Fall and Back to School

Worship Schedule and Opportunities for September

Sept. 1st:  Holy Eucharist II,  8:30 and 10:30 AM
(Blessing Sunday for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and other occasions)
Sept. 8th:  Holy Eucharist II, 8:30 and 10:30 AM
(Kids/Youth Bell Choir)
Sept. 15th  Morning Prayer  8:30 and 10:30 AM
(Third Sunday, Discretionary Fund Collection)
Sept 22nd:  Holy Eucharist II, 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Sept 29th:  Holy Eucharist II, 8:30 and 10:30 AM
 
Choir Rehearsal at 9:30 AM every Sunday
and Tuesdays at 6:00-7:30 PM


Altar Guild Members Needed
 
 Serving on the Altar Guild is a valuable and much-needed ministry for our church. Men or women can help to prepare the altar and sanctuary for services every Sunday. Altar guild members work on teams, serving once a month, and training is provided. It is truly a ministry of helping to create beauty and meaning through the set up and clearing of the elements for what we need for our liturgies. Please contact the office if you are interested.


Our Christian Education for Children/Youth is changing!
 
This year, while we are not offering weekly Christian Education for our children, we are hoping to offer a few 6 week focused sessions, most likely to take place between the services starting in October.We are looking for some volunteer teachers. It would be a limited commitment of only 2 sessions and you would get help from the leaders! Please let the office know if you're interested. Our kids are fun and I think you would enjoy it.

We will also be offering confirmation opportunities for older youth AND hopefully starting up a youth group!!
Children are always welcome in the worship service as well. Child-friendly activities and books are available in the back of the church.

We are in need of a volunteer to help put together activity bags for children of different ages that they can use during the services. Let the office know if you might be interested in that job!
Thank you! As they say "It takes a village!" or here "It takes a parish!"

Outreach

We are so thankful for the amazing response for the August collection!  Our congregation collected numerous outfits, countless snacks, and plenty of underwear for the children of Otter River Elementary School and Big Island Elementary School.  Thank you very much!  Be sure to read the "thank you" notes we received that are posted in the newsletter.

We also continue to serve dinners at the Gateway House.  On the second Monday of each month, members of our congregation prepare and serve food to the men who are living at the Gateway House in Lynchburg. The men in this program need our continued prayers and presence.
If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact the office. 


During the month of September

We will be gathering items for Miriam’s House in Lynchburg.  Miriam’s House is temporary housing for women and children who need a safe place to reside. Let’s also take time each day to pray for the safety and well-being of these children and women. We will be collecting the following items:
diapers/wipes
dishwashing detergent
paper towels
toilet paper
napkins
Please bring these items to the Parish Hall at church, and let’s also take time each day to pray for the safety and well-being of these children and women.  Thank you for your prayers and generosity.

If you are would like to join the Outreach Committee, please contact the office.


Hurricane Relief Donations Needed: Episcopal Relief & Development

If you would like to donate to relief for Hurricane Dorian victims, please consider Episcopal Relief & Development. You may also complete online donations here.
We will also be collecting donations for our Third Sunday Discretionary Fund collection. Please make your checks out to ERD if you would like to donate through the collection plate or drop your donation off at the office.

The Bishop is Coming!

Though he isn't coming till January 12th, 2020, we have the opportunity to have Bishop Mark offer our parishioners the Sacrament of Confirmation and also Reception into the Episcopal Church (if you have been Roman Catholic or Moravian and have been confirmed in those traditions). Confirmation is “the sacramental rite in which the candidates "express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop" (BCP, p. 860). “Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop.” (BCP, p. 412)

“Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.”(TEC website glossary) If you would like to be confirmed as an adult or be received or are discerning either, please contact Rev. Kate as soon as you can so she can answer any questions and so we can make arrangements for education around Confirmation. In our Diocese, the Bishop prefers to confirm Youth 16 or older so that a mature and informed commitment to the Episcopal Church can be made. If you have a youth who would like to be confirmed or is thinking about it, please let Rev. Kate know.