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Announcements - Week of Sunday, April 5, 2020

Palm Sunday is April 5

PALM SUNDAY IS APRIL 5:  Because this coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, we want to offer a special opportunity for the start of Holy Week.  On Sunday, April 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m., on the picnic tables outside the historic church, you will find palm branches available for pick-up, along with a copy of the Sunday bulletin insert with the Liturgy of the Palms, the Scripture readings, and the prayers for the day.  Feel free to pick up these items to help guide your devotions throughout Holy Week.

Holy Week Evening Worship OnLine

HOLY WEEK EVENING WORSHIP ONLINE:  For all who wish to participate in online worship during the evenings of Holy Week (from Holy Monday, April 6, through Maundy Thursday, April 9), please visit <https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch>.  Evening Prayer with a sermon will be offered on Facebook Live each evening starting at 7:00 p.m.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos archived there for worship and for faith-formation simply by clicking on the video for the given day.  Also, you do not have to join in the worship live; the videos will be stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.  If you want to receive a copy of the worship brochure that will be used for online worship (best sent by e-mail, but snail-mail can be arranged), then please contact Father Morris (morris@aquiachurch.org or 540-659-4007).  In addition, we are exploring some possibilities for Good Friday, so stay tuned.

Sunday Worship OnLine

SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE:  For all who wish to participate in online worship on this coming Sunday and for the next few weeks, please visit <https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch>.  Morning Prayer with a sermon will be offered on Facebook Live each Sunday morning.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos archived there for worship and for faith-formation simply by clicking on the video for the given day.  Also, you do not have to join in the worship live; the videos will be stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.  If you want to receive a copy of the worship brochure that will be used for online worship (best sent by e-mail, but snail-mail can be arranged), then please contact Father Morris (morris@aquiachurch.org or 540-659-4007).

Youth Group OnLine

YOUTH GROUP ONLINE:  Throughout the month of April, the youth group will be meeting online for faith-formation and discussion.  Our Sunday morning meetings (like for Sunday school) will take place each Sunday morning in April, starting at 10:30 a.m.  Our Sunday evening meetings will take place on April 5 & 19, starting at 4:00 p.m.  At least the Sunday evening meetings will take place through Google Hangouts, which we used successfully on March 22, so please refer to those directions for signing in.  Stay tuned for updates on the Sunday morning meetings.  If you have any questions about this, please contact the clergy <morris@aquiachurch.org and rickenbaker@aquiachurch.org>.

Easter Lilies

EASTER LILIES:  If you have contributed to the Easter lilies that ordinarily would adorn our historic church for Easter Sunday but that will not be used this year, you have some options:  (1) we can reserve your contribution for Christmas poinsettias and greenery in December, (2) we can place an Easter lily at a grave in our church cemetery as you specify, or (3) we can gladly issue a refund.  Please notify the church office (office@aquiachurch.org or 540-659-4007) about your preference.

Aquia's Table and Aquia's Pantry

AQUIA’S TABLE AND AQUIA’S PANTRY:  Aquia’s Table and Aquia’s Pantry will NOT serve on Wednesday, April 1.  Aquia’s Table and Aquia’s Pantry are exploring the possibility of serving with curbside service on Wednesday, April 8, but those are not yet settled matters, so please stay tuned for updates.  Meanwhile, if you have any brown paper grocery bags, please drop them off at the bin near the main entrance to the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building (the new building).  Aquia’s Pantry will then fill your brown paper grocery bags with groceries as signs of God’s grace and deliver them to neighbors in need.  Also, if you have any brown paper grocery bags but cannot drop them off, then please contact Michael Golasz (golaszmichael@yahoo.com) and he will pick them up from you.  Thank you for your support.

Wednesday Bible Studies

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDIES:  The in-person gatherings for Wednesday Bible studies will be suspended for the next few weeks, due to current coronavirus regulations.  We shall resume them as soon as feasible.  Meanwhile, the Bible study discussions are being continued online at our church’s Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch>.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos archived there for worship and faith-formation 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.

Thursday Evening Lenten Series

THURSDAY EVENING LENTEN SERIES gatherings in person have been cancelled and will not be resumed in person.  Meanwhile, on the evening of Thursday, April 2, tune in to our church’s Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch> in order to participate with the clergy in an online discussion about The Screwtape Letters.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos.  Also, you do not have to join in the discussion live; the videos will be stored there for your viewing at any time convenient for you.  If you want to submit questions or comments to the clergy in advance, then please contact the clergy via e-mail <morris@aquiachurch.org and rickenbaker@aquiachurch.org>.

