Word to the Wyes 11/4/21
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 7th
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
8 am service of Holy Communion – St. Luke’s Chapel
10:00 am service of Holy Communion – Old Wye Church
We Give Thanks Children’s Church Communion Course
A Collect for All Saints Day
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Birthday blessings to Ann Goodman. Anniversary blessings to Michael & Teresa Hummel
Warmest regards in Christ,
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
Children’s Church Holy Communion Class
We Give Thanks, a course preparing children to receive Holy Communion with deeper understanding, begins regathering his Sunday, November 7th at 10 am Old Wye Church. This course began March 2020 and now begins again this Sunday
We Give Thanks continues the first Sundays of months leading to Easter 2022. Those Sundays are November 7th, 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.
Fall into Kerygma
The Kerygma course, Reading the Bible as a Whole, continues on Monday, November 8 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 at 410-827-7627.
From the 300th Anniversary Committee
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. (see 300th Anniversary Documents on the website’s History tab)
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.
Attention 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: November 15th. 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
Wye Parish thanks Rick and Karen Culotta for providing dinner to the Shelter on October 31st.
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.
Wye Parish Ministry Calendar
- Sat. November 6 – Christmas Market 10 am – 2 pm at St. Luke’s
- Sun. November 7 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
- Mon. November 8 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
- Sat. November 13 – Christmas Market 10 am – 2 pm at St. Luke’s
- Sun. November 14 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
- Mon. November 15 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
- 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 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