New Associate Joins ESC!
The Rev. Melody Perdue has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church. Melody is an experienced worship leader, military (and clergy) spouse and mother of five. She is married to The Rev. Hayes Perdue, an Episcopal priest and U.S. Navy chaplain currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Perdue siblings include Lydia (12), John (14), Anna (16), Sam (18), and Nate (19). The family will move to Virginia Beach next month for Rev. Melody’s first service with us in December, 2020.
Rev. Perdue earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Grove City College in Grove City, PA and a Master of Divinity degree from Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago, IL. She has additional training in youth ministry and pastoral care from The Lazarus Center in Ambridge, PA; The International School of Service in Cincinnati, OH and The Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. She has served churches as a youth and worship leader in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Melody was ordained to the Episcopal diaconate on Ascension Day by The Rt. Rev. Rob Skirving, Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina. She will be priested on November 21, 2020.
“I am thrilled that God directed our steps to Eastern Shore Chapel, and I look forward to becoming part of this community and serving Christ with you,” she relays.
“We are excited to welcome Melody, Hayes and the entire Perdue crew to ESC,” notes Fr. Cameron Randle, rector. “Melody’s multi-faceted gifts for ministry, coupled with an extensive background in thoughtful worship, will signal a new chapter in the life of our great parish.”
Please plan on welcoming the Perdues during this year’s very special season of Advent.
The Perdue family, L to R: John, Nate, Anna, Melody, Hayes, Lydia, and Sam
MLK Zoom Study Group Continues

Our virtual encounter with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail is underway on Thursdays at 7 PM. To participate in the discussion led by Fr. Cameron, please utilize the following link:

Meeting ID: 868 2734 5720
Passcode: MSg3aq
Hard Passages of the Bible - Week 4 discussions tomorrow
The Episcopal churches of Virginia Beach are back for week 4 of our Bible Study - working together to help us all grow in Spirit and Truth as we grow in knowledge of God’s Word. This week the Rev. Ashley Urquidi of Old Donation leads a discussion of Romans 13. Watch this week's teaching video and then join us at one of the Zoom discussions on Thursday, October 15 - 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. The log in information for those gatherings is below. The Zoom link for each week will also be posted with the weekly video on our YouTube page, Episcopal Churches of Virginia Beach. Click on the screenshot below to watch this week's video from the Rev. Ashley Urquidi.
11:00am Zoom Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15
Meeting ID: 867 4290 5460 
Passcode: 5WXLxe 
7:00pm Zoom Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15
Meeting ID: 825 1600 4300 
Passcode: 3uCPVe
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Wow! Our grounds are looking fresh and open and airy following this past Saturday's cleanup day. A crew of nine volunteers spent from morning until mid afternoon trimming trees and bushes across our grounds. Through their tireless efforts, and in response to recommendations by the Virginia Beach Police Department, sightlines have been greatly opened and security lighting has been cleared to shine brightly. The largest change was the removal of the loropetalum hedge that had so overgrown its bed that it fully encroached on the sidewalk between the narthex and the breezeway. When she heard the new Sally Herzer, who was part of the team that chose and planted the hedge oh so many years ago, exclaimed:"That's the best news!" The crew certainly hopes the rest of the congregation feels the same.

Due to a slight mix-up with the disposal container order, we have stacks of yard debris to be moved into the container this Saturday (October 17th). We'll meet at 8:30 to transfer the stacks into the container for anyone wanting to lend a helping hand.

Sally Cox, Senior Warden
Winter Shelter 2020
By Scott Darnell

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in...” Matthew 25:35

The Vestry and Outreach Committee of Eastern Shore Chapel have accepted the call to house our homeless neighbors during Winter Shelter, which will be held from December 30, 2020 through January 6, 2021. The Winter Shelter program will be coordinated for the first time by PIN (People In Need) Ministries. ESC is excited to be working with such a wonderful and experienced group.  

