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Confirmation Class Begins August 30

shield 01Confirmation will be held October 4th this year. Confirmation is the sacrament in which an adult or teen affirms the promises made for him/her at his/her baptism. If you were confirmed in another tradition, the service of Confirmation is also when you can be officially received into the Episcopal Church. And if you have already been confirmed, but would like to re-affirm your vows, you can do so, too. Confirmation class will begin August 30th. We are currently discerning what time of day might be best for our class. If you have any input in this, please be in contact with the Rev. Sarah.

Summer Reading

practiceBrother Lawrence writes: “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” Check out the observations and inspirations to be found in his writings, collected in The Practice of the Presence of God and The Spiritual Maxims. Three copies are available to read and return on the table at the rear of the church.

Outreach Back to School Project

backpacks 12Back to school! It seems early, but our outreach ministry is starting to organize a School Supply Shopping day for our pantry families. Last year, families came on an August Saturday and students chose the supplies they needed at no cost. It was a great success and much appreciated. Cass Morris is leading this effort and is looking for volunteers to help gather the supplies to fill the shop, organize the purchased supplies and work at the market on Saturday, August 8th. If you can help for an afternoon or an hour this summer, contact Cass.

Printable Church Calendar: June 28 – July 4, 2015

spi calendarTry our printable weekly calendar! Updated every Friday, this colorful refrigerator-friendly sheet lists all church events for the coming week but has plenty of room for dentist appointments, soccer games and teacher meetings. Click here to download the .pdf. This calendar will also be available via the CALENDAR webpage. Comments welcome!

Coffee Hour Needs You!

coffee 01Thinking about hosting Coffee Hour following the 10:30 service? It’s a great way to meet people and so easy to sign up! Simply click here or look under Fellowship to find the Sign-Up Genius showing all available dates. We are always looking for additional hosts and appreciate your willingness to help out!

Summer Book Study Begins July 1

Dark and daylightThis summer we will be studying Joan Chittister’s newest book, Between the Dark and Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life. Please RSVP to the Rev. Sarah and let her know if you are interested in participating in this book study!

We’ll be gathering the following Wednesdays from 10:15-11:30.

July 1
July 8
July 15
August 5
August 12

Please let Mary Lane in the church office know if you would like her to order you a book.

Goats, Kalamatas and Greetings: Carpenter’s Kids Blogpost

Nzali 2010 104Click here to read the most recent addition to “A Year in Tanzania,” a blog about the Carpenter’s Kids.

Confirmation October 4

DSCN1833Confirmation will be held October 4th this year. Confirmation is the sacrament in which an adult or teenager affirms the promises made for him/her at his/her baptism.  If you were confirmed in another tradition, the service of Confirmation is also when you can be officially received into the Episcopal Church. If you have already been confirmed, but would like to re-affirm your vows, you can do so. Confirmation class will begin August 30th. We are currently discerning what time of day might be best for our class. If you have any input in this, please contact the Rev. Sarah.

Prison Ministry

westinheavenlytoiletriesOne of the most moving presentations at the 220th Diocesan Council meeting came from the Prisons Ministries team; they informed us that jails and prisons in Virginia do not provide sufficient toiletries for all inmates and asked all the delegates to bring their hotel toiletries down to the convention room. In order to aid the Prison Ministries Team we will collect toiletries year round and send them to the team periodically. Whether you travel one night a week on business, or  you have been putting hotel soap and shampoo in the back of that drawer for the last ten years: we have the option to use them to restore basic human dignity to those in the Commonwealth whom we must deprive of  liberty.