Lenten Worship & Programs To Be Announced Shortly 
By The Rev. Cameron Randle, Rector
 
Via separate email coming soon, our schedule for worship and Christian formation at ESC during the 2021 Lenten season will be presented in detail. Bishop Susan Haynes released Diocesan-wide guidelines yesterday (January 26) for Ash Wednesday and other Lenten services. We are now discerning how best to navigate the opportunities available to us in observing a holy and meaningful Lent during the pandemic.
 
Rest assured we are excited about our plans for the new liturgical season beginning on Wednesday, February 17. Meanwhile, here’s a sneak preview of good things to come in the realm of personal spiritual growth at ESC:
Essential Practices of the Faith

Essential. It’s a word we’ve heard quite frequently in the past year, as we’ve struggled to determine what services and roles were absolutely necessary and critical to our survival while maintaining our physical health and safety. Essential workers, essential services, essential supplies… our state and national leaders could not always agree entirely who and what fit into those categories, but the discussion and designation was important.

Essential. Are there faith practices designated as critical and absolutely necessary to our spiritual survival? At the very least, can certain practices help maintain our spiritual health and well-being, regardless of the circumstances that surround us?

Beginning Wednesday, February 24, Rev. Melody Perdue will lead a six-week Lenten devotional study, “Essential Practices of the Faith.” The group will meet on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 pm on Zoom. Please register for the study by sending an email to Rev. Melody at mperdue@easternshorechapel.org. Email registration is required as there is a short, five-minute devotional reading which will be sent via email before each group meeting. Please contact Rev. Melody with any questions or to register. A notebook or journal is recommended for the study.
MLK Zoom Study Group concludes this week
 
Our virtual encounter with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail will conclude this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. To participate in the discussion led by Fr. Cameron, please utilize the following link:
 
Meeting ID: 891 5261 3139
Passcode: qbSYS1
Foodie Friday adapts and continues!

Foodie Friday is a ministry of Eastern Shore Chapel that hosts festive parties for the children and staff at Seton House Youth Shelters. Our ministry was temporarily on hold for a few months due to COVID concerns; however, we have successfully adapted so that we can continue to provide a joyful experience for the kids and some respite for the staff while ensuring we are cautious about everyone’s safety. In the past three months we hosted parties for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Our original ministry had us cooking meals on-site at Seton, but now we are having local restaurants preparing individual meals. Originally we engaged in crafts and games with the kids hands-on, but now we are making pre-packaged craft bags and instructions that we pass to the staff for the children. We are still able to provide the beautiful cakes that Diana Ausderau has been making for the children every month, and we are still able to provide the thoughtful goodie-bags full of treats and notes that Molly, Annie, and Emeline Vaughn and Julie Shippey have been making. We used to decorate their dining hall for the occasion, but now we pass along some simple decorations that the staff puts out.
We are not able to be present for the parties right now, but we are told that they are more appreciated than ever and give everyone at Seton some excitement when they see the day on the calendar. Last year when we hosted Halloween we carved pumpkins with the children and learned that for several of the kids, it was their first time carving a pumpkin. This year, while we weren’t able to be on site helping, the staff specifically asked if we could provide pumpkins, and then they sent us pictures of all of the pumpkins the kids had carved after the event. Foodie Friday, while adapted, continues to accomplish its mission, which is to bring joyful community to this place of temporary housing for God’s beloved children.

Our next parties are planned for:
  • Friday Feb 12 – A Valentine’s theme
  • Friday Mar 19 – A Spring theme
  • Friday Apr 23 – Theme not yet decided

At this time we could use some assistance coming up with good pre-packaged craft or game activities for the children that would be in line with the themes of the evening. The children are aged 9-17 and we have both boys and girls. We could also always use suggestions for local restaurants that will pre-package approximately 20 meals that children would love. We can also always use your prayers for the ministry, the children and staff and Seton, and for all children that find themselves in challenging home situations and those who help them. If you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to Allison Johnson at allisonward1@gmail.com or 410-596-0143.
Outreach: Homeless Sheltering
By Scott Darnell

Due to increase in positive COVID cases, the city of Virginia Beach recently decided to cancel the Winter Sheltering Program which is normally held at area Churches. Instead, city officials along with PiN Ministries teamed up with local hotels and arranged lodging for participants during this challenging time. Prior to the change, our Outreach Committee was in the midst of extensive planning for housing at ESC the week after Christmas. As we have all had to quickly adapt to daily changes due to the pandemic, so did the Outreach Committee.

