Word to the Wyes 9/30/21

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 3rd
8 am service of Holy Communion – St. Luke’s Chapel
10 am service – Blessing of the Animals – Old Wye Church
A Collect for the Commemoration
of the Feast of St. Francis
Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant your people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this worked; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of you delight in our whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jess Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing of the Animals 10 am this Sunday, October 3rd
(A commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi)
  Please join with the parish family and bring your pet(s) or a beloved picture of your pet(s) to the 10 am outdoor service in the circle at the Old Wye Church.

Birthday blessings to Sara Waters, Bibi Schelberg, Samuel Scott and Bill Newman. Anniversary blessings to Rick & Karen Culotta.
Warmest regards in Christ,
Reverend Charlie

Fall into Kerygma
The Kerygma course, Reading the Bible as a Whole, continues on Monday, October 4 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 Singers
The Wye Parish Music Committee invites you to a meet and greet Ms. Carolyn Cutler who will be leading our choir this fall through Christmas. Join with past and present singers on Wednesday evening, October 6th, 7 to 8 pm in the Wye Parish House, Wye Mills. We look forward to preparing seasonal music, hymns and anthems for All Saints Sunday, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. For further updates about the renewal of music at Wye Parish, please visit our website at www.wyeparish.org.

Colonial Garb for Old Wye Church 300th Anniversary
Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!
A few parishioners have been asking about purchasing 18th Century Garb for the upcoming 300th Anniversary events, starting with the upcoming Commemorative 1721 style Prayer Service on October 17, 2021. Please know that this is purely an individual choice and no one is expected to dress in period garb and the type that you might purchase is totally up to you.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want any advice.
Your most affectionate and humble servant,
Rick Culotta

           The Celtic Cross at Old Wye Church is a standing cross made of oak timber,  rising on its stone base to an overall height of seven feet. Our Cross was erected in the meadow at Old Wye little more than a decade ago, but its story and the traditions it represents are many centuries old – much older even than Old Wye Church itself, now celebrating its 300th anniversary.

           The Tradition of Standing Crosses
           Standing crosses first appeared in the seventh century A.D. in Britain and Ireland. Christianity had long since come to the Roman province of Britannia, and by the early fourth century, after Constantine had put an end to persecution of Christians in the Empire, an organized British Church was sending bishops to wider church councils on the Continent. But all that was swept away in the early fifth century, when the Roman legions left Britain and pagan Saxon invaders arrived from Germany to take over Britannia. Christianity only returned in the sixth and seventh centuries when Christian missionaries from Ireland and Rome converged on and converted Saxon Britain – the Irish missionaries introducing, from their 563 A.D. entry point at Iona in the Hebrides, the standing crosses, specifically the “Celtic cross”, that eventually spread all over Britain.

Old Wye Church Walking Tour
We have inaugurated the self-guided walking tour introducing guests and friends to the history and significance of Old Wye Church. You will notice there are 12 stops, each with an online descriptive recording.
Come in person or visit our new online virtual tour by clicking the link below.

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.

Friday, November 5, 2021
Kent Island Resort – formerly known as the Historic Kent Manor Inn
500 Kent Manor Drive
Stevensville, MD 21666
Doors open for VIP hour at 5pm
General Admission begins at 6pm
Join us for our Signature Fundraiser to raise funds for Shelter, Food, Clothing & Resources!
We have created the Perfect Fall Event with Live Grilling, Cigars, Outdoor Fires, Live Music, a Cash Bar and so much more! Throughout the evening you will enjoy tastings from Superior Restaurants, Upscale Caterers, Local Wineries and Renowned Distilleries! $100 – VIP Tickets
Enjoy an extra hour of fun including:
An Oyster Bar, Signature Drinks & a Swag Bag exclusive to VIP Ticket Holders!
$65 – General Admission
Early Bird Pricing until October 25thHaven Ministries - Hope Through Shelter, Clothing & Food
$75 at the Door

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.

Homes of Hope
Haven Ministries is pleased to show the progress of their ‘Homes of Hope’! The two homes, scheduled to be completed this fall, will offer a housing assistance program to support local residents as they transition into permanent housing.

Wye Parish Ministry Calendar
  • Sun. October 3 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am Blessing of Pets at OW
  • Mon. October 4 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Wed. October 6 – ECW Meeting, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Wed. October 6 – 300th Anniversary Ctte. Meeting, 7 pm in OW Parish Hall
  • Sun. October 10 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. October 11 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Sun. October 17 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s
  • Sun. October 17 – 300th Anniversary Service at 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. October 18 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Mon. October 18 – Vestry Meeting, 7 pm in the OW Parish House
  • Sun. October 24 – 8 am service at St. Luke’s & 10 am service at OW
  • Mon. October 25 – Kerygma, 10 am in the OW Parish Hall
  • Sun. October 31 – 9 am 5th Sunday service at St. Luke’s