Announcements beginning
Sunday, June 25th


Vacation Bible School

We are still in need of adult and youth volunteers for Vacation Bible School, specifically for Thursday and Friday of that week ( June 26th - June 30th).  If you are able to help with VBS this summer, please contact Kristen Morgan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  VBS takes place June 26-30, from 9 am -noon.  

Our annual VBS program, Hero Central, will take place June 26-30 from 9 am - noon. Registration forms for children ages 3 - 5th grade (entering in September) are available on the church website and in the church office. Volunteers are needed. Please contact Kristen Morgan if you are available any mornings of VBS week.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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).

Wizard of Oz

Please join the Fellowship Events for a movie night under the stars. Friday, July 7th 7:00pm, back field near fire pit. We will supply the hot dogs, soda and popcorn, you can bring a dish to share. We will watch the “Wizard of Oz” at dark. Come one and all, no matter what your age and enjoy a fun, fellowship evening.

Youth Member of Vestry:  Aquia Church has a position on the Vestry available for a youth member (at least age 16) who meets all the other criteria for election to the Vestry, including:  being a baptized and confirmed member of this parish (or is at least preparing for confirmation) who has contributed financially to the parish during the previous year and is not an immediate relative of any employee of this parish.  If you might be interested in serving in this position for a 12-month term beginning immediately, please contact senior warden Joe Howard.

Capital Campaign Matching Challenge And Update: One Sunday of June remains in our matching challenge period, which ends on 30 June 2017.  Can you help us reach our goals?

    Thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous source, for 2017 we have a matching challenge for our "Generation to Generation" capital campaign.  Any donation received between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017 from those who have not yet made a pledge to this capital campaign will be matched up to $25,000.00 (in order to encourage new contributions); and any donation received between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2017 from those who have already made a pledge to this capital campaign will be matched up to $75,000.00 (in order to encourage the fulfillment of pledges).  The potential income from all sources for this matching challenge alone is two hundred thousand dollars!

    This capital campaign raises funds to pay off the mortgage on our new building for Christian formation and fellowship through gifts above and beyond donations for the general operating budget supporting our everyday mission and ministry.  As of 18 June 2017,  we have received 66 pledges for $626,901.99; of that figure, $667,617.51 has already been paid toward or above those pledges made and $109,181.70 remains to be paid on those pledges.  In addition, 96 households and groups have made non-pledged gifts totaling $95,705.31.  For the matching challenge:  as of 18 June 2017, $21,854.49 has been received from non-pledged sources toward the intended $25,000 grant, and $87,841.70 has been received from pledged sources toward the intended $75,000 grant, for a total of $109,696.19 toward the intended $100,000 combined grant and with around 1 week remaining in this matching challenge timeframe.  For the entire duration of the campaign so far, this capital campaign has received $763,322.82 in pledged plus non-pledged gifts.  But now we have a remarkable opportunity to do even more.

    All donations to this capital campaign are tax-deductible and should remain separate from contributions to our everyday mission and ministry.  If you have already made a pledge for the new building, then thank you for that commitment!  If you can make a new pledge or can make a special gift for this matching challenge, then you will help our church to pay off the mortgage more effectively.  Brochures about the capital campaign are available on the tall table at the back of the church or from the church office.  For more information, please contact the capital campaign co-chairs, John Sondermann and Mary Jane Cole.

Morning Call:  On June 4, Father Rickenbaker began a new summer series on the Epistles of John and Peter in the New Testament.  While these letters from apostolic authorities 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.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study: Father James Rickenbaker will continue his new series on “Hard Sayings of the Bible” on this Wednesday, June 28, in the new building's conference room downstairs on Wednesday mornings (10:30am—12:00noon).

Wednesday Evening Bible Study:  Father Rickenbaker will begin a new Bible Study on Wednesday evenings beginning on July 19. Please stay tuned for further information about the topic.

Sunday School:  Our last regular Sunday school class met Sunday, June 11th.  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.  

New Office Hours:  The church office is now closed on Tuesdays.  Parish administrator Dennise LaBarre will work 8am--4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and executive assistant Sue Selz will work 8am--4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  In addition, director of Christian education Kristen Morgan will not be working during the months of July and August.  These changes will help to implement the recent budget cuts enacted by the Vestry.

Celebration of New Ministry -
The Rt. Rev. Shannon Johnston will be at St. Paul’s, 8050 St. Paul’s Church Road in Hanover, Sunday, June 25 at 3pm for the institution and induction of  the Reverend Connor Newlun as St. Paul’s new rector.




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