Announcements - Week of Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sunday, September 8th

Sunday, Sept. 8: This Sunday the 8th is an important day at Aquia Church. At 9:00 a.m., our new year of Sunday school classes will begin for children and youth (pre-K through 12th grade) on the lower level of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building. Then immediately after the end of the 10:00 a.m. worship service, we shall enjoy a delicious Homecoming luncheon in the great hall as part of our Homecoming celebration. That same day, our youth group will resume its evening meetings (4:00—5:30 p.m., with refreshments provided). Please see the youth group's other announcement below for more details.

Adult Choir Resumes

Adult Choir Resumes: The adult choir, which sings most weeks for our 10:00 a.m. worship service and for special occasions (such as choral evensong on Sunday, Oct. 13) is resuming its weekly rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the music room on the lower level of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building. For more information, or in order to express your interest in joining the adult choir, please contact our director of music, Trystan Bennett (


Diocesan Annual Convention

Diocesan Annual Convention: The 225th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City. The vestry has appointed Jean Golas and Mary Nixon to serve as two of our three lay delegates, but we still need to appoint a third delegate (we already have enough alternates). The church will cover the cost of convention registration for lay delegates, and you may spend the night in your home or in the Crystal City area (at your discretion and expense). Both of our clergy will attend this convention, too. If you are interested in learning more about what is involved with service at a lay delegate, or if you would like to offer to serve as our third lay delegate, please contact Father Morris ( or 540-659-4007).


Choristers: Parents of children in grades K through 6th who are in choristers, or may be interested in joining choristers: we will have a meeting to gauge interest in continuing or expanding this program immediately after the 10 am service on September 15th in the great hall. Please contact Trystan Bennett for more information at

Youth Group Resumes

Youth Group Resumes: Our youth group for teens in grades 6-12 will resume its regular meetings on this Sunday, Sept. 8: the first morning meeting will take place 9:00—9:45 a.m., and the first evening meeting will take place 4:00—5:30 p.m., with refreshments provided. Both meetings will occur in the youth room on the lower level of the Christian Formation and Fellowship Building. Morning meetings take place nearly every Sunday of the school year, and this year we are blessed to have Dana Van Metre and David Morgan joining Father Rickenbaker as morning group leaders. Evening meetings take place every other Sunday beginning on Sept. 8, except for a few Saturday afternoon/evening events instead. Teens who want to form Christian friendships, who want to be a part of our parish-wide mission trips led by the youth group each summer, or who want to prepare for baptism or confirmation or otherwise grow stronger in their faith, are encouraged to begin attending the youth group gatherings right away.

Morning Call

Morning Call: Morning Call will take a one-week break on Sept. 8, when the great hall will be set up for our Homecoming luncheon (perhaps you could lend a hand with that set-up), with a new series set to begin on Sept. 15. Morning Call is our Sunday Morning forum for adult formation and discussion, held in the great hall 9:00—9:45 a.m.

Sunday School Teachers

Sunday School Teachers: for our classes in grades pre-K through 12th grade will be commissioned for this important ministry during the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 15. Teachers, please make every effort to attend.

Attention Current and Prospective Acolytes!

Attention current and prospective acolytes! We will hold a training session for ALL acolytes (new as well as returning acolytes) on Sunday, Sept. 15, immediately after the 10:00 a.m. worship service. The session will last roughly an hour. This training will remind current acolytes about a few things and will instruct new acolytes about how to serve. We are looking for 5th graders (or older) who want to serve on Sunday mornings, who will commit to being here on your assigned Sunday (or, if you need to be away, will commit to getting a substitute), and who will help set the appropriate tone for worship. If you meet these criteria, please speak with Fr. James Rickenbaker about helping with Sunday morning worship in this important ministry.

Wednesday Bible Studies

Wednesday Bible Studies: Father Rickenbaker’s morning series on First and Second Thessalonians will resume on Sept. 11. Father Morris will continue his new Wednesday evening series on the Book of Acts on this Wednesday, Sept. 11 (reading Acts 8:5-40). Those attending the evening series may start the evening with a meal at Aquia's Table, which begins serving at 6:00 p.m. Both groups meet in the new building's downstairs conference room.

Sad News

Sad News: The Rev. Cuthbert H. Mandell, Rector of Aquia Church 2001--2011, died on August 21 after several months of illness. After retiring from Aquia Church, he moved to the eastern shore of Maryland (near his son and his family), where he served as a supply priest in the Dioceses of Easton and Southern Virginia, and more recently moved near Boston, Massachusetts (near his two daughters and their families and near where he had served before coming to Aquia). His tenure at Aquia is remembered (among other things) for expanded ministry for fellowship and outreach (including Aquia's Table), spiritual growth and growth in active membership, and stability in the parish. In case you wish to send condolences to his wife Jane and their family, her address is: 3520 Summit Drive, Bridgewater, MA 02324. Memorial donations may be sent to Episcopal Relief and Development, 815 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017. A more comprehensive obituary appears in the September issue of our Cross Section newsletter.

Church Newsletter

Church Newsletter: Aquia Church publishes our monthly CROSS SECTION newsletter, which offers news about our parish life, spiritual advice from the clergy, a report about the vestry's ministry, and information about other ministry groups. Carol Bailey and Mary Karcher are our talented, thoughtful editors. By asking the church office to place you on our e-mail distribution list, you can receive the newsletter for free just as soon as it becomes available each month; alternatively, you may ask the church office to send you a printed copy via snail-mail. And you can always check for the current edition of the newsletter by visiting our church Website <> and clicking the button for "Newsletter."

