.

Cub Scout Pack 1757

Cub Scout Pack 1757: Meets this Wednesday, August 21 at 6pm to 7:30pm downstairs in the parish hall. Join the Fun and Adventure. Sign up for Cub Scouts by October 31st to snag a FREE Pinewood Derby car kit! To learn more please contact Cubmaster, Tim Spaulding at

Homecoming:  September 8th

Homecoming: September 8th: We hope you will plan to join us and celebrate Christ’s presence in our lives and around us for Homecoming, immediately following the 10:00 am service. The ECW will host Aquia’s Annual September Luncheon in the Great Hall. We invite everyone to join us for good food, communion and great visitation. The sign-up sheet will be on the picnic table beginning August 25th, if you would like to bring a dish to share, help with set-up or clean up following the Homecoming Luncheon.


Fall Fest 2019 Auction Action

Our list of gifts to the Auction has grown! We have added:
• Kaleidoscope Quilt: 80 X 60 in. lovingly handcrafted by Marion Stein and given by her family
• Inn at the Old Silk Mill: stay one night in a Royal Suite in historic Fredericksburg
• A Basket of Baskets: Large “Day Basket Factory” basket filled with Longaberger baskets, Charleston Sweetgrass baskets and more
• Sight & Sound Theatres: Lancaster, PA two adult complimentary tickets for see “Queen Esther” (March 14 – December 31, 2020)
• Maruca “Cottage” Bag: 9"x11" five pockets from Ulman's Jewelry
• Jingle Nog European glass ornament Lighthouse "Sailor's Delight" from Crown Jewelers

Have you thought of a gift you would like to add? Do you have a talent to teach or a service to offer? We rely heavily on the imagination and generosity of our fellow parishioners to make the auction a success. We are hoping for gifts such as antiques, novelties (remember the drum set and those electric guitars?), sporting events tickets, childcare hours, or theme baskets that you put together with your friends or ministry. The auction team is open to your suggestions! Any leads, offers of help or creative ideas will be gratefully received! Contact Shields Jones, Becky Monger, Brenda Monger or Mary Jane Cole for further information.

Follow us on Facebook: Fall Fest at Aquia Church is posting all sorts of exciting updates about the different departments as well as the Auction. “Like” and “Share” to get the word out!



Stuff-The-Truck: On July 13, several members of our parish assisted in a Stuff-The-Truck event at the Garrisonville Rd. Shoppers. A total of 1,336 lbs of groceries, and $266.79 in cash donations were collected for the benefit of Stafford’s local food pantry, S.E.R.V.E. Thank you Becky, Brandon, Dawna, Holley, Johanna, Judy, Tim, and Sharen for making this so successful. ~ Michael

Jenkins Donelson Foundation says Thank You

Jenkins Donelson Foundation says Thank You: Dear Mrs. Jones [Johanna Jones] and Aquia Episcopal Church Members, Thank you so much for volunteering to collect shoes for the Jenkins Donelson Foundation (JDF). We were truly amazed by the overwhelming response from the Aquia Episcopal Church Family. A decent pair of shoes is a valuable commodity for the homeless, and underserved population. The primary reason people suffer with foot pain is due to improper foot wear. Children attending school with shoes that are too small or too big find it hard to focus on school work. Men and women who wear the wrong type of shoes suffer with foot, leg or back pain throughout the day as they try to earn a living. Aquia Episcopal Church is very active and respected throughout Virginia community. Your generosity to others is a blessing to all. We appreciate all the time and effort each of you took to help us fulfill our mission to provide shoes to those in need. The shoes the Aquia Episcopal Church family donated are a blessing and they will make a big difference in the lives of dozens and dozens of families! Thank you, and may God continue to bless each of your ministries. Respectfully Yours, Carolyn Jenkins


Matching Challenge Opportunity

Aquia Church has received an exciting opportunity for a matching challenge grant toward the new building, thanks to a generous and anonymous donation. Every dollar received for the new building between now and October 31 (unless otherwise specified) will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000.00, with the combined funds being applied 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 (