City-wide Thanksgiving Service – Save the date! There will be a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, at East End Baptist Church. Bishop Clarence Russell, pastor at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, will be the speaker for the evening. The service will help us give thanks for what we have.

Blessing of the Animals – (1) There will be a city-wide Blessing of the Pets on Friday, October 4 from 6:00 – 6:30 pm at Lake Mead Park, off North Main Street. (2) We will hold our annual Blessing of the Animals this coming Sunday at our service. All who would like to have their pets blessed, please bring them to worship on Sunday.

Fall Workday – Our annual fall workday is scheduled for Saturday, October 19. Please save the day and plan on helping spruce up the property for the coming seasons.
October 6, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22)

First Lesson:  Lamentations 1:1-6
Psalm 137
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 1:1-14
Gospel:  Luke 17:5-10

Lay Participants for October 6, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Kathy
Lector:  Lynn
Prayers:  Kathy
Ushers:  David & Lynn

Refreshments:  Marcella

Sermon from September 29:
Our Bishop-elect – On Saturday, September 21, the Diocese elected as their 11th Bishop Diocesan, The Rev. Susan Haynes from the Diocese of North Indiana. Her election needs to be confirmed by a majority of Diocesan Standing Committees. Her Consecration is scheduled for early February 2020.

Lake Prince Woods events – The annual Fall Craft Show will be held on Sat. Oct. 12 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. To reserve a vendor spot contact Lake Prince Woods at 757-923-5515.

Diocesan Bishop Search Prayer – Almighty and most gracious God, source of all wisdom and guidance, send your Holy Spirit to guide us as we seek and discern a shepherd for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Inspire us with hope, hearts to love you and a desire to serve one another. Grant us grace to entrust you with the future of your Church and all things. We ask in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Formation Classes – All are invited to come together in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. We are continuing our study of the Acts of the Apostles. Please contact the church office for a copy of the text.

Soles-for-Souls – Edward Jones is sponsoring a shoe collection drive.  The program sends gently used shoes to people in need overseas. Please bring your used shoes to church to help this worthy cause. For more information see their website:

Sunday’s Psalm – 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 91:1-6, 14-16 together.

Questions about the Episcopal Church and its Leadership – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Church and Leadership 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 From which streams did the Baptist tradition evolve? Answer. Reformed, Anabaptist, and Anglican.
            This week’s question: From which streams did the Dispensational tradition evolve? 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: Boy Scouts (7:00 – 8:30 pm); Oct 3 – Boiler Safety Inspection, Knitting group; Oct. 6 – Blessing of the Animals; Oct. 9 – Village Garden Club.

Thought for the weekDaily Bread: Jesus teaches us to be uniquely aware of our own poverty – of our inability to save ourselves – asking God to meet our needs one day at a time. Give us this day our daily bread.

– Br. Sean Glenn, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                   * Boy Scouts meet
The. Oct. 3rd      * Boiler Safety inspection
                            * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 (Parish Hall)
Fri. Oct. 4th       * Blessing of the Pets – 6:00 – 6:30 pm (Lake Mead Park)
Sun. Oct. 6th     * Blessing of the Animals at Worship
Wed. Oct. 9th    * Village Garden Club meeting – 5:00 – 9:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 12th    * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Oct. 14th * Holiday – office closed
Thu. Oct. 17th  * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 (Parish Hall)
Sat. Oct. 19th    * Parish Workday
Mon. Oct. 21st  * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Club – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish
                           * Vestry Meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; Susan our bishop-elect; and for Les, our priest.

Meriwether, Allen, Lon, Marvin & Alice, Leone, Virginia, Jimmye, Richard, Opal, Carolyn, Diane, Ann, Patti, John David, Bette, Larry, David, Bob, Lawrence, Kim and family, Beth and Adele and family, and Katherine.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bruce
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. GY & Emma-Jean Ballentine, Jr.; The Rev. J. Scott & Sheryl Baker.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church in Wales. The Most Rev. John Davies – The Archbishop of Wales & Bishop of Swansea & Brecon.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen B. Taylor & Herb S Taylor, Jr by Alice & Marvin.

Birthdays in October
Charles 09                 Marvin 20

Anniversaries in October
Fr. Les & Kathy 01               Pretlow & Mary-Kemple 04
Burr & Jennifer 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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