Beloved Community Beckons Us at Advent
 
If you haven’t participated in a virtual worship service, study group, or discussion during the past nine months, the opportunity is offered anew for Advent. Four lay leaders in our parish will facilitate an online conversation (on Tuesdays at 7 PM) about what it means to anticipate our role in Christ’s kingdom on earth. Of particular interest will be attitudes and perspectives toward those whose racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds differ from ours.
 
Preparing to Become the Beloved Community is a four-part presentation of the national Episcopal Church. The journey is framed around the image of a labyrinth because “…in the ministry of racial healing and justice, none of us walks a straight line.”
 
To participate in any or all four Advent sessions, each of which will last 45 minutes or so, simply click on the link that will be sent weekly via email during Advent. Upcoming topics are:
  • December 8: Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community (Allison Ward Johnson)
  • December 15: Practicing the Way of Love in the Pattern of Jesus (Lee Davis)
  • December 22: Repairing the Breach in Institutions & Society (Harold Williams)
MLK Zoom Study Group
 
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: 895 2819 6068
Passcode: QCKez0
First Friday Men's Breakfast on Dec. 4

Don't forget... this Friday, December 4, is the first Friday of the month and time for our First Friday Men's Breakfast! We are thrilled to have Patti Glowatsky, our Director of Family Formation as our special guest. She will share with us her vision for the parish and bring us up-to-date with all that is going on. We begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall. All are asked to be properly masked and to practice social distancing. We will also discuss the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent which may be found here. Breakfast biscuits will be distributed at the close of the meeting. Please plan to join us - we will all be made richer by your presence!
ESC Vestry Candidates
from the Vestry Nominating & Election Committee

This year, in lieu of an in person meeting, Vestry has agreed that we will be voting by mail. Please note that even though our elections are by mail, our church canons call for nominations from the floor on election day. In order to facilitate this element of our election procedure, we are making room on the ballots for you to write in any candidates you would like to nominate.

Following is information on members of our congregation who have responded to the call for service and have made a commitment to run for election to our Vestry. Ballots and instructions for our December election were mailed Saturday, November 21. If you did not receive your ballot, please call Sally Cox (757-478-5869). If you have not yet returned your ballot, please do so immediately. Please make sure you have voted for 4 candidates and return your ballot to arrive at church no later than Monday, December 7.
 
