The St. Georgian Weekly E-newsletter
November 14, 2019
A Word from Our Associate Rector
We have switched to a monthly opening message from our Clergy. Our e-newsletter will still come out weekly.

To read Areeta's November message, "Learn" , included in last week's e-newsletter, click here. 
300th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar Now Available
To celebrate our 300th Anniversary, we have a commemorative calendar for sale. The 18-month calendar covers January 2020 - June 2021 and includes St. George's facts, figures, important dates and more.

Proceeds will help offset the costs of our 300th celebrations. Limited edition of 300 copies.

Purchase yours during coffee hour or contact the church office . Price $20; $21 if paid via PayPal (additional donations appreciated).
From Our Environmental Stewardship Commission
Our Environmental Stewardship Committee invites you to attend upcoming presentations during our 10 am Christian Formation hour. Come and learn more about caring for God's creation and how to be better stewards for our fragile home.

November 17 Care of Creation: Theological Grounding and Our Moral Call (with guests from Virginia Interfaith Power and Light and our St. George’s environmental stewardship committee). Care of creation is one of The Episcopal Church’s three major mission focuses. Participants will engage on our moral responsibility as people of faith as well as some of the pressing environmental issues of our day. 
On December 1st we welcome VAIPL back for a second workshop, Care of Creation: An Intro to Solar and Saving Money through Energy Efficiency. This workshop in Faulkner Hall is an introduction to solar energy and energy efficiency in Virginia. Participants will find out what is available to our faith community, hear stories from other faith communities around Virginia and learn how going green can help to save money in the long run.

Blessing of the Civil Marriage of Rev. Areeta and Chris
Chris Dorle and the Rev. Areeta Bridgemohan are delighted to invite the St. George’s community to the blessing of their civil marriage at 4 pm on Friday, November 22 at St. George’s.

Everyone is also invited afterwards to join us for fellowship in Sydnor Hall. We look forward to celebrating with you!
This Week at St. George's
Are You Called to Vestry Service?
Nomination deadline for serving on our Vestry was extended. Contact our rector or Senior Warden, Marilyn Farrington , ASAP for the nomination form. You can view the job description on our website:

Diocesan Convention is Here!
Each year the clergy and lay delegates representing the congregations of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia gather in convention to conduct business of the Diocese and to share reports of how God is at work across our region, which extended from Richmond to Northern Virginia, from the Northern Neck to the Shenandoah Valley. Visit the Diocesan website ( for information about the resolutions and elections that will be considered at this year's convention November 14 - 16. The delegation from St. George's will include the Revs. Joe Hensley and Areeta Bridgemohan, Jessica Atkinson, Anne Beals, and Craig Rains. 

Feeding Our Neighbors
On Saturday, November 16 from 9 am - 11 am in Sydnor Hall, join us as we pack bags of food for our neighbors experiencing food insecurity. Please contact Ann Tebbutt if you'd like to help.

3rd Grade Bible Presentations
Join us as we present Bible gifts to 3rd graders on this Sunday, November 17 at the 9 am service.

Chamber Concert:
Our Chamber Series continues on November 17 with music by the St. George Chamber Orchestra. Concert is free with donations accepted at the door.

Silent Auction for St. George's Preschool
The Preschool’s 8th Annual Silent Auction is this Sunday, November 17th in Sydnor Hall. Items will be available for bidding after the 7:45 am service until 12:45 pm. This year we have an online digital program that we are excited to share and will allow everyone to preview auction items and make their wish lists early! We will continue the sale of our raffle tickets for the “Date Night in our Town” and “Play Around our Town” baskets. Also, check out the Take It Table for items that are priced to sell immediately. Looking forward to seeing everyone Sunday!

