Memorial Blood Drive – The Rev. Greg Ryan Memorial Blood drive is TODAY from 2:00 – 7:00 pm, in the Parish Hall. The Virginia Blood Services ( will be conducting the drive. Walk-ins are welcome, if you haven’t signed up don’t let that stop you from donating if you can. Their goal for us is 18 units – I know, as a community, we can do better. Please help support this worthy cause.

Cars, Cycles, Songs and Coffee – Glebe Church will hold this event this coming Saturday from 9:00-11:00 am. A Southern Gospel music will be provided by Daughters of the King. For additional information call Philip Ford, 617-9275 or Tom Dawson, 434-1587.

August 13, 2017, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 14)

First Lesson:  Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Second Lesson:  Romans 10:5-15
Gospel:  Matthew 14:22-33

Lay Participants for August 13, 2017 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Leone
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  David and Lynn
Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from Aug. 6:
CAPS Fundraiser – The Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk (CAPS) will hold their annual fundraiser September 9 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The fund raiser is a “Barbecue and Fried Chicken” Fundraising dinner. Tickets will be available for purchase from the office. We, as a Parish, are invited to assist by (1) selling tickets (asking us to sell 100), (2) provide homemade baked goods for the bake sale at the dinner, and (3) attend the dinner. For more information contact the Rector.

Cleaning Project – Both main signs for the Parish need minor cleaning.  If you are able to help, please contact the office.  All required supplies are available at the church office.

Save the Date – We will hold our Community 375th Anniversary Celebration and Open House on Sunday September 17. There will be a few things needed to make the event a big success. Stand by for more information.

Flowers – There is a new flower sign-up sheet for 2017 with instructions is posted in the Narthex. This covers the entire year. Please sign-up for your special two weeks. If you have more questions, please contact Lynn.

Church Quiz – Over the coming weeks we will have a “Church Quiz” as part of our announcements and e-News. All are invited to think about and answer the week’s question. Answers will be provided the following week.
Last week’s question and answer: Question What is the Christian hope? Answer: The Christian hope is to live with confidence in newness and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in glory, and the completion of God’s purpose for the world. (BCP 861)
This week’s question: What do we mean by the coming of Christ in glory? Look for the answer next week.

Formation Classes – This week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, “’Joseph Dreams of Greatness’ and ‘Joseph is Sold by His Brothers’.” Next week we will discuss our Old Testament reading Genesis 45:1-15, “Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers.” All are invited to join the conversation in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

b This Sunday we sing the portion of the Psalter together using a metrical version of the Psalter from A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher Webber as we sing Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b together. The Psalm will be set to Hymn 680, O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne) from the Hymnal. The words and music will be found on a bulletin insert.

Hospitality hour Sign-up – The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board; please sign-up for an upcoming Sunday. If you would like to help but cannot provide all the items for coffee hour/lemonade on the lawn any assistance, even a single item, will be graciously accepted.

Upcoming Parish Events – Aug. 12 – Rug Hookers; Aug. 27 – Crabs & Brats; Aug. 29 – Card Crafters.

Thought for the week – Heal: The threat of punishment may be a deterrent to wrongful behavior, but ultimately I suspect the whole concept of punishment is destined for the trash can of history. The mind of Christ is, I believe, not to punish, but to heal.

– Br. Mark Brown, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Wed. Aug. 9th          * Rev Greg Ryan Memorial Blood Drive – 2:00 – 7:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Aug. 12th           * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Tue. Aug. 29th          * Card Crafters meeting – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Sep. 9th              * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
* CAPS Fundraiser – 4:00 – 7:00 pm (First Baptist Church)
Sun. Sep. 17th          * 375th Anniversary Open House
Mon. Sep. 18th        * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)


For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Gary, Jimmye, Kevin, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Karen and family, Opal, Aleck, Carolyn, Kay, Al, Barbara, Carroll, Michael, Diane, and Tanya.

Serving in the Armed Forces and Overseas: Alexander, Leon, Thomas, Alan, Sheldon, Elizabeth, Brandon, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Nick & Tina
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Michael Fape – The Bishop of Remo, Lagos, Nigeria.

The Flowers on the altar are given to the Glory of God and in memory of our parents by Alice and Marvin.

Birthdays in August
Meriwether 01           Nick 01
Anne 06                     Mary Kemple 13
Ben 26                       Regina 29

Anniversaries in August
Clyde & Virginia 07              John & Ann 10
Randy & Landy 29 

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

Please call Father Ferguson.
Home:  757-484-8409 

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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