The Outreach Committee secured enough funds to provide 120 meals from locally owned businesses to be delivered two or three times to the hotels that are housing the participants. The decision made by the Outreach Committee members to aid in this way accomplishes two important ministry intentions; not only help feed those in the homeless community, but also support our individual and small business owners during these tough economic times.

Our first delivery will be Thursday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. Outreach Members will be hand delivering meals to 120 hotel rooms that day. If you are interested in volunteering to help, all are welcome. Anyone interested in being involved with delivery may contact Scott Darnell by text at 757-714-4766 or email at scottdarnell@cox.net. If you are unable to assist with the first delivery, keep in mind that we will be doing this Outreach again in a few weeks. You can also contact Scott if you know of a local caterer or restaurant owner who may be interested in partnering with the ESC Outreach Committee with this program.

The Chapel Pantry has also been assisting with this endeavor by supplying grocery bags filled with a week’s worth of non-perishable breakfast and lunch items. Volunteers from the Pantry have distributed 85 bags so far. They will continue to provide this service throughout the Winter Shelter season. If you are interested in volunteering for Winter Shelter through the Chapel Pantry, please email Kay O’Reilly at koreilly@easternshorechapel.org.
 
For more information about PiN Ministries, visit their website at www.pinministry.org.
KAIROS
By Lee Davis

He is the son of a local business executive. He got involved with a bad group of young men in high school. In 2008 at the age of 18 he made a very bad choice resulting in a life sentence for himself. He is eligible for release in 2056. He’s 32 now and has been incarcerated in four different state penitentiaries. I met him before this happened and knew his family well. It’s been a very tough time for all of them. I have heard nothing from him in all of these years; not a single Christmas card or letter answered.

And then yesterday, from my cornucopia of a post office box, there it is - a beautifully written letter from him. I rushed back to my car to open and read it.

His handwriting is meticulous; the letter was slowly crafted and well thought out, not a single miss-stroke. He expressed real appreciation for the cards and letters and deep remorse at the years gone by without a reply. He says he has had “my bouts with God over the years."

In the following three pages he expresses his acknowledgement that he does need God in his life, he is determined to change, to make the most of his life, even where he lives. He is searching for Christian fellowship and guidance. He looks forward to our future correspondence.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Prayer works.

And as Jesus said in Luke 6:34-38 … who gets the blessing?
Chapel Pantry Update
By Kay O'Reilly, Chapel Pantry Coordinator

The Pantry served 383 families Saturday, on a cold, windy afternoon. We are always prepared to serve more, so when there is leftover perishable food at the end of the day, we give it to Piney Grove Baptist Church and they deliver the extras to folks in need in the Holland Road area. We are pleased to share so that nothing goes to waste.

Several people have asked me to share again our final total of guests served in 2020. It was a big number: 11,596 households, or 41,698 individuals. As a comparison, we served 6,804 households and 22,729 individuals in 2019. The comparison isn’t exactly parallel because during the pandemic guests can visit the pantry every week, if needed, rather than every month. However, we are still far busier this year, no matter how it’s calculated.
The new walk-in freezer and walk-in cooler are now operational. They have both been incredibly helpful already in our daily operations and we are so grateful to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Virginia Beach Pandemic Relief Partnership for the grant funding.

