Lazarus at the Gate
Peter Koenig
Old Donation Episcopal Church
Weekly Chimes E-News
September 25, 2022
Good afternoon, ODEC family and friends, 
UNDERSTATEMENT: This is an active Church. I have some trouble keeping up with myself these days. Today I had meetings at Galilee, Eastern Shore Chapel, noon prayers here, writing notes like this and planning for tonight’s Wednesday program with a guest speaker. Yesterday and Monday were a little busier. The weekend was absolutely crazy busy. But it is good busy for the most part. God gives this parish more opportunities than any one of us could imagine. Fortunately, God also raises up many leaders with gifts and talents to respond to God’s invitations. 
Tonight we have a guest speaker for our Wednesday program. Dr. Johnny Finn teaches at Christopher Newport University and will present some of work and lead discussion on the effects of redlining in Hampton Roads. It is one element in the fascinating and disturbing way we sometimes participate unknowingly in the web of racism and its impact today. Join us at 6:00 for supper. The program will finish between 7:30-8:00. 
This weekend is full of opportunities — these are detailed below. 
  • Young Historians are going apple picking on Saturday, let Heather Shih know if you want to join. 
  • Sunday at 10:00 in Church, Lissie+ and new officers for Daughters of the King will be installed. 
  • Sunday at 6:30, after Sundays@5, High School youth and parents are invited to the Great Hall for supper and information about next year’s Youth Spiritual Pilgrimage to Ireland. All are welcome to come and see. 
  • All Eucharistic Ministers are invited to a training session in the Church at 11:15, led by John Sherman. Procedures are changing. We are working on separate stations for intinction (dipped) bread and wine. We need more of you to serve Chalice for this vital role.
  • The Gathering will have REAL baked bread again starting this Sunday. 
  • We need more ushers for 10:00 services. PLEASE respond to Gretchen, Mal Higgins, or clergy if you will help, or on the links below to just sign up.
Monday evening begins the high Holy Days for our Jewish friends. One of the local congregations will be holding Rosh Hashanah services here and will conclude the following week with Yom Kippur. We make holy space available for them each year. 
And don’t forget next week’s schedule includes the Dos Santos concert with country singer - songwriter Rick Orozco on Thursday evening and the funeral service for Ruth Ann Campbell on Saturday. 
We are working on the October Bell Ringer articles now. If you have events or information to include, it is due now to Gretchen’s e-mailbox
See you tonight!
Becoming Beloved Community Event - TONIGHT!
TONIGHT, 6:00pm in the Great Hall.
Guest speaker, Dr. Johnny Finn, Professor of Geography, and Chair, Department of Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology, Christopher Newport University will address: “Social Murder & the Geography of Injustice.” Dr. Finn has spent decades studying the effects of redlining in Hampton Roads, and will demonstrate how redlining has negatively affected our area in the past, and continues to cause great harm to the poorest among us. Redlining is a term that describes the refusal to grant loans and/or insurance to some because they are deemed to be a poor financial risk. This presentation reveals how the practice has resulted in forcing the poor and people of color into concentrated areas of poverty. Dr. Finn explores what has happened and what is still happening today in our own back yard.
October Bell Ringer
All input for the October Bell Ringer is now due. Please email Gretchen with your submission of 100 words max. If your commission is doing something, it's important we hear from you to get the word out.
Young Historians Outing
This Saturday, 24 September 11:00am for apple picking at Cullipher Farm. Contact Heather Shih to sign up and for more information. All Young Historians are welcome - current and future!
I. Sherman Greene Chorale
50th Anniversary Choral Music Workshop Choir Concert! Saturday, 24 September 7:15pm at Kempsville Presbyterian Church. Donations accepted.
Save the date and join us for a great cause!
Can't attend? You can still contribute through Online Giving.
Ushers! No joke. We need ushers for the 10:00am services every week!
Impact Arts Program
4th - 7th graders can participate in professional training in dance or theatre, with underprivileged children from VB. The program is free but requires registration and a spirit to learn. Adults and HS Youth volunteers needed at 5:45pm every Thursday (but you can volunteer when you like). The Urban Renewal Center of Norfolk hosts the Youth Impact Arts Program at Williams Farm Rec Center every Thursday evening through December 15. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Jan Packard!
Funeral Reception Facilitators
It's time to reignite helpers for our funeral receptions. If you can assist, please complete the form so we have accurate information to go forward!
ChurchLife Parish Directory
Are you a member of ODEC and have a smart phone? If so, you can access our directory. Take time to put ChurchLife on your smart phone so you can be in contact with other members. Click HERE to download the app for your phone and get started. If you have troubles, please email the Parish Administrator for help.
We've been told "Only real dummies don't read the Bell Ringer!" Click on the graphic to read up!
A Service of Prayer and Reflection remembering Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Click here for the Service Bulletin.
Worship This Sunday - 25 September 2022
8:00am 10:00am Sundays@5
8:00am, 10:00am Church, 10:00am Gathering,
5pm Sundays@5
in-person services
10:00am Live-Stream on Facebook
Lay Eucharistic Training
In the Church after the 10:00am services. This will be led by John Sherman and is for ALL Lay Eucharistic Ministers, no matter which service you attend.
Attribution: Koenig, Peter. Lazarus at the Gate, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 21, 2022]. Original source: Peter Winfried (Canisius) Koenig,
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