THE CANDIDATES
David Boling
Member of ESC for: 1 year 11 months
Marital Status: Married to Betsy
Name & Ages of Children, If Any: Warren (57), Will (45), Katy (37)
Occupation: Retired Director of Government Relations
Service Most Often Attended: 10:15
Parish Ministries/Activities in which you have been Involved: Choir, office volunteer, men’s breakfast group
Areas of Interest at ESC: Finance, administration, and music ministries
What Special Talents would you bring to the Vestry: Business and legislative background, consensus builder, certified mediator
I understand the Role of the Vestry to Be… the representative body of the parish, reflecting the aspirations and goals of the membership as we serve God and our community. The Vestry assumes stewardship of the assets of the church in order to support the vision of the parish. Vestry members need to be good listeners and compassionate advisors to the rector.
I Think God is calling Eastern Shore Chapel to… grow spiritually as we become an even more essential presence in our community which reflects God’s love and concern for all people through worship and outreach. We can’t be just the historical brick building on the corner. We must be the people who answer God’s call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and help those in trouble.
Patricia (Pat) Edwards
Member of ESC for: 5 years & 8 months
Marital Status: Life Partner, Kim Warren
Name & Ages of Children, If Any: Jaydan (stepson) (18)
Occupation: Paramedic – Bon Secours Health System EMS Coordinator
Service Most Often Attended: 8:00
Parish Ministries/Activities in which you have been Involved: Eucharistic Minister, 128th Annual Council, Adult Acolyte, Special Election to elect the Bishop (Delegate)
Areas of Interest at ESC: The Chapel Pantry, Haiti Medical Mission Outreach, Prison Ministry, Adult Forum, Winter Shelter
What Special Talents would you bring to the Vestry: As a cradle Episcopalian – Baptized as an infant, confirmed in 9th grade – I bring a lifelong commitment to my church community. Throughout my life I have been extremely active in my church. As a youth I had perfect attendance for all 6 years of Sunday School; was 1 of 4 girls to become St. Peters’ first female acolytes in 1975 and was active in the Youth Group. As an adult I have served as an Eucharistic Minister, an adult acolyte and on the Vestry at St. Thomas, Hanover, NH. I was called to serve those in need and that is reflected in my church life, my career and as a Rotarian. All done with an open mind, a kind & willing heart and a smile.
I understand the Role of the Vestry to Be… An elected body that provides leadership and oversight to articulate the mission and ministry of the congregation. The Vestry protects the vision and insures the values of the church community by ensuring effective organization and planning. Provides financial integrity, manages church resources and supports the clergy.
I Think God is calling Eastern Shore Chapel to… Continue to strengthen our ministries to serve those in need – the homeless, those that struggle to provide food for their families, and those in prison. We live in crazy times with so many that are struggling, are experiencing injustice and pain. During COVID and in a post COVID world we’ll one day see, many within our community will need us – and we need to make sure we are there.
Kenneth Lamott Fields
Member of ESC for: 3 years
Marital Status: Single
Name & Ages of Children, If Any: One Daughter
Occupation: Car Detailer Charles Barker Mercedes-Benz
Service Most Often Attended: Every Sunday
Parish Ministries/Activities in which you have been Involved:
Areas of Interest at ESC: I am also the co-chair Newcomer Committee, and Historical Committee
What Special Talents would you bring to the Vestry: My leadership and commitment
I understand the Role of the Vestry to Be… Yes, I do understand position been on Vestry
I Think God is calling Eastern Shore Chapel to… Call of faith and Duties and Eastern Shore
Susan F. Kaufman
Member of ESC for: 2 years
Marital Status: Single
Name & Ages of Children, If Any: Charles F. (Chuck) (23)
Occupation: retired Ayurvedic Practitioner & Community Volunteer
Service Most Often Attended: 10:15 in choir
Parish Ministries/Activities in which you have been Involved: Choir, Chapel Pantry, Building Committee, Office of Government Relations, Prison Ministry
Areas of Interest at ESC: Diversity, Inclusion, Outreach through OG Relations & Pantry, Buildings, Music
What Special Talents would you bring to the Vestry: Previous Vestry (Christ & St. Luke's) & Building Committee
I understand the Role of the Vestry to Be… Servant Leadership
I Think God is calling Eastern Shore Chapel to… Express the Love al All People & All Creation thru Action. Worship that recharges & restores us for that mission.
Gina E. Williams
Member of ESC for: 7 years
Marital Status: Married
Name & Ages of Children, If Any: Elliot - 17 Jordan – 22
Occupation: Homemaker
Service Most Often Attended: 10:30
Parish Ministries/Activities in which you have been Involved: Welcome Committee, Altar Guild, Seton Friday Dinners, Winter Shelter, Chili Cookoff, Helping decorate for any event, Basically help where ever is needed
Areas of Interest at ESC: Pantry, Outreach, Feed my sheep, Family Ministry
What Special Talents would you bring to the Vestry: Creative, Social, Handy, Fast and willing learner, Flexible, Problem solver, Multilingual, Great gofer
I understand the Role of the Vestry to Be… to be the voice of the congregation and help lead the church into fulfilling its role by overseeing or taking care of different activities, programs, and the day to day decisions involving the future of the congregation.
I Think God is calling Eastern Shore Chapel to… help the community and congregation where ever is needed. Be it physically or spiritually. To offer support in becoming better Christians, as a community and individuals. To be a voice of reason and understanding in these troubling times. To be a shelter and solace for whomever seeks it. In other words, to help us remember Jesus words and why God put us in this earth.
Advent and Christmas at Parish Book Store

Check out the books for Advent and Christmas on our virtual bookshelves at bookshop.org/shop/parishbookstore. We have suggestions for every age. You can order any book, not just those listed on our “shelves,” and the Parish Book Store earns the profit on the sale. We are open by appointment if you have the urge to peruse our wares in person. Email us or call Susan Buchanan (757-481-2595) to arrange a time.
Parish Day School: Learning through play

This week at Parish Day School our students are enjoying classroom and outdoor play. We know these activities are essential for our students well-being. Our philosophy of learning through play is important in all we do at preschool. Through play our students build their imagination and creativity, build social and emotional skills, learn independence, foster their cognitive growth, and promotes their physical fitness. We love being part of our little learners preschool journey and watching them grow and learn.
Ongoing at ESC
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.
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:
Prayers for Our Military
From CRU Military Ministry - PRAY for troops around the world to be strong and courageous in the tasks that are before them this week. PRAY for the Lord to draw them to Himself, so that they delight in His Word and desire to follow Him with their whole heart, trusting in Him alone. PRAY for them to reflect His righteousness and love where they serve and give them success in their work. PRAY that they will desire daily moments to meet with God and to read His Word to guide them in their actions, thoughts, and decisions. PRAY they will feel His comforting presence so that they can carry out their work with strength and courage, and fight fear or discouragement. PRAISE the Lord that He is with them wherever they go! – Joshua 1:7-9

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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