A Thanksgiving on the Lawn @ ESC
By The Rev. Cameron Randle, Rector
 
Holy Scripture reminds us to give thanks in all circumstances. We will have an opportunity to do so together (for the first time in four months!) at an outdoor Christian formation event on the Eastern Shore Chapel campus this Sunday, July 19 at 6:30 PM. 
 
A Thanksgiving on the Lawn is not a group worship service. However, it is a welcomed opportunity for conversation, prayer, community and faith formation. We will gather for about an hour on the lawn area between the outdoor altar and the St. Francis garden, framed by the Chapel and the Parish Day School wing.
 
As a spiritual exercise, our time together will feature an examination of A General Thanksgiving, found on page 836 in The Book of Common Prayer. Copies of this timely and relevant group prayer of thanksgiving will be provided at the event. Please be thinking of things for which you are thankful, despite current challenges. Hampton Roads folk artist, songwriter and guitarist Jim Newsome will be our special guest. Jim will play acoustic guitar instrumentals; no singing is yet permitted at any of our gatherings.
 
Please contact the parish office to RSVP at 757-428-6763 or via email to lfox@easternshorechapel.org.
 
The following will apply to Sunday’s session:
  1. All activities are to take place outdoors. The interior Chapel remains closed.
  2. Everyone present must wear a mask and physical distancing (6 feet apart) is mandatory.
  3. Dress is summer casual.
  4. Please bring your own outdoor seating and beverages. Some permanent outdoor seating is available near the altar. Please advise us by phone or email if you are unable to bring seating.
  5. No food or pets are permitted.
  6. All ages are invited (families participating together) but no nursery will be provided.
 
 Even as we anticipate A Thanksgiving on the Lawn, plans are underway for other outdoor fellowship and formation events at ESC. Two vestry-centric task forces are exploring a variety of ways forward, including home-based small groups and a return to in-person Morning Prayer on Thursdays. Other similar activities are planned via Zoom, including book and Bible studies, with details to be announced in next week’s edition of The Chimes.
 
At the same time, we are mindful of those in our parish who are prevented from attending A Thanksgiving on the Lawn by residential restrictions; those who are presently ill with COVID-19 or are recovering from having been diagnosed with the coronavirus; those whose health conditions prevent them from attending group events of this sort and those who are simply uncomfortable with any public gathering at the moment. Nothing is more important than loving and respecting one another. You are with us in spirit, no matter what. Whether we are physically present together or physically absent from one another, we are still the church universal and the church invincible.
 
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Laurie Fox becomes Parish Administrator

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Laurie Fox to Parish Administrator of Eastern Shore Chapel effective July 15, Laurie joined our staff in June of 2019, serving as the Parish Secretary. She has greatly enjoyed being a part of the ESC Community. Laurie has had a diverse career, including service in the United States Navy for eight years as a Religious Program Specialist. As part of a military family, she has lived, worked and volunteered in several different states and overseas. She has worked in the Administrative and Secretarial fields for over 25 years in the Catholic Diocese of Washington, D.C., Yokohama Japan, San Antonio, TX, Richmond, VA, and Baltimore, MD. Laurie has served as the Director of Faith Formation, Chairman of the Spiritual Events Committee, Bible Study Leader, Catechist, Ministry Head, Hospitality Manager, Usher, and as a Sacristan. She has also completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) through the Chaplain’s Office at the Ann Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD.  
 
Laurie grew up in the Great Lakes region of Northern Michigan, commonly referred to as the UP and is therefore deemed a certified “Yooper.” She earned an Associate degree in Medical Secretary from Gogebic Community College and a B.A./B.S. in English and Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. Laurie is the proud mother of two lovely daughters: Rachael and Evangeline. In her spare time, she is a writer, music buff, avid reader, enjoys the beach and road trips and is currently taking guitar and Spanish lessons. 

You can reach Laurie directly at lfox@easternshorechapel.org .       
Chapel Pantry News

Summer is upon us, bringing hot, humid days to the Chapel Pantry, but also bountiful fresh produce! We served 137 families on the July 4th holiday, and 185 households on July 11.

