Old Donation Episcopal Church

December 3, 2017
First Sunday of Advent

Weekly Chimes

Hello Old Donation!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We had a pretty full church this past Sunday even with the holiday weekend, and it was so good to see so many of you. There were lots of people making Advent wreaths all Sunday as well, and we used up almost all of the brass holders. I hope that means you will all be lighting your candles come Sunday, and celebrating Advent in your homes!
Remember, Wednesday night programming has stopped for the calendar year, so there will be no service or program tonight. It's a quieter week this week in general - Ladies' Game Night this Friday at 7pm, and on Saturday Clara Jensen, whom some of you may know, is celebrating her 105th birthday at her retirement home in Newport News. The celebration is open to everyone, so if you would like to come, see the information below.  
This Sunday in our Children's Sunday School classes there will be signup sheets for our annual Christmas Pageant! Be prepared to list your child's name, your email address, and their top 3 role preferences (if any). Role options will be posted along with the sign up sheets. If you have questions, or want to sign your child up but can't be here on Sunday, contact Marta Cohen
On Sunday, Fr. Fred will be preaching in the 8:00, 9:15, and 10:30 services, and I will be in the Gathering. Don't miss Formation Hour from 9:30-10:15, which picks back up after a week off! Power Hour is starting a new three week series called Telling Truths, and I'll be teaching this first session. I look forward to seeing you around!
In Christ,

What's Happening Today...

Tonight: NO Wednesday night program
Next week: 6:00pm Holy Eucharist, 6:30pm Supper
7:00pm Vestry Commission Meetings - all are welcome!  
Meeting: Christian Formation and... 
  GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House
Thursday morning  
Holy Eucharist 10:00am
Bible Study 11:00am  
Nottalotta Acres Farmer's Market
Thursdays, 4:00pm - 6:30pm in our parking lot! 
Young Adults
Thursdays, 5:30pm in Alfriend House.
Questions? Please contact Mother Ashley.  
Have You Turned in Your 2018 Pledge?
It's easy online!  Click here (you need a gmail address)!
You may print a pledge card to bring in.
You will also find pledge cards at the back of the church & in foyer of the Parish Hall. 
Ladies' Game Night!
This Friday, 1 December! Ornament exchange, fire pit, Apples to Apples!
7:00pm at Alfriend House  

Beans & Rice Distribution
This Saturday, 2 December, 9:00am - 11:00am. No questions asked.  
Patricia Lanz Johnston Funeral
Tuesday, 5 December 5:00pm. Reception follows in AFH.

Memorial Service for Pete Owens
Saturday, 9 December, 2:00pm
Reception follows the service
2017 Angel Tree
The Angel Tree is now in the foyer! Each Angel receives two gifts: an item of clothing (C) and a fun (F) gift. Please take one (or more!) Angel tags and PRINT your name on the clip board in the C or F column by the child's name and code # (ie: "12-1C). Return wrapped gifts to the box by the tree NLT Friday, 15 December. Questions? Call Vaughn Wilson: 460-4723

J2A 2018 Polo Shirt & Sweatshirt Sale 
Our J2A pilgrimage group is selling polos and sweatshirts that sport the new ODEC logo. You may stop by the Parish Office to see samples and pre-order, and we will also be selling on 3 & 10 December. If we receive your order by 10 December you will have these in time for Christmas! Contact Gretchen if you have questions.

Advent is Coming!
Coming soon to Facebook and Pinterest!

Advent Devotional 2017 - "Joy to the World"

Joy to the World - cover of 2017 Advent devotionalLuther Seminary invites you to use the 2017 Advent devotional, "Joy to the World," for personal or congregational use this Advent. You may download a regular print HERE, or a large print HERE. You may also sign up for a daily devotional to be delivered to you inbox HERE.

Clara Jensen is turning 105!
Old Donation's once-and-forever parishioner Clara Jensen is turning 105 next month on 12/6.
Please consider this and invitation anyone and everyone from Old Donation
who is willing to make the drive from Va. Beach to Newport News
to attend her birthday party.
Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
Activity Room, 3rd floor Assisted Living.
Chesapeake Retirement Community
955 Harpersville Rd
Newport News    
Click HERE to read Clara's biography.  
Click HERE to see the birthday invitation. 
Clara's daughter-in-law.
~Juanita Leisch Jensen

Ministry Links

Sunday, 3 December 2017 
First Sunday of Advent

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I:  The Rev. Fred Poteet
9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II:  The Rev. Fred Poteet
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II:  The Rev. Fred Poteet
10:30am The Gathering, HE with St. Nicholas: The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi

Parish Office

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

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