Farnham & St. John's
The Weekly Message
A Fall Afternoon Reflection
Earlier this month I walked the land at Farnham and St. John’s. It was a Saturday afternoon. I hadn’t planned ahead of time to do this. But it was as if the land called me in some magnetic way that afternoon. I walked the land at Farnham then got in my car, drove to Warsaw and walked the land at St. John’s. It’s a centuries’ old ritual mostly forgotten these days: “Walking the Bounds” of a church. A time-honored tradition parish priests used to do once a year which would have included parishioners, even townspeople. But on this recent Saturday it was just me. As if these places had a special message for me.
It became a pilgrimage of sorts. Some invisible energy wove around and in me from the earth beneath my feet and within the air I breathed as I circled around each churchyard. I felt it in my bones, in my mind, around my heart. Like what I feel and have tried to share with folks who come for whatever reason (funerals, weddings, baptisms, Queen Anne Sunday, concerts, or just weekly services) to our old historic sanctuaries at Farnham and St. John’s. A sense of something deeply abiding within each. Something invisible but very Present feels embedded in these churches, abiding in the walls and wood and bricks and mortar, even lingering in the air we breathe in these sacred spaces. And now I know this too about the land. 
There is something invisible but deeply present at our churches. It is to be honored, cherished. These are sacred spaces, both the structures built by the people and the land formed by the Creator. All of it, human and Divinely created, has been consecrated over the centuries. These spaces have withstood the testing of times and tides in the lives of those who have come and walked the land, spent time in these sanctuaries, buried, baptized, married, sang, prayed, listened, given voice to all the emotions of their hearts and insights of their minds, struggled to make sense of and live ever more faithfully and generously along this journey we call life. 
Abiding, honored, cherished are the spaces we know of as Farnham and St. John's. Divinely consecrated they have been. They continue to be graced by an amazing Presence that has guided, strengthened, comforted, conserved and transformed those who seek sanctuary, grounding and renewal here. Who come and then go back out into the world perhaps having found and now know in a renewed way that they carry the same divine Source within them that they find waiting to connect with them in the very earth and air abiding at Farnham and St. John’s.
May you seek, find and be found by this abiding Presence and respond to its call,
                                              Graced by God to find myself your priest and friend,
Anne Neuman photo
anne neuman photo of Farnham Windows

For those of you not viewing this on cellphones the background is the Flemish brick at Farnham cropped from a Susan Crowley photo.
Quote of the Week

"We have been blessed that we may be a blessing."

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
from The Way of Love
Prayer of the Week
I remembered this wonderful prayer of St. Teresa of Avila as we prayed it during Morning Prayer this Tuesday morning on Shrine Mont mountain at the Diocese of Virginia clergy conference. May it delight your hearts and souls this day as it has ours.
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God
That you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities
That are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
And pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content.
Knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones
And allow your soul the freedom
To sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Stewardship: Please communicate your pledge to your parish by Stewardship Sunday (October 27 th at Farnham and November 3 rd at St. John's) so that your vestries can prepare budgets.
Don't forget to bring a donation of canned food to church each Sunday to go to Richmond County Social Services. Proteins and green vegetables are particularly important because many recipients are diabetic.
Note: If you are bringing something from your pantry, please check the expiration date. We cannot distribute expired foods.
Delivery Schedule:
Oct 28 - Kim & Bill Calvert


The Rev. Dr. Paul "Peter" Hogg is leading a 10 day tour (with optional extension) departing from Dulles February 9 th , 2020 .
  Click here  to see the color brochure. Call Peter Hogg (757-635-3557) for questions and receive a hard copy (or email:  
(Brochure also available at  www.bit.ly/HolyLandwithPeterHogg )

The Episcopal Church Women
Of Richmond County

Invite you to
“An Afternoon Tea at Downton Abbey
—Virginia Style”

Saturday, November 2 nd
Two O’Clock in the Afternoon
Wellford Hall, St. John’s Church
5987 Richmond Road
Warsaw, Virginia

$25 each person
Please RSVP by October 28 th by mailing a check with “Downton Abbey” on the memo line to St. John’s Church,
 PO Box 1093, Warsaw, VA 22572
Chamber Music Concert

A trio of musicians (including Arline Hinkson) plays Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert selections at St. 
Margaret’s gym on FRIDAY, NOV. 8 th at 7:00 p.m. General Admission tickets are $25; “VIP” 
tickets are $40 and must be purchased on-line before Nov. 1st Click here to buy tickets.

UTO Sunday
is November 17th.
Ledwith- Lewis Free Clinic is a community-based organization providing quality health care to the people of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions of Virginia at little or no charge to low income, uninsured people and people with health insurance but no medication coverage.  They've provided us with literature detailing services they provide to be distributed to people who might be eligible. These are in Wellford Hall. Click her e for more information.
In the Church
Sunday October 27 th
Morning Prayer

9:00 a.m. at Farnham
Stewardship Sunday at Farnham

11:00 a.m. at St. John's

Sunday November 3 rd
Holy Eucharist & Celebration of All Saints Day

9:00 a.m. at Farnham

11:00 a.m. at St. John's
Stewardship Sunday at StJ
Sunday November 10 th

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
at Farnham

11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
at St. John's

Sunday November 17 rd
Holy Eucharist

UTO Sunday

9:00 a.m. at Farnham

11:00 a.m. at St. John's

In the Parish Hall

Come Worship With Us
Sunday Service this week

9:00 a.m. at Farnham Church

11:00 a.m. St. John's Church

Farnham Church
St. John's Church