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Summer Schedule

Our summer worship schedule continues in the month of August and on the first Sunday of September (Labor Day Weekend). All five services will be at 9 am at the Old Wye Church. We look forward to seeing you!

Samaritan House

Samaritan House especially needs food donations (or monetary gifts) in the summer months. Children are home from school; and demands on the family food supply are high. Folks often think that the demand goes down in the warmer months, but actually it is higher and the food pantry shelves need to be restocked more frequently. Samaritan House is a community Christian ministry located in Denton, MD. Boxes are available at St. Luke’s for your weekly donations. If you prefer to give a check occasionally, please make payable to: United Concerned Citizens, with Samaritan House in the memo line. Bill Peterson will happily deliver your items each week.

Haven MinistriesDisaster Relief

Disaster Relief Shelter Opens at Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter. Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter opened Friday, July 28 in response to citizens needing longer term shelter after the tornado that struck on Kent Island last week. Starting on Monday, July 31, the Shelter will be open from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily at its designated space at Kent Island United Methodist Church at 2739 Cox Neck Road in Chester. Transportation services between the Shelter and the Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centerville will be provided for daytime services. As the week progresses, Haven Ministries will assess the need and how long to remain open as a disaster relief shelter.

According to Krista Pettit, Executive Director of Haven Ministries, Inc., “Even though Haven Ministries has experienced damage to its Thrift Store from the tornado, we are still open and have items to help victims. We are extending ourselves to be a resource to the residents of Kent Island, regardless of the cost to our organization.”

Haven Ministries Resource Center is open during the day at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Shelter is open in the evenings from 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. as needed for a disaster relief shelter during this time period. To support Haven Ministries, call 410-739-4363 or visit haven-ministries – org.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries. Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with job training, educational programming, and case management services. The Haven Ministries Food Pantry is held on the third Friday monthly at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about Haven Ministries, visit haven-ministries.orgor call 410-739-4363.


Hello everyone!

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time to get ready and get in shape (even if that means to walk or crawl) for the annual Run 4 Shelter at the Chesapeake Bay Business Park in Stevensville. This year’s race will be a little different as it will be in the evening instead of the morning (Run 4 Shelter Moonlight Edition).

The race will be on Sat, Sept. 9th with the 10k race starting at 5:30pm and the 5K starting at 6:00pm. There will be no Half Marathon, 2 mile Crab Race or Fun Walk this year but there will be an after race party that will include a DJ, beer & food!

The prices for the race are: for the 5k, $35 and for the 10K, $40. After Aug 15th & until race day it is $5 more. Please remember that all proceeds go to support Haven Ministries which our parish supports!

To sign up and pay for the race, you can either go to www.run4shelter.net and register under the team Old Wye True Grit or see me, Tom Radcliffe (your team captain). If I’m not immediately available, please call me at (410) 758-7292.

Please sign up and I hope to see a lot of you all there! Thanks again!

Our Daily Thread

The thrift shop on Kent Island, always welcomes donations of clothing and household items. Now, families are looking forward to shopping for their children as they plan to head back to school. Your gently used outgrown clothing will be a blessing to a needy family.

A note from Bonnie Forgacs

I would like to thank my Wye Parish family for the beautiful cards, the encouraging phone calls, the delicious food and, most of all, for your prayers following my recent surgery. Your care was so uplifting and continues to help me during my recovery. I will be back with the choir in September and I look forward to sharing some incredible music with you.


Rev. Charles Osberger


Ellen Smith

Parish Administrator

Bonnie Forgacs

Director of Choral Scholars Program

Wye Parish is a congregation within the Diocese of Easton. For more information on the Episcopal Church and for additional information visit dioceseofeaston.org or episcopalchurch.org.