Advent Soup Lunch & Study – On the next two Wednesdays in December, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, we will be having our soup lunch and study program. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex. Please volunteer to be a host. The host prepares soup, bread, and cookies; sets up the parish hall; and everyone pitches in to clean up.
            We will cover the study entitled: Advent: A Savior for All People. Copies of the participants’ guide and readings are available from the Rector or the office. Please come and join us as we walk through the Lucan version of the nativity story.

Vestry Elections – We will hold our Vestry Election to appoint a successor for Toni Davidson on December 15th.  If you would like to serve, please contact the Rector.
December 8, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the Second Sunday of Advent

First Lesson:  Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
Second Lesson:  Romans 15:4-13
Gospel:  Matthew 3:1-12

Lay Participants for December 8, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Lynn and Marcella

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from December 1:
Poinsettia Orders – There will be an order form in the order of worship this Sunday for Christmas Poinsettias. Each plant will cost $10. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Wesley Chapel Christmas Cantata – Will be held Wednesday, December 18 starting at 7:30 pm.

Community Christmas Carol Sing – Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St., will hold Caroling on the Lawn Sunday, December 22 beginning at 5:00 pm.

Pledge Cards – Our pledge cards for 2020 have been distributed, either by mail or in person. Please return your pledge card with by December 1. Your prompt return will allow your vestry to formulate a budget for next year.

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 Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 together.

Questions about Our Protestant Heritage – Over the coming weeks we will have a question about our Protestant heritage and faith 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: When was the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) founded? Answer. The WELS was founded in 1847.
            This week’s question: Where was the Anabaptist movement founded? 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); Dec. 11 – Advent Program; Dec. 14 – James River Rug Hookers; Dec. 15 – Vestry Election; Dec. 16 – Vestry meeting.

Thought for the weekCommunion: You may not notice it, but with each Communion, with each encounter with God, you are being perfected and shaped into the image and likeness of Christ. You may not notice it, but in time and over time, as you open your hands and your heart, you are being changed.

– Br. James Koester, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                 * Boy Scouts meet
Wed. Dec. 11th * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
                              (Parish Hall)
Sat. Dec. 14th   * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 15th  * Vestry Election – following worship
Mon. Dec. 16th * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Wed. Dec. 18th * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
                             (Parish Hall)
Sun. Dec. 22nd  * Greening of the Church – following worship
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, and Bryan.

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Charles & Lynn
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the work of the Mothers’ Union around the world. Sheran Harper – Worldwide President, Bev Jullien – Chief Executive.

Birthdays in December
Marcella 02               Gary 08
Fr. Les 08                  Burr 18
Jim 19                        Will 28
Susan 30

Anniversaries in December
George & Tricia 17              Don & Marcella 17
Shannon & Dotty 20            John & Beth 28
Steven & Susan 30

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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