April 4 D.O.K. Orientation

APRIL 4 D.O.K. ORIENTATION has been postponed until Saturday, Apr. 18, from 12:00 p.m. till 1:00 p.m. in the historic church.  The purpose of the Order of the Daughters of the King (D.O.K.) is “to bring others into a living, loving relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and to help strengthen the spiritual life of our parishes and missions.”  It would be a blessing to share more with you about The Order, what it does and how to become one of us in solidarity with one another, nationally and internationally.   A sign-up sheet for this orientation meeting is available in the back of the church.  For more information, please contact Patricia Springer (plms1369@verizon.net).

April 4 Grounds Clean-up

APRIL 4 GROUNDS CLEAN-UP has been cancelled.

April 5 Christian Seder Meal

APRIL 5 CHRISTIAN SEDER MEAL has been cancelled.

May 2 Craft Fair/Pig Roast/Rummage Sale Postpone

MAY 2 CRAFT FAIR / PIG ROAST / RUMMAGE SALE POSTPONED:  The outreach ministry’s spring craft fair and related activities originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, have been postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for updates.

May 8 Aquia's Table Golf Tournament Postponed

MAY 8 AQUIA’S TABLE GOLF TOURNAMENT POSTPONED:  The 11th Annual Bob Jones Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting Aquia’s Table originally scheduled for Friday, May 8, has been postponed until further notice.  Please stay tuned for updates.

Note From the Treasurer

NOTE FROM THE TREASURER:  Stewardship and Church Finances:  We find ourselves in uncharted times, but many aspects of church life continue with little change.  This applies to our finances, as we have salaries, benefits, construction loan, insurance, utilities and facility maintenance, among other costs that still must be reckoned with.  Some ministry costs may be reduced as events are postponed, but the majority of our expenses continue.  It is gratifying to see the parish continue to fulfill pledges and make generous contributions to many causes - Thank you. Without in-person church services, several methods of giving are open to us.  You can continue to mail your check into the church – we still pick up mail.  You can give electronically through Realm – the link is <https://onrealm.org/AquiaEpiscopalC/Give>.  Also, you can give via text message:  text AQUIA to 73256.  You can also drop by the church office, and either drop your contribution through the mail slot, though this probably the least desirable method.   If you have questions please feel free to contact the Treasurer <treasurer@aquiachurch.org>. 

A Message From Father Morris

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MORRIS

With a heavy but understanding heart, I have some difficult news to share with you.  The Diocese of Virginia has announced that all of its churches are prohibited from gathering for public worship in person through Friday 8 May at the minimum, as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus.  That is a decision over which local clergy and congregations do not have any latitude or option, a decision following actions of various government officials on the professional guidance of public health experts, and a decision reflecting what many other religious organizations are doing.  Beyond that, the Commonwealth of Virginia has issued a prohibition against public gatherings in person involving more than ten people and has issued a general stay-at-home order (with specific exceptions, including exceptions for visits to houses of worship), with these regulations remaining in effect through Wednesday 10 June, unless these are reduced or extended.

 

This means that Aquia Church will not be able to have our usual Sunday worship together until Sunday 10 May at the very earliest, nor will we be able to gather for worship as usual even during Holy Week and Easter, and any group events or meetings with more than 10 people present are prohibited as well.  Some gatherings must be cancelled, while some other gatherings are being postponed (with new dates yet to be determined), and some other events and ministries can continue their work in various ways.  Each ministry group will determine for itself when and how it will conduct its ministry within these guidelines.

 

Your clergy are already using technology for ‘virtual worship’ and online discussions for faith-formation, so that you can be sustained spiritually during these challenging times by accessing our church’s Facebook page.  For all who wish to participate in Sunday worship online over the next few weeks, along with Bible study and book study discussions, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AquiaEpiscopalChurch.  Morning Prayer with a sermon will be offered on Facebook Live each Sunday morning.  Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still access the videos archived there for worship and for faith-formation.  Also, you do not have to join in the worship live; the videos will be stored there for your viewing at any later time convenient for you.  If you want to receive a copy of the worship brochure that will be used for online worship (best sent by e-mail, but snail-mail can be arranged), then please contact me (morris@aquiachurch.org or 540-659-4007).  Among the other options at your discretion are looking for a worship service being broadcast on TV or radio or live Internet feed, saying Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer on your own (go to www.MissionStClare.com and follow their easy steps), and reading the Scripture lessons for that day (go to www.LectionaryPage.net for them).

 

Your clergy and vestry are also concerned for meeting the pastoral and spiritual needs of our members and our neighbors, even while we practice physical distancing.  We can still pray for one another, check in with each other through phone calls, and offer help to others with groceries, errands, and appointments.  Your clergy and vestry are already doing those things, and we invite you to join us.  Please contact us when there are emergencies and other pastoral concerns.  Be sure to keep in your prayers everyone affected by the coronavirus, including the sick and the quarantined, their caregivers, those facing lost income or isolation or other fears, medical professionals, and public officials.  And stay tuned for updates.

 

Father Jay Morris

 

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