Freedom from Want
Norman Rockwell
Old Donation Episcopal Church
Weekly Chimes E-News
November 27, 2022
Hello Old Donation!
Wow! I had an absolutely wonderful time at my very first Oyster Roast with you! It was amazing to see so many turn out to prepare, set-up, organize, pull-off, and clean up Oyster Roast. Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you who helped in a myriad of ways to make this an outstanding day. And it truly was outstanding! We had wonderful attendance and raised over $15,000, which will go to support Outreach after expenses, well exceeding our expectations after a two-year hiatus. The food, shopping, games, and tours all provided multiple ways to not only raise money to help our community, but also to actually meet those in our community. It truly is a marvelous event, and I was honored to be a part of it. 
And the weekend fun didn’t end there! We had over 300 total people in our three services on Sunday as we all enjoyed an Instructed Eucharist, learning more about the meaning of our worship and deepening our connection to the service. The youth also had an eventful day with a great group of middle schoolers enjoying fun and fellowship at Apex Entertainment with laser tag and games, as well as a successful meeting of high schoolers from Old Donation, Eastern Shore Chapel, and All Saints’ in preparation for their Ireland pilgrimage this coming summer.
This week, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving with safe travels for you and your families as you celebrate the holiday. We will have a Thanksgiving Day Holy Eucharist in the Church at 10am. We invite you to come celebrate with us!
Sunday, 27 November begins the season of Advent. For the season of Advent, we will return to two 10am services, one in the Church and one in the Great Hall. This Sunday, join us after the 10 am services to make your own Advent wreaths to take home. For the remainder of Advent, Adult Formation will be dedicated to discussing and singing various Advent hymns. Sunday, 4 December will be a special day as Bishop Nicholas of Myra (St. Nick!) comes to visit us in the Gathering. Join us for these special holiday offerings. 
This Sunday, you will also see the Angel Tree return to the narthex so that we can provide presents for children who have a parent in jail. In addition to the Angel Tree, we are also accepting new toys in partnership with the Urban Renewal Center to give to 3rd-8th graders in need. Later in Advent, our annual coat drive will get started up. We invite you to support these ministries as you are able to make a difference in the lives of those in our community. 

Next week, on Wednesday, 30 November, the Day School will host their annual Stop n’ Shop with handmade items and vendors from Pampered Chef, Young Living, Tupperware, and more! Drop by Tucker Hall between 8:30am -1:30pm to stock up on Christmas gifts!
Thank you to all who have already turned in pledge cards, and if you still have a pledge to turn in, we’d be happy to receive it! The vestry is hard at work on next year’s budget. 
This week, Bob+ is preaching 8 and 10am in the Historic Church, and I will be preaching at the Gathering and 5pm. 
See you soon!
Parish Office Closure
The parish office will be closed Wednesday - Saturday this week. Happy Thanksgiving!
2023 Pledge
Don't forget to submit your 2023 pledge as your Vestry is building a budget now. You can record your pledge online HERE, or bring your pledge card in and place it in the offering plate. You may also email directly with your 2023 pledge amount.
Bring your own small nativity to go on display in the Narthex. The display case is locked, so you won't have to worry!
December Bell Ringer
All submissions are due to Gretchen by 28 November. Please do not format your information. There is no need to wait - submissions are welcome now.
Day School Stop-n-Shop
Do you like Handmade Items or products from Pampered Chef, Young Living, Tupperware, and more? We have ONE DAY where lots of vendors fill Tucker Hall and orders will be ready for Christmas gift giving. Stop by and browse Wednesday, 30 November 8:30am – 1:30pm.
Angel Tree & Toy Drive
This year we have two different gift collections occurring at ODEC. One is our traditional Angel Tree: choose a child on our list, purchase the requested gift, and return to the church wrapped by the Angel Tree display in the narthex to be distributed by the second week of December. We will also support children/families involved with Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk. Purchase a toy and bring it unwrapped to the labeled collection bin in the narthex. They will be distributed at the toy drive giveaway on 12/17/22. Please contact Holly Payne or Melissa Waide for any questions. Thanks for your love and support of these important ministries supported through Outreach at ODEC. Look for more info soon!
Building Project
Join ODEC and Faith Works Coalition in building a ramp for a couple in need. No skills required, both adults, MS & HS youth are invited to help. We need two adults each day on Thursday & Friday: Site preparation Thursday, 1 December, and pre-construction Friday, 2 December. Construction Saturday, 3 December we welcome adults and youth. Contact Dan Ries at 757-277-1907.
Worship This Sunday - 27 November 2022
8:00am 10:00am Church | Gathering Sundays@5
Christian Formation following the 10am service.
8:00am in Church,
10am Church & Gathering
Sundays@5 in Church
10:00am Live-Stream on Facebook
It's never too late to pledge for 2023. Click below.
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