Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Message
Bread for the Journey: Morsels

It was only one piece of bread – not even a whole loaf. It wasn’t even a Communion “Sunday” – at least in the formal liturgical sense, not this past Sunday as we gathered for Morning Prayer. But I held a piece of bread to somehow offer a message for the day. One piece of bread, to be broken into small pieces, one by one. To be dropped into outstretched hands. And those gathered there were fed, with bread left over. The story of the day? The one about the miracle of feeding the multitudes.

Those gathered last Sunday had been asked to hold out their hand, asked to “savor” what they were receiving, hold the morsel for a moment before taking it in. To smell the richness in even just a morsel, see the little seeds folded into the bread, imagine how those little seeds would nourish them.  Asked to take a moment to taste the honey as they fed on their little morsel of bread, sweetness within, unseen but waiting to be tasted, just by each of them. Honey that had helped moisten and bind the ingredients of the bread together to create the whole loaf.

I had picked up a loaf of this homemade bread at a farmers’ market the day before. Wandering among the rows of stands where creation’s summer treasures were spread out on table after table, calling to those walking by, “Pick me, pick me!” Then I smelled freshly baked bread and for some reason (perhaps because I had not taken the time to have breakfast that morning) I was drawn, body, mind, and soul, towards the table where loaves of fresh bread waited. So fragrant and compelling that their aroma could not be contained within the plastic in which they had been wrapped. All my senses came alive as I sensed my hunger for what was offered by those loaves of bread.
Summer is like a Farmer’s Market – abundance spread out before us. A richness waiting so colorful, so varied, so savory, and sweet. Possibilities so enticing, opportunities just waiting for us, beckoning us to “Choose me! Chose me!” There is an informality about summertime, a call to slow down, vary our usual routine, relax, refresh, renew. In summer creation offers the broadest, richest array of that which can nourish and sustain us. The Creator’s bountiful nature is displayed and offered so abundantly, the call to “come to the table” to be fed and nourished and savor every morsel so compelling.

What moments, what morsels, are beckoning you this summer! What has fed you, nourished you, satisfied your hunger, fed you, body, mind, and soul. And I don’t mean just fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood: foodstuffs, baked, pickled, smoked, sliced, sandwiched, simmered, etc., etc., or just washed and waiting to be used, as is. Let’s play with the images of what feeds, nourishes, sustains us, day by day.

 How about moments like some of these: Conversation with a special friend, watching soft rain fall on thirsty ground, coaxing a smile from a loved one who is sad, catching fireflies with a child, letting an ocean swell rock you gently, remembering the kiss of a loved one when a summer’s evening breeze brushes your check, counting how many colors of green that calm you on a morning walk, wondering what the earth feels when a rainbow melts into it or the river when lightening touches it, holding a silvery fish you just caught then releasing it back into the currents from which it came, following the moon’s path mirrored on a river’s surface, waking into a summer sunrise and wondering what this new summer day will offer.

What are some of your memories of “morsel moments” so far this summer? What more might be waiting for you? Reach out your hand, open your heart, let your senses respond and guide you towards what is waiting to nourish you. Receive, savor, allow yourself to be fed, nourished, and be filled, morsel by morsel to sustain this journey, your journey, called life.

May it be so . . . .

Torrence


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Last week at Farnham & St. John's
"The Tree Won!"

Remember the game "Rock/Scissors/ Paper ?" In the St. John's cemetery version, it is "Tree/Wall/Ground" and the Tree won.
So, thanks to "our" wonderful brick mason, Earl Jenkins, who did the brick work to expand the church's parking lot entrance, an L shaped portion of the lower cemetery wall is being removed to allow our old, very determined tree in that corner to simply do its thing as its roots, trunk and branches
continue to grow. Coincidentally, this is creating an opening from St. John's Street that provides access to this lower portion of the cemetery.
Photos courtesy of Priscilla Wellford
Congratulations to Georges!
Photo courtesy of Diane Saison.
Georges Saison with RCPS Ag teacher and FFA Leader, Mr. Nanny.
Georges Saison, who won the regional FFA (Future Farmers of America) speech competition for his 8 minute presentation – “Vernal Pools and their Importance to Forest Ecosystems,” placed 2nd in the State FFA Competition on June 23rd. Georges is the youngest member of the chapter, and competed against students from high schools across the commonwealth. He has been invited to the National Leadership Convention this October in Indianapolis, IN, where he will learn forestry, veterinary and agricultural skills, and participate in outdoor activities while building team and leadership skills. His group is considered the new FFA Legacy Team at Rappahannock High School, and Georges is looking forward to continuing his service with FFA throughout high school.
Announcements
IMPORTANT -MASKED AGAIN