We know that the work we do is important and what Jesus has called us to do – and we are glad to do it – but sometimes it helps to have a reminder that we really do make a difference; that our efforts are not only appreciated, but truly helpful. The following letter, from a guest in the car line, provided that reminder. If you have given time, money or food to the Chapel Pantry this letter is for you.
Music for the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
By Martin Sunderland, Organist & Choir Master

For our featured hymn today, we choose from LEVAS II, # 151, “ One bread, one body,” written as a song in a contemporary style using a simple harmonic background and an easy syncopated melody. The music is written in 1978 by John B. Foley. The text is from 1 Corinthians 10:16, 17; 12:4 and Galatians 3:28 and Didache 9.

Our selected anthem is Teach me, O Lord by Thomas Attwood. The ESC choir has sung this selection many times. It is easy and one of our favorite anthems. The text is taken from Psalm 86:11-17

In dir ist Freude,” (In Thee is Gladness), by J. S. Bach is an organ chorale prelude from his Orgelbuchlein, translated as Little Organ Book. This selection is very rhythmic and uses the full organ registration. The pedal part uses a recurring ostinato with the main theme being heard played in the manuals at various pitch levels
Children enjoyed story time with Lynn Lear this past Sunday! Next story time is July 26 at 9:10!
Virtual Sunday School and Confirmation Interest Meeting

Young Children: In addition to mailed coloring sheets to go with the Lectionary readings, join us every other Sunday for our Zoom Children’s Bible Story Time! The next story time is July 26 at 9:10 am.

Middle School: Students will use Legos or other materials they have in the house to build a response to “What is the Bible saying to you?" The next mailing will go out to coordinate with the July 26 readings.

High School: Students gather weekly on Zoom for fellowship and some spiritual gems along the way!

Confirmation Interest Meeting! 
Please join us on August 16 at 1pm for a Zoom interest meeting for all rising 9th to12th graders about confirmation. Fr. Cameron will be present to answer all of your questions.
If you are interested in any of these activities or need more information, please email lynn.lear@gmail.com or  mollygvaughn@gmail.com
Jambo! Virtual Camp Turtle Trap in Africa

Jambo! Welcome to Africa! Virtual Camp Turtle Trap has traveled over 24 hours to reach Ghana, Eritrea, Madagascar and South Africa. The children have weaved one of a kind kente cloth, fashioned African collars, and explored traditional tribal masks. This week they will hunt for the mischievous lemurs in Madagascar and end the adventure with a safari walk through the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Next session we climb aboard CTT Airlines to venture to Asia!
Saints & Themes returns tomorrow

Join Rev. Julia for this week's Saints & Themes tomorrow (Thursday, July 16) at 10 AM. We will record the session and post it to YouTube and Facebook later. Join us live so you can ask questions and share your thoughts.

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting at 10 AM on July 16. Meeting ID: 824 8573 9940, Password: ESC
Summertime Gardening and Daily Morning Prayer

Isn’t it wonderful to tend your vegetable garden in the summertime and to enjoy the fruits of your labor? Isn’t it fulfilling to watch the garden grow? You can reap an even more bountiful harvest with proper tending of your spiritual garden! Just like the garden in your yard, the garden in your heart needs tending too! Water that space with the Word, pull weeds with the Good News and fertilize with fellowship.

You can get tips from other gardeners, see what they are doing to cultivate that spiritual place in their hearts and you can start your day reinvigorated with a fresh feeling of His presence.

Join us for Spiritual Gardening 101 every morning at 7:30 ( ZOOM meeting number: 562 715 368, Password: John1513). Informal, come as you are, just be there. This is food for the soul.  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Evening Prayer via ZOOM

Join us each evening for Evening Prayer every Monday through Friday at 7:30 PM via ZOOM. Just go to www.zoom.us and enter meeting number 869 9363 5805, and password: Ex1414. Hosted by David Wynne.
Give the gift of life! Give blood on July 23

Our next blood drive at ESC is Thursday, July 23, 2 to 6 p.m. All Red Cross blood drives are now by appointment only. All donors must schedule an appointment to donate by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. Right now, blood donors are urgently needed. The American Red Cross is now testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies . Antibody test results will be available within 7 to 10 days.
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