Word to the Wyes 11/24/21

Thursday, November 25th
Thanksgiving Day
9 am Service of Holy Communion – Old Wye Church

Collect for the Thanksgiving Day
Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

We hope you have received the annual Vestry stewardship letter.
Please join us in a prayer for Annual 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 28th
The First Sunday of Advent
8 am service of Holy Communion – St. Luke’s Chapel
10:00 am service of Baptism and Holy Communion – Old Wye Church

Collect for the First Sunday of Advent
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life
in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility;
that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

We welcome into the household of faith this Sunday, Hudson McLain Shepherd. Blessings and joys on the Shepherd household including his grandmother, Mary Shepherd.

Birthday blessings to Peggy Walbert, Ryan Lively, Annika Gerber, Jane Jenkins, Don Regenhardt and Zachary Denton. Anniversary blessings to Michael & Julie Marshall and Rev. Charlie & Rev. Frieda.
Warmest regards in Christ,
Reverend Charlie

Christmas Market
Saturdays in November
Volunteers are needed for the one more week to help with the Christmas Market
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].

Christmas Poinsettia
Please click below if you wish to donate Poinsettia for the Christmas services in memory or in honor of someone special.

“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 29th 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 29 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.

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

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
  • Wed. Nov. 25 – 9 am Thanksgiving Day Service at Old Wye
  • Sat. Nov. 27 – Christmas Market 10 am – 2 pm at St. Luke’s
  • Sun. Nov. 28 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. Nov. 29 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Mon. Nov. 29 – Darkness to Light, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Wed. Dec. 1 – Choir Practice, 7 pm in the OW Parish Hall
  • Sun. Dec. 5 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Sun. Dec. 5 – 10 am We Give Thanks Children’s Church Communion Class
  • Mon. Dec. 6 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Mon. Dec. 6 – Darkness to Light, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Wed. Dec. 8 – Choir Practice, 7 pm in the OW Parish Hall