City-wide Thanksgiving Service – Save the date! There will be a city-wide Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm, at a location to be finalized. The service will help us give thanks for what we have. Stand by for more information.

CAPS Fundraiser – CAPS is having their annual BBQ fundraiser on Sep. 22, 12:00– 3:00 pm at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church on Godwin Blvd. We need to turn our headcount in by Sep. 16. There has been some interest in having BBQ as post-church fellowship on Sunday. The price is $12 per plate. Last year, we purchased a block of tickets and had BBQ following service. If you are interested in doing this again this year, please contact the Rector. Tickets can be purchased at See flyer on Narthex bulletin board.
Sep. 15, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II and Litany of Healing
Lessons for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19)

First Lesson:  Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
Psalm 14
Second Lesson:  1 Timothy 1:12-17
Gospel:  Luke 15:1-10

Lay Participants for September 15, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Leone
Lector:  Bernice
Prayers:  Leone
Ushers:  Anne & Bert

Refreshments:  Volunteer needed

Sermon from September 1:
Diocesan Bishop Election – 1) The election is scheduled for Sep. 21 at Dinwiddie High School. 2) Candidates and their information are available on the Diocesan website

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 Psalm 14 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 What is the rule for finding the date of Easter Day? Answer. Easter Day is always the Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the spring equinox on March 21, a date which is fixed in accordance with an ancient ecclesiastical computation, and which does not always correspond to the astronomical equinox. This full moon may happen on any date between March 21 and April 18 inclusive. If the full moon falls on a Sunday, Easter Day is the Sunday following. But Easter Day cannot be earlier than March 22 or later than April 25. Or, Google “Easter 2020.”
            This week’s question: What are the four streams of the Protestant tradition? 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); Sep. 14 – James River Rug Hookers; Sep. 16 – G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group, and Vestry Meeting; Sep. 19 – Knitting group; Sep. 21 – Bishop election.

Thought for the weekStillness: We often shoot off panicked prayers, frenzied with too much to do. How can we be still? Stop what you’re doing. Lie down. Take deep breaths. Again and again, slow yourself down. Be quiet. Disconnect from devices. Turn off the noise. Listen. “Be still and know that I am God.”

– Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
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Tues.                  * Boy Scouts meet
Sat. Sep. 14th    * James River Rug Hookers – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
Mon. Sep. 16th * G. F. W. C. Junto Women’s Group meeting –
                             10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parish House)
                           * Vestry meeting – 7:00 – 9:00 pm (Parlor)
Thu. Sep. 19th  * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 2:00 (Parish Hall)
Sat. Sep. 21st    * Special Council – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
                           (Dinwiddie High School)
For Michael, our presiding bishop; Jay our bishop pro tempore; 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, Katherine, and Joey.

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

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Roosevelt & Katherine
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Rev. Betty & John Hudson
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of Tanzania. The Most Rev. Dr. Maimbo Mndolwa – The Archbishop of Tanzania & Bishop of Tanga.

Flower Dedication: Flowers are given to the glory of God and in memory of Bob by Bette and family.

Birthdays in September
Bette 03                     Carroll 11
George 12                 Roger 14
Allen 17

Anniversaries in September
Charles & Lynn 01

If you are in need of Pastoral Care

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Home:  757-484-8409

Minister of Music: Roger Peyton

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