Due to new CDC warnings and recommendations our Diocese is once again encouraging and supporting the wearing of masks for all church gatherings and any gatherings in our church facilities. Linked here is the memo to Clergy of the Diocese I received yesterday and after reviewing CDC information and specific case information for our region (Northern Neck), we at St. John's and Farnham will now return to our former "mask" policy, requiring all attending any of the gatherings in our facilities (including very definitely our Sunday services) for everyone (whether vaccinated or not and of all ages) to wear masks. We will also use appropriate social distancing for gatherings. All our cooperation in this is important and essential to everyone's quality of life at this time to combat the spread of what we had so hoped was diminishing.
FOOD PUSH >>>WEEK!
Please remember to add shelf stable food items to your grocery list for the local Food Pantries that we support and bring them to church this Sunday! Items brought this week will go to the Warsaw United Methodist Church for distribution on August 6th. Should you forget to bring them Sunday, you can drop items at either of the following locations to support this or the pantry at Farnham Baptist Church:
St. John's
leave on the bench between the
church doors under the bell.
Farnham
the Crowley’s back porch, 278 Cedar Grove Rd
(across the road from N. Farnham Church.)
IMPORTANT "BIRD" ALERT
Social distancing is "for the birds." Seriously! We all love our feathered friends and there is something we can do to help them right now.
They are experiencing what is being classified as an "EPIDEMIC" which appears to be emerging in and centered on the East Coast, specifically in mid-Atlantic and Southern states. How can we help? Take down your birdfeeders and any garden elements that can serve as bird baths or water "fountains" for our feathered friends. This is where they congregate and may be one way the "pathogen" (yet to be identified) works its way among "flocks." According to Jude Dickerson, a wildlife biologist (and one of my grandsons) the disease (of currently unknown origin) mostly affects young Blue Jays, Common Grackles, European Starlings, and American Robins. For more detailed information about this epidemic, please read the very informative article (linked here) that is being circulated through the Audubon Society website. Thanks, specially, to Courtenay Altaffer who alerted us to this issue and to Jude for passing forward information and the link to more in depth information from Audubon.
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Upcoming Services
Sunday, August 1st  
Pentecost X

FOOD PUSH WEEK

10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion


St. John's

Sunday, August 8th  
Pentecost XI



10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer


N. Farnham
Sunday, August 15th 
Pentecost XII



10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion


St. John's

Sunday, August 22nd  
Pentecost XIII

FOOD PUSH WEEK


10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer


N. Farnham
The Parish Prayer List
for those in need of God's comfort and healing:
Courtenay Altaffer
Ford Becker
Junius Berger
Martha Berger
Randall Bone
Sue Bowie
Sallie Cox
Constance Edwards
Bob File
David Gallagher
Carlton George
Regina Griggs
Barbara Grander
Dorothy Grove
Sandy Wade Hagan
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Kelsey Heidenreich
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Marcia Jenkins
Mary Douglas Lawton
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Susannah Marais
Tommy Neuman
Judi Newman
James Rynd
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Roclyn Tennyson
Elizabeth Valentine
John Welch, II
Turner Williamson
Matthew Yates
Rose Mary Zellner and
the people of Haiti
and for those serving in our armed forces:
Royce Baker
David Berger
Ryan Berger
Allen Crocker
Randy Crocker
Court Garretson
Cameron Heidenreich
Dan Heidenreich
Charles Jones
Daniel Kirk
Mark Lawton
Scott Longar
Luis Loya
Gavin Wade McClung
Christopher Strickler
We also pray for those who have died.
Upcoming Birthdays
July 28th – Susan Crowley
July 30th - Mary Sulik
Aug. 1st - Junius Berger
Aug. 2nd - Courtney Sisson
Aug. 3rd - Kathleen Sulik
Aug. 7th Patricia Gallagher
Aug. 11th - Carlton George
Aug. 16th - Sallie Cox
Aug. 27th -Ed Elliott
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You!

This Sunday at 10 a.m. we are having a service of Holy Communion at St. John's. We have returned to the sanctuary, but MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Our website is farnhamwithstjohns.org
North Farnham Church
St. John's Church

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