Mark Your Calendars - Looking Ahead
We have a number of opportunities for fellowship! We hope you will join us.
Sunday, November 24
Giving Tree begins
(our Annual Christmas gift drive for homeless children and youth and children and youth housed with Habitat for Humanity)
Sunday, December 1
Advent begins
Advent Workshop

Saturday, December 7
Saturday Night Supper (SNS)

Sunday, December 8
Annual Parish Meeting (with combined worship at 10 am)
Adult Christian Formation - Sunday, 10 am
Sydnor Hall: Care of Creation - Theological Grounding and Our Moral Call
With guests from Virginia Interfaith Power and Light and our St. George’s environmental stewardship committee. Care of creation is one of The Episcopal Church’s three major mission focuses. Participants will engage on our moral responsibility as people of faith as well as some of the pressing environmental issues of our day

Library: Episco 101- Stand alone modules designed for people new to the church or who have questions about who we are, what we believe, and why we do the things we do.
Please join us this week as we discuss Contemporary Issues in the Church.

Elsie Lewis: Bible Study - Led by Ray Crafton. This week we look at the genealogy of
Jesus in Chapter 3 and journey to Nazareth for the start of His ministry in Chapter 4.Previous week's slides are on our website - see the links below.

Resources for the Luke Bible Study:

Spotlight On: 300th Anniversary
Our 300th Anniversary Celebration Commission has been hard at work planning wonderful events and activities to help celebrate our history and future at St. George's. Thanks be to God for their devotion and enthusiasm for our parish!
Want to be a part of our 300th Anniversary Celebrations? We need you! Volunteer to help with one of our many events. Sign up online ( ), contact the church office, or email: .

Pastoral Emergency Phone Number
If you have a pastoral emergency, including but not limited to hospitalization or a death, please text or call 540.361.8573 to reach the clergy on call.

Courtesy Reminder
During services, we ask everyone to please silence electronic devices so that all can focus on our worship together. Be mindful that using electronics during services may be distracting to others, even if they are silenced, so please be considerate of those beside and around you.

Wonder in All
Thanks be to God for all the pledges that have been offered so far. If you have not yet completed a pledge card, please let us know your plans asap so we can develop our budget for 2020. If you would like additional guidance about pledging, our website has several pages of resources: Stewardship FAQ's and New to Giving . It is not too late. Cards are available in the narthex and church office, and you can always pledge via our website.

New Music Video
Zane Neale, a friend of The Table at St. George's and a former member of "Flight Boiis" has released a new music video. As part of the music video release, he has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money to feed people at Thanksgiving through The Table. Click here to learn more and donate.

New in the Pews: E-giving Cards
Many St. Georgians make their offering through electronic bank draft, credit card, text-to-give, etc. For more information about e-giving visit our website. At Sunday services, the collection plate may feel less meaningful if your gift was completed electronically. The physical “offering” of gifts during the liturgy is a sign of our response to God’s grace. We now have re-usable cards in the pews to put in the plate indicating you have made an e-offering. Thanks be to God for all gifts that we share. “All things come of thee O God, and of thine own have we given thee.”  

Support SAWs Virginia
The Spotsylvania Lions Club is having its annual Fresh Seafood Sale. Jumbo shrimp, scallops, and oysters will be trucked straight from the Gulf of Mexico November 23 and December 14 for pick up between 10 am and 12 pm at Christ Episcopal Church (8951 Courthouse Road Spotsylvania, VA 22553). Orders must be placed by November 17 (November pickup) or December 7 (December pickup). 90% of all proceeds will go to SAWs Virginia, a volunteer, ecumenical non-profit that builds wheelchair ramps for ambulatory disabled persons who cannot afford one on their own. Click here for more info and to place your order.

Advent Quiet Day
Join us Saturday, December 7 for a contemplative quiet morning with Howard Thurman, spiritual director of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be gathering in Sydnor at 9 am, or you can join us online. Cost is: $15/person. Please register by Wednesday, November 27 by contacting the Rev. Areeta Bridgemohan. For more information, you can visit the Shalem website.

