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Old Donation Episcopal Church

March 11, 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent - Refreshment Sunday

Weekly Chimes

Greetings, friends and neighbors!
I hope your Lent is holy as we move past the half way point. This weekend is "Laetare Sunday" or "Rejoice" or "refreshment" Sunday when we pull out the rose colored vestments and have flowers at the altar as a small break in the penitential season of fasting and austerity. The change in tone anticipates the approach of the victorious joy of the Easter resurrection. Come and give thanks for all the ways God is blessing you and sustaining your life. I will be preaching in the Church and Jacqueline Soltys is in the Gathering.  
We will have a time to 'slow down' on Saturday for a Lenten Retreat. See details below if you would like some peace and contemplation using Henri Nouwen's meditations. He is one of my favorite contemplative writers with his thoughtful work that usually makes a mark on my heart. 
I need some of you who remember the joy of receiving a welcome bag of bread and information about ODEC to sign up to do delivery to visitors NO MORE THAN once a quarter. If enough of you sign up this is easy. You don't have to be a 'talker' - just a taker, because your instructions are to warmly tell the person you are delivering to that you are not permitted to stay and talk - only to drop off a gift. That makes it so we don't disrupt someone's day, but also makes it easy for you. If you received bread and it made an impact, please join the takers for this year for a one year commitment (4 visits total). 
Tonight vestry commissions are meeting. Come join us if you have an interest in Outreach, Stewardship, Buildings and Grounds, Evangelism, or Parish Life. Eucharist at 6, supper 6:30 and meetings from 7-8:00. 
See you soon!


What's Happening Today...

6:00pm Holy Eucharist, 6:30pm Supper
7:00pm Vestry Commission Meetings:
Evangelism, Stewardship, Parish Life, Outreach, Buildings & Grounds
Babysitting is available
GriefShare 6:00pm in Alfriend House
Thursday Morning
10:00am Holy Eucharist, 11:00am Bible Study
Lenten Retreat with Lunch & Holy Eucharist
Out of Solitude and into the World
Saturday, 10 March, 10:30am - 1:30 pm, led by Frankie Ring.  
Begins and ends in the church. Three guided meditations and reflections on the Christian Life by Henri Nouwen.
To register, contact Judy Kuhns or (757) 343-6740,
or sign up inside the parish hall or at the angel desk

Spring Forward! 

Don't miss church!

Be lead through the family-friendly sensory experience of Jesus before his death, while experiencing the joys of this life! Feel, hear, taste, smell, & see the Lord is good! For all ages, in Alfriend House, lunch is provided!
Questions? Contact Renee Skiles . No RSVP necessary.  

Easter Eggs!  

It's that time of year! We need candy and plastic Easter eggs for our Easter Egg hunt on Easter Day. You may bring your items to the Parish Office! 
2nd Annual Day School Silent Auction 
Friday, 23 March, 5:30pm in the Parish Hall
All proceeds benefit the Julia Tucker Day School Scholarship Fund.
Click here to see the flyer!

Easter Lilies
It's time to order your Easter Lilies for Easter Day. Each flower costs $12. Click HERE to order online, or sign up outside the Parish Hall.

Bread Takers Needed 
Please join the Bake and Take ministry as a Taker of bread to guests/newcomers! This special welcome to our family is a gesture no one forgets. Iffy? Take the "test" with in the church foyer, or email Heather to volunteer or ask questions! 

April Bell Ringer Submission Deadline 
Always the 3rd Wednesday of the month prior: 21 March! 

Ministry Links

Sunday, 11 March 2018
Fourth Sunday in Lent - Refreshment Sunday 

8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I:  The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
9:15am Holy Eucharist, Rite II: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.
10:30am The Gathering, Holy Eucharist: The Rev. Jacqueline Soltys
5:00pm Paws, Prayers & Praise: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr.

Numbers 21:4-9 

Ephesians 2:1-10 

John 3:14-21 

Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22 


Parish Office

Gretchen Hood, Parish Administrator,
The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr., Rector, brandall@olddonationorg
The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi, Assistant Rector,
The Rev. Fred Poteet, Associate Rector,
Jacqueline Soltys, Associate Priest
Marta Cohen, Youth Minister,

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