Word to the Wyes 10/28/21

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, be thou our guide while life shall last, and our eternal home. Isaac Watts – 1674-1748 alt. para. of Psalm 90:1-5

Sunday, October 31st
Propers for All Hallows Eve
9 am All-Parish Service of Holy Communion – St. Luke’s Chapel
A Collect for All Hallows Eve
Almighty and everliving God, you have made all things in your wisdom and established the boundaries of life and death: Grant that we may obey your voice in this world, and in the world to come may enjoy that rest and peace which you have appointed for your people; through Jesus Christ who is Resurrection and Live, and who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

We give thanks for the life and faith of Sue Kirchner. May the angels welcome her into heaven and may light perpetual shine upon her.

Birthday blessings to Jillian Stringer and Sandra Brough.
Warmest regards in Christ,
Reverend Charlie

Christmas Choir
Calling all carolers!  Do you love to sing?  Do you love Christmas music?  Here’s your chance to join the Old Wye Parish Christmas Choir.  Beginning November 10 our Wednesday evening rehearsals will be focusing on Advent and Christmas music.  We will be singing on Sunday mornings throughout Advent and will provide music for the 10 pm Candlelight Service at Old Wye Church.  If you don’t have the time to commit to choir on an ongoing basis, perhaps Christmas choir will work for you!  Come join us at 7:00 on Wednesday evenings beginning November 10.  I look forward to seeing you. Carolyn Cutler

Fall into Kerygma
The Kerygma course, Reading the Bible as a Whole, continues on Monday, November 1 at 10 am in the Wye Parish House. The fall course is a weekly discovery of the Old Testament beginning with Genesis and concluding with the Visions of the Messiah. For those who are new to Kerygma, the resource book is available this week at Parish House. I look forward to welcoming everyone to this vision of reading the Scriptures together.

“From Darkness to Light”
This is a small group designed to support those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or experiencing grief related to some major transition in their life, including but not limited to retirement, job loss, relocation, personal illness, illness of a loved one, or grief associated with losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scriptural wisdom will guide us as we explore the many dimensions of grief while offering spiritual encouragement within a supportive community of faith. Over the course of five sessions, the group will explore a variety of scripture passages as we engage in the practice of Lectio Divina. We will gather for our first session on Monday, November 8th at 10 am in the Library, our final session will be December 6th. Susie Leight will facilitate this group. Please contact Rev. Charlie to sign up and come as you are on November 8th!

Christmas Market – Saturdays in November
Volunteers are needed to help with the Christmas Market to be held each Saturday in November –
Saturday, Nov. 6
Saturday, Nov. 13
Saturday, Nov. 20
Saturday, Nov. 27
Donations of baked goods, jams, jellies & Christmas gift items – jewelry and other accessories are welcome. Donations can be dropped off at St. Lukes from 8:30 to 10:30 on Christmas Market Saturdays. Other delivery times can be arranged with Liguori Tewes.

Operation Christmas Child
Celebrating 28 years – over 168 million Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts have been delivered to children throughout the world. We are among this wave of Christian compassion during the Christmas season. Collection Sunday is November 14th.
Boxes will be available this Sunday at both services and from the Parish Office for the next few weeks.

Feed a Family this Thanksgiving
Celebrate Thanksgiving this year by helping others. Provide a box of non-perishable items (a box of mashed potato mix, cans of vegetables, sauerkraut and/or sweet potatoes, a jar of gravy, a package of rolls, etc.) and a frozen turkey so that a local family in need can also celebrate Thanksgiving or donate grocery store gift cards so that food may be purchased. Cards with instructions should be obtained from Suzanne Sheahan.

St. Luke's Chapel - graveyard view
From the 300th Anniversary Committee
The Celtic Cross at Old Wye Church is a standing cross made of oak timber, rising on its stone base to an overall height of seven feet. Our Cross was erected in the meadow at Old Wye little more than a decade ago, but its story and the traditions it represents are many centuries old – much older even than Old Wye Church itself, now celebrating its 300th anniversary.
Read the full article on our website

Old Wye Church Walking Tour
We have inaugurated the self-guided walking tour introducing guests and friends to the history and significance of Old Wye Church. You will notice there are 12 stops, each with an online descriptive recording.
Come in person or visit our new online virtual tour on the website.

The Offering Plate
We thank you for your support of Wye Parish.  Your ushers will leave the plate near the back of the church so that you may leave an offering as you enter or depart.
Or, you may always take advantage of our online giving. Simply click on the plate to make an online offering for Wye Parish. This online giving feature also may be accessed any time by clicking the donate button at the top of this newsletter or from the Wye Parish website.
Thank you to all who have mailed their weekly or monthly offerings, bring their pledges to church on Sunday mornings and to those who are already using our online donation service.

Haven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & FoodAttention to all Homeless Shelter Volunteers
Haven Ministries Homeless Shelter is open again for the Fall, Winter and Spring session:
For now, due to the pandemic and safety concerns, our guests will be housed in hotels again and cared for by the Haven Ministries Staff. Hopefully we will be back in the shelter at KIUMC by January. However dinners are still being provided by volunteers from the various member churches. Providing dinners is easier than in the past, as you only need to drop off the dinner (usu. meat and veggie casserole) at 5:30 at the Kent Island United Methodist Church. The next dinner opportunity for our Parish is: October 31st. Please contact me if you are interested in being a volunteer for this season or want more information before committing. Thank you very much!

Haven Ministries Emergency FoodHaven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & Food Shelter
Donations of non-perishable food are warmly accepted for the Haven Ministries Emergency Food Shelter. Food donation boxes are located at both St. Luke’s Chapel and Old Wye Church.  The Food Pantry at Haven Ministries is open for daily distribution.

Friday, November 5, 2021
Kent Island Resort – formerly known as the Historic Kent Manor Inn
500 Kent Manor Drive
Stevensville, MD 21666
Doors open for VIP hour at 5pm
General Admission begins at 6pm
Join us for our Signature Fundraiser to raise funds for Shelter, Food, Clothing & Resources!
We have created the Perfect Fall Event with Live Grilling, Cigars, Outdoor Fires, Live Music, a Cash Bar and so much more! Throughout the evening you will enjoy tastings from Superior Restaurants, Upscale Caterers, Local Wineries and Renowned Distilleries! $100 – VIP Tickets
Enjoy an extra hour of fun including:
An Oyster Bar, Signature Drinks & a Swag Bag exclusive to VIP Ticket Holders!
$65 – General AdmissionHaven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & Food
Early Bird Pricing until October 25th
$75 at the Door
This event benefits Haven Ministries