If you’re looking for an easy way to help the Pantry, we are in great need of paper and plastic grocery bags. Some stores will even sell paper bags (Aldi, Lidl). The Foodbank is currently out of stock of paper bags by the case, and we use about 400 every week, so we’ll be scrambling until they’re back in stock. Please ask your friends and neighbors for any extra bags they have around the house (we need paper and plastic). Eggs and empty cartons are always welcome, too. Thanks!
Be a part of the Virtual Hymn Recording for Annual Council

Kevin Kwan of the Diocesan Liturgy Team has issued the following invitation to choir and congregation members wishing participate by singing virtually in this year’s annual council. Please click on the link below to receive detailed instructions for those wishing to participate.

From Kevin Kwan, Music Director, Christ & St. Luke’s, Norfolk:

For this year's virtual Annual Council, Suzanne Daniel and I will be putting together a virtual choir video of Hymn 25 - O gracious light, Lord Jesus Christ (tune: Tallis' Canon).
This will be audio only (no video), and we hope it is easy enough for everyone who wishes to participate. Please forward this to anyone in your choir or congregation who may be interested in participating. Full details can be found here.

The deadline is February 8.
Parish Book Store: Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with a book from the Parish Book Store! Check out or virtual bookshelves at bookshop.org/shop/parishbookstore to see what we recommend and order! Or make an appointment by emailing us (books@easternshorechapel.org) or calling 757-425-0114. Susan or Marty are in the store on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, but we will happily accommodate your schedule.
Parish Day School: Registration opens soon

Parish Day School is preparing for our 2021-2022 School year registration. This process will be opening on Feb. 1, 2021 online for our current families and church parishioners. Please contact pds@easternshorechapel.org or call 757-491-6130 if you are interested in registering a student for preschool. 

Our preschool days are filled with play-based learning. This week we have students working on their fine motor skills through playdough, kinetic sand, finger paint, and sensory bins with tweezers or droppers. Our students are investigators throughout their day learning through these play activities. 
Community of the Gospel offers Lectio in Lent

The Community of the Gospel (CG), an ecumenical non-residential monastic community with standing in The Episcopal Church announces Lectio in Lent. Using the ancient monastic method of praying the Scriptures, participants will deepen their paschal journeys by focusing on several texts traditionally associated with Lent.

The facilitator will be Br. John Charles Westaway, CG, Deputy Guardian of the CG and long-time member of St. Paul in the Desert Episcopal Church, Palm Springs, CA. Br. John Charles is the Chaplain of the Daughters of the King, active in hunger ministries, and involved in diocesan activities.

The Community of the Gospel invites all to join in Lectio in Lent. The event is free of charge. Zoom invites will be issued to those who sign up ahead of time at this Doodle poll. Additional information may be obtained from Br. Daniel-Chad Hoffman, CG Guardian at danhoffma@gmail.com. See more in Episcopal News Service.
Ongoing at ESC
Daily Prayer Opportunities
Each morning (except Sunday) a group gathers on ZOOM to practice Daily Morning Prayer. It is lay led, each day with a different leader. Since March 25 we have had 221 services with over 800 attendees. Average attendance is 3.6 souls. Attendance has improved in December, average is 4.5 souls! Join us for a Holy Spirit filled thirty minutes – a glorious way to start your day. The service starts promptly at 7:30 am and is completed by 8:00. Click here or go to ZOOM.US and enter meeting number 562 715 368; passcode John1513. If you are more inclined, Evening Prayer is available also. ZOOM meeting number 869 9363 5805 password Ex1414. The service starts at 7:00 pm.
Zoom with your Sunday School class!
Join friends and teachers, by Zoom, as they meet and discuss lessons from this year’s curriculum – Feasting on the Word. Confirmation classes for students in the Senior High Class meet on the first and third Sundays of the month during the regular Sunday School hour at 9:10 a.m. Classes on the second and fourth Sundays include Lectionary based topics. To discuss formation needs or other questions, please contact Patti Glowatsky (pglowatsky@easternshorechapel.org), Director of Family Formation:
Prayer Cards for Deployed Service Members
If you would like a prayer card sent to your deployed service member please contact Bill Hunter at whunter9@cox.net or 757-402-6384. Please let Bill know if deployed military members have returned so that he can welcome them back and remove them from the deployed military prayer list. Sponsors should contact Bill with contact info for formerly deployed members.
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