The Sower
Ivan Grohar, 1907
National Gallery of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Old Donation Episcopal Church

July 16, 2017
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Weekly Chimes


Don't miss FARMER'S MARKET DAY this week. This Thursday July 13th from 4-7PM we welcome Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm to offer fresh local produce for sale on the lawn at Old Donation Church. Come by and meet your neighbor, Amanda Gerber, who grows non GMO, pesticide free produce nearby. What a wonderful opportunity to put vegetables on your table the same day they came from the garden. Meet Amanda and hear about her creative idea for urban farming, support a neighbor's initiative, and treat your family the fresh, unprocessed food. Bring your own reusable shopping bag! And, tell your neighbor. What a great prelude for the Gospel Lesson this Sunday; Jesus' Parable of the Sower!
" ...what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit..."  (Matthew 13:23) 
Don't you love it when a plan comes together! Helping our children consistently hear, and incorporate, the foundational stories of the Old Testament each week is working well. The children's sermon focuses on the Old Testament stories from Genesis and Exodus that most of us learned as children. The stories from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Rebecca, Rachel, Joseph, and Moses come alive in sequential order and our children are "getting it". Thanks, Pam Campbell, for the creative craft which is capturing these stories into a quilted banner project.

Vacation Bible School is next week, Monday, July 17 through Friday, July 21. Registration is full and we really need volunteers to deliver another great program for our children. Teens, your assistance is really valued, so please come help out.

ODEC softball is coming this fall! We are organizing a team for coed softball and have already paid the registration fee. If you want to play, we need you - with or without experience. 

We really need Sunday bus drivers.  We currently make one run to the retirement homes - pick up at 10:00 for the last service and return at 11:45 after worship. It is easy. The bus does NOT require a special license and it drives really easily. We hope to get enough drivers so your turn comes once every couple months. Send a note to Gretchen Hood in the office.

See you in church!

What's Happening Today...

NO Wednesday Night program tonight!

GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House

Tomorrow, Thursday morning
Holy Eucharist 10:00am, Bible Study at 11:00am.

Nottalotta Acres Urban Farm

Something new at Old Donation this week! Tomorrow (Thursday), from 4:00pm - 7:00pm we will have a local farm stand on our grounds!  Please come out to support our community and take home some fabulous produce. You can find out more on their Facebook page:

Young Adults

Thursday, 6:00pm in Alfriend House. Babysitting provided!

EYC Outing on Sunday! 
Meet at 1:00pm at ODEC, Pickup at 5:00pm at ODEC
We are off to beautiful First Landing State Park for a hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lots of water! We'll return to ODEC for pizza afterwards. Questions? Contact our Youth Minister, Marta!  

VBS starts Monday!
Join us Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm to help turn the Parish Hall into Hero Central. Bring your lava lamps, your empty cardboard boxes of all sizes, your stapler, and your imagination. Adult and teen training will be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday after the 10:30 services. Pizza will be provided.

Tuesday, 18 July, 7:00pm in Alfriend House

August Bell Ringer Submission Deadline
Always the third Wednesday of the month. The submission deadline for the August Bell Ringer is 19 July - one week from now!
Please send your input to
Gretchen .

Family Fun Beach Day! Saturday, 22 July, 10:30am - 2:30pm 
Sign up HERE ! 
Really NEEDED! OLDDO Bus Drivers
  We need to recruit six (6) more drivers for the OldDo Bus . Drivers are on duty about once every other month, and a special license is not required. The is an important ministry to our folks that reside at Westminster-Canterbury and Baylake. Contact Gretchen to add your name to this ministry.

The Old Donation co-ed softball team has been registered and will have its
first game August 18. The roster is full for men, but we would love to have a few more ladies on board. If interested, email Heather Floyd at for details. Spectators, we look forward to seeing you in the bleachers Friday nights! Locations and times TBA when available. Follow our team page on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.
Friday, 28 July, 5:30pm @ Bangkok Garden
RSVP to David Eckhardt: 757-395-0008

Ministry Links

Sunday, 16 July 2017 
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I:  The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi
9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II:  The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi
10:30am Holy Eucharist, Rite II:  The Rev. Ashley E Urquidi
10:30am The Gathering Holy Eucharist: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
Sundays@5: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.

Parish Office

Gretchen Hood, Parish Administrator,
The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr., Rector, brandall@olddonationorg
The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi, Assistant Rector,
The Rev. Fred Poteet, Associate Rector,
Marta Cohen, Youth Minister,

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