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Sunday, July 23rd



Worship Changes for July 23rd

While both of our regular clergy are out of town next Sunday, July 23, our guest preacher and celebrant for the 9:00am and 11:15am services that day will be the Rev. Dr. Tom Simmons, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, Virginia. He is a colleague of our clergy, and last summer our rector was the guest preacher and celebrant at St. Peter’s when their rector was away. Father Tom has been the rector of St. Peter’s since 2002, and he recently completed his D.Min. degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Please join us for either one of the two services next week when we welcome Father Tom as our guest preacher and celebrant. There will be no 7:30am service.  As our guest preacher, Father Tom has asked that we use a slightly longer reading than what the lectionary assigns, and the full passage will be supplied as the first printed announcement in the bulletin insert.

Change in Nursery Hours

The Nursery will be open only during the 9am service and Morning Call and will be closed for the 11:15 am service until school starts up again, (Stafford County Schools) in the fall. 

Wednesday Evening Bible Study

Our Wednesday morning Study is now on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Our new Wednesday Evening Study begins this week (July 19th). Our topic is called “Lectionary Leftovers.” The purpose of this new study is to broaden our knowledge of Scripture past Sunday morning worship. There are a lot of stories that are in Scripture that aren’t part of the Sunday morning Eucharistic Lectionary (The Ten Plagues of Egypt, for example). Many of these stories play an important role in the history of the people of Israel as well as the history of salvation in totality. We will be trying to cover a lot of ground in a short time, so we’d love to have you as often as possible at the study!    

Electronic Fund Contributions:  At the June 2017 Vestry meeting, the Vestry of Aquia Church voted to cancel our contract with eChurch, for electronic fund contributions using PushPay, effective July 31, 2017.  Continuation of this service was considered uneconomical.  From August 2016 through May 2017, the church received contributions of $12,006.75, at the cost of $2,135.45.  Renewal of the contract would cost $2,295.00, with additional service costs for every transaction.  The Vestry is very grateful for those parishioners who used this service, as it understands the trend toward electronic payments.  However, there was insufficient justification to continue the service, based on the cost of usage.  The Vestry is investigating other means to enable electronic contribution that do not require such steep contract costs.  Parishioners are requested to not use PushPay after July 20, so that ensuing paperwork is processed within the window of the current contract.  Anyone with questions should contact Chris Arey, Treasurer.

Attention Prospective Acolytes: Those who serve as acolytes – typically at our 9:00am and 11:15am worship services, and typically teenagers in grades 5 and up – have some of the best seats in the house, they help set the tone for our worship, and they get to wear distinctive uniforms.  Best of all, you make God smile with your leadership.  If you are thinking about serving as an acolyte, this is a good time of year to receive training for your responsibilities.  The tasks are not hard, and we have talented folks ready to assist you.  If you want to begin serving or if you need more information, simply contact Father Rickenbaker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 540-659-4007).

Capital Campaign Matching Challenge SUCCESS!  The matching challenge period for our current capital campaign concluded on 30 June, and we have exceeded our goals!  Donors who have not yet made a pledge to this capital campaign contributed over $25,000 for that part of the matching challenge, and donors who made a pledge to this capital campaign contributed over $85,000 for that part of the matching challenge, for a combined total of over $110,000.  Also, we have recently received in full the matching grant from our anonymous benefactor or benefactors.  Thanks to everyone involved who has made this matching challenge a success!  For the time remaining in this capital campaign (officially concluding on 14 April 2018), there remains nearly $95,000 in pledges to be fulfilled, but anyone can contribute to our overall success in this capital campaign (whether or not through a pledged gift).  All donations to this capital campaign are tax-deductible and should remain separate from contributions to our everyday mission and ministry.  Funds raised during this capital campaign help pay off the construction loan for our Christian formation and fellowship building, which is making a good difference in our parish and in our neighborhood.

Morning Call:  Father Rickenbaker is about halfway through the summer series on the Epistles of Peter in the New Testament.  While these letters from this great, apostolic authority are fairly brief, they are rich in content and remain helpful for Christian living. Morning Call is our Sunday morning forum for adult formation and discussion, starting around 10:20am in the great hall of the new building.

Sunday School:  Our Sunday school program will resume on the Sunday after Labor Day.  When you attend Morning Call during the summer months, there will be a blue activity bin for children.  There are games, puzzles, and art supplies to keep your child busy during Morning Call.  Please make sure all items are returned to the bin.  


Outreach: It is back to school time of the year! Mid summer is a great shopping time but our less fortunate area children lack funds to purchase necessary school supplies. The store sales are starting and soon the August 4, 5 and 6th Virginia  sales tax exempt days for school supplies will arrive. The “top ten” universal K – 12 wish list below is provided by Stafford Social Services. The Outreach Ministry, for the month of August, traditionally supports Stafford Social Services with this project. When you are out shopping, please consider picking up “extras". Collections will start July 23rd and end August 13th to allow for sorting and packaging school supplies for the families. Please leave your donated items on the picnic table or back pew.  The Outreach Ministry thanks you for supporting us in this Aquia Episcopal tradition.

“Top Ten” – backpacks, colored pencils, composition notebooks, dry erase markers, antibacterial hand sanitizers, index cards, Post-it notes, tissues, storage bags (sandwich and gallon), and washable-classic color markers.


   National Night Out
     Tuesday, August 1, 2017
      Target Shopping Center

  Please come and help Outreach spread the word  about Aquia Episcopal Church.

We will be passing out freeze pops, telling the people who come by all about what Aquia does.

Please come and give us a hour of your time to talk about our different ministries.

Meeting for Parents of Teenagers:  Father Morris will be available on the morning of Sunday, August 13, in order to meet with parents of teenagers who will be in grades 6-12 starting this fall.  He wants to hear from parents about their hopes for our youth ministry during the coming year and about how they will help achieve our agreed goals.  Father Morris will be available throughout the time of Morning Call, as well as beforehand and afterward (for those who can arrive a bit early or stay a bit later).  Stay tuned for more details about this opportunity and similar offerings as we prepare for our teenagers' year ahead.

4th Annual All You Can Eat Crab Feast: On Saturday, August 26, 2017 from
4:00pm – 7:00 pm,
we will have this year’s crab feast. The price is $35.00 for Adults, $10.00 for 15 and younger, with children under 6 eating for free. We will have crabs, steamed shrimp, fried cod, corn on the cob, coleslaw and hushpuppies, as well as lemonade and ice tea. BYOB if you prefer something else. The Bluegrass band “Reckless Brigade” will be playing again, for your enjoyment. This is a great fun occasion, with a good time had by all. Tickets go on sale Sunday, July 23 at the table outside of Church.   Last day for ticket sales will be Monday, August 21 at 4:00pm, when the church office closes. There will be no ticket sales at the door. This event is sponsored by the Fellowship Events, for any information contact Michael or Jean Golas.

“Bring a Friend to Church” Sunday: On August 27, you’ll have a wonderful opportunity to enact our call to share the Gospel. You’re encouraged to bring a friend to church with you that Sunday to any of the four services. If they don’t know Jesus, tell them about him. If they do know Jesus, tell them about Aquia Church, most especially if they don’t have a church home. We want people to see the good work that God is doing  here. Please consider this opportunity!





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