It is important that ESC continue its commitment to this vital ministry, particularly this year.  Because of the current COVID crisis, the scope, process, function and logistics will differ from past shelters.  Protocols for the safety of our guests, volunteers, and all who make ESC home will be put in place and will be at the forefront of all decisions. 
The Vestry and the Outreach Committee will need many hands and volunteers to have a successful shelter.  If you are interested in assisting, please contact a committee member. Following is important information on how to get involved:

  • The first Winter Shelter Meeting is October 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. A representative of PIN Ministries will be in attendance to go over the details of the program and answer any questions. If you would like to attend, please text Scott Darnell 757-714-4766, or email We need RSVPs to determine physically distanced seating.
  • Reach out directly with your questions - Scott Darnell, Allison Johnson 410-596-0143, or Worth Remick 757-285-4661, We are available and willing to discuss the shelter directly with you.

SAVE THE DATES - December 30, 2020 through January 6, 2021. Please continue to check future Chimes articles for more information.
Chapel Pantry update
By Kay O'Reilly, Chapel Pantry Coordinator

The Pantry served 326 families on Saturday, another big day. At an average of 3.5 persons per household, that is 1,141 individuals. To date for 2020, the Chapel Pantry has provided food assistance to 8,242 families, or 29,164 individuals!

We couldn’t do this huge service to our community without our many fantastic volunteers. Here are just a few of our Saturday helpers who bless us with their presence each week.
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, 9:10 a.m. Classes on the second and fourth Sundays include lectionary based topics.

Classes are organized as follows:

Anyone wishing to receive a link to these Zoom classes may email the teachers listed above. To discuss formation needs or other questions, please contact Patti Glowatsky (, Director of Family Formation.
Prayer Team

One of the many ministries at Eastern Shore Chapel that "flies under the radar" is our Prayer Team. These parishioners have made a commitment to pray for those we have been made aware of who are in need. This is a most valuable ministry and one that is foundational to what we do and who we are as Christians. Would you be interested in being part of the team? If so, please contact Fr. Cameron or Amanda McGinty. You will be glad you did. See Luke 11:5-13.
Time, talent and treasure: Headline goes here

This week, we are catching up with Amanda McGinty and Pastoral Care. Amanda and this ministry serves our parish so well,and she has been very busy this year. Another outstanding testimony for Stewardship! Click on the screenshot below to watch.

The Stewardship Committee
A Call for Leadership – Vestry Class of 2021

As we near the end of a year that defies all description, we at Eastern Shore Chapel have much to celebrate. We are a vibrant church, growing in spiritual maturity and financial health. Through our many important ministries, we are serving the needs of our community. And we are taking the first careful steps toward a joyful time when we can physically reunite with one another for worship.
Because of the impact of COVID-19 on our congregation, our ministries, and our finances, we may face new challenges and uncertainties that require difficult decisions in future months and years. Despite these challenges, we will always be committed to our call to be “conduits of God’s healing and restoration” in a broken world. 
Do you feel called to help lead ESC through the excitement and uncertainty of the next three years? Do you know someone else whose skills, perspective or leadership could help us in our journey? The Vestry Elections and Nominating Committee (Sally Cox, Senior Warden; Deb Painter, Junior Warden; Patti Frankenfield, and Dan McCready) wants to hear from you! We are searching for a diverse slate of candidates to stand for election to the Vestry Class of 2021.
Who Can Serve?
  • A Vestry member must be:
  • at least 16 years of age
  • a confirmed communicant of the parish in good standing
  • “known to the Treasurer” (through pledging)
  • a regular participant in the church’s corporate worship
What Commitment Is Required?
  • Active participation in Vestry meetings on the 4th Tuesday evening of each month
  • Service as Vestry liaison to at least one other church committee or ministry
  • When it is safe, visible presence at worship services and at other parish events
  • Commitment to Eastern Shore Chapel’s Mission, Values and Vision, and to the norms agreed to by Vestry each year.
Yes, I believe I am called to serve! What do I do now?
Let the Nominating Committee or any member of Vestry know of your interest. We will ask you to complete a Vestry Commitment Statement and to plan to participate in an orientation with Father Cameron and Vestry leadership on Sunday, October 18. There, you will learn more about the election process itself and the expectations of Vestry membership. Thank you!
WESC Harvest Soup & Quiche Sale

