Farnham & St. John's
The Weekly Message
We continue our September series on "What I Did This Summer" with stories shared by Sandy Wade Hagan, a member of St. John's who currently serves on the Vestry and by Stan Terhune, a member of Farnham and Senior Warden of the Farnham Vestry.

Heart Matters: A Summer of Renewal

“It was a fluke finding out what was wrong.” So began Sandy Hagan’s story of how she acquired a Pacemaker and lived into its being a part of her life over the summer.
“I lost a whole day but gained a lifetime.” So began Stan Terhune’s story of his day of open-heart surgery in May after a major heart attack.

Sandy had survived a major heart attack ten years before. She recounted a bit about that earlier event. How when the heart attack happened, she sat on the side of the bed very calmly considering whether this was just her “time” to go or time to intervene in what was happening. “My mind became very logical, considering is this a natural thing to do? Why not just let go? But then the thought: I want to see my grandchildren grow up. So, I called 911.”

Flash forward to the Pacemaker. “I was at the doctor’s office for a brief visit to get the results of routine blood work and the nurse suggested taking my pulse and blood pressure as I waited. She thought the monitor was not working, kept trying. Then ran out of the room to get the doctor. My pulse was 38, then 35, I was practically a cadaver.” Sandy described getting ready: errands to run, making food and care arrangements for her dogs and cats, of course a priority for her. Even researching pacemakers, then telling the doctor, “I want the deluxe model, blue tooth, wifi, the works!” The surgery only required an overnight stay in the hospital. Sandy shared: “The room had no windows and I’m claustrophobic. About 4 a.m. I finally called the nurse, ‘I’m in trouble, I have to breathe air, touch grass, see the sky.’ She led me out of the room and outside so I could. I did. She led me back to my room and I made it through the night.”

For Stan the events of Sunday April 28 th are graphically etched on his memory. “I was getting ready for church and the pain really hit me.” Telling Betsy, his wife, that maybe he needed to go to the hospital, though he had resisted the idea for a couple of days of feeling lesser pains. Their getting as far as Thomas’ store before he agrees for an ambulance to be called. The aspirin someone at the store gets him. The ER doctor diagnosing heart attack and sending him on to Richmond. A catherization procedure that stints wouldn’t work, open heart by-pass surgery was needed. A couple of days waiting for the surgery but using the time to plan for those he cared for: family, his business and the employees there. And then what Stan calls the “lost day” of pre-op, surgery, post op. The day that gained him a lifetime. A renewed lifetime that he began to live into, recuperating in the hospital then home-bound for most of the early summer. Stan describes that time: “Very relaxing, a lot of resting, rehabilitating and walking. No anxiety about how work was going. Lots of company, good family time.” The comment, “Maybe God was getting me to slow down.” And, “I was incredibly at peace during the whole time.”

Both Sandy and Stan spoke of gratitude, thankfulness for the doctors, staff, all their caregivers. Stan called the night shift, his “night angels.” Both had stories of important planning between the time they knew of surgery and it’s happening, of arrangements they wanted in place for those they cared about and depended on them. And both shared the amazing sense of peace they felt throughout. A sense that whatever happened, it would be all right. Neither spoke of “fear’ but of faith, trust, time slowing and moments that I the listener of their stories would call “grace.” And even though neither of them could have anticipated what their spring and summer would bring to impact their hearts, I came away from their storytelling with a sense of their experiencing and finding this summer an even deeper and more abiding rhythm carrying them forward. A grace-full, heart renewing summer. Thanks be to God. And heartful thanks from all of us to Sandy and Stan for sharing their stories.


Prayer of the Week
O Living Christ, make us conscious of Your healing nearness.
TOUCH our eyes that we may see You;
OPEN our ears that we may hear Your Voice;
ENTER our hearts that we may know Your Love,
OVERSHADOW our souls and bodies with Your
PRESENCE , that we may partake of Your
STRENGTH , Your Love and Your Healing Life. Amen

From The International Order of St. Luke the Physician
Last Sunday at Farnham & St. John's
Last Sunday at Farnham the Right Reverend David Jones, retired Suffragan Bishop of Virginia, reaffirmed Arline Hinkson and confirmed Kiersten Saison.

Anne Neuman photograph
International Day of Peace
This Saturday, September 21st is the 2019 International Day of Peace. At our service on Sunday (10 a.m. St. John's) we will include special prayers for peace. As you go about your weekend please practice the "Breath Prayer" we have learned: "Breathe in Love, Breathe out Peace" "Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Love" The world needs it!

Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly declared September 21 st as a day devoted to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of  peace  both within and among all nations and peoples.”
After a brief summer respite, Grace Church, Kilmarnock is beginning it's Celtic services again on the third Sunday of the month at 5:30 p.m. This Sunday, September 22 nd , our own Torrence Harman is the celebrant.
Reminder to all parishioners: Don’t forget to bring CANNED FOODS each Sunday. These are being collected for distribution by social services.
It's that time, again!
StJ & Farnham have been assigned the month of October for Meals on Wheels delivery. -- We have Mon., Oct 7, Oct 14, 21 and 28. There are 13 stops to make.  Usually, Farnham signs up for two and St.J's, for two. We need two people per Monday. Those who sign up will receive the route information from Bay Aging on the morning they are to make the deliveries.....the address of Bay Aging/Meals on Wheels here in Warsaw is 121 Jones Lane - they are located behind the Warsaw Manor Apartments on Jones Lane at the rear of the building. 
Meals are to be delivered in the morning - prior to lunch. Volunteers will need to be at the MOW Office at 9:00 a.m.. The staff there will help with loading the meals into the car. 
There will be a sign-up sheet at each church.

The Virginia Municipal League (VML) recently announced the winners of its 2019 annual awards for excellence in local government. The statewide competition recognizes innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, citizen participation, and improved services to citizens.  THE TOWN OF WARSAW is the winner of the VML ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD.
Local Music
At Historic Christ Church:
September 28: Williamsburg's Wren Masters quartet will present Jamestown 1619: Music from the New World and the Old. Tickets are $35 per person available here , at the Foundation office, or at the door. 4:00-6:00 pm. Intermission with libations.
Lost & Found: there are 2 pairs of sunglasses (one in a case found in the parking lot & one left on Lucy's desk) and a car key in the office lost & found.
Music on Water Lane
 November 8 at 7:00 p.m. SMS gym
The St. Margaret's School Alumnae Association presents  Music on Water Lane,  featuring a chamber ensemble with members from the Northern Neck Orchestra (including our own Arline Hinkson) VIP tickets:$40 -general admission is $25. Click here to purchase tickets by November 1.
In the Church
Sunday September 22 nd
Holy Communion

Joint Congregation service

10:00 a.m. at St. John's

no service at Farnham

Sunday September 29 th
Morning Prayer

Joint Congregational service

10:00 a.m. at St. John's

no service at Farnham

Sunday October 6 th
Blessing of Animals

9:00 a.m. at Farnham

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

Sunday October 13 th

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer at Farnham

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

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Sunday Service this week

10:00 a.m. St. John's Church
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