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 have a massed choir to support the worship service. Details about rehearsals are forthcoming.

Oakland Christian UCC Events – (1) Oakland Christian UCC will be hosting their Trunk or Treat event on Saturday, October 26 beginning at 5:00 pm. This event is open to the public. (2) They will be having their 25th annual Fall Fest on November 2 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Come support our neighbors.

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 13, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23)

First Lesson:  Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Psalm 66:1-11
Second Lesson:  2 Timothy 2:8-15
Gospel:  Luke 17:11-19

Lay Participants for October 13, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Gary & Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from October 6:
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.

All Saints Sunday and Veterans Day – Please turn in your slips as soon as possible. We must have them by Oct 27th. In addition, All Saints Day is our potluck day.

Boy Scout Troop 25 Eagle Court of Honor – Our Boy Scout Troop will have an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on October 26 in the Sanctuary and a reception in the Parish Hall following the ceremony.

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 66:1-11 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: From which streams did the Dispensational tradition evolve? Answer. Reformed, Anabaptist, Anglican, and Baptist.
            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. 9 – Village Garden Club; Oct. 12 – James River Rug Hookers; Oct. 17 – Knitting Group; Oct. 19 – Parish workday.

Thought for the weekServe: There is a great difference between one who has been forced into a position of servitude and one who has freely chosen to serve. Only love can make such a choice. How different it is to serve another for love’s sake than it is to serve out of obligation or duty!

– Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                  * Boy Scouts meet
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)
Sat. Oct. 26th    * Troop 25 Eagle Presentation – 2:00 – 5:00 pm
                             (Sanctuary & Parish Hall)
                             * Oakland Christian UCC Trunk or Treat – 5:00 pm
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: Steven & Susan
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Church of the Province of West Africa. The Most Rev. Dr Daniel Sarfo – Primate & Metropolitan, CPWA; Archbishop of the Internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Ellen B. Taylor & Herbert 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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