Word to the Wyes 11/18/21

The Vestry’s Annual Stewardship letter has been mailed to the Wye Parish Church family. Please join us in offering this prayer for annual parish stewardship.
Prayer for Annual Parish Stewardship
Accept, O Lord, these gifts which we bring to you, inspire and increase our gratitude for the presence of your Holy Spirit in our lives. We commit our church to your praise and honor, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be worshipped, and his ministry of compassion, healing and new life bring hope to all people. Amen.

Sunday, November 21st
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King Sunday
8 am Service of Holy Communion – St. Luke’s Chapel
10:00 am Service of Morning Prayer – Old Wye Church

A Collect for the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Pentecost
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Birthday blessings to Lennie Anthony.
Warmest regards in Christ,
Reverend Charlie

Christmas Market – Saturdays in November
For the next two weeks volunteers are needed to help with the Christmas Market
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, 410 961 7111 [email protected].

Operation Christmas Child
A joyful thanks to all who participated in this year’s Operation Christmas Child. Several dozen shoeboxes are on their way to millions of children loved by God throughout the world.

“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 continue on Monday, November 22nd at 10 am in the Library, our final session will be December 13th. Susie Leight will facilitate this group.

Fall into Kerygma
The Kerygma course, Reading the Bible as a Whole, continues on Monday, November 22 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.

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.  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.  I look forward to seeing you. Carolyn Cutler

Children’s Church Holy Communion Class
We Give Thanks, a course preparing children to receive Holy Communion with deeper understanding, began regathering Sunday, November 7th at 10 am Old Wye Church. This course began March 2020 and now begins again this Fall.
We Give Thanks continues the first Sundays of months leading to Easter 2022. Those Sundays are December 5th, January 9th (second Sunday in January), February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd and Easter Day, Sunday April 17th.
Miss Bibi will be present each of these Sundays to welcome children at 10 am and will seeking a parent to assist her once per month.

From the 300th Anniversary Committee
Christopher Wilkinson
What a wonderful start to the Celebration of our 300th Anniversary of Old Wye Church on October 17!
Just in case you missed it or would like to hear it again, here is how it began with an amazing portrayal, (as presented in the First Person by Warren Tewes), of the somewhat controversial Rev. Christopher Wilkinson

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:
We thank Mary Julie for providing dinner on November 15th on behalf or our parish!
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: December 16th.  Please contact me if you are interested in being a volunteer for this season or want more information before committing.
Thank you very much!  Rick Culotta / [email protected] / 410-829-3129.

Haven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & FoodDonations 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.

Wye Parish Ministry Calendar
  • Sat. November 20 – Christmas Market 10 am – 2 pm at St. Luke’s
  • Sun. November 21 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. November 22 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Library
  • Mon. November 22 – Darkness to Light, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Mon. November 22 – Vestry Meeting, 7 pm in the OW Parish Library
  • Wed. November 24 – Choir Practice, 7 pm in the OW Parish Hall
  • Sat. November 27 – Christmas Market 10 am – 2 pm at St. Luke’s
  • Sun. November 28 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. November 29 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Mon. November 29 – Darkness to Light, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Wed. December 1 – Choir Practice, 7 pm in the OW Parish Hall
  • Sun. December 5 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW