Announcements beginning
Sunday, October 15th


Newcomer Luncheon

We welcome all newcomers and visitors at Aquia to join us for our next newcomer luncheon and orientation on today Sunday, Oct. 15, immediately after the end of the 11:15am worship service.  We’ll begin with a brief tour of our historic church building, then move into the great hall of the new building for a luncheon where you won’t have to bring anything but a good appetite!  Lunch for children and child care are available, too.  This is an excellent opportunity for folks new to Aquia to make some new friends and learn more about our parish. 

Morning Call

Father Morris will continue a new Morning Call series  on “Jesus and the Old Testament.”  Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult education and discussion, meeting in the new building’s great hall starting around 10:20am.  Morning Call is always available for visitors, newcomers, and those who attend regularly; Morning Call is available for high school students as well.

Our annual Trunk or Treat event will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 6-7:30 pm.  Join us at 6:00 pm with a dish to share at our potluck dinner.  Following dinner, the children will "trunk or treat."  We need lots of decorated cars to pass out treats. We look forward to seeing you at this fun yearly event.  

Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  – The Book of Daniel –   we continue the Wednesday morning Bible study series on the Old Testament book of Daniel. This text constitutes an important foundation block for our understanding of the Revelation to John and, through that, to our conception of the Day of the Lord. The study will last for twelve weeks (skipping the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week), finishing up Wednesday, December 13th. Therefore, our study of the end of things will last throughout Advent, which is quite fitting. Elements of the Revelation to John will be brought in to give a holistic view of Christian eschatology (the theology of the end). We would love to have you join us!

Wednesday Evening Bible Study:   Father Morris continues the adult Bible study and discussion on “Thankful Hearts:  Gratitude in the Bible and in Our Lives” on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm till 8:30pm in the new building’s downstairs conference room.  The current series will end on October 25, with a new series beginning on November 1 for the months of November and December.   

Youth Group News:  The youth group for teenagers in grades 6-12 will have its next evening meeting on next Sunday, Oct. 22 from 4:00pm till 6:00pm with dinner served.   Other upcoming meetings will be held on Nov. 5 & 19, Dec. 3 & 17 (with Dec. 17 being the date for Christmas caroling and Christmas party).  Teenagers are expected to bring $40 each in order to cover their meals at most evening meetings for the school year, and parents are expected to provide meals at evening meetings once or twice during the school year (with reimbursement up to $80/meal available) all meals through December are covered except for Nov. 19.  Please contact Father Morris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-659-4007 at the church office) in order to schedule your family’s turns providing meals and in order to submit your teenager’s meal money.  In addition to the evening meetings, the youth group meets on Sunday mornings during the time for Sunday school:  the middle school group meets in the new building downstairs in the large room with upholstered chairs and sofas, while the high school group meets upstairs in the great hall as part of Morning Call.

What Would Jesus Brew?  On Tuesday, October 24th, we will have our next installment of What Would Jesus Brew (our young adult ministry).   Come to El Gran Charro Mexican Restaurant at 7pm for some good food, good fellowship, and a rousing discussion. If you have questions about WWJB, get in touch with Fr. Rickenbaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The United Thank Offering (UTO) fall ingathering time is here.  Blue box and envelope collection is October 29th during all four services.  UTO was founded in 1889 for church missionary work responding to human need and seeking to transform unjust structures of society.  The envelopes in the pews are for paper money and checks if you prefer.  The blue “mite” boxes are for children and adults to collect loose change.  Every coin will be used and every prayer will be heard.  UTO Mission:  Put gifts into the blue box with thanksgiving, prayer, and generosity.  Take blessings out of the box for grants extending the Church’s faithfulness to God’s mission.  If you want a visual example of UTO at work go to: www.episcopalchurchuto/org.   

All Saints Day: November 5th we will be honoring those that have died since last All Saints Day.  If you would like a loved one on our list, let Sue Selz in the office know by November 1st at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540.659.4007.

Musical Concert at Aquia:  On Saturday, Nov. 4, at 7:00pm, Aquia Church will host a live performance and album release by the accomplished guitarist Andrew McEvoy.  The concert will be held in the historic church, with a reception following in the great hall of the new building.  The album, entitled Parlor Tricks, was recorded in our historic church between July 2016 and January 2017.  While admission is free, there is a suggested donation of $15, and the price of each album is $10, with proceeds benefitting Aquia Church.  Andrew McEvoy performs extensively throughout the mid-Atlantic states (including concerts with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and at the Smithsonian Museums), he teaches guitar at Randolph-Macon College and Longwood University as well as private lessons in the Richmond area, and his parents are parishioners Dennis McEvoy and Janet Holt.  Please advertise this upcoming concert among your friends and neighbors and invite them to attend this premiere event.

Capital Campaign for New Building:  At the moment, our successful “Generation to Generation” capital campaign has nearly $88,000.00 in dollars pledged but not yet paid.  With this capital campaign ending in April 2018, there is indeed time to fulfill your existing pledge or even increase it, but you will want to plan accordingly for the remaining months.  There is also opportunity for those who are enjoying our new building but have not yet pledged toward it to make a new pledge or a one-time contribution that will support our efforts to reduce the costs of our construction loan.  Payment for the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building does not receive any income from the Diocese of Virginia or from similar organizations, so we in Aquia Church are relying on your involvement and investment in this major project.


Shoe Box Time:  It is time for the Outreach Committee's annual shoe box collection for Operation Christmas Child.  The mission of Operation Christmas Child is "to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ."  Please fill a standard shoe box (wrapped or unwrapped), or a plastic one, or one of the pre-printed boxes we have available, with items such as school supplies, hygiene items, or items such as t-shirts, small toys, caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, or flashlights (with extra batteries).  One of the suggestions made is to deflate a soccer ball and put it in your shoe box along with a small inflation kit.  Please do not pack used or damaged items; toothpaste; candy, chocolate or food; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans; or war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures.   The boy/girl labels are available in the folders in the Operation Christmas Child box on the picnic table in front of the Church or in the back pew.  To defray overseas shipping costs, please include a donation of $9 per box either in cash or by check (payable to Samaritan's Purse) with "Operation Christmas Child" in the memo line.  The donation envelopes are included with the folders  Please return your filled shoe box, with the appropriate label attached, to the Church by November 12, 2017.


Fall Fest “Thank You”:  Many thanks go to everyone who made Fall Fest on Oct. 7 such a success, including those who made preparations in advance, offered donations, helped with set-up and clean-up, operated the various stations during the day, or invited friends and neighbors to join us for a beautiful and sunny day.  We are already looking forward to next year’s Fall Fest, taking place on the first Saturday of October 2018.

Third Quarter Statements Are Here:  Please take your statement located on the back table, help us  cut mailing costs.

Vestry Nomination Forms:  Those who want to offer to stand for election to the Vestry will find the blue self-nomination forms available at the tall table at the back of the historic church.  Completed forms are due in the Fleurries office building on or by Sunday, Dec. 17, at 7:00pm.  Elections will be held in at the parish’s annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.  The blue form includes information about eligibility for election and the expectations of Vestry members; for more information, please see the Rector’s column in the October issue of the Cross Section newsletter.





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