Giving Tuesday - December 3
Join in the global giving movement on December 3 by supporting your local food ministry, The Table! You can donate online at St. George's website; on our Facebook page; by text to 540.701.4133 with message: Funds; or come by and drop off cash or check at the Donation Station in Sydnor Hall. For more information, please contact Chris Cook at 703.328.1530. Thank you!

We Need Your Feedback - Master Planning Presentation
The architectural drawings from Sunday's master plan presentation with Stephen Koenig are now available on our website along with the Rev. Joe Hensley's introductory remarks. We welcome your comments and questions which will help us discern our next steps.

Special Speaking Event Deborah Awut
Thursday, November 21 at 4 pm in Sydnor Hall, the Mary Faulkner ECW Chapter will host Deborah Awut Mayom Agok, an international speaker on equality for women, and peace and reconciliation. She serves as the administrator of Hope and Resurrection Secondary School in South Sudan is in the US to participate in the State Department's global IVLP Women Leaders - Promoting Peace and Security program.

United Thank Offering (UTO)
It’s a wonderful time to give thanks for God’s blessing by supporting UTO. United Thank Offering is a twice annual collection organized by the Episcopal Church Women to fund domestic as well as international church development and outreach projects. Blue boxes and envelopes will be available this Sunday at church and in the narthex entryway. Every penny collected from the Blue Box and envelope offerings for UTO is used to support local and international projects. Bring your cash, coin, or check (made out to St. George’s; UTO on the memo line) donation on Nov. 24.

Saturday Night Supper Hosts Needed
If you are interested in hosting a SNS the first Saturday of the Month, January through June of 2020 please contact Jan. You may either host in your home or in Sydnor Hall with a friend.

Reconciliation Book Group
The Reconciliation Book Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the McGuire music room from 7 - 8:30 pm. The group discusses a book a month from Bishop Curry’s approved book list on anti-racism. Please join us for any and all discussions. If Tuesday evenings don’t work for you, please consider reading the books and partnering with another for discussion. It is our intention to increase shared facts on the topic of race.
  • November 19: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; led by Katie Green
  • December 17: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; led by Libby Humphries
  • January 21: Walking with the Wind by John Lewis
  • February 18: The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother by James McBride
  • March 17: Richmond’s Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell

St. George's Prayer Group
Please join us every second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays every month including the summer in the Elsie Lewis room from 10 am to 11:30 am. The Group offers prayers for everyone who has requested prayer in the previous week. We also read, reflect upon and discuss the gospel passage appointed for the following Sunday service. Facilitators Debbie Simpson and Kate Hardy welcome everyone to join us whenever you are able.

Amazon Smile
Did you know you can support St. George's every time you order from Amazon? Place your order from, select St. Georges Episcopal Church as your charity, and we will receive a donation for every purchase made. Click here for more information.

Looking for Your Name tag?
If you are missing your name tag on the board in the narthex, please request one on the sheet on the Welcome Cart or by contacting the church office. Once we get your request, we will make you one with the new logo. If you keep yours in a different spot, let us know so that we may make you a new one. Thanks for your patience.

Holy Baptism
We are preparing for baptisms on January 12 and April 11 and 19, 2020 . Please contact Hecti Musa or clergy if you are interested in baptism for yourself or a child, so we can arrange preparation sessions.

Donate Your Empty Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges
Recycling printer ink and toner cartridges helps us receive discounts to purchase office supplies. Please consider donating yours by dropping them off at our church office.

Campus Ministry
We are blessed to welcome all students from UMW and Germanna CC! If you are looking to make new friends, build strong relationships, and explore or grow in your faith, we would like to invite you to participate in our Campus Ministry, located just a short walk from campus at 820 College Avenue. Our main meetings are on Tuesdays at 5 pm where we serve a hot meal, enjoy fellowship, and a brief time of worship. Please pick up a rack card in the narthex to learn more! You may also contact The Rev./Pastor/Fr David Casey, our Chaplain for Campus and Young Adult Ministries, at 646-416-0218, or Please follow us on Facebook (@thehouseelcm) to stay up to date on our latest activities and happenings!
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