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Old Donation Episcopal Church
Weekly Chimes E-News
March 19, 2023
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Rose Sunday
It was a surpassing joy to celebrate the upcoming birth of our child this past Sunday with you. Chris and I thank you for your abundant generosity in helping us prepare our home for this little one. Thank you especially to the Daughters of the King, Jenn Rennekamp, Parish Life, and Gretchen Hood for preparing food, decorating, and organizing the shower. Once he’s born, you can be sure you’ll hear from me from time to time how the family’s doing, and I’ll be back by the end of June. I should have one or two more Sundays with you before he’s born, so I look forward to these last couple weeks! 
This Sunday we wear PINK! It is Refreshment Sunday, a rose colored Sunday in Lent designed to give us space to breathe in the midst of our fast. Each Sunday in Lent is a mini feast, but this Sunday in particular is meant to be a time of refreshment. As such, we will have our Ministry Fair immediately following the 10am services with a refreshment theme. Come prepared to indulge in all the things you might have given up for Lent, and learn about what each of our ministries is doing and how you can get involved. 
Tonight, join us for our second Koinonia Dinner where we can learn the value of community and get to know the people who sit beside us in worship each Sunday. The last one was a ton of fun, so come and fellowship with us tonight at 6:00pm.
Next Wednesday, join us for dinner and a concert with the Matsiko World Orphan Choir, featuring children from Liberia who come to share their talents. If you are interested in hosting a couple of the children and a chaperone, please email us here. 
As we approach Holy Week, it is time to think about Easter Lilies, Palm Sunday Passion readers, and volunteers to sit vigil over the night of Maundy Thursday. If you are interested in participating in Holy Week in any of these ways, please sign up below.
We also continue our search for a weekend sexton. If you know anyone looking for part-time weekend work, please encourage them to apply. 
It is also time to look forward to VBS! Please fill out the volunteer survey HERE if you would like to help with VBS this summer, July 17-21. We have plenty of positions to fill, both interacting with the kids or doing more behind the scenes work before or during VBS. 
This week, I am preaching 8am and 10am in the Church, and Bob+ will be in the Gathering and Sundays@5. See you soon!
Supper starts at 6:00pm! See you here!
New-ish or you’ve been around Old Donation forever, these Lenten dinners with discussion are for you. Teaching on New Testament community (Koinonia), telling stories, and exploring what goes on, and what we want to go on at ODEC will be our themes. Great for newcomers. Super for building new community. Child-care will be available.
Singles ☩ Couples ☩ Parents ☩ Episcopalians
Tomorrow! Every 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 5:30-7:00pm in Alfriend House. Questions? Contact Lissie+! Childcare is provided.
Pilgrimage 2023 Meeting
THIS Friday, 17 March 5:00pm at Eastern Shore Chapel. Wear GREEN for the St. Patrick's Day party!
Wednesday, March 22: The Matsiko World Orphan Choir @ ODEC!
Orphaned and at-risk children from Liberia perform song and dance.
5:30pm start!
NEEDED: hosts to house at least 2 children and 1 adult chaperone Wednesday and Thursday nights 22 & 23 March. The will bring sleeping bags! You will need to supply two breakfasts and bring them to the church Thursday and Friday mornings. Email us if you can host!
Meal Request
As Sue Doll recovers at home following surgery, a few meals have been requested to help while she rests. You can assist by either providing a home-cooked meal or contributing a giftcard to let Sue order out. Please sign up HERE. If you have any questions, reach out to Annamarie Ginder.
Becoming Beloved Community Call for Volunteers
The Urban Renewal Center’s Impact Arts Program needs your help. Please consider volunteering an evening or two now through the end of April:
  • Tuesdays 4:30pm - 8:30pm drivers/co-drivers are needed 11 & 18 April to transport kids from Young Terrace to Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk in the ODEC bus.
  • Thursdays 5:30pm - 8:00pm shepherds are needed 30 March & 6 April to distribute food, water and encouragement during the dance and theatre classes at Williams Farm Recreation Center.
If you can help, contact Dan Ries at 757-277-1907 or email at
Hollywood, Teach Us to Pray film:

Saturday, 25 March 1:00pm at Family Fun Theatre, VB. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased online at This 90-minute film produced by renowned C.S. Lewis scholar Dr. Terry Lindvall focuses on the surprising role prayer has played in the history of American movies.

Click HERE for full information!
Ways to Help
Children's Chapel
Even if your children are grown! We need leaders and assistants to teach our 27+ young friends each Sunday. Our hope is to have enough people so you only serve once every 4-6 weeks, but we need 4 per week! Email Lissie+ or Gretchen.
Palm Sunday Passion Readers
We will read the Passion on Palm Sunday, 2 April. Readers are needed for 8:00am and both 10:00am services. Click HERE to sign up. Individual readings will be assigned soon.
Sit Vigil in the Church
After the Maundy Thursday service on 6 April, we sit vigil overnight in the church. Two people are needed for each hour-long time slot. The vigil ends at 7:00am on Good Friday. Sign up HERE.
Be a Mighty Usher
Can you hand out bulletins? Arrive to worship 20 minutes early? Greet people? Carry the offering and communion elements to the altar? If so, you can usher! Click HERE to sign up!
VBS Volunteers!
It's time to plan VBS 17-21 July! Please fill out the volunteer survey HERE if you would like to help. We have plenty of positions to fill, both interacting with the kids or doing behind the scenes work before or during VBS.
Feed My Sheep Needs
  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Quilts
These items are for our friends who are sleeping outside in the cold. Please bring them clean, and in plastic bags for distribution.
School Supplies Needed for Pembroke Meadows
  • Notebook paper
  • Dry Erase markers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons
Beach Bag Program
ODEC will accept donations through 27 March for this VB City Public Schools program. Questions? Please contact Ivy Kilby.

Please bring these specific items in individual sized packaged food:
•Individual sized cereal or oatmeal • 8oz serving sized shelf-stable whole milk (white or chocolate) • Individual sized meals (ravioli, spaghetti & meatballs, macaroni & cheese, etc.) • Snacks: granola bars, raisins, pretzels • Individual sized fruit cups
Help Wanted
Weekend Sexton
Seeking a physically fit person to work about 10 hours each weekend who is self-directed, results-oriented with a positive outlook, and a clear focus on high standards for order and cleanliness. Mature, credible, and comfortable in church environment. Reliable, tolerant, and a team-player. Please email Gretchen with your work history and a note of your desire to work.
Worship This Sunday - 19 March 2023
Rose Sunday
8:00am Church ☩ 10:00am Church ☩ 10:00am Gathering
5:00pm Sundays@5 Informal Holy Eucharist
4449 N. Witchduck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Mailing address:
PO BOX 68067 Virginia Beach, VA 23471