Coffee Hour – We will try a new setup for coffee hour this coming Sunday. Please look for more details in a later announcement and join us in the Parish Hall after service this Sunday.

Advent Soup Lunch & Study – On the first three Wednesdays of December 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 1, 2019, 10:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite II
Lessons for the First Sunday of Advent

First Lesson:  Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Second Lesson:  Romans 13:11-14
Gospel:  Matthew 24:36-44

Lay Participants for December 1, 2019 – 10:30 am service
Acolyte:  Suze
Lector:  Steven
Prayers:  Suze
Ushers:  Gary and David

Refreshments:  Anne & Marcella

Sermon from November 24:
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.

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 122 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 Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) founded? Answer. The LCMS was founded in 1847.
            This week’s question: When was the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) 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); Nov. 21 – Knitting Group; Nov. 30 – Salvation Army luncheon; Dec. 4 – Advent Program; Dec. 5 – Knitting Group.

Thought for the weekNext: Sometimes the results of participating in God’s mission may not turn out the way we expect, or we may be called to change course mid-journey. We cannot fully know the mind of God in the accomplishment of God’s will. But that’s okay. All you need to ask God in prayer is “What’s the next right thing?” And then do that one thing.

– Br. Jim Woodrum, SSJE
Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Upcoming Events:
Online calendar:
Online events listing:
Tues.                  * Boy Scouts meet
Thu. Nov. 28th  * Thanksgiving Day – Office closed
Sat. Nov. 30th    * Salvation Army 5th Saturday luncheon
Wed. Dec. 4th    * Advent Soup Luncheon and Study – 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
                               (Parish Hall)
Thu. Dec. 5th     * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 pm (Parish Hall)
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)
Thu. Dec. 19th  * Knitting Group – 1:00 – 3:00 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.

Deceased: Rev. Mary Anne Biggs’ mother

Parish Cycle of Prayer: Bernice
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The mission agencies and their work throughout the Anglican Communion.

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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