Old Donation Episcopal Church

August 11, 2019
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Weekly Chimes

Dear Old Donation friends and family, 
The world is off-kilter. The regularity of hatred and rage erupting into mass violence, including our own city just two months ago, has made it seem like this is almost normal. Yet, it should not, and must not, be tolerated as something that is just part of our life. We can have good, healthy, disagreement and debate about WHAT to do, but DO SOMETHING needs to be our mantra. Communities can do more to come together. Politicians can unite and make this a safer place. We can all work harder to not start with our defensive guards up when someone else offers ideas.  Maybe together we can bring God's priorities into these debates and make progress. While we do that, I do offer my prayers for those communities and people who are being torn apart and terrorized, particularly the children in our nation who are now being taught how to use "bullet-proof" backpacks. uggh!
Sunday Ashley is back from vacation. She will be in the Church at 8 and 10:30. I'll have the Gathering and 5:00. Sundays@5 includes Paws, Prayers, and Praise! Tonight is vestry commissions. Outreach, Good News - Evangelism, and Parish Life are all meeting. 
Monday night is our inaugural session for "THIRST" - a monthly 'pub-theology' discussion. We meet at New River Tap House upstairs. Ashley and I will buy pitchers of soft drinks and a first round of ale to get us started. This is a free-wheeling discussion where nothing is off-limits. We will start with a topic each time but be open to anywhere the Holy Spirit leads the group. 
EYC is heading back to Water Country and Busch Gardens. Don't miss out!
Our August Wednesdays movie series starts next week with a FUN and FAITH-FULL showing of "Guardians of the Galaxy." This was the first of the series, released in 2014. We will begin showing the movie right at 6:00 so getting your plate full of food early will be helpful. Ashley and I will facilitate reflections on the spiritual points most of us miss. More details on the 2019 series coming.
See you Sunday, if not before.  Pax et bonum.

What's Happening Today...

Holy Eucharist 6:00pm, Supper 6:30pm
Vestry Commission Meetings 7:00pm
Outreach, Good News, Parish Life
  Thursday Morning
Holy Eucharist 10:00am
Bible Study 11:00am in the Parish Hall

CREW - Young-ish Adults
NO Crew this week!
Feed My Sheep
This Sunday is our day to serve a mid-day meal to folks in need in Norfolk sponsored by Outreach as "Feed My Sheep." We need help your cooking this Saturday at 9am in the church kitchen. Please contact Melissa Waide  (718-8599) if you are available this weekend or interested in helping in the future on the 2nd Sunday of the month with this ministry. Peace!  
Children and Youth Information Needed!
For ALL children in Sunday School: Kindergarten - 12th!
Please send names of children, grade, and emails for both parents and kids (if they have email!). Click HERE to reply with this information.
Feeling spiritually thirsty? Have questions to ask, but didn't know how?  
Monday, 12 August at New River Taphouse - upstairs. 
 Dinner? Show at 6:30pm. Discussion only? 7:00pm arrival. 
E very 2nd Monday, Fr. Bob and Mother Ashley will lead us in a discussion at a different location. We'll present a topic to get the evening going, and from there we'll talk about whatever is pressing on your minds. This is a relaxed and informal environment. Come! 
EYC Events
Tuesday, 13 August ALL EYC to Water Country.
Saturday, 17 August High School (only) EYC  to  
Busch Gardens. RSVP HERE
September Bell Ringer Submissions
Bell Ringer info is always due NLT than the 3rd Wednesday of the month prior. That's 21 August. Please send your info ASAP - it's never too early! If your commission is doing something, we need to know and want to spread the word. Send your unformatted submission to the office!

Stephen Ministry Training Class
 Stephen Ministry is about caring and listening. After extensive training, we spend an hour each week with our care receivers and give support as they are experiencing challenges such as depression, illness, divorce, financial problems, family problems and issues of faith. A new training class will begin in September. Contact Barbette Timperlake if you are interested.
Daughters of the King 
  ODEC Ladies, there has been interest shown in chartering a chapter of The Daughters of the King at Old Donation. ODEC Ladies desiring to possibly be a part of this move of God in this place, please speak with Frankie Ring or Pat Davis. An information gathering will be scheduled soon.  
  Slate for the 11th Bishop of our Diocese
Please click HERE to meet the candidates  

Ministry Links

Sunday 11 August 2019
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

8:00am Rite I:  The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi
  10:30am Rite II:   The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi  
10:30am The Gathering: The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr. 
Paws, Prayers & Praise | Sundays@5:  The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr. 
Parish Office

Gretchen Hood, Parish Administrator, odec@olddonation.org
The Rev. Robert J. Randall, Jr., Rector,  brandall@olddonation.org
The Rev. Ashley E. Urquidi, Associate Rector, aurquidi@olddonation.org
The Rev. Fred Poteet, Priest Associate, fpoteet@olddonation.org
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