Bishop Santosh Marray, in consultation with Episcopal Bishops of Maryland, Delaware, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, is instructing clergy and parishes to suspend in-person services the next two Sundays, Advent 3 December 13th and Advent 4 December 20th. A decision on in-person Christmas Eve services will be made by December 18th.
This Sunday, December 13 – 10 am service
on Facebook live – Facebook.com/wyeparish/
Birthday wishes and prayers to Edward Radcliffe, Jackie Saunders, Connie Cole, and Ross Lively.
Warmest regards in Christ, Reverend Charlie
Please use the form on the emailed newsletter if you wish to donate Poinsettia for the Christmas services in memory or in honor of someone special.
Discovering the Bible, one of the core courses in the Kerygma Study Program meets for the second time on Monday, December 14th at 10 am. For the next two weeks you are warmly invited to sample the Kerygma Program for yourself. The class will be available only on Zoom this week.
A Prayer for Annual Parish Giving 2020
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.
Annual Parish Stewardship letters have been mailed to all parish members and friends. If you would like to receive a letter, please contact us via email.
As I sat in church looking at the Advent wreath this Sunday, it dawned on me that we are celebrating the 300th Christmas at Old Wye Church this year! Remember, the church opened in October of 1721. Then, only two months later, it celebrated it’s first Christmas- well before it’s first anniversary.
Even though it’s not part of our 300th anniversary celebration, I felt it was important to bring light to this occasion. That’s why you will notice the 300th Christmas printed on the poinsettia order forms and in the Word to the Wyes.
This “mini logo” is part of, and derived from, the official logo of the 300th Anniversary which I am happy to report that we formally adopted at our last meeting, and here it is!
Unfortunately, the current Covid climate prevents us from celebrating this milestone Christmas in a way that is fitting of our congregation. However, like the warm light of our savior Jesus Christ, we still keep it in our hearts as we celebrate this most joyous season and blessed occasion.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Chairman, 300th Anniversary Committee
Attention to all Homeless Shelter Volunteers
The Homeless shelter did not shut down this year and has remained open through the pandemic. Our guests have been housed in hotels and cared for by the Haven Ministries Staff. We are grateful for God’s grace, the Haven Ministries Staff and the many increased donations and grants to allow this to happen. However dinners are still being provided by volunteers from the various member churches. While Karen and I have been providing dinners for the Wye Parish rotation the past few months, I would now like to offer the opportunity to others within our parish, to provide dinners when scheduled. Providing dinners is easier than in the past, as you only need to drop the dinner off (usu. meat and veggie casserole) at 5:30 at the Kent Island United Methodist Church. The next dinner opportunity for our Parish is: December 15th. Please contact me if you are interested or want more information before committing. Thank you very much!
Growing Families – SP and Suzanne were blessed with two grandchildren in the last four months. Their oldest son Thomas and his wife Kayla had a baby boy on September 8th and named him Beau Akers. Their middle son David and his wife Elizabeth had a baby girl on November 27th and named her Lucy Addison. The Wye Parish family offers congratulations to SP, Suzanne and their children.