Word to the Wyes 12/23/21

Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy, which will come
to all the people; for unto you is born this day in the city of
David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.    Luke 2:10, 11

Christmas at Wye Parish
Friday, December 24
4 PM Christmas Eve Family Lessons and Carols
St. Luke’s Chapel
10 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Holy Communion
Old Wye Church
Saturday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day Holy Communion
9 AM St. Luke’s Chapel
Sunday, Dec. 26 – First Sunday of Christmas Morning Prayer
9 AM Old Wye Church

A Joyful and Merry Christmas to all!
We look forward to welcoming you in person for Christmas services.
Due to the rise in transmission of the Covid19 variant, we are requesting persons who are not vaccinated to wear a mask during indoor attendances.
Prayers for your health and well being in the new year.

Birthday blessings for Mary Hutchison, Barbara Yewell, Andrew Hemsley and Hank Whaley. Anniversary blessings to Roy & Mary Julie and Jack & Sharon Latta.
Warmest regards to all for a joyful Christmas season rejoicing in the light of the world who is Christ our redeemer and savior. His peace be with you.
Reverend Charlie

Winter/Spring Kerygma Fellowship
The Kerygma course, Reading the Bible as a Whole, continues on Monday, January 10th at 10 am in the Wye Parish Library. The winter/spring course is a weekly discovery of the New Testament beginning with Good News and concluding with the Revelation of John. I look forward to welcoming everyone to this vision of reading the Scriptures together.

Children’s Church Holy Communion Class
We Give Thanks is a course preparing children to receive Holy Communion with deeper understanding.
We Give Thanks is scheduled at 10 am the first Sundays of months leading to Easter 2022. Please note this change in date: Our next gathering will be January 16th (third Sunday in January).

The Offering Plate –
We thank you for your support of Wye Parish.
You may always choose to donate using 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.

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.

Attention to all Homeless Shelter Volunteers:
Haven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & FoodWe thank Mary Julie for providing dinner again on December 16th!
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 are being cared for by the Haven Ministries Staff.  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 January 21st and has already been filled.  Please contact Mary Julie: [email protected]/410-310-3577, 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 & FoodChanging of the Guard at Haven Ministries
(with regard to Wye Parish)
After 8 years on the Board of Directors at Haven Ministries, my maximum of two 4 yr. terms have come to an end. I thank everyone, very much, for their generosity, cooperation and support of Haven Ministries (Homeless Shelter, Food Pantry, Our Daily Thread Thrift Store, Hope Warehouse furniture store and our new Homes of Hope Low-Cost Temporary Housing).
The great news is that Mary Julie has just been voted and approved as my replacement on the board and your new Wye Parish contact for Haven Ministries.
I am sure that you will show her your continued support and generosity for Haven Ministries.
Thanks again and Merry Christmas blessings,
Rick Culotta

Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

Dear Supporters,
Trusting in God is an exercise of faith. It is walking on God’s path and leaving the outcome in His hands. After twenty years as the Executive Director of Haven Ministries, God has called me to transition this organization to a new Executive Director. I will leave this position June 30, 2022, after the completion of the Homes of Hope. My next steps are leading me to new ministry opportunities in Cambridge, where my husband and I live and he serves as a pastor, and I plan to spend more time with my aging parents and adult children – all who live out of state.
A search team is already in place and a professional transition consultant is being hired to guide this process. I am committed to participating in this transition with excellence and integrity. I will ensure the incoming leader is fully equipped with all information necessary to lead Haven Ministries forward. It is exciting to have a well-established and healthy organization transition to someone who can lead Haven Ministries forward with quality programing and expanding ministries. As we step out in obedience together, let us remember God is in control as He directs our steps.
Merry Christmas and Many Blessings in the New Year!
Krista Pettit
Executive Director
Haven Ministries

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
  • Fri. Dec. 24 – 4 pm Christmas Eve Family Lessons & Carols at St. Luke’s
  • Fri. Dec. 24 – 10 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Holy Communion at OW
  • Sat. Dec. 25 – 9 am Christmas Day Holy Communion at St. Luke’s
  • Sun. Dec. 26 – 9 am service at OW
  • Sun. Jan. 2 – 10 am service at OW