Cub Scout Pack 1757

Cub Scout Pack 1757: Join the Fun and Adventure. Sign up for Cub Scouts by October 31st to snag a FREE Pinewood Derby car kit! To learn more please contact Cubmaster, Tim Spaulding at

United Thank Offering

United Thank Offering (UTO) Fall Ingathering is Sunday, October 13th. Look for the blue and white boxes or the envelopes in the pews. "UTO is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Virginia for the mission of the whole church." Your loose change, cash and checks are used in missionary work, training, pension funds, building loans, scholarships and overseas development. UTO is based on the "theological premise that it is good to give thanks to God."

All About Fall Fest Donations

All about Fall Fest Donations
Date: October 5
Donations for Fall Fest: we will begin accepting donations for the Flea Market, Treasures, clothing and the Book Nook on September 10th. We will have a Pod located near the Parish Hall. The Pod is large enough for boxes, lamps, household items. Please mark your boxes with type of contents.
Furniture: we will accept furniture or may be able to arrange for pickup after September 23rd. Storage is limited. Our Parish Hall is occupied weekly and long term storage is not currently available. Please contact Briget Kane at to arrange for pickup.

Fall Fest 2019 Auction Action

Fall Fest 2019 Auction Action

Fall Fest Action Updates

The Auction at Fall Fest is looking fabulous!

These new items were added just this week:

China Tea Set: Tea Pot and 6 cups from Portugal given by Margaret and Steve Hedger

A “Basket for Baby and Mom”: given by Heera Kamboj

Teak Garden Bench: given by Penny and Bob Stevens

Redskins Football Tickets: two tickets to the Redskins vs. N.Y. Jets on November 17 offered by Marion Wall

Virginia Cavalier Football Tickets: 4 tickets to the University of Virginia vs. Liberty University on November 23 in Charlottesville offered by Marion Wall

Two lovely Cobalt Blue Lausitzer German 24% Lead Crystal Hand Cut Bowls made in the German Democratic Republic

Flowers by Val: a "Nautical Basket" valued at over $100

Gari Melchers Home and Studio: four passes to tour historic Belmont

Here is a reminder of the other awesome gifts given by our own parish family:

Potomac Point Winery: food and wine basket PLUS dinner for four in the Wine Library Room at the winery (a $500 value) offered by Cindi and Skip Causey

Basket of Beautiful Angels: A precious collection of Angels, tall and small, offered by Dennise and Ed LaBarre

Made in Virginia Basket offered by Jean and Michael Golas and Briget and Tom Kane

Guided Fishing Trip offered by our Senior Warden Bill Hoffman, owner of Aquia Fishing Guide Service. An awesome eight-hour fishing trip on the Potomac River in his boat. Bill’s motto is: “No Fish Left Behind”.

Delicious Roasted Pork Butt—hand rubbed by Jean Golas

Kettcar: Child’s peddle car made in Germany by Kettler, given by the Stoltz family
and tuned up by Bill League the Bike Man. (Car pictured below)

Tastefully matted and framed Pen and Ink Print of Aquia Church given by Joan Nebel

Best of Britain Basket: given by Jean and Don Bittner

A Scrumptious Dinner Party for 8 Guests prepared and served at his home

1970’s Bohemian Wicker Peacock Chair: sit in grand style! A gift from Jean and Don Bittner

Mouth-watering Pies: a pie a month for 4 months baked by Pat Moncure, famous pastry chef of The Happy Clam

Kaleidoscope Quilt: 80 X 60 in. lovingly handcrafted by Marion Stein and given by her family

Plus, there are three golf outings, two bed-and-breakfast packages, lots of restaurants and more. For the complete list, check out the Auction poster on the church’s gate or contact May Jane Cole ( Bidding starts at 11 AM in Great Hall on September 8.

Please help us get the word out about all that is planned for Fall Fest 2019.

Tell your friends. “Like” and follow “Fall Fest at Aquia Church” on Facebook and “Share”. Each activity of the Fall Fest is highlighted on the FB page.

Take a Fall Fest flier to share. We can provide more copies if you need them.


Matching Challenge Opportunity

Aquia Church has received an exciting opportunity for a matching challenge grant toward the new building, thanks to a generous and anonymous donation. Every dollar received for the new building between now and October 31 (unless otherwise specified) will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000.00, with the combined funds being applied toward reduction of the principal on the construction loan. This will work in much the same way as when you pay a bit extra on your car loan, home mortgage, or other debt: the faster you can pay down the original cost, the less accumulated interest you must pay in turn, and then the overall expense is reduced, too (and ahead of schedule!) - and in this case, your donation will be matched for even more powerful effect. Your contribution of any size will be counted toward the match, up to the limit, so that we can defray our total costs on the construction loan at a more rapid pace. Think about this: if we can meet this challenge, then we can reduce our principal repayment by the very significant amount of $200,000.00 AND reduce our interest repayment, too! Your tax-deductible donations can take the form of cash, check or investments like stock or mutual funds. For gifts of cash or check, simply make your contribution to Aquia Church, with “New Building” on your envelope or on the memo line of your check. For information on donating investments in tax-advantageous ways, please contact the church office or treasurer Chris Arey (