WESC gives out each year about $6,000 to ministries at our church, in our community, in the Diocese and in the world. This year, thanks to the pandemic, our biggest fundraiser, the Spring Thyme Herb Sale and Junque Shoppe did not happen, and we have only the money made at the February Soup Sale. What to do? Our answer is a Harvest Soup and Quiche Sale because we know the people of Eastern Shore Chapel love our soups and quiche. So here are your choices:

Soups are $9 per quart and come in these flavors:
  • Brunswick Stew (gluten free)
  • Chicken Tortilla (gluten free)
  • Chicken Corn Chowder 
  • Greek Lemon Chicken and Rice (no salt added)
  • Tuscan Bean (vegetarian)
  • Butternut Squash (vegetarian)
  • Vegetable Beef (gluten free)
  • Beef Chili (gluten free)

Quiches are $10 and come in these flavors:
  • Quiche Noel (with ham)
  • Quiche with spinach (vegetarian)
  • Quiche with broccoli (vegetarian)
  • Quiche Lorraine (with bacon)

Drive-by pick-up is Sunday, Nov. 15 from noon to 2. (Delivery available if needed)
Payment is by check only and is due at pick-up. Checks should be made out to ESC with "WESC" in the memo line.

To order call or email one of these people:
Susan Buchanan, 757-481-2595,
Ellen Gallup, 757-481-5897,
Marty LaGiglia, 757-425-6758,
Parish Book Store: Start your holiday shopping here!

It is not too early to think about ordering Christmas presents for loved ones. Check out The Parish Book Store bookshelves at We have added titles recommended by parishioners, so we know that the books are bound to be good! The Parish Book Store receives a portion of each sale made through our website at So please support us and at the same time thrill your gift recipients with an engaging book.
78 lives saved!

Thank you so much for all your hard work for the blood drive! We ended collecting - 26 productive pints; saving over 78 lives. We couldn't have done it without all your dedication and support.
From our fearless founder, Clara Barton: “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
Thanks for supporting our life saving mission and can't wait to work together again in December.
Kelsey Rosecrans
American Red Cross - Mid Atlantic Blood Services Region
Morning Daily Office

Join us every morning but Sunday at 7:30 on ZOOM to celebrate the Morning Daily Office.
Click here or go to ZOOM Meeting ID: 562 715 368 Passcode: John1513. On Thursdays join us live in the narthex - just like we did pre-pandemic! Everything is provided, all you need to do is show up. All are invited, all are welcomed.
Evening Daily Office

Evening Daily Office is now available on ZOOM at 5:30 Monday through Friday. Meeting ID: 896 1777 7644 Passcode: Ex1414. Join us once, join us occasionally, or join us regularly; we are made richer by your presence.
Pray for Our Military

From CRU Military Ministry -- Praise the Lord for His faithfulness during the recent Latin America Cadet virtual prayer gathering for 17 Military and Police Academies, where over 538 cadets from eight Latin American countries (Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Dominican Republic) joined for an evening of praise, prayer and worship. The 18 Generals, Admirals and General Commissioners united in a powerful way to demonstrate dependence on the Lord to these emerging Cadet Military Leaders. Travel restrictions actually increased the number of attendees because of the virtual platform!

Prayers & Prayer Cards for deployed military
If you would like a prayer card sent to your deployed service member please contact Bill Hunter at or 757-402-6384. I would also be happy to place the service member on the prayer list at church for inclusion in the weekly Prayers of the People.
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