Building & Grounds Survey – Following worship on Oct. 21 we will gather to assess the repair needs around the Parish House.  All are invited to assist.

Bishop Search Questionnaire – The Search Committee has published a questionnaire will be open until Friday November 2, at midnight. Our responses will launch the search for the 11th Bishop of Southern Virginia. The questionnaire has open ended questions that we would like you to complete. This link will take you to the survey. You can also access the survey on the Diocesan website under Bishop Search. The initial section of the questionnaire collects demographic information and is required so that we can see if all segments of our Diocese are represented in the responses. Please do your part to help select our next Chief Pastor.

Fall Work Day – We have scheduled our fall work day for Saturday October 20th from 8:00 – 11:00 am. There are tasks that would be helpful for the Parish that do not entail working in the yard, including a variety of tasks in the Kitchen and other rooms in the Parish House.
October 21, 2018, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing
Lessons for Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

First Lesson:  Job 38:1-7, 34-41
Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b
Second Lesson:  Hebrews 5:1-10
Gospel:  Mark 10:35-45

Lay Participants for October 21, 2018 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Jim
Lector:  Margaret
Prayers:  Jim
Ushers:  Anne and Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from October 14:
Oakland Christian UCC Fall Fest – The 24th annual Fall Fest will be held November 3, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Of note, there will be a children’s booth for the kids to shop at! If you have any of the following gently used items – children’s books children’s DVDS, children’s puzzle’s, Beanie Babies, to share please donate them to Oakland Christian by November 2.

Community Thanksgiving Service – The Community Thanksgiving service will be hosted by Perfecting Saints Church of God in Christ on Wren Road. The service will be November 18 beginning at either 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Pastor Mary Anne Biggs will be the preacher.

Vestry Election – It’s not too soon to prayerfully consider if you are being called to serve on the Vestry. At the end of the year we will have 2 people rotate off the Vestry, Anne and Leone. We’ve had one volunteer to help; are there any other takers? If you are unaware of the requirements to serve on the Vestry please contact the Rector.

All Saints Day – Please submit the names of recently lost loved ones to the office by October 31.

Veterans’ Day – Veterans, please submit your name rank, branch of service, and dates of service before November 7.

Formation Classes – This Sunday we will continue our discussion of “The Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 7:1-29). All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am.

Sunday’s Psalm – We will recite the psalm on Sunday. Beginning next Sunday, we will sing the Psalm in worship.

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 Concerning the book of Numbers: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Answer: The book of Numbers is found in the Pentateuch division of the Old Testament; it has 36 chapters.
            This week’s question: Concerning the book of Obadiah: which testament is it in? What division is it in? How many chapters does it have? Look for the answer next week.

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 – Tuesdays through June: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Oct. 20 – Parish Work day; Oct. 21 – Building and Grounds survey; Oct. 30 – Card Crafters.

Thought for the weekFaith: Faith is not first of all believing that certain claims or statements about God are true. Genuine faith presumes a relationship with God. It implies a radical trust in God, faithfulness in one’s relationship with God, and a way of seeing the world as life-giving and nourishing rather than as hostile and threatening.

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues. until Jun.        * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Oct. 20th            * Parish Work Day – 8:00 – 11:00 am
Sun. Oct. 21st           * Buildings & Grounds survey – following worship
Tue. Oct. 30th           * Card Crafters – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Parish Hall)
                                    * Fall Clergy Conference through Oct 31st (Chanco)
Sun. Nov. 4th            * All Saints’ Sunday Potluck
                                    * Daylight Savings Time ends
Tue. Nov. 6th            * Election Day – Vote!
                                    * Junto “Night on the Town” – 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish House)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Holly, our bishop; Jay our assistant bishop; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Steve, Marvin, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Margaret, Richard, Mike and Gail, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Tanya, Charles, Ann, Lee, Virginia, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, Alice, David, Bob, Carroll, Don, Lawrence, Fin, and Katherine.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Pretlow & Mary-Kemple
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of West Africa. The Most Rev. Dr. Daniel Sarfo – The Primate & Metropolitan of the CPWA, and Archbishop of the Internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi.

Flower dedication: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen, Herbert and Herbert, Jr. by Marvin and Alice.

Birthdays in October
Charles 10                 Marvin 20
Tina 27

Anniversaries in October
Fr Les & Kathy 01                Pretlow & Mary Kemple 04
Burr & Jenifer 08

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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